Blame coaching for White’s early success

first_imgIt’s no fluke that true freshman running back James White has already worked his way into the rotation this season for the Wisconsin Badgers. His high school football background, rich with two Florida state championships earned at one of the most prolific prep programs in the county, already had him prepared for the college level.Still not convinced? White has the 145-yard, four-touchdown game to prove it.“We had an entire staff of coaches down there, and they coached us well,” White said. “It was very similar to here at Wisconsin. We didn’t watch as much film, but we got out there and practiced hard.”Entering his freshman year, White’s teammates were able to get their first look at him in summer camp, taking notice of his precocious ability right away.“He’s way more advanced than I was coming in as a freshman,” sophomore running back Montee Ball said. “The high school he came from is pretty advanced. He learned a lot of stuff down there, he understands the blocking and the defenses already.”Running backs coach John Settle was also impressed by the football acumen White possessed.“[White] was way ahead of the curve from a football standpoint,” Settle said. “He came in and was able to learn everything quickly.”His experience in high school, however, isn’t the only reason for his immediate impact on the offense.“He’s just a natural born football player, and his ability showed instantly,” Settle said. “That’s the reason he’s able to be on the field. He was able to come in and soak up everything we threw at him.”UW’s coaching staff believes the more reps White gets during games, the better he is going to get. If White continues to turn in the numbers he has generated over the first few games of this season, those reps are sure to be sent his way. In four games, he is averaging 7.9 yards per carry with four touchdowns.White’s teammates believe that his success comes not only from his natural ability, but from his attitude as well.“He doesn’t have a big head about anything, he stays grounded and is a humble person,” starting running back John Clay said. “He’s a good guy and he never stops smiling. It seems like he never has a bad day at practice or off of the field.”While White appears to understand what it takes to be successful at the college level, that comprehension doesn’t solely apply to on-field activities.“You need to know when it’s time for school, and when it’s time for football,” White said. “And with studying tape and preparation for the games, you have to be smart about managing your time.”Settle explained that this type of dedication is what usually holds young players back. White was one of the guys who put in the extra time, learning the playbook in his free time – a sign the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native was serious about his football.White has heeded his coach’s advice, and because of it, the youngster has often found himself on the field in key moments.Since White first put on a practice jersey, his intent was to play and make a difference. What augmented his desire was Coach Settle’s philosophy of doing everything possible to keep his freshman from redshirting.“I want [freshmen] to come in with an attitude and with a mindset that they are going to play right away so that when they go into training camp they are competing,” Settle said.As the season rolls on, most believe that White will only continue to get better. His teammates already have confidence in him and feel his presence on the team can only be an asset.“It’s a great thing because it’s pushing the running backs hard,” Ball said. “The sky is the limit for James. Coming in as a true freshman being able to do what he does right now, for years to come he could really be something special for Wisconsin.”As for Settle, he has concerns for the rest of the Big Ten.“If I’m an opposing team, I’m beginning to worry because the more confidence [White] gets, the better he’s going to be,” Settle said. “And as we move into Big Ten play I think that teams will be best served to know where number 20 is on the field.”last_img read more

Tommy DeVito’s career-best performance leads Syracuse to 52-33 win over Western Michigan

first_img Published on September 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Tommy DeVito stepped up in the pocket and kept his eyes downfield, scanning the secondary for openings. As the Western Michigan pass rush collapsed on him, he stayed composed. Even as he wound up, released his pass and immediately got drilled in the chest by a lineman.When he fell to the ground, DeVito kept his head up, tracking his pass. Fifty-nine yards in front of him, the throw dropped perfectly into the hands of wide receiver Trishton Jackson, who carried it into the end zone. DeVito was helped up and sprinted downfield to celebrate along with his teammates and fans, who were finally seeing the Syracuse offense they’d been expecting all season.A week after SU gave up more sacks than it scored points against Clemson, DeVito’s play allowed everyone in the Carrier Dome to breathe a collective sigh of relief. That sense of comfort carried on throughout the whole game, a 52-33 Syracuse (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) win over Western Michigan (2-2) in which the Orange scored more points than it did in its first three games combined. DeVito ultimately finished with 287 yards and four passing touchdowns but did damage on the ground as well, adding a career-high in yards and a rushing touchdown.“I thought it was really cool that he started the game and finished the game with the same amount of interceptions,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “That’s always a goal of a great quarterback.”Not only did the Orange move the ball on offense, but the quarterback who was under scrutiny following last week’s loss to No. 1 Clemson proved to be fully capable and deserving of his starting spot, and then some.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDeVito, known more for being a pocket-passer than the dual-threat quarterback that Eric Dungey was, added another dimension to SU’s offense with his play on the ground on Saturday. That dimension was introduced from the opening drive, as DeVito broke off a career-long 60-yard run on Syracuse’s second play of the game that set up SU’s first score.In addition to his run on the Orange’s first drive, DeVito scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 36-yard keeper off the right side in the second quarter. The run gave Syracuse a 21-0 lead and pushed DeVito over 100 yards rushing. After sacks, he finished with 85 net rushing yards.“Tommy could always run,” Babers said. “I’ve been trying to tell you guys that he’s fast, he can run. We just ask him to be very careful when he does it.”Despite DeVito’s success, Syracuse’s offense, and specifically its offensive line, was far from perfect. On one third down when Western Michigan brought just three rushers, redshirt freshman Carlos Vettorello was beaten on the block and DeVito was taken down. On another drive, center Airon Servais was called for penalties on back-to-back plays and backed Syracuse up to its own 5-yard line.But against the Broncos, their quarterback often bailed them out. Like on Syracuse’s first drive of the second half, when, despite the pocket collapsing on him, DeVito dropped the dime into Jackson’s arms. Or when Abdul Adams fumbled and set up a Western Michigan score, only for DeVito and the Orange offense to answer.Western Michigan scored 14 consecutive points to cut SU’s lead to five, but DeVito made sure SU cashed in after it started a drive in Broncos’ territory. For the second time in the game, he found tight end Aaron Hackett for a touchdown.“We worked hard this week in practice trying to go faster and listening to Tommy,” Jackson said. “(He was) more in control of the offense throughout the week, made us go faster.”A Syracuse offense that had struggled with being too one-dimensional during the first three games of the season finally played up to its potential, thanks to its quarterback. For the first time all season, it looked like DeVito had complete control of the offense. He was on the same page as his receivers, showed poise in the pocket and limited bad decisions.DeVito himself admitted the issues earlier this season were his fault, and his only. He looked lost and even overwhelmed at times, but always owned up to his mistakes. He was in turn surrounded by questions about his decision making, his ability to lead the team and his readiness to take over for Dungey.Babers defended him, arguing that the issues on offense were team-wide. His teammates did the same. And on Saturday, their faith in their quarterback was validated. It may have happened later than some expected, but the final phase of DeVito’s transition into becoming Syracuse’s starting quarterback and leader is here, and after a disappointing 1-2 start, not a minute too soon.“Football’s all about adversity and how you respond to it,” DeVito said. “…It shows that I’m willing to learn. Any opportunity that I’m given, whether it’s good or bad, you always can learn from it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

U20 AFCON: Akinwunmi confident F’Eagles will Reach Final

first_imgSeyi Akinwunmi The First Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has charged the Nigeria U20 team to go all out in their semi final clash with Mali at the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niamey on Wednesday.Speaking after Mali pipped Ghana’s Black Satellites 1-0 to reach the semi finals and pick the last available ticket to the FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland this summer, Akinwunmi, who was Match Commissioner for the Mali/Ghana encounter, said he has confidence in the Flying Eagles to reach Sunday’s final.“I watched the Flying Eagles against the host team and the fact that they were able to hold their own in such atmosphere is confirmation that they know what is at stake and have the mettle to face even the strongest opposition. “The Malians are strong, but so are all the four teams in the semi finals. The NFF will continue to give all necessary support for the Flying Eagles to go all the way by winning the trophy.”Akinwunmi, in Niger Republic as a Member of the CAF Committee for Youth Competitions, had also visited the Flying Eagles at their training session last Thursday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jamaica Takes a Winning Lead at CONCACAF Tournament

first_imgJamaica got off to a winning start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament on Sunday, beating Curacao 2-0 in Group C action at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.Goals by Romario Williams in the 58th minute substitute Darren Mattocks in the 73rd saw the Reggae Boyz avenging a 1-2 loss to Curacao in the Caribbean Cup final in Martinique two weeks ago.In the evening’s second match, defending champions Mexico outclassed El Salvador 3-1.The tournament began on July 7 with action in Group A at Red Bull Stadium in New Jersey. Canada outscored French Guiana 4-2 while Costa Rica edged Honduras 1-0.In Group B the following day, Martinique defeated Nicaragua 2—0 at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.Action continues on Tuesday, July 11 with Group A leaders Canada playing Costa Rica and Honduras playing Honduras. Both matches are at the BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas.On Wednesday, Group C leaders Mexico play Jamaica at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Notebook: Chris Capuano offers Dodgers solid relief

first_imgWearing his number 34 jersey, former Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz. Mike Brito, the scout who discovered Valenzuela in Mexico as a teenager in 1978, recreated his famous radar gun-holding pose behind Federowicz with an actual radar gun. Tommy Lasorda did the honors of announcing “It’s time for Dodgers baseball” prior to the game.Dodgers special advisor Sandy Koufax and former manager Joe Torre were also in attendance. Former Dodger Casey Blake was at the game, too.Jessica Sanchez, an American Idol product, sang the National AnthemEthier updateFor the first time this series, Andre Ethier (ankle) took fly balls in center field as the Dodgers took batting practice. Ethier has been limited to pinch-hitting duties this series and only began running the bases Thursday.Ethier took advantage of the off-day in the schedule Saturday and appeared to be running as normally as he has in weeks. The outfielder said Friday in Atlanta that he would “figure out some more ways to maybe get comfortable and running on this full time.” Anyone for $1,000?The Dodgers had a silent auction Sunday, and a Puig jersey had the highest asking price. Of course. A Puig jersey — one of the top-five best sellers in Major League Baseball — had a starting bid of $1,000 and was up to $2,000 an hour before the game. A Clayton Kershaw jersey had a starting bid of $400. All of the proceeds went to the Dodgers Foundation.Staff writer Jill Painter contributed to this report Capuano started in 20 of his 24 appearances this season, none after Sept. 6. He suffered a strained groin in that game and was forced to leave in the second inning, an injury that caused him to miss the next three weeks.Not until the final weekend of the regular season did Capuano return. He pitched one scoreless inning of relief in two of the Dodgers’ three games against the Colorado Rockies. That, and a wealth of experience, was enough to earn him a postseason roster spot over right-handers Brandon League, Edinson Volquez and Carlos Marmol.Ryu lasted just three innings, allowing four runs. The Dodgers led 6-4 when he left the game and were ahead 10-4 when Howell relieved Capuano in the seventh.Celebrity sightingsAmong the celebrities in attendance for Game 3 were musician Jack White, comedian Conan O’Brien, producer Rob Reiner and actor Eric Stonestreet. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Chris Capuano did more than just stop the bleeding after a shaky start by Hyun-Jin Ryu on Sunday.The veteran left-hander validated the Dodgers’ decision to include him on their 25-man National League Division Series roster.Pitching the first playoff game in a nine-year career that included stops with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets, Capuano tossed three scoreless innings to earn the victory.After replacing Ryu to start the fourth inning, Capuano walked the first batter he faced in the fourth, fifth and sixth, but none of the runners advanced past second base. He struck out three and got a double-play ground ball off the bat of Elliot Johnson in the sixth inning, before giving way to J.P. Howell in the seventh.last_img read more

2019-20 NHL preview: Three storylines to follow this season

first_img Hall of Famer Cammi Granato joins NHL Seattle as league’s only female pro scout How will Lightning rebound after disastrous exit last season?The Lightning tied the league record for the most wins in a season with 62, averaged 3.96 goals per game — the highest mark since 1996 — and tallied an impressive 30 road victories to dominate the regular season. But a shocking first-round exit from the playoffs after being swept by the Blue Jackets left Tampa Bay dismayed and confused. The Lightning had previously been eliminated in Game 6 and Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals at the hands of the Penguins in 2016 and the Capitals in 2018. Still, expectations remain high for the Lightning with Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman locked in. The team just needs to find a way to overcome their postseason woes. Related News Avalanche, Mikko Rantanen agree to 6-year, $55.5 million deal October is about more than pumpkins and playoff baseball.Hockey returns Wednesday as the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues prepare to raise their banner and open the regular season against the Capitals. But St. Louis’ battle for a repeat won’t be the most intriguing narrative to watch unfold.center_img Can Canada-based teams stay relevant amid Stanley Cup drought?It’s been a while since Lord Stanley took a trip north of the border. In fact, it’s been more than 25 years since Montreal last won the championship in 1993. But Canadian teams have shown signs of progress in recent years, and just last season the Flames won the Western Conference regular-season title, the Jets finished second in their division and the Maple Leafs finished with 100 points while also making the playoffs. There’s reason to believe all three teams could return to the postseason and perhaps even be joined by the Canadiens or Canucks.What’s next in Seattle expansion?The NHL’s newest team won’t hit the ice until the 2021-22 season, but there’s plenty of work to be done before then. The club was recently awarded an AHL expansion franchise in Palm Springs, Calif., and general manager Ron Francis added Ricky Olczyk as the club’s assistant general manager to compliment director of hockey administration Alexandra Mandrycky. Francis also announced the addition of several scouts, including Cammi Granato, who became the NHL’s first female scout. But the team still needs to add more personnel while the arena at Seattle Center undergoes redevelopment. Oh, they also need a name. Here are three storylines to follow heading into the 2019 NHL season.last_img read more

Schwartzman, Londero and Ramos go to rooms in Córdoba

first_imgSpaniard Albert Ramos, Argentines Diego Schwartzman and Juan Ignacio Londero, Chilean Christian Garín and Serbian Laslo Djere gained their matches of the Cordoba Open, in Argentina, and certified for the quarterfinals of the ATP 250.Ramos was left with the Spanish duel after beating Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6 (4) – (7) 7 and 6-4.In fourths, his rival shall be Schwartzman, first head of sequence and quantity 14 of the world, that this Friday in the morning beat the Spanish additionally Jaume Munar 6-1 and 7-5.One other Spaniard who fell in the eighths was Pedro Martinez. The 22 yr outdated He misplaced to Djere 6-3 and 6-4. The Serbian will face the present champion, Londero, who eradicated his compatriot Pedro Cachín by a double 6-3.Additional, Garin beat Hungarian Attila Balazs by a convincing 6-3 and 6-0.In fourths, the Chilean will play in opposition to his compatriot Pablo Cuevas.The quarterfinals shall be performed from Thursday to Friday and Saturday would be the semifinals.The second version of the Cordoba Open, which is performed on clay, will finish this Sunday and the subsequent day will begin the principle draw of the Argentine Open ATP 250, which shall be held in Buenos Aires.last_img read more

LaLiga sells Spanish goal

first_imgAngel. The veteran who does not failAt 32, Ángel is facing a second youth. His 14 goals in all competitions made it possible for Barça to play. The striker is an insurance for Bordalás and this has been demonstrated in major matches. He has one year left on his contract, but what is clear is that he looks very comfortable with Bordalás. Although ‘girlfriends’ are not lacking.At the moment, Ángel has only played in Spain. His 21 goals with Zaragoza in 2016 was key in his career. The killer seems to be unstoppable …Design: Eduardo Cornago ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Design: Eduardo Cornago Luke. The idol that does not expireLucas Pérez leads Alavés with Joselu. A fashion duo in Spanish football that makes it possible for the team to meet again. The Galician adds and continues, despite having other challenges in foreign leagues. His 11 goals put him on a select list to star in a good economic move for Alavés.Design: Eduardo Cornago ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Design: Eduardo Cornago Gerard Moreno. An international with a noseHis appearance with Spain (three goals in two games) was an encouragement for him to go ahead in LaLiga with 11 goals. Moreno is key for Villarreal and is running as one of the transfer market bargains. At 28 years old, he is at his best and has shown himself capable of any challenge. Messi and Benzema are the only players who beat him in so many, while he is tied with Suarez.Design: Eduardo Cornago ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Design: Eduardo Cornago The coronavirus crisis is going to bring about a change in the transfer market. LaLiga is showing a showcase with a Spanish goal: among the top 15 scorers in the competition, we find 8 Spaniards. Joselu, Ángel, Roger, Lucas, Gerard, Raúl García, Loren … All of them have already positioned themselves as a ‘bargain’ for other teams.Joselu. A globetrotter with a goalJoselu’s season in Alavés is being framed. The forward has already scored 9 goals and forms a lethal duo with Lucas Pérez. The former Madrid player is claiming himself in important games (Seville, Villarreal, Getafe …). It is no secret that his high level puts him in the showcase and that it could be key for the Alaves to obtain a significant sum of money at a time as delicate as today.Joselu’s experience in England, Spain and Germany set him up as a player who always goes for more. The proof is that in his day he was already the top scorer for Madrid Castilla and that little by little he was improving himself. There is no doubt that he is going through his best moment and, who knows, if he could enter Luis Enrique’s list for the 2021 Euro Cup.Design: Eduardo Cornago ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Design: Eduardo Cornago Roger, a revelation of FirstAt 29, Roger is the star of Levante. Its 11 targets confirm this. The killer is going through his best individual moment and is key in his team. His contract ends in 2023 and suitors are not lacking. At the moment, he is focused on Levante to lead the team in what can be a great campaign.Design: Eduardo Cornago ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Design: Eduardo Cornagolast_img read more

Japanese champion coach hopes to face PBA teams next time in Terrific 12

first_imgRyukyu Golden Kings vs Guangzhou Long-Lions during The Asia League’s The Terrific 12 Final match at Studio City Event Center on 23 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Marcio Rodrigo Machado / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—The Asia League Terrific 12 saw several of the biggest basketball clubs in Asia pitted against each other in a preseason spectacle.Championship-caliber teams from China, Korea, Chinese-Taipei, and Japan’s professional teams all converged in Macau to test each other’s skills and also prepare for their upcoming seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Hardest worker’ Mariano steps up big time for shorthanded Ginebra LATEST STORIES PBA clubs NLEX and Blackwater were able to represent the Philippines in the Summer Super 8 since the league was on break between the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups but the scheduling conflict prevented any PBA professional team to fly to Macau.Sassa, whose Golden Kings own four B.League titles, is familiar with the Philippine national team’s previous dribble drive system under then head coach Chot Reyes.The 34-year-old Sassa is a member of the Japanese national team coaching staff and saw the Philippines up close in several occasions.“I fought against the Philippines as a coach and they have the dribble drive,” said Sassa who believes the Asia League is more than basketball and would give the different players of various nationalities to experience different cultures.“I hope teams from other leagues can join so that we can experience the different cultures and traditions.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With all those talents gathered together at Studio City, there was one league that was absent from the party and that was the PBA.With the ongoing Governors’ Cup, the PBA couldn’t send a team to the pocket tournament and iECO, which was composed of the core of PBA D-League Foundations Cup champion Go for Gold, represented the Philippines instead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNewly-minted Terrific 12 champion coach Norio Sassa of Ryukyu, however, hopes the PBA would send its top teams to the competition.“I hope the PBA teams can come in,” said Sassa after their title-winning game over Guangzhou of the Chinese Basketball Association, 85-76, Sunday.last_img read more

U.S. economic growth slowing, key index says

first_imgNEW YORK – The U.S. economy should expand only slightly in coming months as it continues to lose steam, a gauge of future growth showed Thursday. But a resilient labor market indicates the economy remains generally healthy, economists said. The Conference Board said its index of leading economic indicators climbed a tepid 0.1 percent to 137.4 in March, as expected. The index is designed to forecast economic activity over the next three to six months. The latest reading reverses two consecutive months of declines. Despite the increase, the index is still below its most recent high of 138.6 in January 2006 and the year-ago level of 138.5 in March 2006. “What we’re seeing is slowing growth and that the economy is losing steam,” said Ken Goldstein, labor economist for The Conference Board. But he said the drop of 0.3 percent in the index of leading indicators over the last six months is not big enough to indicate the economy is in any real danger. The mixed economic news in recent months suggest the economy “could go one way or the other,” Goldstein said. “The winds are not all blowing in one direction. Who knows? Maybe after Labor Day, we might be talking about an economy picking up steam,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The reading tracks 10 economic indicators. Six of those readings were positive in March: initial unemployment claims, weekly manufacturing hours, real money supply, vendor performance, building permits, and manufacturers’ new orders for consumer goods and materials. The negative contributors were stock prices, consumer expectations, interest rate spread and manufacturers’ new orders for nondefense capital goods. In other economic data, the Labor Department said weekly applications for unemployment benefits slipped by 4,000 to 339,000 after hitting a two-month high a week earlier. The decline in jobless claims was significantly smaller than the expected drop of around 20,000. But economists said the data signaled the labor market remains generally sound even with economic growth slowing over the past year. Economists have said that as long as the labor market remains steady and there are jobs available, consumers may continue to feel optimistic. Consumer spending has been one of the pillars of the economy’s growth, though there are concerns that higher gas prices and the slumping housing market may undermine spending. last_img read more