Facebook Twitter Google+ CINCINNATI — Dropped passes can haunt a wide receiver. They can infiltrate the mind, make camp and percolate, boiling over at the most inopportune times on some of the most innocent of throws.But drops can torment defensive backs just as easily. Those players whose chances for glory are few in number and whose blunders border on blasphemy in the eyes of their fans.Combine the two and you have a recipe for distress, disappointment and defeat. Combine the two and you have Syracuse’s loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.A drop by wide receiver Jarrod West in the end zone coupled with drops by cornerbacks Ri’Shard Anderson and Brandon Reddish on sure-fire interceptions left at least 14 points — possibly as many as 17 or 21 — on the board in a 35-24 loss to the Bearcats.“When we’ve won, we’ve executed and made plays,” Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said. “When things go on like this, we haven’t done those things. Not that we haven’t had the opportunity. And I think that’s the most frustrating part of it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the opportunities were plentiful.As early as the first quarter, Syracuse was presented with a chance to make the game-changing play that so frequently eluded the Orange or went to its opponents in losses to Rutgers, Minnesota and Northwestern. So when Munchie Legaux — Cincinnati’s less-than-accurate quarterback whose erraticism is both entertaining and an epidemic — telegraphed a pass to Kenbrell Thompkins, SU was handed a gift.Cornerback Ri’Shard Anderson undercut the route beautifully, knowing he had safety help over the top, only to watch the ball clang off his hands and fall to the turf. He redeemed himself by intercepting Legaux later in the game, but that should-have-been pick would have given Syracuse the ball with tremendous field position on the Bearcats’ half of the field.Legaux’s questionable decision making resurfaced in the third quarter — Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones even replaced him with two other quarterbacks for much of the game — on a third-and-14 in his own territory. His pass soared well over the head of his intended receiver, Anthony McClung, and the pass instead hit SU cornerback Brandon Reddish in the chest along the left sideline.Reddish, who was alone with his thoughts on the green turf of Nippert Stadium, would have coasted to the end zone for a touchdown had he held onto the ball. But like Anderson, he too failed to secure the ball without a Bearcats defender in sight, taking a sure seven points off the board that could have given Syracuse a 10-point lead.“Every game you feel like you leave plays out on the field,” defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “But it hurts worse when you come to a loss. We couldn’t count on the offense to keep us in it, because the defense kept just letting big plays go.”Bromley’s last sentence could really have a second meaning based on the two critical dropped passes that the SU offense dropped as well, though he didn’t mean it that way. Because while Reddish and Anderson stumbled on two opportunities for takeaways, ones that linebacker Marquis Spruill said could have won the game, West whiffed on a perfect pass in the end zone that would have trimmed an 11-point deficit to four, maybe even three, with 12 minutes and change remaining.Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw deep down the left sideline to West, who had a half-step advantage on Cincinnati cornerback Trenier Orr. His pass was beautiful, a high-arching spiral that landed softly in West’s hands in the front left corner of the end zone.But what should have been a 29-yard touchdown caromed from West’s hands, to his chest, to his facemask before it bounced away.Earlier in the game, Nassib appeared to have tight end Beckett Wales open for a quick pass in the end zone on a third-and-6 from the Cincinnati 8 yard line. His pass lacked velocity, a floater that should have been a bullet, so by the time Wales got his hands on the ball, UC linebacker Greg Blair hit him in the chest and dislodged the football.“We thought we moved the ball well on those guys, and we thought we could have gotten anything we wanted,” Nassib said. “We just really hurt ourselves.”And as those four passes fell through the hands of four different Syracuse players, the team’s chances for a third straight win slipped away simultaneously. Drops can hurt receivers — West will tell you that — but they can also plague a defense as SU learned on Saturday.“We had it, then we lost it,” Spruill said. “A couple key plays here and there really won them the game.”Michael Cohen is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Comments Published on November 5, 2012 at 1:53 am
If Regy Thorpe is a professor, then Syracuse’s defenders are his students.Eleven games in — more than halfway through the season — the associate head coach says the collective group deserves a grade of a C-plus or a B-minus.“It’s a learning curve,” Thorpe said, “…when you haven’t started and you’re coming in and you haven’t played a ton of minutes.”At the end of last season, Syracuse lost three starting defenders to graduation and the coaches have been retooling their defensive arsenal ever since. The backline has had its ups and downs this season as its new pieces have fallen into place.But Syracuse’s defense will look to continue assimilating and eliminate its inconsistencies when the No. 6 Orange (8-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Durham to take on No. 4 Duke (9-1, 3-1 ACC) and its 15th-ranked offense on Saturday at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Although we’re a lot of new faces on D, we’ve got a lot of new players that are contributing this year,” Thorpe said. “We’re a little deeper than last year but again it’s just we have to keep getting better.”At the start of the season, defender Mallory Vehar was the only returning defender with significant starting experience. Thorpe had questions of where everyone else was going to fit in.Brenna Rainone switched midfield to defense at the end of last year and Vehar was recovering from an ACL injury. Caroline Webster began the year as a starter, but has since been replaced by Haley McDonnell, who switched from attack to defense last season. Kaeli O’Connor, the final piece down low, only played in six games last season.“That’s kind of what coaching is all about,” head coach Gary Gait said. “Putting the team together, the puzzle together so the pieces fit perfectly.”The new pieces have plagued SU with inconsistency throughout the season as the Orange sits tied at 58th in the country in scoring defense — though it is playing the fourth toughest schedule.In a win against Cornell on March 17, SU’s defense dominated for the majority of the game. Cornell’s players were forced to stay well beyond the 12-meter mark and pressured into making bad passes and turning the ball over.But in parts of Sunday’s loss to then-No. 6 Northwestern, the Orange allowed the Wildcats’ offense to cut easily through the middle and take point-blank shots on SU goalie Kelsey Richardson.“We got a slow start on the defensive end and we made some adjustments and gave ourselves a chance in the second half,” Thorpe said.SU always wants to hold opponents to 10 goals or less each game, Thorpe said, and has a 90 percent win percentage when it has done so over the past five seasons.The biggest aspect of minimizing goals against is team defense and even more game experience together, Thorpe said.“A lot of chemistry is just having that time together, work out the kinks and get ready to go,” McDonnell said.Communication is even more important in the complex backer zone pressure defense that the Orange runs, McDonnell added, but it has been improving recently.She now knows where her teammates are going to be down low and has gotten so used to playing with Vehar that she’ll call out her name in practice even when they’re switching up the lineups and another defender is in Vehar’s usual position.“In the beginning, (we were) just not used to each other yet,” McDonnell said.And despite Thorpe’s average grade for the defense so far, he’s expecting it to take top form as Syracuse approaches the end of the season.“We’re probably at where we should be, maybe a little ahead,” Thorpe said. “… We’ve seen some good flashes in the last couple weeks…We’re getting there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 26, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmettus
Make it three in a row on the road for Chase Elliott.NASCAR’s most popular driver won the Cup Series road course race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, holding off hard-charging Denny Hamlin following a late restart and notching his third consecutive victory away from ovals.The 24-year-old Elliott also won on road courses at Charlotte and at Watkins Glen last year. He got a bigger challenge than many expected down the stretch in his latest roadie.Elliott, Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. had the cars to beat. Truex’s chances took a huge hit near the end of the second segment. He was caught speeding on pit road and forced to start the last stanza at the back of the pack.Making up that kind of ground on a 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course was a nearly impossible tough task, especially considering Elliott was turning mistake-free laps at the front of the field.Kyle Busch had the best shot at catching Elliott, but the defending series champion had rear brake issues with 17 laps to go and was forced to the garage for a lengthy repair.When everyone else cycled through final pit stops, Elliott had a six-second advantage over Hamlin. He pushed that to 10 with 10 laps to go.Busch returned to the track and caused a caution that helped his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Hamlin and Truex. Hamlin gave Elliott all he could handle on the final lap, but didn’t do anything more.Hamlin finished second, followed Truex and Jimmie Johnson.Another top contender, Kevin Harvick, got turned around while braking into the “international horseshoe” and never recovered. Rookie Christopher Bell hit Harvick in the rear and spun him out.Ryan Newman finished 19th in his return to the scene of his most harrowing crash.Newman delivered a special message to safety workers minutes before the race started. Newman spoke over his radio to the control tower, a clip that was later played during the NBC broadcast.“Hey everyone, just want to say a big thank you,” Newman said. “This is a special day for me. I owe a lot of it because of all the things that you guys did back in February. It’s enabled me to … come back into this racetrack and do what I love.“Thank you for your support, not only for me personally but all the things you do for all us drivers. It goes a long way, and I want to say thank you from the deepest of my heart. Thank you.”Newman had to be cut from his No. 6 Ford after wrecking while leading the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. He doesn’t recall anything about his two-night hospital stay for treatment of a head injury he called a brain bruise. His first memory is walking out of a Florida hospital holding hands with his two young daughters.Newman was one of the few Cup drivers with experience on Daytona’s road course. He won an IROC race on the course in 2004. Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Michael McDowell also had limited experience.None of them, though, had driven this exact layout since NASCAR added a chicane coming off the oval’s Turn 4, a twister designed to slow speeds coming to the start-finish line and create another potential passing zone.The Cup drivers, as expected, handled the chicane better than those in any other series. They covered the 65-lape race with few cautions.Heat and humidity proved to be bigger issues. Drivers called for ice bags and bottles of water under caution. And when the race was red flagged for nearby lightning, drivers welcomed the break.Johnson climbed out of his car and immediately unzipped his fire suit, exposing an elaborate cooling system over his T-shirt. Michael McDowell started chugging water. Elliott grabbed a towel and wiped away sweat.All of them headed toward haulers.J.J. Yeley climbed out of his No. 27 a few laps before the red flag and collapsed on the pavement. He was helped onto a golf cart and taken to the medical center for evaluation and treatment.Daniel Suarez had two crew members also leave the pits to get treatment.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 17th August, 2020 05:59 IST Road King: Elliott Wins At Daytona For 3rd Straight On Road Make it three in a row on the road for Chase Elliott. WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENT Written By First Published: 17th August, 2020 05:59 IST Associated Press Television News
The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have announced the “CPL All Stars” team of the tournament for 2018. The team was selected by Tom Moody, Mark Butcher, Daren Ganga, Ian Bishop, Danny Morrison and Michael Slater. The team features three Windies players aged 25 and under in Rovman Powell (330 runs), Shimron Hetmyer (440 runs) and Oshane Thomas (18 wickets), all of whom have had an outstanding tournament in 2018. Experienced Caribbean cricketers Andre Russell (163 runs and 14 wickets), Kieron Pollard (330 runs and four wickets) and Darren Bravo (353 runs) are also in the side. The overseas players that have made it into the team are Colin Munro (567 runs) and Glenn Phillips (457 runs) of New Zealand, Imran Tahir (16 wickets) of South Africa, Fawad Ahmed (22 wickets) of Australia and Ali Khan (16 wickets) of the USA. Tom Moody, Hero CPL’s Director, International Cricket, said: “We have seen some outstanding performances in this year’s Hero CPL, but what has stood out is the emergence of young local talent. The performances of both Hetmyer and Thomas have been a highlight of the tournament, they are both set for a bright future with the Windies.” The full team of the tournament is as follows: Colin Munro Glenn Phillips Shimron Hetmyer Rovman Powell Darren Bravo Kieron Pollard Andre Russell Ali Khan Imran Tahir Oshane Thomas Fawad Ahmed
TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs July 29, 2020 KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Following two and a half years of debate and obstruction, on 19 February the Netherlands House of Representatives, moved to approve the nation’s ‘Remote Gaming Act’ (Netherlands RGA), laying foundations for a licensed online gambling marketplace, compliant with EU competition standards.European industry stakeholders, currently waiting for the Act’s mandate to be passed into Dutch law through the process of a Royal Decree. It is believed that licenses will be granted by 2020, ending an arduous process for all vested parties involved in the liberalisation of Dutch online gambling.Betting leadership will be monitoring the movements of Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) closely, as the Netherlands gambling authority moves to publish the initial framework for Dutch licensing applications.During the two-year review period of the Dutch RGA, the KSA acted as an aggressive regulatory body against international operators deemed to be targeting Dutch consumers illegally.Case in point, during the course of 2018, the KSA issued fines totalling €1.7 million, to European operators bet-at-home, Betsson, MRG Group, Mr Green and Betclic, stating that the incumbents had continued to breach digital laws despite having been warned to stop all Dutch betting activities.In previous updates related to the progress of the Netherlands RGA, KSA governance had stated that as a Dutch regulatory authority it would not approve of ‘rogue operators applying for licences’.The KSA’s tough stance has been backed by numerous Kamer MPs, who during the final review of the Gaming Act underlined that ‘bad actors should expect a cooling off period’.Furthermore, Dutch ministers signing off the Act’s mandate stated that ‘Cowboys would not be eligible for licenses’.Nevertheless, the passing of the Gaming Act has been overseen by a new-sheriff-in-town, with KSA appointing Rene Jansen as new Chairman last October, overseeing the final review of Dutch online gambling legislation.Confirming the approval of the Netherlands RGA, Jansen stated, ‘the Remote Gambling Act empowers the Netherlands Gambling Authority to protect participants in online games of chance. Such protection is impossible in an illegal market. This modernisation of the legislation will better enable us to enforce safe gaming in a fair market – provided, that is, that players choose to play via licensed operators.’Betting leadership now awaits to see whether Rene Jansen will see the licensing applications period as a clean slate for international incumbents, or simply continue the KSA tough stance on online operators… Dutch observers expect a few licensing surprises. Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share
Striker, Asamoah Gyan has expressed his sorrow at the demise of former Black Stars and Kumasi Asante Kotoko forward, Opoku Afriyie.Afriyie died on Sunday in Kumasi having reportedly been unwell for some time.Gyan who worked with Afriyie while he was Team Manager of the Black Stars, reminisced the ‘many moments’ they spent together during that period.Former Black Stars striker Opoku AfriyieHe described Afriyie as the “striker’s striker” in his tweet on Sunday and stated that Afriyie who’s immense ability in front of goal earned him the nickname “Bayie”, had “served his country well.”“Oh? “Nii Opoku”, The Striker’s striker…so many moments together when you were the Team Manager of the Black Stars..you served your country well Orignal “Bayie” ..go easy legend..May your soul rest in peace,” Gyan said in his tweet.Aside from the fact that both have been deadly strikers for the Black Stars, both Afriyie and Gyan also served as captains for the senior national team. Original BayieOpoku Afryie, admired throughout his professional career for his wonderful finishing ability, was one of the few players to play for Ghana’s two biggest clubs; Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.His time at the Kumasi club was probably more significant as he captained the side and he went on to become the club’s team manager in 2003, a job he later took up for the Black Stars as well.Opoku Afriyie in his playing daysHe was top scorer in Ghana’s top-flight twice in his career; in 1979 and two years later in 1981, when he led Kotoko to the league title.Afriyie made his mark for the national team as well playing in Ghana’s 1978 AFCON-winning team and scoring both goals in the final as Ghana won the cup for keeps against Uganda.He also scored in Ghana’s opening group game at that tournament; a 2-1 win over Zambia.Afriyie was ranked the eighth-best player in Africa in 1982.More content from Citi Sports
Accra Hearts of Oak Sunday were kicked out of the ongoing MTN FA Cup succumbing on penalties to Berekum Arsenals.Arsenals opened scoring in the opening 30 minutes of the game played at the Accra Sports Stadium through Eric Asiedu but hearts managed to equalize.With the equalizer, the Phobians’ hopes were rekindled but Ernest Obeng dimmed their hopes by putting Arsenals back in front.Hearts laboured hard and eventually equalized but the Berekum appeared more determined or rather the lucky side as they won 6 – 5 on penalties.The pressure is set to mount on Hearts new coach Vucicevic Nebosja.Sunday’s match was his first competitive match and he hoped to revive the hopes of the struggling club but that was not to be. Source: Myjoyonline.com/Ghana
(2K Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d1/63/nba-2k-paul-george-kawhi-leonard-clippers_11zqkf16c9ydh1nwzh0ld9e1ru.jpg?t=-419722397&w=500&quality=80 3) Nets — Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (187)With Durant likely to miss the season following surgery on his ruptured Achilles, the Nets won’t truly have their duo until 2020-21. (It will be possible to slide him in and use him in the game’s franchise modes.) Despite an up-and-down season in Boston, Irving’s rating was fairly consistent, and he finished the year at 92 Overall. Durant was a 95 at the time of his injury.4) Rockets — James Harden and Russell Westbrook (186)Harden’s ratings dipped early last season before he ended up going on a record-setting offensive tear. He ultimately finished at 96 Overall. The acquisition of Westbrook (90 Overall) represents a considerable upgrade over Chris Paul. Clint Capela (87 Overall) gives the Rockets the highest-rated third player to complement a dynamic duo. (2K Sports) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/89/38/nba-2k-russell-westbrook-james-harden-rockets_h26hpvvuwssu1esy0b1alfikr.jpg?t=-419683573&w=500&quality=80 TRADE GRADES:Evaluating Russell Westbrook deal for Rockets, ThunderHere’s how the teams are shaping up based on their current “NBA 2K19” ratings, which will be very similar to those that launch with “2K20” on Sept. 6. 1) Lakers — LeBron James and Anthony Davis (190)They came up short of their goal to create another super team with three of the best players in the league, but the Lakers still have James (96 Overall) and Davis (94 Overall), forming the top-rated duo in the league. When factoring in DeMarcus Cousins (86 Overall), they also have the top-rated trio in the league. However, it’s likely Cousins will see a considerable ratings drop for the start of “2K20.” The roster as a whole is on the older side, but that doesn’t mean as much in the game as it might for the real season ahead.2) Clippers — Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (188)Fresh off his second NBA Finals MVP award, Leonard (95 Overall) gets to team up with a six-time All-Star forward in George (93 Overall). The combination of the Leonard signing and George trade was the most unexpected development of the offseason. It really changed the dynamic of the league, and it does the same in “2K20.” 5) Warriors — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (183)With Thompson (88 Overall) out for much of the upcoming season following surgery to repair his ACL, Curry (95 Overall) will have to shoulder even more of the load. Having new arrival D’Angelo Russell (87 Overall) will be a huge help and create some interesting lineup options when Thompson returns. When combining Curry with Russell, the Warriors still get the fifth spot in the duo rankings.The Western Conference has only gotten stronger with all the deals that have been made official, though the talent is distributed much more evenly. Considering that Durant is doubtful to play next season, all the top duos are in the West. And then there’s the Jazz, who have a strong trio of Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley (all in the high 80s). The Trail Blazers will also remain competitive with Damian Lillard (92 Overall) leading the way alongside CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic (both at 85 Overall). Free agency signings and blockbuster trades inevitably shape the newest version of “NBA 2K,” and for the last decade, the popular basketball game has been defined by the super team. From LeBron James’ Heat to Stephen Curry’s Warriors, these teams were possibly even more dominant in video games than on the actual court.That era has now come to an end, and it appears “NBA 2K20” will instead be the year of the dynamic duo. The moves made this offseason have created real uncertainty over what team should be considered the favorite going into the 2019-20 season. That’s exciting for fans and results in some much-needed competitive balance for “2K20.” The 76ers undoubtedly have the best roster on paper in the East. Joel Embiid (93 Overall), Ben Simmons (88 Overall), Al Horford (86 Overall) and Tobias Harris (85 Overall) give Philly a better top four than most teams in the league, including the LA powerhouses and the Warriors. Last season’s top seed, the Bucks, is more top-heavy. Milwaukee has the reigning MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo (96 Overall), but the next highest-rated player on the roster is an 85.It’s going to be a battle in both conferences. The upcoming season — and this year’s version of “NBA 2K” — should be especially fun given all of the recent player movement.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, is co-founder of the sports gaming site HitThePass.com, hosts the “Press Row Podcast” and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre.
Hidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed “Golden Bolt” after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a 100 metres world record in the over-105 age category — one for which no mark previously existed — a day after reaching the milestone age.”I’m not happy with the time,” the pint-sized Miyazaki told AFP in an interview after recovering his wind on Wednesday (local time).”I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old.”Indeed, so leisurely was his pace that Bolt could have run his world record of 9.58 four times, or practically completed a 400 metres race — a fact not lost on Miyazaki.”I’m still a beginner, you know,” he said.”I’ll have to train harder. Training was going splendidly, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I can still go faster.”Miyazaki, the poster boy for Japan’s turbo-charged geriatrics in a country with one of the world’s highest life expectancies, said he was proud of his health.”The doctors gave me a medical examination a couple of days ago and I’m fit as a fiddle,” he said.”My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I’m tip-top. I’ve never had any health problems. The doctors are amazed by me. I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years.”Dressed in his trademark red, tight shorts hiked alarmingly high, Miyazaki got off to a wobbly start before finding a gentle rhythm and trotting across the finish line to loud cheers, greeted by his great-grandchildren carrying bouquets.Cheekily, he celebrated by striking Bolt’s famous “lightning” pose before being presented with a certificate from Guinness officials.Miyazaki, who was born in 1910 – the year Japan annexed Korea and when the Titanic was still being built — only took up running in his early 90s and prepares for races by taking a sneaky catnap.He stands just 1.53 metres tall and weighs in at 42 kilograms.He trains religiously by popping a kilogram weight into a rucksack and going for daily walks around his local park in Kyoto, where he now lives.”It’s all about willpower,” Miyazaki said of his need for speed.”You have to keep going.”Japanese television crews jostled as Miyazaki, a native of tea-growing Shizuoka prefecture, arrived for his record tilt sporting dapper white slacks and a Panama hat.Job done on the track, the Japanese athlete proved he was a dab hand at the shot put, tossing a best effort of 3.25 metres before calling it a day.”I can’t think about retiring,” said Miyazaki, whose next competition is next month’s Japanese Masters Championships.”I have to continue for a few more years, to show my gratitude to my fans, said Miyazaki.
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