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 30

1xBet integrates online slot and video bingo games from MGA

first_img Share StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 International operator 1xBet has increased its library of online slot and video bingo games through a new alliance with the online division of Spanish gaming company MGA.Content from MGA Games will be fully integrated into 1xBet’s product offer, specifically for markets where online gaming is regulated or on the path to regulation.1xBet has access to the complete collection, which includes the Lucky Dragon, Wild Africa and Cabaret slots, as well as the Detective, Zeus and Castle video bingo games.The 1xBet press statement read: “Online slots and video bingo games are extremely popular amongst our player base. “We are very happy to have MGA in our portfolio, and we hope our players enjoy the content as much as we do. It’s an honour to work with the winner of the Best eGaming Technology Provider Award.”José Antonio Giacomelli, MGA’s New Technologies Director, said: “1xBet is an international operator with a significant presence around the world. We are very proud that they have chosen MGA Games as a partner to increase their collection of reliable, quality content.”He added: “It encourages us to maintain high standards of product and service quality, which, indeed, open the doors for us to international markets.” SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020last_img read more

January 18

Aldin Ayo: I’m very happy in UST

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “The coaches should never take credit of the achievements of their players because the players themselves are the ones who worked on it,” said Ayo. “They’re the ones who practiced and trained and us coaches are just there to guide them.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Growling Tigers are in a three-way tie with University of the East and National University at the eighth seed, but despite that Ayo said he perfectly happy being in UST.“I appreciate the support of the UST community, the support of the managers, the priests, I wasn’t even aware that we would have t-shirts with my old jersey number on it,” said Ayo in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: Aldin Ayo signs six-year deal with UST“Even though this was the outcome against La Salle, I’m very happy here in UST.” Belingon looks to end Team Lakay’s banner year with a bang View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Growling Tigers wore shirts that seemed to be in support of Ayo. It had the number four printed on the back, which was their coach’s jersey number while he was still playing at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.“I told my players ‘guys I don’t know that people had this planned for me, this is not for me, this is for UST so let’s play for UST, let’s play for our alma mater,’” said Ayo, whose game against the Green Archers was his first since leaving La Salle, which his steered to a title in Season 79.READ: Ateneo jeers serve as motivation for UST, Ayo: ‘It will help us’ The muscular head coach added that he doesn’t take credit for the improvements his former players had like Aljun Melecio and Justine Baltazar, two Green Archers who punished the Growling Tigers during their matchup.Baltazar finished with a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Melecio had 19 points and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Aldin Ayo hasn’t had the best starts with University of Santo Tomas after his new team fell to a 1-4 record on Wednesday with a 99-72 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more