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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Edinburgh Marathon that was to take place on May 24 has been postponed. Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday.— Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist. The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.” The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.NBA-MAVERICKS-BRUNSONWith season on hold, Brunson has surgeryDALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson has gone ahead with surgery for a right shoulder injury that had sidelined him for three weeks. The surgery was performed with the NBA season on hold due to the pandemic. — The Toronto Raptors say all members of their travel party have tested negative for the coronavirus, with one result still pending. The Raptors were tested in Toronto on Wednesday, two nights after they played the Utah Jazz. Jazz players Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell have tested positive for COVID-19. Gobert and Mitchell both played in that game against Toronto.— Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell’s father, who works for the New York Mets, has tested negative for the coronavirus. Donovan Mitchell Sr. is the Mets’ director of player relations and community outreach. The younger Mitchell confirmed Thursday he tested positive for the virus after Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) became the first NBA player to test positive. The Mets said in a statement that the elder Mitchell was tested Thursday and a negative result was received Friday night.— The NFL is ending in-person visits between teams and draft prospects because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The league sent a memo to all 32 clubs on Friday afternoon saying the ban would go into effect until further notice at the end of the business day. The NFL draft is currently scheduled to begin on April 23 in Las Vegas.— FIFA (FEE’-fah) wants a total shutdown of this month’s window for national team games amid turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA says a panel of its vice presidents agreed that “rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply” for the March 23-31 window mandated in its international fixture calendar. Close to 200 national teams were due to be in action in 2022 World Cup qualifying games in Asia and South America, qualifiers for continental championships in Africa and Europe, plus friendlies.— Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games. SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, said Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday. That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. Update on the latest in sports: March 14, 2020 Brunson was injured in the first quarter of a 111-107 loss at Atlanta on Feb. 22. He was averaging 8.2 points and 3.3 assists, starting 16 of his 57 games.NFL-NEWSRoster moves in NFL as free agency nearsUNDATED (AP) — It was business as usual for the NFL as teams pare down rosters and designate franchise tags before the free-agent signing period begins Wednesday. Among the moves announced Friday:— The Denver Broncos have placed the franchise tag on fifth-year safety Justin Simmons. The tag is worth about $11.5 million. But chances are good the sides will agree on a long-term extension before the deadline in mid-July. General manager John Elway says the franchise tag designation buys the Broncos more time to work out a long-term contract with Simmons. The former Boston College star had a career year in 2019 when he set personal highs with four interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Simmons earned second-team All-Pro honors last season. Denver and also picked up the 2020 contract options on star pass rusher Von Miller, linebacker Todd Davis and kicker Brandon McManus. TRACK-SEMENYA-OLYMPICSSemenya says she’s eyeing 200m competition in TokyoUNDATED (AP) — Track star Caster Semenya is continuing her attempt to compete in the Tokyo Olympics by trying another event.Semenya has announced on her Instagram account that she plans to compete in the 200 meters.The Olympic 800-meter champion is barred from defending her title due to the world track and field body’s highly criticized testosterone regulations. Semenya and other female athletes with high natural testosterone are barred from races from 400 meters to one mile at top-level meets like the Olympics and world championships unless they undergo treatment to reduce their hormone levels for six months prior to running. — The Jaguars have placed the franchise tag on disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway), guaranteeing him more than $19 million next season unless he refused to sign the tender and tries to force a trade. Ngakoue can negotiate with other teams, but Jacksonville has the right to match any offer or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.— The Chargers have put the non-exclusive franchise tag on tight end Hunter Henry. General manager Tom Telesco said during the NFL scouting combine that the team was considering tagging Henry but is still hoping to sign him to a long-term extension. The team also released linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane, who were team captains.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSPitino stayingUNDATED (AP) — Minnesota basketball coach Richard Pitino will return for his eighth season with the program. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, without authorization to speak publicly on the matter. — The Chicago Bears have re-signed veteran inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (treh-VAY’-thuhn) to a three-year contract extension through the 2022 season. Trevathan has 327 tackles in four seasons with Bears and 602 overall in eight years with Chicago and Denver. He played on a Super Bowl champion with the Broncos. The Bears value his leadership and production. But he has missed 18 of 64 games for Chicago, including seven last season because of a gruesome elbow injury.— The Vikings have terminated the contracts of nose tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Xavier Rhodes, clearing more than $18.5 million off the team’s salary cap. Both players were longtime Vikings.— The Titans have waived three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker and kicker Ryan Succop (SUK’-uhp). Injuries ended each of Walker’s last two seasons and Succop made only one field goal last season.— The Lions have released tackle Rick Wagner, who started 40 games over three seasons with the team.— The Bengals have cut Cordy Glenn, severing ties with the left tackle who missed most of last season because of concussion and suspension.center_img The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email Friday notifying schools of its intention. The proposal is expected to pass.The cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments shook the nation. But more than two dozen other men’s and women’s championships won’t be contested this winter and spring, either, and that doesn’t include all the sports in Divisions II and III. The NCAA decision to cancel winter and spring sports championships means the College World Series will not be held for the first time in since 1946. The Division I baseball championship is the NCAA’s No. 2 revenue producer and has been held in Omaha every year since 1950.Among other virus-related developments in sports:— Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks. Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down as the sport considered how to proceed amid a virus outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.— NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr (feer) tells The Associated Press that he expects teams will be cleared to open their training facilities to allow player workouts as early as next week. Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length. The additional time off over the weekend would also provide teams to cleanse their facilities. Cox surged up the Red Sox farm system and became the first player to collect hits in his first six at-bats upon his recall in 1977. He hit .362 in 13 games that September to become a key piece in a multi-player trade that allowed Boston to acquire pitcher Dennis Eckersley from Cleveland.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The 37-year-old Pitino has a 127-108 record with the Gophers, including a 48-82 mark in Big Ten regular-season play. They went 15-16 this season and finished 12th in the conference with an 8-12 record.Pitino won the 2014 NIT title in his first year with the Gophers and later took them to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. He became the 17th head coach in program history, replacing Tubby Smith. Before that, he spent one year at Florida International after taking over for Isiah Thomas.In other college basketball news:— Illinois-Chicago has fired men’s basketball coach Steve McClain after five seasons. McClain went 76-93 with the Flames, including a 42-48 record in the Horizon League. UIC was 18-17 this season and reached the Horizon League Tournament final before losing, 71-62 to Northern Kentucky.— UNC Wilmington has hired North Carolina State assistant coach Takayo Siddle as basketball coach. Siddle replaces C.B. McGrath, who was fired in January after compiling a 26-58 record midway through his third season. Siddle returns to a program where he spent three years as an assistant to Kevin Keatts, including serving as interim coach for the program when Keatts left to take over at N.C. State in March 2017. Siddle was part of Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championship teams that went on to the NCAA Tournament. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNCAA plans to extend eligibility of spring sports athletesUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is planning to extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams by one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus. The details of how the extra eligibility will work are still being ironed out. All three NCAA divisions would potentially allow another year for athletes in the 14 spring sports, which include baseball, softball, lacrosse and golf. The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. Some, but not all, conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons. Semenya has refused to do so, calling the rules and the medical intervention required unfair and unethical.MLB-OBIT-COXTed Cox diesMIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Former major league infielder Ted Cox has died at 65.His son, Billy says Cox was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in November and died Wednesday at Hospice Quality Care in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Associated Press last_img read more

No. 11: Inexperience at center

first_img Published on July 17, 2015 at 8:00 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman With Syracuse football training camp just a month away, The Daily Orange beat writers, Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty, Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson will reveal the top 15 preseason storylines with a new one every other day. Make sure to check and click here to see all the posts as we count down to camp.Even the presumed starter at center, a senior, hasn’t played the position in college. Rob Trudo will likely take the reins in front of Terrel Hunt and the three behind him have little to no in-game college experience at the position.In addition to the void at left tackle left by Sean Hickey’s graduation, there was also one at center, another position on the SU offensive line looking for stability this season.After John Miller’s graduation, the Orange was left looking for substitutes — a common theme both last season and this upcoming one on a hampered offensive line.Last year, Trudo started nine games at right guard and two at left. He’ll move between the two, leading a group that includes junior Jason Emerich, junior Kendall Moore and sophomore Donnie Foster.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEmerich started two games last year, Foster didn’t play in any and Moore is transitioning to the position from tight end. Trudo was injured for part of spring practice and had a class schedule that conflicted with practice time, so he didn’t get the maximum reps at the spot.Still, expect Trudo to be under center unless he gets hurt, with Emerich as a viable second option for an embattled Syracuse rushing attack. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC staff demands better treatment

first_img“I feel like [USC has] a moral obligation as one of the few institutions in California that is continuously prospering under very harsh conditions for low-income people,” Hyman said.  “I think it is their ethical responsibility to use some of that windfall to help the less fortunate people who are part of their institution.”  Mario Perez lives paycheck to paycheck in Los Angeles with a family of five.  “USC has a long history of successful negotiations with Local 11 to establish fair labor contracts,” the University wrote in a statement. “We are once again working hard to achieve a fair agreement.”  During the first contract negotiation session at the USC Hotel last Wednesday, Unite Here Local 11 negotiator Austin Lynch presented worker demands to administrators for higher wages and better working hours. Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation member Stephanie Solis, who was present at the negotiations, said that the University did not express sympathy for the plight of workers.  “It’s been cool to see resoundingly that students, when they know what’s going on, they [know] this is an injustice,” Krieger said.  “When I’m doing my part-time, I rarely have time to spend with my kids,” Perez said. “So I have to choose extra income or spend time with a family that is not happy.” Negotiations started Nov. 13 and are expected to continue over the next few months. The previous five-year contract expired July 1.  “We have a management there that’s cutting hours,” Perez said. “They don’t give enough to do for the workers … What are we going to give presents for kids on Christmas?”  Perez said that workers are asking for a livable wage and a 40-hour work week. They also want to maintain their healthcare plan and include retirement benefits from the previous contract in the new one.  Perez has been working as a custodian at USC Housing for 13 years, and with his current salary and benefits, he can barely afford the cost of living in the city. He works a part-time job with Los Angeles Football Club during the summer for extra income, but since the MLS season is over, Perez is struggling to make ends meet.  The Democratic National Committee relocated the sixth Democratic presidential primary debate from UCLA to Loyola Marymount University in support of the union’s struggles. Vollaire also said USC provides insufficient retroactive pay after the contract negotiation period. Retroactive pay is granted when members work without raises while the union negotiates new contract agreements. Following the 2014 contract agreement, workers were given $400 in retro pay despite being promised $2,000.  “Basically, the messaging that USC gave for students was that it is not USC’s responsibility to solve the homeless crisis,” Solis said.  According to a 2018 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Californians need an hourly full-time wage of $32.68 to afford a two-bedroom rental home. Perez said that he has co-workers who have worked at USC for more than 40 years and still make less than $18 an hour.  Solis also indicated that USC negotiators pit students against workers by tying increased wages for workers to increased tuition for students.  Unite Here Local 11, a local union, is handling the contract negotiations on behalf of the 800 housing and hospitality workers at USC. Hospitality includes the food service workers at campus dining options such as residential dining halls and Tutor Campus Center eateries.  The University maintains that workers are provided adequate salary and benefits that are competitive with other institutions.  “I see my people that have been here for 48 years, we have a lady named Maria giving all her life to USC, and she don’t even get to $18 right after 48 years,” Perez said. “I don’t want to have that happen to me, and I don’t want that to happen to my other co-workers.” “We know they have the money and it’s not dependent on students, and that’s just a tactic to scare us or to divide workers,” Solis said.  Nathaniel Hyman, a junior majoring in public policy and law, has also mobilized different student groups, including Latinx Student Assembly, Trojans for Bernie and Trojan Advocates for Political Progress, to build a coalition advocating for workers.   Solis, as a part of SCALE, has organized events to support workers during the contract negotiations. The organization put together a workers’ appreciation lunch was Nov. 11. The event allowed students and faculty to express their gratitude to workers at USC and discuss how to collaborate in the future. “When I first got this job, I thought it would be enough to at least rent a little studio, but it’s not,” Vollaire said. “So I’m working two jobs now, [and] it’s still not enough.”  David Krieger, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, has organized clipboarding campaigns to recruit more student activists to support workers during the negotiation period.  “Most people don’t expect anything,” Vollaire said. “They already have a negative outlook on things, and they’re just used to getting the short end of the stick, so they’ll settle for the $400.”  Daniel Vollaire, who works at C&G Juice on the University Park Campus, said management frequently cuts his hours. He recently started a second job at Domino’s Pizza to afford rent. Workers at other universities in California are protesting unfair treatment. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, a University of California employee union, went on a one-day strike Nov. 13 to protest University outsourcing practices which prioritize lower-wage contractors outside of the union. AFSCME filed six unfair labor complaints against UC, claiming its outsourcing policies broke state laws and University rules.  USC staff members Mario Perez (left) and Daniel Vollaire (right) are among 800 housing and hospitality workers partnering with local union Unite Here Local 11 to push for livable wages and a 40-hour work week among other demands in their new contracts. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Second-straight Wisconsin shutout anchored by sub O’Neill

first_imgIn his first career start for Wisconsin, senior inside linebacker Conner O’Neill helped anchor a UW defense that earned its second-consecutive shutout victory.Saturday brought a different foe into Camp Randall for the Wisconsin football team, but despite the new opponent and a different style of play in Tennessee Tech, it was an almost identical result to the first game of the season. But lost among the second blowout in as many weeks was the air-tight play of the Badgers’ defense, which pitched its second shutout in a row to open up the season with the 48-0 win over the Golden Eagles.Following the game Andersen gave his thoughts on the defense that surrendered only 113 total yards in the game, noting that holding an opponent scoreless, regardless of who the opponent is, is something very difficult to do considering the last time Wisconsin recorded back-to-back shutouts was in 1958.“It’s going to get tougher — we all know that. All you can do is play the people you’re in front of. I thought that Tennessee Tech gave us a bunch of different looks and different things that we need to be prepared for and we handled it and so did UMass. And the bottom line is that we handled it both times. It’s a great opportunity. It’s hard to shut people out. I’m proud of the kids,” Andersen said.A big part of the Wisconsin defense was the play of senior inside linebacker Conor O’Neill who stepped in for the injured Derek Landisch to make his first career start. O’Neill, along with Chris Borland who tallied five tackles, anchored the middle of Wisconsin’s defense to hold Tennessee Tech to just 44 yards rushing on 30 carries.Finishing the day with nine tackles, one-and-a-half of those for losses, O’Neill reflected on the experience of moving up the depth chart to make his first career start.“It means a lot to me to be able [to] run out there with the first unit and get my first start,” said O’Neill, who has played in 42 career games on special teams. “I told myself I wasn’t going to live with any regrets after the first game and I feel like I did that. I took advantage of it.”It wasn’t just the front seven of the Wisconsin defense that were part of the success, as the secondary also contributed a great deal — Tech’s Darian Stone was only 8-19 with 69 yards passing — including setting the tone early on the first defensive play of the game. The Golden Eagles’ Stephen Bush took the first handoff to the right hashmark where he was met by Badgers’ cornerback Darius Hillary, who forced the fumble eventually scooped up by Badgers’ safety Dezmen Southward. It was clear from that play on the Wisconsin defense would dominate the Tennessee Tech offensive attack as the Badgers held Tech to only six total first downs throughout the game, one shy of the school record of five set against Temple back in 2005.Although the dominating defensive performance came against another lackluster opponent, this time against an FCS school in the Golden Eagles, Southward made it clear that the Badgers’ defense is not to be taken lightly.“It’s something I said before the season started and it’s something I’m going to stick with until I’m proven wrong. We’re one of the best defenses,” Southward said, staking the claim that the Badgers may be one of the best in the nation. “And we’re one of the best because we’re smart, we have a lot of talent, we have some speed and we’re tough.”With only a brief glance at the stat sheet, it was clear the Wisconsin defense, and offense for that matter, were both overwhelmingly successful in the win, but the Badgers’ performance was hardly perfect.One glaring concern was the Wisconsin kicking game. Following Wisconsin’s fifth touchdown midway through the third quarter that gave the Badgers a 34-0 lead, place kicker Kyle French clunked the ensuing extra point off the right upright.French stayed in for the next kickoff but following the next touchdown, Jack Russell made his first appearance of the season to kick the PAT. Russell made both of his extra point attempts, but missed on a field goal attempt from 31 yards with 53 seconds remaining in the game, also by hitting right upright.Although he didn’t specify what the decision was behind taking French out of the game, Andersen made note of the fact that there will be a competition for the spot between French and Russell.“It just doesn’t seem real clean and it’s just not crisp,” Andersen said. “We got to continue to improve and it all starts with me. I’m not pointing fingers at any kid. I’m not pointing fingers at any assistant coaches. I got to find a way to help him and get him where he needs to be. Sometimes the best way to help people is to create a competition for them, so that’s what we’ll do.”last_img read more

Volleyball splits home matchups against Washington schools

first_imgAfter battling back into striking position, Botkin put the match away, winning the last 2 points for USC. The loss to Washington State was the first home contest of the season for the Trojans. USC climbed out of a 2-0 deficit to take the match to five sets but came up a few points short of the comeback.  The Trojans were able to hand Washington its second conference defeat of the year. The Huskies came into the match at 10-2, so it felt like a must-win for a USC team that had been slipping down the polls this season. Senior libero Raegan LeGrand, who made her first collegiate start against Washington in 2018, was also dominant during the match after getting the nod at the libero position earlier in the week. The fourth set started rocky for the Trojans, who opened up with four errors to dig themselves in a 2-7 hole, but a timeout from Crouch helped spark a 6-3 run. In a similar situation last week against Arizona, USC came out of a timeout in the third set and rallied to secure a 3-1 victory.  “We were touching a lot of stuff and scrapping on the ground and digging,” Crouch said. “You hold a team to .100, you have a good chance to win.” Although the defense has been inconsistent for the Trojans this year, USC was able to hold Washington to hitting just .100 for the whole match Friday en route to the win. Crouch said the team’s defense was its best attribute on the night. USC’s women’s volleyball squad split its two Pac-12 matches this weekend at Galen Center, defeating No. 8 Washington 3-1 Friday before falling to No. 24 Washington State 3-2 Sunday afternoon. USC came out strong in the first set, killing the ball 17 times in the frame, and was lifted by a key performance from junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin, who recorded a season-high 19 kills in the match, including six in the first set. “Raegan LeGrand was fantastic at libero,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “She was just really, really good; it was exciting to see her perform.” Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin serves against Washington State at Galen Center Sunday. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan) Washington’s 30 errors committed throughout the match proved to be costly for them but beneficial for the Trojans. With the third set tied at 19, USC went on a 6-0 run that included two attacking errors by the Huskies.  Despite the loss, LeGrand shined yet again for a USC team that still seems to be looking for a replacement for former libero Victoria Garrick. LeGrand had 25 digs on the day while committing no defensive errors. Statistically,  the match against the Cougars was very even. USC hit .241 while the Cougars hit .249, and both teams had six aces each. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier’s performance was especially noteworthy, as the senior had season highs of 25.5 points, 23 kills and 59 attacks. USC will have another chance to face the Cougars Nov. 3. but will head to the Rocky Mountains to play against Colorado as the Trojans start a four-game road trip. They return to Galen Center Oct. 25 to take on Cal.last_img read more

Syracuse doesn’t capitalize on early lead in 44-37 overtime loss to Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments And within the first 42 seconds of the second half, the Panthers struck again, this time in the form of a 68-yard reception to Rafael Araujo-Lopes before a downpour halted play for the next hour.After the loss to Clemson, Babers was clear that the focus was not on the loss but how to respond.“We had a setback, it’s our first one of the year,” Babers said in Monday’s press conference in reference to the loss against Clemson. “What are we going to do now?”That message translated Saturday. The offense completed turned around after an hour-long weather delay, rattling off 17 unanswered points, and taking a 34-27 lead. The Orange took back the lead on a Dungey scramble for 21 yards. Rather than try to force a pass or throw it out of bounds to avoid the sack, Dungey scampered towards the sidelines, tiptoeing the white lines, before diving onto the pylon. He popped up and flicked the football before pumping his fist in the air.As the offense clawed its way back, the defense struggled to help. Following an Orange score, Pitt answered. The Panthers did not throw a single pass, and instead ran the ball seven straight times. Syracuse did not force a single third down on the drive.After the fifth play Babers called a timeout. He huddled his defense around him, forcing them to all take a knee on the field.“I didn’t want them to play the snap tired and I wanted them to really think on what we had to do,” Babers said. “If we could keep them out, obviously we’re not going to go to overtime.”Yet, they couldn’t. Darrin Hall breezed through the SU front-seven and into the end zone. Once again, the Orange failed to capitalize in big moments. After a Syracuse field goal, Pitt answered with one of its own, but on that drive. Syracuse failed to stop a 4th down and three run that could have possibly sealed the game, just as it failed to stop Clemson on 4th and seven.“We didn’t put together a full game. And we won’t be satisfied until we do,” Coleman said. “We’ve shown that we can battle. Now we’ve got to finish.”In overtime, the Orange failed to do so. The Panthers ran five straight rushing plays for a score to open the extra period. Syracuse failed to make stops. When it was Dungey’s turn to answer, he couldn’t. He thought Nykeim Johnson had a one-on-one matchup in the end zone, but as Dungey’s pass hung in the air, Therran Coleman raced underneath for the easy interception.Dungey fell to the ground in defeat. For the second straight week Syracuse had squandered a fourth quarter lead to lose a game where one or two plays made in the final period would have likely sealed it. Both coming in the form of opposing fourth-down conversions.“What you do after a loss tells you what kind of a football team you are,” Babers said following the loss to Clemson.Heading into the bye week, Syracuse now faces three of its next four opponents at home, whom all but one have a losing record. In the past two seasons, Syracuse has put together masterful performances against ranked teams only to lose out. SU put together a near-incredible performance last week and promised to respond.Instead, Syracuse is 4-2 when Babers said it had “a heck of a chance to be 6-0.” PITTSBURGH – Eric Dungey lay on his back as Pittsburgh rushed towards the end zone. He didn’t look Pitt’s way, or towards his bench. Just to the gray sky above. After squandering a late lead, Dungey and the Orange had to score on their lone overtime possession to force double OT. Seeking an early touchdown opportunity, Dungey rolled out on their first play and lofted an underthrown lob to Johnson in the end zone.The pass was intercepted. Syracuse’s near-win vanished for the second-straight week.As Kendall Coleman answered questions in Syracuse’s postgame press conference, Dungey stood next to the podium, holding himself up against the wall. His eyes were red and puffy, and his head drooped low. While Coleman spoke with reporters, Dungey never looked up as he awaited his turn to answer: Where his team failed to seize opportunities. Why he thought his team squandered a late-game lead. Why he threw the pass that lost his team the game.“It hurts,” Dungey said. “We weren’t doing our job. We weren’t executing.”Throughout the Dino Babers era, Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has failed to capitalize when presented a chance to make potential game-deciding plays. Whether it be Cole Murphy’s missed field goal to fall to Florida State in 2017 or failing to stop Clemson on fourth and seven just last week, SU has struggled to convert when in game, and season-defining moments. Saturday against Pittsburgh (3-3, 2-1) was no different. Syracuse controlled the action for much of this game, but ultimately failed to put the game away in its 44-37 loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re really hurting. We’re really disappointed,” Babers said. “But we didn’t give it away. They made a couple more plays than us.”It didn’t begin that way though. SU jumped out to a dominant start, leading 14-0 less than nine minutes into the game. Dungey led the offense down the field on the first possession, before finding Aaron Hackett in the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. Subsequently, on Pitt’s first drive, Alton Robinson forced a fumble. The Orange drove 42 yards in just 1:29 on the ensuing drive, capped with a Jarveon Howard touchdown.During the week, Babers preached that the Orange can’t let Clemson beat them twice in one season. That there could be no lingering effects from last week’s collapse. Through the first nine minutes, his team responded that way.But when Syracuse had a chance to potentially put the game away early, its defense faltered. Down by two scores, Qadree Ollison cut the lead in half with a 69-yard touchdown run. Syracuse has now given up a touchdown of at least 60 yards three times this season. For the second-consecutive week, Syracuse gave up over 250 rushing yards.Less than two minutes later the game was tied as Dungey fumbled the football on a carry up the middle, which Pitt’s Dane Jackson returned for a 35-yard score. After quickly building up a two-score lead, Pittsburgh unraveled the Orange in less than two minutes.When Syracuse needed to respond, it only folded. After a Dungey interception and just three points at the end of the second quarter, the Orange went into halftime trailing 20-17, their first halftime deficit of the season. Published on October 6, 2018 at 5:14 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edulast_img read more

Hearts goalkeeper’s trainer hopeful of a comeback

first_imgGoalkeeper’s trainer of Hearts of Oak Abukari Damba has expressed confidence in the tactical approach and training methods of new Coach of the club Vucicevic Nebojsa.The Serbian trainer took charge of his first training session with the team at the Legon Ajax Park yesterday.After watching the training session, Abukari Damba, believes Nebojsa is a tactically astute coach who can revive the club’s Premier League campaign in due time.He said the way and manner in which the coach begun and ended his training session was a clear indication that the Serb knew his job.Mr Damba said the coach’s assistant Coach Tanko was also capable giving Coach Nebojsa proper technical advice on areas the new coach is yet to be abreast with.Source: Joy News/Ghanalast_img read more

AFCON 2019: Each Nigerian player has bagged $72,000 in bonuses so far

first_imgNigeria are two wins away from winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the fourth time and equalling their great rivals Ghana. Each Super Eagles player will pocket $110,000 if they lift the trophy in Egypt.Following their quarter-finals victory over South Africa on Wednesday evening, each player’s bonus now stands at $72,500.Nigeria got their competition underway with a hard-fought 1-0 win over debutants Burundi thanks to an Odion Ighalo second-half strike.  The victory earned them $10,000 each.  They made it two straight wins by beating Guinea 1-0 courtesy Kenneth Omeruo’s header to pocket another $10,000. However, the players earned nothing after they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat in their final group game against debutants Madagascar.  The defeat meant they could not finish first and had to face defending champions Cameroon in the round of 16. The Eagles produced arguably their best performance in recent years to defeat Cameroon 3-2 in a thrilling contest to set up a quarter-final date with South Africa. The win earned each player a total of $37,500 from Nigeria Football Federation and two businessmen. Nigeria faced Bafana Bafana in the last eight last night. They won thanks to a late goal by William Troost-Ekong to get $15,000. They will face either Algeria or Ivory Coast in the semi-finals.  If they progress to the finals, each player will make $17, 500 If they win the tournament, each player will make $20 000, making it a total of $110,000. Nigeria have been crowned African champions in 1980, 1994 and 2013. —last_img read more

AC Roma turned down the Offer from Atletico Madrid for Miralem Pjanic

first_imgOn the start of the season in Serie A, Miralem Pjanic’s performance for Roma is extraordinary. His form has not been affected even by recent injuries due to which he had to skip several matches including the one against Barcelona, in the 1st round of the Champions League.His excellent performances that include goals and assists are not going unnoticed, and increased numbers of offers and requests of various clubs are coming to the address of the agents who are representing Pjanic. According to the Italian Tutto Mercata, the last one in the series of interested is the Spanish club, Atletico Madrid.According to the same source, Atletico sent an official offer on the address of AC Roma, which was smoothly rejected. Diego Simeone sees Pjanic as the ideal solution after Arda Turan has left.(Source: read more