February 27, 2020 — Matt Dumba had two goals and an assist as the Wild blew out the Red Wings, 7-1 for their fourth win in five games. Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists.MLB-NEWSSale to start season on injured listUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Sale will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers, Florida, for extended spring training when the team breaks camp. Sale reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule.Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow. Tobias Harris scored 34 points to lead the short-handed Sixers to a 115-106 victory over the Knicks. Harris had 23 points in the opening half to help Philadelphia to a 61-46 lead at the break.Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 as Philadelphia handed New York its sixth straight loss.Embiid sat out with a shoulder injury and Simmons missed his third straight game with a back ailment that will keep him off the court for at least two weeks. The Sixers will have more information concerning Embiid’s injury on Friday.The win puts the 76ers in a tie with Miami for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.NBA-76ers-INJURIES Associated Press Aleem Ford and Micah Potter each had 18 points for the Badgers, who are 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten.Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 32 points for the Wolverines, who were without guard Eli Brooks because of a broken nose.Michigan had won five in a row.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s win, Bolts fall Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULESixers win without Embiid, SimmonsUNDATED (AP) — No Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’). No Ben Simmons. No problem for the Philadelphia 76ers as they improved to an NBA-best 28-2 at home. — Kerwin Danley has been named the majors’ first African American umpire crew chief. The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. MLB also says Alfonso Marquez is being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief born outside the United States.— Members of Congress have sent a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame asking that former major league outfielder Curt Flood be elected in December by the next golden era committee. The recognition would coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Flood’s defiant letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in which he wrote, “I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.” Flood was traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia after the 1969 season and refused to report to the Phillies, instead sitting out the 1970 campaign and challenging the reserve clause.— Former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is selling some baseball memorabilia and plenty of household items at a weekend estate sale. The baseball-related items for sale include framed jerseys, bobbleheads, commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, signed Red Sox photographs, and a Boston Bruins jersey with the name Ortiz and his No. 34 on the back.NHL-CANUCKS-MARKSTROMMarkstrom out after ‘minor’ procedure Lewis and English each made the field on sponsor exemptions after failing to qualify for the event.Zach Johnson shares second with J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard, Cameron Tringale (trihn-GAH’-lee) and Lee Westwood, who also made the field on a sponsor exemption.KOBE BRYANT-AUCTIONKobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auctionNEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery, are going up for sale in April. UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have widened their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.David Pastrnak’s (PAHS’-tur-nahks) 46th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner as the Bruins topped the Stars, 4-3. The game was deadlocked, 1-1 until Brad Marchand and Nick Ritchie tallied 77 seconds apart late in the second period.Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) turned back 31 shots to help Boston end its first two-game losing streak in more than a month.The Bruins now pace the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division races by seven points over Tampa Bay.The Lightning dropped their fourth straight since a team-record, 11-game winning streak. Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) recorded a hat trick with three goals in the third period of the Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory at Tampa. The Blackhawks scored three goals in a span of 5:20 and five goals total in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom had a “minor lower body procedure” and will be reevaluated in two weeks.Markstrom was hurt during a 9-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, causing Vancouver to acquire veteran Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) from New Jersey. Markstrom is 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average, a career-high .918 save percentage and two shutouts this season.PGA-HONDA CLASSICLewis, English share Honda leadPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Lewis and Harris English each fired 4-under 66s to take a one-shot lead in the first of the PGA’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens. Sixers to play without Embiid with Simmons on shelfPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are missing their two best players as they host the New York Knicks tonight.The 76ers say Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) is sitting out because of a sprained left shoulder. The All-Star center was injured while collided with Ante Zizic during last night’s loss to Cleveland.The Sixers already are without guard Ben Simmons because of a back injury that is expected to keep him out at least two weeks.The team says it will have another medical update on Embiid tomorrow. Sale went 6-11 last season with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts, the fewest in his career for a full season since 2012.In other MLB news:— Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) is expected to be out 8-12 weeks with a strained back muscle. Clase has a 100 mph fastball and was the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas.— Cubs reliever Brad Wieck has had surgery for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely. The team says an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical.— Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEBadgers down WolverinesUNDATED (AP) — Wisconsin made another case for an NCAA Tournament berth with an impressive road win at 19th-ranked Michigan.D’Mitrik Trice hit his first five shots and scored 28 points as the Badgers topped the Wolverines, 81-74. Wisconsin never trailed en route to its fifth straight win.The Badgers shot 63% in taking a 43-33 halftime lead. Update on the latest sports Slater Koekkoek (KOO’-koo) scored his first goal of the season and Brandon Saad (sahd) added his 20th as Chicago beat the Lightning for the first time in regulation since Dec. 13, 2009.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) snapped a 3-3 tie with 11 minutes left in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Panthers. Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-eh-nehn), Mark Hyman and Justin Holl also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots in Toronto’s third win in four games.— Ryan Strome’s (strohmz) two goals and one assist carried the Rangers to their fifth consecutive win, 5-2 at Montreal. Phillip Di Giuseppe, Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) also tallied after New York fell behind, 2-0.— Bobby Ryan returned from a three-month injury absence and recorded a hat trick in the Senators’ 5-2 verdict over the Canucks. Ryan tallied twice in the final 2:08 for his fifth hat trick and first since December 2014. Julien’s Auctions aid Thursday that the items would be up for sale on April 30 as part of its annual sports auction that also includes a silver medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal.Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoJunior outside hitter Morgan Salow has moved on from herquiet days in Manchester, Iowa — a town of about 5,000 — to making big noisefor the ninth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team.”She came from a small town in Iowa. Getting here, she was alittle shocked with the speed of the game and everything she had to do,” UWhead coach Pete Waite said. “But she’s hung in there and she has stepped up thechallenge we have given her, and she keeps getting better.”Salow, a three-time all-state selection at West DelawareHigh School, has provided the spark off the bench the Badgers have needed.Against Iowa last month, she had seven kills, helping the Badgers to a 4-1 winin Iowa City.”As a player, Morgan came in pretty quiet as a freshman,”Waite said. “[She’s a] tall player at6’4″.We knew it would take a while to get used to the level of play, but she hasreally been picking it up lately and done a nice job of contributing.”Since that game, Salow has been on a roll. She has averaged1.88 kills per game over the last three matches. During the same stretch, shehas averaged .50 aces and .62 blocks per game. Salow also earned a startingspot last week against Illinois and Iowa.”Morgan is a great player,” senior setter Jackie Simpsonsaid. “She has really stepped it up for us this year coming into matches wherewe really needed a little bit of a spark, and she definitely brought that forus.”It took a few years for Salow to perform at her currentlevel. Before this year, she had only played in 40 games, averaging .70 killsper game and .20 blocks per game. Her previous career high in kills had beeneight against Michigan State in 2005.According to Waite, adjusting to the speed of the game atthe collegiate level took some time.”I think it is hard for everybody at different levels. Atfirst, of course it was pretty hard for me,” Salow said.For some players who have potential, but are not ready toplay at the collegiate level just yet, their freshman year they are redshirted,like Salow’s teammate Katherine Dykstra. However, Salow did not redshirt andplayed limited time her freshman year, putting up 18 kills in only 15 games.”I think the situation was we felt she was ready to go,”Waite said. “But, you know, you can always look back and say another year wouldhave been better. But, I think she feels good where she is right now and she’shelping us out.”At the beginning of the year, Salow said her goals were toimprove on quickness and strength. Other than meeting her goals on the court,Waite said that her personality is beginning to show as well.”I think we have seen her personality come out a little bit.I think she has left more on the court and more relaxed off the court,” Waitesaid.So far this year, Salow’s work ethic and patience have paidoff. She has already appeared in 38 games (two starts) and her statistics havealmost doubled: averaging 1.71 kills per game and .50 blocks per game.Salow is part of a platoon of outside hitters and middleblockers seeing their first consistent action. Last year, Dykstra and CaityDuPont, along with Salow, got limited playing time because of their age andinexperience in the college game. This year, all three players, along withfreshman Allison Wack, are seeing significant playing time off the bench andeven starting.The difference between Salow and the other outside hittersis her versatility. She has the ability to play both outside spots and themiddle blocker. Plus, her height gives her a definite advantage on the blockover some smaller offensive players.”With Morgan on the right, she can run the quicks just likeKat [Dykstra],” Simpson said. “So, it’s very similar in that aspect. It’s alittle lower and quicker versus this high and hitting over people. On the outsideit kind of reverses it, and she’s very powerful, and she can take a big, longapproach and take some big swings.”With her confidence growing, Salow is finally becoming theplayer she and her coaches thought she could be. Already a junior, she hopes tobe fighting for a starting job in the front row next year. For now, though, sheis content with the way she is playing and the role she has on the team.”I know even if I don’t start and I go in for people,I have a job to do,” Salow said. “If I get it done, then cool. So, I’m reallyhappy with how things have been going.”
Mike is an undecidedsophomore. If you think that one loss is a realistic goal for next year’s team,that somebody will go undefeated next year or have already turned yourattention to the basketball team and didn’t even read most of the column, hecan be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you did not see it coming before, this weekend made whathas seemed inevitable for a couple weeks clear: an undefeated team will not beplaying for college football’s national championship.When the mainland United States’ only unbeaten, Kansas, loston Saturday night, and LSU — a team with one loss but also holding a stackedBCS deck– losing Friday, that realization gave way to a collective cringe thatwas felt in the stomach of fans across the country, Madison included.As it turns out, had the Badgers lost one game instead ofthree (not an unattainable feat), they could have been in contention for a spotin this season’s BCS National Championship Game.If Wisconsin had gotten by any two of the three teams theylost to, Illinois, Penn State or Ohio State, UW would be doing BCS math rightnow, trying to figure out where it stood in the championship picture instead ofmaking reservations to play in a second-tier bowl game.With no undefeated team playing for the nationalchampionship this season, the hopes dashed across the country aftertough-to-swallow early losses now seem to have been lost preemptively.They certainly were here. With pressure and expectationsrising — albeit cautiously after some close calls — then-No. 5 Wisconsin lost,but was not upset by unranked Illinois (the team that would also end OhioState’s perfect season).At that point it appeared that all hope for a championshipcrown had been lost. A shot at the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance —still nothing to sneer at — seemed to be the highest achievable remaining outcome.Remember, at the time, the nation still included 10undefeated teams among the Top 25, and a single loss felt more like a crushingblow than the speed bump it would eventually turn out to be.So, woefully, Wisconsin went and got crushed at Penn Statefor its second loss, came home to pick itself up against Northern Illinois andIndiana, then went and blew a lead at Ohio State — then the country’stop-ranked team — en route to finishing with three regular season losses.Beating Michigan in the penultimate game of the regularseason helped make the year bearable. But couple the Wolverines’ decision tosit quarterback Chad Henne for most of the game and running back Mike Hart forall of it with what happened this weekend in the championship picture, and it’stough not to think about what could’ve been this season.Just like almost every other team in the country right now,this season for Wisconsin has become a collection of not just memories andstatistics, but more disappointingly “what-ifs.”What if Lance Smith hadn’t missed all the team’s road games— and all the losses — because of his unconventional suspension?What if top wide receiver Luke Swan hadn’t been hurt againstIllinois?What if Allan Evridge had beaten out Tyler Donovan for thestarting quarterback job in the preseason?What if the defense had been more prepared to face a spreadoffense?The list goes on, but in the end it doesn’t matter what theanswers to these questions are or were. Nothing will change, and the Badgerswill likely take their three losses to the Outback or Alamo Bowl to give fans alast glimpse for the season against another team disappointed with where it isplaying.For 60 more minutes the Badgers will play football, and forthe next nine months fans will alternate between bemoaning the failures of thisseason, giving credit to the high points and speculating on what next seasonwill hold.Next year, barring any major changes, Wisconsin will boast aloaded backfield and a defense that will, at the very least, be an experiencedgroup.With a little luck, tight end Travis Beckum will return andbolster a young receiving corps led by Kyle Jefferson, who showed a lot ofpromise when thrown into the mix this season. The defense may even figure outhow to stop the big plays.How the roster shapes up next season and what promise the2008 season may hold is a different discussion for a different day, though.What’s going to be important to remember now, and what thisseason and this past weekend have shown, is that when UW loses for the firsttime next season it won’t be the end of the world, but rather, just a speedbump.
Photo captionMegan Duggan is second on the team in points behind Hilary Knight while just ahead of Brianna Decker.[/media-credit]Individually, Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight make up the top three in points and plus/minus for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. Together, the trio forms the Badgers’ most formidable and productive line, with a combined total of 39 goals, 74 points and a plus/minus of +53.Although Wisconsin left the series against Minnesota Duluth with a 1-1 split last weekend, the Badgers’ top line continued to shine as the group scored all of the team’s goals.But the inception of the line came during the series against Minnesota just two weeks ago when head coach Mark Johnson felt he needed to shake things up.“In Minnesota we found ourselves down a couple of goals, and coach was trying to find something to maybe get the team fired up. He put us together, and I think within the five periods over there that we played together we had about 6 or 7 goals,” said senior captain Meghan Duggan.After the productive weekend in Minneapolis, Johnson decided to stay with the threesome through the series with Robert Morris University and last weekend’s tilts against the Golden Gophers.So far, the decision to stick the three skilled players, who all fall within the top 10 in points in the WCHA, together has paid off, as the unit already appears comfortable with one another.“Meghan and Brianna are some of the best forwards in the nation right now, and I think playing with them and just feeding off of their energy and their skills makes anybody who is the third player on their line better,” said junior Hilary Knight.The one player that Knight forgot to mention in that short list was herself, as the accomplished right winger has turned into one of the most feared offensive threats in the country.Aside from her physical presence on the ice, one aspect of Knight’s game prevails as the most intimidating.“She has a great shot; she shoots like a guy I think,” sophomore Brianna Decker said.But the line’s success does not draw wholly from Knight’s offensive prowess.Decker and Duggan, Wisconsin’s top two assist leaders, pass the puck well, which facilitates the unbridled scoring.Decker, who actually leads the team in assists (14), remains impressed with the unselfishness and talent Duggan exudes game in and game out.“She really can set up plays and she can see people open. Her passing is great, and she can just weave the puck through people’s sticks and hit any player that she wants to,” Decker said.For the last four years, Knight and Duggan have not only played with one another as members of the Wisconsin Badgers, but also as a part of the United States national team (including last year’s appearance at the Olympics).But the history between Duggan and Knight ventures beyond college and international hockey. The two Badgers played one another in high school in a prep school league in New Hampshire.Although for the amount of experience the two Olympians have as competitors and as team mates, Johnson’s decision to put the two together marks the first time they have played on the same line.At the beginning of the season when Johnson coupled Decker together with Duggan and then eventually added Knight to the mix two weeks ago, Decker was intimidated by the prospect of playing with two of the country’s best talents.“They were in the Olympics, and I think that their skill level is so high. It really challenges me to keep up with them and try to be as good as them,” Decker said.Something that may have assuaged Decker’s original intimidation of playing with Duggan and Knight, however, is the fact that she was asked to play for the national team herself at the 4 Nation Cup in early November of this year.Duggan has already determined that the young scorer has great ability, and with the right work ethic, it’s clear Decker can achieve great things in her hockey career.“The couple of weeks she had with the national team, she just was unbelievable. I’m excited for her, definitely, and where she’s going to go in the future. I think she is an outstanding hockey player, probably one of the best I have seen in a while,” Duggan said.Even though Decker, Duggan and Knight have only played together in less than six games as a line, it is clear that the Badgers are likely to score a lot of goals in the coming weeks with their top players banded together.It’s up to the rest of the league to try and keep up.
When Isabel Menard left Syracuse after last season, she left a gaping hole in the top line of the Orange’s attack.And head coach Paul Flanagan has naturally relied on his experienced upperclassmen to fill the void, a daunting task given the team’s abundance of freshman players.‘We were in a hole right away. It’s like your losing players to free agency,’ Flanagan said. ‘There were a couple of younger players that we felt could have done more, and even the upperclassmen could have played better. So I think the disappointment is in that some of the kids didn’t pick up the slack.’The Orange’s lack of offensive production this season limited its success against conference opponents. And it has showed as Syracuse (9-20-3, 0-7-3 College Hockey America) sits in the cellar of the CHA standings. SU’s inability to capitalize on goal-scoring chances placed an enormous amount of pressure on the defensive unit, which struggled to go blow-for-blow with more talented opponents. If the Orange has any hope of advancing in the conference tournament, it will need timely offensive contributions from players who have underperformed.Menard’s absence from the SU lineup played a pivotal role as Flanagan tried to rally his troops before the start of this season. As a sophomore, Menard was an offensive force, accounting for more than 20 percent of the Orange offense and leading the team in goals, assists and points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJunior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said the team lost some flow in chemistry because of Menard’s decision to leave the program. That lack of rhythm carried over to the ice, where Syracuse struggled to put points on the board all season long.‘We were a little apprehensive because we had some unknowns coming into the year,’ Flanagan said. ‘The unknown was finding someone to fill that gap on offense.’With Menard gone, Syracuse leaned heavily on Carrie-Mattimoe and sophomore Margot Scharfe. The lack of threats around them led to inconsistencies for the offense as SU looked upon its best weapons to help carry the team.Instead of spreading the offense and generating better opportunities by moving the puck around, the offense stalled.Besides providing Syracuse with a talented goal scorer, Menard also created chances for other players on the team.This season, though, SU has whiffed when it comes to capitalizing on crucial goal-scoring chances. The Orange took numerous opponents down to the wire, but it couldn’t step up during crunch time.SU struggled to a 1-2-3 record in overtime games.‘We’ve struggled so much this season with capitalizing on an open net,’ Megan Skelly said. ‘If you take away all those ties, if you can capitalize those (ties) into wins, it makes a huge difference in points, and that’s been very frustrating for us.’Back on Jan. 20, SU skated to a 3-3 tie with Niagara at Tennity Ice Pavilion. And although the Orange rallied in the third period to even the score, it missed a game-changing opportunity.With a two-on-one breakaway that would have ended the game, Syracuse didn’t close the deal and settled for a tie with the Purple Eagles.Flanagan said those missed chances coupled with a poor percentage on the power play attack hampered Syracuse’s offensive attack and led to the frustrating season.When the Orange travels to face Niagara this weekend with CHA tournament seeding on the line, it will need to start taking more shots on net to put itself in a better position late in games.‘This time of year, you need to find a way to win games. But we seem to find ways to lose those tight games,’ Flanagan said. ‘We have to start making things happen.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments
Taking responsibility · Head coach Steve Sarkisian aplogized for his inappropriate behavior in front of a bundle of media members at his press conference before the team’s practice on Tuesday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThree days after reportedly speaking while intoxicated at USC’s annual Salute to Troy event, head football coach Steve Sarkisian publicly apologized before the media on Tuesday morning before practice in a press conference at Howard Jones Field.“I’d like to apologize for my behavior Saturday night,” Sarkisian said. “It was inappropriate. I feel bad for the University of Southern California, [President] Max Nikias, [Athletic Director] Pat Haden, our players and my own kids. The way I acted was irresponsible. It is something I obviously don’t condone.”Sarkisian reportedly used foul language and called out other programs at the on-campus event Saturday night in front of donors and alumni before being taken off stage by Haden and Associate Athletic Director J.K. McKay.The 41-year-old head coach admitted he mixed unspecified medication with alcohol and indicated that he will seek treatment, though he does not believe he needs to attend rehab.“I truly believe in myself as a coach to lead this team and to be the best coach for this team to win a championship,” Sarkisian said. “I’m thankful that I’m surrounded by wonderful people, and that this university can offer no better support than any other university in the country, but I was not right.”Sarkisian admitted that there was alcohol in the coaches’ locker room “after great wins,” but maintained that there was never alcohol in the team’s players’ locker room.” Alcohol has been banned from the facility entirely, according to Sarkisian.“I don’t believe so,” Sarkisian said when asked if he had a drinking problem. “Through Pat and the University, I’m going to find that out. I’m going to go to treatment and deal with it.”The second-year head coach said he met with the team and disclosed everything. He also reached out to Nikias and had talks at great length with Haden.“At the end of the day, you play the hand you’re dealt,” Sarkisian said. “I’m going to play my hand. I’m not proud of the things that have occurred for me, but I know I’m a good football coach, and I know we’re a good football team.”Two of the team’s leaders in quarterback Cody Kessler and linebacker Su’a Cravens also showed support for their coach following his press conference.“He came to us as a man and looked us in the face and apologized, and I think this brought us closer together,” Kessler said.Kessler recalled that he knew something wasn’t right when Sarkisian took the stage, but appreciated how his coach apologized immediately to the team.“Bottom line for us is that’s our head coach,” Kessler said. “We’re going to support him no matter what. Mistakes happen.”Cravens noted that nothing on the field has changed.“We’re the same team before and after,” Cravens said. “Nothing has changed. We’re a tight locker room, and we have a great coaching staff.”Kessler affirmed the team’s support for their head coach.“There’s no one else in the country we’d want as a head coach,” Kessler said.Sarkisian’s acts didn’t go unpunished, though, as Kessler said the team made him do up-downs on Monday.“He came back drenched in sweat,” Kessler said.Following the press conference, the team got back on the field for its first practice of the week and will now try to shift the attention back to the field.“Everybody couldn’t wait to get to practice,” Kessler said. “We couldn’t wait to get to an environment where we felt safe and comfortable with him as our head coach.”
Published on October 9, 2019 at 9:57 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) heads south to start ACC play in earnest with a matchup at North Carolina State (3-2, 0-1) on Thursday at 8 p.m. Both teams are coming off idle weeks and, as Dino Babers noted Monday, in the process of retooling their teams.Here’s what to know about the squads before kickoff.All-time series: 10-2, N.C. State leads.The last time they met: Syracuse won, 51-41, in the Carrier Dome last season to become bowl eligible for the first time in five years.After losing four-straight to the Wolfpack prior, the Orange started hot and built a lead large enough to withstand North Carolina State’s surges. After Eric Dungey was benched for Tommy DeVito in the fourth quarter the week prior, Dungey erupted for 411 passing yards and three touchdowns, plus another rushing score. He, along with then-Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley, each set individual series highs for passing yards between the two teams (Finley threw for 473, also a career-high). In the end, SU connected on more big plays and earned a pivotal win in the program’s recent history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe North Carolina State report: The Wolfpack are in flux at the most important position on the field: Quarterback. Despite quarterback Matthew McKay leading the Wolfpack with seven touchdowns through five games, NCSU went 3-2 and lost badly to two Power 5 opponents on its schedule. McKay has been benched in favor of Bailey Hockman, who is making his first career start on Thursday.McKay’s benching came in the middle of a lethargic performance two weeks ago against Florida State. Hockman came on in relief and completed 21-of-40 attempts for 208 yards and one score. Behind Hockman on the depth chart is Devin Leary, signaling that the Wolfpack have three quarterbacks — or maybe just two, now — that they are comfortable playing.McKay got the hook for being ineffective, getting blown out by West Virginia, 44-27, and setting up the 31-13 beat down against Florida State that Hockman tried to avoid. It remains to be seen how effective the remaining two signal callers can be.Without a clear quarterback situation, N.C. State will likely rely on the defense, one that has allowed the eighth-fewest rushing yards per game in college football (71.8). The Wolfpack also sack opposing quarterbacks 3.6 times a game, tied for 11th in the nation. Without an offensive identity established, the Wolfpack should try and grind this game out.How Syracuse beats N.C. State: Keep the tempo fast and score quickly, early.The Orange blew the doors off Holy Cross and accumulated 52 points against Western Michigan by getting back to Babers’ desired tempo: Ludicrous speed. The Orange came out and marched down the field against the Crusaders and the Broncos, getting calls in and plays off before the defenses could get completely set.That, coupled with SU’s turnover-happy defense and a growing pass game should put SU in a strong position to do what it does best. DeVito needs to come out sharp for it to work, but SU’s been good at getting him comfortable, completable throws early that also play into the pace.Create possessions, score quickly on them. Do that and take a first quarter lead and North Carolina State will likely struggle to climb out of that hole.Stat to know: 83.3 percent — Syracuse’s win percentage (15-3) on weekdays since the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl. The last time SU lost was 2016 when Lamar Jackson came in and played like a Heisman winner, but since it has won five-straight weekday games. Babers specifically is 2-0 on Thursdays.Player to watch: Bailey Hockman, redshirt sophomore quarterback, No. 16Making his first career start, all eyes are on Hockman. It was known that North Carolina State would struggle to replace Finley, the fourth-round draft pick. Unfortunately for Hockman, it’s meant getting dropped into the starting lineup midseason. He gets the good fortune of making his first start at home and looked competent against Florida State, but took some unnecessary risks. How he fares against SU’s defense might decide the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA – Alpena County commissioners are working with Northern Lights Arena to help them get back on their feet as they work to pay operational fees.County commissioners will extend the arena’s contract until the end of year to give Northern Lights more time to tie loose ends.The board agreed this week to waive the arena’s insurance bill. User fees, events and rentals help keep the doors of the facility open. That doesn’t include $60,000 payments to the county each year.Closing the facility would cost more than the amount to keep it running. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Crews work to restore power to 53,000 customersNext Annual Chowder and Chili Cook-off returns to the downtown
Hearts of Oak Administrative manager Ashford Tettey Oku has been forced to resign from the club after persistent pressure from board chairman Togbe Afede XIV.Information reaching JOY Sports reveals that Tettey Oku has come under persistent accusations for aiding sacked coach Ck Akunnor to recruit unqualified players for the club and as well as paying some staff members unduly.More to follow
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Nicole Mitts, born in 1989, of Wellington was charged with battery of a law enforcement officer, a Class A misdemeanor; and interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.Mitts is accused on June 29, 2014 of intentionally biting a finger of a Wellington Police officer who was assisting paramedics, who were trying to restrain her for medical treatment. Mitts also allegedly resisted having her hands handcuffed when she was placed in the patrol car.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Andrew Horn, born in 1995, of Mayfield was charged with four counts of criminal damage to property, Class B misdemeanors.On May 19, Horn is accused of driving his car south on B Street with two passengers who allegedly were throwing rocks at vehicles. One boy in the rear seat of Hornâ€™s car allegedly threw a rock at a 15-passenger church van along B Street as Horn was driving towards the Catholic Church. The rock struck the side window causing $750.31 of damage to the van the complaint said.Later officers took a report of another vehicle on North B that was damaged due to rock throwing. A 1999 Oldsmobile Bravado SUV side window was broken out, valued at $427.51.Horn then allegedly was driving north on North Washington Avenue when another passenger in the front seat advised him that he wanted to look at a car they passed. According to the affidavit, Horn turned the car around upon the passengerâ€™s request and the passenger reportedly threw a large chunk of asphalt at the side view mirror and damaging the door of a 2010 Suzuki which caused $758.35 damage.According to the court affidavit, the three boys allegedly picked up the rocks at Wheat Country Car Wash on East 16th Street before the alleged rock throwing spree. Allegedly, Horn eventually took the passengers home and dropped them at a friendâ€™s house. In the affidavit, an officer said the issue came to light a couple of weeks later when Horn was allegedly talking about it to another person not involved in the alleged incident. That person then reported the information to a student resource officer, who then contacted the WPD allegedly.Neither of the alleged passengers have been charged at this time.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Bryson Reed, born in 1989, of Arkansas City was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Reed is accused possessing a hallucinogenic drug, i.e. marijuana in his wallet when he had a motor vehicle accident while driving a vehicle at MP 18.6 on the Kansas Turnpike. He also possessed small baggies in his wallet allegedly.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Zachariah Brown, born in 1985, of Wellington was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Brown is accused of having a baggy of marijuana which came out of his pant leg while talking to a Sheriff Deputy on U.S. 160.His court deposition is set for July 24.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ Darien Ledbetter, born in 1993, of Wellington was charged with driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.Ledbetter is accused on June 22 of operating a white Pontiac Grand Prix on the 400 block of E. 30th Ave. North then on Ridge Road and 20th Avenue at a time when her legal privilege was suspended, canceled or revoked.After she was arrested, officers allegedly seized a marijuana cigarette in her Marlboro cigarette packet. Another cigarette was in the center console and another quantity of marijuana was in a small baggy hidden in her bra.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Sherry Martin, born in 1971, of Wichita was charged with possession of marijuana, a level 5 drug felony, possession of narcotic, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Martin is accused of having several small baggies of meth in her purse, which she lost at the casino and tried to reclaim.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ Edwood Osborne, born in 1995, of Wellington was charged with illegal tag, a misdemeanor; no insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; no driverâ€™s license, a misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. Osborne is accused of on June 20 of operating a Ford Ranger on Harvey and Plum in Wellington and having a license plate assigned to a 2000 Ford Windstar. He also failed to display liability insurance or valid drivers license, allegedly.The complaint said Osborne also possessed a four-inch box which contained a metal smoking pipe which Osborne admitted he used to smoke synthetic marijuana known as K-2 which is illegal in Kansas.His court deposition is set for July 10.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Dustin L. Black, born in 1988, of Wellington was charged with possession of narcotics, a level 5 drug felony; criminal deprivation of property, a Class A misdemeanor; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Black is accused of on June 25 of possessing a narcotic drug Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen 10-325 other than what was authorized by the Kansas Controlled Substances act. He allegedly used pills from his motherâ€™s prescription without her permission.Black also allegedly took his motherâ€™s car keys while she was in the hospital room without her permission and drove off. He is also accused of using, selling and giving away 51 pills from her prescription bottle of Hydrocodone.