Sri Lanka leader vows action vs 2019 bombing militants

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president says he has received the final report of an inquiry commission investigating the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks and vowed he will not allow anyone responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people escape justice. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa did not disclose what’s in the report, saying only that he had already given instructions to implement its recommendations. Two local Muslim groups that had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State were blamed for the coordinated suicide bombings in six places on April 21, 2019. Political infighting leading to a communications breakdown between the then president and prime minister was cited as a cause for the security lapse despite near specific foreign intelligence warnings.last_img

Miranda Ramirez crumbles late to Estela Perez-Somarriba in SU’s 4-3 win over Miami

first_imgThe setup looked ideal for Miranda Ramirez. Up 40-30 in a critical game in the third set down 5-4, Ramirez needed a point to extend the match at least another two games.The ball lazily floated close to the net, waiting for Ramirez to unleash voracious forehand on it. The freshman set her left foot forward and cocked her right arm back. As she fired the shot, a collective groan came from the crowd. A look of pure disdain dashed across Ramirez’s face as everyone realized she had misfired into the net.“Not really sure what happened there,” Ramirez said. “It should’ve been my point.”That point cost No. 79 Ramirez as she double faulted the next point, losing the set and the match to Miami’s No. 42 Estela Perez-Somarriba, 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6. Although Syracuse (7-10, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) defeated the No. 42 Hurricanes (6-10, 4-6) at Drumlins Tennis Center, 4-3, on Friday, Ramirez crumbled during the second half of her match. Even though she faced match point twice in the second set, Perez-Somarriba couldn’t be put away.“She played a very tough opponent who didn’t go away,” SU head coach Younes Limam said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRamirez’s first set was one of her most dominant displays of the season. In about five minutes, the freshman jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the second game, after having already won the first. While Perez-Somarriba picked off the occasional point, Ramirez exercised control.A whistling forehand served as a prelude to clean backhand slice that would send her opponent scurrying across the court. Backhand rallies ceased when Ramirez would lace a pinpoint shot into the court. With every winner, Ramirez yelped, “Point!” accompanied by a sneaky fist pump.Ramirez took half an hour to build a 4-0 lead. To cap off the dominant first stanza, Ramirez won the final eight points straight.“For an hour and 45 minutes,” Limam said, “she did exactly what she was supposed to do.”The beginning of the second set played out the same. Eventually, Ramirez had match point — 40-30, 5-3. She couldn’t convert. It came again, and once more, Ramirez failed to win. Steadily, Perez-Somarriba drew herself even. With Ramirez up 40-15 and the set tied, 5-5, Perez-Somarriba rifled a shot just beyond Ramirez’s reach, inciting the freshman to smack her right thigh in frustration.“It’s really heartbreaking,” Gabriela Knutson said, “because you’re in the match saying, ‘I had that opportunity, I could’ve won it.’”After letting the second set slip away in a tiebreak, volunteer assistant coach Len Lopoo urged on Ramirez from the bench. “Reset Miranda,” Lopoo said. “Reset.” His backing wasn’t enough, and he could only watch as Ramirez fell behind.“I noticed the momentum change of course,” Ramirez said, “but I was just trying to stay in the fight.”Both players looked crisp in the final frame, and Perez-Somarriba inched out to a 3-2 lead. Next break, she led 4-3. Then 5-4. After such a promising opening, odds looked bleak that Ramirez would find the points she needed to win.When she planted the ball into the net — even though it wasn’t the end — it appeared Ramirez was done. Fans muttered about how well she played and some even headed for the exits.The perfect chance to draw even and force at least two more games was wasted. The double-fault that followed made the apparent reality.“Just knowing that I could’ve won the match,” Ramirez said. “ … I was always there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 9, 2017 at 4:54 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Andre Ayew ‘pleased to score brace’ as Swansea beat Middlesbrough [VIDEO]

first_imgAndre Ayew says he is pleased to have scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season for Swansea as they beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium.Andre scored from spot after he was tripped in the box in the 22nd minute.After Middlesbrough had levelled, Andre put the Swans back in front as he fired home from inside the penalty area in the 71st minute.Sam Surridge made sure the points were safe as Swansea picked up their first win in seven matches.After the game an ecstatic Andre Ayew said that he was pleased to have scored in such an important win, in a video that was posted on Swansea’s Twitter page.“Hi Jack Army. Pleased to get the win, pleased to get the goals. Keep supporting us and we’ll make sure that we make you guys happy.”Ayew has now scored seven goals in the Championship and, in addition to his two league cup goals, nine overall. The player has also set up four goals for his teammates this season.This was also his 24th and 25th goal for Swansea.The result takes Swansea into 10th place with 34 points, just one point away from the playoff spots.Here’s Andre’s reaction after the match:last_img read more