September 16

Schafer: It doesn’t matter Syracuse beat FSU. It’s more important they finished.

first_imgAt the ACC Kickoff in July, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers didn’t want a win total to define his team in the 2018 season.“My thing is this: I think that we’ve been in some close games,” Babers said. “If we’re going to turn into winners, we need to win some. What’s the number on that? I don’t know.”Success for his team could be seen in finishing close games, which it’s failed to do in years past (in 2017, Syracuse played Louisiana State, North Carolina State, Miami and Florida State within 10 points on the road but lost all four), Babers said during training camp. On Saturday against FSU, in SU’s first real test of the season, the Orange dismantled the Seminoles, 30-7.After failing to score touchdowns twice on first-and-goal opportunities, Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) tallied 24 second half points without starting quarterback Eric Dungey. The defense sacked FSU quarterback Deondre Francois on consecutive series late in the third quarter that negated an FSU comeback.In Syracuse’s largest victory in the ACC under Babers, the Orange pummeled a lesser, yet reputable opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the outside, the win — Syracuse’s first over FSU in 52 years — could be seen as historically significant. But through three games, the Jimbo Fisher-less Florida State team hasn’t looked like the program which won three conference titles in the last seven years. The win isn’t noteworthy because of the opponent. It matters that Syracuse finished.“To get a win on a football team like that where the game was definitely a close game for three quarters,” Babers said,  “and then to pull away late like that late in the fourth quarter that’s very, very satisfying as a coach.In 2016, Babers and Syracuse were in the position head coach Willie Taggart and FSU are in now. In the Orange’s third game under Babers, against a then Taggart-led South Florida team, Syracuse was outmatched. The Orange lost 45-20, allowing 454 yards of offense to a USF team that would eventually go 11-2. The loss pushed Syracuse to a 1-2 start in Babers’ first year.A year later, in Week 2, Syracuse choked against Middle Tennessee State in the Carrier Dome. In Scott Shafer’s return, Syracuse entered the fourth quarter tied with MTSU, a team which would record a 7-6 marking after Conference USA play. On paper, Syracuse is better this season than FSU, which won more conference game than SU a year ago. The Orange averages more points and yards per game while holding opponents to fewer yards than FSU has in its first three games. And on Saturday, the Orange created separation against Florida State, which it failed to do against MTSU and USF in years prior.Syracuse’s experienced defensive line torched the FSU offensive line. Tommy DeVito rushed and threw for a touchdown after Eric Dungey left the game early. SU allowed one conversion on third down.To compete for a bowl game, which Syracuse has now set itself up to do, it needs to win the 50-50 battles against other fringe-bowl opponents. Saturday, the Orange did that.The game shouldn’t be glorified because Syracuse beat Florida State. The teams of Seminoles’ past aren’t the team SU beat. But the Orange showed change, too. The ending of Saturday’s game is what Babers and his staff have searched for over the last two years.Now the challenge, as Babers has said many times before, is to do it again.Josh Schafer is the sports editor for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jlschafer@syr.edu or @Schafer_44. After forcing three turnovers in the first half, Syracuse’s defense folded in the second frame, allowing 220 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.The first play of the fourth quarter was a 49-yard Broncos touchdown pass. The next MTSU series featured three passes for more than 10 yards and ended in another touchdown.Against Florida State on Saturday, Syracuse didn’t collapse. The Seminoles scored once in the fourth quarter with just more than six minutes remaining. Their previous attempts for a comeback had failed, usually due to a Syracuse sack or quarterback pressure. For the first time under Babers, Syracuse held an ACC team to one touchdown.“This performance shows a lot of growth from the team we were two years ago and even last year,” defensive end Kendall Coleman said. “It means everything going forward because this is going to be major in establishing who we are this season.”While media members attempted to compare Saturday’s game to the Virginia Tech game in 2016 and Clemson last year during Saturday’s post-game interviews, there wasn’t a real correlation. Florida State was favored by three points and senior defensive end Alton Robinson added after the game he didn’t think the FSU win was an upset.FSU entered the game 1-1 with a 24-3 home loss to No.13 Virginia Tech and a 10-point over Samford on its resume. The Seminoles had played 10 linemen in their first two games and failed to score in the first quarter in both.The Seminoles team that entered the Carrier Dome on Saturday wasn’t the same program that beat Syracuse 10 times in a row since 1966. After a 7-6 season last year, FSU was forced to replace Jimbo Fisher, who coached the Seminoles to three ACC titles. Three games into Taggart’s tenure, the team is still transitioning.“We’re not playing like we should be,” said Taggart of his team which opened the season ranked No.19. “They should all be frustrated with themselves. We all need to look within ourselves to see what we’re doing and if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.” Published on September 16, 2018 at 8:11 pmcenter_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

August 13

Barcelona humiliation can help PSG in Real Madrid clash – Emery

first_imgReal host PSG on Wednesday before travelling to the French capital for the return on March 6.The French side have invested huge sums notably to sign Neymar as they chase the dream of winning the Champions League, although they have not made it beyond the quarter-finals since the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011.“Respect is gained and history is made on the field,” admitted Brazilian defender Marquinhos.“It is not easy to win a competition like this. We need to go through a lot of things on the way, but each season, and every day that goes by, we are working and getting closer to our objective.”Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery believes his side can benefit from the memory of last year’s stinging defeat to Barcelona when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.“Perhaps our preparation began with that match. We have not talked about it a lot but we have spoken very clearly about what happened,” Emery said at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday ahead of the last 16, first leg.“We have learnt a lot. I think we are better prepared now and ready to compete.”The memory of last year’s tie — when PSG collapsed late on to lose 6-1 at the Camp Nou having won 4-0 at home in the first leg — continues to haunt the French club, but they see this tie with the defending champions as an opportunity.“This is a chance for us to keep growing as a club by playing against the reigning champions and the team that has won the most titles. We want to get to that level,” Emery added.last_img read more

August 13

Russia to contest doping ban, Putin defiant

first_imgFILE PHOTO: President Vladimir PutinMoscow, Russia | AFP | Russia decided on Thursday to contest its ban from major sporting events over doping violations, as President Vladimir Putin slammed its sidelining as unfair and insisted athletes should be able to compete under the national flag.Russia’s RUSADA anti-doping agency “made a decision not to agree” with the four-year ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision, the head of RUSADA’s supervisory board, Alexander Ivlev, told journalists.The decision will have to be communicated to WADA before the end of the month, triggering the appeal process in the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.WADA on December 10 banned Russia for four years from major global events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, over manipulated doping data.Putin appeared to indicate a lengthy legal battle loomed, as he addressed a throng of journalists in his annual press conference.“We will have to calmly await all the relevant decisions, including the decision by the arbitration court, then we will understand what position we’re in,” he said when asked about the prospect of cancellation of events on Russian territory.– ‘Someone else’s actions’ –Putin reiterated that he believes WADA’s decision to be “not only unjust, but also not corresponding with common sense or law”, saying Russia was being punished the second time for the same alleged offence.He argued that the majority of Russian athletes were clean and should not be deprived of the right to compete under the Russian flag due to the actions of some individuals.“If WADA does not have any issues with our national Olympic committee our team must compete under its flag,” Putin said.“If a majority of our athletes are clean how is it possible to slap sanctions against them for someone else’s actions?“Russian athletes have been training and will be training for competition. They will keep making us happy with their brilliant victories,” Putin said.Under the sanctions, Russians will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping. He added that some events scheduled in Russia, namely the Euro 2020, which would partly be hosted by Saint-Petersburg, would go on since “the tickets have been sold”.“WADA is not going to reimburse the tickets, is it?” he said.In fact, Russia’s participation in Euro 2020 — and Saint Petersburg’s hosting of four matches — is not affected by the ban because it is not defined as a “major event” for anti-doping purposes.– ‘Inefficient and useless’ –The director general of RUSADA, Yuri Ganus, who has long argued for a major crackdown by Russia against doping cheats, had told AFP prior to the decision that appealing WADA’s ban would be “inefficient and useless.”Ganus, whose rigorous stance puts him at odds with his own government and supervisory board, argues that Moscow needs to accept the sanctions and own up to its faults in order to be able to reform.The suspension was handed to Russia over falsifying data from a doping testing laboratory that was handed to WADA earlier this year as part of the compliance re-instatement process.The significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011 and 2015, was revealed in the independent report by sports lawyer Richard McLaren, released in 2016.The issue has dealt a colossal blow to the status of post-Soviet Russia as a major sports power after hosting events such as the 2013 World Athletics Championships, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 World Cup.The Sochi Games later became notorious for the number of doping violations by prominent Russian athletes.The situation has also divided Russian sports stars, with three-time world champion high jumper Mariya Lasitskene calling on sports officials to be held to account over the ban.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

August 5

Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy Talks Neck Pain

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Penrose, DPT, OCS, MTC for Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyIf you or a loved one suffer from chronic pain – so bad that you struggle to do simple things like turning your head to look over your shoulder, or sleep at night without pain, then reading this report and attending our free neck pain workshop may be the most important things you do this year. It may unlock the agonizing mystery of your neck pain and show you a way to get back to the life you deserve…A life where you can sleep at night without tossing and turning, hoping to find one position where your neck pain stops.A life where you can read a book before bed… or newspaper on a morning… without the fear of more neck pain.A life where you can wake up in the morning and not suffer from headaches or migraines…A life where you can plan family time with your kids or grandkids, without worrying over if your neck pain will strike!…Basically, a life without chronic or severe neck pain!We are hosting a free neck pain workshop where we will explain neck pain, headaches, how to tell if it is neck pain versus shoulder pain, and give you some tips to use right away.  You will learn some simple stretches and we will measure your posture that evening to see how much forward head posture you have from using all those “smart” devices!  You can even start with a free neck pain tips report before the workshop on March 14th. “7 Quick, Easy Ways To End Neck Pain Without Taking Painkillers… Or Having To Call And See Your PCP!” (Value $28!), reveals the leading remedy for neck pain that is often overlooked by 95% of even good family doctors, and also shows how you can get to the bottom of neck pain quickly and naturally, for FREE, without even needing a referral from your doctor!…Here’s What You’ll Learn Inside This New Report: The 7 urgent coping strategies every neck pain sufferer must never forget when neck pain strikes!The vital warning signs that it’s not just “another headache” or “a bit of neck stiffness”…The 3 things you can do if you’re hoping to avoid neck surgery – worth requesting just for this!1, 2 or 3? Just how many pillows should you sleep with? And what about your mattress… it’s covered in here.The most successful treatment for chronic neck, (and even nerve pain), that doesn’t involve any drugs, seeing a chiropractor regularly or talking to a doctor.At the workshop there will be some simple exercises that will make a significant difference to neck pain before you wake up tomorrow. And even what to do right now… if you suffer from any motion limiting neck pain.Here’s How To Get Your Free report : Request your 100% Free copy to be sent to you, by calling free on 360-456-1444… you can leave a message 24hrs. Or, if you want the report right now, you can visit www.penrosept.com/neck-report and you can download it instantly.If you want to attend our FREE neck pain workshop at Penrose Physical Therapy Thursday March 14 at 6:00 p.m then please RSVP by emailing us at info@penrosept.com or call 360-456-1444.   You will be so glad you did!last_img read more

December 21

US Veterans bringing ‘walk for freedom’ to Donegal

first_imgTwo US Army Veterans will be completing a protest walk in Malin Head next week after walking from Limerick to Donegal.Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, two former US servicemen, were arrested in March facing charges of trespassing and criminal damage at Shannon Airport. The men were accused of an alleged security breach for attempting to ‘inspect’ a plane.Released on bail, the duo began a ‘Boots on the Ground for Freedom’ walk in a bid to return home to their families and to promote peace. The protest movement began on 7th September. Mayers and Kauff will arrive in Letterkenny on Saturday 21st September and walk in stages to Bridgend and then from Buncrana to Malin Head, They intend to arrive at the “Eire” stone sign at Malin Head on Friday 27 September.  US Veterans bringing ‘walk for freedom’ to Donegal was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more