Syracuse gets local walk-on, loses 2 others; Edouard to join when ready

first_imgSyracuse ran 36 plays of offense and 48 on defense at Monday afternoon’s practice inside the Carrier Dome. Afterward, head coach Scott Shafer addressed the loss of two walk-ons, the addition of another and freshman quarterback Alin Edouard’s status.Local linebacker joins OrangeAfter losing his father and studying at Le Moyne for a year, Nate Kadah practiced with Syracuse Monday afternoon in a No. 85 jersey and unpadded shorts.“He reached out and said ‘I sure would love to play football again.’ I said. ‘Why don’t you come on over?’” Shafer said.Kadah, who was friends with Shafer’s son Wolfgang at nearby Fayetteville-Manlius High School, will play linebacker for SU, Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWalking onWide receiver-turned-cornerback Alex Schoen was absent from practice Monday. He left for the team for financial reasons, Shafer said.“Alex Schoen decided he needed to go home, refocus on some things financially and made a decision that was in his best interest and his family’s best interest,” Shafer said. “When they’re walk-ons, it’s tough. It costs a lot of money to go here.”Schoen was listed as a receiver last season but was a cornerback on this year’s training camp depth chart.Freshman backup punter Evan Jakubowski also left the team, as was first reported Sunday night. On Monday, Shafer clarified that the freshman walk-on who had offers from Miami (Ohio) and Missouri, wasn’t in shape.“Evan was a young man that needed to get in shape,” Shafer said. “So we’ll see how he gets in shape, see if we’ll bring him back.”Edouard still comingShafer expects freshman quarterback Alin Edouard to join the team, though he didn’t say when on Monday.The three-star recruit has missed training camp this season due to dealing with a family issue in Florida.“Yeah he’s coming. I’m not letting him — hell yeah he’s coming,” Shafer said.The addition of Edouard would give the Orange five quarterbacks, and two — along with A.J. Long — in its freshman class.“We got to get him before school starts,” Shafer said when asked when Edouard would join the team. “Whenever the timing’s right for him and his family he’ll be here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Buffet Values in the Dating Scene

first_imgMy first few days at USC I was in awe, stepping foot on a campus that was so surreal and beautiful. But it wasn’t the architecture or the incredibly green landscape; I was joyfully perplexed by all the attractive students here. I felt as if Urban Outfitters’ model database exploded on campus but for security’s sake disguised in Lululemons, dad hats and Ralph Lauren Polo shirts. With the plethora of intelligent and charming students, could this campus be a dating heaven? This is a University full of people with different cultural backgrounds, interests and Instagram feed aesthetics — there’s got to be a multitude of people compatible for a single person. Which made me think: Dating is a lot like being at a Vegas buffet. Oh, man. Vegas buffets. Endless, gluttonous amounts of delicious noms including the weekly prime rib brunch and seafood buffets. From carving stations to the many featured cuisines, the cherry-on-top is the full dessert bar and an all-you-can-drink beer and wine bar. It’s kind of a hassle to drive off the strip for it, but it’s always worth the little extra effort for the extra nice. Also, averaging from $20-$30, it’s not too bad of a deal. Steep price for a college student meal, but I mean you’ve got to invest a little for a Vegas buffet.Similarly so, dating begins with agreeing to invest yourself. Yes, we’re all social beings, but putting yourself out there for romantic interests can be incredibly different from creating platonic friendships. Choosing to be in the dating field, whether it be college parties, Tinder or “networking” (that’s for you, Marshall students), requires an investment of time and vulnerability. And why is it not like a HomeTown Buffet with the weekly coupons bargaining out to a total of $5, or maybe a step up at Souplantation? Because choosing to date and to allocate time toward others in romantic pursuits during college or even post-grad can be a steep investment considering the time spent that could be used toward career development or even focusing on the self. You’re invested — you’re in the buffet. Why are you really there? Whether to satisfy some sort of need, to taste an array of new foods or to go a second round to try out what you may have missed the first time, there’s always a motive. There’s endless cuisines to consume and experience. Some options seem really appealing — you try it, you love it. Maybe you don’t. On the opposite end, maybe you saw something that you weren’t attracted to at first, but once you give it a chance, you’re in love. Someone might even have introduced or suggested the course to you, and without this person you would have never encountered something so fulfilling. Are you catching my drift yet?Going to buffets is also a mental game. Are you really going to be able to consume all that you really want to consume? Which dishes are you going to prioritize? Identify the things that aren’t good for you — the greasy-looking “Chinese” food or the sad salad bar; are those really worth your health and time? Should you invest the stomach space or time to go out of your way to re-experience something that you’ve had over and over again, especially if you know that it isn’t that great or might even give you stomach pains later. It’s like that ex that you’re keeping tabs on or the fickle cutie that inconsistently texts you — maybe that’s the entrée you shouldn’t return to. There are definite joys of being at the buffet. You get to know some new courses, you learn what doesn’t work with your palate, maybe you find your new favorite dish. But just remember to not run in and stack plates high with anything and everything — what’s healthy and worth it for you? And at the end of the day, maybe the Vegas buffet isn’t meant for you. We all have different tastes and mentalities when it comes to dating — just don’t let it consume you instead. Dani Chang is a senior majoring in cinema and media studies.  Her column, “Feisty Woman,” runs every other Friday.last_img read more

NFL hopes for 5 ex-Syracuse players put on hold after XFL cancels season

first_imgAs professional sports leagues around the world began to cancel their seasons, Jordan Martin and his teammates were called into a team meeting. The former Syracuse defensive back found out one of his Seattle Dragons teammates had tested positive for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Five games into the inaugural XFL season, Martin and four other former Syracuse football players’ — Jay Bromley, Andrew Tiller, Shamarko Thomas and Eric Dungey — attempts to continue their professional football careers were put on pause when the 2020 XFL season was canceled on March 12. “I already heard the NBA and hockey and stuff like that were ending, so we were kind of figuring that we were going to be up next,” Martin said. “There wasn’t anything that we could have done to prevent that.”The XFL, restarted in 2018, is a professional football league that presents opportunities for players who are trying to make an NFL roster. Dungey had a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns practice squad this past season, Thomas played four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Bromley was a third-round pick who played four years for the New York Giants. After many of the former Orange players bounced around practice squads of NFL teams, they landed in the XFL, which began play on Feb. 8. The league said it’s committed to continuing in 2021.The Tampa Bay Vipers drafted Tiller, the Dragons took Martin, and the DC Defenders drafted Bromley. Thomas was initially signed by the New York Guardians but was soon traded to the Defenders, and Dungey signed with the Dallas Renegades after being released by the Browns.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I needed a job, man, it’s as simple as that,” Bromley said. “Honestly, I needed a job, and NFL teams weren’t calling for whatever reason, so I wanted the opportunity to continue to play the game that I love and enjoy playing, and the XFL offered that opportunity, so I’m grateful for that.”Initially, the league continued to hold games despite many states around the country declaring a state of emergency, but when Martin’s teammate tested positive, commissioner Oliver Luck and President Jeffrey Pollack canceled the remainder of the season. Players were told in team meetings to go home and self-quarantine.In their shortened seasons, Bromley made 15 tackles and a sack in five starts while Thomas recorded 11 tackles in four games. Dungey was second on the depth chart, and Tiller was listed as the second offensive guard on Tampa Bay’s depth chart.  Martin, who played in all five games and recorded 20 tackles, returned home to Maryland, unsure of what the future would hold. The Dragons and the XFL have been staying in contact with players as states around the country work to contain the coronavirus. The XFL announced all players would receive their base pay and benefits for the season despite it being curtailed by the coronavirus. Players are free to sign with NFL teams — some already have — and for Martin, that will always be the goal.“I think the goal for anybody is to try to … reach that status of an NFL player,” said Martin. “So, the NFL is always gonna be the goal until, you know, the wheels don’t let me go no more.” Comments Published on April 3, 2020 at 6:44 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LOCALSaturday GAA fixtures ..

first_imgThrow in at 4.While in Under 21 B Championship Final.Killenaule take on Cahir in Ardfinnan – and that match gets underway at 4.45. Meanwhile in Schools action ..It’s Tipperary Town The Abbey vs. Carrick N.S in the football Semi Finals of the Drummond Cup.Throw in at 3.30 in Cusack Park MullingarWhile in Hurling Saint Declan’s Kilmacthomas play Roscrea Cistercian College in Dr Cullen Park at 2last_img

Varane Signs New 5-Year Deal At European Champions Madrid

first_imgFrench defender Raphael Varane has penned a new five-year contract with European champions Real Madrid until 2022.Varane, 24, joined Real Madrid from French side Lens and has since become a mainstay in the Spanish champions’ starting XI.The French centre back has helped Real Madrid win three UEFA Champions League (UCL) titles in four years and has been rewarded with a new dealRaphael Varane,  who has made seven appearances so far this season, signed his previous contract at Real Madrid in 2014 and it was due to expire in June 2020.RelatedLa Liga Preview: Dembele Set For Derby As Champions Hope To Bounce BackSeptember 9, 2017In “Spain”UCL: Lyon Stun Juventus, Man City Oust Real Madrid To Reach QuarterfinalAugust 7, 2020In “Europe”Five Things Neymar Wants Before Moving To Real MadridMarch 1, 2019In “France”last_img read more

Kolo Toure fails drugs test

first_imgManchester City defender Kolo Toure has been suspended after testing positive for a specified substance.The 29-year-old was informed by the Football Association that an A sample he provided had returned positive.City confirmed in a statement that Toure had been suspended “pending the outcome of the legal process”.Ivory Coast international Toure, whose brother Yaya also plays for City, is a former club captain who joined City from Arsenal in July 2009.The defender has gone on to make more than 50 appearances for City, although he was not involved in Wednesday’s FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.The failed test automatically triggered the suspension and it is understood that Toure was left out of the squad because the club had been made aware of the situation. The City statement added: “There will be no further comment from the football club at this stage.”And on Thursday evening an FA statement said: “The FA can confirm that a player has been provisionally suspended from playing pending investigation, having tested positive for the use of a prohibited substance.”The World Anti-Doping Agency defines a specified substance as one that is “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation”.The Wada punishment for such a positive test ranges from a warning to a two-year ban.Hamilton Academicals midfielder Simon Mensing recently served a four-week ban after a specified substance was detected in his system. The 28-year-old tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine at the end of January and subsequently missed five matches after a period of ineligibility was imposed on him.The player maintained he was unaware he had ingested the substance while using a dietary supplement – an explanation which was accepted by UK Anti-Doping.Toure was the skipper of City until the start of the current campaign, when the armband was passed to Carlos Tevez.The Ivorian defender was brought to the Premier League by Arsenal in 2002 and he remained with the London club until his £14m transfer to City.Toure, who is under contract with City until the summer of 2013, was one of several high-profile arrivals in the summer of 2009 as then-manager Mark Hughes spent more than £100m on new players. City are currently pursuing trophies on three fronts. They will play Reading in the quarter-final of the FA Cup, are set to take on Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League and lie third in the Premier League, 10 points behind leaders Manchester United.Credit: BBClast_img read more

Ghana to compete in Africa Badminton Junior Championships

first_imgThe 2013 All Africa Junior Badminton Championships (U-19) will take place in Algeria, from 14th to 20th April, 2013.The Badminton Association of Ghana will present a team to represent the country in both the team events and the individual events.As part of efforts to present a formidable team at the Championships, 11 players (6 boys and 5 girls) have been selected to commence initial training at the Rlg Hithramani Sports Hall, Accra Sports Stadium each weekend starting, Friday, 15th March, 2013.The boys include Abraham Ayitey, Emmanuel Botwe, Mohammed Adams, Lawton Hamitton, Ebenezer Andrews and Richard Aidoo. In the ladies category, Stella Amassah, Dina Archer, Grace Atipaka, Eunice Arthur and Pearl Mamah have been selected.Training schedules have been slated for Friday 15th March to Sunday, the 7th of April,2013.This will be followed by one week intensive residential camping for final preparation and selection from Monday, 8th to Saturday, 13th April, 2013. Three technical handlers (Coaches) namely; Frank Shamo, Jacob Evans Wilson and Dr. Kodjo Afadzie Asamoah will conduct the training sessions.They are expected to take the players through series of Badminton drills, to enhance their stamina, skills and techniques for optimum performance during the Championships.In the 2009 edition held in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ghana won Bronze in the Teams Events, one silver and one bronze in the Individual Events (Boys Category) and they hope to improve tremendously on the 2009 performance.The Association is also appealing to corporate bodies and individuals to support the programme i.e. in kind or cash to enable the team compete in the championships.last_img read more

Maybe it’s time to lower our expectations for Kobe Bryant

first_img“I give myself an F,” Bryant said when asked to grade himself.That is a harsh piece of self-criticism, to be sure.“I’m insanely critical,” Bryant said. “There’s a bunch of things I messed up on.”An even harsher truth is Bryant still has a long way to go before truly returning.If he ever does at all. LOS ANGELES >> As far as first steps go, it was clearly more of the baby variety than one giant leap for mankind.But then, it would have been a mistake to actually think Kobe Bryant would simply return to the Lakers eight months after rupturing an Achilles tendon and simply pick up right where he left off.No matter how much we wanted to see Bryant soar and glide and cut and pivot and slice up the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, that was about as likely as Dwight Howard winning a free-throw shooting contest.As evidenced by the nine points Bryant scored and the eight turnovers he committed in 28 mostly unsettled minutes. If so it will take a combination of things lining up, first and foremost the Achilles holding up and allowing him be the player he once was but also Bryant being confident enough in the rebuilt tendon to push it as hard as necessary.He admits he isn’t quite there yet mentally,“I’m still not sure exactly what I can do,” Bryant said. “You have to test it out. You have to keep pushing and pushing and then make adjustments and corrections.”None of which should be a surprise, no matter how much we hoped otherwise. He’s coming back from the sort of injury that ends careers, not one that temporarily diverts them.This isn’t the knee pain he’s grimaced through for years or the deformed finger injury he gallantly played through when most mortals would have immediately succumbed.It is the reconstruction of a vital tendon and a rehabilitation process normally timed in a year rather than months. And while the Hollywood crowd that showed up at Staples Center pined for one of those epic blockbusters they’re so accustomed to developing, even they’ll tell you no matter how much heart and soul and money you pour into a project, your chances of dropping a dud on the audience is just as high as delivering a smash hit.That isn’t to say Bryant bombed in his first game back, just that we might need to recalibrate our expectations.The fact he returned to the court as quickly as he did is the real achievement, and how well the Achilles held up after nearly 30 minutes and how good Bryant felt afterward are important markers to build upon.As far as the actual re-birth of the Kobe Bryant we all remember, well, that is going to take some time.If it ever happens at all.Bryant turned actual human on us that night he painfully limped off the court against the Golden State Warriors, the impenetrable shield he forever played with indefinitely suspended by a devastating injury.And Sunday was simply a continuation of that actuality as Bryant remained grounded most of the night while doing more probing and passing than flying, a bit thrown off by the speed of the game and not quite on the same page with the nearly rebuilt team around him.He didn’t take over as much as he tried to blend in.The man who could get off any shot at anytime spent as much time looking for teammates as he did his own shot.The Lakers played better without him than they did with him.And even when he returned to the floor late in the game and the Lakers creeping closer to the Raptors, he was more supporting cast than leading man.It was strange and odd and even a bit disconcerting.We are so used to seeing Bryant own these moments or conquering whatever obstacle is placed in his path. But it’s the new reality for Bryant, at least through this stage of his comeback.The most poignant element is how unsure he seemed of himself and his capabilities.How reluctant he seemed to just unleash.The last time Bryant was uncertain about his own ability?Or apprehensive and tentative?How about never.But get used to it.It was only two days ago Bryant felt comfortable enough to actually play in a game again.It’s going to take weeks before he’s confident enough to push his Achilles to the limit, or the level he needs to be the player we remember.Sunday was not that day, as the 2-for-9 shooting and eight turnovers proved.“This was a complete failure to me,” Bryant said.One he is determined to grow from.“I can’t wait to start watching the film and start criticizing everything,” Bryant said. “But that’s the exciting part. The exciting part is that you have a challenge, you have improvements to make. And you sit and watch them and break them down and get ready for the next game and take it from there.”No matter how much we wished for all that to come together Sunday, that wasn’t realistic.The hope now is that it happens at some point.But even that remains in question.vincent.bonsignore@langnews.com @DailyNewsVinny on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wisconsin reinstates Quintez Cephus after he’s cleared of sexual assault charges

first_img Former Texas, NFL star Cedric Benson dies in motorcycle accident, reports say Liberty’s Hugh Freeze has surgery after contracting dangerous staph infection Chancellor Rebecca Blank said she reviewed Cephus’ case after his acquittal and moved as quickly as possible to get him reinstated.“All three of the primary participants in this case are our students, and I know the past year has been painful for everyone involved,” Blank said. “My decision is based on the availability of substantial new information that wasn’t made available to us during the earlier process. I recognize that some will disagree with this decision.”“To those in our community who have experienced sexual assault, I sincerely hope that there is nothing in this case that will deter you from coming forward for support,” she added. “Our university continues to be prepared to listen and respond.” However, Cephus was acquitted of the charges on Aug. 2, prompting his teammates and other members of the university to call for his reinstatement.According to the university’s release, it obtained information following the criminal trial that it didn’t have access to when it expelled Cephus.  Related Newscenter_img Quintez Cephus has been reinstated by the University of Wisconsin, the school announced in a release Monday.The former Badgers running back had been expelled from the school last semester after the university deemed he violated the student code of conduct. Cephus had been accused of sexually assaulting two different women last summer. Blank’s decision to reinstate Cephus to the university in good standing means he can rejoin the football team, as well.According to the Wisconsin State-Journal, university spokesman John Lucas did say the review noted Cephus was still in violation of some of the school’s student code of conduct, although it’s unclear what those violations are.The violations don’t appear to be severe enough for team or school expulsion.last_img read more

Keyshawn Johnson suggests USC fire Clay Helton — a la Lane Kiffin — with ‘tarmac’ tweet

first_imgpic.twitter.com/p50vmsGdsh— Keyshawn Johnson (@keyshawn) September 28, 2019MORE: Takeaways from Washington’s win over USCThis, of course, is a reference to the fact USC in 2013 fired Lane Kiffin on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. The firing took place five games into the season after the Trojans fell to 3-2 with a loss at Arizona State. The Trojans’ record after their loss to Washington on Saturday? It’s 3-2.We doubt Johnson waited for the 2013 and ’19 team records to align before tweeting, but one thing is for certain: Johnson wants Helton — who is 35-18 leading the Trojans — gone. Keyshawn Johnson has seemingly run out of patience with USC coach Clay Helton, even suggesting the Trojans fire the fifth-year coach — albeit in a roundabout way.Shortly after No. 21 USC’s 28-14 loss at No. 17 Washington on Saturday, the former Trojans receiver tweeted a screenshot of a Google search for the word “tarmac.”last_img read more