On the beat: Syracuse rides hot streak in conference play, Florida State preview

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Since losing to No. 6 North Carolina on Jan. 9, Syracuse has won six of seven games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. The Orange has supplanted itself right in the thick of the standings, and faces another conference foe in Florida State on Thursday at 7 p.m.Daily Orange men’s basketball beat writers Jesse Dougherty and Matt Schneidman recap what’s unfolded thus far this season, and preview the home matchup for SU against the Seminoles. Follow along @DOSports for coverage of Thursday’s game and throughout the rest of this season. Commentscenter_img Published on February 9, 2016 at 11:33 amlast_img read more

Jason Witten: ‘It sucked going through’ MNF criticism

first_imgJason Witten admitted the criticism he faced while serving as ESPN’s lead “Monday Night Football” analyst last season “sucked going through” at times.While many in a similar situation have said they just ignore it, Witten argued during an appearance on Ryen Russillo’s “Dual Threat” podcast that everyone’s aware of the negative comments others are saying on the Internet.  Witten retired from the NFL last May and decided to come out of retirement in February to rejoin the Cowboys on a one-year contract for his 16th season. Witten explained that his decision was based on his desire to return to the field rather than the negative attention he received from being in the broadcast booth.”I thought as the season unfolded when [Booger McFarland] moved up to the booth I thought we had two or three really good games and we were starting to kind of hit our stride,” Witten said. “I didn’t make this decision off of the noise and the criticism. That wasn’t why I made this decision it was really just I want to play. The scoreboard matters and I want to be a part of that.”Witten brings back with him 1,152 career receptions, fourth in NFL history, behind Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald. With 12,448 receiving yards, Witten ranks 21st in league record books and is second among tight ends behind only Gonzalez (15,127). “Nobody’s immune to it, regardless of how much mental toughness you have,” Witten explained. “That was one of the things I kind of prided myself on as a player 15 years. I could handle the big stage. … Certainly, I took a beating. I’m aware of it. To say, ‘Hey, you didn’t pay attention to it.’ Bull—.“Everybody’s aware, and if you’re not, you’re lying to me. … The toughest part was you finish calling a game and whether you’re flying back that night or going back to the hotel I would check my texts and it was like they found out I was sick or something or somebody died in my family. ‘Hey, praying for you. Keep your head up. Don’t worry about it.’ I’m like my gosh it wasn’t that bad, you know. … I wasn’t immune to it. It sucked going through it at times. .” Cowboys extend Randy Gregory despite indefinite suspension Related Newslast_img read more

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Hosts Annual Bowl For…

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest WashingtonBig Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s longest standing annual fundraiser, which raises money needed to carefully pair volunteer mentors with children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring friendships.The 2016 Bowl For Kids’ Sake will take place over two days, April 23 and 30. There are five different categories in which teams can compete: Cops vs. Firefighters, Financial, Washington State Employees, Community, and High School.The winning team, “The Mixer”, from the 2015 Cops vs. Firefighters Bowl raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Southwest Washington.The process is simple and fun! Form a team of 4-6 members and collect pledges from friends, family, and acquaintances. Each bowler is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100. New this year: every $10 donation is eligible to receive a raffle ticket to win one of three great prizes, with the grand prize being a trip for two to Palm Desert! For more information and to register as a team captain, please visit Bowl for Kids’ Sake online.Donor funds, such as those raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake, enable Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington to provide careful mentoring matching and ongoing staff support that keeps one-to-one relationships going strong long-term to help youth overcome adversity to achieve lifelong success.About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest WashingtonBig Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington helps children facing adversity beat the odds. We know mentoring works, because we have independent research that shows that children who meet regularly with their Big Brother or Big Sister are:52% less likely to skip school46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs27% less likely to begin using alcohol99% less likely to engage in risky behaviorBig Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent to every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We are committed to helping Littles access their own resourcefulness and their own resiliency in order to realize their fullest potential.There is no cost to Bigs or Littles to participate in our program. The majority of the funds we raise through special events go directly into recruiting responsible, reliable, and trustworthy Bigs, making matches, and maintaining matches. We train and recognize our Bigs, and provide match enrichment activities. Our professional staff recruit volunteers, assess the needs of the children, and support, monitor, and evaluate each match for the entire duration of the relationship.To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington and how you can help, please visit our website and like us on Facebook.last_img read more