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Scrimmage performances give Syracuse hope at faceoff X

first_imgAs Syracuse slumped to its worst finish in recent memory a year ago, the Orange’s struggle to find a consistent option at the faceoff X served as a microcosm for the season. Whether it was a lack of talent, or a lack of experience, SU was never able to find someone to step up and win faceoffs.Saturday’s scrimmages provided hope for the future.“We’ve got a couple of new kids out there that are going to keep getting better with experience,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.In its first game, a 15-10 win over Hofstra, the Orange won 16-of-28 faceoffs (57 percent) with Chris Daddio winning 8-of-11. In the second game SU was even better, winning 16-of-25 (64 percent). Daddio again led the way, going 6-for-7, but Cal Paduda, who attempted 11 faceoffs in the opener, was nearly as good, winning 5-of-6.In both games, it was Paduda, a freshman, that got the call for the first faceoff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I had some jitters for the first couple faceoffs, but after that it was really smooth,” he said. “Everyone relaxed down, I relaxed down.”The Orange maintains a by-committee approach to faceoffs, so Paduda doesn’t take much stock in getting the call for the first faceoff.Where the by-committee approach does help Paduda, though, is in getting advice from some of the more experienced players. Daddio, Elliott Burr and Brendan Conroy have all taken faceoffs for longer than Paduda has, so he gets the opportunity to pick up tips from his more knowledgeable teammates.“Everytime after a faceoff I’ll go up and talk to them, be like, ‘OK, he did this, what should I do next time?’” Paduda said. “Or we’ll share each other hints, like what works on this guy, what works on that guy. So we’re a really good unit — a team within a team.”SU was 11 and 20 percent better than its season average on faceoffs a year ago in the games against the Pride and Crusaders respectively. Daddio was the star of the day at X, losing just three of his 18 faceoff attempts on the day.Daddio appears to be the most reliable option with just three weeks until the regular season opener, but with a core of underclassmen someone else could emerge from the team within the team and give Syracuse the faceoff jolt it so desperately needed a year ago.“Time will tell,” Desko said. “The freshmen here got a chance to go against two different teams, a set of different faceoff guys from each group, so it was great experience.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse adjusts to rule changes in season-opening scrimmages Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 26, 2013 at 6:48 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, December 2

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is considering a January move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin after drawing up a short-list of targets to bolster Manchester United’s injury-ravaged defensive options. (Daily Telegraph)A Qatari side have bid £9.5m for Trabzonspor striker Abdul Majeed Waris. That may alert Manchester United, who have been monitoring the player. (Daily Star)Frank Lampard’s future at Manchester City is set to hinge on the club’s Champions League commitments, with Manuel Pellegrini waiting until after next week’s decisive fixture against AS Roma before considering an extension to the midfielder’s loan arrangement. (Daily Telegraph)Arsène Wenger is planning to offload Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell when the transfer window opens next month as part of an overhaul at Arsenal. (The Times)Chelsea are keen to loan out winger Mo Salah to a Premier League club in January. Boss Jose Mourinho has indicated he wants Salah, who has not started a League match this season, to gain first-team experience in England. Everton, Sunderland, QPR and Stoke are keen. (Daily Mirror)Danny Ings is being courted by Newcastle in a cut price deal. The England U21 star is out of contract at Burnley in June and available for around £3 million in compensation, with the Geordies topping the list of interested clubs. (Daily Mirror)Burnley boss Sean Dyche, however, insists the club are not planning for the loss of Danny Ings in January — or any of their other stars. (The Sun)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Steven Gerrard set for MLS? New York Red Bulls tipped to launch move for Liverpool captainMadrid giants weighing up January move for Man City strike starChelsea midfielder reveals uncertainty about his futureFulham keen to tie down defensive star amid West Ham interestBlow for Arsenal! Gunners told Celtic defender will be ‘very expensive’Man United have NOT made a bid for starlet, claims FloSwansea boss slaps ‘astronomical fee’ on Liverpool targetBye? Buy? Six top class stars tipped for January transferslast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Stepfan Taylor, RB, 5th round (140th overall)A solid special teams player as well as a reliable runner, Taylor has appeared in 61 games (with four starts), though at no point has ever really threatened to take over as the lead back.Career stats: 120 carries, 393 yards, 1 rushing TD; 20 receptions, 154 yards, 3 TDs; 13 special teams tackles The Arizona Cardinals pulled out a dramatic 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, but they didn’t walk away totally unscathed.Running back Stepfan Taylor left the game with a calf injury and did not return. Head coach Bruce Arians updated Taylor’s condition Monday.“The only person that it looks like he could miss some time is Stepfan Taylor,” Arians said. “Stef strained a calf and could miss some significant time.” The injury comes just a week after Taylor’s breakout game. The second-year pro out of Stanford ran for a career-high 40 yards and a touchdown and added a receiving touchdown in the Cardinals’ 24-13 win over Oakland Oct. 5. For the season, Taylor has 18 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 40 yards and two scores.The Cardinals have dealt with their fair share of injuries this season, so they are well-equipped to deal with this one as well.“Marion Grice will slide up the depth chart. Robert Hughes could get some time, depending on what the situation is and what package, but yeah, Marion will be the next guy up,” Arians said.Grice, a rookie from Arizona State, made his pro debut Sunday, but didn’t get any carries. In fact, he played just one snap on special teams.Hughes caught two passes for 13 yards Sunday. He has carried twice for two yards and caught four passes for 27 yards this season. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more