Published on September 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Now that Syracuse has two games under its belt, more and more is becoming clear in terms who will contribute for the Orange. SU’s 30-17 win over Wake Forest provided some insight on whose stock is rising and falling as the season unfolds.Stock up – Donnie Simmons, senior defensive endSyracuse beat up Wake Forest sophomore quarterback John Wolford and Donnie Simmons was at the forefront of it. Simmons’ pick-six early in the second quarter put the Orange up 13-7, giving SU some momentum and accounting for the Orange’s only first-half touchdown.Late in the third quarter, Simmons caused disruption on three consecutive defensive plays as Syracuse turned the game in its favor for good. With SU trailing 17-13, Simmons flushed Wolford out of the pocket forcing him to throw out of bounds. WFU punted on the next play and one play later, the Orange’s Brisly Estime scored an 89-yard touchdown.When Wake Forest got the ball back, Simmons rushed from the right and forced Wolford to his left, where he was then sacked by Luke Arciniega. On the next play, Simmons again got in the backfield and tipped a pass, forcing WFU into third-and-13.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStock up – Syracuse’s running backsWhile none of SU’s running backs had more than nine carries individually, the unit as a whole complemented freshman quarterback Eric Dungey well. Devante McFarlane, George Morris and Jordan Fredericks combined for 101 yards on 21 carries as Syracuse only had the ball just under 26 minutes.After the game, head coach Scott Shafer mentioned the importance of having a strong running game to take pressure off Dungey. While the signal caller worked through a lackluster first half, the run game kept SU afloat before his two second-half touchdown passes broke the game open.Stock down – Julian Whigham, senior cornerbackWhigham is one of just three returning starters on the defense and is the most experienced player in Syracuse’s secondary. But against Wake Forest, Whigham didn’t play like it. He got burned by WFU wide receiver K.J. Brent in the first quarter. Brent blew by Whigham after a play-action fake and Wolford’s pass went over the top of him and safeties Chauncey Scissum and Rodney Williams for the 40-yard touchdown.Later in the game, Whigham had multiple chances at interceptions but couldn’t catch the ball so he had to settle for two pass breakups on the day.With sophomore cornerback Corey Winfield picking up his second interception in as many games on Saturday, Whigham’s status as SU’s most reliable defensive back is quickly fading.Stock down – Alvin Cornelius, junior wide receiverCornelius was slotted opposite sophomore Steve Ishmael on the preseason depth chart, but he has since lost his starting spot to Estime and wasn’t even targeted once against Wake Forest. Estime has had two touchdowns in two games while Cornelius has just one reception for 11 yards this season.With a young quarterback who mostly threw underneath and to non-wide receivers, Cornelius’ role in Syracuse’s offense could be diminished. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Liam Myles from the Tipperary Association Dublin says it should be a great night, hopefully with the very special guest of Liam McCarthy. Plans have been announced for a match reception for Tipperary hurling fans after the All Ireland Final Replay next week.The Tipperary Association, Dublin, along with the Tipperary Supporters Club and the county board have organised a ‘Fan Zone’ event in Louis Fitzgerald Hotel at Newlands Cross on Saturday night.The senior hurling team, along with management will attend the event, with a marquee planned that can hold up to a thousand people.
Chaos erupted at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court after prisoners and police officers, came to blows.The fracas was triggered by the non-hearing and subsequent adjournment of several court cases.A number of prisoners and police officers had to seek medical attention for injuries sustained in the melee, which took place shortly before midday in the cell block area located in the downstairs section of the courthouse on St Vincent Street.Prisoners in the Eighth Court became enraged after acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle informed attorneys and several of their clients who are charged with murder, that she was unable to preside over their matters and had no choice but to adjourn them to a later date “for further instructions” on how the matters were to proceed.
Neymar has hinted that he could be tempted by a move to England amid reports that he is wanted by Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.The Brazilian forward is currently on international duty and revealed that he is keen to learn English when he can fit it in between his football and family commitments.Barca are confident that they are at the front of the queue to sign Neymar, but Chelsea have also been linked with the Santos forward in recent months.“I want to learn a worldwide language like English,” the 20-year-old is quoted as saying by Sport.“Now I would love to learn English and also Spanish, but between travelling with football, my family and my child I have not time to do so. I hope that I can organise things and do a course.”Speculation surrounding his future is reported on a weekly basis and only recently he was advised not to move to Europe by the legendary Pele, who feels he should stay at home for longer. “I disagree that Neymar should leave for Europe now. Last year Neymar’s agent spoke to his father, because he had an offer to go to England,” Pele told Fox Sports.“When I found out, I went to see them and told them it wasn’t the right time to make the leap into English football, because it’s very tough and Neymar, who is an excellent player, isn’t physically up to it.”Despite not making his name in Europe yet, Neymar is idolised in Brazil and is ranked as the seventh highest paid football player in the world.
Dozens of the world’s top female soccer players are suing governing body FIFA for discrimination over plans to stage matches at next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada on artificial turf.A lawsuit, lodged by the players against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association at the Ontario Human Rights tribunal, argues that matches at the men’s World Cup are always played on grass.The suit accuses FIFA and the CSA of “engaging in discrimination against female players,” saying that next year’s tournament will “take place on literally unequal playing fields,” as compared to the men’s.“Instead of the natural grass surfaces on which all prior men’s and women’s World Cups have been played… CSA and FIFA have directed that the upcoming women’s tournament be played on artificial turf,” said the filing.The players say that requiring them to play on a “second-class surface” would “fundamentally alter” their style of play, would subject them to injuries, and devalues their “dignity, state of mind and self respect.”They concluded in their submission saying this differential treatment is against Canada’s human rights laws. The plaintiffs include reigning FIFA Player of the Year Nadine Angerer of Germany, 2012 Ballon d’Or winner Abby Wambach of the United States, as well as players from Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Spain.They asked the rights tribunal to order FIFA and the CSA to install grass over artificial turf at stadiums in several Canadian cities that will host the tournament, or move the games to stadiums with grass pitches.A CSA spokeswoman, Michele Dion, told AFP the organization would review the complaint before commenting publicly.
The days of the Cowboys pretending Prescott and the offense could function smoothly without anyone even resembling a No. 1, ace, go-to receiver are over. Coincidentally, so is the NFC East race.Dallas’ 29-23 win over Philadelphia — on the tip-drill, game-winning touchdown catch by Cooper, his third score of the game — all but wrapped it up. It was the Cowboys’ fifth straight win, including two over the Eagles and another, a rematch, over the then-division leader Washington on Thanksgiving. All five came with Cooper on board after the trade with the Raiders.PLAYOFF PICTURE: Cowboys pushing Bears in NFCThe Cowboys obviously needed someone like him. The price, a first-round pick, was hotly debated, and rightfully so. They clearly would have to pony up one way or another for a receiver of that caliber. The question was whether Cooper was that caliber. They’re 5-1 since his arrival, including those five in a row. He has had games of 180 and 217 yards along the way. He has looked like the monster who came out of the blocks in his rookie year in Oakland and made him and Derek Carr seem like the franchise’s anchor offensive duo for the next decade.Cooper is that caliber.He’s also this good at being that guy: He told reporters that, on the 75-yard bomb that gave the Cowboys the fourth-quarter lead and answered the game-tying score by the Eagles, he had basically talked Prescott into changing the call for him.”When I broke the huddle, I was kind of mad, and I was kind of like, ‘Dak, come on,'” Cooper told media after the game. “He was just like, ‘’Run it, bro.’ And I guess he thought about it again, and he kind of signaled a go route, and I was elated when he did that.”Prescott did not always make the most of his 54 passes, of course, with two ghastly interceptions. If not for an egregiously bad call that negated a late Eagles touchdown, the Cowboys might have lost in regulation, and making the case for Cooper wrenching them back in the right direction would have been tough.Regardless, the Cowboys can make somewhat surprising playoff plans because of that move. Jerry Jones deserves the heat he gets for his personnel decisions. He deserves the credit for signing off on this one.As for Elliott? He ran for 113 against the Eagles and gained 192 total from scrimmage. He’s averaging 171.6 total yards a game during the streak. Ironically, the schedule convinced both teams to take extra care with key players: They sat Melvin Gordon and Eric Berry, respectively, on Sunday, with this game in mind. That might not necessarily be why both teams barely escaped with their lives Sunday, but they might have given their teams some breathing room. Instead, the Chiefs survived the Ravens at home in overtime, and the Chargers halted a game-tying two-point try by the Bengals to also win, at home.More twists: Many have been waiting for both teams to pull late-season fades and to underachieve at the worst time, as they have in past years. And with three weeks left, it hasn’t happened with either.From beginning to end, they’ve been the dominant teams in the conference all season. The winner will see a clearer path to the Super Bowl (with the usual opposition always lurking, but still pretty clear). — Eagles can’t run, can’t fly —An important factor in the Eagles’ slide onto the playoff bubble has not really been forgotten — it’s been mildly overlooked at best. But last year, when they won the Super Bowl, they led the NFL in rushing (thanks in no small part to Carson Wentz’s abilities before he tore up his knee). Then, they had Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount peaking along with Wentz.Now, they have neither: Ajayi’s season ended in Week 5 when he tore his ACL. Blount is in Detroit, and Sunday’s loss came one day shy of the one-year date since his torn ACL last season. Against the Cowboys, the Eagles rushed for 34 yards, at 2.4 yards a carry, managed one first down on the ground and, not coincidentally, were just 1-for-9 on third down the entire day. The Eagles’ offense has struggled lately in the red zone; their rushing game has been mostly nonexistent no matter where they are on the field.There’s no real path for them to get better the rest of the way. Wentz has shown glimpses of his pre-injury self at best. The defense has been overworked; the final numbers (576 yards) are deceptive, especially since they got three turnovers, three sacks and tons of pressure, but got very little help from the offense until it was almost too late.Any kind of a consistent threat, from any of the backs or from Wentz, could keep the Eagles alive. But they’re running (no pun intended) out of time.— It really was miraculous in Miami —The finish in Dallas was only the second-craziest final play of Sunday’s games. To put that Kenyan Drake lateral game-winning touchdown for the Dolphins against the Patriots in perspective … those kinds of plays more often end like this, from last season’s Chiefs-Washington game in Kansas City:WILD ending to #WASvsKC! pic.twitter.com/Vo7bD9M5R0— NFL (@NFL) October 3, 2017(And when it does work, it doesn’t guarantee victory, as the Saints found out the hard way in an infamous 2003 occurrence against the Jaguars. Try not to say the name “John Carney” around the Saints faithful.)To be clear, Rob Gronkowski clanking and clunking in an attempt to catch Drake was not the direct reason the Patriots didn’t stop him before he reached the end zone. But it didn’t help. Neither did the fact that he was even in on that final play, as many immediately pointed out. Bill Belichick inserted him, as most coaches do in some form, as the last line of defense against a Hail Mary, except that the odds that the Dolphins would try one from 69 yards away, with Ryan Tannehill and his bad shoulder, were not good.😯OH. MY. MIAMI. pic.twitter.com/dcmJm7bbt5— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 9, 2018Clearly this is not as simple a decision as it looks, though. On Aaron Rodgers’ 2015 Hail Mary to beat the Lions, Detroit had smartly set up for laterals the play before, from 76 yards away. But that notoriously sketchy facemask call gave the Packers an extra play and 15 extra yards.The Lions still played for a lateral — then-coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged it afterward — and got burned.— For Patriots-Steelers loser, bye-bye to the bye? —Last year when the Patriots and Steelers met in December at Heinz Field, the stakes were home-field throughout the AFC playoffs. (The Patriots won, remember, thanks largely to the Jesse James call.) Now? Thanks to some grotesque recent losses — and both teams losing Sunday — a date on wild-card weekend might be the fate of the loser.Without plowing through too many of the scenarios: The 7-5-1 Steelers, losers of three straight, likely have already played themselves out of a first-round bye and are still shaky in their own division, even with the Ravens losing Sunday. They played the whole game without running back James Connor, nearly the whole second half without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and most of the game without a playoff-level defense (again) … then blew it on a kick at the end of the game (again).The Patriots have now lost twice in the last four weeks and, at 9-4, are even with the Texans in the AFC seeding. Yes, they have the head-to-head tiebreaker. Also yes, losing in Pittsburgh would make their path harder. The last time they didn’t have that bye was the 2009 season; they lost on opening weekend at home to the Ravens.None of which would be a problem, of course, had somebody tackled Kenyan Drake.— Saints still need home sweet Dome —The Saints were losing 14-3 to the Bucs midway through the third quarter on a sloppy Sunday in Tampa, and their run of terrible offensive quarters was threatening to extend to seven, dating back to the previous Thursday’s loss in Dallas. Then they blocked a punt, turned that into a touchdown, scored on their next three possessions and more or less coasted to a 28-14 win. It clinched a second straight NFC South title … and, thanks to the Bears, sat them back in the driver’s seat for the Super Bowl.It also took some of the heat off of the suddenly disappearing offense. What they had done in a three-game stretch the previous month — 45, 51 and 48 against the Rams, Bengals and Eagles — had gradually slowed to a relative trickle. It wasn’t relative, in fact, in the Cowboys game and half of the Bucs game.The offense might not be broken, or even damaged, or need actual fixing. But considering the last two games took place on the road, it’s a good reminder that, while the 11-2 Saints aren’t perfect at home, they could use home-field in the playoffs more than most. The Cowboys loss suddenly meant they needed help. After the Rams fell in Chicago on Sunday night, though, the Saints now just have to win out, thanks to that head-to-head tiebreaker over LA.Four of the Saints’ six games of 40 or more points have come in the ‘Dome. Dak Prescott took the field with the Cowboys on Sunday with Ezekiel Elliott sharing his backfield, as usual, and threw it 54 times in an overtime game. It sounds insane, even factoring in the overtime.Clearly, it’s not, because Prescott, once again, had Amari Cooper. — The problem in Washington is everybody —The obvious question to Washington coach Jay Gruden was whether his job was in jeopardy after his team all but no-showed at home against a Giants team playing without Odell Beckham Jr., losing 40-16.”My job is in jeopardy every week,” he answered, “so I just have to go about and do the best I can to get these guys ready to go.”They did not look ready, and neither Gruden nor anyone else had an idea why. It fell apart for this team so fast, just four weeks after they held a two-game lead in the NFC East at 6-3. Of their four straight losses since, three have come in the division, and two have come at home — after cornerback Josh Norman had admonished fans for not being supportive enough.Discussing where they are in the playoff chase is foolish, considering they plan to start a fourth different quarterback in four games, Josh Johnson, next week in Jacksonville.— Game of the week, on the wrong night —If only they could play this on regular rest, instead of on a short week. The spotlight would have found them anyway, for certain. Nevertheless, this is what football nation gets: the 10-3 Chargers against the 11-2 Chiefs in Kansas City, for control of the AFC West and most likely home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.On a Thursday night, though.
“We just got to grow up, to be honest with you,” Jordan Clarkson said following Monday’s practice. “The game started being easy for us and we tend to relax. That’s where we got to put our foot down and do what we’re supposed to do, move the ball, do all the right things, do all the fundamentals.”Unlike those other blunders, however, rallied to hold on and beat the Clippers, 111-102, after their lead was trimmed to four with six minutes remaining.This is where Luke Walton chimes in with the reminder he has offered all season. Wins are nice, but the final result is not as important to the long-term health of the Lakers as the process.“The good thing is we found a way to fight back and get the win,” Walton said, “but that’s still something that needs to be fixed.”It’s actually a trend that has carried over to Lakers practices. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Walton said that on Monday the Lakers were having a great practice before “everything went to hell for six minutes” in a scrimmage.What’s that look like?“We’re locked in, we’re locked in, we’re doing everything, we’re talking, we’re in the coverages,” Walton said. “And then we open it up to a scrimmage and we start turning the ball over and not boxing out, those are things that hurt us.”It’s a habit that can be chalked up to any number of factors. Among them, however, is certainly the Lakers youth.“This is all stuff that you learn to deal with the longer you’re in the league,” Walton said, “and you learn to really value opportunities and that as a young player you don’t see, it’s natural.”He went through it in his own playing career.“I remember, looking back to when I was a rookie, and Phil (Jackson) would call out coverages of sets,” he said, “I had no idea what set he was talking about. Now, it’s common sense because there’s universal sets that are run in this league.”Playoffs?After winning just twice in their last 14 games and watching a promising 10-10 start to the season turn into a 12-22 stinker, one would assume the Lakers would no longer be paying attention to the playoff picture.Thanks to a bizarre first third of the season in the West, with remarkable parity throughout the lower half of the conference, the Lakers are actually just three games out of the eighth playoff seed.“We’re real aware of that,” Clarkson said. “We’re watching.”Sacramento (13-17) currently occupies the eighth spot in the West, but as of Monday, none of the West’s other seven teams was more than four games out of that spot.“It’s crazy because of just all the games that we lost,” Clarkson said. “I feel we almost gave those games away some of those, so just seeing that, even though we’re still right there we’ve got a chance. It’s good for us.”Walton has admitted to getting caught up in all of the Lakers wins early on, but by the end of a brutal December, he is back to cautioning patience.The flip side of that parity, by the way, is that the Lakers are also only one game out of last place. Walton wasn’t ready to start chasing the eight seed. Not the day after Christmas. “If we’re near it months from now,” he said, “then we’ll take a more serious look at it.” EL SEGUNDO >> With stout defense and a confident, balanced scoring attack, the Lakers used the third quarter of Sunday’s victory over the Clippers to exorcise one set of demons.In the fourth, they encountered yet another.After building an 18 point lead, the Lakers nearly coughed it up. Just like they had in Charlotte and Miami in the week before Christmas, the Lakers saw their big double-digit lead reduced to a fraction.It was nearly another attention deficit disaster.
Fox’s NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira agreed with the call on the field, and Troy Aikman on the call for Fox did not. It wasn’t just Aikman, though: Many NFL voices and Tweeters of the universe took to the Tweeter machine to voice their displeasure with the call.This is the exact opposite of a tripping. He moved out of the way to avoid tripping the defender. This BS has to stop. Please NFL. Stop this. pic.twitter.com/J8Lt0RBKls— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 25, 2019Tripping??? pic.twitter.com/XqEaUKmdCg— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) November 24, 2019Ghost tripping call 🤦🏾♂️— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) November 25, 2019You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!They are literally making up tripping calls at this point.I don’t even care who wins and I’m frustrated. I just want a fair game.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) November 25, 2019That’s the second bs tripping call— trey wingo (@wingoz) November 25, 2019“Tripping”The officiating in the NFL continues to be a disgrace week after week and nobody does anything about it.Dallas was screwed here. pic.twitter.com/UvzEmN2dLe— Jake Asman (@JakeAsman) November 25, 2019These refs better make up for that phantom tripping call!! Idc if it was incomplete or not! #Cowboys #Patriots— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) November 25, 2019What a dreadful tripping call.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) November 25, 2019 The refs might be tripping.Instead, it was Cowboys center Travis Frederick who was flagged for tripping late in the fourth quarter Sunday in New England, a call that pushed Dallas back into a tough fourth down. The Patriots would wrap the game soon after, defending Foxboro and securing the 13-9 win over the Cowboys.
LONDON (AP):Arsenal manager ArsÈne Wenger says midfielder Jack Wilshere has fractured his left fibula and will face “a few weeks out”.Wilshere sustained the injury after a training-ground collision last week, but the extent of the damage was only revealed yesterday.Wenger said: “I had a bad surprise because it is a hairline crack in his fibula … there is minimal damage apart from bone damage.”The 23-year-old Wilshere, an England international, has had frequent injury problems throughout his career.He missed five months oflast season after surgery on a left ankle injury sustained against Manchester United in November.
National netballer Nicole Aiken-Pinnock says that she is suffering from fatigue because of inactivity after her Clarendon Gators’ 55-22 loss to the St Catherine Racers in the Berger Elite Netball League at the Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday night.Aiken-Pinnock played at goal defence during the game and says that she is not yet where she needs to be physically.”I haven’t played netball in a very long while, from Fast5 (Netball World Series), I actually just started back my personal training this week so it’s gonna take a lot of work to get me back to fitness.”Aiken-Pinnock says that she hopes she can quickly get back to where she needs to be physically, in order to gel, as she describes it, with her teammates.MORE PRACTICE NEEDED”We need more practice time together,” she says. “We just have to work on some strategies and some techniques that can help us to win games.”The Gators, who are the defending champions, have lost both their matches played to date and Aiken-Pinnock says that the team’s performance is not acceptable for the Elite league.”For an attacking team, we have to get it together and we have to shoot,” she says. “At the end of the day, goals win matches and not just defensive work. We have to get the movement correct, we have to get the passes correct, and we just have to keep working at it and I’m sure that if we work on it, we’ll get it right.”Saturday’s fixtures also saw National Under-21 player Simone Gordon score twenty eight of thirty five goal attempts as the Under-21 Suns beat the Under-21 Shiners 45-36 to get their first win of the season.Former national player Simone Forbes registered twenty one of 29 attempts as the St Ann Orchids kept their 100 percent record going, with a 43-35 win over the Kingston Hummingbirds.email@example.com