First ACC season presents tough tests highlighted by Florida State, Clemson, winnable games

first_imgPenn State, Saturday Aug. 31* Carrier DomeSyracuse faces Penn State for the first time since 2009, when the Nittany Lions topped the Orange 28-7. PSU is coming off of an 8-4 season, despite the heavy sanctions placed on the team in light of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The Orange has faced the Nittany Lions more than any other team in program history, playing 70 times since 1922 and every season since then until 1990, after SU joined the Big East and PSU went to the Big Ten.*In MetLife StadiumNorthwestern, Saturday Sept. 7 Carrier DomeThe Wildcats dropped the Orange to a season-opening loss last season, despite a 482-yard, 4-touchdown performance from Ryan Nassib. It was the 10th meeting between SU and NU and evened the all-time series, dating back to 1940, at 5-5. Head coach Scott Shafer’s team looks to retake the all-time advantage facing quarterback Kain Colter, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for one in last year’s game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWagner, Saturday Sept. 14 Carrier DomeWagner head coach and athletic director Walt Hameline initiated the scheduling of this matchup, according to The Staten Island Advance. The Seahawks are a Football Championship Subdivision team, and played their first Football Bowl Subdivision opponent last season when Wagner lost 7-3 to Florida Atlantic from the Sun Belt Conference.Questions remain whether this game will count toward Syracuse’s bowl eligibility. Deputy director of athletics and scheduler Herman Frazier told Syracuse.com that Wagner confirmed the game would. The NCAA allows one FCS game to count toward bowl eligibility each year, as long as the school gives 90 percent of its allotted 63 scholarshipsduring a “rolling two-year period.” Wagner, though, only offers 40 scholarships. Last year’s Florida Atlantic contest never became relevant, as FAU finished 3-9.Tulane, Saturday Sept. 21 Carrier DomeSyracuse and Tulane last met Oct. 8, 2011, in front of 23,188 in the Superdome. The Orange won 37-34 as Ross Krautman kicked the game-winning 21-yard field goal as time expired. Antwon Bailey rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. It was the first time an SU team had played in the Superdome since Carmelo Anthony’s Orangemen won the national championship there on April 7, 2003. The Green Wave finished 2-10 last season.Clemson, Saturday, Oct. 5 Carrier DomeSyracuse’s Atlantic Coast Conference opening game should be one of its toughest, and certainly its hardest, in the Dome. In each of the past two seasons, the Orange has knocked off a top-15 team in the Dome, but those have come later in the season. SU will likely have a startling welcome as it goes against the Tigers, who have been the ACC’s most consistent program in recent seasons, and returns All-American quarterback Tajh Boyd and star wide receiver Sammy Watkins.North Carolina State, Saturday, Oct. 12, Raleigh, N.C.Syracuse makes its first trip to the heart of ACC country as it travels to Raleigh, N.C., for the first of several winnable league tilts on the road. Both teams leaned on the strength of their veteran quarterbacks – Mike Glennon for North Carolina State and Ryan Nassib for the Orange – but their departures leave big shoes to fill. This game, like so many on SU’s schedule, will come down to how quickly the inexperienced quarterbacks can develop.Georgia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 19, Atlanta, Ga.Syracuse’s second ACC road trip takes the Orange down to Atlanta, where it will get its first of potentially many opportunities against Georgia Tech’s vaunted triple-option attack. Though the Yellow Jackets had a pedestrian 7-7 season, they still took home the ACC Coastal Division championship after a 6-6 regular season before losing to Florida State in the conference championship game. The trip to GT is yet another winnable game for the new-look SU squad.Wake Forest, Saturday, Nov. 2 Carrier DomeSyracuse returns to the Dome after two weeks away to face another mediocre ACC foe in Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons failed to qualify for a bowl game last season, and their only two ACC wins came against doormats Virginia and Boston College. The Orange comes into this one off of a bye week and kicks off a grueling stretch of five games in November that takes the Orange to the end of the season.Maryland, Saturday, Nov. 9, College Park, Md.Syracuse starts its final third of the season with a trip to Maryland. The Terrapins went 4-8 last season and only 2-6 in conference play. They also lost their final six games of the season. Due to a rash of injuries, Maryland had no stability at the quarterback position. Five different players went under center during the season, and Maryland hit rock bottom when linebacker Shawn Petty moved to quarterback. Much like Syracuse, the Terrapins will have a quarterback competition starting with spring football practice. Maryland finished the 2012 season last in the ACC in total offense. With the Terps coming off of a bad season and having plenty of question marks heading into 2013, there’s no question this could be a good game for the Orange, despite playing on the road.Florida State, Saturday, Nov. 16, Tallahassee, Fla.When Syracuse travels down to Tallahassee, Fla., it’ll be in for one of its toughest games of the season. Florida State is a perennial power in the ACC. The Seminoles finished last season ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. They were first in the ACC in scoring defense and third in scoring offense. Florida State ended the year with a 12-2 record and went 7-1 in the ACC, capped with a win over Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl. FSU will have a new quarterback after EJ Manuel, who averaged 242.3 yards per game in 2012, graduated and is moving on to the NFL. Even still, the Seminoles are poised to be one of the top teams in the ACC in 2013. This is going to be a very challenging game for Syracuse.Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 23 Carrier DomeSyracuse knows Pittsburgh well. The two announced their departures from the Big East together, and are heading to the ACC for their inaugural seasons at the same time. The Orange beat the Panthers 14-13 in a Friday night game this past season. Pittsburgh finished last season 6-7, 3-4 in the Big East. The Panthers will have a new quarterback after Tino Sunseri graduated. This is a winnable game for the Orange, especially since it’s at home. Pittsburgh is not going into the ACC with the same momentum Syracuse is, so the Panthers could struggle in their first season in a competitive conference. While the Orange will also have a number of new starters on both sides of the ball, SU beat Pitt last year, knows the Panthers’ schemes and has the advantage of playing in the Dome.Boston College, Saturday, Nov. 30 Carrier DomeSyracuse closes out the regular season against former Big East foe Boston College. The Eagles had a miserable season last year — they finished 2-10 and went just 1-7 in the ACC. BC finished 11th in the ACC in scoring offense and ninth in scoring defense. The Eagles ranked near the bottom of the conference in almost every category. The season ended with the firing of head coach Frank Spaziani and the hiring of former Temple head coach Steve Addazio. Syracuse beat Addazio’s Owls 38-20 down in Philadelphia to close out this past regular season. Hosting a struggling Boston College team in the final game of the regular season is big for Syracuse, and with Pitt the week before, the Orange could finish the year 2-0. If Syracuse still needs one or two wins for bowl eligibility at this point, the Orange has a cushion the last two weeks of the season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse announces inaugural ACC football schedulecenter_img Published on February 27, 2013 at 12:16 amlast_img read more

Terrel Hunt’s appeal for a 6th year of eligibility denied by NCAA

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Searching for answers: An injury-riddled career has Terrel Hunt yearning for an ending the NCAA isn’t willing to give The NCAA has denied former Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt’s appeal for a sixth year of eligibility, he confirmed to The Daily Orange on Monday. Hunt sent out the following tweet earlier in the day, but deleted it soon after.He was initially denied a sixth year of eligibility in November, but appealed the decision. Hunt redshirted his freshman season in 2011, fractured his fibula after five games in 2014 and tore his Achilles in the first quarter of the first game against Rhode Island in 2015.“Whoever recognizes me, they feel for me. I fulfilled my student part. I did that and beyond. I graduated early. I started my master’s. I’m about to finish with my master’s,” Hunt said in a story run by The Daily Orange on Jan. 26. “I’m doing everything the NCAA ever asked for, but it’s like, when can I fulfill my athlete part?”In his sophomore season, Hunt stepped in for fifth-year transfer Drew Allen after Allen performed poorly against Penn State and Northwestern. The two split SU’s game against Wagner and Hunt started against Tulane.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe led Syracuse to its last bowl win against Minnesota in the Texas Bowl. Hunt threw for 188 yards, but made his biggest contribution with his feet, rushing for 74 and two touchdowns. He was named the game’s most valuable player.Now, Hunt finishes his college career with 2,621 yards and 11 touchdowns in the air with another 794 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.Syracuse is expected to return Eric Dungey, Austin Wilson and Zack Mahoney at quarterback. Syracuse will also have freshmen Rex Culpepper, a holdover from former head coach Scott Shafer’s recruiting class, and preferred walk-on quarterback Tyler Gilfus. Hunt could have competed with those five for the starting job next season had he been granted his appeal.Sam Blum contributed reporting to this article.  Commentscenter_img Published on February 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

Coursing postponed due to frost

first_imgTipperary trainer Michael O’Donovan has the clear favourite Timber House and second favourite Portane All In.He also has 3/1 joint favourite Manntan Maple going into the final day of the Oaks, while the Pat Curtin trained Windfarm Ivy is seen as the other main contender. Officials have made the decision to hold off on the final rounds of the Derby and the Oaks at this the 90th year of the event.It’s been re-fixed for next Sunday with a start time of 11.30 leaving a lot of coursing enthusiasts disheartened. They are down to the quarter-finals of the Derby with €35,000 on offer for the winner.last_img read more

Liverpool still chasing Champions League spot

first_imgRepublic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy was on the scoresheet for Everton in a 3-nil win at home to ten-man Newcastle.While Chelsea are six points clear of Manchester City at the top after a 1-all draw with Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool will look to close the gap to Manchester United in the race for the Champions League tonight.Brendan Rodgers brings his Reds to his former side Swansea, with kick-off at the Liberty Stadium at 8 o’clock.Manchester United hold a five-point advantage over Liverpool following yesterday’s comfortable 3-nil defeat of Tottenham.last_img read more

GVC in ‘robust’ position after halving COVID losses to £50m a month

first_img Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC Holdings has predicted that EBITDA could fall by £50m per month, a figure significantly smaller than the initial £100m predicted in March.The drop comes after the gambling group has continued to initiate a number of mitigating actions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.GVC estimated the average monthly cash outflow would be limited to approximately £15m per month, while ‘further cost actions’ will allow the group to achieve its target of reducing the cash flow to breakeven.The group noted that despite a strong performance at the beginning of the year, the closure of retail outlets and the widespread cancellation of sports has ‘significantly reduced revenue from mid-March’.This strong start helped Group net gaming revenue (NGR) to grow by 1% and online NGR increase by 16% for January to March against the corresponding period of 2019, with strong growth across all key territories. UK retail like-for-like NGR saw a 19% drop, while European retail activity has fallen by 3%.Kenneth Alexander, GVC CEO, commented: “As our Q1 trading numbers once again demonstrate, GVC is a business that, in normal times, delivers an outstanding performance. However, while our global and product diversification is standing us in good stead during the current uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing an unprecedented challenge to our business and our industry.“We are responding decisively, and have put in place a range of measures to keep our people safe, strengthen our financial position, limit cash outflow, preserve jobs and maintain a compelling customer offer.“I am confident that we will emerge from this period in a position of strength, and we will be well placed to take advantage of a range of attractive growth opportunities which we believe will be available to us.”GVC’s online division has also grown during the period, with the Group highlighting that the increase in gaming has been ‘encouraging’ as NGR increased by 20%. The growth is said to be ‘in line with the group’s expectations’.To offset the costs from retail closures, GVC has also confirmed that it has identified a number of opportunities to reduce costs.In the UK, GVC can qualify for the government grant towards employment costs to support staff members which have been furloughed. In addition, the gambling group can access the business rates relief. The combination of the two are estimated to ‘reduce costs by nearly ‘£20m per month’.In Italy and Belgium, GVC operates a franchising model where the store operating costs (rent, employment, utility and other costs) primarily reside with the franchisee. Other measures taken include reductions in online sports marketing, sports content and trading costs.Alexander continued: “We are also sensitive to the fact that at this time of economic stress and isolation, it is vital that we ensure a safe, responsible and enjoyable gaming environment for our customers and do everything that we can to minimise the potential for harm.“Accordingly, not only have we supported the Betting and Gaming Council’s 10 pledge action plan on safer gambling, but we have gone further and introduced a range of additional safeguarding measures to ensure that we are able to rigorously monitor and protect anyone who may be vulnerable at this time.“Finally, I would like to thank our outstanding teams around the world for the manner in which they have rapidly adapted to the challenge, and for their continuing hard work and commitment to ensuring GVC’s long-term success.”last_img read more

Millage Renewal: MSU Extension to host virtual informational sessions for Iosco and Alcona County residents

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Residents in Alcona and Ioscoa County are invited to attend virtual informational meetings to learn more about how millage tax rates help fund Michigan State University Extension programs.  The August 4 Primary will ask voters to approve millage renewals for five years.A virtual meeting will be held Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. for residents in Ioscoa County.  Residents can access the meeting link and get additional information by visiting the MSU Extension website.A virtual information meeting for Alcona County residents will be held Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m.MSU District 4 Director Julie Darnton said extension programs cover a lot of ground, including youth development, nutrition programming and disease prevention and community development.  She said her office is looking forward to answering questions from the community.“We know that many people are receiving ballots right now.  Many people are doing a mail-in vote this year.  We really appreciate the fact that we have an opportunity to talk to voters right now as they will actually be filling out their ballots.”Darnton said she’s hopeful the request for millage renewal will pass, but she won’t take voters for granted.“We understand making an investment in extension is a consideration that people will have to make in terms of their budget, but we also want them to recognize that what they can receive for those funds, we hope is of value to them,” she said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Ella White Elementary vandals caughtNext Search continues for missing Oscoda teenlast_img read more

Larry Nance Jr. is not over trade that sent him from Lakers to hometown Cleveland Cavaliers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s something that’s still kind of shocking,” Nance said. “But at the same time I can’t wait for all this to be done with so I can just get back to learning how to gel and mesh with my new teammates.”In two games with the Cavs, the organization his father starred for three decades ago, Nance has totaled 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping his new team to a pair of wins. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Lakers.It’s a wildly new situation for Nance, who has never appeared in a playoff game.Rather than trying to help the Lakers get to 30 wins for the first time since 2012-13, Nance finds himself playing alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love, a piece of a revamped cast built to try to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.Nance, who has been part of an incremental rebuild as a professional, is suddenly in “win now” mode. Not that he sees much difference in the two. “I like to think of myself as a very winning player,” Nance said. “Whether we were building gradually in L.A. or not, I was trying to win every single game. It just feels right. Now that we can, we’re in it, we have a chance to win every single game.”Nance was last seen in L.A. the day of the trade deadline, paying a final visit to the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo to say goodbye to his teammates.“It was still the same day so it hadn’t hit me,” Nance said. “I’m sure if I went there now and saw everybody it would be like, ‘Man, this isn’t my home anymore.’”From that final interaction, Nance flew to Atlanta to meet up with the Cavs for a Friday night game, took his physical, and made his Cleveland debut two days later at Boston.Nance made a point of thanking the Lakers’ coaching staff and his former teammates, including D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and “my son” Ivica Zubac.“I’m obviously still great friends with them,” Nance said. “I’m going to stay in contact, like I said. I’ll always have a little bit of purple and gold (in me).”center_img LOS ANGELES — Larry Nance Jr. has still not had time to fully absorb the ramifications of his trade to Cleveland.“It’s been a week,” Nance said Saturday. “So, no. It’s still kind of like ‘Jeez, I’ve got to pick up and move right now. I’m not fully adjusted. I’m not, for lack of a better term, over it.”Nine days after being traded along with Jordan Clarkson for Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye, Nance was back in L.A. to participate in the slam dunk contest as part of All-Star Weekend. With Nance saying the trade was “fresh in my mind,” he finished second in the contest, two points behind Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell.After being drafted No. 27 overall by the Lakers in 2015, Nance grew to be a valued rotational player and won the starting power forward job over Julius Randle during training camp. Then, around 8 a.m. last Thursday, his stint here was over.last_img read more

Florida man arrested after showing young girl porn

first_imgA 63-year-old from Tequesta, Florida has been arrested after he allegedly showed pornographic images to a minor.John Costa was taken into custody earlier this week after a months long investigation into the allegations.According to the minor, she went with Costa to a gas station in February to purchase lottery tickets. The victim says that at some point, Costa then asked her to sit in the front seat, which was uncommon. Costa then pulled out a pornographic magazine and showed her the photos and asked if she liked boys and if she liked what she saw.  The victim told police that Costa told her that “there’s nothing to feel uncomfortable about,” though she did feel uncomfortable. The victim says she asked Costa to take her home but instead he just kept driving around the neighborhood showing her the magazine.Costa then reportedly told the victim that she could not tell anyone and then gave her scratch-off lottery tickets to keep.Later, Costa then reportedly sent text messages to the victim’s iPad, where asked her not to tell her parents and sent her a photos of herself from when she was younger.Costa initially told detectives that he did not show the magazines to the minor before confessing that he only showed the images to her because she told him that she did not like boys.According to the report, authorities began investigating Costa in March after the young girl told someone in school about the incident and a teacher overhead it.The teacher then contacted the Department of Children and Families.Costa is now facing several charges including distributing obscene material to a minor.last_img read more

Teacher, Arts Supporter Cheryl A. Cummings Dies

first_imgCheryl A. Cummings, 56, of Little Silver, formerly of Freehold, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Riverview Medical Center after a brief illness.Hundreds of mourners gathered at John E. Day Funeral Home in Red Bank on Oct. 31 to say goodbye to Cummings, a treasured friend, noted teacher, arts supporter and enthusiast and devoted mother and grandmother. Friends and colleagues repeatedly remarked how much Cummings had touched thousands of lives.Cummings received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her master’s degree from Monmouth University.She recently retired from Brookdale Community College after 28 years as a communications professor and the executive director for the Brookdale Network.Post retirement she embarked on a new career and completed culinary school at Brookdale and started her own pastry chef business called Cher Bread in Little Silver.An avid supporter of Monmouth Arts, Cummings served on the strategic planning committee, the development committee of the MoCo Arts/Business Partnership and was instrumental in the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival.Cummings was involved with Monmouth Arts as the head of 90.5 The Night and then the Brookdale Network even before she became a board member. As a board member for almost nine years she was instrumental in developing the strategic direction of Monmouth Arts. She used her marketing and leadership skills to further the impact of Monmouth Arts and to benefit the entire arts community.
“Cheryl was the rare leader who saw the big picture and could deal with all the details,” said Mary Eileen Fouratt, executive director, Monmouth Arts. “She led by example and made you want to be better person. We will miss her tremendously but will endeavor to live up to her ideals.”Eileen Moon of Atlantic Highlands said she and Cummings were professional colleagues who shared many associations and interests over the past two decades. “Cheryl was a warm, friendly, competent colleague who shared my love of music and the arts,” she said. “It was great to see her thrive in her second career as a pastry chef and delight in being a new grandmother. I think Cheryl would want us to remember to cherish every day and to value every relationship as I know she did.”“Cheryl was a friend and mentor to so many people in the Two River area and throughout Monmouth County,” said Laura Kirkpatrick, director of Public Information and Tourism, Monmouth County. “Cheryl had a passion for life, friends and family. I am blessed to have crossed paths with her and shared personal and professional experiences. She was an avid student of communications; always helping her friends and students connect with each other to improve their lives and find their passions.”Cummings also served as an advisory board member of the Friends of Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center.last_img read more

Jordi Alba and his trip to Camp Nou: “I don’t like to be beaten in the 15th minute”

first_imgAfter making a small move with the harrow in the 2-0 action that was overturned by Martínez Munuera and the VARJordi Alba opened another melon of conflict between players and fans after the game and complained about the pitos that Barça heard at some point: “The attitude of the team is good, the players leave everything. No player likes not to play well, but whistling in the fifteenth minute with a zero draw I don’t like. Just as I respect everyone, they have to respect me. And I don’t like to be beaten“. He also denied problems with Eder Sarabia: “It seems that Sarabia killed someone … now it seems that the coaching staff cannot express themselves as they wish and for nothing … he lives football intensely, he did not disrespect anyone, I would have done the same or worse in his place, we are not upset ”.last_img read more