Facebook Twitter Google+ After defeating No. 14-seed Western Michigan 77-53 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, No. 3-seed Syracuse advances to face No. 11-seed Dayton on Saturday at approximately 7:10 p.m.But first, while the second batch of opening-round games take place, the Orange and Flyers will hold press conferences which you can watch here live starting at 1:35 p.m.Schedule:1:35-1:55 p.m.: Dayton players1:55-2:15 p.m.: Dayton head coach Archie Miller2:20-2:40 p.m.: Syracuse players2:40-3 p.m.: Syracuse head coach Jim BoeheimAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on March 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm
Published on March 4, 2018 at 2:54 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelman Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 1 North Carolina (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) handed Syracuse (9-2, 2-2) its second loss of the season in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Sunday. SU’s lone point came from No. 18 Gabriela Knutson, who defeated her second ranked opponent in three days.The No. 19 doubles pairing of Knutson and Miranda Ramirez struggled against No. 9 Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham in the first slot, losing 2-6. Knutson and Ramirez’s defeat marks their first loss in doubles this season after winning seven straight.After a simultaneous loss in second doubles from SU’s Dina Hegab and Masha Tritou against No. 20 Sara Daavettila and Alle Sanford, the Orange dropped its first doubles point since Feb. 9. Sofya Golubovskaya and Anna Shkudun were up 4-1 in their doubles match versus UNC’s Makenna Jones and Marika Akkerman when the match was ended early.To open up singles, No. 28 Daavettila clobbered Ramirez in second singles, 1-6, 0-6, to give UNC its second point of the game. Sunday’s match against Daavettila marked Ramirez’s worst performance of the season, winning one game in two sets.Shkudun fell to No. 93 Graham in fourth singles, 2-6, 0-6, while Libi Mesh lost to No. 32 Aney in the fifth slot, 2-6, 3-6, to clinch the match for UNC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHegab opened up her singles match against UNC’s Chloe Ouellet-Pizer by splitting the first six games in set one. After dropping three of the next four games, Hegab ultimately fell to Ouellet-Pizer, 4-6, 3-6.After picking up a win against Virginia Tech’s No. 61 Natalie Novotna on Friday, No. 18 Knutson looked to add to her strong resume against UNC’s No. 8 Sanford. The match came down to tiebreaks in both sets. Knutson, who split two tiebreakers in Friday’s match, came up clutch and fought off Sanford in two sets, 7-6, 7-6, to put the Orange on the board. With two victories against top 100 players this weekend, Knutson’s ITA ranking will improve.Golubovskaya took the first set against No. 15 Jones, 6-2, in her first match against a ranked opponent in her collegiate career, but fell behind in the second set. With the overall match clinched for the Tar Heels, Golubovskaya’s singles match went to a super tiebreaker in the third set. After falling behind 4-10, Golubovskaya gave UNC its sixth point of the day in a convincing loss, 6-2, 5-7, 0-1 (4-10). Comments
Pontiac used the GM Kappa platform for the Solstice, and it also supports the Saturn Sky and Opel GT. Other drivetrain and exterior parts come from a variety of GM products, including Cadillac (interior storage bin) and the GMC Envoy (backup lights.) And while it’s not the fastest sports car on the road, speed isn’t its main purpose. The Solstice is best suited as a cruiser that relishes gobbling up curves and sunshine. The cockpit is comfortable and surprisingly quiet with the top down. Passengers don’t have to shout at each other even while zipping up the 101 in convertible mode. And it’s a car a minimalist would love. Tuck away the top and a small duffle is all that will fit into the trunk. So if you take it on vacation, the top will probably have to remain up until you reach your destination. And be careful putting stuff in the trunk. I leaned over to put something at the middle of the rear and came away with tread marks on my pants, courtesy of those big wheels. A large, easy-to-read speedometer and tach dominate the dash with a small, almost shot-glass-size gas gauge tucked in between. The comfortable steering wheel includes controls for the cruise control and audio system. But there is no center console storage. The glove box accommodates the owner’s manual and not much else. A small storage bin is tucked in between the driver and passenger seats and is awkward to access, especially while driving. And the master controls that operate the automatic windows are a tad too far back on the driver’s door armrest for comfort. Those are minor annoyances, though. Overall, the Solstice cockpit is surprisingly comfortable (even for someone over 6 feet tall) and the seats present good driving and riding positions. The convertible top is a breeze to operate and can be folded back into the trunk with one hand. And the car is also surprisingly quiet with the top up. Overall, this is a nice ride, especially for sunny Southern California. Or, as my wife put it as we headed out for a short road trip with the top down on a recent sunny day, “Honey, we’re young again.” [email protected] (818) 713-3743 Pontiac Solstice TOP SPEED: 140 mph ENGINE: 2.4 liter DOCH Ecotec TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual SUSPENSION: 4-wheel independent with Bilstein monotube shocks BRAKES: 4-wheel disc FUEL ECONOMY: 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway PRICE: $20,395 base, $26,814 as tested TRIVIA: The Solstice was featured in a challenge on the third season of “The Apprentice.” Winner Kendra Todd developed a sales brochure for the car and Pontiac used her color descriptions (“aggressive” red, “cool” silver, etc. THE MANUAL SAYS: Your vehicle has a tire inflator kit. There is no spare tire, no tire-changing equipment and no place to store a tire. THE WIFE SAYS: “Honey, we’re young again.” Source: Daily News Research160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Top’s down, Ventura’s fading in the rearview mirror with Big Blue a placid presence on the left. An uncongested Highway 101 unwinds ahead of us. It’s a perfect setting to indulge the essence of Pontiac’s Solstice, a relatively new entry in the rag-top competition. Asphalt below, open sky above and wind whistling in our ears. It’s a car that almost demands you drive sans top. The curvy, sporty two-seater got lots of attention when it was introduced in concept form in 2004 and then as a production model at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. That eye-candy factor – think a character from “Cars,” the animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, sprung to life – shows no signs of waning. This roadster averages dozens of smiles per mile and its looks even impressed the owners of two new Mercedes models. That’s due to some aggressive styling at the General Motors Corp. design center in North Hollywood, and 18-inch chrome wheels that came on the test model. It’s a low-slung road hugger with a wide footprint, equipped with a five-speed manual transmission. It can negotiate two-lane canyon roads with gear changes and little use of the brakes. This model had a 2.4-liter dual overhead cam engine turning out 177 horsepower that had no problem zipping up to freeway speeds or keeping up with traffic.