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McIntyre brings changes to SU, veterans learn to adapt

first_img Comments Published on September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Sixty feet. That’s how the soccer team thinks of itself. Thirty players and 60 feet. Last year’s team did not view itself so simplistically. It was mired in team politics about the firing of former head coach Dean Foti. Players became more concerned with personal disagreements and less concerned with this simple number. But this year, all that really matters are those feet and what they do on the field. Of those 30 players, only 10 were on the team last year to notice the changes that have occurred since Foti was released and new head coach Ian McIntyre was hired. The veterans have embraced the new players and the changes that came with McIntyre’s coaching. ‘It can be a little bit awkward when you’re returning and you see the number of new faces in the locker room exceeds those of the returners,’ McIntyre said. ‘But the older guys are leading by example. I refer to them as the cultural architects of our program. They set the standard, and ultimately they’re the leaders of the group.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The most obvious change is in the playing style. McIntyre tried out a couple of formations, but for now has settled on a 4-5-1, which fosters an attacking style of play. In this formation, there is only one defensive midfielder, said senior forward L.J. Papaleo. Last year, there were two. This allows more players to push forward, leaving only five field players and a goalie behind to defend. Last year, the team played a possession game, keeping the ball in its own half and advancing little by little. For most of the returnees, the adjustments have been minimal. Senior midfielder Geoff Lytle said he does not feel he has had to make any changes to this style of play. But Papaleo has had to get used to receiving the ball up top instead of having it going through the midfield. ‘There’s more playing direct,’ Papaleo said. ‘I’m more the point man. I hold up the ball, lay it off to a midfielder. Whereas last year, it was more play the ball through to me, and I’d run on to it.’ Aside from changes on the field, the 10 returnees have encountered changes in the chemistry of the team, as well. In fact, Lytle said team chemistry was the biggest difference this year. As old and new players have gotten to know each other, integration has not been a problem. ‘In the locker room, everyone talks to everyone,’ Papaleo said. ‘Last year there were cliques, and that kind of brought our team down. Everyone’s just one unit together.’ Starting over the summer, the veterans reached out to the newcomers by sending them letters and e-mails. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Jones helped organize the communication. Federico Agreda, a forward who transferred from Garden City Community College, was one of the recipients. Agreda said he found the information helpful upon his arrival at Syracuse. ‘It said (things) about the life here,’ he said. ‘To keep yourself away from the trouble, the parties, the drinking. How to manage your time, especially because there are so many people here. And control yourself, because we’re part of a team here.’ This team’s slogan for the year is ‘Maximum effort is the minimum requirement.’ This saying comes from McIntyre, and so does the motivation to live by it. Whether it was the advice in Jones’ letters or an atmosphere formed during preseason, Lytle said the team has taken the saying to heart this year. Last year, it might have just been a slogan. So 60 feet, all clad in laced-up cleats with Nike socks, walk on to the field as the SU soccer team. There is no telling which players were there last year and which are just getting used to the grass of the SU Soccer Stadium. There is just one obstacle left for the returners to overcome. Said Lytle: ‘The hardest part would be understanding the new guys from Sweden.’ alguggen@syr.edulast_img read more

Reality Bites…Sky Bet’s Richard Flint warns UK racing of ‘unprecedented demographic challenge’

first_imgShare PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Submit EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Richard Flint, the Chief Executive of online bookmaker Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G), has issued a stark reality to the UK racing industry, stating that consumer betting changes have made it hard for the bookmaker to promote the sports ‘from a business point of view’.Although SB&G subsidiary Sky Bet is a committed partner to the UK racing’s Authorised Betting Partner (ABP) scheme, Flint stated that the sports faces ‘an unprecedented demographic challenge’, as younger betting consumers overwhelmingly wager on football.Speaking at the Gimcrack Dinner in York, Flint backed his statement with figures, detailing that ‘racing is the favourite sport of just 13 per cent of our customers, a third of the number of our over-55s’.“A quarter of our customers are under 25. Nearly all of their betting activity is via a mobile device. Even desktop computers are old-fashioned to them. Those customers are 17 times more likely to bet only on football than only on racing.”Flint stated that the trend was likely to be repeated throughout SB&G UK market competitors such as Ladbrokes, Betfred and William Hill, who have yet to commit to the ABP scheme.Commenting on the turbulent relationship between racing and betting, Flint notes that the market may simply ‘price itself out’, detailing that his firm sees four times the return on £10 wagered on football when compared to racing.With UK racing lobbying to impose a 10% outright levy on UK horseracing bets placed via digital verticals, Flint warns racing governance that they may turn the sport in a ‘near zero margin’ market for bookmakers.Flint ended his address by stating that racing and betting industry stakeholders had to work together to find a viable solution for the future of UK horseracing.last_img read more

Fred VanVleet injury update: Raptors guard out at least 3 weeks with thumb injury

first_imgFred VanVleet will miss at least three weeks after suffering ligament damage in his left thumb. The Raptors made the announcement Monday, hours after ESPN reported veteran point guard Jeremy Lin was finalizing a buyout of his Hawks contract and intends to sign with Toronto.  NBA free agency rumors: Jeremy Lin to sign with Raptors after Hawks buyout A team release said VanVleet, 24, was injured in the second quarter of Saturday’s win against the Knicks. He will wear a splint for about three weeks before being reevaluated. VanVleet is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 assists in 26.8 minutes per game this season, holding down a key role in Toronto’s rotation as the team continues to manage Kyle Lowry’s recurring back troubles.  Related Newslast_img read more

Patriots uniform reveal had one crucial mistake: They used the wrong pants

first_imgMy dogs and I testing out these new 2020 uniforms 👌🏾#patsnationA post shared by James White (@sweetfeet) on Apr 20, 2020 at 9:08am PDTPaul Lukas at Uni Watch was able to confirm the pants White are wearing are the correct version, and the ones released in the promotional photos were incorrect. And the Patriots’ photo gallery has now removed any direct photo of the stripe on the pants. A fairly minor difference, sure, but it is interesting that New England failed to put on the wrong pants in its official unveiling. View this post on Instagram (Patriots / Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ca/fb/patriots-pants-ftr_1200z4ptolq2m1cfrdoqbimtcp.png?t=-1661595151&w=500&quality=80 The pant features a thick white stripe bordered by a red outline.But then something interesting happened. Patriots running back James White shared a photo of himself wearing the new uniform, and there was a clear difference in the pants. White’s pants featured a much thinner white stripe, and a thicker red stripe than what New England released in its promotional photos. The Patriots revealed their new uniforms on Monday, which were practically identical to the Color Rush uniforms the team had been using.”What was previously known as the Patriots alternate uniform has been promoted to the team’s home primary, and an entirely new version has been unveiled for away games,” a Patriots.com story explains. “The blue-on-blue home uniforms made their debut in 2016 under the NFL’s Color Rush campaign, and while the league discontinued Color Rush before the 2018 season, the uniforms lived on as the team’s alternate uniform through 2019.” MORE: Ranking Nike’s redesigns for NFL uniforms The statement also reads, “The blue pants will remain the same for both uniforms.” This was true in the team’s release of the uniforms. In photos released through Instagram, we can tell the pant legs look the same as the pants worn by players this past season.MORE: NFL uniform rankings heading into 2020last_img read more