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CALHAN, Colo. (Aug. 27) – Two IMCA special series see action this weekend at El Paso County Speedway and at I-76 Speedway.Both the Precise Racing BST Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Chubby Chassis Series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars hit the dirt Saturday, Aug. 31 at Calhan and Sunday, Sept. 1 at Fort Morgan. Sunday’s Modified feature at I-76 pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run Saturday at El Paso County, where pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 4:30 p.m.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and active military personnel with ID, $7 for kids ages 3-7 and free for two and under. Pit passes are $25 and fireworks follow the racing.There is no entry fee for the Modifieds for Sunday’s $1,000 to win show.Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. Pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Northern SportMods and sprint cars are also on the card at Fort Morgan. More information is available from Tour Director Joe Bellm at 720 404-0400 and at the www.bstracing.com website. The track websites are www.elpasoountyspeedway.com and www.I-76speedway.com. Precise Racing BST Modified Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo., 267; 2. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 242; 3. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo., 227; 4. John Burrow Jr., Denver, Colo., 188; 5. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo., 177; 6. John Hansen, Brush, Colo., 153; 7. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., 143; 8. Colton Osborn, Lexington, Neb., 142; 9. Will Brack, Johnstown, Colo., and Garrett Sporhase, Holyoke, Colo., both 131; 11. Greg Sharpe, Commerce City, Colo., 130; 12. Matt Brack, Mead, Colo., 128; 13. Greg Gustus, Brighton, Colo., 117; 14. Dwayne Dechant, Lamar, Colo., 109; 15. James Krehmeyer, Wray, Colo., 102; 16. Adam Morris, Lamar, Colo., 100; 17. Nate Moore, Great Bend, Kan., 97; 18. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan., 91; 19. Brady Coen, Wiley, Colo., 86; 20. Dusty Springer, Cheyenne Wells, Colo., 80.Chubby Chassis BST Stock Car Series top 20 point standings – 1. Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan., 220; 2. Lloyd Meeske, Champion, Neb., 213; 3. Jeff Whiting, Gothenburg, Neb., 170; 4. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., 142; 5. Justin Bussell, Imperial, Neb., 115; 6. Johnny Yutterman, Rocky Ford, Colo., 112; 7. Kelly Yutterman, Rocky Ford, Colo., 105; 8. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., 95; 9. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte, Neb., 80; 10. Kyle Werkmeister, McCook, Neb., 76; 11. Brian Morris, Lamar, Colo., and Gregory S. Gutt, Greeley, Colo., both 71; 13. Michael Dancer, North Platte, Neb., 67; 14. Cody Williams, Park, Kan., 64; 15. Darin Racek, Lexington, Neb., 58; 16. Robert Chalupa, McCook, Neb., and Kurt Trusty, Wallace, Neb., both 53; 18. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., and Dave Plowman, Gretna, Neb., both 39; 20. Justin Temeyer, Independence, Iowa, 38.
“After every victory, this is the man who is on the pitch, clapping the fans, instead of letting the players and staff get their just desserts. He’s out there feeding his ego, he needs to stop interfering and let Malky get on with his job. “If you don’t want Malky there, be brave, man up, face him and tell him ‘you’re going one way, we want someone else to take the club in another direction’.” Hull fans are no strangers to off-the-field dramas and are currently battling owner Assam Allam who wants to change their name to Hull Tigers – a move which carries shades of Cardiff’s change of shirt from blue to red. Allam has told the fans who sing ‘City Till We Die’ that they can “die when they want” as the fallout continues, and the Hull fans’ group designed to prevent the name change has sent its best wishes to its Cardiff counterparts. A statement from City Till We Die said: “City Till We Die (CTWD) would like to offer our sympathy and support for the fans of Cardiff City FC following the latest antics of their owner, Vincent Tan. “While CTWD continue to oppose Hull City owner Dr Allam’s plans to change the name of our football club, we appreciate the backing Dr Allam has given to our manager, Steve Bruce, to ensure that success is achieved on the field of play. “CTWD support the team passionately and Steve Bruce has given us a team to be proud of and we thank him and Dr Allam for that. “CTWD wholeheartedly support Cardiff City fans in their continued struggle to convince Vincent Tan that their team should play in their traditional blue shirts – matching their nickname of The Bluebirds.” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said clubs should respect the contracts agreed with managers. He added: “I don’t speak about individual cases, because I don’t know them. Only the persons that are involved in any one of these five cases, plus the Cardiff situation, only they can speak about the situation. “The only thing I can say is that every manager that is sacked is something that I am not happy with. I believe that when you give the job to somebody it’s because you trust somebody and, even if the results are not the results that people expect, I think every manager deserves time to complete his contract and, at the end of it, in a fair way, to analyse with his club if there are conditions to continue or if it’s better to end. “I don’t like people to be sacked in the middle of the season.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said Mackay should stick to his guns. He said: “If what they’re saying is true, ‘resign or I’ll sack you’ is not a decision for Malky to make is it? It’s a decision for the owner to make, not for Malky. Malky needs to sit there and what will be will be. “I don’t know how damaging it will be if they decide to dismiss Malky. Only time will tell. Gus Poyet leaves Brighton but goes to Sunderland, Roberto Martinez doesn’t get sacked but gets Wigan relegated but then gets the Everton job. “On what he has achieved it could be that another football club in the Premier League decides that Malky Mackay is the man for them. That’s what I think he would deserve if the situation does happen. Whether it does or not, only Malky will decide whether it has damaged his reputation or not.” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said it was vital for a manager to have a good relationship with a chairman. He added: “It is impossible for the manager to be successful if the president of the club does not trust in him.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said there is no real secret to his longevity other than he was given more time than most managers. He said: “To be given time is important first of all when you’re a young manager you need to learn the job. Nobody goes in a job at 33, 34 years of age and knows the job. If he’s not given the time somebody else comes in and he has the same problem. “There are some countries where the instability of managers is chronic. After what happens you have no quality anymore because people with quality do not go into jobs where they are sacked every three weeks for ridiculous reasons so it’s very important for the quality of the game that there is a certain stability.” Press Association “From the outside they should be really thanking Malky, he has done a wonderful job. He gets them up, and is making a fist of keeping them up but it’s the industry we work in. “The big successful clubs – the one thing they have is consistency. “I think all of us in this job think it seems to be getting worse, 25 per cent of the clubs in the Premier League have changed managers all ready. “When you look at the lower divisions too the fall-out rate of managers is quite ridiculous and I think we are going to deter people from coming into management, especially up-and-coming young ones, as managers simply do not get time now.” Former Wales international Iwan Roberts played with Mackay at Norwich and is outraged by the developments. “It’s one thing after another. Instead of facing Malky face to face in a room, he sent him an e-mail with an ultimatum,” he told talkSPORT. “Why should Malky resign? He has done a terrific job, got them to a League Cup final, the play-offs, won the league and got them promoted. They are four points off the bottom three. Where did the owners think they would be? Top four, top five? “He (Tan) is living on a different planet to me. Press Association Sport understands Tan has sent an email telling the Scot to resign or else face being fired – but Mackay is adamant he has no intention of quitting. When told of the email, Bruce said: “Oh my gosh – Merry Christmas… But nothing surprises me any more because of the way football has gone. Cardiff owner Vincent Tan should be thanking manager Malky Mackay for what he has achieved and not threatening him with the sack, Hull boss Steve Bruce has claimed.
“These conditions were, firstly, that the club required Nicolas Anelka to apologise to it, its supporters, sponsors and the wider community for the impact and consequences of his gesture made on December 28 and secondly, that he accept a substantial fine.” The infamous ‘quenelle’ pose that Anelka struck after scoring against West Ham on December 28 has been associated with anti-Semitism in France. Anelka claims his gesture was anti-establishment and made in support of his friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a French comedian who has been convicted seven times of anti-Semitic crimes. The independent regulatory commission that handed Anelka his punishment accepted there was no intent by the player to be anti-Semitic. But West Brom have received a considerable amount of bad press as a result of the incident, and their main sponsor Zoopla announced it would not be seeking to renew its deal with them. Anelka – who joined Albion last summer on a one-year deal, with a further year’s option in the club’s favour – had been due to begin his five-game ban on Saturday when West Brom face Swansea away. After those five matches, the Baggies have only five more this season in which he would have been eligible. But his West Brom career is now over, showing a total of 12 appearances and just two goals – both of which came in the West Ham game. Along with the five-match suspension, Anelka was also issued with an £80,000 fine by the commission and ordered to complete an education course. He had been charged by the FA with making an ”abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper” gesture, with it being alleged that it was an aggravated breach, in that it included ”a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief”. And while it was the commission’s finding that Anelka had not been deliberately anti-Semitic, both charges were found proved. The FA had wanted a heavier punishment for Anelka, but said on Thursday: ”We do not consider there is a real prospect of successfully appealing to extend the sanction imposed.” Giving his thoughts on the case, Professional Footballers’ Association deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes told Press Association Sport: “It is an interesting one, because I think both conclusions (Anelka’s and West Brom’s) end up as the same thing. “The player has already decided he is going to terminate his contract – whether it is necessary for the club to make their decision afterwards, I think is only a question the club can answer. “The player clearly feels the situation moving forward is probably not in the best interests of him or the club and I think, in a way, rather than sitting there and fighting over settlements, some might say he has actually made a decision based on what he believes to be the right one for all.” Regarding Anelka’s use of Twitter for his announcement, Barnes said: “There are perhaps different ways that that might be communicated, but a number of fairly high-profile and momentous decisions and messages do seem to be going out on Twitter at the moment. “It is a matter for debate as to whether that is the right way, but it is a medium the player has used consistently – I don’t think it’s out of step with the way he has communicated in the past.” He added: “I think this was something that, whilst not out of the blue that it has actually happened, has probably taken a lot of people by surprise in that it has happened as quickly as it has. “But I don’t think it is a question of what is right and what is wrong really.” West Brom have trumped Nicolas Anelka’s attempt to quit the club by sacking the striker for ”gross misconduct”. The Frenchman declared on Twitter on Friday he had decided to terminate his contract with Albion, a day after it was confirmed neither he nor the Football Association would contest the five-match ban he was handed for his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration. West Brom responded by issuing a statement themselves, in which they stressed they had not received any formal notification from Anelka or his advisors. And they subsequently released another statement on Friday night, which said: “Nicolas Anelka’s purported termination of his Premier League contract this evening via social media was invalid as this was not conducted under the correct legal process as required by his contract. “The club considers the conduct of Nicolas Anelka on December 28, coupled with his purported termination on social media this evening, to be gross misconduct. “As a result the club has tonight written to Nicolas Anelka giving him 14 days’ notice of termination as required under his contract.” Anelka was placed under a club suspension by West Brom after his five-match ban was imposed, pending the conclusion of an internal inquiry. In his announcement on Twitter, the former France international, who turned 35 on Friday, said he was quitting the Baggies due to the unacceptable conditions they were proposing. He said: ”Following talks between the club and me, propositions were made to me in order to reintegrate me into the squad under certain conditions that I cannot accept. ”Wishing to retain my integrity, I have therefore taken the decision to free myself and put an end to the contract linking me with West Bromwich Albion to 2014, with immediate effect.” And Albion made reference to this in their second statement on Friday, saying: “The club notes Nicolas Anelka is unwilling to agree to the conditions set by it which may have enabled his suspension to be lifted and for him to resume training. Press Association
Sir Maximilian begins his second career with Ian Williams in Friday’s Mercury Stakes at Dundalk. The five-year-old made huge strides this season for Tim Pitt, but owner Paul Wildes decided to move the sprinter back to Williams, who had him for a short spell last season. Pitt won a Chester handicap with him off 88 in May and he produced a career-best on his last start when beaten just less than two lengths in the Prix de l’Abbaye. By Montjeu out of Classic winner Hula Angel, Tigris River spent much of the spring and summer acting as a lead horse for dual Derby winner Australia but showed he nevertheless has that winning spirit by seeing off Special Tiara over two miles. Galway winner Whitey O’Gwaun and the Ger Lyons’ pair of Captain Teemo and Unrequited are others to note. O’Brien also fields a likely type in Adeste Fideles, who tackles the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Maiden. Two divisions of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Apprentice Handicap and the Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Maiden complete the card. In between, he won the Rockingham Handicap at the Curragh and a Group Three at Tippperary, so obviously likes the Irish air. “He’s only been here about a week, but I did formerly train him and bought him for the owner, so it’s nice to have him back. His run at Longchamp was outstanding,” said Williams. “I think he was three-quarters of a length in front of Abstraction on a run at Tipperary earlier this year and is 3lb worse off. “He’s well drawn (stall two), Stevie (Donohoe) knows him well and the horse seems in good form.” Williams’ also runs An Cat Dubh in the Christmas Party Nights at Dundalk Handicap, with the recent Musselburgh winner another to have transferred from the care of Pitt. Some familiar names feature in the Book Your Christmas Party At Dundalk Handicap, and Bubbly Bellini leads the pack after winning once and finishing second twice already this month. Adrian McGuinness’ runner will be having his 83rd start as he tackles the likes of Burn The Boats, Strait Of Zanzibar and Rummaging in the seven-furlong contest. The regally-bred Tigris River lines up for Aidan O’Brien in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Handicap after hitting the target at Killarney on his latest appearance. Press Association
Ferguson however suggested his fellow Scot made a grave error not retaining former assistant manager Mike Phelan in his backroom staff. “It is an insult to say that I left an ageing squad,” said Ferguson at an event to publicise his updated autobiography. “Chelsea have seven players over 30 but nobody talks about them being an old team. “It is easy to defend myself against all of that because all the statistics are there. “I think he should have kept Mike Phelan, he was a United man; loyal, hard-working and a good judge of the players. “My advice to David was that he should maybe keep Mike Phelan. “I was always supportive of David, whenever he called I gave him the advice I would have wanted when I was manager. “But David will do well in the future: life doesn’t end when you leave United.” The former United manager hit back at critics of the make-up of the Old Trafford squad Moyes inherited when he succeeded Ferguson in 2013. Former Everton boss Moyes was removed from the United post after just one season at the helm, prompting widespread suggestion Ferguson had not provided enough future planning. Ferguson reiterated his backing for new United manger Louis van Gaal, tipping the Dutchman to turn the club’s fortunes around. Lamenting United’s injury woes during Van Gaal’s embryonic tenure, Ferguson said once he settles on a regular back-four the club will progress quickly. “He has that philosophy, stubbornness and determination to succeed, I’ve got every faith he will be a success,” said Ferguson, in an interview with James Nesbitt at London’s Drury Lane Theatre. “I have absolute faith that he’s the right man for the job. “It’s been one step forward and two steps backward for them so far this season, in terms of injuries. “Falcao looks a player and Di Maria will do well. “Once he can get people fit and a settled, regular back-four, then that’s the first route to progress.” Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson has branded claims he left David Moyes an “ageing” Manchester United squad as “an insult”.
In the Western Conference: Houston and Oklahoma City will meet in the first round, meaning Rockets guard Russell Westbrook and Thunder guard Chris Paul get the chance to face their former teams. Other West matchups that got clinched on Wednesday include the second-seeded Los Angeles Clippers against No. 7 Dallas, and No. 3 Denver against No. 6 Utah.In the East, Miami and Indiana will meet in the first round — after the clubs close the regular season on Friday against one another to decide which team will be seeded No. 4 and which will be No. 5. No. 3 Boston will play No. 6 Philadelphia in a meeting between longtime rivals, and the Pacers are now locked into an East opening series against the Heat — with the potential of those teams playing nine times in a span of 10 games. The other East matchups were known previously: No. 1 Milwaukee plays No. 8 Orlando, and No. 2 Toronto plays No. 7 Brooklyn.In the West, Houston and Oklahoma City will be in the 4-5 matchup and Utah will be the No. 6 seed. The Jazz were locked into that slot by the Thunder defeating Miami, and Denver became the No. 3 seed when they lost to the Clippers.The full list of matchups won’t be known until at least Saturday, when the West play-in series begins. Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio are bidding for those two spots. Those four teams play on Thursday to decide which two clubs get spots in the play-in series to determine the No. 8 seed. The winner of that series will take on the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.NHL-SCHEDULE Associated Press Update on the latest sports The NCAA is in the process of changing its rules to permit athletes to earn money off their names, images and likenesses for things like endorsements and appearances. The association has asked for help from Congress to relieve pressure from state lawmakers. California, Florida and Colorado have already passed bills. Florida’s would take effect in 2021.Federal lawmakers have said they intend to get involved but are wary of granting antitrust protections to the NCAA, which wants to provide athletes with rights regarding name, image and likeness but with some regulation.MLB-NEWSPittsburgh closer Kela set to returnUNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh closer Keone Kela is set to rejoin the team after recovering from a positive COVID-19 test. Lightning, Blue Jackets face off again after 5-overtime gameUNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets are facing one more challenge than the rest of the teams in the pandemic-altered NHL playoffs. Tampa Bay and Columbus will be back on the ice less than 48 hours after the Lightning outlasted the Blue Jackets with a five-overtime win in the fourth-longest game in league history.Game 2 on Thursday will come quickly for second-seeded Tampa Bay and seventh-seeded Columbus in their Eastern Conference series that opened with a game that needed six-plus hours to determine a winner. Columbus coach John Tortorella showed some mercy, keeping his players off the ice Wednesday.Also in the Eastern Conference playoffs, fourth-seeded Boston and fifth-seeded Carolina will have a quick turnaround after needing multiple overtimes to decide a series-opening game. The Bruins and Hurricanes will face off Thursday night, about 30 hours after Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) scored in in double overtime to lift Boston to a 4-3 win. Game 1 was postponed 15 hours to a late-morning start because Tampa Bay and Columbus were playing on the same sheet of ice at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.Two Western Conference teams will have a shot to take two-game leads in their series when top-seeded Vegas faces eighth-seeded Chicago and sixth-seeded Calgary plays third-seeded Dallas on Thursday night. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-PLAYOFF MATCHUPSNBA sees seven of the eight first-round matchups setLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoff bracket is nearly set. Wednesday’s results filled in five of what were the six unknown matchups for Round 1 of the postseason, which starts next week at Walt Disney World. August 13, 2020 The Golden Knights pulled away to beat the Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 1, allowing just 20 shots to get to goaltender Robin Lehner against one of his former teams. The Flames opened their series with a 3-2 victory against the Stars after Dillon Dube scored twice in the first period and Rasmus Andersson scored the go-ahead goal in the second period.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSenators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rightsWASHINGTON (AP) — A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill of rights. It calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions.” The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. Booker and Blumenthal were joined in the statement by fellow Democrats Chris Murphy from Connecticut and Kamala Harris from California. TENNIS-NEWSNo. 1 Novak Djokovic says he’ll play at US Open, after allUNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) says he will enter the U.S. Open and the hard-court tuneup tournament preceding it in New York this month. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic initially complained about the U.S. Tennis Association’s plans to try to protect people from the coronavirus pandemic with such measures as limiting the size of players’ entourages and said he didn’t know whether he would participate. Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in an exhibition tour he organized. The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, without spectators. Djokovic has won three of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open. Djokovic has won three of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up there five times. By playing this year, he will have a chance to narrow the gap between him and the only two men with more major trophies: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Federer, who has won 20 Slam championships, is sidelined for the rest of 2020 after having two operations on his right knee. Nadal, who owns 19 major titles and is the reigning champion in New York, said he was pulling out of the U.S. Open because of concerns about traveling amid the pandemic. In other tennis news:— Serena and Venus Williams renew their rivalry when they play each other Thursday at a hard-court tournament in Kentucky. It is the 31st time the sisters meet in a tour-level match. Their last matchup came nearly two years ago, when Serena beat Venus in the third round of the U.S. Open. This is a chance for each Williams to gauge where her game is after nearly six months because the tour was on hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic. It is also a chance for tennis fans to see what they have been missing. Kela will return to the injury-ravaged Pirates for a four-game series that starts Thursday in Cincinnati. Six Pittsburgh pitchers are on the injured list, including relievers Kyle Crick, Clay Holmes and Nick Burdi. The last-place Pirates were 27th in the majors in ERA (5.32) this week and the turnover in the bullpen has been particularly jarring. Nearly two dozen pitchers took the hill for Pittsburgh through 16 games.In other baseball news:— Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. will miss the weekend series in Miami because of a sore left wrist. The 2018 NL Rookie of the Year was a late scratch prior to Tuesday’s series opener at Yankee Stadium and was evaluated further yesterday, revealing inflammation in his wrist.— The Yankees will see how star Aaron Judge is progressing, a day after he was out of the lineup because of tightness in his lower body. It’s uncertain whether the oft-injured slugger will be back Friday night for the start of a weekend series against Boston. Judge was leading the majors with nine home runs and tied at the top with 20 RBIs before he sat out.
Published on October 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ The game of football promotes the element of instant reaction. Last weekend, the instant reaction was triumphant. It was, literally, tears of joy. This week, it was back to before. This week, it was a far cry from last, if you will. This week, it was apologetic. ‘If you want me to apologize, I apologize,’ Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said after his team’s lackluster showing in a 45-14 blowout loss to Pittsburgh. ‘I do, and I mean that.’ The instant reaction and the instant analysis to take away from this game is there are still many questions for this version of the Syracuse football team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Don’t get caught up in the moment. This team isn’t as bad as it played Saturday. It also isn’t as good as it played at parts in last weekend’s victory at South Florida. The reality is, simply, the Orange still has a bunch of questions to answer. ‘We are ready to ride and get to work,’ SU running back Delone Carter said after the game. ‘Correct the wrongs that we made, and do what we need to do to prove it next week and win.’ The reality is this: There are still a lot of wrongs. And they start on offense, a group that has had two effective drives in Big East play — the 14-play, 98-yard touchdown drive to win at USF and the 10-play, 83-yard drive to answer Pittsburgh’s first touchdown Saturday. From there, it was more of the same. Three-and-outs, silly penalties and big mistakes. ‘They were who they say they are on film,’ said Antwon Bailey, channeling his inner Dennis Green at the podium (albeit a much less angry version). ‘Like I said, we just had a few mental errors and some things we didn’t capitalize on.’ After that SU drive to tie the score, it went like this: Three plays, seven yards. Three plays, minus-four yards. Three plays, nine yards. Three plays, eight yards. All of that happened as the Panthers built a 28-7 lead, a deficit from which Syracuse had no real shot to recover. Not with drives like those four. Some of the players said the problems stemmed from mental errors and a lack of execution. Marrone said, on one of the drives, at least, his play calling should have been better. But whatever it was, it left an instant reaction of disappointment. ‘I told the players, ‘I’m big on the little things,” Marrone said. ‘Doing the little things better. … We just have to tighten up the ship, get everybody focused on the task at hand, and go back to work and work harder. And I think we’ve worked quite hard up to this point.’ And on defense, there are wrongs to right in a unit that has played this season about as consistently and as steadily as Ron and Sammi’s relationship on ‘Jersey Shore.’ One week, the unit is giving up 230 yards on the ground to lowly Colgate. The next, it is running B.J. Daniels around the field, giving up fewer total yards to USF than it did on the ground to Colgate (219). And the next, the defense is dominated from the start, propelled by a 79-yard touchdown on Pittsburgh’s first offensive drive. The defense failed to adjust to the Panthers’ pass-heavy attack. That led, once again, to an instant reaction of disappointment. ‘A lot of disappointment,’ SU defensive end Chandler Jones said. ‘I personally feel that there were a lot of plays that I left out on the field, and we made a few mistakes.’ So that’s the instant reaction. The bigger picture, past tears of joy and past apologies, is that Syracuse is 4-2 and 1-1 in the Big East with half its season left to play. The long-term goals are still very much in focus. Marrone’s team had its moment against USF, and he wanted there to be another one Saturday. He said as much after the game. But he also has a sense of the bigger picture. ‘It feels, for the moment, that the sky is falling down and everything is bad,’ Marrone said. ‘But that’s why you have to keep an even keel.’ For the moment, there are questions. And how Syracuse answers those questions will determine the instant reaction of its season. Brett LoGiurato is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his columns appear occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com. Comments
Instead of the instructions coming from somewhere in front of her, usually from her right side, the advice Alyssa Murray received came from the sideline.With Michelle Tumolo out for the remainder of the season with a torn left ACL, Tumolo has gone from a leader on the field to assuming a de facto assistant coaching role. Her bond with Murray remains the same — but different.On Friday against Notre Dame, Tumolo and Murray talked on the sideline. It was the first game since Tumolo tore her ACL. In her first game out of the lineup, Tumolo told Murray a specific cutting lane and shot angle she could exploit. Murray scored three of the team’s first four goals and assisted on the other.“Coming into the game, I was really focused and just really wanted to come out and get a good start,” Murray said. “I didn’t necessarily know I was going to get all those shots.”Murray and the Orange (12-3, 6-0 Big East) will face Loyola (Md.) (9-6, 5-1) and Georgetown (11-3, 5-1) this weekend. SU plays Loyola at 7 p.m. on Friday and the Hoyas at 1 p.m. on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurray must continue being the scoring threat she has been her entire career, with defenses now focused on her even more. In the three games without Tumolo in the lineup this year, Murray has eight goals and seven assists.“She’s definitely taken over as the leader and director of the offense,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “She’ll direct it and make sure we’re all on the same page and make sure there’s focus and execution out there.”No player in the country had more points or goals last season than Murray. Her 105 points bested Maryland’s Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann by 11, and her 74 goals eclipsed Schwarzmann’s total by two.This season, Murray’s 70 points lead the team.“She has a way about herself on the field,” said Colleen Kilgus, who coached Murray at West Babylon (N.Y.) High School. “My first time seeing her play, I knew that she was going to go far with lacrosse as she is an extremely talented player. Alyssa really knew how to work the crease from the left side.”Murray now has the chance to prove she can lead without Tumolo on the field.“I think Alyssa Murray has one of the best analytical minds and visions of the field,” SU attack Bridget Daley said. “I literally trust her with my life when it comes to the offense.”Murray said she doesn’t see her role changing that much. All of SU’s players must step their games up and reach their potentials.“I think that all over the field, we’re not trying to replace what Michelle brought to the field because that’s a difficult thing to do,” Murray said. “ … But I think everyone else is just trying to pick up their own leadership and pick up what they think the team needs.”Daley said now is when the real test comes and the team finds out where it is come tournament time. It’ll be the player she said she’s trusted with her life who leads the way.Said Gait: “She’s a very focused individual that’s driven, and she’ll do a great job.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 25, 2013 at 12:21 am Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two yards.That’s all that kept USC from its season being over, its College Football Playoff hopes narrowed significantly and national championship hopes dashed. But instead, redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris dove and tackled Utah quarterback Troy Williams as he ran for the end zone. Williams fell two yards shy, failing to execute the two-point conversion and the entire Coliseum breathed a deep sigh of relief.Every season has its defining moments — those moments that determine whether you win or lose, whether you walk away deflated or exhilarated, relieved or disappointed. And it’s how you perform in those crucial moments that separates champions from runner-ups, that either keeps your hype train running or grinds it to a halt.So far this season, USC has had three of those moments. The first was the double-overtime win over Texas, when redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold led the Trojans on a miraculous game-tying drive and then delivered in the extra sessions. The second was in Pullman, Wa., where Darnold did not have similar luck, fumbling away USC’s final hope.The third was on Saturday, when the Trojans overcame a 14-point halftime deficit and took the lead in the final minutes, only to see the Utes drive right back down the field, score a touchdown and then go for the win on a gusty two-point conversion attempt instead of just kicking the extra point and forcing overtime.“I would not have switched the decision at the end,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Darnold was on fire, and I thought that was the percentage play. And if I had to do it again, I’d to the same thing.”In other words, Whittingham thought that the odds of his team scoring from three yards out were better than defending Darnold in overtime. He played those odds, and they didn’t work out.But imagine if they had. Imagine if Harris didn’t wrap up Williams, if the Utah quarterback had scored, if the 13th-ranked Trojans had fallen to the unranked Utes. It would have been more than deflating, especially a day after Athletic Director Lynn Swann told reporters he was a little disappointed USC wasn’t undefeated. It would have drastically lessened USC’s likelihood of winning the Pac-12 South and playing for a Pac-12 championship, which Swann said was the goal for this season. And it would have lit a fire under critics already unhappy about the Trojans’ haphazard performance thus far, even in their wins.Such as this one. The Trojans were, as Darnold said, “lackadaisical” in the first half. They had just nine fewer yards of total offense than Utah but entered the locker room down 21-7 because of three turnovers and several big plays by the Utes. It wasn’t a bad performance offensively, but Darnold could not stop fumbling, and junior running back Ronald Jones II let a backwards pass hit him in the face, resulting in a turnover.There was no way USC should have had to dig this deep just to beat Utah, a team that was pounded by Stanford last week — and USC had routed Stanford in Week 2.This has come to define the Trojans’ season — giving inferior opponents openings and opportunities to hang around, to grab an early lead and then suddenly be in control of the game. Instead of seizing on the home crowd and making an early statement, USC “beat themselves,” head coach Clay Helton said. “We’d like to not have these closer games if we can help it,” Darnold said.But they can help it. That’s the frustrating part about this USC team. Sure, it is 6-1 and the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, but the Trojans are not playing like a team that belongs in the playoff. Almost losing to both unranked Texas and Utah at home does not bode well for when USC plays Notre Dame on the road next week, much less Alabama if it somehow makes the playoff.Conversely, however, all the Trojans have to do is get there — as in, get to the Rose Bowl like they did last season and then count on Darnold to work his magic. Just get into the playoff, and perhaps Wonder Sam can do the same against the likes of Alabama.Helton has a cliche that he repeats almost every postgame press conference, and that’s the goal of being 1-0 each week. It sounds corny — no, it is corny — but in all honesty, it’s probably the best assessment of USC to this point because no one knows what else to think right now. The Trojans are winning games, but not the way we expected them to. They are playing well, but not to the point that makes anyone remotely comfortable about the remainder of the season.In essence, they are playing a lot of close games, where the result will often depend on a play or two. On Saturday, it came down to two whole yards. Six feet. Seventy-two inches.So, you can probably count on it: This won’t be the last time USC’s season will come down to the wire in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Buckle up, if you haven’t already.Eric He is a junior studying journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.