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Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-46 win over Holy Cross

first_imgSyracuse jumped out to another early lead and cruised to its second win in as many games. The No. 18 Orange (2-0) beat Holy Cross (0-2), 90-46, Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. Tyler Lydon improved around the basket, SU head coach Jim Boeheim went to his bench early and Andrew White flashed the shooting ability he displayed at Nebraska last season.Lydon attacks at the rimAfter scoring just two points in Syracuse’s season opener against Colgate, Boeheim said Lydon had to do a better job getting near the basket. Boeheim mentioned that once Lydon gets offensive boards, he has to finish the easy layups. Lydon’s first four baskets were all near the rim. He racked up three offensive boards in the first half.He continued his strong play early in the second half with a sequence in which he saved a loose ball from going out of bounds along the baseline. After whipping the ball back onto the court and to Tyler Roberson without looking, he tumbled into the folding chairs adjacent to the court. The offensive board led to a Frank Howard layup. SU’s student section began chanting his name and on the Orange’s next possession, Lydon hit his first 3 of the season.After struggling in Syracuse’s two exhibition games and against Colgate, the player who was named to the Wooden Award watch list on Tuesday proved why against the Crusaders. He finished with 17 points and six rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShort leashOn Holy Cross’ first possession of the game, Robert Champion received a pass at the top of the 3-point arc on Howard’s side of the zone. Champion, with time and space, stepped into the shot and knocked it down to give the Crusaders a 3-0 lead. SU head coach Jim Boeheim immediately spun around and told backup point guard John Gillon to check in.Gillon checked in at the next stoppage, three minutes into the game. He subbed in alongside backup center Paschal Chukwu, who replaced Dajuan Coleman. The possession before subbing out, Coleman allowed Champion to slip behind him and Champion had an easy path to the hoop along the baseline to tie the game, 5-5.Both substitutions were made as a result of Syracuse’s defense, something that Boeheim said needs work with new players being added to the mix this season. In the early going on Tuesday, it was two more experienced players who were taken out early.White hot againAndrew White impressed again with a game-high 19 points on 5-of-10 from 3. He got off to a hot start with 12 of Syracuse’s first 31 points in the first 12 minutes of the game. He helped spark the Orange’s 18-3 run to put SU up, 36-14.White scored 17 in the season opener but made only two 3s against Colgate.Early on, White answered Holy Cross when the score was still tight. White tied the game up at 3-3 and knocked down another triple after the Crusaders cut the deficit to 13-8. He flashed his highly-touted shooting skills that had SU fans salivating in the offseason. As a junior at Nebraska, White made 41 percent of the 3s he took. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2016 at 9:22 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Angels’ Brian Goodwin says he has no hard feelings after arbitration hearing

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Frank Tanana is due in camp on Thursday, the first of a handful of former Angels who Maddon has recruited to come back and help periodically throughout the spring. …Maddon is still learning about most of the Angels players, and he said he learned how coachable Luís Rengifo is during drills this week. They were working on situational hitting, with players hitting off a pitching machine at close distance, and Rengifo made a marked improvement from the start of the drill to the end of it, with the help of Albert Pujols. “All of the sudden, the ball found the barrel,” Maddon said. “I found that there’s aptitude. I saw the pop. The ball comes off hot.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros TEMPE, Ariz. — Brian Goodwin spent part of his day on Tuesday wearing a suit, sitting in a hotel conference room and hearing about what was wrong with him as a baseball player.“It’s not a pretty process,” Goodwin said Wednesday in his return to Angels camp, a day after he became the first Angels player since 2011 to go to an arbitration hearing. “It’s not a pretty process by any means, but I think it’s necessary for players to have a voice to be able to stand up for themselves, what they believe in their value and be able to say who they are and what they think about themselves.”Goodwin spoke about the process before learning later in the day that the panel of arbitrators had ruled in his favor, awarding him $2.2 million instead of the $1.85 million the Angels offered for his 2020 salary.Almost all arbitration cases get settled before they reach a hearing, precisely because teams and players both choose to avoid the potentially awkward situation that occurred on Tuesday. The biggest downside to the process is that it leaves the possibility that there could be hard feelings on the player’s side after hearing representatives of his team essentially argue that he’s not as good as he thinks he is.Goodwin said he doesn’t feel that way, though.“There really is no room to have hard feelings or feel any type of way, because you knew walking in there what you are getting yourself into,” Goodwin said. “I had probably a month before the actual case that I knew what was going to happen. And kind of how business-like it was going to be. To go in there and actually hear it? Yeah, it changes a little bit but it doesn’t leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. They went in there to do the same thing we went to do, go to war.”ALSOThe Angels agreed to sign JC Ramírez to a minor-league deal, bringing back a pitcher who had been in the organization since 2016. Ramírez underwent Tommy John surgery in 2018 and had diminished velocity when he returned last summer, so the Angels let him go. He spent the winter pitching in Mexico. …Related Articles The Angels used a team of third-party lawyers that they had hired for the case. General Manager Billy Eppler said he was not present for the hearing, but at least a couple other Angels executives were, Goodwin said. Goodwin was there, along with the lawyers from his agent’s company.“They talked about a lot of your strengths, but you hear about a lot of your weaknesses,” Goodwin said. “A lot of stuff that you can be doing better. Now, it’s no longer a secret. You know exactly what those things are. You know what they are looking for. You know what you need to do. There’s really no excuse but to go out and get better.”Goodwin, 29, is coming off his best season in the big leagues, having hit .262 with 17 homers and a .796 OPS in 136 games. He had never played more than 75 games in a major league season, but the injury to Justin Upton just before Opening Day opened the door for extended playing time.“I played the game the right way, for a long time, when I had the opportunity,” Goodwin said. “There has been a trend in my career that when I play, I play well. I put up numbers. There’s nothing anyone can say to argue that. The numbers and stuff are there. So I think we just told them what it was. We did what we were supposed to do. That’s why I was still there at the end of the year. A lot of people – the front office and teammates – said a lot of good stuff, from the day I stepped in the locker room, stepped on the field. I think that should carry a lot of weight.”Even if Goodwin had “lost,” he’d still have earned a salary much greater than the $583,000 he earned last year, before he was arbitration-eligible.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more