Stock up/stock down: A look back at Syracuse’s loss to No. 13 Louisville

first_imgSyracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) played competitively with No. 13 Louisville (2-0, 1-0) for the middle part of Friday’s game, but UofL outplayed SU for the rest of the contest. Louisville went up 21-0 within the first five minutes of the game and ultimately won, 62-28.Here’s a look at where some players and units stood out.Stock upAmba Etta-Tawo, redshirt senior wide receiverIt’s hard to think that Amba Etta-Tawo’s stock could’ve risen at all after catching 12 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Colgate. He was even named the conference receiver of the week for his efforts. In Week 2, Etta-Tawo hauled in 12 catches for 103 yards and two scores against a much better Louisville defense. He was an outlet for quarterback Eric Dungey on broken plays and rollouts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe most important thing to note here is the consistency. One game could’ve been a fluke, but through two weeks he’s one of only two players in the nation with more than 300 receiving yards.Parris Bennett, junior linebackerThere were plays where Parris Bennett looked bad — particularly one where a missed arm tackle at about the 10-yard line resulted in a Louisville touchdown and left Bennett face first in the turf, smacking his hand on the ground. But that applies to nearly everyone on defense on Friday.Despite his miscues, Bennett forced two fumbles — one of which was in the red zone — and finish second on the team with seven tackles.Syracuse’s conditioning and tempoFour separate times — three times in the red zone — Louisville players fell to the ground with what looked like cramps while Syracuse was quickly driving. The Orange’s offense and defense did not have any of the same problems. SU head coach Dino Babers was upset with the stoppages. After the game, Syracuse defensive tackle Steven Clark said he thought some of the instances were fake.Stock downSyracuse’s secondaryOn the first play from scrimmage, Louisville dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson hit receiver James Quick up the seam on the left side for a 72-yard touchdown pass. Quick burned Syracuse safety Antwan Cordy up the middle of the field. Two offensive plays for the Cardinals later, Jackson found receiver Jaylen Smith on a similar route, just on the other side of the field. Smith got inside safety Kielan Whitner for the 61-yard catch. Whitner described it as a “nightmare” scenario for the SU defense. Jackson picked apart the zones, and receivers often ran open across the middle of the field.To make matters worse, Cordy, a starting safety, and Juwan Dowels, a starting cornerback, were both injured in the game and did not return. With cornerback Wayne Morgan still recovering from an injury in training camp and safety Devon Clarke coming off one as well, SU is very thin at defensive back.Jordan Fredericks, sophomore running backJordan Fredericks is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart, but it’s clear he’s not the No. 2 option. The Orange has opted for a rushing attack of primarily Dontae Strickland and Moe Neal. Fredericks had the longest run of the day (29 yards) but got only three carries — all in the fourth quarter when the score was already 62-28. His time in the backfield prior to that consisted mostly of blocking assignments.Fredericks was the No. 1 running back a year ago but lost the spot to Strickland after gaining weight and suffering an injury in the spring. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 11, 2016 at 8:22 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Thunder asking too much for Steven Adams

first_imgThe Thunder are well into the post-Russell Westbrook/Paul George era but the team still has some work to do before it enters the full “Trust the process” rebuilding mode.Namely, the Thunder are looking to offload veterans Chris Paul and Steven Adams. Paul’s remaining contract (three years, $124 million) makes him a tough sell, but the team is also running into issues in trade talks for Adams. According to, the Thunder are reportedly seeking a draft pick, a young player and salary relief for the veteran center, which is apparently too much. That “big guy … small lineup” remark is spot-on regarding the 7-foot Adams, an old-school center who is a good inside scorer and rebounder (13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds per game) but can’t stretch the floor like the modern NBA demands. Adams has never hit a 3-point shot in his six-season career. Dwight Howard has been impressive in Lakers camp, Frank Vogel says Can Kyle Korver make Giannis Antetokounmpo a deadly shooter? “They set the price too high,” a league executive said. “That’s what you’d expect and maybe it will drop as the year goes on. It’s tough to take on his contract (two years, $53 million remaining) and give up picks and players.”Most teams are pretty well set at the center spot now, you have a big guy and you have your small lineup. You can’t just take on a contract like that. There isn’t a big number of teams who could take him.” Related Newslast_img read more

Wellington police notes: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, December 04, 2012•5:12 a.m. Christopher A. Johnson,42,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 66 mph in a 55 mph zone.•7:04 a.m. Karen S. Evans, 34,Wichita was arrested and confined charged with disobeying a stop sign and driving while driver’s license suspended.•Roy Cox, 56,Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with control of animals. (occurred 12-3-12 9;30 p.m.)•1:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal deprivation of property in the 900 block of W. 7th.•10:15 p.m. Erin O. Davis, 33, Derby,Kans.was issued a notice to appear charged with wrong way on one way street.last_img read more

War Dominates Talks at AU Summit

first_imgAlthough the 54-member meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is being held under the theme “Agriculture and Food Security,” the discussions are focusing more on war in Africa than the designated subject matter.A dispatch from the AFP in Addis Ababa indicates that war in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan are the key concerns at the summit.Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom, in a statement earlier said while it may be necessary to discuss the “African renaissance,” it is a painful fact that all present must consider the humanitarian tragedies presently unfolding in the two African countries.Africa’s youngest nation, South Sudan, got independence only two years ago from the Sudan Republic. Unfortunately, it has recently been plunged into a civil war leaving the people of the country divided, creating a serious humanitarian crisis.The war in South Sudan has forced over 800,000 people from their homes as warring parties signed a fragile ceasefire characterized by constant clashes.For the Central African Republic, around a million people out of its 4.6 million population have been forced out of their homes over the past 10 months. Many have lost their lives as a result of the sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians.The African Union has deployed 5,200 strong forces along with 1,600 French troops, and new interim leadership is being installed in the person of Catherine Samba-Penza; who hopes to reunite the people and prepare for future elections.Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom in his statement said unless AU member countries find an urgent solution to these problems, the situations in the two countries would have serious implications for peace and security in the region and the entire continent.Director of the African Centre at the Atlantic Council, Peter J Pham, also commented that AU’s slow response to the crisis in the Central African Republic pointed to a deeper institutional weakness when it comes to rapidly evolving conflicts.Meanwhile, Liberian Foreign Minister, Augustine K. N’gafuan and his delegation had earlier left for Addis Ababa to participate in the AU Foreign Ministers meeting ahead of discussions scheduled for African leaders.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has also left for Addis Ababa to form part of the African Heads of States meeting.The controversial role on the continent of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is also expected to be discussed at the AU’s meeting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more