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How did Man United goalkeeper David de Gea fare in his first start this season?

first_img Press Association Despite it being his first game of the season, Liverpool failed to properly test the Spain international and he was fairly assured with the ball in hand. PRESENCE Had one slip in the second half which could have led to a goal but for most of the game up to that point he was a spectator. SHARPNESS A brilliant save from Danny Ings and another decent effort to deny Jordon Ibe showed despite his time in the wilderness he has lost none of his reflexes. OVERALL His return to the side was something of an anti-climax in many respects as he hardly had anything to do but his name was cheered to the rafters louder than any other player, representing the perfect comeback. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea made his first appearance of the season in the 3-1 win over Liverpool just hours after signing a new contact. center_img Press Association Sport looks at how he handled his return to the side, having been minutes away from joining Real Madrid at the end of the transfer window. HANDLING last_img read more

Scott Shafer reflects on time as URI secondary coach

first_img Published on September 4, 2015 at 11:29 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ As the secondary coach at Rhode Island, Scott Shafer did everything.Liquid nailed white boards to old green chalkboards. Cleaned out light fixtures for the first time in years. Bolted together new lockers after securing donations over the phone.A far cry from his head coaching duties at Syracuse today, Shafer’s second coaching stop encompassed vastly more than managing the cornerbacks and safeties. From 1993-95, he absorbed an array of football knowledge under the tutelage of the elder URI staff and was entrenched in the grassroots operations of a college football program.“We did everything and it was great because it made you appreciate everything as you moved into your coaching career and moved up the ladder,” Shafer said.As a graduate assistant at Indiana from 1991-92, Shafer worked with the offense and was exposed to the resources at the hands of a Big Ten program. But in his first three or four days on the Rams’ defensive staff, he helped clear out offices and lay out carpet in the coaches locker room.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe worked the phones with former students and players. He unloaded 18-wheelers stacked with facility equipment. During the summer, each coach watered the practice field in the morning, stuck around for an hour, turned off the sprinklers and came back in the evening.“You appreciated the people that were taking care of the facilities and making sure that they were up to snuff if you will,” Shafer said. “So for us it was just kind of ground-roots training and I was just lucky enough to work for a lot of great people.”After emptying closets and painting walls white, Shafer delved into tactics.Mike Mallory was the defensive coordinator and current Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi was the linebackers coach. Their on- and off-field philosophies were identical, Shafer said, easing the transition into his new role.Any money the staff had was spent listening to more experienced coaches talk about what Shafer was trying to learn.“We got to go kind of be flies on the wall and listen to Bob Stoops and Jim Leavitt talk about their defense at Kansas State,” Shafer said. “We got to listen to Bob Pruett at Florida and about what he was doing defensively at the time before he was at Marshall as the head coach. The late Terry Hoeppner was a great defensive coach at Miami of Ohio at the time, we got to spend time talking to him.”Mallory, Narduzzi and Shafer all took notes, compared what they saw from each coach and crafted together a formula of their own.“It all goes back to listening to those that were brighter than us and had a little bit of wisdom,” Shafer said. “… and it’s worked out pretty good for all of us so far.”The kiwi storyNarduzzi’s wife always gave him kiwi to take to work since nobody provided lunch in the early 90s. During a defensive meeting, Shafer told Narduzzi he was allergic to kiwi but Narduzzi didn’t believe him.One day before practice, he peeled off a kiwi and rubbed it on the front of his desk and his phone, figuring he’d use his phone to make a call at lunch. At 1 o’clock, Narduzzi walked in to a pre-practice meeting and Shafer’s eyes were swollen shut.“He’s a DBs coach, it’s nice to be at practice to be able to see your DBs, right?” Narduzzi said on Wednesday’s ACC coaches teleconference. “He’s like, ‘Man, something happened.’”Missy Shafer yelled at Narduzzi, the first time he got yelled at by a coach’s wife, and she brought in Benadryl for her husband.“So make sure when you guys are up there you don’t bring any kiwi to the press conference.” Commentslast_img read more

Heyen: Syracuse, despite flashes, didn’t reach its full potential

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — At Syracuse’s Media Day in mid-October, SU head coach Jim Boeheim thought the Orange were ahead of where they’d been at the same point a season ago. All five starters returned from a Sweet 16 team. Elijah Hughes was eligible, and the freshman class showed promise.Thursday, though, SU’s season ended in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round. Syracuse had gone from ahead of the curve to falling short of the heights it had reached last year.“I think you are always disappointed when you lose in a tournament, if you think you had a chance to win,” Boeheim said. “We obviously had a chance to win the game tonight.”In the NCAA Tournament, seasons can end at the hand of one hot shooting night, much as SU’s did on Thursday. But the final loss alone isn’t what makes Syracuse’s season such a disappointment. The Orange had more talent than last year, but they ended two games and three wins short. They proved they could play with anyone in the country, but they never harnessed that enough. Syracuse didn’t reach its full potential.“We didn’t have the consistency from the beginning,” Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore coverage:Tyus Battle ‘isn’t worrying about’ his future right nowSyracuse’s season ends in 78-69 NCAA Tournament defeat to BaylorHot shooting, Elijah Hughes and more takeaways from Syracuse’s season-ending loss Comments Published on March 22, 2019 at 2:19 am Facebook Twitter Google+ All the pieces were in place: A senior point guard in Frank Howard. Potential pros Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett. A 7-foot-2 center in the middle of the 2-3 zone. Sharp-shooters Hughes and Buddy Boeheim. A do-everything 6-foot-10 Marek Dolezaj.But when SU went to Madison Square Garden in November with a chance at two early-season statement wins, it left with none. Howard was still out with injury, and Connecticut and a then-ranked Oregon handled the Orange. A win two weeks later at then-No. 16 Ohio State with Howard back in the fold seemed to show everything was OK.It wasn’t. Old Dominion and Buffalo beat Syracuse twice in four days, both in the Carrier Dome. That put the Orange at a four nonconference loss mark that had never led to an NCAA Tournament-berth before. A loss to Georgia Tech in the Dome on Jan. 12 made the outlook even drearier.“A lot of times people counted us out certain games,” Hughes said on Thursday. “We knew we had a chance, and we went out and competed.”Then, Syracuse provided again a glimpse at the upside: 95 points at then-No. 1 Duke. Overcoming an early 14-2 deficit to beat the Blue Devils even as Zion Williamson dominated not only changed SU’s postseason resume but appeared to show that the Orange could beat anyone. But though Syracuse could knock off the best, it never did again with consistency.Buddy came into his own in ACC play, and Howard finally found his legs. Wins pretty much only came against expectedly worse foes, though, aside from a win over Louisville on a historically bad shooting night for the Cardinals.“We played pretty consistently in the league,” Boeheim said. “We beat the teams we were supposed to.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSU led Duke, North Carolina and Virginia at halftime all in the span of two weeks. Bad teams don’t lead three soon-to-be No. 1-seeds at the half often. But a team with Syracuse’s potential shouldn’t have blown all three. Buddy said the Orange had “great moments” in those games, but they were too infrequent.Brissett emphasized that the NCAA Tournament, a “new season” with everyone starting with the same record, gave the Orange a stage to show what they could really do. But all Syracuse revealed was that its most consistent identity was inconsistency. Inconsistent by no means equals bad. The highest of highs were glorious. No one else beat a healthy Williamson in Cameron this season, and an eventual NCAA Tournament team in UofL had its worst loss of its season against SU.There was never just one answer, though, for why that didn’t show up more often. Sometimes it was the centers or an inability to rebound. Other times, the Orange couldn’t overcome a slow night from Battle, or they failed to defend the 3-point shot. SU searched for an identity all season. Hughes speculated that it was “heart” in February. That wasn’t enough, though, and Syracuse’s warts too frequently showed larger than its skills.Giving his final postgame press conference of his 43rd season at the helm of SU, Boeheim called the year “solid.” Sure, the Orange overcame a nonconference loss total to get into March Madness that they never had before. But no one suits up to lose in the round of 64.“It just wasn’t the year I think we would have liked to have had,” Boeheim said.It wasn’t the year Syracuse had the potential to have, either.Billy Heyen is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at wmheyen@syr.edu or @Wheyen3.last_img read more