Annie powers to magnificent seven

first_img Mullins said: “She is what I said she could be, but I still don’t know how good she is. She might go for the Grade One (mares hurdle) at Punchestown. “She’s starting to show what she shows at home. She’s a good mare and keeps improving. She could be anything. I don’t know how much is left in the tank. She did it so easy. Ruby said she idled a bit in front. “I didn’t think two and a half miles would be a problem, but I didn’t think it would bring about the improvement she showed. She could easily come back in trip. It looked a slow pace. The faster it got the better she got and the better her jumping got. “I loved her the first day I saw Patrick (Mullins, son) ride her in a bumper. I was taken with her size and scope and she had a lovely pedigree. I thought she could go the whole way. I set about buying her. It took a bit of work to prise her off Jim Bolger, but he’s not too interested in jumping, so that made the job easier. “Quevega is a lovely placid mare, but this mare acts more like a racemare and is more hyperactive.” Annie Power stretched her unbeaten run to seven with a superb display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse. Press Associationcenter_img The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old had beaten male opponents when running out a most impressive winner of a Grade Two at Naas in February, meaning she was the 4-11 favourite for a race which was this year given Grade One status. Ruby Walsh settled her at the rear of the six-runner field for much of the two-and-a-half-mile journey, but she pulled her way to the front still full of running rounding the home bend and dismissed stable companion Glens Melody as she stretched clear for a 12-length win. last_img read more

Wenger wants fans ‘full of hope’

first_img Press Association The Gunners are all but secure of third place, heading into Sunday’s final match of the league campaign against West Brom three points clear of Manchester United and with a superior goal difference. It is, of course, not the ending Wenger would have set out for back in August, a slow start ultimately putting paid to any hopes of a late title charge to reel in Chelsea despite a formidable run since the turn of the year. The Frenchman, though, feels the squad is on the cusp of something special, with the opportunity to retain the FA Cup at Wembley also on the horizon. “We have used our hiccups now at home and we we want to go on the final day finishing on a high and send the fans back home in peace ready for next season,” said Wenger, whose side laboured through a goalless draw with Sunderland on Wednesday night – their third match at home without scoring. “It is also important in the Premiership that they go home full of hope.” Wenger added: “The confidence level (going into the FA Cup final) will come from recent results, and the important result will, of course, be from the game against West Brom, so it is vital.” Much of Arsenal’s upturn in fortunes since the start of 2015 has been down to the consistent performances of Francis Coquelin, who has excelled in a defensive midfield role since returning from a loan spell at Charlton. Wenger has been impressed with the 24-year-old’s determination after at one stage looking to have missed his first-team chance. “When I took him (into the Arsenal academy from Laval), what I liked is the fact that he wins duels and a strength in the challenge, and a strength to read the opponent’s game,” Wenger said. “He lost his way a bit and wanted to be more of a playmaker and I think he lost some time there, then came back to what his real identity is. “Francis is an intelligent boy with big passion for the game and has shown some absolutely remarkable mental strength because he accepted going to Charlton for a month to show he can play. He came back and played.” Wenger added: “His qualities are a good reader of the game, good intelligence, strength in the challenge. “What is very interesting is that the ball comes out of his feet quickly – he is not slow to make the decision. “It is not easy today to find players who have that quality, to win the ball and after that get it out of their feet quickly.” Wenger likened the impact of Coquelin to that of having brought in a £40million signing during the January transfer window. “The fact that it is not a spectacular buy means it goes a bit under the radar and nobody notices too much, but he has had a great contribution,” the Gunners boss added. Manager Arsene Wenger wants his team to show Arsenal fans they can have genuine hope of a sustained Barclays Premier League title challenge next season by finishing this one “on a high”.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. The NHL team announced the update Wednesday but didn’t specify if the people affected are players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive.— New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has ended his quarantine after recovering from the coronavirus. He is now working out of the sprawling new Dixie Brewery in an industrial section of eastern New Orleans. The brewery, owned by Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, is closed to normal operations. But the coach, general manager Mickey Loomis, college scouting director Jeff Ireland and a few other staffers have set up in an expansive room where they can keep their distance from one another and communicate with area scouts through video conferences.— NFL teams are having to adjust to a new normal as they prepare for the NFL draft in three weeks without being able to visit prospects for in-person evaluations and interviews. The league is responding to the global coronavirus pandemic by forbidding teams from hosting prospects or traveling to interview them as they normally do. The pandemic also scuttled many college pro timing days that prospects were hoping to use to make impressions on NFL scouts, so teams will have to rely on game film more than ever. The NFL still plans to open the season as scheduled on Sept. 10.— A player for the Philadelphia Union has tested positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season. The Union did not identify the player, who reported mild symptoms.— The recruiting dead period has been extended in all NCAA Division I and II sports through May 31. Recruiting was shut down on March 13, not long after the cancellation of all winter and spring sports because of the outbreak. The original suspension was through April 15. Associated Press — Arizona State junior big man Romello White is joining teammate Remy Martin in declaring for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 power forward from Atlanta was the Sun Devils’ main inside presence as a junior, averaging 10.2 points and 8.8 rebounds.— Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay) of Kansas, Luka Garza of Iowa, Markus Howard of Marquette, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) of Dayton are the five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top college basketball player. The 44th annual award will be presented on April 7.NCAA-GRADUATION RATES STUDYStudy: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teamsUNDATED (AP) — A diversity report on graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year. The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship. The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.In other developments related to the pandemic:— Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14.— Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free. The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them. Marks also says he can’t rule out the possibility of Durant returning from an Achilles injury that has kept him sidelined since last year’s NBA Finals. Marks says the suspension of the season makes it possible for Durant and injured guard Kyrie Irving to return if the campaign runs into June. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWIIUNDATED (AP) — Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. — IndyCar’s second virtual race has been picked up by NBC Sports Network after the inaugural event drew 600,000 viewers to various online streams. The race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama will be aired Saturday and called by NBC’s booth of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. NASCAR has twice set the esports record for viewers, with more than 1 million tuning into its virtual race last week aired on various Fox Sports platforms.NFL-NEWSPayton unsure if Brees plays beyond 2020UNDATED (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he didn’t mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season.Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New Orleans that he doesn’t know if this is Brees’ last year. Update on the latest sportscenter_img SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse University head football coach Frank Maloney has died at 79.Maloney played center and guard at Michigan from 1959-61 and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater before being hired at Syracuse to succeed Hall of Famer Ben Schwartzwalder.Maloney inherited a team that had finished 2-9 in Schwartzwalder’s final season and guided the Orange for seven seasons. His teams went 32-46 from 1974-80 before serving 27 years as director of ticket operations for the Chicago Cubs.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSHuskies’ Stewart turning proUNDATED (AP) — Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart has declared for the NBA draft after serving as one of the few bright spots for an underachieving Huskies team.The bruising, 6-foot-9 forward was named to the all-Pac-12 first team after averaging 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds in the regular season. Stewart also blocked 65 shots and averaged a team-high 32 minutes per game.In other college basketball news: April 1, 2020 The racial gap on the men’s side had declined the past two years in studies by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida.The institute annually examines graduation rates for men’s and women’s teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. It used final bracket projections from ESPN as a substitute with the tournament canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The study also found male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-MALONEYFormer Syracuse football coach Frank Maloney dead at 79 On Tuesday, Payton was being interviewed on ESPN when he mentioned the Saints had a “unique” quarterback situation because the 41-year-old Brees was coming back for a “final season.” He clarified on Wednesday he really meant to convey the idea that the Saints can’t really know for sure if Brees will keep playing in 2021 until the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns passing makes that call himself.In other NFL news:— The Patriots have released quarterback Cody Kessler who spent time on New England’s practice squad last season. Kessler was inactive for 11 regular-season games as the third-string quarterback behind Brady and Jarrett Stidham.— The Bears have finalized a one-year contract with offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Ifedi made 60 starts at guard and tackle over four seasons for Seattle after being drafted out of Texas A&M with the No. 31 overall pick in 2016. He figures to replace Kyle Long at right guard after the Bears released the three-time Pro Bowl pick.— The Panthers have officially signed free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year contract. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the deal is worth $20 million. The 26-year-old Anderson finished with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns for the Jets last season.last_img read more

Ruthless Australia regain the Ashes

first_imgBy Ian RansomPERTH, Australia (Reuters) – Australia thrashed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third Test in Perth yesterday to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare and condemn Joe Root’s team to a period of gloomy introspection.Seamer Josh Hazlewood finished with a five-wicket haul as England were bowled out for 218 before tea on a rain-hit final day at the WACA.Four years after Alastair Cook’s side meekly surrendered the Ashes at the same venue, Root’s England were condemned to hand back the urn with the same humiliating 3-0 scoreline.Australia quick Pat Cummins wrapped up the match, dismissing Chris Woakes (22) behind the wicket, triggering a round of bear-hugs with whooping team mates in the middle.His captain Steve Smith was named Man-of-the-Match for a second time in the series, his brilliant 239 having left England with an improbable second-innings mountain to climb.“It’s been an amazing couple of weeks, I’ve really enjoyed every moment of it,” the beaming skipper told reporters.“To know everything has worked out and we’ve been able to get that urn back, all the emotions came out at once.”Smith’s dominant series has put his counterpart in the shade, with Root struggling with the bat and let down badly by his senior players across the three defeats at the WACA, Adelaide Oval and in Brisbane.“It’s bitterly disappointing,” Root told reporters.”One of the most frustrating things is we haven’t been blown away.”In all three games there have been period where we’ve matched and outplayed Australia.“I’m sure the next day or so will be pretty tough but we’ve got a bit of time to get ready for Melbourne … and show the character of the group we have.”Heavy overnight showers leaked rainwater onto the pitch in an embarrassment for the WACA ground staff and rain squalls further delayed the resumption of play.But even with some 28 overs and some three hours lost to the weather, it was far from enough to save the tourists, who lost their last six wickets for 85 runs.They resumed in peril on 132 for four, still 127 runs short of making Australia bat again, on a pitch with cracks snaking at both ends of the wicket.Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow, who combined for a gallant 237-run partnership in the first innings, were tasked with the rescue mission but the England wicketkeeper was bowled for 14 on the first delivery he faced. from Hazlewood that skidded low off a crack and clattered into off-stump, in a portent of a miserable afternoon for the tourists.Incoming batsman Moeen Ali was very nearly out four balls later, when he edged the same bowler just short of Smith in the slips.He was unable to capitalise on his reprieve, falling leg-before for 11, with fellow off-spinner Nathan Lyon snaring his wicket for the fifth time in the series.Malan backed up his first-innings hundred with a half-century when he pulled Cummins to the fence.But he was caught behind for 54 trying to pull Hazlewood after being well worked over by the tall seamer.England’s tail had proved hopelessly brittle against Australia’s bouncers throughout the series, and it duly fell over, with Hazlewood claiming his fifth victim when Craig Overton was caught in the gully for 12.Cummins wrapped up the match by having Stuart Broad (zero) and Woakes nick behind, prompting celebrations in the modest day five crowd of 8 082.ENGLAND 1st innings 403 (D. Malan 140, J. Bairstow 119, M. Stoneman 56; M. Starc 4-91)AUSTRALIA 1st innings 662 for 9 decl. (S. Smith 239, M. Marsh 181, U. Khawaja 50; J. Anderson 4-116)ENGLAND 2nd innings (o/n 218-10)A. Cook c & b Hazlewood 14M. Stoneman c Paine b Hazlewood 3J. Vince b Starc 55J. Root c Smith b Lyon 14D. Malan c Paine b Hazlewood 54J. Bairstow b Hazlewood 14M. Ali lbw b Lyon 11C. Woakes c Paine b Cummins 22C. Overton c Khawaja b Hazlewood 12S. Broad c Paine b Cummins 0J. Anderson not out 1Extras: (b-6, lb-11, nb-1) 18Total: (all out, 72.5 overs) 218Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-29, 3-60, 4-100, 5-133, 6-172, 7-196, 8-210, 9-211.Bowling: M. Starc 17-5-44-1, J. Hazlewood 18-6-48-5, M. Marsh 3-1-14-0, P. Cummins 19.5-4-53-2 (nb-1), N. Lyon 15-4-42-2.last_img read more

Holder, Dottin dominate  WIPA/CWI  annual awards

first_imgJASON Holder was the biggest winner at the West Indies Players’ Association/Cricket West Indies (CWI) annual awards night, held on Monday night in Antigua, scooping up the Player-of-the-Year as well as the Test Player-of-the-Year awards.Shai Hope was named the ODI Player-of-the-Year for a second successive time while seam-bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul was recognised as the T20 Player-of-the-Year.All-rounder Deandra Dottin also won big, securing the women’s T20 and ODI Player-of-the-Year awards. Meanwhile, 22-year-old tearaway Oshane Thomas was named the Emerging Player-of-the-Year. Performances between April 2018 and March 2019 were taken into consideration.T20 player of the year Keemo PaulIn February this year, Holder became the first West Indies player to become the top-ranked Test all-rounder since Sir Garfield Sobers in 1974 and claimed 778 rating points, the highest by any West Indies bowler since Courtney Walsh in 2001.And in January, Holder had made an unbeaten 202 – the third-highest score batting at No. 8 or lower in Test cricket – against England in front of his home crowd in Barbados. All told, Holder hit 565 runs in eight Test matches and claimed 40 wickets, including four five-wicket hauls, during the period.Hope amassed 757 runs in 15 innings in ODI cricket at an average of 63.08, including three hundreds and three fifties, during the period.After being plucked out of the CPL, Thomas made his international debut for West Indies in Guwahati in 2018 and added a cutting edge to the seam attack, the highlight being the maiden five-for against England in Gros Islet.Six months after becoming the No.1 all-rounder in women’s T20Is, Dottin dominated the awards for women, taking back the Women’s Player-of-the-Year award. In ODIs during the period, Dottin made 207 runs in six innings in addition to taking 15 wickets with the ball. In T20Is, she bagged figures of 5 for 5 – her best in this format.Off-spin-bowling all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who recently broke into West Indies’ Test squad, was named the Championship Player-of-the-Year while star all-rounder Andre Russell was adjudged Caribbean T20 Player-of-the-Year.Nineteen-year-old left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop, who was snapped up by Barbados Tridents in the CPL draft in May, won the Under-19 Player-of-the-Year award.AWARD WINNERSTest Player-of-the-Year: Jason HolderODI Player-of-the-Year: Shai HopeT20 Player-of-the-Year: Keemo PaulEmerging Player-of-the-Year: Oshane ThomasWomen’s T20I Player-of-the-Year: Deandra DotinWomen’s ODI Player-of-the-Year: Deandra DottinFirst-class Team-of-the-Year: GuyanaChampionship Player-of-the-Year: Rahkeem CornwallSuper 50 Player-of-the-Year: Yanick OttleyCaribbean T20 Player-of-the-Year: Andre Russell Under-19 Player-of-the-Year: Joshua BishopUnder-19 Team-of-the-Year: Trinidad & TobagoUmpire-of-the-Year: Joel WilsonPlayer-of-the-Year: Jason HolderWomen’s Player-of-the-Year: Deandra Dottinlast_img read more

Marcellus softball builds late-season win streak

first_imgFollowing its dramatic 6-5 defeat to Solvay on May 9, the Marcellus softball team had an impressive rebound with a pair of come-from-behind victories in the Mudville Tournament held two days later at Herkimer.Marcellus first faced Susan Wagner, from Staten Island, and edged the Falcons 3-2 before rallying past Oneonta (Section IV) in a 10-4 decision to improve its overall record to 11-3.In the game against Wagner, the Mustangs gave up runs in the first and fourth innings, but scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to erase that 2-0 deficit, with Caroline Crytek, Ellie Mahoney and Hannah Durand scoring those runs. Freshman pitcher Aubrey Fraher took care of the rest, blanking Wagner over the last three innings and limiting them to six hits overall while recording 10 strikeouts.Against Oneonta, Marcellus allied again, this time trailing 3-0 before it erupted for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning, adding three runs in the sixth to pull away from the Yellowjackets.Evelyn Webster’s home run was the key blow as she finished with four RBIs. Elaine Grattan doubled, singled twice and drove in two runs, while Fraher also had three hits and scored twice. Trytek and Emma MacLachlan each had a double and RBI. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Marcellus got another impressive non-league win last Thursday when it beat Liverpool 9-1. A two-run third inning was all that Fraher needed as she overcame 11 hits and constantly worked her way out of possible Warriors rallies.Then the Mustangs put it away with two runs in the sixth inning and five runs in the top of the seventh, Webster going four-for-four with four RBIs to lead the charge. Hannah Durand had three hits and Emily Durand drove in two runs, with Fraher, Grattan and Mahoney earning one RBI apiece.From there, Marcellus faced Skaneateles on Friday afternoon and blasted past the Lakers 15-0, most of the damage rendered in a fourth inning where it put up 10 runs after getting shut out in the first three frames.Not only did Fraher pitch and limit Skaneateles to two hits, she got a double, triple and four RBIs at the plate. Mahoney, MacLachlan, Hannah Durand and Emily Durand each drove in two runs. Trytek and Grattan each had two hits and one RBI.The Lakers had just beat Phoenix 6-4 on Thursday, Lexi Cottrill pitching a shutout until the Firebirds notched all of its runs in the seventh inning as she only allowed two hits.Building that 6-0 advantage mostly through two runs in the third inning and three runs in the fifth, Skaneateles had Ryley Pas’cal double, single and drive in three runs, with Maeve Canty adding two hits and two RBIs. Tatumn Pas’cal doubled and drove in a run.On Saturday, as Skaneateles lost, 11-0, to Cazenovia and 8-3 to Homer, Westhill got its best win of the season against its neighbors from Solvay, the Warriors outscoring the Bearcats 10-7.This one went back and forth, Westhill up 4-0 through two innings before Solvay rallied and, with three runs in the top of the sixth, seized a 6-4 lead, all on Caitlin McCann’s four RBIs and Hannah Martineau’s three doubles that led to two RBIs.But then the Warriors stunned the Bearcats by batting around in the bottom of the sixth for six decisive runs. Jaida Welch doubled twice as she match the two-RBI totals from Ariel Cassidy and Emma Shampine. Janae Ricks, Sarah Balduzzi and Vittoria Militi also drove in runs.Solvay had used that win over Marcellus to get back into the state Class B rankings, but its chance at the OHSL Liberty American division regular-season title slipped away last Wednesday in a 2-1 defeat to Mexico.The Tigers were 3-9 coming into the game, but other than Bre Kuhles driving home Allie Posnick in the bottom of the second, the Bearcats could not get any runs off Mexico pitcher Brianna Urquhart, who only allowed four hits.Meanwhile, Mexico tied it, 1-1, in the fifth, and then went ahead in the top of the seventh as Urquhart and Kendall Cuyler drove in those runs and the Tigers held on from there.Westhill rolled past Hannibal 20-3 last Wednesday in five innings as everyone in the lineup got at least one hit, Shampine earning three hits and scoring five runs. Ricks scored four times as Cassidy, Militi and Abigail Edgar scored three runs apiece. Tags: MarcellusSoftballSolvayWesthilllast_img read more

Stock watch: Cole Murphy up, Eric Dungey and pass defense down after Syracuse’s 27-19 loss at No. 8 Miami

first_imgSyracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) could not pull off a second-consecutive top-10 upset and lost to Miami (6-0, 4-0 ACC) on Saturday, 27-19. SU scored just three points in the first half and mustered just one touchdown by the game’s end.Here’s a look at some of the notable performance’s from Saturday’s contest.Stock upCole MurphyThe senior kicker kept SU and its listless offense in the game with what was likely the best game of his career. He sunk four field goals — from 22, 40, 45 and 53 yards, respectively — to match his career-best and connected on a new career-long in the fourth quarter to bring the Orange within one point of Miami.Murphy’s offensive output was more than double what the rest of the entire team produced. And it was all done on Hard Rock Stadium’s grass that had been doused with rain earlier in the day, which was evident when Murphy slipped amidst hitting a 40-yarder in the third quarter.If there was ever a performance to show that Murphy has moved past his struggles on the road, this was it. He now needs just three more field goals to become the program’s all-time leader in the category.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRunning gameSU continued to improve running the ball, with senior back Dontae Strickland surpassing 100 yards on the ground for the first time in 2017. He finished with 105 and averaged 7.5 per carry. Junior quarterback Eric Dungey — while he might have made some hearts skip a beat or two with two attempted hurdles over Miami defenders — added 100 yards of his own. And sophomore back Moe Neal carried 14 times, double the highest amount of carries he had received in any game prior this season. Neal finished with 46 yards for a 3.3 average per carry.On a day where Syracuse’s output in the passing game was uncharacteristically low, the running game picked up some of the slack. If SU can manage to do both well in its remaining games, it’s sure to do better than the single touchdown it scored Saturday.HealthPlaying in arguably the toughest division in football seemed to catch up with SU at the end of the game. Players looked to be breathing a little heavier. Limping was commonThe injuries that are piling up don’t help Syracuse: defensive ends Josh Black and Kendall Coleman did not travel with team; the secondary was missing sophomore corner Scoop Bradshaw and graduate transfer safety Jordan Martin; Steve Ishmael missed time in the first half. One of the team’s top defenders, Antwan Cordy, hasn’t played since the opener.Syracuse could use a break, and that’s what it’ll get this upcoming weekend with no game schedule until next Saturday, Nov. 4 at Florida State.Stock downReceiving corpsHead coach Dino Babers said after the game that his team “can’t always be the Ishmael show.” He needs other receivers to step up. That statement is understandable considering Dungey completed a season-low 13 passes to four different receivers — Ishmael, senior Ervin Philips, sophomore Devin C. Butler and Strickland.Ishmael’s productive season so far— he was named a midseason second-team All-American last week — has helped mask a lack of depth among the receiving corps. But if he goes out with injury or has a four-catch day like he did against Miami, the offense is left with a massive void that needs to be filled. For Butler, Sean Riley and Jamal Custis, that space is theirs to fill.Eric DungeyDungey became the first quarterback in FBS this season to throw four interceptions in a half. After 11 pass attempts, he had just one completion. He finished the game with a 31.7 completion percentage, a stat that hadn’t dipped below 54.3 percent all season.Dungey deserves credit for fighting through a walloping at the hands of the Hurricanes — he was sacked four times and hurried another six — and can’t shoulder all the blame. On some of the interceptions, it appeared a receiver might have run the wrong route. His offensive line was porous. But he is the leader of the team and offense, and when he doesn’t perform well, it’s hard to expect wins.Pass defenseOn the flipside, Miami’s quarterback Malik Rosier put up a career-best 344 passing yards for two touchdowns. In the second quarter, a five-man rush from SU didn’t get nearly enough pressure and Rosier calmly flicked a 10-yard touchdown to Christopher Herndon IV. The Orange finished with no sacks and just three quarterback-hurries.Later in the third, Rosier connected on a 48-yard throw to Jeff Thomas after SU’s graduate transfer defensive back Devin M. Butler got beat right off the line. Syracuse and its injury-plagued secondary had just two passes defensed.It is hard to win when you let the other team’s quarterback have his best game ever. And that kind of showing can be especially dangerous when two of the ACC’s top quarterback’s by passer-rating remain on SU’s schedule; reigning Heisman Trophy-winner Lamar Jackson is at the helm for Louisville and ranks third in ACC with Wake Forest’s John Wolford sits one spot behind him the fourth slot. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 22, 2017 at 11:21 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

Cummins has faith in Ryan’s management style

first_img2-time All-Ireland winner Brendan Cummins made his comments as the new Tipp hurling boss prepares for his first competitive match in charge – Saturday’s National League opener against Dublin.The Ballybacon Grange club, who retired from intercounty hurling in 2013, also won the Munster championship 5 times and the league on 4 occasions during his time as the Premier County’s goalkeeper.Brendan believes the right man is in charge of the team.last_img

Garda College lose out to UUJ in Sigerson

first_imgThey’ll now play UL in the last-eight. The Garda College in Templemore bowed out of the competition yesterday afternoon after being defeated by competition favourites UUJ in extra time yesterday.  The visitors emerged winners on a scoreline of 2-15 to 13 points.UUJ now take on holders UCD in the last eight. St. Mary’s edged out NUI Galway and UCC beat DCU St. Pats.last_img

ROI complete prep ahead of qualifier

first_imgThe pressure is on Scotland manager Gordon Strachan once more after they were held to a 1-1 draw by the world number 117-ranked side, Canada. They’re 4-points off a playoff spot in Group F ahead of Sunday’s visit of Slovenia to Hampden. James McCarthy must prove his fitness, with question marks remaining over the Everton midfielder’s suitability for a starting role due to his hamstring issue. Last night, England were beaten 1-nil by Germany in their friendly in Dortmund. Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game in his 130th and final international gamelast_img