Beat writers predict winner in Syracuse-Florida State matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2016 at 10:59 pm Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Orange faces Dalvin Cook, who is regarded as one of the best running backs in the country. Check out how our beat writers think the matchup will unfold.Tomer Langer (4-3)GutterballFlorida State 35, Syracuse 17A month ago, this seemed like an interesting game that Syracuse, although still an underdog, would have a chance in. Florida State was coming off an incredibly unconvincing 17-6 win to Wake Forest (after a one-point victory against Miami and a stretch where it lost two of its four games), and Syracuse was coming off its best regular season win in program history with a team flying high. That all came crashing down to earth with Eric Dungey’s injury against Clemson. With him unlikely to play, it’ll be hard for SU to compete in this game that pushes them almost completely out of bowl contention.Chris Libonati (8-2)Dalvin Cook-edFlorida State 34, Syracuse 13The last time I predicted the No. 17 team in the country to beat Syracuse, the Orange upset Virginia Tech. What do I know? I do think this is a bit different, though. Zaire Franklin called Dalvin Cook the best running back in the country and I agree. Deondre Francois has been solid. I just don’t think the SU defense will suppress the Florida State offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus (8-2)Early FeastFlorida State 43, Syracuse 13The No. 17 team in the country is coming to the Carrier Dome, but don’t expect fans to stream onto the field after the game like when SU topped Virginia Tech earlier this year. Syracuse is undersized, undermanned and overmatched. Dino Babers said he “hope(s)” SU can win. And that’s all it’ll be: a hope. Cook and company are just too good for a Zack Mahoney-led squad to knock off. Commentslast_img read more

Frank Ntilikina injury update: Knicks G to return from groin injury vs. Nuggets

first_img Zion Williamson: ‘It’d be an honor to play for the Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina will play tonight. He has been out since late January with a groin injury.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 22, 2019Ntilikina, 20, is in his second NBA season. He has played in just 41 of New York’s 72 games and is averaging 5.9 points, two rebounds and 2.8 assists in 2018-19.The Knicks added Dennis Smith Jr. to their roster via trade during Ntilikina’s recovery. Other guards like Allonzo Trier and Emmanuel Mudiay have established roles in his absence. Related News Ntilikina could appear in the rotation down the stretch in the regular season, as New York is far from the playoff picture at 14-58. It ranks last in the Eastern Conference standings.It will attempt to end a two-game losing streak against Denver. Frank Ntilikina could finally see the court for the first time since January on Friday.The Knicks guard has been battling a groin injury for two months, but is set to suit up against the Nuggets and play significant minutes at Madison Square Garden, according to an ESPN report.last_img read more

‘We made incredible mistakes’: Mourinho fumes

first_imgRomelu Lukaku got one back, but Pascal Gross’s penalty capitalised on more poor United defending to send Brighton into the interval with a 3-1 lead.United rarely looked like mounting a fightback and Paul Pogba’s penalty with virtually the last kick of the game came way too late.A shell-shocked Mourinho conceded United’s players had only themselves to blame for their first defeat of the Premier League season.“We were punished by the mistakes we made. For me that’s the story of the game. We made incredible mistakes in some crucial moments. Mistakes that killed us,” Mourinho said.“Especially that third goal – we expected to come at 2-1 with positivity – then the third goal killed us off in the second half. Our second goal came too late.“The week leading up was good and I expected the team collectively to be better. There are basic mistakes that makes almost an impossible mission to win the match.”Many of Mourinho’s stars, including World Cup winner Pogba, new signing Fred and French forward Anthony Martial, were anonymous for long periods, but the boss refused to criticise individuals.“I don’t want to go in that direction. I have to learn from my reality,” Mourinho said.“Last season when I was critical of my team and was debating openly of the performances I was criticised for being too open about my players.“I will be open when they are doing well. I cannot criticise the desire of my players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho shows his frustration in the defeat at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKBRIGHTON, United Kingdom, Aug 19 – Jose Mourinho admitted Manchester United had paid the price for “incredible mistakes” in their dismal 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday.Mourinho’s side were blown away on the south-coast as Brighton scored twice in two minutes thanks to goals from Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy midway through the first half.last_img read more