Syracuse makes up for 2nd-half meltdown in 30-27 overtime win over CMU

first_imgLuke Arciniega sacked Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush on second down and the game clock ticked to 15 seconds.The Chippewas, without any timeouts and needing a touchdown to force overtime, rushed to the line. The Syracuse defense looked to the sideline for the call and set up for a 3rd and 17 from the Orange’s 27-yard line. But the mayhem was interrupted by the waving arms of a referee near SU’s bench.Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer signaled for a timeout giving his team, and more importantly CMU, a chance to talk over the biggest play of the game. Out of the timeout, Rush rolled to his right and fired a prayer that found the hands of Ben McCord at the front of the end zone to tie the game at 27. Syracuse had already forced two fourth-quarter turnovers, picking up for an offense that couldn’t move the ball with freshman Eric Dungey sidelined for the game. And one more play of regulation proved a little too much to ask.On Central Michigan’s first overtime possession, the Orange defense came up with a big goal-line stop to force a Central Michigan field goal. Out trotted the SU offense — led by sophomore walk-on Zack Mahoney — needing at least a field goal to keep Syracuse alive. It did one better, finding the end zone to help Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) escape with a 30-27 win over Central Michigan (1-2) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.Mahoney moved to the right on an option and pitched to freshman running back Jordan Fredericks. With space near the sideline, Fredericks sprinted to the goal line and reached the ball out to the pylon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA referee signaled touchdown and the play was reviewed. When the play was confirmed a celebration broke out in front of the Syracuse bench. Mahoney jumped into center Jason Emerich’s arms. Right tackle Omari Palmer pointed to the crowd and pushed any teammate he could get his hands on.Despite injuries to its first two quarterbacks, despite spotty secondary play and despite an odd timeout at the end of regulation, the Orange won three straight games to start of a season for the first time since 1991.Somehow, some way. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2015 at 4:16 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Aliah Bowllan accepts new libero role with help from Belle Sand

first_imgIn each of the last three years, Belle Sand was a menace for opposing teams. Diving chest first onto the hardwood, Sand sacrificed her body and kept plays alive. As Syracuse’s starting libero, she led the Orange in digs for three-straight years, totaling 1,429 digs from 2014-17.Aside from stats, Sand mentored the underclassmen by working hard and staying persistent on the court, said junior Aliah Bowllan. Published on September 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillman After Sand’s graduation, SU head coach Leonid Yelin was left looking for a replacement.“We tried to find someone who would play her role in the team, because to replace Belle would be impossible,” Yelin said.But before Syracuse (2-0) played its first two games on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the UConn Invitational, Yelin insisted it was junior libero Aliah Bowllan’s job. The upstate New York native recorded 90 digs last year, seventh on the team, but leads the Orange in digs so far this season with 22.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBowllan started and led the team in digs in both of the invitational games. While Bowllan has played libero since fifth grade, she’s tried to emulate Sand every time she steps on the court.“After watching Belle for two years, I learned what she does and what her tendencies are, and it just made me improve as a player,” Bowllan said.Before Bowllan’s freshman season began, she suffered a serious wrist injury. Bowllan missed the first seven games of the season. While sitting out, she couldn’t use her injured wrist. Instead, Bowllan practiced footwork and conditioning drills — anything that didn’t involve a ball.Yet Bowllan’s relationship with Sand, the only other libero on the team, had a greater impact. Sand helped her with positioning on the court and technique while Bowllan was on the sideline.“There’s a big adjustment going from playing with high schoolers, and playing against girls, to playing against women … Everyone’s just bigger and stronger,” Bowllan said.Over the next two years, Sand mentored Bowllan, and the mutual respect grew. By watching someone who “always knew where to be,” Bowllan began to master the nuances and intricacies of the position.Under the tutelage of Sand, Bowllan improved. Sand was known as one of the hardest workers at SU, and sophomore Ella Saada noted that Bowllan is following suit.This past offseason, Bowllan, Saada and other teammates spent hours in the gym fine-tuning their serves. By repeating her technique over and over, Bowllan has pushed her serve to another level, Saada said.To this day, Bowllan and Sand talk regularly. Before the first match of the 2018 season, Sand had one last piece of advice for Bowllan.“Belle told me to just be ready for anything, especially playing libero,” Bowllan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Angels’ Albert Pujols gets his 3,000th hit against Seattle

first_imgCongratulations to the NEW Mr. 3000! @PujolsFive #Pujols3000— Angels (@Angels) May 5, 2018 So happy for Albert Pujols getting his 3,000th hit! He did so much for the #StLcards & the city of St. Louis. Gave us lots of great memories and a class act!— Kristin Childers (@kchilders) May 5, 2018 Major League Baseball’s 3,000-hit club Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Albert Pujols joins the 3,000 hit club during the Los Angeles Angels’ game against the Seattle Mariners. Albert Pujols, an Icon, legend, one of the GOATs— Tex (@allonAustin) May 5, 2018 3000 hits!!!! CONGRATULATIONS @PujolsFive!!!! Amazing! #AlbertPujols #TheMachine #Pujols— Poet Mase (@Poet_Mase) May 5, 2018 Related Articles Congrats, @albertpujols, on number 3000! You’ve been one of my favorites for nearly two decades. I’m glad I was here to see your big moment.— Brian Beyer (@christianbeyer) May 5, 2018Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Pujols is the 4th player in MLB history to record at least 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. Pujols joins elite company alongside Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Moments after the hits, fans took to social media to react to the milestone. Congrats and welcome to the club, @PujolsFive. #Pujols3k— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) May 5, 2018last_img read more

Raikkonen stays cool despite ending drought

first_img0Shares0000Kimi Raikkonen celebrates his victory on Sunday © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonAUSTIN, United States, Oct 22 – Kimi Raikkonen lived up to expectations Sunday when he refused to change his customary laconic style after claiming his first Formula One win for more than five years.But the 39-year-old Finn, who triumphed for the first time in 113 races dating back to the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, could not resist an ultra-dry riposte at the expense of Lewis Hamilton. Sitting in the green pre-podium room after the race, he leaned across to speak to the Briton, who was frustrated in his bid to clinch a fifth title and finished third.“So, did you win the championship today?” asked the Ferrari man, who will be leaving for Sauber next year.The delivery was so deadpan that the Mercedes driver was caught off-guard and muttered only a brief response.It was a classic addition to Raikkonen’s collected quotations, a list that included his radio response to a Renault engineer: “Leave me alone, I know what I am doing.”Raikkonen and Hamilton may both have been unaware of it, but Sunday’s race came exactly 11 years after the Finn’s victory and drivers’ title triumph for Ferrari in Brazil in Hamilton’s 2007 debut season.That race ended the Englishman’s title dream for that season.Typically, Raikkonen played down his success on Sunday while all around him dashed around in celebration.“It’s not going to change my life,” he said. “The champagne tastes the same. It’s no different to the last time on the podium.“We always come to the weekend to do our best and if we do our best then we expect to be up there to fight for the win. We did it today. I felt confident and it worked out.“I never really made such a big thing out of it. I’ve won races and a championship so it’s not like I’ve never done it before.“One more would never have changed my life. Maybe others would looked at me differently, but it’s not everything. It’s nice for sure but it’s not everything. It’s not really life is it?”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more