Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star Michael Clark becomes 4th offensive lineman in 2016 class

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Offensive tackle Sam Heckel becomes 11th member of Class of 2016Syracuse football recruiting: Dino Babers lands 1st commit, 2016 OL Airon ServaisLiam O’Sullivan discusses flip to Syracuse: ‘Coach Babers just seems like a winner’Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 OL Noel Brouse decommits due to ‘coaching changes’Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 OL Cam DeGeorge becomes 5th decommit since Dino Babers’ hiring AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot-7, 277-pound Clark is ranked with three stars and as the 102nd best offensive tackle in the 2016 class by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Clark, who attends Downington East (Pennsylvania) High School, is the only current 2016 commit from Pennsylvania. He decommitted from Maryland, another school that had a coaching change, two weeks ago.Clark joins Sam Heckel, Airon Servais and Liam O’Sullivan as offensive linemen in SU’s 2016 recruiting class. Heckel is the only one of the four that committed before head coach Dino Babers’ hiring. Two offensive linemen, Cam DeGeorge and Noel Brouse, committed to Scott Shafer’s staff, but have since decommitted. The previous coaching staff only planned on taking three offensive lineman in this recruiting cycle.Syracuse’s 2016 class now consists of nine players who committed to Babers and six that committed to Shafer. There’s less than two weeks until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. Comments Published on January 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Class of 2016 offensive lineman Michael Clark verbally committed to Syracuse while on his official visit, he tweeted Saturday afternoon. Clark is now the fourth offensive lineman in the class and 15th commit in total.Clark received an offer from the Orange on Friday afternoon after he arrived on campus. SU beat out Pittsburgh and South Carolina, the two other schools in his top three. As of Friday, he planned to take an official visit to Pittsburgh next weekend.last_img read more

Even at 4-6, Steelers hardly out of playoff hunt

first_imgMike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The math is tantalizing.The schedule is favorable.The middle of the AFC is a mess.Suddenly, things are looking up for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Consecutive wins over Buffalo and Detroit have Pittsburgh (4-6) in position to play meaningful football into December if not January.“We feel like we have a good team, but when we mention those things, people say ‘Your record says you’re not,” wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. “We’ve just got to continue to fight this thing out and see what happens. We have to keep it going.”Cotchery allows his team’s margin for error is “nonexistent,” though the final six weeks hardly look intimidating.Starting with Sunday’s game at Cleveland (4-6), the Steelers face just one team with a winning record the rest of the way. And even that Dec. 15 showdown with AFC North-leading Cincinnati is at Heinz Field.The other five games include two against the Browns, a Thanksgiving night matchup at struggling Baltimore (4-6) and a visit by the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 8.What was billed as the return of former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace could take a backseat to something considerably more substantial.Miami and the New York Jets are tied for the sixth and final AFC playoff spot at 5-5. Pittsburgh already owns the tiebreaker over the Jets after picking up a victory on the road last month.It’s not much hope to cling to, but it beats the alternative. The Steelers were reading the obituary on their season after a humbling 55-31 loss to New England dropped them to 2-6 at the midway point and 15th in the 16-team AFC.Two promising weeks later, they’re 10th with plenty of time left.The crossroads may have come in the fourth quarter against Detroit. The Lions had just botched a fake field goal attempt but pinned the Steelers at their own 3 early in the fourth quarter.Facing third-and-9, Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 16-yard gain. The drive ended in a touchdown and Pittsburgh was on its way to its most significant victory of the season.“I don’t know if it’s a turning point, but hopefully we can look back in 3-4 months and say it was,” tight end Heath Miller said.This isn’t the first time this fall Pittsburgh appeared poised to break out of a rut. The Steelers beat the Jets and the Ravens after an 0-4 start and spark belief that better days were ahead.Pittsburgh then went out and bumbled its way to a 21-18 loss to Oakland before Tom Brady picked the Steelers apart and sent the franchise into full-blown crisis mode.Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau talked about going back to “page one” in the playbook after giving up 610 yards to the Patriots. He vowed to simplify things and his defense has responded with a pair of solid performances.The Steelers overwhelmed Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel in a 23-10 romp and shut down the high-powered Lions after surviving a 27-point deluge in the second quarter.Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford completed just 3 of 16 passes after halftime and wide receiver Calvin Johnson never got his hands on the ball in the second half as Pittsburgh rallied.Perhaps just as encouraging as the results were the plays the Steelers were able to produce. Lawrence Timmons recovered a fumble and returned it 30 yards to set up a score.Nose tackle Steve McLendon forced Lions holder Sam Martin to fumble during the fake field goal and safety Will Allen intercepted Stafford in the fourth quarter to put Roethlisberger in position for the game-clinching touchdown.Those were the kind of plays Pittsburgh didn’t make for several weeks early in the season, something that weighed on them in the locker room.“When you’re not getting them, you try to downplay it like it doesn’t matter,” safety Ryan Clark said. “But when you’re getting them you understand they help you win.”A pattern that will have to continue if the Steelers want to avoid missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time this millennium.“We’ve got to be mentally tough,” cornerback Ike Taylor said. “We know it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”NOTES: Coach Mike Tomlin said LB LaMarr Woodley, DE Brett Keisel and G Ramon Foster will have a chance to play against the Browns. All three starters sat out the Lions game because of injury. … The Steelers signed former Pitt running back Ray Graham to the practice squad on Tuesday. Graham rushed for 3,271 yards in four seasons with the Panthers from 2009-2012.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

Oly Town Artesian’s JJ Olson Returns From Injury to Win WISL…

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansReturning for the first time from an off-season injury, Oly Town Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson made 26 saves and held the high-powered Bellingham offense to just two goals over the first three quarters on Saturday night, and was voted Western Indoor Soccer League Defensive Player Of The Week for week 10 by league coaches and club operators.The Saint Martin’s grad played a game for the ages. On The Pavilion’s small field that traditionally yields high scores and against the #2 team in the league both in record and in scoring who scored 14 goals on the Artesians earlier in the season, Olson held Bellingham to just one goal at even strength in a 5-4 loss. He made 26 saves despite facing constant pressure while Oly Town’s offense struggled to keep possession in the second half. Eventually, the Hammers took advantage and scored two power play goals and scored once with a man advantage after pulling their goalkeeper to add a sixth attacker.This is Olson’s second WISL Player Of The Week award. The Lakeville, Minnesota native took home the prize last season with a big 7-5 win over the Tacoma Stars Reserves. In his fourth season with the Artesians, Olson has started the most games at goalkeeper and has the most wins of any goalkeeper in club history but was only able to play in one game this season. Injuries beset Oly Town keepers this season. Ryan Perkins and Bradley Hanson both suffered season ending injuries early on. Defender Ryan Fakkema was converted into a keeper and played admirably in five games.This was the third Player Of The Week award for the Artesians this season. Eli Boatright was named Offensive POTW for his game tying goal in a 4-4 week nine draw in Snohomish. And Chris Pugh was also named Offensive POTW last week for his hat trick against the Oly-Pen Force.The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up their league schedule with Olson’s grand performance, but they will host one more game this Saturday night with Austin Kelley Night, an annual celebration of soccer in memory of friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick in the friendly between the Artesians and the Oly Legends is set for 6:30 at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.Stay up to date with the Artesians during the off-season and heading into the 2019 Evergreen Premier League season by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

ICC to review aggressive Bangladesh celebration footage against India at the U19 World Cup

first_imgAdvertisement 5qoNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2lw1tbs7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8x07( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6ovgWould you ever consider trying this?😱3u7g4Can your students do this? 🌚v9tRoller skating! Powered by Firework The young rivalry between India and Bangladesh has garnered a lot of attention in the last few years. Be it the group-stage game of the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup or the Asia Cup final and even last year’s Nidahas Trophy clash among these two teams, witnessed tempers flying from both camps at the senior level. And yesterday’s U19 World Cup final between the Boys in Blues and the young Bangla Tigers was no exception as well. Following their historic victory in an ICC tournament, some Bangladeshi players got carried away and celebrated in a “dirty” manner according to Priyam Garg the Indian captain; while team manager Anil Patel stated that the ICC has taken a serious view of the aggressive celebrations by the Bangladeshis. Advertisement Picture Credit: Cricket CountryAfter their three-wicket win over India in the final, some Bangladeshi players were spotted rushing towards the pitch with an aggressive attitude. Tension loomed between the two  young teams before it was defused by the coaching staff and on-field officials.Even during the game, the Bangladesh players were belligerent towards their Indian counterparts, as pacer Shoriful Islam was seen sledging the Indian batsmen after each delivery.Advertisement “We don’t know what actually happened, everybody was in a shock, absolutely, but we don’t know what happened exactly. The ICC officials are going to watch the footage of the last few minutes and they are going to let us know.” Patel said in an interview on Sunday.He then went on to claim that the match referee Graeme Labrooy met with him and expressed his regret about the whole incident.Advertisement “The referee came to me. He was sorry about the incident. He clarified the ICC is going to take very seriously what has happened during the match and the last session. They are going to witness the footage and they will tell us in the morning (Monday).”Meanwhile, Indian skipper Priyam Garg said that their (Bangladesh) reaction was “dirty”; while his opposite number Akbar Ali apologised for the “unfortunate incident”.“What happened, it should not [have] happened. I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through. As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game.” Ali stated. You may also like:U-19 World Cup Final Review: Young guns put Bangladesh on the cricketing map with ecstatic winShoaib Akhtar slams Pakistan U19s and praises Indian team after semifinal showdown Advertisementlast_img read more