Strachan: Berra goal a major boost

first_imgScotland manager Gordon Strachan felt Christophe Berra’s late winner against Northern Ireland was a major boost ahead of their latest European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar. Press Association Scotland dominated the Hampden friendly but were frustrated by Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern until half-time substitute Berra headed home debutant Matt Ritchie’s corner in the 85th minute. Neither Craig Gordon nor Allan McGregor had a save to make in the Scotland goal and Strachan was delighted with the 1-0 win ahead of the visit of Gibraltar on Sunday. But he claimed the goal only came about because he had to utilise his fringe players. “I think there were more positives than negatives,” said O’Neill, whose team host Finland in a qualifier on Sunday. “The first half it took us about 15 minutes to settle in and when we did have good possession it didn’t really come to much, it petered out. We didn’t get enough good balls or bodies in the box. “But from a positive point of view we left a lot first-choice players out. There were seven or eight players on the bench that could start on Sunday. “It was very positive to get Jonny Evans and Aaron Hughes on the pitch together because they have not had much football with their clubs recently. “And we basically end up with three under-21 players on the pitch in Paddy McNair, Ryan McLaughlin and Luke McCullough. They are just young boys in the infancy of their club careers. “It possibly shows where we are at the moment. There is a lot more depth to the Scotland squad, but it was great for those lads to get an opportunity to play in this sort of game. “I thought Stuart Dallas did very well and overall I’m pleased with everyone who played.” O’Neill added: “It was obviously disappointing to lose a goal, but when you make so many substitutions it makes set-pieces more difficult, because you are continually changing markers. I brought off players with bigger physical stature and in normal games I would have taken that into consideration.” “I thought it was important to win, really important,” he said. “Just to make us feel good about ourselves. The performance at times was good as well, comfortable, brave on the ball, patient at times, getting used to the new pitch as well, it’s a bit slick. “It was really good to win and get a clean sheet because Northern Ireland have improved immensely over the past year, beating Hungary and Greece, and the Faroes.” The impressive Ikechi Anya had a number of efforts in the first half and also set up Steven Fletcher while Steven Naismith was a threat in the second period. Strachan said: “I was really pleased with the way we started the game and the intensity we passed the ball with, and pleased with the number of chances we made and the way we made them. “Then it kind of lulled in the last 15 minutes of the first half into a kind of friendly atmosphere. It kicked on again after half-time and died off again and came on again in the last 15 minutes. “I’m pleased with the amount of chances we made and delighted with the number of chances they didn’t get. “They make it very hard, and the difference in this game is if you score early. But we kept plugging away and kept trying to do the right things. There were one or two things I would like do better but to win the game and get a clean sheet was good.” Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill admitted Scotland had more depth to their squad after he gave a number of players their debuts and second caps. last_img read more

The Latest: Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon canceled

first_imgAll men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France. Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m. The race had been scheduled for April 19.Next year’s date will be April 18.Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.___2:25 p.m. March 18, 2020 Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:55 p.m.Organizers of the Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon have canceled the event for the first time in 43 years and suspended all other festivities through the second weekend of May. 12:36 p.m.Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings. Three prominent jockeys are skipping the upcoming Dubai World Cup in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.U.S.-based jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr., Luis Saez and Tyler Gaffalione will not travel to the United Arab Emirates for the world’s richest day of horse races March 28. Saez’s agent, Richie DePass, said the coronavirus was behind his client’s decision. Gaffalione’s agent, Matt Muziker, said his client wasn’t going because he’d be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon return.Trainer Bob Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be ridden by William Buick in the $12 million Dubai World Cup with Ortiz not traveling. With Gaffalione out, trainer Mark Casse said Frankie Dettori will ride Sir Winston.— Reporting by Beth Harris and Stephen Whyno.___ The Micky & Madeleine Arison Family Foundation will also donate an additional $1 million to the Miami Heat Charitable Fund, money that the team says will “establish an initiative designed specifically for employees and/or other community needs as they arise in the coming months.”Heat Business Operations President Eric Woolworth says the 1,000 or so part-time employees “are the backbone of our business. Night in and night out, every single one of these employees works tirelessly to provide our guests and our community with the best experience in sports and entertainment. They deserve our help as we all navigate this unpredictable situation together.”___3:50 p.m.The NBA and the NFL both announced Wednesday that they will be offering free previews of their digital products. Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.”The International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___4:10 p.m.Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Motorsport’s governing body FIA said in a statement Wednesday that the change was unanimously approved by all teams. ___3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus. The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.” The organization cited the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cancel or postpone large events over the next eight weeks.The 13.1-mile footrace is considered one of the top half-marathons in the United States. It had nearly 20,000 finishers last year.The race is part of the festivities surrounding the Indy 500, which is scheduled for May 24. IndyCar has canceled all races until the GMR Grand Prix, which is still on the calendar for May 9 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.___4:45 p.m. An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to March 14. The team said in a statement it was sending a precautionary notice to those who were inside the building and that those who were in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined.There are no known MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Two minor league players with the Yankees have tested positive.___2:15 p.m. Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and the FIA is hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events. F1 races in Netherlands, Spain and Monaco scheduled for May are also under threat of postponement.___3:55 p.m.The Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena unveiled their plans for team and arena part-time employees who will be affected by the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.The Heat say they will pay not only their own employees but those from partner companies such as Levy Restaurants (the arena’s food and beverage concessionaire), Contemporary Services Corporation (which provides security) and Pritchard Sports and Entertainment (the arena’s housekeeping provider). ___4:25 p.m.A track and field event in California that regularly draws Olympians has been canceled.Organizers said the Mt. SAC Relays have been called off as a result of California Gov. Gavin Newsom advising against large public gatherings.The meet had been set for April 16-18 at Mt. SAC College in Walnut, California. The event is known for its elite division, where top athletes typically test their fitness early in the season. In Olympic years, they use the meet to obtain qualifying times.center_img Associated Press Mexican pentathlete Mariana Arceo, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is being treated at a clinic in Mexico City.The 25-year-old Arceo won the gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and had been training in Barcelona where she contracted the virus. She began showing symptoms after returning to Mexico last weekend.Ana Guevara, director of Mexico’s National Commission on Physical Culture and Sports, said Arceo’s condition “is advancing well.”Arceo is the first Mexican athlete qualified for Tokyo to test positive. Guevara said 218 athletes who had traveled to other states or countries have been tested and all others were negative.Her trainer, who was with her in Barcelona, and three other members of Mexico’s pentathlon team are under observation. The Latest: Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon canceled The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.” The race was initially set for June 13-14.The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 3:30 p.m.Cuba has joined countries around the world in suspending its sports calendar due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The national sports institute announced Wednesday that events would be put off at least until April 30.The official Prensa Latina news agency said that will push back the baseball season, which had been scheduled to start on April 11, as well as this month’s Cuba Cup of track and field.The institute also said that Cuban delegations won’t travel abroad — potentially affecting qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic games. ___4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.” Cuba has reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, that of an Italian tourist.___11:35 a.m.The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year.Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.” Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.” UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships. The NFL’s “Game Pass” includes access to past regular and postseason games, previous seasons of award-winning NFL Films series such as “Hard Knocks” and “A Football Life,” and exclusive film sessions. It will be offered free until May 31 to fans within the U.S., and starting Thursday until July 31 to fans outside the U.S. and Canada.The NBA unveiled a free trial of its “NBA League Pass” that will last through April 22 for scores of archived games and other content.“Limiting social interactions is a critical way to minimize the spread of this virus, but staying home for long periods of time can be difficult,” the league said, adding that the trial will offer access to full-length and condensed replays of all games from this season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content.___3:40 p.m. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak.In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20. AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus. ___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances. FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate.A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___ According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

TENNIS : Syracuse’s strong attention to fitness pays dividends in matches

first_img Comments Published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Luke Jensen places a premium on fitness.Though the Syracuse head coach ranks this year’s team as one of the most talented in school history, Jensen maintains a baseline of fitness aimed at strengthening his team mentally and physically. The team lifts, runs and practices in a way that many programs don’t. As a result, the Orange plays differently, too.In practice, the team is constantly in motion. Jensen’s players sprint to pick up balls and between drills, as well as when gathering to receive instruction. The routine saves time, but also intensifies practices.‘The approach is we want to make practice tougher than any match you’ll ever play,’ Jensen said.As dynamic as the Orange’s practices are, the team lifts for an hour every day before practice. Veronica Dyer, Syracuse’s director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports, has put an emphasis on strengthening the players’ physical core through plyometrics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJensen said the 360-degree mobility the sport requires makes the team’s explosive workouts a necessity. Though the core exercises keep his team moving, the daily lift sessions have had a physical makeover effect as well.‘We have freshmen that have never really lifted before that have really redefined their bodies,’ Jensen said.During his time as Syracuse’s head coach, Jensen has become more receptive to weightlifting. When Jensen first arrived with the Orange, he placed a greater singular emphasis on endurance. This year the lifting has been accentuated, and it is starting to pay off.‘They’re hitting so much bigger because of our emphasis on weights,’ Jensen said.To avoid a complete shock to the system, committed recruits receive a copy of the team’s fitness plan before joining their teammates in the fall. For sophomore Maddie Kobelt, the advanced training made a significant difference. An extra summer of training eased the transition into Jensen’s practices, Kobelt said.All players are required to pass a fitness test early in the season. The tests were conducted earlier in this season than last year, keeping the players on their toes, Kobelt said.Players must complete either a five-mile run in 40 minutes or complete eight miles in 24 minutes on a stationary bike.Once the tests are completed, players still regularly test themselves to maintain that endurance.‘We’ll do it on our own, our cardio every day as well, getting 40 minutes in of running or on the bike,’ Kobelt said.Though the Orange has yet to register a win this season, the off-the-court work has paid dividends in the past. Jensen especially notices the difference in his players at the Big East tournament.Jensen said the extra attention to fitness manifests itself in the Orange being able to keep up its energy level deep into matches.‘When you’re fit and you’re playing these matches and you look across the net at your opponent sitting down and gasping for air, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said. ‘…When you’re able to hit the ball harder than you’ve ever hit before, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said.Still, Jensen maintains that confidence is only a small part of a successful player.Though confidence gets players through difficult matches, in the final games of a deciding set, with both players worn down from the grueling four-hour affair that is the average college tennis match, advantages in tennis skill become minimized and the better athlete wins.‘You can have all the confidence in the world, but if you don’t have good physical fitness you’re going to get injured. You won’t be able to go the distance,’ Jensen said.The constant grinding on unrelenting concrete often takes a toll on players’ bodies.Yet for all the work Jensen and his staff do sculpting and protecting his players’ bodies, it is the binding of his athletes’ minds and bodies that Jensen expects to make his players better.‘When you’re physically fit and strong,’ Jensen said, ‘you’re going to be mentally fit and strong and handle anything that comes at you.’jmklinge@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Q&A with Andrew Pritikin, ’08 physical therapy alumnus

first_imgDT: What will you do at the London Olympics?Pritikin: I get to run the PolyClinics — a clinic for all the countries that need treatment. Whatever comes up, you’ll treat it. It’s great. I’m a sports physical therapist, and it’s truly the most you can really do. Next to working with professional athletes every day — the Olympics is really the biggest thing you can do. It’s great. I’m very excited. Daily Trojan: What are you going to talk about at the Youth Summit?Andrew Pritikin: We’re going to  be speaking to kids who are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, who play sports and who are interested in doing physical therapy as a profession. We’re going to talk about basic types of injuries that they see on television at college games. We’ll explain what happened to the injured athletes. DT: What are you really proud of?Pritikin: I work with a lot of professional [mixed martial arts] fighters, so the therapy I do with them is very intense. I’m happy to say that I make a number of them whimper. When you put those guys in pain, you know you’re doing something right. DT: What kind of clients do you see?Pritikin: I am working with some 14-year-old swimmers who are looking forward to going to the Olympics in five years. I’m working with tennis pros who want to go to the Olympics next year. I’m working with the US Olympic Committee, going to explain what we do here because this company will be working in London. I’m lucky to work with the US Olympic Committee where this company will be, inside the Olympic Village at the London Games. DT: What do you most remember from your time at USC?Pritikin: It was a lot of work, but just knowing that I was at the No. 1 school in the country gave me the assurance that I was learning for the best by the best. One professor, Dr. Cheryl Resnik, taught a professional development class that focused on how important it was to have ethics of equally high standards as the manual skill I was learning.center_img DT: Why are you reaching out to these children?Pritikin: I used to teach a sports injury class at Santa Monica Community College. Then I was able to reach the kids at a level when they were in their decision-making process of what they wanted to do. The step beyond that is to help other kids at a high school level and let them know there is a profession out there that allows them to work with sports at a high level. Andrew Pritikin received his degree in physical therapy from USC in 2008, after working several years as a self defense instructor, office manager and industrial salesman. He now serves as clinical director of the Bauerfeind Performance Center in Santa Monica, which works with a variety of professional athletes and will work in the Olympic Village for the London 2012 Games.On Saturday, he will speak at the first Youth Summit for the Foundation for Second Chances, a non-profit organization devoted to helping underserved children. The Youth Summit, which will be held at USC, was created to inspire Los Angeles area high school students to actively plan for their futures. DT: What kind of technology do you use in your line of work?Pritikin: We use sports motion analysis. High speed video cameras at multiple angles are used to biomechanically access athletes’ motion to find the defects and compensations. This has been around for a good number of years. Something else we’re using now that’s more advanced is what’s called the MediLogic system. It is a wireless insole system where we have the athletes either walk, run or move in a lateral motion. We’re able to get pressure readings on each insole to see exactly how they’re landing, what their foot is doing, how it’s moving and the proper custom insoles that are needed for that particular athlete. It’s wireless so there’s nothing that encumbers them, so they can do their natural motion without any issue.last_img read more


first_imgEric Dungey has adapted to 4 different offenses in 4 years Look at Eric Dungey and the change is evident. He is significantly more muscular. He has substantial blonde facial hair on his chin. He isn’t as taciturn as he was in last year’s preseason. Dungey has evolved from an eager, immature freshman thrown into the fire far sooner than intended to a filled-out sophomore who has a better grasp on how to handle it all. Changing is what Dungey has been doing for years. Change is virtually all he knows. In the past four years — his junior and senior seasons at Lakeridge (Oregon) High School and first two at SU — Dungey has played in four different offenses and under four different head coaches. Stability in the systems or people that dictate how he plays is something he knows nothing about. Dino Babers’ offense will be the latest test for the signal-caller who made everyone hold their breath last season, for good and bad, and it’s another chance to embrace change. “Challenging? To a point you just kinda really gotta put a lot of time into what you’re doing and learn what you gotta do,” Dungey said. “I never really had two years under an offense so I never knew how that’s going to be so I’m excited for the opportunity to do that.”,Under the assumption both Dungey and Babers return in 2017, it will be Dungey’s first time under the same head coach for two consecutive full seasons since his first two years of high school. Longtime prep coach Tom Smythe stepped aside amid Lakeridge’s 2013 state playoff run, Dungey’s junior season, so that Chad Carlson (who essentially coached Lakeridge throughout the season, but wasn’t the official head coach) could finally have the title on paper. There were also reports of a power struggle that led to the split, but Carlson said “don’t believe everything you read.” Then Lakeridge hired vice principal John Parke as interim head coach in 2014, but Carlson stayed on as offensive coordinator and essentially ran the team again. Through it all, Dungey learned to ignore, adapt and produce.,“You look at all those things that happened in his life football-wise, all the different changes, all the things that we went through when I was there,” Carlson said. “It had him learning to do the best with what he had control of. He couldn’t do everything for our whole team and that frustrated him his junior year. And then when he figured out he could only do the best for what he could do, that’s when you just saw him shine like no other.” At Lakeridge, Carlson implemented multiple offenses with numerous sets and different variations of each based on the opponent. There was no set gameplan on offense, instead a fluid blueprint that was constantly changing. It taught Dungey to read defenses before the snap, after the snap and ultimately make split-second decisions on the run like he did in his freshman season at Syracuse. In 2013, Dungey was spoon-fed the offense in a way, Carlson said, but the biggest change from his junior to senior year was his ability to do it all for himself. No coach was needed anymore to tell him what to do. Dungey could input hot reads on his own, call audibles effectively at the line of scrimmage and recognize what kind of protection he needed.“He can handle a lot because I really tested him those two years with a lot of language and a lot of different sets and formations and reads to make,” Carlson said. “Although this is gonna be he fifth or sixth offense he’s learned, he probably learned 10 or 12 in those two years we were there.”,Last year under Scott Shafer, Dungey was far more run-based than what’s expected this year. Dungey has vowed to remain in the pocket more, which will presumably fit into Babers’ Baylor style offense that has produced some of the best passing quarterbacks college football has seen in recent years in New England Patriots starter Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Johnson, who finished second in passing yards last season. But this is Eric Dungey, the 20 year old just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He’s already made a name for himself with highlight-reel plays courtesy of his audacious running style, but now he has to change. Again. And if the past is any indication of what’s to come, he shouldn’t have any problem doing so. “Dungey has the chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in college,” wide receiver Steve Ishmael said. “I truly believe that, man.”,Banner video by Griffin Morrow | Video Editor Comments This is placeholder text Advertisement Published on August 31, 2016 at 8:02 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Badgers put up 48 points in shutout win over Golden Eagles

first_imgFor the first time since 1958, the Wisconsin football team begins the season with two shutout wins, as the Badgers trounced Tennessee Tech University 48-0 Saturday afternoon.Coming out of a 45-0 win over Massachusetts last week, head coach Gary Andersen saw the dominance on the field continue, finding offensive ease and defensive perfection en route to his second win at Wisconsin.“I thought Tennessee Tech gave us a bunch of different looks and different things we needed to be prepared for and we handled it … and bottom line is we handled it both times,” Andersen said. “It’s hard to shut people out. I am proud of the kids, they should be excited, because again that is hard to do.”While the repeated near-perfect defensive performance by Wisconsin — allowing TTU just six first downs and 113 total offensive yards — is the highlight of UW’s season thus far, it was the execution of the two-minute offense to close out the first half that spoke to the potential of this Badger team.An illegal block by Wisconsin on a punt return left the offense starting on its own six yard line with 1:49 left before halftime. Then quarterback Joel Stave took over.The redshirt sophomore showed leadership and control as he took his team down the gridiron, completing 10 of 10 passes and finding redshirt senior tight end Brian Wozniak in the middle of the end zone to put Wisconsin up a commanding 28-0 at the half.“Offensively the highlight that comes to me, and we’ve got to see more of it, is the two-minute drill. That was huge from us,” Andersen said. “We backed up, got out from being backed up, number one, and number two, we then continued down the field and executed at a high level.”Stave continued the streak in the third period to complete 13 straight passes and finished the day 24-29 for 219 yards and three touchdowns.“You want to throw completions, you want to give your guys to make plays and we are doing a great job of protecting, I had plenty of time,” Stave said. “If you can get the ball in the hands of the wide receivers and tight ends they can make great plays, and running backs for that matter.”Stave’s control of the field throughout the game began with the Badgers setting the tone early, forcing the Golden Eagles to fumble the football on the first play of their initial offensive drive.Following the fumble recovery by redshirt senior safety Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin opened up offensive play with a 22-yard scoring drive. Stave found Derek Straus wide open in the end zone to give the fullback his first career touchdown and put UW on the board 7-0.A series of back-and-forth three-and-out drives to follow was broken by sophomore Melvin Gordon exploding on a 65-yard rush to the six yard line late in the first quarter, setting up Stave to connected with his go-to wide receiver, redshirt senior Jared Abbrederis, for a 14-0 Badger lead.The Golden Eagles responded with a 12-yard completion to earn their first first-down conversion of the game, but dual-threat quarterback Darian Stone continued to struggle against the Badgers’ new 3-4 defense.Stave and the UW offense appeared in control heading into the second quarter after a big third-down completion to redshirt senior tight end Jacob Pedersen for 27 yards.However TTU’s young defense — including four players who made their first career starts last week in the Golden Eagles 63-7 win over Cumberland University — halted the Badger progress as junior safety Austin Tallant picked off Stave at the TTU 28 yard line to hand the quarterback his second interception of the season.“Any young player, you are going to live with ups and downs and it’s magnified when it’s the quarterback,” Andersen said. “Joel is coming around. I would say there were times when leadership appeared better today than it has been throughout camp and last game and I was proud to see that.”The momentum didn’t shy away from the Badgers, as Gordon danced his way down the end line on a 37-yard run to put UW up three touchdowns with 3:44 remaining in the half.Stone responded with a quick 14-yard completion, but two big tackles by redshirt sophomore Darius Hillary stopped the Golden Eagles in their tracks, handing the ball back to Stave in the final two minutes of the half.The second half proved to be an increasingly familiar Wisconsin tale of running backs trading off touchdown-runs. First up was a two-yard run by senior James White, putting Wisconsin up 34-0 after the right goal post rejected kicker Kyle French’s extra-point attempt.It then became time for freshman running back Corey Clement to dominate. The new star added 14 points to the UW scoreboard in the fourth quarter, including a 75-yard touchdown run to give UW a final score of 48-0.For the second game in a row and just the fourth time in program history, three Badger running backs finished with over 100 total yards. Clement lead the pack with 149 yards on 13 carriers to average 11. 5 yards-per-rush, and Gordon and White came in just behind with 140 yards and 109 yards on the game, respectively.“They said it was my turn and I was like all-right I am not going to let you guys down. It’s time to go to work. I believe we have a very competitive group and that’s what drives all of us to be more competitive,” Clement said.While the highly anticipated TTU spread offense failed to put a score on the board, punter Chad Zinchini repeatedly punished the Badgers with poor field positioning. The senior punter averaged 50 yards on nine punts, including a 70 yarder that darted out of play at the UW one-yard line.After two solid performances to begin their 2013-2014 campaign, the Badgers will face their first true test of the season at Arizona State next Saturday, and they aren’t without areas to improve on.The Badgers failed to convert on a late field goal attempt with Jack Russel’s 31-yard attempt colliding, again, with the right goal post, this time on the opposite side of the field.Wisconsin also took several penalties that remained on the mind of Andersen following the game.“Penalties we’ve got to take a long hard look at … those were good plays and we’ve got to try and stop that. The hold on the sidelines and the push in the back on the punt return,” Andersen said. “Fairly clean overall, we’ve got plenty to work on trust me.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s big 3 goes silent in 60-44 loss at No. 5 Duke

first_img Published on February 24, 2018 at 11:13 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 DURHAM, N.C. — Jim Boeheim joked that his good friend, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, should not have been permitted to run the patented 2-3 zone defense that Boeheim himself so famously deploys.“I don’t think that Coach K should even be allowed to play zone,” Boeheim said with a smile. “I’m surprised he can even do that.”But Duke’s zone was no joke.The No. 5 Blue Devils (24-5, 12-4 Atlantic Coast) harassed an inconsistent Syracuse offense on Saturday afternoon, holding SU (18-11, 7-9) to just 44 points in a 60-44 Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Particularly, the zone forced the Orange to settle for outside shots, which were many times forced at the end of the shot clock. Many of them did not fall. The Blue Devils staved off the very heartbeat of Syracuse: the trio of Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett finished with more turnovers (11) than shots made from the field (10). They combined for just 29 points after a first half in which they had totaled four points.Syracuse’s defense allowed the Orange to hang tight through 30 minutes of play, which gave SU’s big three a chance to make the game close in the final minutes. But the offense’s engine never gained traction and SU’s leading trio was neutralized.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a result, what was already known became clearer: No matter how strong its defense is, Syracuse needs production from its three-leading scorers to win.Marvin Bagley III, the star Duke freshman who likely will be a top-five pick in this year’s NBA Draft, scored a game-high 19 points. He said Duke forced SU to shoot contested jumpers and 3s because of an active, alert and communicative zone. It was packed airtight inside, meaning dribble drives came at a premium. The Orange expected the zone, players said, but Duke “just played really high,” Battle said. “They made it tough for us to get good 3-point looks.”Syracuse struggled to create off the dribble and get inside. The Orange shot 6-for-25 from deep and just 31.5 percent overall. The middle was packed. SU tried working the high post but that failed. On several occasions, Howard was frustrated to see Marek Dolezaj or Brissett not flash to the high post. The Orange tried setting outside screens, too, but Duke applied perimeter pressure to those.That Syracuse could find little offense out of the high post and off the dribble made SU settle for passes around the perimeter, which led to outside shots. Howard said he was comfortable with every 3-pointer he took, even though he was just 2-for-10 from deep. He had been 0-for-7 until he hit two in a row at the end of the game. Duke elevated its forwards, Howard said, to further disrupt SU’s shots outside.“We’re definitely more of a perimeter-oriented team, and they understood that,” Howard said. “They did a great job of adjusting. Against other teams, we might want to pack it in a little more or kind of force guys into some looks on the outside or not let them get in the middle. We allowed them to get in the middle for whatever reason, but then they wanted to take us out the game.”The solutions are clear to both Boeheim and his players. First, the shots need to fall with more regularity. Second, the Orange could benefit from production out of the high post. And third, passes need to be crisper, players said. After one of several SU passes was stolen, assistant coach Allen Griffin perked up. “Bounce that,” he said, as the Orange committed 17 turnovers, 13 of them steals by Duke.Two games remain on Syracuse’s regular-season schedule, and the ACC Tournament looms in 10 days. Boston College, which SU scored 81 points against last month, hosts the Orange on Wednesday night. In the teams’ last contest, Syracuse shot 29-for-48 from the field and 7-for-16 from deep, an effort SU will try to replicate its next time out.Because if its big three fails to kick-start the offense, SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes could slide.“They really did a good job with Ty(us) and staying close to him,” Boeheim said. “We got the… We don’t convert in there very well. Oshae has to score for us in that area, and he couldn’t get anything going today. They did a good job staying with Tyus like we did with Grayson (Allen). They didn’t make any 3s until the last one and we did a pretty good job on the 3-point line.“You’re not going to win the game if you don’t score.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Buju Banton’s ‘Upside Down 2020’ Album Debuts at No. 2 on…

first_imgSongs such as ‘Memories’ featuring John Legend at 21, ‘Yes Mi Friend’ featuring Stephen Marley, and Cherry Pie featuring Pharrell at #49 were some of the standout songs. Buju’s highest charting song on this week’s iTunes reggae top 100 was ‘Blessed’ which hit #10. Buju Banton’s album ‘Upside Down 2020’, his first in a decade, sold 2,995 copies in its first week and debuted at number two on the chart (which combines streaming and sales). Now being hailed as an official successful comeback, Dancehall veteran Buju Banton secured the number two on this week’s Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with his latest release. ‘Upside Down 2020’ is Banton’s follow-up album to acclaimed ‘Before The Dawn’, released in 2010. That album won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album that year and was Banton’s last project before he went to prison in the United States in 2011. Released June 26 by Gargamel Music/Island Records/Roc Nation, the 18-track set featured eight of nine Buju Banton entries in the top 100 iTunes reggae charts. last_img read more

OFFICIAL: Ghana FA writes to FIFA over Egypt security situation

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) has asked FIFA to switch the venue for their World Cup playoff return-leg in Egypt to a safer neutral venue due to the current social and political unrest in the North African country.In a letter to the world governing body, the GFA expressed its worry over the growing violence in Egypt as the capital Cairo has been penciled as the venue for the return leg clash on 19 November.The GFA is concerned that FIFA has reportedly approved Cairo as the venue for the return leg to be played in front of spectators when themilitary has prevented fans from watching matches in their stadia over the past two years because of the turmoil and social unrest in the country.The GFA revealed FIFA has still not confirmed the venue for the return match even though deadline for the submission of the venues for the ten playoff matches for Africa has elapsed.Violent clashes between security forces and protesters of the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood has left more than 60 people dead in the past 48 hours which has sparked concerns among the Ghana players and their officials.“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) wishes to kindly request FIFA to move the venue for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying second-leg, play-off between Egypt and Ghana on 19th November, 2013 from Egypt to a safe and secure venue,” the GFA letter to FIFA read. “Our request is premised on the alarming and fast deteriorating security situation in Egypt. Since the date, kick-off and venue for the second-leg match were set, no official information has been received by the GFA from the Egypt Football Association of FIFA contrary to article 19 (2) of the Regulations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil.“Unfortunately, we have learnt about the date, kick-off and venue for the second leg match between Egypt and Ghana from the media. We are still waiting to receive the said information as per the relevant Regulations and the letter dated September 16, 2013 signed by Mr. Gordon Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup & Olympic Qualifiers to the ten countries participating in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-offs for Africa.”The GFA said countries with similar social unrest problems were asked to play their qualifying matches at safer venues insisting FIFA must not put the lives of players and officials at risk by playing in Cairo.“The GFA is gravely concerned that for the past two years Egyptian authorities have only allowed football matches to be played without spectators yet Ghana has reportedly been asked to play Egypt in Cairo before fans. It is noteworthy that Egypt played all their home qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup with Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Guinea in Egypt without spectators.“Local clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek played their recent CAF Champions League matches behind closed doors as the security authorities refused the supporters access to the games because of the current turmoil in Egypt. “Just two weeks ago a fan of a local club Zamalek was killed following clashes between ultras and security forces outside the club’s headquarters.“Since then the violence in Egypt has escalated leaving the GFA and some of the Black Stars players to express their grave concern over their safety for the match scheduled for Cairo in November, 2013.“We are seriously concerned about the security and safety of our delegation and spectators if the match would be played in Egypt as events in the country pointedly indicate that our delegation could be exposed to danger as the violence and insecurity in the country continues relentlessly.”The GFA says it sympathizes with the current predicament of the Egyptian FA but Ghana is not willing to compromise on the security of its players and officials.“Much as we sympathize with our brothers at the Egyptian Football Association, we are highly concerned about the security and safety of our players, officials and supporters and would like FIFA to take the necessary steps to protect lives and from both Ghana and Egypt during the second-leg game. “The GFA is asking FIFA to re-evaluate the decision to host the World Cup playoff in Egypt in November as the safety of our delegation would be as risk if the match is played in Cairo.“Consequently, we hereby kindly request that in consonance with FIFA’s tradition in similar circumstances, the match be moved to a neutral venue to forestall the potential but avoidable threat to life and property.”last_img read more

Harry Redknapp believes Ayew signing is a major coup

first_imgFormer QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes the acquisition of Andre Ayew by Swansea City on a free is a smart piece of business. The Ghanaian international was a big figure in France, scoring 60 French top-flight goals over the past five seasons and attracting many suitors from the big European clubs.With his contract expiring this summer, there was a scramble for Ayew’s signature with Swansea City coming out tops pulling off a real coup by bringing him in ahead of heavy competition.Signing Ayew on a four-year deal, Garry Monk’s side further enhanced their credentials as an established top-half Premier League side and Redknapp believes it’s potentially a real value-for-money deal.“An excellent free transfer. Had he not wound down his contract at Marseille he would command a transfer fee of around £15million,” Redknapp told the Sun.“I know there were other clubs chasing this guy, 25, so for Swansea to get him is a big coup. He can play wide and come into the middle or right down the center.” “This is a deal that if it comes off it could prove one of the best value-for-money transfers of the entire summer without capturing massive headlines,” he added.The 25 year old comes to Swansea with loads of experience participating in two World Cups, winning the youth World Cup and several Champions League football under his belt.–last_img read more