Beat writers predict lowly end to Syracuse’s season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 30, 2019 at 11:24 am Syracuse (4-7, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) hosts Wake Forest (8-3, 4-3) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. While the Demon Deacons are headed to a bowl game in one of their better seasons in recent years, the Orange look to salvage an otherwise disappointing year after starting the season in the AP Top 25. Below our beat writers predict Syracuse’s final regular season game of the 2019 season. Eric Black (7-4)Out with a whimperWake Forest 38, Syracuse 21I have no idea how the Demon Deacons are currently only favored to win by four points on Saturday. This is an 8-3 Wake Forest team that was ranked as recently as four weeks ago and has five times as many ACC wins as Syracuse does. Not to mention SU is fresh off a 56-34 disaster at Louisville that eliminated it from bowl contention and will likely be playing a considerable amount of upperclassmen backups on senior day. I certainly don’t believe the Orange’s level of effort will be any lower than usual, but that probably won’t matter much in determining the game’s outcome. The Demon Deacons have been a significantly better team than the Orange all season and I don’t see that changing on Saturday. Andrew Graham (8-3)Left in the wakeWake Forest 41, Syracuse 34AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWake Forest is to 2019 what Syracuse was to 2018. The Demon Deacons aren’t miles better than any of the other 12 teams not named Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but WFU has won its share of close contests and won every game on the schedule it should’ve, plus a few. Thus, they roll into the Carrier Dome at 8-3, a finale and a bowl game away from 10 wins. Sound similar to when SU went in and steamrolled Boston College last year? It is. SU won’t be hamstrung like BC was last year — AJ Dillon was hurting — but the paradigm has flipped. It’s the Demon Deacons gunning to finish the season with a flourish and the Orange just trying to limp across the finish line.Josh Schafer (8-3)Past demonsWake Forest 35 Syracuse 27The last time we saw the Syracuse defense it couldn’t’ stop Louisville. A week later the Orange are lining up against the 16th best offense yardage-wise in the country. Receiver Sage Surratt is already over 1,000 yards while quarterback Jamie Newman is already over 2,000 yards passing and can run the ball as well. It’s a combination Syracuse has seen countless times this year and hasn’t been able to stop yet. SU’s rushing game has picked up in recent games and could continue to bring the Orange much needed offense, but it won’t be enough in a game that will need to be a shootout. Commentslast_img read more

‘One team, one bus’ – Didier Drogba is promising big ahead of Ivorian FA elections

first_imgChelsea legend Didier Drogba is promising to provide a bus for each of the 76 clubs in Cote d’Ivoire’s top 2 divisions if he wins the Ivorian FA elections.In addition each of the 14 elite clubs will receive a starting sum of 150 million CFA (approximately $268,000), the 24 Ligue 2 football clubs take 50 million CFA (approximately $90,000) whilst the Division 3 clubs receive 30 million CFA (approximately $54,000) following the elections.Didier Drogba was mobbed by thousands of cheering fans as he makes his way to submit his nominationDrogba was mobbed by thousands of adoring fans as he submitted his candidacy to become president of Ivory Coast football.The 42-year-old will compete with four other hopefuls for the position after launching his bid in the country’s economic capital Abidjan.The elections to be top chief at the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation take place on September 5.And the former striker hopes his achievements throughout his distinguished club career and with The Elephants will help him be voted in.Indeed the surrounding streets were full of fans desperate to get a glimpse of their idol, carry banners and wearing T-shirts adorned with Drogba’s face.However, despite his popularity with football fans in the country, he is still not certain to be on the ballot.Drogba needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions.The two-time African Football of the Year also must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups of coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees, according to Reuters.And his candidacy has already suffered a big blow after the Ivory Coast Footballers Association controversially did not support him.Drogba said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites.“We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.”The Blues icon added: ”It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football.“If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today.”Drogba represented Ivory Coast between 2002 and 2014, spanning five Africa Cup of Nations and three World Cups. and is the country’s leading scorer with 65 goals from 105 caps.He is also the country’s third most-capped player of all time after Didier Zokora (123) and Kolo Toure (120).last_img read more

After Metalist, Sarajevo won against Partizan by 1:0

first_imgSarajevo won against Partizan from Belgrade in the second friendly match in Antalya with the score of 1:0. Leon Benko scored the only goal in 89th minute.In the dynamic match, election players by Meho Kodro showed an attractive game.In the next part of the match BiH Cup winner played in a more concrete manner. Okic hitted the goal frame in 70th minute, while Rustemovic was imprecise four minutes later.However, after the shot from Radovac, Benko conducted one rebounded ball into the goal for the big win for BH team. It is important to recall that same rivals played friendly match last year. In that match, club from Serbia won.Of course, Sarajevo showed in the first two friendly matches in Turkey that it can count on the success in further BH Championship.(Source: klix.ba)last_img

LIVE: Botswana 42 Uganda 46

first_imgThe score at halftimeUPDATE– Netball World Youth CupFT- Uganda ?? 46 – Botswana ??  42Gabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER |  Uganda’s She Pearls will come up against a high flying and unbeaten Botswana Under 21 side as the Netball World Youth Cup enters day 3 in Gabarone on Monday.LIVE Botswana stands in Uganda’s way at Netball World Youth Cup #NWYC2017 https://t.co/k2arTaF0g7 pic.twitter.com/2AWXnnEEyq— The Independent (@UGIndependent) July 10, 2017 Share on: WhatsApp #NWYC2017 LIVE! | Botswana v UgandaCheck out all of the action from the #NWYC2017 in Botswana on YouTube:… https://t.co/TBmZB07pVt — nwyc2017 (@nwyc2017) July 10, 2017last_img