Xavi wants ‘dream team’ of coaching assistants at Barcelona

first_imgFormer Barcelona captain, Xavi has reiterated his desire to one day become head coach at Camp Nou and stated that he would like to draft in the likes of former team-mates Carles Puyol and Jordi Cruyff to assist him in his duties. The Catalan club had been in touch with the former midfielder – who is currently in the dugout of Qatari side Al Sadd – before appointing Quique Setien, but Xavi made it clear that the opportunity had come too quickly. Internal issues also played a part in the 40-year-old’s decision, with major questions continuing to be asked of president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s running of the club – particularly regarding the Blaugrana’s recent poor transfer business. It is widely believed that Xavi’s day will come, however, and the World Cup winner already appears to have plans in mind for who will make up his backroom staff. “I am delighted to continue gaining coaching experience and challenging myself, but of course it would be a privilege for me to train Barca one day,” he said in an interview with El Pais. “I’d want a dream team, with Jordi Cruyff, Carles Puyol and some current players. “I would like to make a team with important people who know the club, people who I trust and will be loyal to me.”Advertisement For now, however, Barca will have to make do with Setien, a man for whom Xavi admits to having great respect for due to his style of coaching, but admits that the exciting “Cruyffismo” style counts for little if the club doesn’t win games. “In January I told them that it was not the right time and since then they have not contacted me,” he said. “As a ‘cule’ I wish them the best. I respect Quique Setien a lot, he has a style very similar to what Barca needs, which is ‘Cruyffismo’, but another thing is the results that accompany…” The prevailing opinion on Barca at present is that they are overly reliant on Lionel Messi, a player who may well have hung up his boots by the time his old team-mate steps into the Camp Nou dugout, but Xavi still feels the Argentine can lead the club to another Champions League title. read also:Qatar FA fines Xavi, players over Coronavirus rules breach “Messi needs Barca and Barca needs Messi,” he added. “They have to make him happy because with him they will win more titles. I maintain a great friendship with him, I respect him a lot. “He’s a competitive animal, he always wants to win and for ten years he has been the best footballer in the world. Hopefully, we can meet again on a professional level. Having the best player in history on your team means you always have an ace to win.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This Year15 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Expect To Be CheerleadersInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Champions League: Brilliant Bayern humiliate hapless Barca

first_imgGerman champions Bayern Munich utterly humiliated Barcelona with a stunning 8-2 victory on Friday that sent them through into the semi-finals of the Champions League in an extraordinarily emphatic manner.Thomas Mueller scored twice for a rampant Bayern, who led 4-1 after 31 astonishing minutes, as Lionel Messi and his teammates were condemned to a thrashing that felt like the end of an era for the illustrious Catalan club. Both teams have been crowned European champions five times.But while Bayern look to have a real chance of adding a sixth title next week, Barca are clearly facing major reconstruction work and it remains to be seen how many of those involved in this debacle will survive at the club.The scoreline recalled Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the 2014 World Cup, a game where Bayern coach Hansi Flick was on the bench as the national team’s assistant coach.It began with Bayern grabbing a fourth minute lead when Mueller collected Ivan Perisic’s cross from the left and played a clever one-two with Robert Lewandowski before drilling home.But within three minutes Barca had struck back – Clement Lenglet’s super long ball found Jordi Alba in space and David Alaba’s attempt to deal with his searching cross ended up flying past his own keeper Manuel Neuer. Neuer then had to be quick off his line to foil a goal-bound Luis Suarez but was almost caught out by a cross-shot from Messi from the right, which drifted through the area and struck the post.But just as Barca seemed to have established themselves, the Germans regained their lead in the 21st minute — Serge Gnabry fed Perisic on the left and the Croatian glanced up to see his options before drilling past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Bayern then added the third as Barca’s defence was opened up again with ease.Thiago Alcantara was given plenty of space in midfield to find Leon Goretzka, whose superb ball picked out Gnabry, who had got behind Lenglet and then made no mistake with the finish.Flick’s side were running riot and it got worse for Barca when a low cross from Joshua Kimmich was turned in at the near post by Mueller — another goal of ruthless simplicity making it 4-1 at the break. The Spaniards desperately needed to find a way to shift the momentum after the break and Suarez, one of the few Barca players to emerge with any credit from the encounter, provided a route back into the game with a fine strike, in the 57th minute.Jordi Alba found Suarez on the edge of the box and the Uruguayan jinked passed Jerome Boateng before blasting home.But Bayern were in no mood to turn down the heat and six minutes later they restored their three goal advantage, thanks to some outstanding work from their Canadian teenager, Alphonso Davies.The left back dribbled in from the flank, danced past Nelson Semedo to get to the byline and then pulled the ball back to fellow full back Kimmich to slot home and make it 5-2.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Somehow Bayern had managed to score five goals without their prolific striker Robert Lewandowski, who had scored in his previous seven Champions League matches – however, eight minutes from the end, the Pole put that right.Substitute Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan at the German club from Barca, floated over a cross from the left which Lewandowski firmly headed home at the back post.To add insult to the already painful injury, Coutinho then scored two more before the end, as Barcelona fell apart in unimaginable fashion to the brilliance of the Bavarians.Bayern, who last won Europe’s biggest prize in 2013, will meet either Manchester City or Olympique Lyonnais, who play on Saturday, in the last four.Tags: Bayern MunichLionel MessiLuis SuarezRobert LewandoskiUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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High hopes for Adelaide run

first_img Press Association Aidan O’Brien believes Adelaide is the right type of horse for Saturday’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. O’Brien has not had any runners in Australia since a rather controversial Melbourne Cup in 2008, when his three representatives were well down the field and the stewards called him back to the racecourse after he had already left. Since then the Ballydoyle handler has been looking for what he believes is the perfect specimen with which to tackle Australia’s major races. center_img He told www.theage.com.au: “The horses that you have, play your hand. “Every year you don’t have the same horses – (a Cox Plate runner) needs to have the right profile. “It is hard to get a horse that we think could fit the right profile. “Tom (Magnier, of Coolmore Australia) saw this horse at an early stage and he just thought he could be a horse to do that. “Tom has been big influence. It is one your biggest races. Obviously we have always been aware of it and I have been guided by Tom and what he thought. “It is a long way to go and you have to have a horse that you believe could be very competitive. This horse has continued to develop.” Adelaide won the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington before finishing third to Ectot in the Prix Niel at Longchamp last time out. “The mile-and-a-quarter on a tight track didn’t seemed to be a problem for him (at Arlington). The only thing about him is when he goes he is a little bit idle. We might not want to get there (to the front) too early with him, but I suppose on a tight track that is not an easy thing to do,” said O’Brien. last_img read more

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10th death reported in ICE custody this year

first_imgHumanitarians and doctors are requesting better healthcare options for those in ICE custody after a 10th person has died in the matter of 6 months.Officials are reporting that the latest death occurred at a holding facility in Texas.42-year-old Ramiro Hernandez Ibarra was awaiting deportation to Mexico when he became ill and died of complications due to septic shock after being transported to the hospital.The agency did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his death, however, with the death toll surpassing the 8 reported deaths in 2019, humanitarians are calling for the release of nearly 23,000 who do not have criminal records or convictions.Carlos- Franco-Paredes who is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Infectious diseases division echoed this sentiment in an open letter about the ICE holding facilities and the coronavirus.Franco-Paredes wrote that if the coronavirus were to get into the facilities it could be lethal to both employees and detainees due to the lack of healthcare and their high density populations.“For an immigration detention center that holds 1500 detainees, we can estimate that 500-650 may acquire the infection,” Franco-Paredes ” of these, 100 to 150 individuals may develop severe disease potentially requiring admission to an intensive care until. Of these, 10-15 individuals may die from respiratory failure,” he continued.last_img read more

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The Latest: Louisville pauses swimming after positive tests

first_imgThe Latest: Louisville pauses swimming after positive tests July 20, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19. The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series.The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players.Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday.___The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season.Citing increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.” A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed.Fifteen athletes returned to campus late last month under a phased training approach.___One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.last_img read more

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Webb handed Wealdstone trial

first_imgFormer Hayes & Yeading defender Nathan Webb is having a trial at Wealdstone.Webb featured as the Stones drew 1-1 with League One side Wycombe in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening.Wycombe went ahead but Wealdstone hit back with an equaliser from David Hicks, who finished well after a great ball into the box by Richard Jolly.AdChoices广告Alex Dyer, Peter Dean and Jolly all came close to scoring a late Wealdstone winner.last_img

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Nightwatchman Leach makes 92 before England collapse in Lord’s Test

first_imgENGLAND’S Test against Ireland hangs in the balance despite nightwatchman Jack Leach’s 92 at Lord’s.His second-wicket stand of 145 with Jason Roy, who hit 72, looked to have nullified the damage of England being 85 all out in their first innings.But Leach, missing out on becoming the first England nightwatchman to make a Test century, was part of a collapse of 4-23 and 7-77.At 248-8, England were just 126 ahead, only for Sam Curran to launch an audacious counterattack of 37 from 21 balls.With Stuart Broad also battling to 21 not out, England had reached 303-9 – a lead of 181 – when the threat of lightning then rain ended the second day’s play.It sets up an intriguing finale, when Ireland – playing in only their third Test – will have the opportunity to pull off one of the greatest shocks of all-time.Even if England do not add any further runs this morning, the chase on a slow pitch and in conditions offering movement will be a tricky one.Still, should England’s bowlers save them once more, it will not mask the disappointment of such a substandard performance, just a week before the Ashes starts.The last three days at Lord’s have been extraordinary.First was that heart-stopping World Cup final, then England being bowled out before lunch on day one of this match, then, perhaps most unlikely of all, the runs made by Leach.His comfort at the crease made a mockery of the struggles of England’s recognised batsmen and the fact remains that, without him, England may have already lost this match.While England again contributed to their own problems, credit must be given to Ireland, who toiled in 37C heat when Leach and Roy were together.Although catches went down and batting was being made to look comfortable, Ireland stuck to their task with tenacity to avoid being batted out of the game.Regardless of the result today – either England being bowled to victory or Ireland pulling off the most famous of wins – another memorable day is in prospect. ENGLAND’S UNLIKELY HEROLeft-hander Leach, playing in his first home Test, batted at number 11 in the first innings yet found himself opening when England had to survive one over on Wednesday evening.Bespectacled, a sufferer of Crohn’s disease and with a previous highest score this season of nine, he was an unlikely batting hero but compiled an innings of patience, sound judgement and touches of class.When play began, Leach looked much more assured than the scratchy Rory Burns, who needlessly pushed at a wide ball to be caught behind off Boyd Rankin for only six.Leach enjoyed some fortune – on 64 he survived a very tough chance to leg slip and on 72 a much more straightforward catch was put down by wicketkeeper Gary Wilson, both off pace bowler Rankin.He played cuts and drives in the company of debutant Roy, who overcame a skittish start to time the ball sweetly and recapture his form of the World Cup.It was Roy who began the collapse, bowled playing a loose drive at Stuart Thompson, leaving Leach to inch towards history.He was dropped at second slip by Mark Adair off Tim Murtagh, only to be held by the same man later the same over and depart to a rousing ovation.ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER ENGLAND COLLAPSELeach had laid England a platform, one from which they failed to build, thanks to a repeat of some of Wednesday’s awful batting, Ireland’s persistence and a calamitous run-out.It was Joe Denly who fell victim when Joe Root sent him back, a gift to Ireland that was matched by the loose drives of Root and Chris Woakes, both caught behind off debutant Adair.By the time they fell, Jonny Bairstow was lbw to Adair to complete a pair and Moeen Ali poked Rankin behind. Both look horribly out of form before the Ashes.With England in danger of subsiding, Curran countered, flaying the ball through the off side and swatting a six over fine leg and one over long-off.He eventually played a shot too many and was caught at deep square leg off Thompson, leaving Broad to eke out more runs with last man Olly Stone until the weather intervened.ENGLAND 1st innings 85; Ireland 1st innings 207ENGLAND 2nd inningsJack Leach c Mark Adair b Tim Murtagh 92Rory Burns c Gary Wilson b Boyd Rankin 6Jason Royb Stuart Thompson 72Joe Denly run-out Kevin O’Brien 10Joe Root c Gary Wilson b Mark Adair 31Jonny Bairstow lbw Mark Adair 0Moeen Ali c Gary Wilson b Boyd Rankin 9Chris Woakes c Andrew Balbirnie b Mark Adair 13Sam Curran c James McCollum b Stuart Thompson 37Stuart Broad not out 21Olly Stone not out 0Extras: (b-1, lb-7, nb-4) 12Total: (9 wkts, 77.4 overs) 303Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-171, 3-182, 4-194, 5-194, 6-219, 7-239, 8-248, 9-293.Bowling: Tim Murtagh 18-3-52-1, Mark Adair 20-7-66-3 (nb-1), Boyd Rankin 17-1-86-2 (nb-1), Stuart Thompson 12.4-0-44-2 (nb-2), Andy McBrine 10-1-47-0.last_img read more

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Despite blowout victory, Hillsman sends message to SU’s starting five

first_img Published on November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Even with his team up by 21 early in the second half, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman was unhappy. He said he had just talked to his players about their hustle at halftime. But they apparently didn’t get the message coming out of the break. After two consecutive offensive rebounds by New Hampshire on its third possession of the half, Hillsman snapped. He unloaded the bench. Out came starters Elashier Hall and Iasia Hemingway. Out came senior guards Erica Morrow and Tasha Harris. And out came the Orange’s leading scorer in Kayla Alexander. Despite SU’s 87-46 demolition of New Hampshire in a game that was all but over by halftime, Hillsman did not take his foot off the brakes with regards to his coaching. He wanted more hustle out of his team, and when the first team did not give it to him, the coach didn’t hesitate to yank them off the court. He sent a message to his team that lack of hustle would not be tolerated, no matter the situation. ‘(The score) doesn’t matter to me,’ he said when asked if the big lead affected his decision to pull the starters. ‘We can’t get outhustled, and we can’t let people get 50-50 (balls).’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text All five of the Orange first-teamers have been with Hillsman since last season. They have come to understand that a mistake on the court leads to a brief benching. Harris said it has been consistent throughout her four years at SU. Morrow said the group didn’t need Hillsman to say anything as they came to the bench. They already understood. ‘He didn’t say anything,’ Morrow said. ‘It was more of, we already knew.’ But just in case they didn’t quite understand, Hillsman got his point across. As the second team executed the ensuing inbounds pass, the coach crouched down, turned to his bench and said, ‘Seriously, y’all, that is a joke,’ before turning back to watch the action. The mass substitution took place with 17:20 left in the game. The starters sat on the bench and watched while the subs kept the big lead for the next two minutes. It was a brief reprimand for the first team, but they appeared to get the message. ‘It’s one thing you don’t want, to sit on the bench,’ Harris said. ‘You know what you’re supposed to do. I just tell myself I just have to play hard to get to the assignments. It’s go as hard as you can go.’ After returning to the game, Hemingway was fouled and got to the free-throw line. She made the first free throw, but her second shot went in and out. Hall chased down the rebound in the corner, falling out of bounds to keep it in play. The Orange gained possession and worked the ball to Alexander in the post. She missed from close range, but Hall came flying back into the play to clean up the glass and score the bucket for SU. Four of the starters returned to the bench by the end of the game, but for a different reason. Syracuse ran away to a 41-point victory, its third win by 40 or more points this year, and Hillsman got his bench players some extra playing time in the closing minutes. But even with the big margin, his players know that a mistake on the court equals a trip to the bench. ‘He makes a conscious effort of if you made a mistake, letting you know you made a mistake, sit you down and figure it out,’ Harris said. For Hillsman, one of those mistakes he does not tolerate is the one his starters committed early in the second half. The Orange did not hustle to a loose ball. And although the game was already well in hand, Hillsman wasn’t going to let it go unaddressed. ‘That’s just a hustle play,’ he said. ‘And our kids really compete, and our kids really play hard so that’s uncharacteristic for a team to get that many team rebounds against us.’ zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Contrasts between Syracuse, Johns Hopkins to force Orange into controlled attack

first_imgSyracuse-Johns Hopkins is a historical clash of styles.The Orange usually likes to get out and run, taking advantage of its often-superior athleticism. Though they boast the No. 3 scoring offense in the nation this year, the Blue Jays have traditionally slowed down the game and won with their offensive efficiency and defense.“If they’re slowing it down, as an offensive unit we don’t want to be watching them play offense the whole game, we want them to be watching us,” Syracuse attack Dylan Donahue said. “We want to take our time, be patient and get the open looks that we want.”Last year, JHU came away with an 11-7 win in Baltimore. The year before, SU won 5-4 — in double overtime.Offensive efficiency will be at a premium for the No. 7 Orange (3-1, 1-0 Big East) on Saturday when it faces No. 5 Johns Hopkins (5-1) at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile their offense has been more high-powered this season, the Blue Jays have achieved that just as they always have – with a precise offense. JHU also ranks third in the nation, shooting 34 percent. At 25.1 percent and No. 48, SU ranks in the bottom half of all Division-I teams.“I think we’re looking pretty good, we’re moving the ball pretty well,” Syracuse attack Kevin Rice said. “I think we definitely could still shoot a little bit better and get some more opportunities, but I think we’re getting there.”Derek Maltz is tied for the team lead with six goals this season. But those six tallies are from 26 shots, good for just a 23.1 shot percentage. The Orange attack recorded his first hat trick of the season last Saturday against St. John’s, but with 11 shots, and only three on goal.On one extra-man opportunity late in the third period alone, the junior attempted four shots. Three fired wide or high. One clanged off a post. None found the back of the net. Syracuse came away with nothing on a prime scoring chance.“I was a little disappointed with myself because I wanted a couple back,” Maltz said after SU’s 13-11 victory. “ … My teammates just did a great job finding me and, like I said, I would love to have a couple of those back.”Just two Syracuse players shoot better than 50 percent this season. One, defensive midfielder Matt Pratt, has shot just three times, scoring twice. The other is Donahue. Entering the Orange’s matchup with the Red Storm, Donahue had scored on all five of his attempts. Against SJU he failed to score on three attempts, but remains the Orange’s most efficient offensive weapon.“I didn’t really notice that. I don’t think about that,” Donahue said. “We worry about shooting a lot and hopefully we just keep getting goals.”Last season, Maltz was the source of a massive portion of SU’s scoring, leading the team with 28 goals. His first multi-goal game this year wasn’t until Saturday against St. John’s.It’s made for a smoother, more effective offense that has already scored 13 goals in a game twice this season. The offense couldn’t achieve that until April last year.“When you have multiple guys that coaches can rely on to make plays or make things happen, I think the whole team benefits,” Maltz said. “And if a defense focuses on me, then we’re going to have other guys that step up and make things happen, and if they’re starting to focus on those guys, then I’ll start to make things happen.”It was one of the biggest question marks coming into the season: How would a largely untested group of attacks come together? Through the early part of the season they’ve found a rhythm, but on Saturday they face their toughest test yet. They have a chance to prove that the hot start is no fluke.“Our offense is coming together nicely,” Donahue said. “I like the chemistry we have between all of us and hopefully we just keep improving.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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Syracuse’s 3rd-quarter rally falls short against Clemson in blowout loss

first_imgRitchy Desir pointed toward the Clemson end zone. He knew his feet were in bounds.“I mean, you know, what the defense say, you know,” Desir said, “‘See ball, get ball.’ I seen the ball, I went and go get it.”Desir’s interception gave life to Syracuse and brought the best Carrier Dome crowd that Floyd Little can remember since the Dick MacPherson era to its feet. It gave the Orange the ball at the Clemson 46-yard line, down by 21 with 8:52 to play in the third.The possibility of a comeback bubbled.But then it fizzled.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse failed to capitalize in the third quarter and the stunning upset that seemed slightly feasible quickly faded toward impossible once more. The Orange (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) crumbled at the end of the third quarter after clicking at its start, falling 49-14 to No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0) in front of 48,961 at the Carrier Dome in its first-ever ACC game.“We definitely knew that we could have came back and been right there,” Syracuse running back Prince-Tyson Gulley said. “The game should have been at least 35-28 and it should have been a fight to the very end.”But it wasn’t.After Desir’s potentially pivotal interception, SU stormed down the field. Two runs, two first downs. Fans erupted as Jerome Smith picked up 11 on a bounce to the outside.Then Syracuse collapsed. Gulley lost three on a disjointed play. Clemson’s Vic Beasley sacked Terrel Hunt for a loss of seven.Ryan Norton, the injured Ross Krautman’s backup, trotted onto the field. He shanked a kick wide left as Syracuse came up empty-handed. Three points evaporated.On the next drive, Marquis Spruill bulldozed up the middle and drilled Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd into the ground. Clemson went three-and-out, and Syracuse had life once more.After a sneaky direct snap on fourth-and-9 from deep in its own territory sent Syracuse into the red zone and resuscitated the Orange, a close game seemed attainable.But once again, the offense failed to knife into the 21-point hole. After a holding call pushed SU back 10 yards, Syracuse faced a fourth-and-4.Hunt undershot Christopher Clark on a throw that wouldn’t have even been enough for a first down, had it been caught.“We’ve got to know the situation,” Syracuse wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. “ … That’s a mistake we shouldn’t make.”When Hunt needed to throw the ball, he had no one to throw it to. Ashton Broyld was the only Syracuse receiver to catch a ball for positive yards in the first three quarters.In the first half, SU’s offense ran east to west — not north to south. Clemson’s offense was simply dominant.The Orange couldn’t muster any offense in the first 30 minutes except for a 66-yard touchdown run by Smith. In the third quarter, though, that all started to change. Syracuse held possession for 10 minutes and 45 seconds in the third quarter, but had nothing to show for it.And after Hunt’s incompletion to Clark, Boyd officially put the game out of reach.He lofted a booming pass directly into the mitts of the Road Runner-quick Sammy Watkins. Boyd unleashed the ball effortlessly and Watkins blazed by Ri’Shard Anderson, reeled it in and took it to the house for the second-longest touchdown from scrimmage in Clemson history.The touchdown showed why scouts from six NFL teams were in attendance. It effectively killed the Orange’s momentum.The Orange failed to unwrap the gifts from Clemson. What looked like the makings of a relatively close final score turned into anything but for SU.“We tried to pull everything out to try to make it respectable,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said, “and came up short.”That was the theme of the afternoon. The Syracuse offense came up short in the first half when it totaled four first downs to Clemson’s 20. It came up short in a nightmarish end of the second quarter when Riley Dixon punted three times and Hunt threw an interception. And it came up shortest of all in the third quarter when it couldn’t capitalize on Clemson’s surprising miscues. And from there the offense didn’t matter. Drew Allen came in for the final nine-plus minutes of the fourth quarter to take out the garbage. When asked if he took any positives away from the loss, Gulley put his hands on his hips and sighed.“Umm… we’re all alive.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2013 at 10:54 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

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