MLAX : Syracuse hampered by turnovers in surprising loss to Georgetown

first_img Published on April 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img They walked around the field near their sideline slowly and solemnly. Heads down, hands on hips, sticks slamming into the turf, Syracuse’s players appeared pained and dejected. The loss carried a heavy burden, tossing the Orange’s future into doubt and casting a cloud over its final week of the regular season.Syracuse wore the look of a solidly defeated team after a sloppy performance in its 10-8 loss to Georgetown. Toward the end of the day, Syracuse looked fatigued and out of energy.‘I don’t know if it’s the number of games we had in a short period of time, if that came into play,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘I don’t know. It’s definitely not the time of year when you want to see the number of turnovers that we had in the game, especially when it’s so important for us today.’A rushed offensive effort led to 22 turnovers. The No. 14 Orange (7-6, 3-2 Big East) couldn’t take care of the ball, and throughout the two-goal loss, SU’s offense simply looked off. It couldn’t create opportunities, failed to find the holes in Georgetown’s zone defense and when the final buzzer signaled the end of the defeat to the Hoyas (6-6, 2-3 Big East) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, more questions pertaining to Syracuse’s postseason hopes were raised than answers.Despite the loss, Syracuse will be the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament. The Orange will take on No. 2 seed Villanova in the semifinals in Villanova, Pa., May 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 22 turnovers were the most SU committed since its second game of the season Feb. 26, when it had 25 in a 10-9 win over Army.SU’s second turnover came less than four minutes into the game when Hoyas attack Travis Comeau disrupted a Syracuse clear attempt and scooped up the ground ball as Brian Megill lost it. Comeau took the ball up field and scored to tie the game 1-1.Late in the second quarter, the officials called Syracuse for stalling, and midfielder Henry Schoonmaker stepped out of the box to give GU possession, removing SU’s chances of building on its 3-2 halftime lead.When Georgetown switched into a zone defense, it only grew worse. Aside from the turnovers, the Orange often rushed shots without solid placement.‘We played a lot more zone defense than we have all year, and that wasn’t a bad thing for us to do,’ Georgetown head coach Dave Urick said. ‘It made them work a little bit harder to get the shot that they wanted and take a little bit more time off the clock.’The Hoyas were not efficient with the ball either, finishing the game with 23 turnovers.But as the game progressed, especially late in the third quarter into the fourth – when Georgetown scored four unanswered goals – the Hoyas limited their mistakes.Desko could not pinpoint the reason for his team’s lack of control. The Orange looked fatigued. And Georgetown’s zone defense was also especially effective.For a Syracuse team that averaged 16 goals in its last two contests, this wasn’t one to be proud of.‘I don’t know,’ Desko said. ‘It’s definitely not the time of year when you want to see the number of turnovers that we had in the game, especially when it’s so important for us today.’The Orange only had three turnovers in the fourth quarter, but it hardly ever had the ball. Syracuse won 1-of-8 faceoffs in the final period.Despite that, SU capitalized on its limited opportunities to match Georgetown with four goals. It was the 19 turnovers in the first three quarters that spelled disaster for the Orange.Syracuse has one week to prepare for Notre Dame in what might be the most important game of the season. The Fighting Irish boasts one of the best defenses in the nation. Excess turnovers by SU will likely strip its chances of a win.There’s a cloud of uncertainty hovering over Syracuse and its chances to reach the NCAA tournament, and the Orange has one week to clear it away.‘It’s kind of solemn, it seems like,’ goaltender Bobby Wardwell said. ‘I think we’re going to come out ready to work tomorrow, fight all week and look to get the win against Notre Dame next weekend.’cjiseman@syr.edulast_img read more

UFC Nashville: Stephen Thompson on being the forgotten man in the welterweight division

first_img“It’s such that because no one expected him to call me out and how they are wanting to see this fight,” Thompson said. “They want to know who has the better striking. For me, this is a fun style of fighting. He comes from a taekwondo background, and I came from a karate background. The fans are going to see an exciting fight. We will see who the better ninja is.” The 36-year-old knows his back is against the wall. Coming into Saturday night, Thompson’s lost two of his last three. He could ill afford another setback. In Thompson’s mind, getting the nod over a fighter the caliber of Pettis will put him right back into the thick of the welterweight title chase. “I just have to go out and put on an exciting performance,” Thompson said. “I need to let people know I’m here and still in the game. I’m not being talked about right now, but I plan on giving them a reason to talk about me again. Usman becoming the champion has rekindled the fire again for me. A win tells everybody that I’m still going for that title. I’m ranked third right now. I need to go out there, put on a great performance and let everyone know that I’m still here and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is one of the best welterweights in the world.” View this post on Instagram Thompson (14-3-1) hasn’t stepped inside the Octagon since his controversial unanimous decision loss to Darren Till back in May. He hoped to get back in there sooner and get the bad taste from that fight out of his mouth But a knee injury suffered during the bout benched him. Once he got healthy, Thompson wanted to return to action but said he couldn’t find anyone to take him on. He recognizes that these are the reasons that his name isn’t mentioned among the top welterweight contenders. However, Thompson plans on changing the narrative of being the forgotten welterweight this weekend against the former lightweight champion.  “I think it’s true (not being talked about),” Thompson admits to Sporting News. “I’ve been out of sight, out of mind. I haven’t fought since May. Getting (a fight) has been tough. That’s why I have to go out there and make a statement on Saturday. I need to prove to the UFC and the fans that I’m still here. That’s why I’ve been so focused on training as hard as I can in this fight with Anthony Pettis. I’m not taking him lightly. I know he’s going to be dangerous.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearRealizing Thompson didn’t have a dance partner, out came the former lightweight champion in January with a challenge.  Heard somebody is looking for a fight. What you guys think? Take my talents to WW and take on the boy? Comment ⬇️ let me know if y’all get excited for this one #showtime #lovethis #forthefans #teampettisA post shared by Anthony Pettis (@showtimepettis) on Jan 4, 2019 at 3:45pm PST A fight against Pettis wasn’t something that Thompson had on his mind. He was thinking about bouts with former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler, former lightweight titlist Rafael dos Anjos or Edwards. Once Thompson heard who was knocking at his door, it didn’t take him long to answer the call. “It wasn’t even on my radar when I found out he called me out,” Thompson said. “I thought it was pretty cool. I saw it all blowing up. It put a smile on my face. Once it popped up, I thought it could be an awesome fight. I don’t know what his thinking was in calling me out. Maybe he saw other lightweights like Jorge Masvidal and Michael Chiesa moving up and doing well and thought it made sense. Once the fans saw everything going down, they got on board, and here we are.”Looking at what Thompson and Pettis bring to the table, this has the chance to be the most exciting battle so far this year. They come from martial arts backgrounds and two of the most explosive strikers in the sport. The anticipation is high and Thompson believes that they will deliver the goods. In the last 12 months, the welterweight division has become one of the premier divisions in the UFC. The current crop of talent includes new welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, the man he beat at UFC 235 in Tyron Woodley, former interim titleholder Colby Covington and contenders Ben Askren, Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards. The one name that often is forgotten about? Former two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson, who battles Anthony Pettis in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Nashville event. last_img read more

DeAngelo Williams has only good, not great, things to say about Cam Newton

first_img“I’m OK with being the bad person, but what I’m not going to accept is that she started this and I ended it,” Williams added.”It’s funny, because fans want the real you, but when they can’t handle the real you, then they want the PC you. You’re not getting a PC me, whether you like it not. If you pick up your phone or your smart tablet and tweet me, just know that what I tweet back may not be what you’re looking for. . . . ‘Cause she didn’t have to tweet that at all. It’s not like she had to tweet something.”Long story short, Williams was heel, troll and clown in his radio tour de force, and not sorry about any of it. He certainly won’t apologize for not being a Cam Newton superfan. DeAngelo Williams’ Twitter feuds with Panthers fans and other travelers can probably be best explained by something he said Friday: “I’m going to give you the same energy you give me.”It could also be explained this way: “I’m a heel to my core, brother.” And this way, as well: “I’ve been called a clown many times. I’m just having fun with my toys.” Williams said all those things as he sparred in studio with Charlotte sports talk radio hosts Chris McClain and Travis Hancock. The hourlong segment on WFNZ-AM was an escalation of a social media flareup between the former Carolina running back and McClain earlier in the week over Williams’ lukewarm feelings for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.It was stupendous radio, a forum for Williams to say why he is a petty, unapologetic troll five years after the Panthers cut him.His seeming uncontroversial take on Newton (“He’s a good quarterback; he’s not great. He’s a great football player.”) was the same one he gave to ESPN during the week (and which riled McClain). During one contentious period, Williams played the wins card to ding Newton.MORE: NFC South predictions”Facts are he did have (just) three winning seasons. He did. What quarterback do you know that got into the Hall of Fame or was great that had a losing season — what is this, Year 9 for him? — five of the eight years?” Williams said. When McClain noted that the first two seasons of Newton’s career were spent on a rebuilding Panthers team, Williams responded, “Mac, in all due respect to you and your fans, as a fan that watched players get drafted, you are expecting the best out of them to make it to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl.” Williams then brought up his former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger as an example of a QB who had instant success. That spawned another spirited back-and-forth.Williams also said something about Newton’s leadership ability that surprised the hosts: Newton was never elected a captain by the players while Williams and Newton were teammates, but Newton wore a captain’s “C” on his jersey just the same, signaling the Panthers organization awarded him the honor. Williams said that former wide receiver Steve Smith was the team’s real leader as Newton was just starting his career.McClain and Hancock pushed back hard on Williams’ Twitter insult of a Panthers fan who referenced her late mother in a reply to a tweeter who referenced Williams’ late mother to bash Williams for his analysis of Newton (yes, it’s that complicated).Cam must not have gone to @DeAngeloRB moms funeral. It’s the only explanation for why he was bashing cam. If I recall deangelo cost us a few games while he was in Carolina due to fumbles 🤔— Biased Panther Fan (@m_biased) July 31, 2019Lots of my close friends (most in fact) didn’t go to my moms funeral. It was out of state for them and like an adult, I understood.— Abbie (@CarolinaAbbie) July 31, 2019Sounds like u need to get better friends or your mom just wasn’t a nice person but I’m sure u know the answer to that i don’t but may your mom rest easy 🙏🏽🙏🏽— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) July 31, 2019Williams, who believes the Panthers didn’t pay enough respect after his mother died in 2014 and who tweeted at the team for not acknowledging the recent death of superfan Greg “Catman” Good, was unmoved.”She used hers as a mortar, right?” Williams said to McClain, who disagreed.last_img read more

2015 Ohio Crop Tour I-75 Day #1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by: Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers See results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1 See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #1 See results from the I-75 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2 See results from the I-71 Route of the 2015 Ohio Crop Tour for Day #2Williams County (Southern)Corn Summary: Looks like the field was initially wet early in the season then things dried out. There was some N deficiency and more disease pressure on the outside of the field, though overall low disease levels. The fields was at R2 as it had a late start. The field is fair but pretty good compared to surrounding fields, but it is awfully late. It will make a crop but it will be wet and has a ways to go. It had a shallow kernel depth and a yield of 148 bushels per acre.Soybean Summary: Soybeans looked good to excellent and the stand was even. No disease or insect pressure. Population was 200,000 to 217,000. Canopy height was 32 to 34 inches and drilled at 7.5 inches. Field is dried and cracking and will probably yield in the mid-40s. Plants were not branching much and the nodes were fairly far apart with first node six inches off the ground.Williams Co. cornWilliams Co. cornWilliams Co. beans and dry soilDefiance County (West Central)Corn Summary: Corn plants were generally pretty short and showing significant N stress. There was little disease and insect pressure. The ears were very small and in R1 or R2 stage, very delayed for this time of year. The field was maybe a bit worse than surrounding fields and was rated poor. The yield estimate was 113 bushels per acre.Soybean Summary: Good even canopy at 23 inches tall. Drilled beans. The first node was four inches up and there was no disease pressure. We saw some limited feeding on the leaves. The nodes were closer together and the plants had a bit more branching than the Williams County field.The population was around 230,000 with a yield potential maybe in the low 40-bushel range with fair potential. We have been seeing much more prevented planting than we expected, especially in corn stalk ground going to beans.Defiance Co. cornDefiance Co. cornDefiance Co. beansDefiance Co. beans Henry County (Central)Corn Summary: Stand was at 32,5000 and relatively even despite reported extreme early season variability. Field was planted on May 3. No insect pressure and very little disease pressure. A little bit of NCLB. The best field of the day and fairly representative of the area. Things have really improved with better weather lately. At the R3 stage, though development is variable, and by far the furthest along of any field we have seen. Yield estimate 159 bushels.Soybean Summary: There was some variable height across the canopy and good population through out. Planted in 15-inch row spacing and very good nodulation on the roots. The canopy height was around 33 inches and the first node was four inches off the ground and 2.5 inches between the nodes. Little to no disease and insect pressure. Pod set was all the way to bottom with many three bean pods. Yield potential is good, maybe 50 bushels, and the best we have seen so far.Henry Co. cornHenry Co. cornNodules on Henry Co. beans.Henry Co. beansWood County (Southwestern)Corn Summary: Uneven stands with flood damage, poor stalk quality, tops falling out, high disease pressure and N loss. It was a non-GMO field planted May 2. There were leaves turning purple throughout the plant. Some ears almost at dent in mature field of the day. Heavy European corn borer feeding, tip back, zipper ears, inconsistent stand, and generally poor field with many problems. The high population of 35,000 is only thing saving yield potent in this extremely variable field. One of worst looking fields in the area. Yield estimate is 136 bushels.Soybean Summary: Good but uneven height from 24 to 36 inches tall. The first node was 3.5 inches off the ground with2 inch node spacing. Rain will really help this field. Population of 156,000 with no disease or insect pressure. Field was sprayed late, after wheat harvest. Overall good yield potential here with pods filling and probably the best field of the day — one of the better fields in the immediate area.Wood Co. cornWood Co. beansWood Co. beansHancock County (West central)Corn Summary: This was 110-day corn planted April 30 at 34,000 population in 15-inch rows. We counted 33,000 to 34,000 population. Has had sulfur applied at planting and sidedressing. Light disease pressure and no insect damage. On the lighter ground ear fill was marginal with some tip back but on better ground filled to the end. The good ground had 16 rows around and averaged 205 bushels. Excellent field and the best of the trip so far. Yields were 135 on the poorer ground. Yield estimate 200 bushels.Soybean Summary: Even and consistent stand with canopy height at 41 inches. They were very bushy with many branches. The first node height was two inches and the first pod was at six inches. There were some four bean pods with 2.5 inches between the nodes. No disease pressure but there was some Japanese beetle pressure worth watching. There had been some foliar applications of manganese, boron, and NPK. The population was 126,000 and was planted at 140,000 population. Best field of the morning for soybeans — good to excellent.Hancock Co. cornHancock Co. cornHancock Co. beansHancock Co. beans with some Japanese beetle feeding.Putnam County (Central )Corn Summary: It is starving for N. It was an even stand but only five to six feet tall. There is quite a bit of GLS and NCLB. There is corn borer feeding in possible refuge corn. There was a population of 33,000. There are zipper ears and tip back that shows signs of extreme early season stress from moisture. Now it is in need of water. Very poor field. There was more variability at the Wood County site which actually helped it there. This field was just consistently bad. Yield estimate at 119 bushels.Soybean Summary: This is the worst field of the day. It is in 15-inch rows and not canopied. Tile lines are evident. It is highly variable with an average height of 25 inches or so. There were big holes in the field with nothing in the low areas. They have been flooded and now need moisture. Poor nodulation in the field. Two inches between the nodes. Pods are small and beans are small. Poor, poor, poor conditions. The population was 94,000.Putnam Co. cornPutnam Co. cornPutnam Co. beans Paulding County (Southeastern)Corn Summary: Uneven field and tile lines are easy to find. Heavy weed pressure due to wet conditions and no chance to apply herbicide. Rains washed residuals away. N deficiency is a significant problem. No real disease or insect pressure, other than  physoderma brown spot. Ear development is poor. with a generous yield estimate of 70 bushels in this very poor field. Soybean Summary: There was a plant population of 83,000 due to water laying in the fields. There were few pods set but the plant was still in bloom and there is still potential to add yield if they get some rain and the growing season is long enough. The canopy was only 20 inches tall and the 15-inch rows had not yet closed. The ground is cracking wide open and needs some water. No disease or insect feeding was found. This was by far the worst stop so far after some very clearly challenging conditions. The low population will mean some lost yield. Paulding Co. beansPaulding Co. beansPaulding Co. cornPaulding Co. corn Van Wert County (South central)Corn Summary: The population was 31,000 planted on May 8. The field had spindly stalks and small leaves. There was a little disease pressure and some corn borer feeding. The plants were short and at R2. It was very uneven following tile lines. There had clearly been quite a bit of rain early in the season here. It has gotten rain but could use more to bump yields up a bit. The plants looked healthy but had small ears. This was a poor field overall. The yield estimate is 110 bushels per acre.  Soybean Summary: These were planted in 10-inch rows at 180,000 population on May 21. The final population we counted was 115,000. The canopy height was variable from 12 inches tall to 21 inches tall.  It was three inches to the first node and 4.5 inches to the first pod. No disease or insect problems. A lot of the pods had beans in them and they still have potential for 35 or 40 bushel yields. Overall it was fair compared to other places in NW Ohio.Van Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. cornVan Wert Co. beans Allen County (Southeastern)Corn Summary: This is the best corn field of the day so far. It was planted on May 5 with 32,000 plants per acre. We found a stand of 31,000. There was no disease or insect pressure and ear fill was excellent. There were no real N issues. It was among the better fields in the area. No fungicide had been applied. The moisture was adequate. Excellent fie;d and yield potential. Yield estimate is 201 bushels.Soybean Summary: This was a 3.3 maturity bean planted at 150,000 population in 15-inch rows on May 8. The canopy was 38 inches. It was eight inches to the first pod and 2.25 inches between nodes. There was really good nodulation on these beans. There was no major disease and some light feeding from Japanese beetles, especially at the field edges. The final population was at 130,000 in this excellent field, the best of the day.Allen Co. beansJapanese beetle on Allen Co. beansAllen Co. cornAllen Co. corn Auglaize County (South central)Corn Summary:  Corn was pretty well advanced, around R3 or R4. These were some of the fullest ears we have seen today but there were signs of N deficiency. Disease pressure was light. Ear fill was generally good, though there was some tip back. It was an overall excellent field. We ended up with 32,000 plant population with a yield estimate of 160 bushels.Soybean Summary: Soybeans were in 15-inch rows and 38 inches tall. There was excellent nodulation on the roots and they were almost done blooming. It was about two inches to the first node and three inches to the first pod and 2.5 inches between nodes. We did see some frogeye and a little white mold. There was some mild Japanese beetle damage. There was a population of 163,000 plants per acre in this excellent field.Auglaize Co. beansWhite mold in Auglaize Co. beans Auglaize Co. cornAuglaize Co. cornlast_img read more

US Hoopsters Draw China

first_imgThe U.S. will open the Olympics against China and also will face Venezuela and Australia after being drawn into what appears to be the easier men’s basketball group.The Americans will be in Group A, which will also include two teams that will be determined after three qualifying tournaments in July.Group B includes Spain, Argentina, Lithuania, host Brazil, Nigeria and the remaining July qualifier.The U.S., which has won the last two Olympic gold medals, is the No. 1-ranked country in the world. Spain, Lithuania and Argentina are Nos. 2-4 and Brazil is ninth.Australia, China and Venezuela, which qualified by winning their regional zone championships, are all outside the top 10.But the July tournaments feature strong teams such as France, Serbia and Greece, so the Americans could end up with two more strong opponents.The three six-team tournaments will be held from July 4-10, giving the winners an early start on having their teams ready for Rio.“So we know that they’ll not only be excellent teams, but they will already be on a roll when they get to the Olympics,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement.“We know that repeating as gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics will be a challenge, and that’s what makes winning a gold medal such an amazing accomplishment.”The draw was conducted in Mies, Switzerland, at the headquarters of FIBA, basketball’s world governing body.The Olympic competition opens Aug. 6 and the top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2 days agoNailed it? Tottenham boss Pochettino explains sluggish form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nailed it? Tottenham boss Pochettino explains sluggish formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says a late start to preseason has hindered his side this term.Spurs snapped a three-game winless streak with an emphatic 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade in North London on Tuesday.Asked if there had been an overreaction to Spurs’ poor form, the Argentine provided an excuse for their poor start to the season.Pochettino said: “My theory is we started late in our preparation. We used pre-season not just to settle our principles of play and build fitness, but also to build a dynamic of the group and I believe that was affected because we started so late (due playing in the Champions League final).”During competition to get that dynamic right is so difficult because the competition does not wait for you.”The most important thing is to stay calm and believe.” last_img read more

Alberta looks to make children welfare more transparent

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt began with a devastating series of reports in Alberta newspapers.Nearly 150 children dead and all in provincial care.After an uproar the government vowed to take action.As APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports there are changes in the works.last_img