The latest odds on who will make it into the Premier League top four after Arsenal’s defeat against Sheffield United

first_img Read More Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Unai Emery during his team’s match against Sheffield United (Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)In a surprising display on Monday night, Arsenal lost 1-0 against Sheffield United.Arsenal had the opportunity to return to third place in the Premier League, but Lys Mousset struck from close-range on the half-hour mark in what ended up being the only goal of the game.On the subject of his team’s performance that night, head coach Unai Emery said: ‘Yes, we’re very disappointed with that result.’He added: ‘There is the result, and secondly is how we managed the 90 minutes in the match. Really I think we created more chances than them, the better chances, but tonight we didn’t achieve the efficiency to win that match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Aidan MilanTuesday 22 Oct 2019 1:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Skip SPONSORED Since the Arsenal vs Sheffield United match, Ian Wright has criticised head coach Unai Emery’s choice to drop Dani Ceballos to the bench, telling Premier League Productions: ‘I think he’s got to come here and Ceballos has to play. He’s played the youngsters and I’m pleased to see them in there, with Saka.‘But Saka, for an 18-year-old, if you’re leaving Ozil totally out of the squad, then we have to see more from him [Saka], we have to see more from Joe.‘Unfortunately, it was a game where it passed them both by and then it comes down to the manager and his choices.’ / Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles Odds on which teams will finish in the top four of the Premier League According to Betfair Exchange, the odds are:Man City – 1/100Chelsea – 4/6Arsenal – 6/5Tottenham – 15/8Leicester – 12/5Man United – 4/1Wolves – 21/1Everton – 33/1West Ham – 39/1 Read More Full Screen Coming Next Read More 1 min. story Read More by Metro PLAY Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Skip Ad ‘We conceded more corners to them than we wanted, and from one they scored. Also, when they are pushing and they are taking a lot of corners, they can do that.‘We created more corners, 12 [compared to] seven or eight for them, and also we had the chances and had a very clear penalty to Sokratis.’ Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-1-0-loss-sheffield-united-2032306/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Meanwhile, former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra slammed the team, called the Gunners ‘my babies’ after the game.Speaking to Sky Sports, Evra said: ‘Sheffield United deserved the win, but I’m not surprised about Arsenal. I said before the game that they had to make sure they didn’t fall into the trap.‘I used to call them ‘my babies’ 10 years ago, and they are still when I look at them and think they are ‘my babies’ and that’s the truth – I’m not being disrespectful when I say that.‘They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team. They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them, because I knew I was going to win.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Even when Robin van Persie came, and on the first day I shook his hand, and I said “Welcome to a man club”. At the beginning he was upset, but after one month he said “You were completely right Patrice.”‘Guuendouzi was paying in midfield, but before he was playing in the French second league and he was not even playing regularly – and he’s the best player in this team.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I respect Aubameyang and Lacazette, but if those two guys don’t score, they’re in trouble.’When asked about Evra’s comments, Arsenal team captain Granit Xhaka replied: ‘A lot of people speak too much.‘I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.‘He knows what these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bulls*** and it’s always the same.‘For me it’s strange because they [ex-footballers] have been in the same situation as us – maybe it was sometimes good, sometimes not so good.‘But like I said, if you speak bulls*** like this every weekend, then what they say doesn’t get respected.’MORE: Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal: Lys Mousset strikes from close-range to down Gunners Read More Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 Advertisement Video Settings The latest odds on who will make it into the Premier League top four after Arsenal’s defeat against Sheffield United Advertisement About Connatix V67539last_img read more

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Decision could speed up BMV repayments

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana drivers who were overcharged by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles could soon have an easier path to claim the last $3.3 million of a much larger class-action settlement.Officials a technical issue has prevented residents from receiving payments from the state attorney general’s unclaimed property division. The Indianapolis Star recently reported that Marion County judge Heather Welch directed the BMV to refund the money itself through credits or refund checks.The BMV has been sued twice for charging motorists too much for licenses, vehicle registrations and other services between 2002 and 2014. In settlements totaling $92 million, the BMV agreed to refund drivers between $1 and $50 each.last_img

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Bucksport softball team to compete in semifinals

first_img Latest Posts Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport softball team beat Central 4-2 in Thursday’s Class C quarterfinals.Julia Zavalza and Madysen Robichaud each drove in a run to propel the No. 2 Golden Bucks by the No. 7 Red Devils.Samantha Goode earned the win for Bucksport, allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out 13.Bucksport will face No. 3 Calais in Saturday’s semifinals.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth softball team lost its Class B quarterfinal game 10-1 at Old Town.Leah Stevens, Caitlin Bean and Shelby Cote each had a hit for No. 10 Ellsworth (8-10).No. 2 Old Town improved its record to 16-1.The Bucksport softball team celebrates after defeating Central 4-2 in Thursday’s Class C quarterfinals. Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Biolast_img read more

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Sacred Heart looks for road win vs Bryant

first_img.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Michael Green III has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Bryant field goals over the last three games. Green has 20 field goals and 12 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Bryant has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 69.3 points while giving up 57.5.ASSIST RATIOS: The Pioneers have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Bulldogs. Bryant has 35 assists on 74 field goals (47.3 percent) over its past three outings while Sacred Heart has assists on 39 of 67 field goals (58.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Bryant has made 8.5 3-pointers per game as a team this year, which is second-best among NEC teams. Sacred Heart looks for road win vs Bryant February 22, 2020 Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSacred Heart (16-12, 9-6) vs. Bryant (14-14, 6-9)Chace Athletic Center, Smithfield, Rhode Island; Sunday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Sacred Heart looks for its fourth straight win over Bryant at Chace Athletic Center. Bryant’s last win at home against the Pioneers came on March 4, 2015. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Beasley, Russell lead Timberwolves past Pelicans, 139-134

first_imgInstead, New Orleans hurt itself by turning the ball over 15 times, missing 25 of 39 3-point attempts, missing 11 of 27 free throws and repeatedly breaking down defensively, particularly along the perimeter.Beasley made 11 of 13 shots, including four 3s on five attempts. James Johnson scored 19 points, former LSU player Naz Reid had 13 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks, and Juancho Hernangomez scored 16 for Minnesota, which shot 55.7% (54 of 97) overall and went 17 of 20 from the foul line.The game was tied at 122 after Holiday’s layup with 6:25 to go. New Orleans then went scoreless while missing five shots during a span of more than two minutes as the Wolves scored seven straight, starting with Russell’s 3.With three minutes to go, Holiday’s underthrown long pass for Williamson resulted in a turnover and easy dunk for Hernangomez on the other end to make it 133-124. The Pelicans couldn’t recover, missing seven more shots after that.The Pelicans looked primed to pull away early in the second quarter, when Williamson snagged an offensive rebound between Reid, Kelan Martin and Jake Layman and went back up for a layup as he was fouled. Two possessions later, Williamson threw down an alley-oop lob from Josh Hart. Beasley, Russell lead Timberwolves past Pelicans, 139-134 March 3, 2020 New Orleans’ lead grew to 12 when Williamson passed back to the perimeter to set up Lonzo Ball’s 3, but the Pelicans began to falter defensively and Minnesota started hitting from outside.Reid and Jordan McLaughlin each hit 3s during a 14-0 run than vaulted the Wolves into the lead. Minnesota hit five of seven attempted 3s on their way to a 44-point period and 72-68 halftime lead.TIP-INSTimberwolves: McLaughlin scored 13 points while Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver each scored 11. … Scored 72 points in the paint. … Improved to 4-14 on the road vs. Western Conference opponents.Pelicans: Ball was 7 of 10 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points. … Brandon Ingram scored 24 points. … Josh Hart scored 11 points but missed 8 of 9 3s. … Derrick Favors scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. … Had 29 fast-break points and 24 second-chance points. … Lost for just the second time in their past 16 matchups against sub-.500 opponents. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Malik Beasley scored 28 points, D’Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beats the New Orleans Pelicans 139-134 on Tuesday night.Zion Williamson scored 25 points and Jrue Holiday had 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which dropped its second straight at home and fell four games behind Memphis for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.The Pelicans need to pile up wins in the season’s final weeks to reach the playoffs. A game against a Minnesota team that came in having won twice in its past 22 games was a clear opportunity to win for the seventh time in 10 games. Associated Press UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Chicago on Wednesday night.Pelicans: Visit Dallas on Wednesday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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UW Football Report Card

first_imgOverall: C-Ranked No. 9 entering Saturday’s game, Wisconsin went into Ann Arbor as the favorites. They left the Big House as the victims of a 27-25 upset. The Badger defense made up for a lack of production by the offense in the first half, as UW entered halftime with a 19-0 lead that could have been much more. But Michigan’s spread offense got the best of the Wisconsin ‘D’ in the second half, as the Wolverines scored 27 unanswered points. Allan Evridge and Co. drove down the field in the final minute of the game and appeared to tie it after a David Gilreath touchdown catch and a converted two-point conversion. But the conversion was overturned when UW was penalized for an ineligible man downfield. The second attempt failed when Evridge’s pass sailed high of Isaac Anderson, ending Wisconsin’s comeback attempt.Offense: DNumerous dropped passes and failed opportunities to convert on third-down situations resulted in just 25 points for UW. In the first quarter, the Badgers had chances to put the ball in the end zone, but they instead settled for a pair of Philip Welch field goals. Evridge threw a fourth-quarter pass into traffic that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, giving Michigan a 20-19 lead. P.J. Hill had just 70 yards on 20 carries for the Badgers.Defense: CThey pitched a shutout in the first half, limiting the Michigan offense and forcing five turnovers. But Wisconsin’s defensive unit that took the field after halftime looked like a completely different group. The Badgers let Wolverines’ quarterback Steven Threet orchestrate a fourth-quarter comeback as he and the Wolverines scored 27 straight points. History repeated itself as the UW ‘D’ had trouble handling the spread.Special teams: A-Other than a 34-yard field goal try by freshman Philip Welch that missed wide left in the first quarter, Wisconsin’s special teams looked solid. Welch redeemed himself by converting on his next four attempts. Gilreath had a good day in the return game, as he broke off a 55-yarder in the first half. Punter Brad Nortman was able to pin the Wolverines deep in their own zone as he landed three punts inside the Michigan 20-yard line.Game ball goes to: Philip WelchThe freshman placekicker Welch converted on four of his five field goals Saturday, including a 52-yarder at the end of the first half, and provided the only scoring for UW in the first quarter. Two of his other three makes came from outside of 40 yards away.Next up for the Badgers: Ohio StateOhio State was the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten but has already suffered its first loss of the season when it was embarrassed by USC, falling 35-3. The Buckeyes opened their conference season with a 34-21 win against Minnesota. Running back Chris “Beanie” Wells made his return against the Gophers and, along with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, could give the UW defense fits.last_img read more

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Freshman DeMarco starts against Duke, joins Syracuse faceoff rotation

first_imgWith an impending rematch approaching against defending national champion Duke, Syracuse turned to an unlikely player to kick the game off at the faceoff X.An hour before game time, Syracuse assistant coach Kevin Donahue approached freshman Joe DeMarco — who had yet to make his collegiate debut — and gave him the news. He’d be pitted against Brendan Fowler, the NCAA record holder for faceoff wins in a single season, for the game’s opening draw.Welcome to college lacrosse.“I was playing well in practice the past couple of weeks, so I kind of had a feeling my day was coming soon,” DeMarco said. “It was an awesome matchup to start with, get out there and try my best.”Although Fowler ran off with the first draw, DeMarco won the next three before Fowler eventually dominated the rest of the way. As Syracuse (4-3, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) cycles through its available options to send out to the faceoff X, the 5-foot-4, 185-pound DeMarco has become the latest addition to the mix seven games into the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDeMarco supplanted senior Chris Daddio by taking the first draw Sunday in Syracuse’s latest possession-dry game, and the freshman remains someone SU head coach John Desko could give opportunities to moving forward. “We just thought we needed a change there,” Desko said. “We just looked at our youth and said, ‘This is our future.’ The other guys really aren’t getting better, so let’s at least put some game time into guys that might be our future.”Although DeMarco finished just 3-of-11 in the team’s 21-7 loss to the Blue Devils, he and Desko were encouraged by his early success that helped Syracuse jump out to a brief 2-1 lead.“I think he had a little bit of the surprise (factor), as far as no one knowing what he was doing,” Desko said. And it was just the tiniest bit of familiarity that might’ve given DeMarco an edge in the first four minutes. DeMarco recalled a faceoff clinic on Long Island he went to in 11th grade at which he went up against Fowler “only a couple of times.” He doesn’t remember much about those matchups, but whatever experience he gained then paid off early in Sunday’s contest.It was at such clinics that DeMarco honed his skill — and quickly. It wasn’t until his junior year at Massapequa (N.Y.) High School that he started pursuing faceoff specialization seriously.“You’re not really the true, true lacrosse player, but you’re a little different,” DeMarco said. “I like being unique and specialized.”In his two-year varsity career at Massapequa, DeMarco won 82 percent of his faceoff attempts — including a 91 percent clip to go with 235 ground balls his senior year — and captained the Chiefs as they coasted to an appearance in the Long Island Championship game last year.Massapequa head coach Tim Radomski raved about DeMarco’s talents at the X, and his everyday work ethic that’s gotten him to that level. He has a great sense of anticipating the whistle, Radomski said, and DeMarco’s explosiveness coupled with his low center of gravity allow him to pop the ball out to himself. “Last year, he was one of the best ones on Long Island. We knew we would dominate at the faceoff X last year with Joey,” Radomski said. “His work ethic is through the roof. I wish we had 25 guys like him on the team.“He’s short in stature, but he’s got a huge heart and he’s a giant team player.”With such lightheartedness comes the ability to laugh off the times he has to take pictures with SU teammates who stand a whole head taller than he does. But when it’s time to go to work, DeMarco has realized the steps he needs to make in his work ethic to compete at this level.Being the only freshman in Syracuse’s six-man faceoff corps, his work is cut out for him.Said DeMarco: “Back in high school, maybe you can be lazy on one faceoff and still kind of win it. But here if you take one faceoff off, you’re probably going to be chasing that guy down the field.” Comments Published on March 26, 2014 at 1:40 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Division I lacrosse could thrive at USC

first_imgHi, my name is Luke Holthouse, and I will play Division I lacrosse at USC before I graduate.Well, probably not. But I learned at my freshman orientation this summer that “ambitious” is one of the five traits of a USC student etched into Tommy Trojan’s statue, and I think Tommy would look much more intimidating if we replaced his bronze sword with a lacrosse stick.So what makes my goal so ambitious? For starters, USC doesn’t have a Division I men’s lacrosse team. Even if we did, I probably wouldn’t make the team because I’m not very good, but that’s more of a side note.I do play for the club team, which had a decent season last year, going 4-10 overall in its second year of existence. But our program has relatively little financial support compared to many of the other local clubs. In fact, the guy we hired as the head coach of the team this season resigned after one practice when he realized how hard it is to run a club sports team at USC.But with some more budget help from the school, the club could become a national powerhouse.USC made a big splash two years ago when it created a Division I women’s team that stands as a perfect example of how successful lacrosse programs can be established in SoCal.Once USC brought in Lindsay Munday — one of the top players on the U.S. national team and a former national championship winning coach at Northwestern — as the head coach, the program took off and finished a respectable 8-10 in its first season last year. This year’s incoming recruiting class for the women’s team was ranked as the 10th best in the country by Inside Lacrosse, and I’m betting the team is only a couple of seasons away from competing for a national championship.I think now would be a fantastic time for us to create one on the men’s side, so I’m calling on all Trojan fans out there that have a spare $10 million or so in their wallet to help me get it started.Lacrosse is either the oldest or newest sport in the country, depending on which half of it you’re from. The sport was first played by Native Americans centuries ago as a more of a military exercise than extracurricular activity, but has since adapted to one of the most popular sports around the area it was invented.For decades, the sport was only played in the Northeastern United States in places like Baltimore or Long Island, but the sport is finally sprouting across the Central, Southeastern and Pacific parts of the country.Inside Lacrosse magazine reported that over 275,000 kids played high school lacrosse in 2011, about a 20,000-kid or 7.8 percent increase from the year before. Last year, Peter Baum of Colgate University and a native of Portland, Ore. became the first player born on the western half of the United States to win the Tewaaraton Trophy, or lacrosse’s equivalent to the Heisman.The University of Denver, however, is still the only college west of the Mississippi River to field a varsity men’s program despite the increasing number of kids like me that started playing the sport in high school across the West Coast.USC has a truly unique opportunity to become a pioneer in the sport, as well as athletics in general, by adding a men’s team. There’s no doubt in my mind that lacrosse can become a hotbed sport in California, and enjoy the same popularity as baseball, water polo, soccer, volleyball, softball or really any other sport.California produced 128 Olympians at London last summer, making up 23 percent of all Americans at the Olympics. Our representation in the total population of the country is only about half of that at 12 percent, yet the year-round sunshine makes it much easier to play outdoor sports 12 months a year and gives West Coast athletes a leg up over athletes in colder climates.Not only would our program attract the best lacrosse players from San Diego and Orange County – many of whom already play Division I on the East Coast and would love nothing more than a free ride to start a new dynasty in their home state – but I think just as many top players from the East Coast would be interested in the beautiful weather, even more beautiful Song Girls and ever improving academics at USC.Though professional lacrosse does exist, the league is pretty small and very few lacrosse players make a career out of playing the sport. So the drawbacks of playing at a less established program are much smaller than they would be in a sport like football.Athletic facilities shouldn’t be a problem with the new McKay Center, though the school would have to make an investment into a reputable head coach and staff.Though there are about five other women’s lacrosse teams in California for USC to compete against, the men’s program would have to fly across the country about half the season and travel would be a larger expense.But the whole point of going Division I is so that we can be innovators in the sport and start the growth of college teams in the state.The biggest challenge to overcome for the potential team would be Title IX, as the school would probably have to add another varsity women’s program to maintain equal funding rates.The big women’s sport that isn’t Division I at USC that comes to mind is softball, but that would be a highly expensive project. The school would have to build a separate softball facility on campus rather than use pre-existing McAlister Field like the men’s lacrosse team probably would, hence my estimation of an 8-digit project. Someone from the urban planning department at the Price school would also have to figure out where to put that, but I think we’ll be able to figure that out.As President C. L. Max Nikias wrote in his welcome letter to students this year, “USC athletics is the glue that binds the Trojan Family.” Our proud sports program attracts students across the nation that want to be a part of the great fan experiences at USC. The pride created by the nearly hundred national championships USC teams have won is what makes our alumni network so strong and helps grow the school’s endowment to the point where it can fund all sorts of other projects.So I urge the USC athletic department to join me and the rest of the club lacrosse team at USC as we try to raise money for a potential Division I team that can contribute to the stellar athletics reputation that the Trojan name already carries. Follow Luke on Twitter @BirdsOnBats94last_img read more

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Schneidman: Syracuse men’s basketball has reached a new low

first_img Published on December 22, 2016 at 11:53 am Facebook Twitter Google+ This wasn’t supposed to happen, at least by Jim Boeheim’s estimation.Before the season, the head coach told ESPN’s Andy Katz that this Syracuse team was the best he’s had in a while. A bench far deeper than in recent years. Two graduate transfers that brought an offensive spark. A returning sophomore projected as a first-round draft pick in 2017.Not only has the Orange (7-5) plummeted so far from those projections that Boeheim is calling his offense “not very good” and his defense “horrible,” but Syracuse has redefined how bad it can be this early in a season.A loss to Connecticut at Madison Square Garden was cringe-worthy, but one defeat to an inferior old Big East Conference opponent could be excused. Strike one.A defeat at home against a lesser Georgetown team was worse, but Syracuse teams had lost four nonconference games and still been within earshot of NCAA Tournament selection before. Strike two.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen there was Wednesday night. A 33-point humiliation at the hands of St. John’s, a team already with inexcusable losses to Delaware State and LIU Brooklyn. A team without two players who combined for 32 points against Syracuse last year. A team that had as many wins against SU under head coach Chris Mullin as it did against the entire Big East (one, in 19 games). Strike three.This was the biggest margin of defeat for Syracuse in Carrier Dome history.This is the first time in program history Syracuse has lost five nonconference games.This is a new low for Syracuse basketball.“This is on me,” Boeheim, SU’s head coach, said after the game. “It’s not on the players.”“When you say that, I’m kind of surprised,” one reporter said, “because you know what you’re doing.”Then comes a concerning answer, one that shows this isn’t just about players flipping on a switch and all of a sudden returning Syracuse to a team that can hang with the Atlantic Coast Conference’s best, let alone one that was the third-to-last team standing in the entire country last season.“Nope,” Boeheim said. “I don’t think I am with this team.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorSixteen times after Wednesday’s game, Boeheim used a first-person pronoun to assess blame for Syracuse’s struggles. Not once did he utter the first or last name of a player, which he had done throughout the first 11 games. Tyus Battle seeming lost against South Carolina. Tyler Lydon needing to shoot more against Connecticut. Frank Howard needing to simply be better after committing six turnovers against Georgetown.If a head coach in his 41st year is telling us that he doesn’t know what he’s doing with this team, then that’s cause for concern, even if his top scorer, Andrew White, says, “It’s more on us. We know how to play basketball.”The previous low for Syracuse basketball was just two years ago. All the off-court chaos pertaining to the NCAA investigation aside, the Orange lost four nonconference games for the second time in 35 years. Those losses, however, came to a respectable California team, a then-No. 17 Michigan team, a St. John’s team that was 5-1 entering the Carrier Dome and a then-No. 7, undefeated Villanova team.Still, SU presumably would’ve been within sniffing distance of the NCAA Tournament after finishing 9-9 in the ACC and 18-13 overall, tied for most losses before the NCAA Tournament since Roy Danforth’s 9-16 regular season in 1968-69 (discount any season before the 70s in considering “lows” since Syracuse hadn’t yet established itself as a household name). And who knows if Syracuse would’ve won any of the six games it lost after self-imposing a postseason ban if SU had a postseason to play for?Lucy Naland | Presentation DirectorThis year, though, a stacked ACC with six teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and three others receiving votes poses a far more terrifying gauntlet for a Syracuse team that probably needs a couple of wins against No. 5 Duke, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 10 Louisville and No. 12 Virginia to simply put its name back into tournament consideration. And Boeheim knows, for the time being, the road ahead doesn’t look too promising.“The way we’re playing right now,” he said, “we can’t win many of those games.”It’s not just the record that stands out as to why Syracuse has reached new depths. It’s the three wide-open St. John’s dunks in a 70-second span that made it seem like the zone gave up. It’s allowing points on six straight possessions when the game is already out of reach. It’s your starting shooting guard, John Gillon, saying the team has no heart.The season started with Boeheim having sky-high expectations. Then his team started playing, and those expectations were tempered. Played some more, and the expectations took a nosedive.This team has hit the floor with a thud and is threatening to dig even deeper into the ground. Reality has set in, and the fact is that Syracuse simply isn’t very good. Commentslast_img read more

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Women’s soccer shuts out another opponent

first_imgRedshirt sophomore midfielder Daria Petredes scored her first goal of the season against Washington at home on Saturday. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The Women of Troy remain undefeated as they claimed a 3-0 win Saturday against Washington.The Trojans started the game on the front foot, creating a few chances within the first couple of minutes, but the Huskies quickly found their feet at McAlister Field and gave the Trojans a challenge for most of the first half. However, senior forward Leah Pruitt was still able to find the back of the net in the first half for her seventh goal of the season. It was a fantastic finish from the senior, who put the shot away in the bottom left-hand corner to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.The score stayed that way in the first half, even though the Huskies created chances to change it. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kaylie Collins made a save for the Trojans to keep the lead with about 15 minutes left in the first half. Collins quickly dove to her right side from a shot hit from outside the box. That save proved to be a key play of the game, as it allowed the Trojans to maintain their 1-0 lead going into halftime.“[Collins is] good and these games are the hardest because she’s not getting that many touches, she’s not getting called on that much,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “And to stay focused and to be able to respond and react in those moments is huge. It gives out team confidence and it does allow us to play aggressively with our defending. It does give us a chance to step up and press teams.”In the second half, the Trojans came out firing and put two more goals, which came from the bench, past the Huskies to claim a 3-0 victory. Super sub and freshman forward Penelope Hocking scored the first goal of the second half and assisted the second to redshirt sophomore midfielder Daria Petredes, who has also contributed off the bench this season. The goals came in quick succession in the 65th and 66th minute, as the Trojans blew the Huskies away to finish both goals from close range.“[Petredes], it’s been a long road for her,” McAlpine said. “Coming off injury and trying to come back to form, and not quite ever feeling good. She’s starting to feel good. You can see that in her play, you can see that in her energy.” He said that he can tell that her teammates respect the work she’s put in to her recovery. McAlpine has been fairly consistent with his starting lineup over the course of the season thus far, so some players may not have gotten as many minutes as they would have liked. However, players like Hocking and Petredes have made positive impacts on games while coming off the bench. Hocking already has 5 goals and four assists this season despite not starting a game. Meanwhile, Petredes has also changed games with her play coming off the bench. She creates space in the midfield which allows the team to have quick, positive movement in the front third of the field.The Women of Troy will travel to Northern California this weekend as they prepare to face Cal on Thursday, and top-ranked Stanford on Sunday.last_img read more

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