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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

Update due from Irish rugby camp

first_imgScrum-half Will Genia starts, as does Israel Folau and star openside flankers Michael Hooper and David Pocock.The former Leinster boss says it’s important his whole squad gets involvement in the tournament early on. Robbie Henshaw should be fit for the game having missed out against the Canadians.Meanwhile Australia head coach Michael Cheika plans to use all of his players in their opening two group games – before matches against England and Wales.He’s named a strong side to face Fiji on Wednesday.last_img read more

Fake Super Bowl 53 prop bets that should be real (but are not)

first_imgThere’s something for everyone when it comes to the Super Bowl. Parties, food, commercials, halftime show, the actual game itself (if you’re into that sort of thing) — all great. But nothing makes you feel like part of the action quite like having some action on the game.Whether it’s a Super Bowl squares pool, a straight moneyline bet on the winner, a complicated and ridiculous parlay, or a random prop bet on whether JoJo Natson Jr. will score the final touchdown of the game (100-to-1 odds, if you’re curious), gambling is what really makes the Super Bowl the biggest sporting event of the year. You can bet on just about anything regarding the Super Bowl, but what if you could really bet on anything? Below we list our favorite made-up prop bets we’d like to see for Super Bowl 53.REAL SUPER BOWL PROP BETS:National anthem, halftime, coin toss, more(Completely made-up) Super Bowl 53 prop betsTimes Tony Romo correctly predicts the next play  — Over 4.5: -200 — Under 4.5: +130Times Tony Romo says “Here we go!” like a giddy 8-year-old — Over 2.5: -110 — Under 2.5: +110Times the word “dynasty” is said by Jim Nantz and Tony Romo — Over 1.5: +150 — Under 1.5: -110If the Rams win, will Jim Nantz say: “Donald trumps Brady!”? — Yes: 2/1 — No: 5/1If the Patriots win, will Jim Nantz say: “Lord of the rings, Brady flexes six appeal!”? — Yes: 20000/1 — No: -10000Commercials during the game that are actually good— Over 0.5: +800 — Under 0.5: -750MORE SUPER BOWL 53:Odds, line, predictions from SN expertsWhich will be more?— People disappointed by the commercials: +150 — People disappointed by the halftime show: +250 — People equally disappointed in both: EvenWhich will be more?— References to Tom Brady’s age: +150 — References to Sean McVay’s age: -200Which will be more?— References to Spygate: Even — References to Deflategate: +200 — References to the Philly Special: +250 — References to the Helmet Catch: +300 — References to anything Rams related (not including Spygate): +500Where will Super Bowl TV ratings be higher?— St. Louis: +150 — New Orleans: +250 — No one will watch in either city: Even Color of Bill Belichick’s hoodie— Navy: 2/1 — Grey: 5/2 — Red: 50/1 — Pink: 100/1 — He won’t wear a hoodie: 150/1Best way to describe condition of Bill Belichick’s hoodie sleeves— Frayed/tattered: 2/1 — Hemmed/clean-cut: 10/1 — Fringed/tasseled: 15/1 — Uncut short-sleeved: 18/1 — Uncut long-sleeved: 20/1Will Robert Kraft wear a blue shirt with a white color and cuffs?— Yes: -2000 — No: +1100Which will be more?— Julian Edelman pass attempts: +300 — Johnny Hekker pass attempts: -110Which will be more? — James Develin and Rex Burkhead touchdowns: +150 — Todd Gurley touchdowns: -200Number of objectively bad calls by the officials— Over 3.5: -1500 — Under 3.5: +2500MORE: Top 10 Super Bowls of all timeFirst Patriot to retire immediately after the game— Rob Gronkowski: 20/1 — Tom Brady: 35/1 — Bill Belichick: 50/1 — Field: 5/1 — No player/coach retires: -1000First Rams player to be ejected— Marcus Peters: 10/1 — Ndamukong Suh: 12/1 — Aqib Talib: 15/1 — Field: 3/1 — No player ejected: -500center_img Surprise player Bill Belichick will bench like Malcolm Butler last year— Malcolm Brown: 8/1 — Adam Butler: 8/1 — Devin McCourty: 10/1 — Jason McCourty: 11/1 — Sony Michel: 15/1 — Rob Gronkowski: 20/1 — Julian Edelman: 35/1 — Matthew Slater: 50/1 — Tom Brady: 100/1 — Field: -110Time in seconds it will take for the Lombardi Trophy to be walked by a former player to the stage during the post-game presentation— Over 60: -110 — Under 60: +300Time in minutes it will feel like it takes for the Lombardi Trophy to be walked by a former to the stage during the post-game presentation— Over 60: -300 — Under 60: +200last_img read more

Purple & Bold: LeBron James shoots from anywhere

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, March 4 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Logo LeBron is turning his teammates into amateur sleuths, basketball stars who, on occasion, moonlight as private investigators inspired to go hunting for clues right under their noses – or wherever on the court James has decided to let it fly.On Sunday, with 21 seconds left on the shot clock, there was LeBron’s bomb from 34 feet out (per the NBA’s stated measurement), a shot that felt like it was launched from the French Quarter (per the Lakers’ Twitter account), that tied the score at 61-61 in New Orleans.And then James did it again Tuesday, bringing the ball up and, to even his teammates’ surprise (at least in the moment), swishing a 36-footer from the “R” on the Lakers’ logo midcourt to extend their lead to 73-54. “Me, Danny and ’Vale were trying to find where he shot it from,” Davis said. “Nobody knew what he was doing. We kind of know when he’s gonna do it usually. That one, I … was expecting him to throw it to me and he just pulled up. So it kind of shocked us all. And he made it, so we were all like, ‘All right, where’d he shoot this one from?’”From Rajon Rondo’s veteran perspective, it wasn’t such a great mystery: “Obviously, he was feeling it; the rim was pretty big at that time for him, and he has the green light to do it.”Because he can make it.James is shooting 35.1 percent from behind the arc this season, including seven attempts form 34 feet or farther – three of which he’s made. To James, that’s just a sign of the evolution of the game, and of his game.“My teammates see me work on it a lot,” James said. “And I know I put in the work on it. I don’t take no shots that I don’t work on, I’ve never done it in my career. I feel like I work on it, I trust my mechanics and I’m able to let it fly with confidence, no matter what’s going on with the shot clock.“Obviously, the game is played so much at the 3-point line and beyond, so I just think for me, personally, I just want to continue to have a growth mindset, however the game is changing, being able to change my game and also be true to who I am at the same time, just not trying to have any weaknesses.”— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Links away …Super Tuesday – Anthony Davis’ 37 points spark victory over short-handed Sixers.Aware, alert – The NBA is monitoring the coronavirus, and sharing information and recommendations with players.Teachable moments – LeBron’s mentorship role extends to young opponents.All under control – LeBron sets the tone in the Lakers’ 122-114 victory over the Pelicans.Troy Daniels waived – The guard and the team arrive at a mutual agreement.Grizzlies roar – The Lakers look sluggish; Ja Morant and Memphis do not.AC Starter – Caruso gets the start as Lakers experiment with lineups.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter that one, Anthony Davis, Danny Green and JaVale McGee couldn’t help themselves; they had to go in for a closer look.Explained McGee: “There was a mark right there: ‘Damn.’ That’s what it said on the court.”They had to conduct the thorough analysis, he said, because “we just didn’t understand how he shot it from that far and it barely hit the net, it just went straight in, so, yeah we were confused.”Once their inspection was complete, McGee said he delivered the results to James: “Walked up to him and said ‘Damn,’” the Lakers starting center said. “It was a ‘damn’ play, he shot that from far as hell.”Davis, who finished the game with 37 points and 13 rebounds, said James’ shot was his favorite highlight of the Lakers’ 120-107 victory over Philadelphia.last_img read more