When you go to see the Lady Bulldogs of Batesville play basketball this year, they will certainly have a different look. Before practice started, they were planning on 3 young ladies being in their starting lineup who are now injured with two of them probably out for the year. One tore an ACL, another broke her leg, and the third suffered an injury to her hip which required surgery. But like the old saying goes, “the show must go on”.When this season started, Batesville had 2 freshmen, 2 sophomores, and a junior in their starting lineup. Don’t let this deter you from going to see them play. The young ladies that are playing are very good athletes, but they are very young. This means that they will take their lumps early, but I am sure that Coach Cox and his staff will have them rolling before the season is very far along.Most of this years’ roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores. As any coach would say, “we may not set the world on fire this year, but watch out before these young ladies graduate!” Right now there are no seniors on this year’s team ready to play. In fact, there is only one senior on the team, and she is one of the injured.
MADRID, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will return to action against Real Betis tomorrow after serving a five-match suspension, as the champions look to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo was sent off during the Spanish Super Cup win over Barcelona on August 13 and banned for five matches after pushing the referee, meaning he is yet to feature in the league this season.The Portuguese hitman struck twice in his only appearance since the incident, a comfortable 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League last Wednesday.Youngster Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale struck for a weakened Madrid on Sunday as they beat Real Sociedad 3-1, but as well as Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos are expected to return after suspension and injury respectively.Despite the impressive display against a previously unbeaten Real Sociedad, Ronaldo’s return will be vital for Madrid as they look to take advantage of a soft fixture schedule over the next two months to push rivals Barcelona.The Catalans, who face Eibar today, sit top of the table and are four points ahead of Madrid, in fourth place.Barcelona were rocked by Ousmane Dembele’s injury during their 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday, with the French winger set to miss around four months with a ruptured hamstring.Madrid’s home clash with Betis marks the start of a run of league fixtures which, on paper, they should win, including home games against Espanyol, Eibar and Las Palmas.“If we carry on like this we can do a lot of damage,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after his side’s win in the Basque Country.“We’re back on track but we’ve got to keep going because there’s another game tomorrow.”Mid-table Betis have not beaten Madrid in the league at the Bernabeu in 19 years and only five times in 51 attempts.If they are to defeat them tomorrow, they will need experienced winger Joaquin, 36, and summer-signing Andres Guardado, 30, to continue their excellent form.“They are like kids in a schoolyard, they give it back to the guy that gives it back to them,” Betis coach Quique Setien said of the midfielders.“(Guardado) is a footballer I can’t describe, extraordinary. He has enormous quality and an enormous work rate. Just like Joaquin, they are reference points for the team.”
To dissolve the memory of a season-ending loss to Johns Hopkins 272 days ago, Dylan Donahue focused on what his new role in Syracuse’s offense would be.Instead of being the finisher on acrobatic passes from Kevin Rice or Randy Staats, Donahue was the one slinging passes around the crease to a revamped Orange offense.The senior attack spearheaded the offense with nine points in a season-opening, 18-5, No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) win against Siena (0-1). He gave the Orange its first goal of the season, firing a low shot as he danced around the crease and slithered past the long stick of Siena’s Jon-Michael Tokar.The early goal was cushioned by three more in the opening quarter from transfers Nick Piroli and Nick Mariano, as well as first-line midfielder Sergio Salcido.Donahue patrolled the offense primarily from the X position behind Siena’s net, and that’s where he dished a pass to Salcido over the heads of several Saints defenders. The 5-foot-5 midfielder swung a 10-yard shot past Siena goalkeeper Tommy Cordts and pumped both fists in the air to put SU out in front by three.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMinutes later Donahue found Jordan Evans weaving between Saints defenders. From the X position again, Donahue dished to the junior attack, who scored while Siena midfielder Michael Cox closed in. Cox looked up at the Carrier Dome ceiling in frustration while the Orange offense swarmed Evans in celebration.While largely setting up the offense on Saturday afternoon, SU’s first 50-goal scorer in 24-years found the back of the net four times to pad his nine-point outing.This time second-line midfielder Matt Lane assumed the X position behind Siena’s net. Donahue positioned himself just outside the left of Cordts’ crease, and angled his stick just above the ground to fire in the low feed from Lane.Cordts raised his stick in anticipation of Donahue’s shot, but it was too late to prevent the SU lead from ballooning to 9-0 with three minutes left in the first half.Donahue scored again 37 seconds later in one of his most coveted situations. He led the Orange with 15 extra-man goals last year, and bounced a shot past Cordts and the Saints’ defense in his first chance this season to extend the lead out, 10-0.After finding Tim Barber standing on the edge of the crease for a quick stick goal, Donahue retreated with many of the Orange’s starters for the remainder of the second half.Syracuse hardly let up its scoring pace, and dropped in eight more shots in the game’s final 30 minutes. Comments Published on February 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+