Syracuse can still prove legitimacy in Big East play

first_imgAfter Syracuse’s 17-10 loss to Minnesota, Doug Marrone tried to keep his players believing. Their 1-3 record said they were anything but a good football team, but the head coach sat in front of the microphone and said otherwise.Marrone said he and his players knew they were better than their record, despite the inevitable beliefs of those outside the program.“I told them that perception is what other people think of you,” Marrone said after the loss. “Your character is who you are.”Right now, the perception of the Syracuse football program is reality. The Orange has lost eight of its last nine games, and its lone win during that stretch came against Football Championship Subdivision-opponent Stony Brook. It’s hard to believe the program can turn it around based on its first four games this season.But when Syracuse takes on Pittsburgh in the Carrier Dome on Friday, Marrone and his players have the chance to show everyone who they are. They have the chance to prove they’re better than their record — that their season isn’t over. And they’ve had a bye week to shore up the turnovers and penalties, and the red zone and tackling issues that have been prevalent during their disappointing start.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s Big East opener represents its last chance to prove the doubters wrong and get back on track. In a conference with just two teams in the Top 25 that has traditionally been the weakest Bowl Championship Series conference in the nation, Syracuse can make its season with a strong showing in league play.It starts against a Pittsburgh team that lost its first two games to FCS opponent Youngstown State and Cincinnati by a combined 65-27. Though Pitt recovered to win its next two games, it’s a team SU needs to beat if it wants to save its season.And with a full week to prepare, the Orange should be ready to go. Marrone heaped blame on himself in the past week on the Big East coaches’ teleconference, saying the program’s performance has been unsatisfactory under his standards. He said he’s failed to prepare his team in nearly all aspects.“You would hope that the motivation level and the inspiration level is at its highest point each time, and I think that’s something obviously I’ve done a poor job of,” Marrone said during the teleconference on Monday. “And I have to find a way to get this team ready to play like we have played at times during the course of my three years here.”Marrone repeated during the last two weeks that turnovers and penalties have killed the team through four games. And those failures are a direct reflection of him as a coach.Syracuse ranks 109th in turnover margin and 114th in penalties per game out of 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.On Monday, he took a moment to reflect on the team’s last Big East win over West Virginia — a team making headlines this season as a member of the Big 12.It was the Orange’s last Big East win. SU committed just three penalties for 25 yards and didn’t turn the ball over once in that game.“We played extremely hard. We played well. We didn’t turn the ball over. We didn’t commit penalties,” Marrone said of the 49-23 win over WVU during the teleconference. “We did a lot of things that I’ve talked about previously we were very good at.”Since then, those strengths have become weaknesses and SU hasn’t put it all together.But that’s the type of team Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst expects to face Friday night in the Carrier Dome.“They’ve had some tough games but also played some, I think, some really good teams,” Chryst said during the teleconference. “So I expect that they’ll be very well prepared.”After a bye week in which Marrone reexamined his work over the last four years building the program, Syracuse needs to come out sharp on Friday to back up Marrone’s words after the Minnesota loss.“We have to work extremely hard to keep getting better and correct the mistakes that we’re making,” Marrone said at the postgame press conference. “And when we do that — and it’s probably not as much as what people are going to say or talk about — but when we do that, we’ll be a very good football team and we’ll win a lot of games.“And I believe that we will do that.”Whether or not Syracuse wins this Friday will reveal its character and identity, and whether or not perception of the program will remain a reality for the 2012 season.Ryne Gery is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at rjgery@syr.edu. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2012 at 2:56 amlast_img read more

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Syracuse offense primed to compete with Mercyhurst in semifinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ This year’s seniors have had their season ended by the same team in each of the last three years. That team is Syracuse’s opponent once again in an upcoming win-or-go-home contest, but the Orange’s offense is more primed than ever to pull off the upset.Syracuse (20-13-3, 9-8-3 College Hockey America) faces Mercyhurst (22-7-4, 15-3-2) in the CHA semifinals Friday at 4 p.m. in Erie, Pa. The top-seeded Lakers have a strong defense, but the Orange has scored 10 goals in its last two games, its highest total for a two-game span this entire season.“You want to be playing your best hockey down the stretch,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Regardless of who you’re playing, if you score that many goals, it just gives confidence to the team as a whole.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has shown that it can put the puck in the net against Mercyhurst, as the Orange has scored nine goals in four games against the Lakers this season.In those four games, SU lost by one goal twice, two goals once and tied once. But for a team that’s reaching its peak offensively, Syracuse is more confident than ever that its high-powered attack gives it the best chance yet to finally break through and beat Mercyhurst for the first time in program history. “We really need to get it out of our heads that we haven’t beaten them before,” sophomore Nicole Renault said. “It’s one-and-done, and I think we can get it done.”Renault and fellow sophomore Melissa Piacentini are the two leading point-scorers on the team, having combined for 57 on the season.But it’s the offensive contributions of everyone else that make the Orange such a lethal threat. Nineteen different players have scored or assisted this year, and 12 players have amassed double-digit point totals.Piacentini mentioned how important Syracuse’s depth can be, especially when the magnitude of the game calls on each player to be at her best.“It’s playoffs, so you have to do all the little things right,” Piacentini said. “It’s the biggest part of the season, so for (everyone) to step up is really important.”Flanagan noted how his team doesn’t have a Christine Bestland or Christie Cicero, the Lakers’ clear-cut main offensive weapons.Rather, Syracuse’s depth allows it to have a strategic advantage before the game even starts.“When you do video and talks with the team, they’ve got to respect that we have scoring in layers,” Flanagan said. “From their perspective, you can’t just key on a couple players.”This certainly rang true for the Orange in the quarterfinals, as 13 different players recorded points in the weekend sweep of Lindenwood that featured two Orange blowouts. Players such as freshman Heather Schwarz and senior Cara Johnson didn’t produce much early on in the season, but they’ve kicked it into gear down the stretch.After recording just three points in the first 26 games, Johnson has totaled seven in the last nine. Schwarz had one goal up until the playoffs, but she scored in both games this past weekend.Renault echoed Flanagan in saying that these timely contributions give the Orange a distinct advantage.“We can’t say now who’s going to score,” Renault said. “We can all put the puck in the net, and anyone on our team has the potential to get the game-winner.”Syracuse is in position to pull off a shocking upset, and Flanagan is just fine with being underestimated even as the Orange poses a serious offensive threat.“(Mercyhurst) isn’t worried about it,” Flanagan said. “They’re probably looking right past us. Wouldn’t it be great to go right into their barn and ruin their season.” Comments Published on March 6, 2014 at 12:31 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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No. 6 Syracuse women’s lacrosse routs Binghamton, 16-5

first_img Published on February 18, 2017 at 11:20 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Despite facing two teams in less than 12 hours and facing a well-rested Binghamton team that scored 14 goals two nights ago, Syracuse never trailed at any point in 120 minutes of game time Saturday. For the third straight year, the Orange competed in a doubleheader and swept its opponents with ease.In the latest installment, hours after No. 6 Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) cruised to an 18-6 victory against Canisius (1-2), SU mauled the Binghamton Bearcats (0-2), 16-5, in the Carrier Dome. In the opening 10 minutes, SU overwhelmed the visitors with five goals en route to its third blowout victory of the year.“We stepped up and executed,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “We were playing some great lacrosse.”During the first game of the day, Gait yelled at his team to settle the offense. Against Binghamton, he didn’t have to shout orders. His team locked in from the start.It took Syracuse less than a minute to gain a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Forty-five seconds after the initial draw, freshman Emily Hawryschuk’s eighth goal of the year opened the scoring and SU never looked back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange offense pierced through a paper-thin Binghamton defense. Syracuse tested Binghamton goaltender Emma Jehle repeatedly, generating seven shots and scoring five times in the opening 10 minutes. SU would have scored six if not for a Natalie Wallon shot that beat Jehle but not the post.In an attempt to stifle the Orange attack, Binghamton formed a brigade of defenders around the arc. It didn’t work. Syracuse lulled the Bearcats to sleep with passes along the outskirts of the wall and waited for the defenders to cease their communication with one another.When that happened, an SU attack would dart through the wall, receive a perfectly placed pass and beat Jehle from the doorstep. First it was Hawryschuk, then Riley Donahue, followed by Mary Rahal. With 22:39 left in the first, Neena Merola exploited the same weakness and Syracuse led by four.Binghamton began to clamp down on the interior of the arc. Taylor Gait promptly countered with a shot that fired through the defense and flew over Jehle’s right shoulder to the back of the net. Bearcats head coach Stephanie Allen responded with timeout, but by then it was too little too late.“I think we are just starting to gel,” Gait said. “I think we have been executing well.”The Orange converted stellar defense into efficient offense. Constant midfield pressure held Binghamton to only two shots in the opening sixth of the game. The swarming SU midfield drew six fouls and the sputtering Binghamton attack turned the ball over six times early on.As Syracuse won a game in which the outcome was never really in question, history repeated itself. The Orange started the year with three victories for the fourth straight campaign, this time without all-time great Kayla Treanor.In the first three games, the surging attack has averaged 17.3 goals per contest and scored at least four goals in the first 10 minutes of each game. Syracuse’s recipe thus far: score early, defend with the lead, repeat. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Our Lady’s lose out in Croke Cup semi

first_imgDespite a valiant effort the Tipperary school went down 2-16 to 0-13 against a very strong St Kieran’s side in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools hurling competition.The Kilkenny side, who are aiming the win the competition for the third year in succession, started impressively and had scored 1-1 within two minutes.Our Lady’s responded, though, and trailed by only four points at the break – 1-9 to 0-8. The Tipp school started the second half impressively and it looked for a while as if they could spring a surprise.Such an outcome seemed more likely when Jack Kennedy brilliantly saved a penalty from St Kieran’s sharpshooter Adrian Mullen and David O’Shea got a point for Templemore almost immediately afterwards.However, a Joe Cuddihy goal with eight minutes to go put the defending Croke Cup holders in a commanding position, which they never surrendered.There was, though, a degree of controversy surrounding the strike – Our Lady’s were adamant that one of their players was fouled in the build-up to it.St Kieran’s will Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in the final.last_img read more

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Amateur tennis players to fight for honors at Donyma Tennis Championship

first_imgOver fifty tennis players are expected to participate in the annual Donyima Steel Complex tennis tournament in Kumasi.The Amateur Tournament is an annual event for some categories for members of the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Tennis Club. Winner of this tourney would then be promoted to the “Professional” category of the club.The tournament, sponsored by Donyma Steel Complex-a leading manufacturer of quality strips and roofing sheets will take place at the 4 Garrison Tennis Courts on Friday December 2, 2016.This is the second time within this year that the company is sponsoring the event.According to Club president Samuel Ampadu-Kyei, the event is to promote competition among amateur players of the club.The championship is categorized into men and women singles with Donyma Steel Complex sponsoring the prizes.last_img read more

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Bottas wins Japanese Grand Prix as Mercedes win constructors’ title

first_imgValtteri Bottas won the Japanese Grand Prix with team-mate Lewis Hamilton third behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, securing a Formula 1 record sixth straight World Championship double for Mercedes.The result sealed the constructors’ title with four races to go and, while Hamilton is not quite world champion yet, only Bottas can catch him.It breaks the record set by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari from 2000 to 2004, and confirms this Mercedes team as the greatest in F1 history.Briton Hamilton leads Bottas by 64 points and needs to be 78 clear of the Finn to win his sixth drivers’ title at the next race in Mexico.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said: “It has never been done before and that’s why it feels great.”It’s F1, it’s motor racing. Is it historic? I don’t know. There are more important things out there but for us it feels great.”last_img read more

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Phil Mickelson congratulates Tiger Woods after Masters win: ‘What a great moment’

first_img Masters 2019: Tiger Woods’ comeback win makes Twitter go wild “What a great moment for the game of golf,” Mickelson said. “I’m so impressed by (Tiger Woods’) incredible performance, and I’m so happy for him to capture another Green Jacket. Truly a special day that will go down in history. Congratulations, Tiger!”What a great moment for the game of golf. I’m so impressed by @TigerWoods’ incredible performance, and I’m so happy for him to capture another Green Jacket. Truly a special day that will go down in history. Congratulations, Tiger! #rematch 😎— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) April 14, 2019Woods is now a 15-time major champion, but he had last earned a title in one of those events at the U.S. Open in 2008. Woods career was then sidetracked by injuries and off-the-course issues. He was ranked as low as 1,199th in the world as recently as November 2017. Related News Phil Mickelson praised Tiger Woods after his victory at the Masters on Sunday.Woods claimed his first major title in 11 years by shooting a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish the tournament at -13. Mickelson took to Twitter to congratulate his longtime competitor. “It would be up there with one of the hardest I’ve ever had to win, just because of what has transpired the last couple of years, trying to come back and play,” Woods said Sunday. “I was close last year a couple of times, with a chance in the last two major championships. I applied what I learned from those and was able to seal the deal today.”Woods embraced his family in an emotional moment after his long-awaited victory.A moment between a father and a son.#themasters pic.twitter.com/Ft0ta2mD5o— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 14, 2019“It’s (been) a long time,” Woods said. “It’s just unreal for me to experience this. My mom was here, she was there in ’97, as well. I just couldn’t be more happy and more excited. I’m kind of at a loss for words really.center_img Masters 2019: A timeline of Tiger Woods’ fall and rise “To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. You know, my dad was here in ’97 and now I’m the dad with two kids there.”Mickelson finished the tournament in a tie for 18th place at -6 overall.last_img read more

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College football top 25 rankings: Clemson tops Alabama, Georgia in AP Poll

first_imgAlabama, which lost 44-16 to Clemson in last year’s College Football Playoff championship game, is No. 2. The Crimson Tide have been the Preseason No. 1 five times this dedade, and they are the last team to start and finish at No. 1. Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top five. The Big Ten had seven ranked teams, followed by the SEC at six. College football rankings: AP Preseason Top 25 for 2019RANKSCHOOLVOTES1Clemson (15-0)1,5402Alabama (14-1)1,4963Georgia (11-3)1,4034Oklahoma (12-2)1,3315Ohio State (12-2)1,2616LSU (10-3)1,1997Michigan (10-3)1,1648Florida (10-3)1,0549Notre Dame (12-1)1,04410Texas (10-4)1,00511Oregon (9-4)86012Texas A&M (7-6)85213Washington (10-4)78614Utah (9-5)77215Penn State (9-4)65116Auburn (8-5)57817UCF (13-1)41018Michigan State (10-3)37719Wisconsin (8-5)37020Iowa (8-5)33021Iowa State (8-5)30222Syracuse (10-3)30223Washington State (11-2)20024Nebraska (4-8)15425Stanford (9-4)141Others receiving votes: Missouri 117, Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (FL) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1 Clemson won two national championships the last three seasons, and the school hit another milestone on Monday. The Tigers are ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll for the first time in school history. Clemson returns SN Preseason All-Americans Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne from last year’s 15-0 team, and the Tigers open their season on the ACC Network Aug. 29 against Georgia Tech. last_img read more

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‘The Last Dance’ playlist: Soundtrack featuring every song from ESPN documentary

first_imgwhoever did the soundtrack to The Last Dance deserves an award.— Chiney Ogwumike (@Chiney321) May 11, 2020The soundtrack for Last Dance has been so damn good— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) May 11, 2020And thankfully there’s been an official Spotify playlist released featuring every song that was played throughout the 10 episodes. That playlist can be viewed below.MORE: Three flaws from documentary series ‘The Last Dance’If you’re curious about how the soundtrack was put together, director Jason Hehir explained his process to The New York Times. Rudy Chung, the music supervisor of the series, told the Times the filmmakers initially wanted to use contemporary music for the series.“But I think we pretty quickly realized that the best thing was to tell the story with songs from the era,” Hehir said.Interestingly enough, Hehir said his crew had a unique plan that would involve current rappers such as Kendrick Lamar covering older rap songs. However, that plan was scrapped as it became too time-consuming. It’s also interesting that hip-hop was used frequently throughout the series despite Jordan’s reported dislike for the genre.“The entire story of the Bulls for someone like me, who’s 43 years old, is grounded in nostalgia,” Hehir said. “I really wanted to reflect the music of the times in telling the story of the ’80s and ’90s and the world the Bulls were living in.” The entire Spotify playlist for “The Last Dance” is nearly four hours long and features 55 songs. The caption reads, “Music from and inspired by ‘The Last Dance.'” So some songs, such as “Jumpman” from Drake and Future, may appear in the playlist but weren’t actually in the documentary.The official list of songs featured in the documentary can be seen in the following tweet and it features 29 songs.The Last dance soundtrack. You’re welcome. #TheLastDance ✌🏽 pic.twitter.com/Ta1kKYPdW8— Acheil Tac (@BIG_A23) May 18, 2020Most of those songs can be found on this Apple Music playlist.The Last Dance soundtrackBeen Around The World — Puff Daddy ft. Notorious B.I.G. and MaseSur Le Boulevard Du Rythm Funky — Soon E MCI Ain’t No Joke — Eric B & RakimSirius — Alan Parsons ProjectI’m Bad — LL Cool JPartyman — PrinceThe Maestro — Beastie BoysStill Not A Player — Big PunI Feel Free — Cream How Ya Like Me Now — Kool Moe DeeIf I Ruled The World (Imagine That) — Nas & Lauryn HillThe Choice Is Yours — Black SheepBe Like Mike — Ira AntelisI Got It Made — Special EdCan I Kick It? — A Tribe Called QuestRosa Parks — OutKastHip Hop Hooray — Naughty By NatureConnected — Stereo MCsFantastic Voyage — CoolioThe Sounds Of Silence — SwannSuper Bon Bon — Soul CoughingDown With The King — Run DMCStep Into A World — KRS-OneTeardrop — Jose GonzalezAdagio in D Minor — John MurphyDays Like This — Kenny LattimoreRight Here Right Now — Fatboy SlimVengeance — Zack HemseyPresent Tense — Pearl Jam While ESPN’s documentary series “The Last Dance” has been praised for many things, one aspect that really stood out to viewers was the soundtrack.From OutKast to Kenny Lattimore and Pearl Jam, the playlist for “The Last Dance” was a highlight for many.last_img read more

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Tumwater School District and TOGETHER! Host Back-to-School Community Event

first_imgSubmitted by TOGETHER!Free Back to Basics Community Event served over 250 Tumwater students with back-to-school health services, community connections, and more.Tumwater School District students got free back-to-school help on August 18. The “Back-to- Basics Community Event,” hosted by TOGETHER! and Tumwater School District, offered no-cost immunizations and sports physicals, access to community health services and more. The goal was to eliminate barriers, increase school engagement, and provide additional access for families’ health care needs prior to the start of the year.This truly was a community effort to meet the health needs of our community.The event, which took place at Tumwater Middle School, was a success due in part to the over 70 community, medical and school district volunteers. Over 200 families attended the event. Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps administered 50 no-cost immunizations to 30 pre-school through 12th grade students. 219 middle and high school students were able to access no-cost sports physicals through a variety of volunteer medical providers. Families could access the DSHS Mobile Community Service Office to update food benefits and learn about potential services. SeaMar Community Health Center’s community navigator answered questions about insurance access.Volunteers pitched in to serve over 250 students from the Tumwater School District.Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County provided healthy snacks, and Tumwater School District staff were on hand to answer backto-school questions. Thank you to our additional partners: Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, Surgical Associates, Thurston Country Public Health and Social Services, Providence Tumwater Valley Physical Therapy, Providence Family Practice, and DZines.With these services completed, Tumwater students are ready to engage in learning on the first day of school.Tumwater School District works with TOGETHER! to implement a community schools approach in their district, which increases student engagement and community/school partnerships.The program is funded by the school district and the Community Investment Partnership. TOGETHER! is a local nonprofit organization that engages and mobilizes families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth. Learn more at www.thurstontogether.org. Facebook184Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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