Changes in Josh Black’s life have led him to become a freshman starter for Syracuse football

first_img Published on October 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer When Kayton Samuels went down with an injury early in the third game of the season against South Florida, Josh Black was where he had been all season up to that point — waiting on the sidelines.The freshman had yet to appear in a game. When the injury happened, he was put in a position he was waiting for, but one he wasn’t sure he’d get.“Coach (Vinson) Reynolds came to the sideline and it was Josh and I standing there next to each other,” said Kendall Coleman, another freshman defensive lineman. “And he said ‘you guys’ — and other words — ‘you guys aren’t freshmen anymore, you guys have to step up and show that you’re supposed to be out here on the field.’”The two have become the starting defensive ends. Black never envisioned becoming a starting defensive lineman at a Power 5 school his freshman year. He didn’t even enjoy football growing up and didn’t play defense until his senior year of high school. Now, he’s developed in to a key player on SU’s (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) young defensive line, which takes on Boston College (3-3, 0-3) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.RELATED STORIES:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree things Dino Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconferenceThree things Boston College head coach Steve Addazio said on teleconferenceDaivon Ellison’s consistent tackling helped him earn a starting spot Black only started playing football because he felt internally pressured to because his family members played, including his brother and father. There was never any pressure from either of them, Black said. It was more just his thoughts.“I never told them I didn’t want to play sports growing up, I didn’t really have the heart to,” Black said. “I always played sports but I never really liked them until I did them in high school. … I just feel like I didn’t have any motivation until my brother told me all that stuff.”Ben, Black’s brother, is older by four years and is currently a defensive line coach at Robert Morris University Illinois after playing on the line the last four years. The two always had a good relationship but it was never that special a bond until a few years ago.Black was enjoying football more, but his total commitment wasn’t there. Ben noticed and let his younger brother know, stressing to Black that he wasn’t going to make it far in football without changing his habits.“I remember going home after workouts, going to the shower, just thinking about that,” Black said. “This is real, I’m trying to go somewhere now. My older brother just told me you’re not going to go anywhere.”Black slowly developed into one of the best offensive linemen in his district. When college recruiters came around his junior year, though, they saw a future defensive end. With the encouragement of his head coach James Morrow, Black played defense for the first time in his life during his senior year at Harlem (Chicago) High School.He began attending recruiting camps the summer before his senior year to pick up skills. Black would have morning practices with his team, come back home, then work with Ben one-on-one.Playing a foreign position, Black had to relearn everything. Footwork, hand placement, and getting off the line quickly were all things he tried to work on before his senior year.“He was very, very raw technically, from a D-line technique-wise,” Ben said. “He just made up for it with his strength, his drive, and just him being relentless.”One of the biggest plays Morrow remembers Black making as a defender was actually on a punt. As Black remembers it, his team was down and he lined up on the left side, split through a two-man shield and got his hand in front of the ball to block it. Harlem scored the next play and went on to win the game.Black wouldn’t be able to rely on his speed and strength coming into the Atlantic Coast Conference.Over the summer he kept developing his techniques, this time with the SU coaching staff. Sometimes, the staff would gloss over fundamentals while working with the defensive line, assuming everyone knew them. Black had to consistently ask what he should be doing.“I felt like the coaches didn’t trust me. I didn’t trust myself,” Black said. “If I was coach and I was going to put myself in that position, I wouldn’t trust myself either.”But after getting on the field at the USF game, things started to click for Black. His containment on the edge against Notre Dame helped limit quarterback DeShone Kizer to just 1 rushing yard.There are still things to work on. Black wants to improve on his pass-rushing skill because he feels like his long arms could give him an advantage. Head coach Dino Babers likes his motor but thinks that Black needs to be stronger.Black kicks himself for not caring about sports as much earlier because he thinks he’d be better. But he’s still a starting defensive end for a Power 5 school as a freshman.“… I feel like everything happens for a reason, and everything fell into place,” Black said. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dr KK Sarpong resigns as Kotoko Executive Chairman

first_imgAsante Kotoko’s Executive Chairman Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong has resigned to prematurely end his three years of service, GHANASoccernet.com can confirm.The chartered accountant is said to have tendered in his resignation on Friday and the club’s administrative manager Ben Nti has confirmed receipt of the letter.But the club’s owner and Life Patron Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is yet to comment on it.GHANASoccernet.com understands the 59-year-old is incensed with the hails of insults from fans and the constant allegations of financial misappropriation.Dr Sarpong has helped to re-brand Kotoko by securing multiple sponsorship deals locally and the famous partnership agreement with English side Sunderland.He has begun work on the Kotoko Adako Jachie Project which involves a befitting training ground and office complex. The former Tema Oil Refinery boss has made attempts to revive the club’s academy.Dr Sarpong won two back-to-back Ghana Premier League titleslast_img read more

Transfer News: Feyenoord wants McCarthy back

first_imgVery reliable information gathered from the camp of Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord indicates that the club is preparing an audacious offer for Hearts of Oaks first choice goalkeeper Philemon McCarthy.The source say Feyenoord has put together an offer they believe will be tempting enough for Hearts to refuse.The Gomoa based club recently qualified to play in next season’s First Capital Plus Premier League Competition and wants to lure their former goalkeeper back to their fold to give them the experience they desire in goal.Feyenoord Football Academy sealed a return to the Ghana Premier League after defeating Dunkwa FC 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium on the last day of the national middle league competition.Feyenoord will officially notify Hearts of their intentions at the end of the football season.The Feyenoord source told sportscrusader.com in an interview that “We have put together an offer for Philemon McCarthy. We want him back to give us experience in goal. We intend to officially notify Hearts of our interest at the end of the season”.McCarthy has struggled with injuries this season but should be back in post for Hearts before the season endslast_img read more

Week 10 Fantasy QB Rankings: Jared Goff, Dak Prescott on start-or-sit bubble

first_imgThis week’s six-team actually isn’t overly harsh on quarterbacks, as three usual starters (Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson) are idle, same as last week (Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff). Still, that’s three studs most fantasy football teams rely on, meaning we have to dig deep for replacements. Given the matchups, that makes for some odd-looking Week 10 fantasy QB rankings. For some owners, this week might come down to a decision like this: Would you rather play a mediocre QB, such as Sam Darnold (vs. Giants), in a good matchup or a good QB, such as Matthew Stafford (@ Bears), in a bad one? You can play this game with Daniel Jones (@ Jets) and Jared Goff (@ Steelers) or Ryan Tannehill (vs. Chiefs) and Dak Prescott (vs. Vikings), too. WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSRunning back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerMost fantasy owners are likely going to stick with the better QBs. We’re getting to the point in the season where it’s more difficult to leave your playoff fate in the hands of a boom-or-bust quarterback. Sure, any of the aforementioned guys — or Brian Hoyer (vs. Dolphins) if he starts in place of Jacoby Brissett or Mitchell Trubisky (vs. Lions), etc. — could have solid games, but Stafford feels like a safer bet for a high floor. Goff is probably the one exception given his up-and-down season and road struggles, but even he feels safer given his weapons.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endSpeaking of “safe”, Jameis Winston (vs. Cardinals) and Kyler Murray (@ Buccaneers) rarely are, but they’re both in our top 10 this week because of the matchups. Murray has yet to throw a touchdown in four road starts, accounting for just one overall, so he’s very much a risk at Tampa, but given the matchup, we think he’s due for some of that positive regression we always hear about. MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSNote: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and individual analysis. WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWeek 10 Fantasy QB RankingsMORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderThese rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.RankPlayer1Lamar Jackson, BAL @ CIN2Patrick Mahomes II, KC @ TEN3Drew Brees, NO vs. ATL4Matt Ryan, ATL @ NO5Russell Wilson, SEA @ SF6Jameis Winston, TB vs. ARZ. Winston put up 335 yards and two scores without throwing an INT in Seattle last week, so we’re not particularly worried about him finally back at home against an Arizona defense allowing the most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs.7Philip Rivers, LAC @ OAK8Josh Allen, BUF @ CLE9Kyler Murray, ARZ @ TB. Murray hasn’t thrown a touchdown in four road games, so it’s tough to feel safe with him, but given Tampa’s tough run defense (No. 1) and porous pass defense (No. 31), Arizona should be airing it out early and often. It’s also nice that Murray can pad his stats in the run game, too.10Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. CAR. The Rodgers hype train crashed and burned last week, and this week he gets a slightly better (but still below-average) matchup against Carolina. This game is at home, though, so it’s reasonable to assume he’ll be a little sharper. With Davante Adams back and both RBs active in the receiving game, Rodgers still has enough upside to merit a start in a tough week like this.11Derek Carr, OAK vs. LAC. The Chargers allow the sixth-fewest FPPG to QBs, so this is a tough spot for Carr, but he’s really turned it on as of late, throwing for at least 285 yards and two TDs in each of his past three games. This feels like a potential shootout, so don’t be surprised if Carr puts up numbers somewhere along the lines of what Matthew Stafford (245 yards, two TDs), Deshaun Watson (351 yards, three TDs) and Ryan Tannehill (312 yards, two TDs) put up against L.A.12Dak Prescott, DAL vs. MIN. Prescott has been all over the board this season, tearing up bad teams and turning in generally mediocre performances against good teams. Minnesota is slightly above average in terms of limiting fantasy points to QBs, allowing just 15.4 FPPG. Prescott has a slightly higher floor than most pocket passers because of his running ability, and he could have a game similar to Carson Wentz’s (306 yards, two TDs, 23 rushing yards) against Minnesota. Either way, he’s on the start-sit bubble, but in a week with less options, he’ll likely be started in most leagues.13Jared Goff, LAR @ PIT. Goff is once again struggling on the road (82.8 QB rating compared to 91.2 at home), and even with the Steelers allowing a fair amount of touchdown passes lately (two each to Philip Rivers and Ryan Fitzpatrick, three to Brian Hoyer), we still worry about Goff putting up big stats. Pittsburgh is allowing just 228 passing yards per game, and with Brandin Cooks (concussion) out, Goff will have slightly less big-play potential. 14Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. SEA. The Seahawks have allowed some headscratching games to QBs this year, including 418 yards and two TDs to Andy Dalton, 460 yards and a score to Matt Schaub, and 112 yards and two TDs in just over a half to Mason Rudolph. They also allowed 335 yards and two TDs (with no INTs) to Jameis Winston in Seattle last week. Garoppolo is coming of his best game of the year (317 yards, four TDs), and clearly has some some upside. However, his average of 225.8 yards and 1.6 TDs per game is more indicative of what he’s likely to do. 15Daniel Jones, NYG @ NYJ. Jones is a walking turnover, but the Jets are in the top half of the league in FPPG allowed to QBs. Given his rushing upside (54 yards last week), Jones isn’t a bad bye-week fill-in here.16Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. KC. Patrick Mahomes (knee) is expected back, so there should be a decent amount of points in this one. The Titans will try to establish the run early, but Tannehill, who’s thrown more in every start, will still get his opportunities against a mediocre defense.17Sam Darnold, NYJ vs. NYG. The Giants allow the ninth-most FPPG to QBs, so even with all of Darnold’s struggles, he should at least be on your radar this week. 18Brian Hoyer, IND vs. MIA. Hoyer impressed with three TDs last week, and the Miami defense is far from intimidating (sixth-most FPPG allowed to QBs), but we saw last week when Darnold flopped against them that QB production isn’t a sure thing, so Hoyer is merely a mediocre bye-week fill-in. 19Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. DET. Detroit allows the seventh-most FPPG to QBs, so, on paper, this isn’t a bad matchup. But if you’ve watched Trubisky play this year, you probably feel worse about him than every QB not named Baker Mayfield. Play him at your own risk.20Kirk Cousins, MIN @ DAL. The trend is to play Cousins against bad defenses and sit him against good ones. Dallas qualifies as a good, allowing just 12.1 FPPG to QBs.21Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ IND22Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. BUF23Kyle Allen, CAR @ GB24Mason Rudolph, PIT vs. LAR25Jeff Driskel, DET @ CHI26Ryan Finley, CIN vs. BALlast_img read more

Alex wins The Leveret with last hole birdie

first_img7 Apr 2014 Alex wins The Leveret with last hole birdie England international Alex Peters scored her first success of the 2014 season with a one stroke win in The Leveret, the prestigious scratch event hosted by Formby Ladies in Lancashire. Alex  (image © Leaderboard Photography) birdied the 36th hole of the event, sinking a downhill nine-foot putt for a birdie three to claim the title. She signed off with a second round of four-under 67 which, added to her opening 75, gave her a level par total. She finished a shot clear of Lancashire’s Hollie Vizard and Cheshire’s Charlotte Leathem. Hertfordshire’s Lucy Goddard was a further stroke back, while English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd of Cornwall was among those sharing fifth place. “It’s nice to have a win early in the season,” said Alex, who won the 2013 England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. “I didn’t play too well in the morning round, I was just average, but in the afternoon I hit every fairway and had 29 putts, which was very good.” Her impressive putting helped her to amass six birdies in her 67. Alex, a member of the England Golf women’s squad, was a quarter-finalist in the recent Spanish women’s championship. She will be heading to France later this month to represent England in the French Lady Junior Championship at St Cloud. Click here for the full scores Meanwhile, Essex golfer Megan Jenkins led the English challenge at the Irish girls’ open stroke play championship at Roganstown Golf and Country Club. The 16-year-old from West Essex, who was playing  in the event for the first time, finished fifth with scores of 74 70 79. Girl international Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) was also in the top 10, taking seventh place with rounds of 78 73 75.  Sammy represented England Golf in the Nations Cup competition at the championship, alongside Kirsty Beckwith of Alwoodley, Yorkshire, and Mollie Lawrence of Rochester & Cobham Park in Kent. The event was won by Ireland, whose team included the invididual winner, the defending champion Olivia Mehaffey . Click here for the full scoreslast_img read more

Supper-conjuration of the template promoted by Setién himself

first_imgNevertheless, the arrival of Setién has served to boost this type of initiatives, which are always well received among the players.It is evident that the arrival of the Cantabrian coach is beginning to revolutionize the work routine I was wearing the team so far. To get started, eliminated the rest day the team had on Wednesday, also put a double session the day before, organizes a dinner on Thursday, puts the Friday afternoon training so that players can extend the night a bit, on Saturday the team will train in the morning but without knowing the list of summoned, since the same day of the match a session is called at 12 o’clock and subsequent call. There is no doubt that Quique Setién has arrived with the intention of putting his seal to the team as soon as possible. In fact, since last September that the staff did not call a dinner, since the traditional Christmas could not be celebrated because of the tight calendar during those weeks and the lack of lace to organize such a party. The staff of FC Barcelona took advantage of this Friday they exercise in the afternoon to make an exit and meet all under the table and tablecloth of a well-known restaurant in the upper area of ​​Barcelona, ​​as advanced TV3. The dinner was sponsored by the coach himself, Quique Setién, which considers this type of key initiatives for the group to continue strengthening its links and function as a pineapple.last_img read more

‘You’ve to run like a champion’ – Jamaica’s women revel in 4x400m gold-medal triumph

first_img perennial bridesmaids Buoyed by the confidence of fielding four persons in the 400 metres final a few days earlier and simply tired of losing to the Americans, Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m relay team stepped on to the Bird’s Nest’s mondo track knowing that something had to give. It had been 14 years since the quartet of Sandie Richards, Catherine Scott, Debbie-Ann Parris, and Lorraine Fenton won the 4x400m at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. Back then, the Jamaicans beat Germany and Russia into second and third, respectively, with Fenton, World and Olympic silver medallist, making the most of a mistake from the US anchor leg runner, Suziann Reid, who had dropped the baton after receiving it with a 10-metre lead. The United States has since won the event at four of the next six World Championships that followed. This time, however, the Jamaicans, who are perennial bridesmaids, having won four silver and two bronze medals, were more confident than ever after their four athletes – Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, and Novlene Williams-Mills – had earlier created history by becoming the first quartet from the same country to compete in a World Championships 400m final. Cancer survivor Williams-Mills showed that she is just as determined on the track, as she tracked American Francena McCorory like a predator stalking its prey, striking at the top of the 100m straight and pulling away to lead the Jamaicans home in a world-leading 3:19.13, with the Americans finishing second in 3:19.44 andlast_img read more

In Presidential Convoy Chief Drug Case, DEA Admits Burning Seized Drugs, Evidence

first_imgDrug Enforcement Agency (DEA) chief of investigation, who testified on Wednesday, alleged that nine of the 10 bags of marijuana held as evidence were destroyed by the agency.The drug was allegedly seized from the former commander of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy, in Grand Cape Mount County.Col. Augustine Doe further testified that they had delivered the balance one bag to the Magisterial Court in Grand Cape Mount County.The 10 bags, according to the DEA, weighed 315 kilograms and valued at L$330,750,000.    DEA is an institution that is responsible to enforce the country’s drug laws, as well as, consolidate and coordinate the government’s drug control activities.Testifying as prosecutors’ fourth witness, Doe told the court that pieces of evidence relating to Perry Dolo being involved with the drugs were destroyed.Dolo pleaded not guilty when charges were read to him; he was subsequently denied bail.Defending their action, Doe said the reason was that they feared the marijuana would have gone missing in the process.“We submitted the nine bags marijuana for destruction, after we have documented and photographed them, because we never wanted them to go missing,” Doe further alleged.The state’s key witness added that the  “United Nations Commission on Drug , the Liberia National Police (LNP), the DEA and state holders  were all part of the public burning exercise of the drugs.”Doe’s testimony came in a trial involving Perry Dolo, a former presidential convoy chief, who is charged alone with four other defendants with unlawful possession of narcotic drug and criminal facilitation by the Grand Jury for Grand Cape Mount County.The prosecutors witness said, though the defendants were not represented by a counsel during their investigation, they admitted about their involvement in the commission of the crime.Defendant Perry T. Dolo, together with four other persons; Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewion and Mohammed Bah, were  arrested on November 9, 2013,  at a joint security check point in Teini, Grand Cape Mount County, in a plan to smuggle the  drugs into Liberia   from Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barnesville Anti-Ebola Team Introduces ‘New Methods’, Awareness Is not Enough: Contact Tracing Is Key

first_imgTo deal decisively with the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and prevent it, once and for all, from further spreading,  residents of Barnesville, outside Monrovia, have developed a well coordinated ‘new method’ to carry out their interventions.This comes against the backdrop of the intensity of the fight against the EVD across the country. In Barnesville, one of the housing estates off Somalia Drive, several community leaders have equally created their own interventions to eliminate the disease.One person through whose personal financial intervention empowered leaders of the 17 communities there to develop their own methods to let go of the EVD, is the country’s the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr.Mr. Samukai has single-handedly outsourced the fight through the provision of over US$4,000, which he earlier donated to the team for the initiative to go out into the estate and help the people to protect themselves from the deadly virus.The township’s general chairman, Nathaniel T. Solo, has organized ‘hardworking’ groups under the auspices of the Barnesville Ebola Awareness (Taskforce).Mr. Solo started his interview with the Daily Observer Tuesday by first expressing gratitude to Minister Samuakai for his intervention and creative idea to infuse a new philosophy into members of the taskforce, backed by a substantial cash donation.Mr. Solo then told our reporter that  instead of just creating awareness and sensitizing through messages as it is often done in other communities across the country, “we are involved with tracing of suspected cases, disease surveillance (close watch), and then quarantining family members of those victimized by Ebola.”“After these processes, we often feed those quarantined for 21 days with help from Minister Samukai. The Minister has also provided 17 pieces of the non-contact thermometers to each leader of the communities. We also acknowledged the US$100 assistance from “Villagers” led  by Dee Zoe Lake,” daughter of the man who lived to be 103 before he answered the Lord’s call a few years ago.According to Mr. Solo, he has,  in collaboration with leaders of each community group, devised a means whereby each of the 17 communities is represented by two persons who serve on the team as chair and co-chair, respectively.He named some of Barnesville communities as Behwein, Palm Field, 1407 Block ‘C’, 1603, Kpan Town, E.J Goodride Estate, etc.Solo said members of each group are protected from rainfall, “because each one is dressed up in a rain coat, but not allowed to come into  physical contact with suspected persons, due to the severity of the disease.”Earlier, members of the team participated in a two-day  workshop, facilitated by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) working with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Dr. Josiah George. As a result of setting up the Community Taskforce, Mr. Solo observed that community dwellers who once harbored sick relatives are now cooperating with the team,  thereby bringing their sick ones to the public for assistance.According to Mr. Solo, what is more encouraging about the team’s interventions is that each member is compensated on a daily basis.However, for the continuity of the exercise until Liberia is declared Ebola-free in the shortest period of time, Mr. Solo has appealed to the National Taskforce to buttress  Minister Samukai’s efforts, by giving whatever other assistance the National Task Force can to keep this good work ongoing. Clearly, the efforts of Minister Samukai, Mr. Solo, Dr. Josiah George and the entire people of Barnersville‘s 17 communities need support to maintain the effective work they are doing to defeat Ebola in that part of Monrovia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Margibi Authorities Begin Health Workers’ Encouragement Package Scheme

first_imgAuthorities of Margibi County have begun distributing what they termed motivational benefits to health workers at C.H. Rennie, government’s only referral hospital in Kakata City.Addressing several government and volunteer health workers, Margibi Supt. John Zubah Buway said the county administration, including the Legislative Caucus thought it prudent to allocate some money from the county development funds to give  to health workers as an encouragement package.According to Supt. Buway, not all health workers in the county would benefit from the health workers’ motivational package due to what he described as some financial disparity.“We are starting with workers at our government hospital (C.H. Rennie) and this exercise will continue until the government can start paying you people salary and other benefits,” Supt. Buway promised.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more