Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 2, 2017 at 9:22 am Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer UPDATED: Sept. 10, 2017 at 10:53 p.m.In an expected blowout, Syracuse (1-0) pummeled past Central Connecticut State (0-1), 50-7, in its season-opener. It was the first chance to get a glimpse at the new-look Orange, albeit against an inferior opponent that got “overwhelmed” at times, as CCSU head coach Pete Rossomando said.Here’s what we learned from the game.Revolving doorIt was announced shortly before the game that linebacker Jonathan Thomas would miss the game due to a violation of team rules. Thomas started nine games last season as the strong-side linebacker.Newly-converted linebacker Kielan Whitner sat behind him on the depth chart, and came on for the first play of the game. But by the second play, he was on the sideline, with graduate transfer Austin Valdez in his place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s unclear if and when Thomas will come back. Whitner doesn’t have much experience at the position, while Valdez didn’t seem to be progressing all that quickly in training camp. Neither one seemed to come out ahead from this game. “We want to keep both those guys fresh,” head coach Dino Babers said, “…we think we’ve got some guys who can play, some depth.”Todd Michaelel | Contributing PhotographerAccepting the factEric Dungey ran some more in today’s game and statistically had some success. He rushed for 52 yards and two scores and was SU’s most efficient and effective threat on the ground.There’s always a health concern when your quarter back takes off, and it’s been attached to Dungey since the start. It seems though that Babers has become less focused on changing Dungey’s style of play. “That’s how he is. Obviously, he’s very difficult to change when it comes to that stuff,” Babers said. “But it makes his game.”Babers stressed that he wanted Dungey to be safer and commended him for running out of bounds on a few plays. Still, the second-year SU head coach did accept that Dungey still had a ways to go in the self-preservation area. Returning roleAntwan Cordy’s injury was a blow to the secondary. But another area where he was projected to contribute, at least per the depth chart, was as a punt returner. He never went back in this game, though. Before he got hurt, wide receiver Steve Ishmael came on to return a punt. Ishmael went back there twice. Eventually, after Cordy got hurt, Sean Riley went back to return punts.Riley is the primary kick-returner and is very speedy, but struggled in his opportunities tonight. Some were poor coverage situations where Riley just had to call a fair catch. But twice in the second quarter he tried to force the issue, only to lose yards on the return.SU had the nation’s best punt returner last year in Brisly Estime. Who solidifies a stronghold on the job is worth monitoring moving forward. Comments
Friend ranks fourth in career wins for the Pirates, with 191, is still the franchise leader in starts (477), innings pitched (3480 1/3) and strikeouts (1,682).Friend finished with a losing career record (197-230), due largely to the fact the Pirates lost 90 or more games in six of his first seven MLB seasons. He had a career 3.58 ERA. “Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to Bob’s wife, Pat, son, Bob, and daughter, Missy, as well as the rest of the Friend family members and loved ones,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement.“Bob was truly one of the very best to ever wear the Pirates black and gold. He will be deeply missed.” Bob Friend, a four-time All-Star pitcher with the Pirates, died Sunday at age 88, the team confirmed.Friend pitched 15 of his 16 MLB seasons with the Pirates from 1951 to 1965, before stints with the Yankees and then the Mets in his final season. He led the NL in wins in 1958 (22) and was the ERA leader in 1955 (2.83). Nicknamed “The Warrior,” Friend was also very durable, leading the league in starts three times. He never went on the disabled list during his career.
Given it was such a dramatic evening, it was no surprise the always emotional Klopp lost his cool on the touchline.– ‘Fantastic game’ –Celebrating Liverpool’s third goal with abandon, Klopp angered Arsenal fans when he turned towards them and one threw a bottle in his direction.“I was happy, maybe aggressive happy. I apologised, but if the people apologised to me for everything they said it would be a long time. Nothing serious happened,” he said.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was frustrated his side’s epic comeback didn’t produce a valuable victory in their battle to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.They remain a point behind fourth placed Liverpool but Wenger admitted it was a privilege to be part of the part of the Premier League’s game of the season.“To be completely honest it could have been game over at half-time. We had a nightmare first half and could have been punished more,” he said.“I must give credit to the players because even at 2-0 we didn’t show any weakness and kept coming back.“I’m frustrated we couldn’t hold on but it was a fantastic game with quality going forward on both sides.”Taking a swipe at more defensive managers like old rival Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Wenger added: “I don’t know what you mean about parking the bus. It has nothing to do with football.“We defended well but they have quality everywhere going forward.”Wenger also revealed Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is close to signing a new contract, capping an unexpected return to the line-up following a loan spell at Bournemouth last season that seemed to spell the end of his time in north London.“It might be sorted in a few weeks. We’ll see. Basically we want to keep these players,” Wenger said.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp insisted he won’t ditch his go-for-broke game plan after Liverpool blew a two-goal lead in their thrilling 3-3 draw at Arsenal.Klopp’s side were on course for an early Christmas present at the Emirates Stadium on Friday after goals from Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah put the visitors in control.But Liverpool suffered a costly meltdown as Arsenal scored three times in five minutes in the second half through Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil.The Reds still escaped with a point thanks to Roberto Firmino’s equaliser, but it was a missed opportunity to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four.It was not the first time Klopp has overseen a Liverpool performance high on attacking quality but low on defensive solidity.After Liverpool midfielder James Milner said his team need to be more boring, Klopp demurred when asked if he would be willing to use more conservative tactics in future.“Controlling the game is what he means, but that was not the situation,” Klopp said.“Just about everyone was around the box when they scored but we didn’t react well and they scored.“It’s nothing about controlling the game. I thought we did control the game but we opened the door and Arsenal are a real threat.“They have this quality. That’s why you have to avoid this situation,” he said.“We can’t talk too much about defence because we should have scored four. Coming here and creating these type of chances is not easy.“It’s difficult to explain but good to learn from because the players need to react differently“We opened the door in those five minutes. We need to be angry.”
Serena Williams will continue her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title Saturday afternoon against 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu in the women’s final of the 2019 U.S. Open in New York.Williams has had the record in sight for some time but has suffered in finals.She has lost the last two at Wimbledon to Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, respectively, and was defeated by Naomi Osaka in the final of the 2018 U.S. Open.A win would allow the six-time champion to claim her first major title since giving birth to her daughter in September 2017.The game is expected to begin at 4 p.m.