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Deep Dive: How NFL’s Week 1 will affect teams’ perspectives

first_imgDario is a junior writing about sports. His column, “Deep Dive,” runs every other Tuesday. The Vikings shut out the Falcons through three quarters, blocked a punt, Dalvin Cook looked electric with the ball and Kirk Cousins only had to attempt 10 passes in the blowout. You have to wonder if the Falcons made a mistake firing Steve Sarkisian and replacing him with Dirk Koetter. I’m still a believer in the Falcons’ talent, but they looked asleep on the field Sunday as the Vikings asserted themselves as the team to fear in the NFC North. (Surprise meter: 8.5/10) Ravens 59, Dolphins 10 Rams 30, Panthers 27 Cardinals 27, Lions 27 (OT) Division winners: Eagles, Rams, Saints, Vikings Wild Cards: Cowboys, Panthers AFC Predictions It was shocking to see the Eagles down 17-0 in the second quarter, but as soon as Carson Wentz hit DeSean Jackson for his first of two 50+-yard touchdown receptions, it was clear they’d come back for the win. Good luck stopping this Eagles team — they’re stacked on both sides of the ball. Despite the loss, the Redskins showed the upside to steal a few games this season. (Surprise meter: 4.5/10) Chiefs 40, Jaguars 26 The biggest shock surrounding the Patriots is the addition of Antonio Brown. Dominating the Steelers like this is just icing on the cake. Don’t be surprised when the Patriots are playing home games in January. (Surprise meter: 4/10) The Cardinals offense flashed potential in the fourth quarter, but the Lions should still be embarrassed to have tied a team with so little talent on its roster. It’s going to be a long season for fans of both teams. (Side note: When is the NFL going to eliminate ties?) (Surprise meter: 2.5/10) 49ers 31, Buccaneers 17 The Rams managed to come away with the road win despite limited usage for runningback Todd Gurley. The Panthers looked good, but quarterback Cam Newton might not be back to 100% yet from his preseason foot injury. Expect both teams to play meaningful games as the season winds down in December. (Surprise meter: 3/10) Thursday’s opener was an upset, but Aaron Rodgers beating the Bears is nothing new. He’s 17-5 against them in his career. The bigger surprise is that both offenses stalled for the entirety of the game. The burden of proof still rests on Matt LaFleur and Mitch Trubisky to get their respective offenses going. I think this game dampens both teams’ high expectations. (Surprise meter: 6.5/10) Jameis Winston and Jimmy Garoppolo combined for three pick-sixes, and each team had multiple touchdowns called back on penalties. It doesn’t get much uglier, and I don’t see either of these teams keeping up with the NFC’s contenders. (Surprise meter: 4.5/10) The Cowboys’ offense looked much more potent under the direction of new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, and they could be a threat to win the NFC. (Surprise meter: 1.5/10) NFC Predictions Cowboys 35, Giants 17 Wild Cards: Chargers, Browns center_img Seahawks 21, Bengals 20 Chargers 30, Colts 24 (OT) The Browns’ offseason hype got Thanos-dusted on Sunday. Titans rookie receiver A.J. Brown sparked the offense and three Baker Mayfield interceptions helped the Titans seal the game. I’m holding out hope for Cleveland, but it might not yet be a Super Bowl contender. On the other hand, Tennessee has found new hope; maybe this is the year Marcus Mariota stays healthy and lives up to his potential. (Surprise meter: 9/10) Eagles 32, Redskins 27 Division winners: Patriots, Chiefs, Ravens, Texans Welcome to overreaction week in the NFL! After many long months of waiting for some meaningful game action, it’s time for premature conclusions based a one-game sample for each team. This week, I’ll be diving into the results from Week 1 (ranked from most surprising to least) and drop predictions for the NFL season.  The Colts should be pleasantly surprised at taking Chargers down to the wire. Chargers runningback Melvin Gordon’s holdout is something to keep an eye on with the Chargers, but Austin Ekeler was excellent in his place. (Surprise meter: 3/10) Collarbone injuries knocked out new Jags quarterback Nick Foles and Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, reigning MVP quarterback Pat Mahomes played through a sprained ankle, and Jags linebacker Myles Jack was ejected for throwing a punch. Otherwise, this game produced few surprises as Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins erupted for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in Hill’s absence. Jags backup quarterback, rookie Gardner Minshew, played surprisingly well, but Foles’ injury still hurts their outlook for the season. The Chiefs are firmly entrenched as Super Bowl contenders. (Surprise meter: 3.5/10) The Seahawks were 9.5-point home favorites in this one, and the Bengals played them surprisingly close. This may be receiver John Ross’ breakout year, but the Bengals’ outlook is still bleak. The Seahawks will need to sharpen up to beat tougher opponents in the coming weeks. (Surprise meter: 4/10) Vikings 28, Falcons 12 Bills 17, Jets 16 Titans 43, Browns 13 Packers 10, Bears 3 It hurts to pick the Evil Empire, but the addition of Antonio Brown makes the Patriots unstoppable. They’ll get their revenge on the Eagles for Super Bowl 52, and Tom Brady will win his seventh ring. A big day for Bills receiver John Brown helped decide a sloppy game for both teams. I remain skeptical of the Jets’ offense thanks to Adam Gase’s questionable track record. The Bills still lack the roster depth to challenge the Patriots for an AFC East crown. (Surprise meter: 3.5/10) Super Bowl Prediction  Everyone knows the Dolphins are tanking; the surprise is how well Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson threw the ball and receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown exploded in his debut. The Ravens looked like AFC North favorites, but let’s wait and see how they look against more respectable teams. (Surprise meter: 1.5/10) Patriots 33, Steelers 3last_img read more

Syracuse men’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about Colgate

first_img Comments Published on February 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham No. 10 Syracuse opens the 2019 slate on Friday, hosting Colgate at 7 p.m in the Carrier Dome.The Orange have taken six-straight from CU and our beat writers are in agreement with what will happen on Friday. Here’s how the Orange and the Raiders stack up.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 48-11-1Last time they played: Syracuse tuned up for the NCAA tournament last season with a 17-5 romp over Colgate in the Dome on May 5. Brendan Bomberry (four goals), Jamie Trimboli (three) and Jake Buttermore (three) doubled up the Raiders on their own. Dom Madonna made six saves in net, and SU won 14-of-26 at the faceoff X.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Colgate report: Friday is the first game for Colgate’s new head coach, Matt Karweck. Because of this, SU head coach John Desko said on Wednesday that he wasn’t sure what to expect schematically from the Raiders. Instead, the emphasis is to focus on personnel. Colgate returns its top two goal scorers — Griffin Brown and Mike Hawkins — along with leading points getter and assist man Sam Cleveland. The Raiders return their top five defenders in terms of caused turnovers. In net, senior Connor Mullen returns after a so-so season, in which he compiled a 10.46 goals against average.Collin Orr, who took 350 of Colgate’s 378 faceoffs last season, graduated. From the handful of returners who took a faceoff in 2018, Malcolm Feeney seems likeliest to take the job. He took the second most faceoffs for CU in 2018 with 12, winning nine. How Syracuse beats Colgate: Settle in and play to the obvious strength: the defense. SU returns its entire defense, and though it will be breaking in new goalie Drake Porter, the back end is an obvious advantage for SU.Sans Brendan Bomberry (graduation) and Tucker Dordevic (injury), the offense might start slow, but Syracuse simply has more talent than the Raiders. Between Stephen Rehfuss, Nate Solomon, Jamie Trimboli and Brendan Curry, there’s more than enough coming back from 2018 for the SU offense.Mix in Bradley Voigt, Griffin Cook, Owen Seebold and Pete Fiorini, among others, and the Orange have plenty of options to score the ball.Stat to know: 80.8 percent — Syracuse is 80-19 in season openers, an 80.8 winning percentage. The Orange have won five-straight openers, dating back to a 19-7 win over Siena on Feb. 10, 2014.Player to watch: Sam Cleveland, senior attack, No. 18Cleveland only scored nine goals in 2018, but he fed his teammates for 31 more. The Raider’s leading assist man opens up the offense for the top-two scorers, Griffin Brown and Mike Hawkins, facilitating a balanced attack. If Cleveland can operate well and keep feeding his teammates for goals, Syracuse will struggle to silence Colgate.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Polina Shemanova wins 3rd straight ACC player of the week

first_imgFor the third consecutive week, Polina Shemanova was named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week. Shemanova has been dominant during Syracuse’s season-long five match win streak, averaging 25.8 kills per match in that span. In a five set victory over Boston College last Wednesday, Shemanova recorded 32 kills — good for third-most in program history – to go along with three aces . That came just three days after breaking the school record with 36 kills in another five set triumph over Louisville. Against a struggling Virginia Tech team on Sunday, Shemanova was quieter, recording 17 kills and an ace in the straight-set win. Still, Shemanova’s .469 hitting percentage in the victory was her highest all season.After being named ACC freshman of the year last year and to the preseason All-ACC team before this season, Shemanova has maintained her success. Currently, Shemanova leads all ACC players with 408 kills, while her average of 5.16 kills per set is 1.1 kills more than Florida State’s Payton Caffrey, who is second in the conference in kills per set. Shemanova and the Orange will look to extend their winning streak this weekend with a road trip to face Louisville and Notre Dame on Friday and Sunday, respectively. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8last_img read more

Pinnick Gets Govt Nod for CAF Seat

first_imgFloors Nigerians in CAF opposed to his support for AhmadDuro IkhazuagbePresident of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has been endorsed by the Federal Government to contest for a seat on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the election slated to hold on March 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Rising from a meeting of the NFF board called by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, in Abuja yesterday, Pinnick whose candidature has become a subject of debate among football stakeholders in the country, was also asked to go ahead and use his discretion in voting for the presidential candidate that will advance Nigeria’s interests. Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad is challenging incumbent Issa Hayatou who is seeking an eighth term in office since becoming CAF’s president in 1988.The meeting also resolved that other stakeholders in Nigerian Football who have suggestions/advice/recommendations should tender same through the NFF and not in the media as the nine Nigerians in CAF committees did on Sunday while opposing Pinnick’s support for Ahmad.Yesterday’s meeting at the minister’s office was attended by all members of the NFF Executive Committee, with the exception of Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande and Mr. Chidi Ofo Okenwa who forwarded apologies for their absence.The endorsement of Pinnick by the Sports Ministry lifted the cloud that surrounded the candidature of the NFF chief. There have been fears in some quarters that Pinnick may be impeached if he fails to toe the line of those other stakeholders angling Nigeria’s support for Hayatou.Pinnick who is vice president of WAFU B, a member of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations and as well as being a member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, challenging Beninoise Anjorin Moucharafou for a seat in the supreme club for football administration in Africa, at the 39th Ordinary Congress of CAF in Addis Ababa.Only two Nigerians – Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo (of blessed memory) and Dr. Amos Adamu – have sat on the CAF Executive Committee in the body’s 60 years of existence. An attempt by former NFF President Aminu Maigari to join the club in 2013 ended belly up as he was worked against by some Nigerians close to Hayatou.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Rob Rice Homes Community of Kensington Offers Low Maintenance Living

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rob Rice HomesIf you’ve heard the term “low maintenance living” you may just think that everything in your yard and surrounding open space is maintained all the time, right?  The answer is yes and no.  In the Rob Rice Homes new home community of Kensington located in Lacey off of College & 45th, the residents do enjoy all the yard maintenance of their front yards and open space including parks mowed and maintained as part of the dues they pay into the homeowners association.  Dues in Kensington are $65. per month. Their back or side-yards are the responsibility of each individual homeowner.Buying a home in a low maintenance community is ideal for homeowners that want to enjoy a lush, green well-maintained yard without the work.  If a resident chooses to spend the winter months in Arizona they can feel confident that their front yards will be well cared for.Kensington is one of eight communities that Rob is currently building in.  Kensington is located in an ideal location near the Chehalis Western Trail, Rainier Vista Park and conveniently located near area shopping.  We offer seven different floor plans, both single story ramblers and 2-story homes ranging in square footage from 1,490 square feet to 2,100 square feet.  The community offers an abundance of open space, tree-lined streets and an area park.  Homes are finished fully loaded with granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, fully landscaped and fenced yards & more.  Home prices start in the mid-$200s.For information on viewing a new home in Kensington, contact Lucia Arroyo at (360) 489-7478 or lucia@robricehomes.com.To view homes in Kensington go to: http://robricehomes.com/communities/kensington/last_img read more

Bartomeu’s ERTE shoots tension with the dressing room

first_imgFC Barcelona communicated through a statement issued after the meeting of its board of directors that it will initiate a Temporary Employment Regulation (ERTE) process both with its sports personnel (starting with the football team and affecting all professional sections) as well like non-sports staff. The club explained that “the need to implement measures to adapt to the contractual obligations of the Club staff to the new and transitory circumstances that we are experiencing lead us to present different files related to the sports area (soccer and other professional sports) as well as the rest from non-sports staff. ” But soccer, women’s soccer and basketball professionals do not end up agreeing. Although some media such as Mundo Deportivo go over the announcement of ERTE by Barça and prioritize Coutinho on the cover, it is the news of the week and Sport assures that there is “tension” due to the salary cut.Barça announced last Thursday that it was activating an ERTE that will reach all professional players, quarry players (and coaches) who charge more than 50,000 euros and ordinary employees, who represent less than four percent of expenses. .The negotiation of the president, Jose Maria Bartomeu, with the players is pending before the presentation of the ERTE. But, as Sport summarizes on its cover, the “tension” between the parties exists.last_img read more

BYC Needs Nil-tie to Qualify

first_imgLiberia’s lone representative in the continental football party of the CAF Champions Club League is expected to host Real de Banjul on Saturday, March 7, at the KG5 Mini-Stadium in Banjul, The Gambia.The anxiously compelling second-leg match between the two sides would kick-off at 4:30 local time.Statistically, the Liberian football giant, FC BYC, merely needs a nil-tie because of the away goal, or at most a win, to progress to the next level of the preliminary stage to face African champions Entente Sportive de Sétif of Algeria.Many Liberians believe that with the stubborn resistance of the Blues (FC BYC) the odds are in their favor to unleash the magical wand to give Liberians that projected smiles to consummate the gradual victory against the spread of infections of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Liberians are optimistic that the Robert Lartey’s men are well placed to advance to the next stage after Lamin Jabateh netted a vital away goal, and although Modou Lamin Saho’s and Real de Banjul showed enough for BYC to be wary tomorrow.Saturday’s game in Banjul instead of Monrovia is owing to the mandate from CAF delocalizing football from Ebola-hit countries.According to a dispatch from Banjul, the Blues are in high spirit to advance to the next stage.The report stated that Coach Larteh is thinking of attacking, as a way of defending to seal the team’s ambition.Reasonably, a 4-4-2 plot is being anticipated, and if well executed, the red-white-and-blue’s flag would be flown high.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brothers get life terms in murder

first_imgA second jury convicted the Robinsons of murder and robbery in October 2002. Two were sentenced to life in prison without parole two months later. An appellate panel from the 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed the murder convictions in October 2004, saying a Pasadena Superior Court judge erred in excluding evidence that someone else could have been responsible for Hussain’s death. Avila said jurors were allowed to hear the omitted evidence in the third trial, which took less than two weeks to complete. “It took some time, but I think the victim’s family finally found justice,” Avila said Friday after the hearing.No family members testified at the sentencing. Hussain, 51, was shot twice about 12:25 a.m. Nov. 23, 1998, in the 7-Eleven store at 1802 Huntington Drive in Duarte. molly.okeon@sgvn.com LOS ANGELES – Two brothers were sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of a Duarte 7-Eleven store clerk during a 1998 robbery. On March 9, a jury found Cory Robinson, 26, and his 27-year-old brother, Brandale Robinson, guilty of first-degree murder in the Nov. 23, 1998, shooting death of Syed Hussain, a father of five. Jurors also convicted the brothers of second-degree robbery and determined that Cory Robinson fired the handgun that killed Hussain. Both men had an additional three years tacked onto their sentence for the robbery. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Curtis B. Rappe also added another 25 years to life to Cory Robinson’s prison sentence for discharging the weapon. Rappe denied a motion for a new trial for the brothers. Attorneys for both have already filed papers to have the convictions appealed. This was the third trial for the Robinsons. The first trial ended in a hung jury, with nine of the 12 jurors voting guilty, said L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Datebook 4/19

first_imgTODAY Dog stunt show, 7 p.m., Burbank Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St. Call (818) 238-5620. Reseda Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7 p.m., Bertrand Avenue School auditorium, 7021 Bertrand Ave. Call (818) 419-2513. Mail entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more