Published on November 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm Contact Jesse: firstname.lastname@example.org | @dougherty_jesse When A.J. Long was in eighth grade, his dad put four numbers on the wall in their basement, each a statistical goal for his son.9,853 passing yards — the Pennsylvania state passing record at the time. 100 passing touchdowns. 2,000 rushing yards. 40 rushing touchdowns.Although the sheets on the wall didn’t travel with Long to Tennessee, where he is finishing his high school career at Friendship Christian School, he’s surpassed each mark.More than 10,000 passing yards. 125 passing touchdowns. Close to 2,300 rushing yards. Just more than 40 rushing touchdowns.He’s eclipsed each milestone and set his sites on his next goal. Once he’s finished high school football, Long has ambitions to leapfrog Terrel Hunt, Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson, and start for the Orange as a freshman next fall.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If I do all that I need to do, I can’t see myself not starting next year,” Long said.But he won’t be the only first-year quarterback trying to do so.On Oct. 20, three-star recruit Alin Edouard joined Long as the second quarterback to verbally commit to the Orange for 2014 after de-committing from Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 1. While the two incoming freshmen sit behind Hunt, Kimble and Wilson on the Orange’s preconceived 2014 depth chart, they’re ready to challenge anyone, including each other, for the starting spot.“Competition is everything,” Edouard said. “Everywhere you go there is going to be competition so I’m excited for it, and I’m going to do what I got to do.”For more than seven months, Long was the only quarterback heading to Syracuse in 2014.Long verbally committed last March while Edouard, a Miami native, was in heavy talks with Miami and considering offers from Penn State, Tennessee and Nebraska, among other schools.But after committing then wavering throughout the summer, Edouard de-committed from the Hurricanes because he didn’t feel like one of Miami’s top priorities and “had never heard of a recruiting class with three quarterbacks.”Seven weeks later, he opted to give Syracuse a recruiting class with two.“Syracuse was one school that offered me and stuck with me and tried to draw me away from Miami,” Edouard said. “I was comfortable and Coach (George) McDonald has been with me since day one, so that made my decision easy.”Now the Orange is going to welcome two signal callers that hardly differ.Long and Edouard are both dual-threat quarterbacks with scrambling ability, strong arms and a high football IQ. Long is 6 feet 2 inches tall and 190 pounds. Edouard is 6 feet 2 inches tall and 181 pounds. And they each see getting stronger as the next step of their development.“I think skill wise everything is in place,” Long said. “I know Coach (Will) Hicks turns boys into men in the weight room, and I need that when I get to Syracuse.”Said Edouard: “I just need to get in the weight room and get bigger, that’s my main concern right now.”Both quarterbacks are confident they could start for the Orange right away, but will each need to make a critical decision before even stepping on the practice field.Long wears No. 3. It’s the number his father wore in the Marine Corps, but also the number Kimble wears. So he plans to switch to No. 4 because of “the legend of 44 in Syracuse.”Edouard has the same problem. He has worn No. 10 his whole life, but that’s Hunt’s number. After saying he hopes Hunt will give it up through uncontrollable laughter, Edouard listed Nos. 6, 11 and 4 as other options.As part of the bigger picture, Long and Edouard are already eyeing the same number. Once they sort that out, the real competition will begin.“I haven’t seen much film but they’re both extremely talented quarterbacks,” said Rodney Williams, a safety committed to SU for 2014. “They’re going to bring out the best in each other.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
In Group 2 this years beaten finalists Kilkenny have been paired with Galway, Clare, Limerick and Waterford.The Intermediate Championship sees Tipp in Group 2 along with newly promoted Westmeath. The group also contains Antrim, Kildare, Kilkenny and Galway.Group 1 of the intermediates has Cork, Carlow, Derry, Down, Laois and Wexford.The first round of fixtures in the Senior Championship will take place on the weekend of June 9th and 10th 2018, followed by the Intermediate Championship on Saturday June 16th and 17th Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography The draw for the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship was made today.Tipp have been drawn in Group 2 alongside reigning All Ireland champions Cork.Also in that group are Dublin, Meath, Offaly and Wexford.
SBC Webinars presents Xtremepush – Taming Strange Animals… Profiling & Engaging U.S. Sports Consumers April 2, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit DraftKings expands Sportradar partnership to launch mobile live streaming May 29, 2020 Share Share Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 Alex Capurro – Easy Payment GatewayAlex Capurro, CEO of Easy Payment Gateway, says US gambling operators must look to alternative options to deliver a seamless payments journey for consumers.___________Following the repeal of PASPA last month, and the growing number of US states pushing ahead with legal, regulated online gambling, the USA has quickly become one of the hottest emerging markets in the world. From sports betting to casino and poker, the potential is certainly there for operators from both sides of the pond to cash in. Most have already thrashed out their battle plans, including key aspects such as platform, games and marketing. But one area that requires particular attention is payments. It has the potential to cause serious headaches for those that are unaware of the challenges they will face; New Jersey is an example of just how growth-prohibitive payments issues can be. Payment Declined: The main challenge, of course, is that the major card issuers – Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citi Bank, etc – do not permit transactions initiated by gambling operators, regardless of whether they are a land-based or online operation. With a traditional payments gateway, operators are assigned a merchant category code from Visa and MasterCard that identifies the type of business they are – for sportsbook, casino and poker operators it is usually 7801. When a deposit is made, this code is run through a list of prohibited codes and if there is a match, the transaction is declined. This has hit New Jersey operators hard – debit and credit cards are among the most popular and trusted payment methods in most markets but only a fraction are getting through in the Garden State. Alternative Options: The obvious answer is to offer consumers alternative methods of depositing and withdrawing. In mature markets it is often the case that players have a range of payment options, from eWallets to pre-paid cards via bank transfers and even cryptocurrencies. When it comes to eWallets, Skrill and Neteller are among the most popular with consumers. They are easy to use, and offer rapid transaction times whether depositing or withdrawing. In addition, they super simple to integrate into platforms and payment gateways. Another option is a pre-paid voucher such as Paysafecard. Users purchase the voucher with cash or via a debit/credit card; the voucher contains a pin code that is then entered via the operator’s payment gateway – the value of the voucher is then credited to their account. The issue, however, is that consumers – especially in markets where online gambling is new or has only just been regulated – often lack trust in these alternative payment methods. And this is certainly true when it comes to them being used to crediting online gambling accounts. Close the Loop & Build Trust: The solution is to offer a pre-paid card to consumers. Some payment merchants provide their clients (online gambling operators) with a customised pre-paid card solution that their players can use to deposit into their online wagering account. These branded cards deliver a customised and closed-loop payment experience that facilitates both deposits and withdrawals. They also help provide a 360-degree experience to customers; the cards can be used in the land-based casino and online, and for purchasing food, drinks, etc as well as withdrawing winnings from their wagering wallet. Of course, operators will need to advertise pre-paid solutions to their players, and even offer incentives for using them such as cashback and bonuses. It’s worth the outlay, however, as pre-paid cards are the most effective way of engaging new online players and building trust. Change Takes Time: Given the scale and scope of the US market when it comes to sports betting and online gambling, it is only a matter of time before the major card issuers begin accepting transactions from gambling companies. To expedite this procedure, they will want to see states deploy comprehensive regulations that require operators to be compliant with the most stringent rules and requirements when it comes to KYC, anti-money laundering and fraud. This will happen over time, but in the interim operators will have to look to alternative payment options to ensure their players can deposit and withdraw, and that they are offered a seamless payments journey._______________Alex Capurro – CEO – Easy Payment Gateway