Published on April 18, 2014 at 11:13 pm Contact Phil: email@example.com | @PhilDAbb The flashes of the future were interspersed during an afternoon filled with bubble screens.A 64-yard hook-up from Austin Wilson to Brisly Estime down the middle. A 54-yard completion from Wilson to Ashton Broyld, on a screen. An 18-yard connection from Mitch Kimble to Jeremiah Kobena, who ran all the way across the field before a Kendall Moore comeback block sprung him into the end zone.As a whole, the offense was just as simple as offensive coordinator George McDonald hinted it would be on Tuesday.But the glimpses of McDonald’s “full-bore blast” offense were there. And starting quarterback Terrel Hunt said there are plenty more to come.“There’s a ton of downfield stuff,” Hunt said. “I was a little upset because I didn’t realize we were on TV, so we didn’t want to show everything. I was a little frustrated like, ‘What’s going on?’ But then (McDonald) explained it to me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHunt, McDonald and Co. left the 4,071 Syracuse fans in the Carrier Dome likely wanting to see more from the offense, but did enough to beat the defense 34-27 in Syracuse’s Spring Game on Saturday. Due to a banged-up offensive line, SU head coach Scott Shafer elected for an offense-versus-defense format — with a halftime punting challenge from Riley Dixon —rather than the Team White vs. Team Orange system the team has used in the past.Hunt finished 12-of-15 for 95 yards, orchestrating three first-half series, while Broyld hauled in eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns. The rising sophomore Wilson stole the show, completing all six of his passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.“We got a lot of plays. We didn’t want to show the world what we’ve got, yet, because we don’t want anybody trying to steal our stuff,” Broyld said. “Right now we’re just working on the little things. The dinks and dunks, the get-the-first-down type plays. That’s what we’re getting good at.”There were dinks and dunks aplenty in the first half as the offense took a 17-5 lead into halftime behind a quick toss from freshman quarterback A.J. Long to Broyld on the right side and a well-placed fade from Kimble to Kobena.Junior kicker Alex Hodgkinson, who was brought on last year following Ryan Norton’s one-game suspension, connected on a 27-yard field goal and both PATs.After Dixon placed two of his four halftime punts inside the 10-yard line and one inside the 5 to bring the defense within 17-12, the offense stalled out on three straight drives.The first-down denials, valued at three points each, pushed the defense ahead 21-17.“I wanted to play more, but it was about just going out there and executing,” Hunt said.In his place, Long took the first two series and Kimble the third.Cornerbacks jumped screens. Ron Thompson sacked Long — they played touch for the quarterbacks — and Kimble fared no better.It wasn’t until Wilson hit Broyld on a 32-yard fly down the right side that the offense was reinvigorated.Two plays later, Kobena took a bubble screen for the circus touchdown.“We’re just trying to get the ball in space to our players,” McDonald said. “So if it’s a screen or a down-the-field shot, we’re really just trying to create one-on-one matchups across the field and just let our guys go out and play.”Estime showcased that best two possessions later, outrunning Julian Whigham on a post for 64 yards. A Hodgkinson 28-yarder finished the scoring for the offense.In total, McDonald said the unit churned out 79 plays.The pace was there. The potency is yet to be unveiled. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie dives a penny amid low oil prices, strengthening U.S. dollar by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 2, 2015 7:15 am MDT TORONTO – The loonie plunged to a level not seen in more than five years Friday amid a strengthening U.S. greenback and weaker crude oil prices.The Canadian dollar ended the day down 1.18 cents at 85.02 cents US. The last time it closed below this level was on May 15, 2009.The currency finished 2014 down about eight per cent or 7.8 cents US against the American currency compared with where it began the year.In contrast, the U.S. dollar strengthened last year as the Federal Reserve wrapped up its massive program of buying bonds and mortgage-backed securities, which has helped keep interest rates low.The Fed is expected hike rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis in mid-2015. Expectations are the Bank of Canada will also move to hike rates sometime after that.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported that U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months in December, weakened by declines in orders and production. Its manufacturing index fell to 55.5 in December from 58.7 in November.Still, any reading above 50 signals expansion and, despite the slowdown, a measure of employment rose, suggesting factories likely added jobs last month.Meanwhile, the loonie also continued to feel pressure from crude prices.“Oil prices are flirting with their lows and remain an important weight (on the Canadian dollar),” observed Camilla Scott, chief FX strategist, global banking and markets, Scotiabank.The February crude oil contract in New York faded 58 cents to US$52.69 a barrel.Crude oil has been on a downward trajectory since its most recent high of US$107 a barrel back in June and has plunged more than 50 per cent since then due to low demand and a global supply glut.Paul Vaillancourt of Fiera Capital said the loonie’s performance is tied to oil prices but he projects both will rise in 2015.“There’s a clearly link between our currency and the price of oil and what investors think will happen to the Canadian economy,” he said.“Our view is short-term pain for long-term gain… (The loonie) will be hard hit in the short term, impacted with the price of oil but both the Canadian dollar and price of oil will revert back and we’ll see the Canadian dollar back to 90 cents US by the end of the year.”Elsewhere on the commodity markets, February gold gained $2.10 to US$1,186.20 an ounce while March copper lost a penny to US$2.82 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter
London: Bayern Munich was in dominant form in a 3-0 road victory over Chelsea in Champions League action, a result that all but assures them of a berth in the tournament’s quarterfinal stage.These same two teams squared off in the Champions League final in 2012, when Chelsea won their lone title in Europe’s premier annual club soccer competition.But this time around the Bundesliga club asserted their authority from the early stages of the first-leg round-of-16 clash at Stamford Bridge played on Tuesday night, with the Blues only managing to keep the game scoreless in the first half thanks to a heroic effort by keeper Willy Caballero, reports Efe news.The Argentine net minder was called into duty in the opening minute of the contest, when he saved a shot to the bottom corner by Thomas Muller.He then made his presence felt again in the 15th minute by coming off his line and blocking a tight-angled shot by Robert Lewandowski with his chest. The Polish striker’s chance had been set up by a long-range pass off the foot of Thiago.Around the half-hour mark, Caballero made another save at the feet of Lewandowski and then breathed a sigh of relief when a shot by Muller traveled just wide of the post.The German forward followed up that potent blast with a phenomenal long-range header that clanked off the crossbar in the 35th minute.The Premier League side’s chances, meanwhile, were few and far between, although defender Marcos Alonso came close to scoring on a counter-attack in the 43rd minute that Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer did well to clear for a corner.The sense at the start of the second half was that Bayern could not be denied for much longer, and that proved to be the case.Bayern took a 2-0 lead in a span of just four minutes thanks to a pair of goals scored by Serge Gnabry and assisted by Lewandowski.On the opening score, Lewandowski unselfishly sent a pass inside the box to an unmarked Gnabry for a tap-in in the 51st minute. Then in the 54th minute, Lewandowski moved into Bayern’s final third and found Gnabry for a cross-shot past Caballero and into the bottom corner of the goal.Plenty of time remained on the clock for the superior German side to add one more away goal.That came in the 76th minute when Canadian winger Alphonso Davies made an outstanding run down the left side before sending a cross to Lewandowski, who scored from close range for his 11th goal of this Champions League campaign and 39th goal of the season across all competitions.Mercifully, Bayern would do no more damage on the scoreboard on this disastrous night for Chelsea, who not only trail 3-0 but also will be without Jorginho (accumulation of bookings) and Alonso (straight red card in the 83rd minute) in the second leg.The March 18 second leg will be played at Allianz Arena in Munich, where Chelsea upset Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final. (IANS)Also Read: Late Lewandowski goal earns Bundesliga pacesetters Bayern Munich winAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD elections
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