Syracuse loses fourth straight game, 101-90, in double overtime at No. 23 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With no true point guard and all eyes fixated on Tyus Battle, two defenders swarmed the Syracuse star. There was no room to move. Battle played all of regulation and all but 24.6 seconds of both overtimes, pouring every ounce he had into a game- and career-high 37 points to pace the Orange.A 10-second rule was called because Syracuse could not get the ball across mid-court. The Seminoles drilled their 11th 3-pointer of the game on their next possession, paving the path for a late surge to separate themselves from the Orange in the second overtime on Saturday afternoon.In Syracuse’s first multi-OT game since the Connecticut six-OT game in the 2009 Big East Tournament, Florida State launched from deep and brought an offensive attack Syracuse (12-6, 1-4) has not seen this season. Sagging to protect the rim comes with a risk — an open perimeter — and the Seminoles converted on 11 3-pointers. When the Orange stretched out to defend 3s, the Seminoles (13-4, 2-3) worked inside with their considerable size, winning 101-90 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and handing SU its fourth straight loss.“That was a good effort,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, noting that SU overcame a 10-point deficit out of the break. “Tremendous effort … we played well and we’re playing better on offense.”The SU defense was strong early, but the offense was inflammable. They swapped in the second half and much of overtime, as Battle exploded for drives, 3-pointers and an array of versatility to make it a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the end of regulation, Battle drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with six seconds left. It sent the game into overtime, the score even at 74, and silenced a previously raucous home crowd. He scored 22 points in the second half and added 10 more in the overtime periods. Battle is SU’s leading scorer, who lifted SU to a win at Georgetown a month ago with two late 3-pointers in an overtime thriller. Saturday, with starting point guard Frank Howard fouled out and no other consistent scoring option, Battle put SU on his back.“I was playing too fast, they were speeding me up,” Battle said. “In the second half, I just slowed down, saw the floor, stayed aggressive.“Just little mistakes that lost us the game. Defensive errors, defensive breakdowns. I let their guys get wide open corner 3s.”What followed many of Battle’s scoring plays was an FSU answer. The high-scoring Seminoles knew how they would beat Syracuse, even without their leading scorer in junior Terance Mann.Shoot the 3.The Seminoles take more 3s per game than any team in the conference and they entered Saturday with the 29th-best scoring offense in the country, averaging nearly 84 points per game. They were held to only 31 points in the first half. But the goal was to beat SU via the 3, and they stuck to their gameplan. FSU shot 11-for-32 from deep.Despite Battle’s outing and the fact that four SU players reached double figures, the Syracuse offense could not keep pace. It was a close game, but Syracuse is stuck in neutral, held back by few scoring options, lethargy and a bevy of turnovers. The Orange committed 19, and FSU turned those into 31 points.At point guard, Howard scored 13 points and dished out five assists before fouling out late in regulation. He was subdued post-game, but he extracted the positive from Syracuse’s 90-point offensive outburst.“We played well, moved the ball a lot better in the second half,” Howard said. “We got some driving lanes. I think we’re starting to find our niche on the offensive end.”It may have come at a convenient time. The Orange’s near upset win could provide Syracuse a momentum boost at a needed time. For one, it was a near a road win against a ranked opponent, something that eluded the program last season. It would have snapped a three-game skid, as well, and the victory represents how formidable the Syracuse defense can be.The Orange will return home Tuesday for Pittsburgh (8-10, 0-5), the worst team in the ACC. Boston College follows, and the Orange is predicted to win each of its next four games, according to may not be time to panic just yet, considering Syracuse started conference play 0-4 two years ago, when the Orange went dancing all of the way to the Final Four. But SU’s fourth straight loss is significant and it will take a strong next month and a half of play to dig itself out of this hole and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.“It’s five games. Who cares?” Boeheim said. “You got a whole season, 14 games left. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. We had a tough start, three tough road games. If we lost them by 10 or 12, I’d be really worried. We had a really good chance to win two of the three.” Comments Published on January 13, 2018 at 5:28 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more


NFL free agency rumors: Dolphins sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to 2-year deal, report says

first_img NFL free agency rumors: Teddy Bridgewater to re-sign with Saints News of the signing comes after the Dolphins reportedly offered Teddy Bridgewater the job, though he turned it down to re-sign with the Saints and continue serving as backup to veteran Drew Brees, who is nearing retirement at age 40. The Dolphins traded Ryan Tannehill to the Titans last week and failed to sign Tyrod Taylor as another potential replacement. The Fitzmagic is moving on to Miami.According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the Dolphins have signed former Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year, $11 million contract with incentives that could make it between $17 and $20 million. The deal makes Miami the eighth franchise Fitzpatrick has played for as the 36-year-old journeyman prepares to enter his 15th NFL season in 2019. Related News Fitzpatrick filled in admirably for the suspended Jameis Winston last season, finishing with 2,366 passing yards for 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in seven starts.He has started 126 of 141 career NFL games and has a career passer rating of 81.1.last_img read more


Olympia Federal Savings Announces Staff Changes and Promotions

first_img Amanda Coic is now the loan officer at the downtown Olympia branch. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings 1 of 6 Mark Johnson has been promoted to loan officer at the West Olympia branch. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings Facebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Federal Savings is pleased to announce the followings staff changes and promotions:Kayla Rice has a new role with the organization and is shifting her responsibilities from Loan Processor/Closer to Downtown Olympia Assistant Branch Manager. Rice started with Oly Fed in 2014 as a Customer Service Representative and has much experience as a Savings Counselor and Lead Customer Service Representative.Mark Johnson has been promoted to Loan Officer and will be working in the West Olympia Branch. In 2007, Johnson joined Oly Fed as a Customer Service Representative and in 2012 he transferred to the Loan Servicing Department where he most recently worked as a Loan Processor/Closer.Mari Madsen was recently promoted to Belfair Branch Manager after serving as Assistant Branch Manager for many years. Madsen has worked for Oly Fed for the past 20 years and started in the Belfair Branch as a Customer Service Representative.Rachel Rudenski has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at the Belfair Branch after serving as a Universal Banker. Rudenski started with Oly Fed in 2010 as a Customer Service Representative at the Belfair Branch.Amanda Coic has a new role with the organization and is shifting her responsibilities from Assistant Branch Manager to Loan Officer at the Downtown Olympia Branch. Coic started with Oly Fed in 2008 as a Customer Service Representative at the Lacey Branch and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager in 2014.Eric Lake was recently hired as Senior Loan Officer based at the Belfair Branch. Lake has many years of lending experience and is relocating back to the Pacific Northwest, most recently from Kansas where his wife has been stationed in the military. Kayla Rice was promoted to assistant branch manager at the downtown Olympia branch. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savingscenter_img Mari Madsen was promoted to Belfair branch manager. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings Rachel Redenski was promoted to assistant branch manager for the Belfair branch. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings Eric Lake is a new hire as a senior loan officer for the Belfair branch. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal Savingslast_img read more



first_imgPHIL D’AMATO, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER, AND SIDEPOCKET RUN, SECOND: “That was like two wins (running first and second). Sunday Rules couldn’t be doing any better right now. I just think it’s a combination of getting over her little baby issues, and now, hopefully, I’ll be able to map out a nice campaign for the future. She’ll definitely stay sprinting.” JOCKEY QUOTESTYLER BAZE, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “Nice filly. She runs with her head a little low but . . . she’s not real fast that first jump out of the gate but after that she’s a monster. She’s a train really; she just goes. Those first strides, she just needs to get her feet up under her but then she’s really just a train.”TRAINER QUOTES NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER: “We are blessed to have horses as we do in Santa Ynez and to be able to race them here at Santa Anita. What a pleasant surprise she’s been. She’s very plain looking and you’d never pick her out of a group of horses in a pasture. The way she runs with her neck low . . . Nothing bothers her. There is a graded stakes in Florida this coming July that we might take a look at.” -30- NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander is from Los Angeles.last_img read more



first_imgGLORYZAPPER TAKES HARD-FOUGHT HALF LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 LA WOMAN STAKES UNDER ELLIOTT; D’AMATO FILLY GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:15.75 ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2016)–In a driving four-horse finish, Gloryzapper, with Stewart Elliott up, prevailed by a half length in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Phil D’Amato, Gloryzapper, who went head and head for the lead with eventual third place finisher Perfect Pic throughout, got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.75.Breaking from post position five in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up, Gloryzapper and Perfect Pic set collective splits of 22.13, 45.10 and 1:09.41 as even money favorite Luminance, who broke slowly, could never get on terms with the dueling leaders and finished a close third.“She’s always a fighter, she always pushes on,” said D’Amato.  “Stewart did a great job.  The four (Luminance) broke a little slow, so Stewart put Gloryzapper into the race early and she fought everybody off.  I love her in this scenario.  When she has her head in front of the rest of the opposition, she love the fight…Passing horses, she’s just ok, but she loves to be in the mix and fight them off.”Off at 9-2, Gloryzapper paid $11.20, $5.60 and $3.80.Owned by Hebert Bloodstock, Andrew Leggio and Peter Peluso, the Kentucky-bred 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, who came off an eighth place finish going 1 1/8 miles on turf in the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes Sept. 4, notched her first stakes win in career start number eight.  She now has four overall wins and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $225,045.“She ran really well in her last out, but she just didn’t have that turn of foot on the grass, like grass horses do,” said Elliott.  “With the way she ran today…She got tested and she fought to win, so I could see the Breeders’ Cup as a possiblily.”(D’Amato indicated that the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, is under consideration).Ridden by Mike Smith, Wild At Heart broke from the rail and sat just in behind Perfect Pic until the furlong pole.  At that point, “Perfect” drifted out a bit, which enabled Wild At Heart to surge late, but she had to settle for second, finishing a half length in front of Perfect Pic, who was ridden by Santiago Gonzalez.Off at 8-1, Wild At Heart paid $6.60 and $4.40Perfect Pic, who finished a head in front of Luminance, was off at 3-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Luminance, trained by Bob Baffert, came off a stirring second condition allowance win on July 27 and looked like the horse to beat in the LA Woman.“She broke a little slow, so I didn’t have the position I wanted to have early,” said Bejarano, who was aboard for the July 27 win.  “She tried really hard, but those fillies didn’t stop.”First post time on Monday, Columbus Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


CAB writes to BCCI over Ranji rescheduling

first_imgKolkata, Dec 5 (PTI) The Cricket Association of Bengal today wrote a letter to the BCCI requesting not to review the decision of rescheduling the Bengal versus Gujarat Ranji match at its tournament committee meeting tomorrow. “The decision adopted by the BCCI for rescheduling the match is appropriate, the same is also beyond the scope of any review both in factual as well as constitutional powers. “It is sincerely expected that in the longer interest of the game, the decision would not be reviewed abusing the sport of fair play,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya wrote in a letter to the BCCI president and secretary. The issue began when the Bengal-Gujarat clash in New Delhi from November 5-8 finished without a ball being bowled because of smog and the contest has now been rescheduled from December 15 in Visakhapatnam. With stiff competition for the quarterfinals in Group A during the business end of the league, it is learnt that the Mumbai Cricket Association supported by the Tamil Nadu CA had raised an objection about the rescheduling and instead suggested that one point each should have been awarded to both the teams. Mumbai lead the group with 29 points from seven matches, five points clear of Gujarat with a match in hand. In third place, Tamil Nadu have 23 from seven matches while Bengal have 17 from six matches on the sixth place in the nine-team table. PTI TAP BS BSlast_img read more