Win and in: Orange looks to end 6-year bowl drought with victory over Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The acknowledgment of Doug Marrone’s four-letter taboo finally came from Ryan Nassib Wednesday. It was prodded out of Andrew Lewis. It was prodded out of Doug Hogue. ‘Everyone knows what our record is,’ Lewis said. ‘Everyone knows how many wins we have to have to become bowl-eligible. It’s in everyone’s mind. ‘Yeah,’ Lewis admitted, ‘we talk about it.’ Doug Marrone referred to the word ‘bowl’ as ‘the four-letter word’ just a week ago. The word is the topic that hovered over the start of summer practice and the beginning of SU’s season, as Marrone said the 2010 season was bowl or bust. And a bowl is the primary goal this program has crept closer and closer to with its surprising start to the season. But getting to a bowl game was the goal that soon turned taboo. Largely because it recently became an afterthought when the Orange (6-2, 3-1 Big East) ascended to the No. 2 spot in the Big East. Largely because the likes of Marrone, Nassib, Lewis and Hogue feel this Orange team can exceed the seven wins needed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text However, with a win over Louisville (4-4, 1-2 Big East) Saturday (noon, Big East Network), Syracuse will get to the seven wins that will make the team bowl-eligible. The opportunity comes after an offseason in which Marrone’s goal was one most pundits felt was unattainable for SU in the head coach’s second season. With an SU win, bowl is exactly the word that will reverberate across the city of Syracuse for the first time since the days of Paul Pasqualoni. From the time Lewis committed in 2004 as an SU recruit. A bowl is the postseason reward that Syracuse hasn’t earned since 2004. And with a win, SU and Marrone will reach a plateau that will suffice their starving football fan base. Even if their fiery appetite has been doused with six sudden wins. The city might be happy with one more win. But the coach won’t be. ‘We haven’t really accomplished anything,’ Marrone said Monday. To Lewis, that mentality that runs through the entire SU team is exactly why he says he loves this team. Loves this team. Marrone has maintained that he approaches every game and every win the same, and Lewis might be the one player who has bought in the most. This is, after all, the 23-year-old who committed to what was at the time Pasqualoni’s program. He then signed with SU just more than one month after the last time the Orange played in a bowl game. On Dec. 29, 2004, Pasqualoni exited as head coach of the Syracuse football program a 51-14 loser to Georgia Tech in the Champ Sports Bowl. In February of 2005, Lewis signed on to play for new SU head coach Greg Robinson. Then came what is now nearing six years. Six years without a bowl for Syracuse and Lewis, a redshirt senior. Six long years — and Lewis has been through all of them. He was there for the plane ride back from Iowa after the Orange never had a chance, falling 35-0 in 2007. He was there for the torrential boos after Syracuse lost to Akron 42-28 in 2008. Lewis was there for all different kinds of postgames. He has been apart of the Orange program for every postgame since that last postgame — the one in Orlando in 2004 — where bowl actually meant something to SU. ‘(Bowl eligibility) would be huge for the program,’ Lewis said. ‘Huge for the community.’ For the Louisville postgame scene on the Carrier Dome field to be one full of bowl talk, there still is a game that needs to be won. Lewis knows that. Because of it, the starting defensive tackle professes that he and his teammates aren’t looking past the Louisville game, much like they profess they haven’t looked past any SU game all year. Lewis knows he must stop Cardinals running back Bilal Powell if the Louisville running back is able to play. Powell is the Big East’s leading rusher, with 1,067 yards. But Powell exited the Cardinals’ 20-3 loss to Pittsburgh last week with swelling in his knee. Cardinals’ head coach Charlie Strong said Powell was ‘day-to-day’ this week. The Cardinals may also be without their starting quarterback Adam Froman, who has a thigh bruise. The injuries to the Louisville offense would ease the matchup that would secure bowl eligibility for the Orange. But the main hurdle that may keep the Orange from securing a bowl spot this week comes with the Cardinals’ pass defense. Nassib will be tested by what he describes as an ‘athletic’ defense overall. The Cardinals rank second in the Big East in pass defense, giving up 173 yards through the air per game. If Nassib goes for another five-completion performance like he did versus West Virginia, the Cardinals may be able to hold off the bowl celebration. Even if Powell doesn’t play. A loss for Nassib, Lewis and the Orange would mean a delay of at least a week in securing the bowl. For a team that goes week to week, it could be the detrimental blow. The guy who has waited forever, Lewis, doesn’t want a Louisville loss to change the bowl talk. He doesn’t want to take it to the road yet again. ‘(It’s a feeling of) ‘This is it right here. This might be it. This could be it,” Lewis said. ‘But we realize that it may not be it for us. Because if we lose, it’ll be the next week. And if we lose that one, then the next week.’ Lewis cherishes SU’s ‘1-0,’ game-by-game approach. And despite the fact that talk of ‘1-0’ for this team is getting old, Lewis is content with old habits when approaching the win-and-in contest with the Cardinals this weekend. If the Orange win, Lewis professes his celebration after the game will be the same as always. He will take off his helmet, assemble with his teammates, face the Syracuse marching band and start to sing. The Dome fans will be serenaded with the SU alma mater Lewis always belts. Then will come the fight song. That’s it. Just like Marrone, mum was the initial word for Hogue when speaking of bowl eligibility. He said his teammates don’t want to talk about what the game means. But after tip-toeing around everything that his response pertained to, Hogue confronted what will confront SU Saturday. With a win, SU and the city of Syracuse will be talking bowl at an earlier point in the year than any season since 2001. And fans in the Dome won’t only be saying it. They will be shouting it. Screaming it. Singing it, as Lewis sings. The drowning out of six years will fill the Dome if SU wins. Said Hogue: ‘In the back of our heads, we know.’ Commentscenter_img Published on November 3, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Syracuse seniors kickstart blowout win against Colgate ahead of NCAA tournament

first_imgBefore Syracuse buried Colgate 19-6 on Saturday, the team honored its nine seniors with a pregame Senior Day ceremony.The Orange formed two lines in front of the tunnel by its bench, and each senior walked through with family escorting them to handshakes from head coach John Desko, athletic director Daryl Gross and lastly, director of operations Roy Simmons III.By the time seniors and parents posed for a group shot between the 30- and 40-yard line, Dominic Lamolinara, Derek Maltz, Matt Harris, Drew Jenkins, Billy Ward, Pat Powderly, Kyle Henry, Scott Loy and Chris Daddio had walked through the line as a prelude to an easy victory at the Carrie Dome.Every senior saw time but Powderly, who sported a blue jump suit and sat with an injury.“It was weird,” said Lamolinara before starting in goal. “But it was a great feeling going out with a group of guys that I’ve gotten so close with.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Other than that it was just a game and I’m glad we came out with the win.”The seniors made the most of their final regular-season home game.Daddio jumpstarted Syracuse by winning 10-of-15 first-half faceoffs — and 15-of-21 overall — before being pulled for Mike Iacono in the third quarter. Lamolinara allowed three goals in the first two frames. Harris and Jenkins were key cogs in a defensive effort that held Colgate to just six goals and none in the third. Loy netted a goal to push the Orange ahead 17-3 just before the fourth.And even Henry, a reserve attack that has seldom seen the field this season, got some playing time when Desko rolled out his bench for the last 18 minutes of play.Syracuse will have a quick turnaround before gearing up for NCAA tournament play beginning next weekend. This senior class has yet to capture a national title, and had one last chance to celebrate before making that final run.Said Daddio: “It was a good feeling, it’s nice to win on Senior Day.” Comments Published on May 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw gives up two home runs in 3-2 loss to Milwaukee Brewers

first_imgBy Robert on TwitterClayton Kershaw on Saturday night was trying to become the first Dodgers pitcher to win 12 in a row since Burt Hooton did it in 1975. But Kershaw, who is rapidly gaining support for not only winning the Cy Young Award but the National League MVP award, showed he’s human. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kershaw gave up a two-run home run to Ryan Braun in the fourth inning and a home run to Carlos Gomez in the sixth and that was enough for the Milwaukee Brewers to emerge with a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers before 50,849 at Dodger Stadium.Kershaw pitched a complete game. He allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out 11 and walked none while throwing 97 pitches. His last loss before Saturday was May 28 against Cincinnati at Dodger Stadium.Yovani Gallardo (8-6) picked up the victory. He threw eight innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He struck out three and walked one on 96 pitches. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 38th save, but not before giving up a leadoff home run to Matt Kemp – his 15th.The first-place Dodgers (70-55) lost a game in the standings and now lead San Francisco by 4 1/2 games in the NL West. They have lost 11 of their past 15 games to Milwaukee at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 1-4 against the Brewers this season as they recently lost two of three at Milwaukee.center_img The first-place Brewers (69-55) picked up a game in the standings and now lead the St. Louis Cardinals by three games in the NL Central. In his previous start Aug. 10, Kershaw pitched eight innings and gave up just a run in a 5-1 Dodgers victory at Milwaukee.“Yeah, really good again today, I thought better than the other day in Milwaukee,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Kershaw. “Milwaukee was a battle for him. Tonight it seemed cleaner, it seemed easier.”Kershaw was bummed, yet complimentary.“Yeah, it’s a tough game,” he said. “It comes down to, I got out-pitched. Yovani pitched better than I did, we lost the game. It was a good game, a clean game. Both guys were pitching all right. I just made more mistakes than he did and it showed up on the scoreboard.”Kershaw was told what Mattingly said about him pitching better than he did in Milwaukee. He agreed.“Yeah, it’s funny,” he said. “I felt like I pitched so much better than I did in Milwaukee. But, obviously, the scoreboard said differently. So the stuff was definitely better and the command was better. But that’s just the way it goes sometimes.“The scoreboard doesn’t reflect how you feel and I guess I got lucky in Milwaukee, and paying for it here.”Milwaukee went nine up and nine down over the first three innings, but Gomez broke that string with a leadoff double to left off in the fourth inning. Kershaw induced Jonathan Lucroy to ground out to shortstop, which brought Braun to the plate.With fans chanting “cheater, cheater” as Braun was dueling with Kershaw, Braun got in the last laugh when he hit an opposite-field home run – his 15th – that just got over the fence in right for a 2-0 lead.“He’s the best pitcher in baseball and he’s been on an incredibly great run,” Braun said of Kershaw, whose ERA rose all the way up to 1.86 from 1.78. “It’s extremely difficult to beat him, and it hasn’t happened much this year.“So for us to do that is an impressive accomplishment and something we’re proud of. To split those two games he started is encouraging for us.”Braun in late July 2013 was suspended for the rest of that season for violating the league’s drug policy.The Dodgers got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Carl Crawford hit an infield single off Gallardo, stole his 17th base and came home on a single to center by Justin Turner, who was thrown out at second when the throw from the outfield was cut off.The Brewers got that run back in the top of the sixth, however, when Gomez led off with a long home run deep into the left-field bullpen. It was Gomez’s 19th of the season.“He was mixing, he has that little slider, cutter and slipping a breaking ball in,” Turner said of Gallardo. “He had pretty good command, throwing it just off the plate when he wanted to and throwing it for a strike when he needed to get ahead.”Brewers manager Ron Roenicke couldn’t say enough about Gallardo. He lowered his ERA from 3.44 to 3.32.“Yo was just outstanding,” Roenicke said. “He had great command and an outstanding fastball. He pitched off the fastball the whole game while mixing in his slider and curveball. He really dominated. That’s a good club, and you can’t mess around and make mistakes against them.”The teams will complete their series Sunday when Dan Haren (10-9) takes on Wily Peralta (14-7) at 1:10 p.m.last_img read more

Indoor football tournament at the ”Ramiz Salčin” sports hall

first_imgThe sports hall ” Ramiz Salčin” in Mojmilo, will be the host of a very special sport event. This event will take place on Saturday, the 22nd December. This very special sport event is the New Year mini-tournament in indoor football. All four indoor football teams will participate on this event. The goal of this event is to promote indoor sports.The mini-tournament is being organized by the Sports Society ” Alipašino polje” and JP ”Lokom” Sarajevo. The goal of this event is to promote the female volleyball team from Alipašio polje, as one of the youngest sports team in the area of the Municipality Novi Grad Sarajevo. Their carrier has just started and they have already scored significant results that will, we hope, bring them better future.The visitors of the sports hall ”Ramiz Salčin” will have the opportunity to enjoy the matches of the aforementioned teams. The entrance for this tournament is free for all who want to come.last_img read more