Week in Sports: Hunt out for season, Washington decommits and more

first_img Published on September 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR David Salanitri | Staff PhotographerTerrel Hunt tears Achilles, out for seasonIt was confirmed Saturday that Syracuse starting quarterback Terrel Hunt tore his Achilles and would miss the rest of the 2015 season. It’s Hunt’s second season-ending injury in as many seasons. Hunt had been focusing on taking on a leadership position in his senior season and retooled his approach as a pocket passer rather than a runner. In Hunt’s place, freshman Eric Dungey led the Orange to a 47-0 win.More: Terrel Hunt has torn Achilles, will miss rest of 2015 seasonRobert Washington decommits from Syracuse, cites lack of trustFour-star recruit, running back Robert Washington, decommitted from Syracuse. He reportedly decommitted earlier in the summer, but news broke Sunday, Aug. 30. Earlier that morning, Washington created a new Twitter account and said he could no longer access his old one because his father had control of it.More: Robert Washington reportedly decommitted due to trust issues with SU coaching staffLogan Reidsma | Photo EditorOpening day in picturesAs Syracuse drubbed Rhode Island 47-0 in its season opener, The Daily Orange photographers captured the scene. From the fans crowd-surfing and painting mustaches orange to big hits and the band, check out the great galleries from Friday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore: Gallery: Syracuse beats Rhode Island 47-0 in season-opening winand Gallery: Fan scenes from before Syracuse-Rhode IslandCourtesy of Rhode Island AthleticsWhen sports aren’t about sportsEvan Huddon is 15, and listed on the Rhode Island football roster as a quarterback. He was born with a rare and life-threatening spinal condition, but has been an honorary member of the team since 2012, when the team took him in and gave him jersey No. 1.More: Rhode Island embraces Evan Huddon, 15-year-old with spinal defect, as member of teamMoriah Ratner | Asst. Photo EditorTurns out it’s pretty hard to be a long snapperThe Daily Orange staff writer Jesse Dougherty spent an afternoon with Sam Rodgers, Syracuse’s long snapper from 2011-14. He “learned” how to long snap and succeeded twice in about 50 attempts.More: Dougherty: You wouldn’t believe what goes into long snappingLogan Reidsma | Photo EditorRelease of Football GuideIn advance of the 2015 season, The Daily Orange profiled several members of the Syracuse football team. Cornerback Julian Whigam added 15 pounds and stopped eating at Five Guys. Left tackle Ivan Foy overcame immaturity, suspension and injury. Captain Luke Arciniega’s career could have been over, but now he has two seasons to play.Away from Syracuse, Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer’s biggest test has yet to come and a scholarship kicker’s long journey, through three other colleges, to get to Albany.More: Fresh Slate, the 2015 Football Guide Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Meghan Root guides Syracuse to 1st ACC win since 2017 in 2-1 win over Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Georgia Allen took off down the left sideline. The volume of the home crowd rose with her every stride. Her angle on net would be difficult, but that didn’t matter — it was a chance toward the net. Allen ripped a low shot with her left foot toward the back post and Wake Forest goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy deflected it. The ball rolled toward Meghan Root, whose shot was blocked as well. Then, it trickled out to defender Clarke Brown, who sent another shot toward the keeper. But unlike so many similar situations the past two years, the ball kept finding Orange jerseys. This wasn’t the team who hadn’t recorded a shot in two separate games over the last two seasons. Or the one who hadn’t won a conference game in 729 consecutive days. Root slid and got the slightest touch on a shot right. The ball rolled to Kennedy, giving Root time to rise from her knees — just to go right back down to the turf. Shot after shot had come Kennedy’s way in that sequence. But that one slipped past the Wake Forest goalie.Syracuse (3-7-2, 1-3-1 Atlantic Coast) ended its nearly two-year long streak, handing Wake Forest (5-5-3, 0-3-2) a 2-1 loss at SU Soccer Stadium Thursday night. Root matched her goal total from last season in nearly 99 minutes of action, giving the Orange an equalizer in the waning minutes of regulation and scoring the game-winner 15 minutes later. And Syracuse, a team who ended the 2018 season on a 13-game losing streak, ensured that wouldn’t happen again under first-year head coach Nicky Adams.“We were pushing for three points,” Root said. “It wasn’t like ‘Let’s just settle for a tie, get a result and not get scored on.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat game plan throughout Thursday’s game was simple: be aggressive. The Orange committed two fouls early, each time being late challenges from behind caused by being overly aggressive on the ball — a stark contrast from the recent defensive style of play. From the sideline, Adams and assistant coach Kelly Madsen continually urged SU to move without the ball and push the tempo. Senior Sydney Brackett, playing in her first match since Sept. 12, created some of the best scoring chances in the first-half through her own runs, but none of her shots could find the target. SU’s lone shot on goal of the first half was a free kick taken from 30 yards out by Allen that floated harmlessly into the goalkeeper’s grasp. “From start to finish, I thought we were really trying to execute the game plan,” Adams said.Breaking the seal on Syracuse’s conference woes and month-long winless streak looked a lot tougher to achieve when, just over two minutes into the second half, the Demon Deacons scored off their first corner of the half. But unlike previous matches, the Orange didn’t begin to lose their shape behind. The days of “Aw shoot, here we go again” ended last year, Root said. And it showed, when SU started to create the chances it couldn’t find early. True to her word, Root almost netted an equalizer four minutes later. Redshirt freshman Marisa Fischetti slid a ball past the keeper and across the mouth of the open goal, but Root couldn’t redirect before it went out of play. Freshman Kailey Brenner had given up a pair of careless turnovers without much pressure. But then, with 20 minutes of play, the Orange attack started to move toward the corner flag. Brenner initiated the movement with a long run down the near sideline that didn’t award the Orange a corner but pinned the Demon Deacons deep in the defensive end. Two minutes later, Syracuse won its first corner of the match. Then, it got another 30 seconds later. And another eight minutes after that. With each set piece, more home fans seemed to stamp their feet on the bleachers.“We have a brilliant support system here,” Allen said afterward. “Every time we win a corner our bench and our support system are pushing us on.”In the 84th minute, Syracuse would finally get its breakthrough. A cross played in from the far sideline by Brenner glanced off the head of defender Taylor and, much like the game-winner, right to the feet of Root. “It just fell there and I just focused on keeping it low and on target and it went in,” Root said, “So, that’s good.”The Syracuse fans roared, and maintained that intensity through the second-half whistle. Syracuse rode its momentum into the first sudden-death overtime period, and four minutes later, the 99th-minute, four-shot sequence ended in Root’s second goal. As Wake Forest defenders sprawled out on the pitch, the entire Orange roster — injured or not — mobbed Root in the six-yard box. Parents were jumping and hugging. Members of the SU men’s soccer team began chanting, “Ole.” Adams remained on the sideline, soaking in the pandemonium. “We’re trying to change the brand image of this program,” Adams said. “And if anybody’s watching how hard this team is fighting, it’s going to be exciting for the future of Syracuse.”  Comments Published on October 11, 2019 at 12:32 am Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edulast_img read more

Tennis: Williams keen to face Murray in ‘battle of the sexes’

first_imgSerena Williams said that she would be happy to take part in a battle-of-the-sexes showdown with Andy Murray after the Scot issued a playful challenge to the American by proposing a one-off match in Las Vegas.Responding to a suggestion made by a fan on Twitter, Murray said that he would seriously consider an exhibition match against the women’s world No 1.“I’d be up for it. Why not?” Murray said. “I’ve never hit with her, but she’s obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up. It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”Connors defeated Navratilova in Las Vegas in 1992 in a revival of a two-match challenge 19 years earlier when former men’s world No 1 Bobby Riggs, then aged 55, took on Margaret Court and Billie Jean King. He beat Court, but famously lost in straight sets to King in Houston in a match that grabbed the world’s attention.Williams has her own experience of playing against a male opponent – losing 6-1 to German journeyman Karsten Braasch in a one-set challenge when she was 16 at the Australian Open in 1988.Now 31 and arguably in the best form of her life, Williams believes she would be an entirely different proposition. “I was really young. I’m a lot more experienced now,” she said. Asked whether she was ready to take up Murray’s offer, Williams said: “That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun.”Judging by Williams’s progress this week, it could well take the men’s world No 2 to end her winning streak, which she extended to 33 successive matches with a 6-3 6-2 second-round victory against French teenager Caroline Garcia.“I wouldn’t want to play me at 21 or 31,” said the 31-year-old top seed, who is looking to draw level with Roger Federer’s haul of 17 grand slam titles.Her next opponent will be Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, at 42 the oldest player in this year’s Wimbledon draw.Williams insisted that she would not be underestimating the veteran Japanese player after watching her sister Venus struggle to beat her in a three-hour epic two years ago that was dubbed the ‘Zimmer Frame Thriller’ because both players boasted a combined age of 71last_img read more

About Town

first_imgFAIR HAVENRiver Road Books, Fair Haven, will be hosting New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Nauvoo Grill.Andrews will be signing copies of her latest book, Spring Fever, a new escapist novel about small towns, old flames, and deep secrets. Andrews’ previous novels include Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas.A former newspaper journalist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Andrew’s critically acclaimed Callahan Garrity mystery series has been nominated for numerous awards including the coveted Edgar award. Andrews, a self proclaimed “junker” (thrift store enthusiast), wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and cook, brings a touch of real life joy and sorrow to all her characters.The cost of the event is $30, including a copy of her book and the chance to get it signed, and light hors d’oeuvres. Reser­vations are available by calling 732-747-9455 or emailing riverroadbooks@verizon.net.The Nauvoo Grill is located at 121 Fair Haven Road.KEYPORTSoap star and Red Bank Regional High School graduate Brian Gaskill is coming to work with the Garden State Players as education director and instructor at the group’s new summer theater camp.Gaskill will host a Monday, June 4 fundraiser for the Garden State Players at the Trinity restaurant, 84 Broad St., Keyport. He will read poetry from his new original spoken-word poetry album, Make It Real.Gaskill is best known for his roles on Guiding Light, As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Port Charles, All My Children and Models, Inc.He is currently starring in the Webisoap The Bay: Dark Side of the Bay, airing worldwide this summer.Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist George Wirth also will perform. Attendees are welcome to bring original poetry for a chance to take the stage with Gaskill.Tickets are $25 for the show only and $55 for a three-course dinner and the show. A free meet and greet after the show is included. Dinner seatings are at 6 and 6:30 p.m. and the show will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.For reservations call 732-497-2998. Seating is limited. Additional information about Garden State Players is available by emailing lauren@gardenstateplayes.org or visiting www.gardenstateplayers.org.LONG BRANCHState Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and Assembly­woman Caroline Casagrande will discuss several topics including the 2013 budget and education reform during a town hall meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the Long Branch Senior Center.There will be an opportunity for questions from the public during the session at the center, located at 85 Second Ave.MIDDLETOWNMonmouth County Historical Association will be celebrating the birthday of King George III from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Marlpit Hall (circa 1756), 137 Kings Highway.Within the British Empire, including the American Colonies, celebration of the King’s birthday was one of the social events of the year. Visitors will be able to see how this day might have been celebrated in the home of Loyalists Edward and John Taylor. Historical re-enactors dressed as the Taylors will welcome the guests.Musical entertainment of the period, played on the harpsichord and recorder, will be presented by The Practitioners of Musick with John Burkhalter of Princeton.The earliest section of Marlpit Hall was built as a one-and-a-half story house in 1686 by James Grover Jr. John Taylor made substantial additions and alterations between 1740 – 1752. Members of the Grover and Taylor families were among the area’s leading politicians, farmers, and merchants.Light refreshments will be served and admission is free.RED BANKThe Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233 will host its inaugural Elks Casino Night and Poker Tournament from 6 – 11 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at 40 West Front St.Casino tickets are $50 per person and includes casino games, live music by DJ Joe McGrath and dinner. Attend­ees also will receive $100 in play money if purchased afterward, or $50 in play money if purchased after June 1. During the evening there will be an optional Texas Hold’em Tournament and tickets for this will be $50 per person. Both casino and tournament tickets can be purchased at the lodge or online at www.redbankelksorg.Proceeds support the many benevolent activities of the lodge. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.RUMSONThe third annual Kids Triathlon for Bob Kelleher will be held at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, June 10, at Victory Park.Kids, ages 9 to 14, will do a 150-yard swim, a 4-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run. Youngsters, ages 9 and younger, will be doing a 75-yard swim, a 2.25-mile bike ride and a half-mile run.Pre-registration is available until June 1 and is $35. Registration after June 1 and on race day is $45.There are no additional fees to register online at www. RaceForum.com/KidsTri. Space is limited.The Kids Tri for Bob Kelleher race is being held in the memory of Kelleher, a Rumson resident who died unexpectedly in July 2009. He had been very active in sports, including participating in triathlons and coaching his son and borough children on recreation department teams, and was the captain in the Rumson First Aid Squad when he died.Proceeds from the June 10 event will benefit the Rumson First Aid Squad and the borough’s recreation program.last_img read more