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Manchester City sign winger Ferran Torres from Valencia

first_img“Pep encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.”Guardiola is keen to strengthen his squad following the loss of their Premier League title to Liverpool — they have also agreed a £41 million fee for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.”We have followed Ferran’s progress closely and have been very impressed,” said City director of football Txiki Begiristain.”He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger. He is quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.” Torres can play on either wing and operate through the middle, with pace and an ability to beat players his main attributes.He made 44 appearances for Valencia last season, scoring six goals.Valencia tweeted: “You arrived at our Academy at 7 years old. We have been by your side through all this time seeing you grow as a footballer and as a person. At this point you have decided to separate our paths. @FerranTorres20 , we wish you the best with @ManCity.”Two-time defending champions City finished 18 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who were crowned champions in June after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus. Topics :center_img Manchester City have announced the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on a five-year deal as Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his attacking options.The 20-year-old Spaniard, City’s first signing of the summer transfer window, has penned a five-year contract for a reported initial fee of £20.9 million ($27 million).”I am so happy to be joining City,” Torres told the Premier League club’s website. “Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Pittsburgh Steelers Legend Franco Harris to Announce New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Pittsburgh Steelers Legend Franco Harris to Announce New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine March 16, 2017 Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, joined state and local leaders at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Montefiore to announce new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids in orthopedics and sports medicine.“These new guidelines are a crucial part of our battle against the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “By partnering with health care professionals in the fields of orthopedics and sports medicine to reduce the overprescribing of opioid painkillers, we are working to reduce opioid abuse in one of the highest-risk groups – people who seek medical care due to injuries.”At the event Harris discussed his experience and offered support of the governor’s mission to fighting the opioid epidemic.“Everyday we’re reminded we have a tough fight on our hands,” said Franco Harris. “But you should know that with the governor and this administration that there is no time and effort they will not give to fighting this epidemic.”Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and UPMC Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Patrick Smith also provided remarks about how the new guidelines will help reduce the over-prescription of opioids in Pennsylvania.The Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine guidelines address the use of opioid pain medication in orthopedics and sports medicine. They are intended to help health care providers improve patient outcomes and to supplement, but not replace, the individual provider’s clinical judgment.Under Governor Wolf’s leadership, the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs have convened the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force. Membership of the task force includes various state agencies, representatives from medical associations, provider advocates, and community members.The task force has now developed and adopted guidelines for nine medical specialties on the safe and effective use of opioids in the treatment of pain:Emergency Department Pain Treatment Guidelines: To appropriately relieve pain and attempt to identify those who maybe be abusing or addicted to opioid analgesics and refer them for special assistance.Opioid Use and Safe Prescribing for Geriatric Pain: To highlight special problems concerning using opioids when treating older adults for chronic non-cancer pain.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids to Treat Chronic Non-cancer Pain: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. These guidelines do not address the use of opioids for acute pain, nor do they address the use of opioids for the treatment of pain at the end-of-life.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids in a Dental Practice: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of acute dental pain.Obstetrics and Gynecology Pain Treatment: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of pain in pregnant patients, during and immediately following delivery, and during breastfeeding.Opioid Dispensing Guidelines: To focus on several key areas that can impact pharmacists of any practice setting. Focal points include assessing the appropriateness of opioid pain medication at the point of dispensing, recognition of “red flags” on prescriptions as well as high risk medication combinations, available resources for those with a substance use disorder, and methods to prevent diversion from the emergency department.Guideline on Use of Addiction Treatment Medications in The Treatment of Pregnant Patients with Opioid Use Disorder: To address treatment for opioid use disorders during pregnancy and is intended to help health care providers improve patient outcomes when caring for these patients.Guidelines on Safe Prescribing of Benzodiazepines for Acute Treatment of Anxiety and Insomnia: To address the use of benzodiazepines for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia.The Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. For more information on the fight against opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bundesliga could restart on May 9 behind closed doors

first_img Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDeepika Padukone’s Most Iconic Looks This figure includes players, coaches, health services, ball boys, security, team representatives and 30 journalists. The Bundesliga could return as soon as May 9, with matches being played behind closed doors. The top two tiers of German football have been suspended since mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read Also: Real Madrid hit with International Champions Cup cancellation Germany’s third tier are also considering a return date of May 16, with the German Football Federation (DFB) in charge of that decision. As of Friday, Germany have recorded 113,525 known cases of coronavirus within the country and 2,373 deaths. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img According to Bild, May 9 is the most likely return date for the Bundesliga, instead of the May 2 date previously mentioned. “For the moment, they are plans that depend on many external factors,” a spokesperson for the German Football League (DFL) told Bild. With the matches closed to fans, there would only be 126 people that would need to attend the stadiums.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Rape suspect nabbed

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Dumangas police station. The 49-year-old resident Marlon Deza wascaught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9:50 a.m. on Feb. 17, apolice report showed. No bail bond was recommended for Deza’stemporary liberty./PNcenter_img ILOILO City – Charged with rape, a manwas arrested in Barangay Patlad, Dumangas, Iloilo. last_img

Eriksen undergoes Inter medical

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Christian Eriksen is in Milan to complete a medical ahead of a £17.5 million transfer to Inter. The Dane was not included in Tottenham’s 18-man squad for their 1-1 draw against Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, though he had travelled to St Mary’s with the rest of the players. Eriksen, 27, arrived in Milan on a private jet on Monday morning and is expected to sign a four-year deal with Inter after completing a medical. The deal will reportedly include a €1 million (£842,000) payment to Eriksen’s youth clubs, while Spurs will pocket the proceeds of a friendly game with Inter. Speaking after Saturday’s match, Jose Mourinho blamed the Serie A club for the hold-up in Eriksen’s departure. “This situation shouldn’t happen on January 25,” the Spurs manager said. “And it’s not Tottenham’s fault that on January 25 we’re in the situation.”Tags: Christian EriksenFA CupJose MourinhoTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Senior Scramble results

first_imgDEDHAM — Results from the Lucerne Golf Club’ Senior Scramble results from Monday and Thursday are as follows:Monday: First – Tom Winston, Mark Molnar, Ralph Alley and Doug Deans (-6); Second (tie) – David Gubler, Kerry Woodbury, Bob McKenney and Russ Black (-5) and Dennis Kiah, Bob Landis, Barry Harris and Bob Fraser (-5); John Somes, Mike Dore, Bill Ferris and Bob Francis (-4); Bill Brooks, John Lee and Royce Morrison (-3). Closest to pin: No. 2 Mike Dore (12.1) and No. 6 Doug Deans (5.8).Thursday: First – Tom Winston, Bob Mc Kenney, Bill Ferris and Jim Bonzey (-6); Second – Mel McLay, Paul Bowden, Wesley Walker and Kerry Woodbury (-5); Royce Morrison, Alan Cust, John Somes and Mark Johnson (-4); (tie) Bill Brooks, Ralph Alley, Charlie Perkins and Bill Hallett (-4), Ben Sawyer, Mel Bowden, Scott Mac Arthur and Bruce Blanchard (-4), and Roger Chandler, Ted Pierson, Richard Baker, Jim Awalt (-4); Ron Linscott, Ron Snyder, Bob Francis and Dennis Kiah (-3); (tie) Carl Williams, Jim Mabry, Ron Allen and Bob Carter (-2), Barry Harris, Don McCubbin,, Bob Wilks and Robin Young (-2), Alan Gray, Daryl Briggs, Howard Flewelling and Mike Dore (-2), and Phil Carroll, Jack Hinds, Dennis Payson and Ken Greenlaw (-2); Ken Goldstein, Lloyd Deans, Bob Fraser and Dan Crouse (-1). Closest to pin: No. 1 Tom Winston (8.9) and No. 6 Kerry Woodbury (5.9).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — No. 25 Houston earned a 75-62 win over Tulane as Caleb Mills had 18 points and Quentin Grimes added 15.NHL-SCHEDULEBolts double up PensUNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning won a matchup of hot teams to inch closer to the NHL’s Atlantic Division lead.The Lightning won for the 18th time in their last 21 games as Andre Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 29 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Penguins. Vasilevskiy improved to 15-0-2 in his past 17 starts to set a franchise record for consecutive games without a regulation loss. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) poured in 36 and hauled down 20 rebounds as the Bucks dumped the 76ers, 112-101 in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo had 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds for the fifth straight game and the 14th time this season.Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Eric Bledsoe contributed 14 points, eight boards and six assists.Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but he shot just 6-for-26 and was 3-for-10 from 3-point range.Tobias Harris had a team-high 25 points for the 76ers, who closed out an 0-4 road swing that also included losses to Atlanta, Boston and Miami.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action: — Detroit ended a nine-game losing streak by getting shootout goals from Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou (ath-an-ah-SEE’-oo) in a 4-3 victory at Buffalo. Larkin also scored twice in the opening period, but the Wings coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period before winning for just the sixth time since Nov. 12.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-SEABROOKBlackhawks’ Seabrook undergoes right hip surgeryCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is expected to be ready for the start of next season after undergoing right hip surgery today.The 34-year-old Seabrook also had right shoulder surgery in December and left hip surgery last month. The 6-foot-3 Seabrook has 103 goals and 361 assists in 1,114 games since his NHL debut in 2005, winning three Stanley Cups with the Hawks. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) each netted their 25th goals of the season to help Tampa Bay pick up its eighth straight home win.Anthony Cirelli (sih-REH’-lee) provided the eventual game-winner as the Bolts handed Pittsburgh just its third loss in 11 games.The Lightning are within five points of the division-leading Bruins. The Pens remain six points behind the Metropolitan-leading Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Blues had collected points in 11 straight home games before Andrew Copp broke a third period tie and Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 35 saves in the Jets’ 4-2 victory in St. Louis. Patrik Laine (LY’-nay), Jansen Harkins and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) also scored as Winnipeg won for just the second time in eight games. MLB-NEWSMax Muncy, Dodgers work out 3-year pactUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a three-year, $26 million contract.The package includes a $13 million team option for 2023, with a $1.5 million buyout. Muncy made $575,000 while batting .251 with 35 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for Los Angeles last season, missing a large chunk of the final month with a broken wrist.In other baseball news: — MLB owners are 2-0 in arbitration this winter after the Minnesota Twins beat pitcher José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs). The 25-year-old right-hander will be paid just over $4 million rather than his request for $4.4 million. Berríos made $620,000 last year while going 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA in 32 starts for the AL Central champions last season, striking out 195 and walking 51.— Commissioner Rob Manfred says talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the Mets from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. The Mets said in December that the contemplated deal between Sterling Partners and Cohen would allow 83-year-old Fred Wilpon to remain as controlling owner and chief executive officer for five years.— Former pitcher Chris Young will replace Joe Torre as the person who decides suspensions and fines for on-field matters. Young’s jurisdiction includes intentionally hitting batters, charging the mound and fights. Torre is shifting to a role as special assistant to the commissioner.NFL-NEWSWeddle hanging ‘em up Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEBucks down SixersUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks improved to an NBA-best 44-7 by avenging their lopsided Christmas Day loss in Philadelphia. The Bulldogs are 24-1 after Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) contributed 21 points and six rebounds to their 85-67 victory against Loyola Marymount. Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) and Admon Gilder each added 17 points for the Zags, who led by eight before opening the second half on a big run.Gonzaga has won 18 straight and leads the nation in scoring at over 88 points a game.In other top-25 men’s basketball finals:— Nico Mannion furnished 20 points, while Zeke Nnaji and Josh Green each added 18 as No. 23 Arizona won for the fifth time in six games, 85-80 over Southern California.— Tyler Bey scored a season-high 21 points and McKinley Wright IV had 17 to send 24th-ranked Colorado to its fourth loss in five games, 71-65 against California. — The 76ers have snared Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks from the Warriors in exchange for one second-round pick in each of the next three drafts. The Sixers made room at the deadline when they traded James Ennis III to the Orlando Magic for a future second-round pick.— A person with knowledge of the details says a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others killed in a helicopter crash is planned for Feb. 24 at Staples Center. The date corresponds with the jersey numbers he and 13-year-old daughter Gianna wore — 24 for him and 2 for her. The Staples Center has played host to other memorials, including for Michael Jackson.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLGonzaga rolls to victoryUNDATED (AP) — It took one half of basketball for second-ranked Gonzaga to get going. Taylor leads Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor opened with an eagle and closed with two birdies in an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula, giving him the first-round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor is two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert, each of whom fired 66s on par-72 courses. Cantlay played Spyglass Hill and Seiffert was at Pebble Beach.Most of the interest over three courses in the rotation was at Spyglass Hill, which featured Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, along with five NFL quarterbacks that included Peyton Manning and his recently retired brother, Eli. February 7, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle says he is leaving the NFL after 13 seasons.Weddle made his long-expected retirement announcement on Twitter, although the hard-hitting safety with the big beard didn’t use the specific word.Weddle played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and three more for the Baltimore Ravens before spending last season with the Los Angeles Rams. He said in December that he didn’t expect to return for the second season of his contract with the club.The 35-year-old Weddle became one of the NFL’s toughest and most durable safeties after San Diego drafted him out of Utah in the second round in 2007. Weddle was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, 2013 and 2014 for the Chargers. He joined Baltimore in 2016 and earned three straight Pro Bowl selections.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH The 6-foot-11 Drummond leads the league with 15.8 rebounds per game and is averaging 17.8 points and 1.7 blocks.In other NBA news:— The Memphis Grizzlies have dealt Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill to the Miami Heat for three players who’ve combined to score a mere 254 points this season. The trade ends the Grizzlies’ impasse with Iguodala, who refused to play for them and asked to be traded or have his contract bought out. The Grizzlies get Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters.— The Knicks were part of a three-team swap that sends Marcus Morris from New York to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers also get Isaiah Thomas from the Wizards, who come away with Jerome Robinson. The Knicks received Maurice Harkless, Issuf Sanon, the Clippers’ first-round pick this year, a protected first-round swap option in 2021 and a second-rounder in 2021.— Dewayne Dedmon is returning to the Hawks in a trade that sends center Alex Len and forward Jabari Parker to the Kings. Atlanta also requested waivers on center Nenê (neh-NAY’), one day after he was acquired from Houston as part of a four-team trade. Russell to Wolves, Drummond to CavaliersUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have little hope of making the NBA playoffs this spring. That didn’t stop either team from landing a major talent before Thursday’s trade deadline.The Timberwolves have acquired D’Angelo Russell in a deal that sends Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors. The Wolves also received guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman for a pair of draft picks, including a first-rounder either in 2021 or 2022.Russell was averaging a career-high 23.6 points for the injury-wrecked Warriors, while Wiggins was scoring 22.4 points a game.The Cavaliers have acquired two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond from the Pistons for forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of their two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons. — Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) and Brad Hunt each had a goal and an assist while the Wild scored three times in the first period of a 4-2 verdict over the Canucks. Ryan Hartman and Zach Parise also scored as Minnesota forced Vancouver to settle for a 2-2-1 record on its five-game road trip.J.T. Miller and Antoine Roussel scored and Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves for Vancouver, which has played 10 of its last 13 games on the road and finished a five-game trip 2-2-1.— Kieffer Bellows scored his first two NHL goals in his second career game, including the tiebreaker in the third period of the Islanders’ 5-3 victory over the Kings. New York’s third line of Bellows, Derrick Brassard and Michael Dal Colle (kohl) combined for three goals and two assists as the Isles improved to 3-0-2 in their last five games.— Andrei Svechnikov (SVEHCH’-nih-kahv) and Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) each scored twice and had one assist in leading the Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Coyotes. Jaccob Slavin (SLAY’-vihn) also scored and Trevor van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had two assists for Carolina, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit for its fourth win in six games.— Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) provided a goal and an assist as the Avalanche won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 at Ottawa. Valeri Nichushkin (nih-CHOOSH’-kihn), Matt Nieto (nee-EH’-toh) and J.T. Compher (KAHM’-fur) also scored and Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves in Colorado’s first victory in the Canadian capital since Feb. 11, 2016. — Timo Meier had two goals and an assist in the Sharks’ second straight win, 6-3 at Edmonton. Sam Gagner (GAHN’-yay) and Connor McDavid scored 76 seconds apart to put the Oilers ahead, 2-0 before San Jose handed the home team its second consecutive loss.— Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist to lead as the Predators nipped the Flames, 3-2. Dante Fabbro (FA’-broh) and Kyle Turris (TOOR’-ihs) also scored for Nashville, which has won four of five to pull within one point of Calgary for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.— Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 46 shots in his second shutout of the season as the Devils hammered the Flyers, 5-0. Miles Wood scored twice for New Jersey, which chased Brian Elliott during a three-goal third period.— The Golden Knights rolled to a 7-2 win over the Panthers as Mark Stone collected two goals and three assists. Max Pacioretty scored two goals and had an assist to help Marc-Andre Fleury nail down his 460th career victory.— The Canadiens pulled out a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Jeff Petry’s (PEE’-treez) goal 25 seconds into overtime. Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher also scored and Carey Price made 35 saves in Montreal’s sixth victory in eight games. — Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and Robert Covington was productive in his Houston debut as the Rockets topped the Lakers, 121-111. Covington hit two clutch late 3-pointers while getting 14 points and eight rebounds, helping the Rockets drop the Western Conference leaders to 38-12. Houston rallied from a late four-point deficit and ended the game on a 19-5 surge highlighted by two of Covington’s four 3-pointers.— Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside each had double-doubles, while Gary Trent came off the bench to add 18 points as the Trail blazers downed the Spurs, 125-117. Lillard delivered 26 points and 10 assists, and Whiteside had 17 points and tied a season-high with 23 rebounds.— Pelicans were 125-119 winners at Chicago behind Zion Williamson’s team-high 21 points. Williamson had nine points as New Orleans outscored Chicago 31-19 in the third quarter. JJ Redick dropped in 18 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds as New Orleans improved to 4-4 since Williamson made his NBA debut on Jan. 22.— Julius Randle furnished 22 points and Taj Gibson had 19 as the Knicks picked up their third straight win, 105-103 over the Magic. Elfrid Payton had 15 points and nine assists for New York, which rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to match its longest winning streak of the season.NBA-NEWSlast_img read more

SU offense looks to adjust to pressure defenses

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Justin Pugh recognizes the blueprint of the Syracuse offense. Much like his head coach Doug Marrone talked about with regards to the defensive side of the ball Monday, the SU left tackle Pugh knows where Rutgers will attack the Orange offense. Stop the pressure and run game. Make Ryan Nassib throw the ball. Make the SU offensive line hold. ‘They’re not a pressure team,’ Pugh said of Rutgers. ‘They don’t blitz as much. But I’m sure after seeing the film from Louisville and Cincinnati, they’re going to pressure. That’s something that we’ve kind of gotten used to.’ Louisville used the blueprint to expose the Syracuse offense last weekend. Heading to Rutgers for its last road contest of the season Saturday, the Orange will hope to adjust enough to avoid falling into its opponent’s blueprint once again. And that means executing, as well as perhaps switching a few things up offensively, despite the limitations from what Marrone called Monday a ‘banged-up’ unit. It begins by following through in the trenches, where SU’s offensive line gave up three sacks and many more hurries, which led to rushed throws from Nassib. The Cardinals had four tackles for loss, and one of the sacks forced a fumble from Nassib that led Louisville to a touchdown three plays later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text And that led to the Orange’s worst offensive showing in a half this season: 62 yards of offense and three points in the second half, while Louisville marched down the field on two long drives. ‘As a whole, we’re obviously disappointed that we were only able to put up three points in the second half,’ Pugh said. ‘We kept getting behind on mistakes. We kept getting penalties. … Personally I had a penalty that was something I shouldn’t be doing.’ With Louisville stacking the box and holding the SU run offense in the second half, Pugh and SU wide receiver Alec Lemon said Tuesday that the opportunity to open up the pass game was there. But Marrone said that combined with Louisville’s constant pressure, the Orange didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. ‘The situation last week was that they were always going to bring one more player than you can block,’ Marrone said, ‘so it’s pretty difficult to hold the football to go down field. We were able to lock them up at times and throw it down the field. And then who should we throw it to? I’m just asking.’ Lemon raised his hand to that question Tuesday. Lemon knows there were missed opportunities, such as his two drops Saturday against Louisville that would have been Syracuse touchdowns. With missed chances like those drops and SU’s overall inability to stretch the field on offense Saturday, the Orange only recorded three pass plays of 10 yards or more against Louisville. But that doesn’t mean SU shouldn’t take chances. A perfect example, Lemon said, was his 51-yard touchdown pass from Nassib that tied the score briefly at 7-7. Lemon was able to expose a one-on-one matchup in the Louisville secondary and get past the Cardinals’ safeties into the end zone. And with himself and Van Chew there at the receiver position, Lemon said there are plenty of opportunities if Rutgers uses that defensive blueprint against the Orange. ‘Van and I both feel that we can be thrown to and make big plays,’ Lemon said. ‘We just want to go out there and show it to the team and our coaches.’ Added Lemon: ‘When you see one-on-ones, you’re going to try to get it to the receivers and make the receivers make the plays. That’s the challenge that we receivers have to take. They’re saying that they can guard us, and we have to go out and take that personally and play the game we can play.’ And to Marrone, the possibilities are there as well. Rutgers is on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to Louisville’s pressure. Whereas the Cardinals are ranked 24th in the nation in sacks, the Scarlet Knights come in at No. 118 out of 120. A different scheme. A different defense. But likely, the same blueprint. Taking advantage of those opportunities comes with the Orange’s execution. ‘I hope so,’ Marrone said when asked if he thinks Rutgers will attack SU’s offense with the same blueprint. ‘Because it gives us a chance to make bigger plays. It really does. … So when people see what we are doing, they know that there are plays out there, and we just have to make them.’ bplogiur@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse uses break in schedule to refocus, increase intensity heading into rematch with RIT

first_imgFocus, intensity and goals dried up for Syracuse in its road swing over three weekends.Saturday’s 2-2 tie at Rochester Institute of Technology epitomized the team’s struggles. SU lost numerous battles for possession on the boards and tied a game it felt it should’ve won. Starting the game with that mindset was part of the problem, but the result represented shortcomings all around for the team.“We got outworked, outhustled, outcoached; we didn’t do a very good job,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “All of us.”But with 10 days between the disappointment in Rochester and the Orange’s (5-5-1, 2-0-1 College Hockey America) rematch with the Tigers (0-2-0, 0-2-0 CHA) at Tennity Ice Pavillion, the team will prepare differently. Flanagan’s team was a distracted one on its road trip, and the extra time between games gives him a chance to conduct a mini preseason. During the break, the team will have little else to think about besides hockey.It’s a break from a routine that simply was not working.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“All we have to worry about is playing hockey; literally that’s it,” captain Jacquie Greco said.In a normal week when SU plays Friday and Saturday, rests Sunday and resumes practice Monday, Flanagan puts his players through the same paces. Mondays and Tuesdays are work days in which the team conditions to keep its base fitness up through the six-month season. Wednesdays and Thursdays mean fine-tuning specific systems and units.This week, though, Flanagan plans to have his team skate hard through Saturday. He will continue making adjustments to an offense that’s fallen flat since Laurie Kingsbury went out with a concussion following the Quinnipiac series Oct. 19-20.“When she got injured she was our leading scorer, and I think she’s still up there, which is kind of scary,” he said.Flanagan bemoaned Syracuse’s run of two-goal games, a total he said isn’t usually enough to ensure victory.SU averaged a goal every 17.4 minutes in its first six games. Goals have come every 30.5 minutes for SU in the last five contests.The Orange has underestimated opponents during that stretch. UConn had just one win to its name in seven games before beating SU 4-2.“We can try to address going back to UConn in terms of ‘Don’t look at your opponent’s record,’” Flanagan said. “They were playing their first game at home, and I don’t know if our kids thought they were going to show up and win. So of course they were motivated.”Sophomore defender Kaillie Goodnough said SU ran into similar problems against RIT, getting outworked in possession battles on the boards. It’s an area she expects the team to work on in its off week.“In the corners, all around the ice and on the boards, because RIT won most of the battles during our game there,” Goodnough said. “So we need to show them that we’re not just going to turn over and give them the boards.”The extra days without games will also allow players to heal from the minor bumps and bruises that pile up over the course of a season. Goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater said she’ll use the time to rest up her right hip, still healing from hip surgery she underwent during the summer. Drinkwater rehabs for 30 to 45 minutes per day, three to four days per week.Drinkwater will also enjoy a team trip to Goodnough’s house for Thanksgiving next week. The sophomore defender lives in nearby Mannsville, about 45 minutes away, where Goodnough expects eight to 10 teammates to join her and her family.With a mostly empty campus, teammates that spend plenty of time together will have more free time to hang out and relax before trying to refocus and clean up their play for the heart of the season.“We’re putting the past behind us, we’re going to keep moving forward, we have a lot of hockey left this season,” Greco said. “I don’t want people to have any doubt in us because we’re going to turn our season around.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2012 at 12:03 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Rodgers, Safdar emerge as key doubles players for Syracuse

first_imgAmanda Rodgers and Komal Safdar may appear to have little in common, but by the end of their sophomore year the doubles partners were able to call each other best friends. The lefty Rodgers stands at almost 6 feet tall, studies communications and rhetorical studies and has a more outgoing personality. Her usual doubles partner Safdar stands at only 5-feet, 6-inches, is a righty, studies biochemistry and is more shy. The two started playing doubles during their sophomore years and have been mostly successful since — going 2-1 in the Big East tournament together last year and starting the current season 1-1-1 as partners. Interim head coach Shelley George recently switched up doubles pairings to try and right her team’s early-season struggles, but that hasn’t changed the relationship developed by the two. “I nicknamed them ‘Team Fantastic.’ They just fit right from the very first moment,” said former Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen, who originally paired the two together. “They handled adversity really well. They haven’t really smoked teams, but they always come out the better team in the end because they find a way to win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two were not always the best of friends. But at the start of their sophomore year, they started hanging out more often. Safdar would come to Rodgers’ apartment more frequently as the year went on, as their bond grew and then strengthened when Jensen paired them together. “She’s very positive and I’m very positive, so I think we both have really good outlooks on life,” Rodgers said. “We are different in a lot of ways, but we have the same morals and stuff, so it was easy to get along with her.”The duo struggled together at first. Because they have different dominant hands, when the ball would come down the middle of the court the partners had trouble deciding who would use their forehand. They struggled determining who would call off the other person, especially on overheads. Safdar said the two practiced for hours each day just working on issues of communication.Eventually the duo figured out the issues. They won 10 matches together last year, not including the Big East tournament, and their only defeat this season came in a highly competitive 8-6 set. The duo figured out how to play to their strengths more, with Rodgers leaning on the big serve and consistent groundstrokes, and Safdar sticking to her aggressive style and strong net play. “We go to our strengths,” Safdar said. “The strengths are that for one, she’s really consistent so she’ll often set me up at the net, whether it’s with her big serve. That’s a huge thing. She’ll pretty much serve our opponent off the court and I’m right there to volley it out.”Having such a strong bond helps take some of the pressure off Rodgers and Safdar and creates a more comfortable atmosphere. This type of ease they feel helps when the two have to close out tight matches.“It’s great because it creates a relaxed environment,” Safdar said. “We can laugh about things, but we also know how to stay competitive.”While Safdar and Rodgers had some success to start this season, the team as a whole struggled and failed to win a match with the two playing together. The pairings will be different moving forward, but Rodgers’ and Safdars’ experience in doubles could help the Orange moving forward. “We haven’t been winning the doubles point,” George said. “We’re just changing it up a little bit and finding something that works and something we can hang our hat on.” Comments Published on March 4, 2014 at 12:32 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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