EPL: Chelsea set to dim Brighton

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Chelsea vs. BrightonVenue: Stamford BridgeKick off: 3PMChelsea head into today’s Premier League fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion having finally ended their wait for a win at Stamford Bridge this season, courtesy of a 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup.Brighton make the trip to West London having been eliminated from the competition by Aston Villa, while they are also still awaiting their first league success since the opening day of the campaign.While there has been a lot for Chelsea fans to enjoy since the appointment of Frank Lampard, the Blues boss is aware that he will only remain at the helm for the long term if his side turn performances into results.That has not always been the case, with Chelsea having nothing to show from encouraging performances against Manchester United and two tussles with Liverpool, while they also missed a late penalty in the narrow defeat to Valencia in the Champions League.However, those disappointments have done little to rid Stamford Bridge of its current feel-good factor – something which is in sharp contrast to how supporters reacted to victories under previous head coach Maurizio Sarri.Lampard is aware that he must capitalise on the positive atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, and he will hope that the netting seven times against Grimsby in a game which featured several more academy graduates will go a significant way to building for the future.Nevertheless, the short-term scenario facing Lampard are fixtures against Brighton on Saturday afternoon and an important Champions League trip to Lille at the start of next week.The club legend will have every confidence that his team can achieve their desired results, although their task will be made much more comfortable if they can finally end their nine-game streak without keeping a clean sheet.Injuries to several defenders does not help matters, but Lampard can at least now call upon Reece James at right-back with the youngster having recovered from an ankle injury.N’Golo Kante also highlighted his importance to this team with a trademark energetic outing against Liverpool last weekend, and the presence of the pair could potentially prove more pivotal than having extra options in the final third.On the other hand, Graham Potter has wasted no time in stamping his own authority since arriving at the Amex Stadium, changing the team’s style of play and introducing more youngsters into the group.However, despite all of the promise from the dominant win against Watford on the first day of the season, Potter has every reason to be frustrated with his team having failed to build on that result.Fixtures against West Ham United, Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle United were an opportunity to keep away from the relegation zone heading into the winter months, but a return of three points from a possible 12 has placed pressure on the Seagulls.Given the youthful look to the team which faced Aston Villa in the EFL Cup earlier this week, the subsequent defeat was not a total surprise, while positives will be taken from some of the performances from his younger crop.Nevertheless, Brighton’s only win in seven has come from a scrappy game at Bristol Rovers, and the onus is now on the Englishman to get his team back on track, starting this weekend.With lessons having been learned from their heavy defeat at Manchester City last month, facing an inconsistent Chelsea side is an ideal opportunity for Potter to see where his squad are in terms of adapting to his mindset. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Abraham.Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Montoya, Propper, Stephens, Mooy, Alzate, Gross, Maupay.Tags: BrightonPremier LeagueStamford Bridgelast_img read more

MBB : LoGiurato: NIT? Not quite, but shocking fall is cause for concern

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Back up a second, Rick Jackson.What was that?It’s been three years since this acronym has been used in association with Syracuse men’s basketball. Three years since the acronym has given Syracuse fans knots in their stomachs while hoping their favorite team’s bubble — another term that hasn’t been used around here in three years — hasn’t burst.That’s right. Rick Jackson said N-I-T.Because somewhere along the line in Syracuse’s 73-69 loss to Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, Jackson and the rest of his Syracuse teammates felt a sense of urgency they never could have dreamed of a month ago.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Maybe pride started kicking in,’ Jackson said of the Orange’s near comeback Saturday from what once was a 20-point deficit.‘We don’t want to not be in the (NCAA) Tournament and be in the NIT right now.’And there’s the bombshell. Be in the NIT right now. Jackson was the only member of the team who used the letters ‘NIT’ when describing the state of this Syracuse team.But when you talk to almost any member of the team, that feeling — that sense of urgency — is there.Let’s get this out of the way so there’s no confusion: Syracuse is not going to the NIT. No logical path leads the Orange there. At 7-6 in the Big East and with 20 wins overall, SU already has a strong resume.With home games left against Rutgers and DePaul, the Orange will, at worst, be .500 in the conference with 22 wins and wins over Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, at St. John’s and at Connecticut.So don’t worry. No chance of an epic collapse in that sense.The message here is this: This once-proud Syracuse team has gone backward in just four weeks. On top of the college basketball world one week at No. 3 in the nation. Still undefeated and preparing for perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the season to that point with No. 5 Pittsburgh.Two weeks later, the team found itself 14 spots further down in the national rankings.And now, this is where it stands. From special to very ordinary. From comfortable to fighting.‘Our season,’ SU point guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘That’s our season Monday. If guys don’t get up for this game, then they don’t need to be playing Syracuse basketball.’The definition of Syracuse basketball has changed rapidly this season. From a team brimming with confidence after the second-best start in program history under head coach Jim Boeheim to a team tucking its self-confidence between its legs while questioning where it stands on the NCAA Tournament bubble.That was displayed Saturday. The Orange started out on that road by building a comfortable lead and gaining confidence. Suddenly, it all slipped away. Finally, the valiant effort fell short as SU realized it can’t expect to come back from a 13-point deficit with eight minutes to play.That was the team’s performance as a whole. Individually, Syracuse is even more wildly inconsistent. Like Jardine, who goes through a 16-for-55 stretch from the field in six games only to score 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting Saturday.But then, in the same game, makes a crucial turnover on a busted alley-oop attempt with SU down three and trying to make a comeback. Something that could only make Boeheim stare at Jardine for Louisville’s entire next possession as Jardine gave the sheepish ‘I know’ look.‘We made a great effort and got our offense going and did some good things on the defensive end,’ Boeheim said. ‘But you can’t get that far behind.’Syracuse can’t afford to get much further behind in the grand scheme of things this season, either. So here is the crossroads for this version of Syracuse basketball.Is this the team — finally coming to fruition — that Boeheim called ‘overrated’ two games into the season? The team that went on to win 18 games in a row to start the season? Or the team that stands psychologically shaken now?We’ll find out soon enough.‘We have to be tough, and we have to finish out this season strong,’ Jackson said. ‘We’ve come a long way. At the end, we can’t just give it up on these couple games.’Brett LoGiurato is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at bplogiur@syr.edu. Published on February 13, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Eric Dungey delivers fitting end to historic career in Camping World Bowl

first_img Comments Published on December 29, 2018 at 12:25 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 ORLANDO, Fla.— Eric Dungey scrambled right but he couldn’t escape the rush. He flipped his back to the line of scrimmage, normally a cardinal sin of a quarterback. Not for Dungey. As he came out of his spin-o-rama, with two defenders dragging him down, he flicked a pass to Moe Neal. What looked like more than a 15-yard loss, turned into a 42-yard reception that set up the final touchdown of Syracuse’s 34-18 win over West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl.“When it comes to Eric Dungey, the tall tales are true,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “The stories are true. You know, we’re going to be telling them for a very long time and after ten or 15 years, people are going to be calling bologna cheese.”On Friday in Camping World Stadium, the senior quarterback left with a curtain call reminiscent of his four-year act. He was the quarterback who turned the ball over deep in his own territory. He ran on plays far from the first down marker and took sacks that could’ve been throwaways. For one of the most prolific playmakers to play for Syracuse, it has always been a sacrifice of unspeakable errors to relish in unthinkable accomplishments.Dungey, the Camping World Bowl most valuable player, led Syracuse to four straight scoring drives to start the second half. He threw a textbook back shoulder fade to Trishton Jackson for a touchdown on a 3rd-and-11 and finished with 303 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. As he triumphantly walked off the field one final time, Syracuse’s all-time leading passer looked every bit the part of the program hero that led the Orange to its winningest season since 2001. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I mean, that’s one way to go out, I’d say,” Dungey said. “And I think the senior class, they deserve it. We have been through a lot.”More CoverageSuperlatives from Syracuse’s 34-18 Camping World Bowl win over West VirginiaSyracuse defeats West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl to cap first 10-win season since 2001Fast reaction: Three takeaways from Syracuse’s 34-18 win over West Virginia In 2015, a Terrell Hunt injury sprung him into a starting role. He spent the next three seasons providing sparks with rushing and passing yard totals combining to 7,711 yards. Still, he took his lumps, throwing 21 interceptions and missing the final three games of each season due to injury. In many ways, Dungey’s 2018 campaign, which ended with him holding or tied for 20 school records, was a microcosm of his career. He started the year with dominant rushing performances, skidded through a turnover-plagued stretch and had his job security questioned only to finish the season playing in Syracuse’s first bowl appearance since 2013. “He means so much to this university, he means so much to us,” senior linebacker Ryan Guthrie said. “He’ll go down in the history books here…(he’s) the best competitor I’ve ever been around in my life. You see him take blows out there. You see him pop right back up.”In his last hoorah on Friday night, Dungey threw the passes he’ll be remembered for. On the team’s first scoring drive, he stepped up in the pocket to evade the first rusher. With a substantial step forward bringing momentum, he slung the ball around 50 yards down near the goal line. Jamal Custis came back to the pass and caught it as he was tackled at the three yard-line.Max Freund | Staff PhotographerFor spurts those passes were the turnovers. The first interception came on a screen, in which a Mountaineers’ rusher made contact with Dungey just after the snap. Dungey stiff-armed him, ran loose and hauled a pass to Custis on the sideline. But Custis wasn’t alone and what looked like a broken play from the start ended in an interception as a WVU defensive back sniffed out the screen. In the second half, as Dungey seemed to do on a regular basis for the past four seasons, he played differently. He hit Sean Riley and Nykeim Johnson on crossing routes over the middle for chunk gains. A play-action fake led to a 26-yard tight end pop pass to Aaron Hackett. In all, he connected on throws of more than 15 yards with seven receivers. The most Dungey-like of them all being the pass to Neal which led to Orange’s final score. “The guy is amazing and he has the heart of a lion,” Babers said.Postgame, when the time came for the most obvious yet daunting question of the evening — to reflect on his career— Dungey couldn’t respond. How could he? It seemed unfathomable for the man who led the resurgence of Syracuse football to summarize the ups and downs of three 4-8 seasons and one 10-win season in a sentence. Instead, as he looked up and the memories and magnitude of the moment clearly raced through his mind, he cried. “I’m going to get grief for crying, man,” Dungey said, “but I’ve been through a lot here. “I’m just—all I can say, I’m very thankful.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Serena Williams launches fashion collection of her own

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. walks back to the baseline after returning a shot against Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)NEW YORK — Serena Williams has launched a fashion collection soon after participating in her first major tennis tournament in 16 months, dressed in a black “warrior princess” catsuit, no less.But don’t look for her French Open outfit among the athleisure, office and evening clothes on her new namesake website, the only place her duds are available.ADVERTISEMENT Mother of G League player who died sues NBA, Pistons Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 awardcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Following collaborations with HSN and Nike, Williams’ “Serena” line includes an “S” motif and comfortable price points.The letter adorns bralettes and high briefs, along with a T-shirt with the name of her childhood home, Compton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownShe says she hopes to inspire women to own their own “s” words, like strong, sexy, sophisticated, sassy, smart, silly and spontaneous.Prices range from $40 for the logo T-shirt to $215 for a gold and black anorak jacket. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more