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STAFF : Syracuse softball opens season with 3 straight wins before falling twice to top competition

first_img Published on February 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse won its first three games at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., last weekend before losing to No. 8 Arizona in five innings, 11-1, and No. 3 California, 6-3.The Orange (3-2) got off to a strong start behind its potent lineup, sweeping Friday’s action with a shutout win over Texas State and a 10-2 win over Cal State Northridge. SU continued to impress offensively Saturday morning with an 11-2 win against McNeese State. But against tougher Pac-10 opponents in Arizona and California, SU could muster only a combined four runs. Syracuse only managed one run against Wildcats pitcher Jessica Spigner in its first loss of the season Saturday night. In five innings, Spigner surrendered only three hits. The opposing pitcher also hit a three-run home run off SU starter Stacy Kuwik in the bottom of the first inning to get the Arizona offense going.On Sunday, SU kept it close against No. 3 California until the top of the fifth inning. Despite Jasmine Watson’s two home runs, the Orange was three-hit again in another losing effort. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStephanie Watts scored on a base hit by Shirley Daniels against Arizona to become SU’s all-time leader in runs scored. SU’s upcoming schedule features more ranked opponents from the West Coast. The team will face Arizona again, as well as No. 13 UCLA when it travels to Palm Springs, Calif., for the Cathedral Classic in two weeks. TennisThe Syracuse women’s tennis team defeated its first two nationally ranked opponents this season with 4-3 wins against No. 55 Boston College and No. 60 Harvard this past weekend.The Orange (5-3) lost all three doubles matches against the Eagles on Saturday afternoon, but rallied to take 4-of-6 singles matches for the victory.Senior Emily Harman extended her singles winning streak, defeating No. 108 Jessica Wacnik in three sets, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Breanna Bachini, Alessondra Parra and Amanda Rodgers also registered singles victories for the Orange.Against Harvard on Sunday, the Crimson held a 1-0 advantage by capturing the doubles point. Parra and Rodgers registered SU’s only doubles victory of the day with a 9-7 win.But the Orange rebounded in the singles competition, winning 4-of-6 matches again to seal the victory.Harman won her seventh straight singles match with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Hideko Tachibana. Freshmen Bachini and Rodgers continued to surprise, each winning their respective matches, and Parra defeated Samantha Gridley 6-2, 5-7, 7-6.The Orange begins a four-match home stand starting Saturday when SU hosts Temple at Drumlins Tennis Courts.Ice HockeyDespite a strong performance by sophomore goaltender Kallie Billadeau, the SU women’s ice hockey team (9-20-3, 0-7-3 College Hockey America)could not muster enough offense to keep up with conference rival Mercyhurst (21-6-2, 7-1-2)this weekend. The Lakers skated to an easy 6-2 win Friday night and completed the sweep Saturday with a 3-1 win at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.Mercyhurst scored the first four goals of the game Friday afternoon to build a comfortable lead on the Orange. Molly Byrne began the scoring with her sixth goal of the season to make it 1-0 midway through the first period.The onslaught continued for Mercyhurst in the second period, as the Lakers scored two goals in less than a minute to pull away from SU. Bailey Bram scored her 25th goal of the season, and Christine Bestland made the score 4-0 on an unassisted effort shortly after.SU forward Brittney Krebs scored her first collegiate goal, and Billadeau made 37 saves, but the Orange was unable to keep up with the potent Mercyhurst offense.On Saturday, Syracuse struggled to put points on the board again. Holly Carrie-Mattimoe scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season, but that was the extent of the scoring for the Orange.The Lakers jumped out to another early lead, scoring just 1:03 into the game to put pressure on Billadeau, who made 44 saves. Mercyhurst added two more goals in the third and handed SU another conference loss in the 3-1 defeat.Syracuse will have a week off before traveling to Niagara to wrap up the regular season Feb. 24-25.TrackAt the Kane Invitational in Ithaca, junior Joseph Whelan took first place in the mile run and qualified for next week’s Big East championships with a time of 4:17.34. On Friday and Saturday, Syracuse had 12 athletes finish in the top 10 of their respective events.Junior Jonathan Aziz finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a final time of 15:17.11.Senior Matthew Callanan finished in 8.30 seconds in the final round of the 60-meter hurdles, in which he took fifth place. Junior Colin Reno finished seventh in the 60-meter dash with a 7.12.In the 800-meter run, Justin Murray narrowly beat teammate Sean Carney by .3 seconds, and they finished ninth and 10th, respectively.In the women’s 800-meter run, three Orange runners finished in the top 10. Senior Kelly Anne McCarthy’s time of 2:22.53 was good for third place. Freshmen Julissa Wilson and Nancie Sophias earned seventh and 10th place, respectively.The highly anticipated Big East Indoor Championships will begin Saturday at the Armory in New York City.—Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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first_img Published on August 31, 2016 at 8:04 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus “He’s basically my little brother,” Sanu said. “I’ve always looked out for him. … To see him where he’s at today, I’m not surprised.”The pair first met when Strickland was about 7 or 8 years old and playing Pop Warner football. Sanu was a high school star who had just moved to the area, helping out with the practices and talking with the kids.Strickland was already hooked on football, but meeting Sanu was the “cherry on top.” Sanu noticed a talent in Strickland that stood out from the rest so he took him under his wing.,The next two years were spent with Strickland going to all of Sanu’s high school games, hearing Sanu’s name on the loudspeaker and imagining himself in the same spot.And as the duo got older, the closer they became.“Not the family everybody throws around, but truly family,” George said to describe their relationship. “And I mean took care of him.”Sanu would constantly pick Strickland up to workout and run routes. The NFL wide receiver still jokes with the college running back about switching positions.When Sanu was at Rutgers, he’d bring Strickland back to school with him to work out. Once Sanu reached the NFL, he hired a personal trainer. Then, he brought Jabbie and Strickland to the sessions with him. The trainer understood the situation. They were able to keep up.“I just always made sure I kept them around me so they weren’t around the wrong people,” Sanu said. “You have to have good influences around you so you don’t fall into the wrong crowd.,“I never wanted anything to happen to them as far as being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”Even when Sanu bought his first car after making it to the NFL — a Porsche Cayenne — he brought Strickland along.And when Strickland waited two or three days to go see Sanu the last time he was home, Sanu got upset, Strickland’s father, Bill, said.Before games, Sanu will tell Strickland: “Yo, Tae Beamer. Go hard.” Strickland called Sanu before a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns to say, “Yo, Mo. Go ball out. Time to ball out.”Strickland often reaches out to Sanu for advice. Sanu usually preaches extra work, humbleness and other requirements he has realized to make it to the NFL.,“I’ve been through what he’s going through now,” Sanu said. “… I know what it’s like so I’ve just been trying to help him get accustomed to what should he expect.”Strickland has come a long way from the slacking high school sophomore in need of a lecture, and his guiding influence has always been Sanu. Whether it be about college life or football or personal issues, Sanu is his go-to for advice.“It’s amazing just to have him by your side,” Strickland said, “always asking questions (such as) if you need any help about football or life skills. Anything.”“Just an awesome feeling seeing them grow up,” Sanu said. “I was there to help them through it.” Comments When Dontae Strickland’s grades were slipping, putting his future scholarship offers and football career in jeopardy, his football coach at South Brunswick High School knew just one man who could break through.Joe George, the coach, called up then-Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to visit during his bye week for a surprise meeting in the coach’s office with Strickland and Sanu’s nephew, Mohamed Jabbie, who had grade problems as well.Sanu wasn’t just serving as a professional football player to command respect from an aspiring professional athlete, or even just a former South Brunswick (New Jersey) football star to give advice to someone whose shoes he had been in several years earlier.He was, and is, practically family to Strickland. So he didn’t hold anything back.What followed was “a lot of yelling, screaming,” Strickland said. George couldn’t help but think he probably shouldn’t be in the room as Sanu got “down and dirty with them.” The 45-minute to an hour-long speech left them all in tears, Sanu said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe message was clear: You only play football once in your life. Don’t throw it away. No one cares how good you are if you don’t have the grades to go to college.“It was probably one of the best speeches that anyone has ever given me,” Strickland said, “and motivated me, probably still to this day, to give it my all no matter how bad I’m feeling or what’s going on.”Throughout Strickland’s football career and life, Sanu has served as a role model, mentor and source of tough love. He gave Strickland the nickname Tae Beamer because Strickland moves like a BMW, a nickname that’s stuck to this day.Strickland is entering his sophomore year and, despite seeing limited action as a hybrid in 2015, rose to the No. 1 running back spot in the spring. He was hurt for the latter part of training camp but still held the top running back spot on the Week 1 depth chart released Monday. Strickland said Tuesday he is “100 percent.” This is placeholder text Advertisement Facebook Twitter Google+ Dontae Strickland has developed a brotherly bond with NFL WR Mohamed Sanu Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers react to Syracuse’s 85-64 loss to Penn State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments With Friday night’s 85-64 loss to Penn State in the NIT Season Tip-Off in the Barclays Center, Syracuse (4-3) has matched its worst start since 1996.Forward Elijah Hughes paced the Orange with 19 points, but center Bourama Sidibe fouled out of the contest and the Nittany Lions out-rebounded SU.Listen to beat writers Michael McCleary and Nick Alvarez break down the loss:center_img Published on November 30, 2019 at 12:20 amlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Only 14 percent of NFL teams that began their season with a 1-3 record have recovered to reach the playoffs.That’s the very large pill the Arizona Cardinals must somehow swallow leading into a short week where their starting quarterback might not be cleared to play. Take a look at their roster, however, and there’s still reason to believe coach Bruce Arians’ team has a shot at recovering to make the postseason. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ESPN’s John Clayton ranked the Cardinals behind the Carolina Panthers as the second most-likely team that can overcome a 1-3 start to the season.The next four games are critical to determine if this talented Cardinals team can turn things around before a bye in Week 9. They have winnable night games coming up against the 49ers and Jets, followed by a home game against the Seahawks, then a NFC Championship Game rematch with the Panthers in Carolina. If they can get to the bye at 4-4, they can crawl back into the playoff race.Getting back to the .500 mark by that bye week requires a 3-1 record during that span, a task made more difficult with Drew Stanton perhaps needing to start against San Francisco in place of Carson Palmer, who is attempting to pass concussion tests this week.However, the optimist might point toward Tyrann Mathieu’s return to his more familiar role as the slot corner, as well as the similarly-rickety starts to 2016 by expected NFC powers in Seattle and Carolina.That, of course, puts much importance on their upcoming battles against Arizona. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) escapes the tackle of Los Angeles Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines (33) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more