Allen, Hunt remain in close competition

first_imgAt that point, Allen was 6-for-9 with the help of some easy screen passes, but struggled for the rest of the day. He completed three passes on his next two series before going two more without a completion. His final throw of the day was a fade to wide receiver Adrian Flemming in the end zone, one of just two completions by the quarterback that traveled more than 10 yards in the air. In his last handful of drives, though, Hunt was the Orange’s most impressive quarterback. SU had opened the playbook for him after the underwhelming start, but he still struggled to complete anything other than screen passes, until he fired a play-action pass to tight end Josh Parris running a post pattern for a touchdown. He finished the next drive with another touchdown strike, this time to wide receiver Christopher Clark on a slant. West, who was projected as the team’s top receiver, primarily took snaps with the second team on Thursday and has at times throughout the week. That’s how most of the day went — there was some good, some bad and the lingering inconclusiveness in the battle at the most important position on the field. Allen and Hunt split time with the first team in SU’s scrimmage at Sligh Field in Fort Drum.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “Before we kick off at Penn State,” Shafer said, “we’ll have a decision made as to who’s playing quarterback.” Comments Allen connected with West for the game’s first touchdown — a slant pass to the single covered wide receiver who shed a tackle and darted into the end zone from about 10 yards out. “I was as much interested in their reps with the twos when they don’t have a couple guys in front of them that they feel a little bit sounder with,” Shafer said. “We’ve still got to get the ball off.” And their play has made his decision understandably difficult. Their lines were eerily similar Thursday: Allen was 10-of-18, Hunt 9-of-17. Both struggled a bit when throwing the ball downfield, were at times felled by their wide receivers dropping catchable balls, but were solid, if unspectacular, in managing the offense. “I think a couple deep balls to the left corner … were catchable balls that we have to make,” Shafer said. “We’ve got to make that play. Back-shoulder type of thing.” With just more than two weeks separating Syracuse from its season opener against Penn State at MetLife Stadium in New York, head coach Scott Shafer doesn’t appear to be in any rush to name a starter. FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Thursday was the moment that Syracuse fans had been waiting for. After weeks of blocking sleds and tackling dummies, the Orange took the field for live game action. Maybe the quarterback competition that has dominated training camp would become a bit clearer. Drew Allen took the field to start with the first team. For a moment it seemed, perhaps, that the Oklahoma transfer had leapt past Terrel Hunt on the depth chart. Jeremiah Kobena dropped his first pass attempt, and then the quarterback fired back-to-back completions before a throw to Jerome Smith fell incomplete. In came Hunt. Facebook Twitter Google+ For each strong play one made, the other matched. But for each mistake one made, the other followed suit. Neither has been particularly spectacular, but nor have they been notably underwhelming. It’s a battle, and one of which Shafer has no problem waiting to call a winner. On his second series, and his first with the second team, Allen overthrew Jarrod West on the left sideline. He threw two more long incompletions later in the day on attempts to the left corner of the end zone. As Allen faded, Hunt improved throughout the day. Syracuse was first reluctant to open the playbook for its sophomore signal caller — he uncorked just one deep ball in eight attempts on his first two drives. He was 5-of-8 to start, but all five completions were either screens or swing passes. Published on August 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 “I thought both of them had good command at times,” Shafer said. “Both guys are doing some good things. I look forward to getting back and watching the video.”last_img read more

How Black Stars players rated against São Tomé and Príncipe

first_imgGhana’s Black Stars picked up their second win from two games on Monday against São Tomé and Príncipe.Jordan Ayew’s second-half penalty after Emmanuel Boateng had been brought down by the Sao Tome goalkeeper gave the Stars a 1-0 win.The result takes them to six points in Group C, three clear of both Sudan and South Africa.While the scoreline was less comfortable that the game against South Africa, the Black Stars were hardly ever in danger of conceding.Here’s how the Black Stars players rated out of 10 today.Richard Ofori – 7Ofori did not have much to do in goal. However, when he called up to claim a ball in the air, he was up to the task.Andy Yiadom – 6.5Decent defensively, Yiadom was a livewire going forward. Put in a couple of decent crosses and had a powerful shot parried clear by the keeperGideon Mensah – 7.5Having been criticised by some fans against South Africa, Mensah stepped up on his second appearance for the Black Stars. His enterprising play down the left created a lot of chances for the Stars and his crosses were just begging to be prodded home. Joseph Aidoo – 6Had some shaky moments but was strong when it mattered.Kassim Nuhu – 6.5Both centre backs went through the game mostly untested but Nuhu was particularly attentive when called upon.Andre Ayew – 6The captain saw a lot of the ball on Monday but struggled to create any significant opportunities. The one time he was put through, his ball back across goal was weak and was cut out.Thomas Partey – 7Thomas Partey’s passing wasn’t at its usual flowing best due to the nature of the pitch but he was still a formidable presence in midfield, making tackles and interceptions. Going forward, Partey was a danger as well and looked like the likeliest Black Stars player to break the deadlock before the penalty.Baba Iddrisu – 6.5A quiet but still effective game for the young midfielder. Just like Partey, his passing was suspect at times but that was again due more to the quality of the pitch than anything else. He appears to have cemented his spot in that midfield alongside Partey, at least for now.Samuel Owusu – 5.5Owusu came in as Ghana’s wide option following a very narrow Black Stars setup against South Africa. Despite some promising early moments, Owusu never really met the expectations that came with his inclusion in the lineup.Emmanuel Boateng – 6.5Another player who was criticised for an average game against South Africa, Boateng responded to the criticism with a fine performance on Monday. He put himself about in the first half and should have won a penalty. In the second half, his persistence did get him a penalty. He slowed down as the half wore on but the 64 minutes he played were certainly an improvement over last Thursday.Jordan Ayew – 7.5Jordan Ayew scored Ghana’s only goal in the second half but he probably should have scored earlier in the game after being gifted the ball by the Sao Tome keeper. He inexplicably chose to pass to Samuel Owusu and the chance was missed. He was a constant threat, however, winning free-kicks in dangerous positions. He was soon targetted by the defenders whose tackles became less and less controlled. However, Jordan will be pleased with his shift in a largely frustrating game for his side.SubsKudus Mohammed (64′) – 6Christopher Antwi-Adjei (72′) – 6Joseph Attamah (90′) – Didn’t play enough minutes to be rated Tags: Black StarsGhanaSão Tomé and Príncipelast_img read more

Six Nations 2019: Joe Schmidt confident Johnny Sexton will recover for Italy after failing HIA

first_imgJoey Carbery came on in his place and helped guide the defending champions to an impressive triumph just seven days on from the surprise opening defeat to England in Dublin.With Ireland next in action in Rome on Feb. 24, Schmidt is optimistic the two-week break will afford the No. 10 enough time to recover.That winning feeling @IrishRugby @JacobStockdale— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 9, 2019″Johnny failed an HIA, he just banged his head in the build-up to our second try, he just fell pretty heavily,” Schmidt said.”He seems to be doing quite well now though, so we’re hopeful he’ll be okay for the next game. “He copped a stamp at one point; I don’t even think it was a Scottish foot, I think it was one of our guys who tripped over him.”He got two knocks, so they were cumulative, and he has a swollen ankle, but that’s just swelling and he should bounce back from that pretty quickly.”It [being targeted by Scotland] was going to happen, and Johnny probably knew he was only going to play 20 minutes so tried to cram it all into one quarter!” Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is hopeful Johnny Sexton will show no ill-effects from the head injury he sustained against Scotland and will be fit to face Italy in two weeks.The fly-half lasted less than half an hour of Saturday’s 22-13 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield after suffering a blow and he subsequently failed a head injury assessment (HIA).last_img read more

Top free agents avoiding Knicks’ ‘toxic’ culture, Charles Oakley says

first_img“For the fans, New York is New York,” Oakley said, via SNY. “But for the players now, it’s just a different ball game. I mean, they don’t want to be around a bad, toxic situation.”Oakley was involved in an altercation at Madison Square Garden with Knicks owner James Dolan in 2017, an incident that he said has left a sour taste with some considering he was thrown out of and later banned from the arena. Related News “They’re not trying to go to an environment where someone says something, and somebody is going to come talk to him with an axe, or someone is going to come and put handcuffs on him. They don’t want that kind of environment… I just feel bad for the city of New York, the fans that give their heart and soul and sweat and tears to come to games, and they have to keep going through this.”The Knicks reportedly agreed to terms on two-year deals with Bobby Portis, Reggie Bullock, Taj Gibson and Wayne Ellington on Monday after signing Julius Randle to a three-year contract one day earlier.ESPN noted that while this likely isn’t the free agency that Knicks fans had in mind, the team is “gathering group of serious-minded, professional players” that could still make a difference. Celtics rumors: Boston ‘is not done making moves’ this offseason NBA free agency rumors: Warriors expected to lose Jordan Bell to Timberwolves NBA free agency rumors: Knicks, Reggie Bullock agree to reworked 2-year deal Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are headed to New York, but it won’t be to play for the Knicks.While speaking Monday on WFAN, former Knicks star Charley Oakley ripped the team’s “toxic” culture as the reason for failing to sign top free agents this offseason. “I’ve talked to a lot of guys, and I’ve talked to a lot of guys representing too, and a lot of them are upset about what happened two years ago,” Oakley said. “People respect me. A lot of stuff that went on wasn’t right, and from the commissioner on down, nobody has tried to address it, but the players have seen it for themselves.last_img read more

David Knight is the Winner of the Days of Revenge Race

first_imgThe 5th hard enduro race “Days of Revenge” was finished on Bjelasnica, and it gathered drivers from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Germany and our country.The race on 20 kilometres was cancelled on Saturday due to poor weather conditions, and another special obstacle test was held for drivers who wanted to fix their time before the final race.The fastest in the final race, as expected, was enduro world champion David Knight, who finished the race with the time 2: 26.54.As the organizers noted, drivers passed through the mud, rocks and manyinaccessible parts of Bjelasnica Mountain. Weather conditions did not make this 40 kilometres long trail easier, which represented a real challenge for the drivers. There were no major injuries of the drivers during the race.Take a look at the ranking in other categories as well:Expert:David Knight 2:26.54Blaz Vacun 3:19.22Tomaz Zupan 3:46.42Veteran:1. Nedeljko Matovic 3:03.292. Peter Vinsek 3:04.193. Vladan Komatovic 3:19.00Hobby:1. Aljosa Gril 2:57.312. Danijel Kolesaric 3:06.253. Darko Raic 3:50.20(Source: read more

Ex-Tottenham striker Llorente joins Napoli after Man Utd end transfer interest

first_imgFERNANDO LLORENTE has signed a two-year contract at Napoli.The Spanish striker, 34, was released by Tottenham at the end of last season when his contract expired.1 Fernando Llorente has joined Napoli on a free transfer for two years after the Spaniard left SpursCredit: Twitter @en_sscnapoliBut after a brief link with Manchester United, he has put pen to paper on a deal in Serie A.The free agent spent two years in Italy with Juventus.He scored 27 goals and won the league twice between 2013 and 2015.During his two seasons with Spurs, Llorente bagged 13 times and played a key role in their run to the Champions League final with Harry Kane injured.It was his fortuitous goal which proved to be the winner against Manchester City in the quarter-finals.Llorente joins a Napoli side that have had an eventful start to the new season.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaThey won their opening game 4-3 away at Fiorentina before losing by the same scoreline to Juventus on Saturday.In a bonkers match, Juventus led 3-0 with 62 minutes played but Carlo Ancelotti’s side fought back to make it 3-3.Kalidou Koulibaly’s own goal in injury time, though, handed Juve the win.Mauricio Pochettino is counting down the hours until the European transfer window closes but says he’s optimistic about keeping Christian Eriksenlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter committee will host its first ever AGM this Tuesday, 24th March in Dillon’s Hotel, Main Street, Letterkenny at 8pm.Letterkenny’s Church LaneThe committee is actively seeking new members to help build on the momentum that has been generated to date. Everyone is welcome and membership costs €5.The Cathedral Quarter originally began as the Save the Church Lane campaign and since its formation last year, the project has gone from strength to strength in its efforts to regenerate the historical Church Lane and surrounding areas. Last week, the committee had a highly successful St Patrick’s Day, hosting the Cathedral Quarter’s first ever Church Lane concert. The Cathedral Quarter committee also took part in the parade alongside Letterkenny Community Heritage Group, marking the first collaboration between the two groups. Thomas Brogan from the Community Heritage Group had some wonderful costumes and the committee is already looking forward to next year’s event.Committee member Donnan Harvey said: ‘Our first ever Church Lane Concert was a huge success and we would like to thank all who took part including the Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band – LSAB, Maria Mc Cormack Singer/Songwriter, Finnian O’Donnell, Sinead Gallagher and Irish dancers Maria McKinney and Kayleigh Barry. We’re already planning more concerts for later in the year’.Adding to this, Donnan said: ‘The Cathedral Quarter is delighted to announce that we have submitted a bid for a grant from The Heritage Council. We are seeking funding so to prepare a conservation plan for the area. Our group would like to thank Duncan McLaren from Dedalus Architects for his help in submitting the bid. We are also grateful to Dessie Larkin, the town centre manager, Toni Forrester from Letterkenny Chamber and Anne McGowan from Letterkenny Tidy Towns for endorsing our bid’.Donnan continued: ‘We are also part of another exciting proposal for a Cross border project based on conservation and architectural projects. Mary Kerrigan from Derry has asked to be part of a ‘Streets Alive’ initiative and we will be teaming up with Chamberlain St and Fountain St in Derry as we examine ways to regenerate our streets. Although we have different backgrounds, we all share something in common, because we want to re-energize our areas – a goal that is very achievable in time. We hope that the Council looks favourably on our proposals as it would really help kick-start our project’. The long term goal for the Cathedral Quarter is to create a hidden treasure in the heart of Letterkenny for locals and tourists to enjoy. For more information log FOCUS: CATHEDRAL QUARTER, LETTERKENNY TO HOST ITS FIRST AGM was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AGMCathedral Quarterdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Purple and Red weekend aid of Donegal Town Hospice to kick off with flying colours on Saturday

first_imgThrough a fundraising weekend on 3rd and 4th September, a local group are planning to raise much needed funds to start refurbishing the Donegal Town Hospice patient wards and family rooms which are situated in the Donegal Town Hospital.One of the organisers, Julie Voss said; “It’s all happening this weekend and is getting very exciting. The response from everyone has been amazing and we have almost €6,000 euro raised already.” At present, the hospital use two single wards as a hospice, with a small connecting room for visitors to use.Julie Voss, continued; “Our vision is to create a home from home environment which offers comfort and pleasant surroundings for the patients and their family and friends.”They have organised a walk based on the post-war poem “Warning” by Jenny Joseph, in which the narrator describes how when she is an old woman, she will wear purple and red. On Saturday 3rd September, in the Diamond from 12pm to 4pm, a bring and buy jewellery/handbag sale (registration at the Diamond), thought cards will be available to purchase, registration for Sunday walks will take place.On Sunday the 4th the walk inspired by Jenny Joseph will take place. The group will leave Donegal Town hospital at 2pm. Come along a little bit earlier to get registered. The walk is in memory of Eamonn Murphy. They will create a thought tree and enjoy refreshments at Donegal Town Hospital.The organisers are also appealing for people and businesses to donate items to make their vision a reality. They are appealing from re-decorating equipment, appliances, soft-furnishings, entertainment (books/television sets), non-perishable grocery items, and toiletries.All donations are appreciated greatly, and everyone is welcome to come along for what will be a fantastic weekend. Purple and Red weekend aid of Donegal Town Hospice to kick off with flying colours on Saturday was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charitydonegal town hospicefundraisingjenny josephpurple and red walkWarninglast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI have quizzed more people in their investigation into the death of Erin Gallagher, the 13-year-old Ballybofey girl who took her own life nine days ago.The teenage bullying victim had also suffered a number of sexual assaults 18 months ago, the Irish Mail on Sunday reported her mother Lorraine as saying.Gardai had investigated that incident and action was taken. The Irish Sun also reported on Sunday that Gardai have spoken to two young adults – aged 17 and 20 – about allegations that they had also bullied Erin.Lorraine Gallagher told both newspapers that she wanted Erin to be the last victim of bullying – both physical and online.She said Gardai had retrieved a suicide note from her home but she had not yet seen it.Donegal Mayor Frank McBrearty has appealed for calm in the Twin Towns to allow the authorities to investigate a widening number of allegations.  ERIN DEATH: GARDAI QUIZ MORE PEOPLE IN INVESTIGATION was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ERIN DEATH: GARDAI QUIZ MORE PEOPLE IN INVESTIGATIONlast_img read more


first_imgDaire and PaulDONEGAL university students will today attempt a Jailbreak – to escape from Ireland.Daire Mc Mullin from Stranorlar, a student in Trinity College Dublin and pal Paul McDonagh-Forde are among 100 students who have 36 hours to travel as far away from Dublin as possible without spending a single cent!They are required to beg, borrow or blag their travel costs, regardless of the destination. It’s a charity based initiative and all funds raised are given to the students’ designated charities.Last year two students made it all the way to Buenos Aires, Argentina.Daire and Paul leave Kilmainham Jail today with the rest of the teams – and have until 9pm Sunday to get as far away as possible.Said Daire: “We’re really looking forward to it – and we plan a few surprises!” We’ll keep you up to date on their progress……..DONEGAL STUDENTS GET READY FOR JAILBREAK 2014 was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJailbreak 2014Stranorlarlast_img read more