Penalties negate multiple Syracuse drives, hurt Orange on defense

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. — Scott Shafer took his share of the blame. A delay of game negated a 43-yard field goal from Ryan Norton.“I did a horrible job on that,” the head coach said.But he was far from alone.Syracuse committed eight penalties for 72 yards — and in actuality it was more, as penalty after penalty canceled out significant plays for the Orange (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in its 24-10 win against North Carolina State (3-3, 0-3).From the game’s first possession, penalties haunted SU. Syracuse broke off a pair of runs for 10-plus yards in the first three plays. Two plays later, quarterback Terrel Hunt nearly gave the Orange a highlight-reel dash across midfield, only to have it be negated by a holding call against center Macky MacPherson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Macky was mad about the call,” Shafer said, “but I’m sure it was a good call.”Later in the quarter, SU lined up to go for it on a fourth down, but a false start by guard Rob Trudo forced Syracuse to punt.“We’ve got to get those out of our system,” Shafer said.By the second half, they were, and the Orange was able to slide past the Wolfpack. But not before a handful of costly penalties nearly gift-wrapped N.C. State a score.The Wolfpack was still unable to move the ball in the second quarter and was again lined up to punt. Wil Baumann’s kick traveled just about 15 yards. SU would have had excellent field position.But linebacker Lewellyn Coker was hit with a roughing penalty. The Wolfpack had new life and pieced together an extended drive. Ultimately, it ended with a failed fourth-down conversion, but it should have cost Syracuse at least three points.Said Shafer: “Both myself and the players got to clean up our act on some of those penalties.” Published on October 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dancing Gyan leads Ghana to quarters

first_imgGhana beat Niger in spectacular fashion to meet Cape Verde in the quarter finals of the ongoing Nations Cup tournament in South Africa.Asamoah Gyan scored his first tournament goal and set up two others as the Black Stars run rout over group underdogs Niger.Its was Gyan who blasted it low and hard from near post after just seven minutes and credit to Adoma who delivered a sweet ball from the right.Two minutes later the Nigeriens responded with a corner which was whipped in after Fatau Dauda spilled it from mid-air. The Nigeriens had their celebration cut short after referee whistled for a foul on Dauda. A harsh decision it was against the Nigeriens.But it was the Stars who stepped up the gear with the Al Ain striker looking more sharp than he was in the last two games the Black Stars played. He was picked up on the left by Kwadwo Asamoah and spotting a great run from Atsu, the Black Stars striker curled in an inch perfect pass which Atsu controlled beautifully on his chest; took a snap shot at the goal keeper before delivering a little cheeky flick into the yawning net for Ghana’s second goal.It looked more likely to be a goal harvest for the Stars and it took just two minutes after recess to confirm that. John Boye, the most unlikely source, got Ghana’s third after he notched in a rebound from near post. The Nigerien goal keeper failed to grab a header from Gyan which took an awkward bounce in front of him. Boye reacted quickly to secure Ghana’s third.Gyan had two great opportunities to increase his goal tally but the Al Ain striker had his feeble shot saved from close range and his second was a total miscue after being set up from the left.A great team performance from the Stars and they will play Cape Verde at the quarter final stage of the competition on Saturday.last_img read more

Lakers trade players, pick to Wizards to create cap space, chase max free agent

first_imgAnything is possible.Just when everyone thought the Lakers had no shot at a max free agent after trading for Anthony Davis, the team has reportedly shipped three players — Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga — and their 2022 second-round pick to the Wizards (per ESPN). Those three players combined to average 10.2 points per game last season in limited playing time and are set to earn around $5 million in 2019-20. Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics frontrunner to land All-Star Klay Thompson seen with LeBron James on ‘Space Jam 2′ set “There will be a lot of changes,” Lakers owner Jeanie Buss told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week. “Lakers fans, be patient. We’re going to get there. We’re not going to stop until we’re all proud.”The Lakers reportedly have interest in Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, Brook Lopez and DeAndre Jordan, as well. They also are the “most likely” destination for Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. pic.twitter.com/NGOZMcMRmt— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 27, 2019Los Angeles will now pursue a third star this summer to pair with Davis and LeBron James. The franchise has been linked to Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and D’Angelo Russell. But before Thursday’s trade news, the Lakers only expected to have around $23 million available this offseason and weren’t able to offer a max contract.Despite the previous cap restrictions, the Lakers’ front office was bullish on its chances to land a marquee free agent. Additionally, Davis has waived his $4 million trade kicker, according to ESPN.And there you have it — Los Angeles has the required $32 million in cap space to chase any free agent they deem worthy of a max contract. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanterlast_img read more

Michael Vaughan trashes ICC test team rankings; says India and Australia miles better than…

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricWizz/Fox SportsAdvertisement 2m2r4NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbxwpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E51971( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 63lgbh0Would you ever consider trying this?😱if3Can your students do this? 🌚cn1fRoller skating! Powered by Firework The International Cricket Council has started off their much awaited World Test Championship this year, and Team India has been the absolute top performer in the tournament yet. The championship, which plans to run till 2021, is yet to see the Men in Blues lose any series, and Virat Kohli and co have ascended to the peak position in the ICC Test rankings. However, according to English cricketing legend Michael Vaughan, the team that deserves the top spot along with India is Australia.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricWizz/Fox SportsThe Aussies are currently ranked 5th, behind New Zealand, South Africa and England, and Vaughan feels the ranking is not justified. Currently working as a commentator, Vaughan spoke to Australian daily The Sydney Morning Herald.“I will be dead honest about the ICC rankings. I think they are absolute garbage,” the 45 year old told reporters.Advertisement Although the tie in the Ashes in September, the Aussies won the Pakistan test series earlier this month, and are leading 1-0 at the stumps of the second day of the test series versus New Zealand at home. The Black Caps, although ranked second, were defeated by the hosts on the first day of the series by a staggering 296 runs at the Optus Stadium on 15th December.“I have no idea how – New Zealand have won plenty of series over the course of the last two years – but for them to be second, and where it stands out for me that the rankings can’t be right is that England in Test match cricket are third (now fourth), and England for three or four years have struggled in Test match cricket, particularly overseas.” Vaughan added.Advertisement However, the Yorkshire star justified India’s ranking.Vaughan continued- “I think there are two teams- India and Australia, they are the best test match teams in the world, without question. I think there is only one team that can come here and put Australia under pressure, that was 12 months ago, that they won here India.”During the Pakistan test series earlier this month, Vaughan tweeted on Australia’s marvellous performance, while also concluding its only the Men in Blue are comparable to them on home soil.A monumental 600 test cap holder, Vaughan praised India’s progress in the Batting and Bowling department in the format, especially with Kohli leading the Test Batsmen ranking with a rating of 928.That Indian attack has got the pace, it has also got the spin, the batting unit has got all the experience. I only see only one team at this stage that can compete with Australia here and that is India,” Vaughan added.Also read-Michael Vaughan with high praise for Virat Kohli: He’s the best batsmen across formats in this era!Michael Vaughan: Only India have the tools to beat Australia at home in tests Advertisementlast_img read more