Dino Babers defends decision to go deep 3 times in Wake Forest loss

first_imgUPDATED: Nov. 13, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.After Dino Babers called for three consecutive throws to the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter, all of which were unsuccessful, the TV cameras showed Syracuse’s head coach opting to send out the field goal team without much hesitation. Then, for a fleeting moment, Babers rested his head on the palm of his right hand while a disappointed gaze shot from his eyes.Senior kicker Cole Murphy missed. First-and-10 on Wake Forest’s 33-yard line did not result in points for Syracuse. The Demon Deacons took over possession and went on to score 24 unanswered to win in decisive fashion.So, in hindsight, was going deep three times in a row the right choice?“Absolutely,” Babers said Monday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his weekly press conference, Babers showed no regret for what could be described as a turning point in the third consecutive loss for Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) since upsetting then-No. 2 Clemson in the Carrier Dome in mid-October. He instead stressed heavily that his team must now focus solely on the week’s task of traveling to Kentucky and beating a Louisville (6-4, 3-4 ACC) team led by the reigning Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson. Babers was blunt about the decision to throw to the endzone.“Their DBs were playing short,” Babers said of Wake Forest. “We threw the first one to Devin Butler and he had his guy beat. Then we threw the second one, if I’m not mistaken, to (senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael), and he had his guy beat. And we threw the third one, I believe, to Ish in the middle of the field and I believe he had his guy beat.”Babers’ assessment of what could have been is not far off. On the first-down toss to Butler, the sophomore wide receiver jostled with Wake Forest cornerback Ja’Sir Taylor all the way down the left sideline. When the ball fell in front of a diving Butler, Taylor’s forearm appeared to touch Butler, who wanted a flag. He did not get one.On the next play, SU quarterback Zack Mahoney, who started in place of the injured Eric Dungey, faked a handoff and immediately threw for the right edge of the end zone. Ishmael fell backwards out of bounds without the ball.One snap later, Ishmael ran straight down the middle of the field, only to have this pass land in the end zone several yards in front of him. Of the three plays, this was the the one with the best chance. Mahoney misfired.After the game, Mahoney said SU “liked the opportunities that presented themselves and we liked the matchups.”“I think the biggest thing about being good on offense,” Babers said Monday, “is being unpredictable.”More SU football notes:Junior quarterback Eric Dungey warmed up but did not play against Wake Forest after Babers said last week that Dungey would be “ready to go.” On Monday, Babers said Dungey made “drastic improvement” over the course of last week. As for this week, “If he’s capable,” Babers said, “I expect him to go.”Syracuse’s regular season finale against Boston College on Nov. 25 will kickoff in the Carrier Dome at 12:20 p.m., the ACC announced Monday. The ACC Network will televise the game.Steve Ishmael on Monday was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s best wide receiver. No other ACC receivers made the list. Ishmael has 92 catches for 1,131 yards in 2017, both career highs. With six touchdowns, he is one shy of matching his total of seven from his sophomore season.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

Year 2016: A year of big money sport deals

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Money flooded into sport in 2016 faster than ever before and flooded out in the shape of fatter salaries for the stars who have become multi-million business brands.Paul Pogba’s world record transfer to Manchester United set the tone for a year of big money deals that handed the French 23-year-old wealth beyond the dreams of most of his Old Trafford fans.But even Pogba has got a long way to go to catch up with gold-plated stars like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes, who banks just short of $1.7 million (1.6 million euros, £1.4 million) a week in salary and endorsements.Pogba’s five-year contract to join United may have raised eyebrows among football fans and critics but top-flight managers and sports business insiders had already priced-in mega transfer inflation.The explosion of TV rights made the Pogba contract possible, flooding the coffers of the English Premier League, making a mockery of economic austerity and the jobless queues.And the tide of high finance in sport did not stop there. TV income rose 40 percent for Germany’s Bundesliga while the US NBA enjoyed a vintage financial year and Formula One motor racing attracted a multi-billion dollar US takeover bid.Three years after Welshman Gareth Bale set a world record transfer figure of 101 million euros (around £80 million) for his move to Real Madrid, Pogba upped the ante with his 105 million-euro transfer to Manchester in August despite his failing to set sparks flying for France in Euro 2016.Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told the Daily Mail that the moment the £8.3 billion ($10.75 billion, 9.6 billion euros) domestic TV deal covering 2016-2019 was signed between the Premier League and Sky Sports and BT Sport, “transfer values and salaries were going to go up.”– Star power – The result was not long in coming. Premier League clubs spent 1.38 billion euros during the 2016 summer transfer market window, 34 percent up on the previous year.The British game’s star power also spilled over into foreign markets, where broadcast rights sell to the highest bidder. The biggest deal to date was signed in November with Chinese video streaming service PPTV for 600 million euros.Elsewhere in Europe the Bundesliga cashed in hugely with a TV deal worth 3.48 billion euros over the next three years, a near 40 percent jump on the past year.If economic hardship tightened the purse strings somewhat in some other parts of Europe, the cash flowed thick and fast in basketball in the United States, where TV income tripled and the sport generated global revenue of $5.2 billion (4.8 billion euros) with operating profit of $900 million, a record, according to Forbes.At the same time, NBA clubs saw their value rise by an average 13 percent with the New York Knicks topping the financial league at $3 billion.With TV income up sharply since last year — and slightly higher than Premier League levels — NBA clubs are pushing up salaries, with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers seeing his $23 million dollar paycheck boosted to $30.9 million for the 2016/17 season.Formula One was also a big winner in the financial stakes. The sport deemed to be in severe decline still managed to attract the high rollers with US firm Liberty Media, run by billionaire John Malone, buying out F1’s parent company in a deal which values the sport at $8 billion.Formula One is gambling on gaining more exposure worldwide, including in the United States, hoping to generate an even wider revenue stream in the future. Logically, that will translate as even more money in the bank for the big stars.last_img read more

England quartet target South African titles

first_img Max Orrin, who topped the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit in 2012, has been named with three other members of the England squad to compete in two major tournaments at George in South Africa next month. Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will be joined by Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Josh White (The Wisley, Surrey) for the Ten Nations Cup at Kingswood Golf Club on 6th – 9th February and for the South African Stroke Play Championship at Oubaai Golf Club on 12th – 15th February. The Ten Nations Cup involves four-man teams representing Argentina, Australia, Colombia, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland as well as England and South Africa. Wales were scheduled to play in the event but have withdrawn. The competition will be decided on the aggregate score over 72 holes of stroke play with the best three scores in each round to count. The South African Stroke Play Championship will involve 144 players with a cut after 36 holes, the leading 65 players and ties completing the final two rounds. Orrin (image Copyright Tom Ward) 18, the reigning Kent champion, hit top form last year, winning the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in Arizona, while at home he finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy, the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Duke of York Young Champions Tournament, third in the Carris Trophy and reached the last 16 of the British Boys. He also won five and halved the other of his six matches for England in the Boys Home Internationals and represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Rutherford, 20, the English County Champion of Champions in 2011, finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit in 2012 after a highly successful year, capped by his full England debut in the Home Internationals. He also finished third in the Brabazon Trophy in which he won the Henriques Salver for the best performance by a British player aged under 20, and joint fourth in the South of England Amateur Championship, a repeat of his finish in 2011. Tree, 18, has been capped at every level since winning the English Boys Under 14 Championship in 2008. He made his full England debut against France at Rochester & Cobham last May and also represented his country in the European Boys Team Championships and the Boys Home Internationals in 2012. The Sussex teenager won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa last winter, finished fifth in the Carris Trophy and reached the Amateur Championship quarter finals. Also last year, he represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was England’s representative in the Junior Ryder Cup. White, 21, finished fourth in last year’s Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit after sharing top spot in the West of England Stroke Play Championship and winning the Berkshire Trophy for the second successive year. The former Surrey champion also won the Philip Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. Like Tree, he made his full England debut against the French and also played in the Home Internationals. He made a fast start to 2013 by finishing runner-up in the New Year Invitational in St Petersburg, Florida. 25 Jan 2013 England quartet target South African titles last_img read more

Child Care Action Council Hosts 11th Annual Warm Hearts Fundraiser at…

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Child Care Action CouncilThe Child Care Action Council will be serving up fun and generosity for their 11th Annual Warm Hearts Luncheon, raising funds for their early learning Family Services program. Community members will come together for kids on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center. Guests will enjoy a soup buffet made by culinary students at South Puget Sound Community College, and listen to speakers discuss the importance of early learning and quality child care.Child Care Action Council provides a full spectrum of services surrounding early education from, training child care providers to meeting families in their homes to give guidance on being their child’s first and best teacher. “Our focus is our earliest learners, ages birth to 5 years old,” said Gary Burris, Executive Director of Child Care Action Council. “We know that 90% of brain development happens in the first five years and having quality early learning experiences are crucial to creating a solid foundation upon which all later learning, behavior, and health depend.”Each year, Child Care Action Council has seen its Warm Hearts fundraiser grow and become a critical piece in raising funds for their Family Services program that supports over 6,000 children in our community. Last year, Child Care Action Council was able to raise over $19,000 and the new goal for this year is $22,000. As grant funding becomes tougher and tougher to secure, this event has been a crucial component to continuing the many free early literacy and math, and family support services throughout Thurston, Mason, and Grays Harbor counties.The Family Service program encompasses a number of early learning services that nurture child development and support children and families so they can thrive. Raising A Reader is Child Care Action Council’s flagship early literacy service that brings new books into homes of 1,300 children through a book rotation program at their child care, Head Start, or ECEAP centers. This program inspires the love of reading and increases daily reading habitats.The Family Services program also funds the four Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups, a free weekly playgroup for children and their caregivers to learn and develop through play-based activities and parent support; BlockFest that brings an interactive block exhibit to over 1,200 children in our community and promotes early math skills; SafeKids Thurston County that serves over 5,000 children and their families with resources and information on how to prevent childhood injuries in the home, at school, and on the way; and Margie’s Crisis Nursery that finds and pays for temporary child care for families when they are in a crisis situation.The foundation of support for the Family Services program is raised through event sponsorships. Leading that charge for the past four years has been WSECU as title sponsor of the Warm Hearts luncheon. In addition to the WSECU’s title sponsorship, Child Care Action Council is honored to have the following organizations support this year’s Warm Hearts luncheon: Molina Healthcare, Neil Woody McSwain & Company, Olympia Federal Savings, Alaffia, Commencement Bank, FORMA Construction, Kiley Juergens Wealth Management, TwinStar Credit Union, Bron’s Automotive, Graphic Communications, Heritage Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Nicholson & Associates Insurance, GHB Insurance, The Other Guys, Inc., Tammy’s Ceramic Shop, Timberland Bank, Sound Credit Union.If you are interested in supporting early learning opportunities for all children in our community, please join Child Care Action Council for their Warm Hearts luncheon. Reserve your spot today by emailing Child Care Action Council at allison@ccacwa.org or call 360-786-8907 x112.last_img read more