The Final Word: Syracuse thumps Georgia Tech, 90-61

first_imgMORE COVERAGEAndrew White’s 40-point explosion propels Syracuse past Georgia Tech, 90-61What we learned from Syracuse’s rout of Georgia Tech in regular-season finaleSyracuse continues home dominance and beats Georgia Tech, 90-61Gallery: Syracuse routs Georgia Tech, 90-61, in regular-season finale Andrew White caught fire to help Syracuse (19-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) resoundingly stomp on visiting Georgia Tech (17-14, 8-10), 90-61, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday night. We also learned that Dajuan Coleman was told he’d never play basketball again, head coach Jim Boeheim thinks John Gillon would be All-ACC if he could play another year and Tyler Roberson could be a “really good college player” if he hit jumpers.Our beat writers Connor Grossman and Paul Schwedelson discuss SU’s comeback win and where it puts SU in NCAA Tournament contention. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm  AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

NFL trade rumors: Antonio Brown nixed trade to Bills, report says

first_imgThe Steelers have reportedly been planning to deal Brown by the end of the week, but the Post-Gazette said there is now no deadline for a deal to be worked out. The Steelers and Bills apparently were making progress on a trade for Antonio Brown Thursday, but he nixed the deal, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.News of a trade caused a stir Thursday night, with Brown himself jumping into the debate. After NFL Network tweeted that “The Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills,” Brown tweeted, “Fake news.” Bills general manager Brandon Beane later told ESPN that Buffalo inquired about the All-Pro wideout, but talks between the two teams “ultimately didn’t make sense for either side,” and the team has “moved on.”But the Post-Gazette reported a source said the “deal fell apart because Antonio Brown nixed going to Buffalo.” Related News Antonio Brown instantly denies reported trade to Bills: ‘Fake news’ MMQB reported Friday there are “very few options left” for Pittsburgh to trade Brown. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection requested a trade last month after missing the Steelers’ final week of practice and sitting out the regular-season finale against the Bengals amid an alleged feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.The 30-year-old Brown had 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last season.last_img read more

College football cancellations, explained: Answering questions on COVID-19 and what’s next for 2020 season

first_imgThe spotlight now rests on the remainder of college football’s biggest power brokers: the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, though they are hardly the only conferences that have difficult choices to make regarding the 2020 season.It’s a complex situation, comprising several moving parts and differing opinions not just among the conferences, but also from team to team and individual to individual. With that, Sporting News breaks down the ever-evolving situation: How college football has reached the brink of cancellation, the potential ramifications for players, spring football and more.MORE: Latest updates, news on college footbal cancellationsWhy are decisions about the 2020 college football season coming now?The Big Ten on Tuesday became the first Power 5 conference to vote to cancel the 2020 fall sports season, including football& the Pac-12 followed shortly thereafter. The rush to put the issue to a vote is in response to the Mid-American Conference, which on Saturday set the precedent as the FBS conference to cancel its fall season.Per Brett McMurphy of Stadium, MAC presidents convened on Thursday not to vote on whether a 2020 fall season would take place, but to finalize the conference’s scheduling format. Those plans changed when Northern Illinois president Lisa Freeman, a former research scientist, informed her fellow presidents that NIU would not participate in college football in the fall.“The league didn’t like the look of NIU going out on their own and not playing,” a source told McMurphy. Thus, the vote to cancel the fall season.Power 5 commissioners held an “emergency meeting” on Sunday, per ESPN. The report, citing sources, claimed the majority of the Big Ten’s presidents, following their own meeting on Saturday, were ready to postpone the season; the conference did not vote at the time, though reports emerged that commissioner Kevin Warren preferred a spring football season. The conference merely released a mandate that essentially kept teams from proceeding to full-pad practices.The Big Ten reportedly used the Sunday commissioners’ meeting to gauge the other conferences’ thoughts and ask if they would follow their lead to cancel the season. The Big Ten presidents’ vote to cancel the fall season likely was not a unanimous choice.Dan Patrick reported on Monday that Iowa and Nebraska voted to maintain the fall season. Even so, several high-profile Big Ten coaches, including Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State’s Ryan Day, have publicly expressed a desire to play football in the fall. Nebraska’s Scott Frost even said the institution could look at “other options” to play if the Big Ten canceled its season. It was unclear if they would be able to break from the conference’s decision.The SEC and ACC are reportedly aligned in their desire to play in the fall: SEC commissioner Greg Sankey preached a wait-and-see approach on Monday while CBS Sports, citing a high-ranking ACC official, reported the conference “absolutely” plans to play this fall.Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman on Sunday that the conference has not yet made a decision regarding the 2020 season. Following the news of the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancellations on Tuesday, however, SEC sources said the Big 12 is paramount to a fall campaign. As it stands, reports from the conference suggest it is split on what to do:Sources tell @ByPatForde and I that the Big 12 – the linchpin in today’s events – is very much “split” on a decision.A small group wants to cancel, a small group wants to play, a larger group wants to delay.ADs meet today and then ADs & presidents meet jointly around 6 ET.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 11, 2020MORE: How Ohio State, Michigan impact the Big Ten’s final decision on 2020 football seasonWill players’ eligibility extend if the season is canceled or they opt out?The NCAA on Wednesday mandated that, among its various divisions, “all student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. If a college athlete chooses to opt out, that individual’s athletics scholarship commitment must be honored by the college or university.”The NCAA also directed its divisions to “determine no later than Aug. 14 the eligibility accommodations that must be made for student-athletes who opt out of participating this fall or for those whose seasons are canceled or cut short due to COVID-19.” While the language of the mandate could technically allow institutions to consider a year of eligibility extinguished, the NCAA has already set a precedent for preserving athletes’ eligibility.That came on March 30, roughly two weeks after the organization canceled spring sports for the 2019-20 athletic year. Per an NCAA release, the group announced its Division I council “voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility.”It’s unlikely the NCAA wouldn’t extend those same rights to fall sport athletes in the case of a canceled season. That said, if for some reason it did refuse to do so, it could potentially open itself up to myriad lawsuits from said athletes, an outcome the NCAA would presumably like to avoid.MORE: Harbaugh, Frost have a point — the football field might be safest for playersCan college football be played safely?The issue of playing college football this season ultimately comes down to this.While the NHL and NBA have proven that competition can take place without spreading COVID-19, it’s important to note those leagues are currently taking place in bubble atmospheres: the NHL in Edmonton and Toronto, the NBA in Orlando.But MLB — which, like college football, features squads traveling to and from stadiums across state and county lines — has experienced outbreaks among its teams. That includes the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, which have forced the postponement of several games and series.While the travel requirements won’t be nearly as extensive for college football as it is in MLB, one potential issue for the former is proximity of players to fellow college students on campus. While the NCAA can mandate several steps be taken to ensure players’ safety (it has) the organization has no such governance over non-student-athletes, who likely will not be held to the same stringent policies.Moreover, college football has already seen significant coronavirus outbreaks among several FBS programs, including Clemson, West Virginia and Rutgers, among others.Yet many players and coaches have suggested that football players would be safer with the football team than if they were to remain at home: an opinion held by Harbaugh, Frost, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Several athletes among Ohio State’s football and basketball teams shared a statement lauding the safety infrastructure of the university’s return to play— Tuf Borland (@Tuf_Borland) August 7, 2020Ultimately, the most sensible course of action may be to wait as long as possible to make an informed decision. That, at least, is the public stance by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey:Best advice I’ve received since COVID-19: “Be patient. Take time when making decisions. This is all new & you’ll gain better information each day.” @SEC has been deliberate at each step since March…slowed return to practice…delayed 1st game to respect start of fall semester..— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) August 10, 2020MORE:Donald Trump, GOP leaders call for 2020 college football season to be played as scheduledTimeline of 2020 college football decisionsBelow is a timeline of final decisions from FBS conferences and teams on whether football will be played football this fall.Pac-12 Conference: Canceled, Tuesday, Aug. 11Big Ten Conference: Canceled, Tuesday, Aug. 11Sun Belt Conference: Postponed season till Sept. 8 on Tuesday, Aug. 11UMass (independent): Canceled, Tuesday, Aug. 11Mountain West Conference: Canceled, Monday, Aug. 10Old Dominion (C-USA): Canceled, Monday, Aug. 10Mid-American Conference: Canceled, Saturday, Aug. 8UConn (independent): Canceled Wednesday, Aug. 5MORE: How a spring season could affect the 2021 NFL DraftWhat would a spring college football season look like?For many teams across the country, the prospect of a spring season is the only way college football will be played in the 2020-21 athletic year. But even that prospect creates several significant logistical hurdles, including …ScholarshipsIf college football does resume in the spring semester, the usual roster spots freed up by graduating seniors, transfers and early NFL Draft entrants could still be occupied by those players. That raises questions of whether incoming transfers and early enrollees would have a right to play in that season, or if they would have to wait till 2021-22.NFL prospectsThe growing list of NFL prospects opting out of the 2020 season presents an unavoidable truth about college football in 2020: It will be without some of college football’s greatest stars, including such players as Purdue’s Rondale Moore, Miami’s Gregory Rousseau and Penn State’s Micah Parsons.It remains unlikely that the NFL will postpone its combine or draft, forcing NFL prospects into an uncomfortable choice: Play one final collegiate season, or focus entirely on preparing for a jump to the pros?Length of seasonFootball is an exceptionally grueling sport, even with its relatively short season. Even without nonconference games, would a 10- or 11-game regular season schedule, coupled with potential bowls and Playoff berths, leave enough time for players to recuperate for another season in 2021? The same question could be asked in relation to spring football practices.MORE: Notable college football players opting out of 2020 seasonWhy doesn’t the NCAA mandate whether college football can be played?Because the NCAA does not control the College Football Playoff or bowl system — the former of which is used to determine the national champion at college football’s highest level.Even if the NCAA did have control of the FBS and its postseason system, chances are the organization would have placed the onus of a decision on presidents, commissioners and athletic directors. That is, essentially, what it did with the FCS down through Divisions II and III.The NCAA Board of Governors on Wednesday mandated that its divisions “determine (the) status of fall championships positions no later than Aug. 21.” That same day, both the Division II and Division III presidents councils announced the outright cancellation of their respective fall sports, adding that a move to the spring football would not be possible in either division.The 13 FCS conferences, meanwhile, have not unanimously decided to cancel the fall season. That said, an overwhelming majority (nine of 13) have elected to postpone their season until the spring.What is the We Want To Play movement?There have been several player-driven movements related to college football and COVID-19, none of which is more prevalent than the #WeWantToPlay movement.#WeWantToPlay is a social media campaign shared by several college football players across the Power 5 that lists several goals in a united front — including the desire to create a college football players association. The campaign also includes the Pac-12 players’ #WeAreUnited movement.#WeWantToPlay— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 10, 2020The social media campaign came together on Sunday when several players from across the Power 5 met in a Zoom meeting to come up with a unified message; the meeting consisted of Lawrence; Ohio State’s Justin Fields; Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard; Alabama’s back Najee Harris; Oregon’s Penei Sewell, Johnny Johnson III, Jevon Holland and Kayvon Thibodeaux; Utah’s Nick Ford; Washington State’s Dallas Hobbs; and Michigan’s Hunter Reynolds.Several players began sharing the graphic on Sunday to kickstart the campaign. When was the last time college football was canceled?The sport of college football has only been canceled twice: Once during the 1918 season, and again in 1943.The first of those cancellations occurred due to the presence of influenza — colloquially called Spanish flu — in the country, coupled with the winding down of World War I. That resulted in the cancellation of 18 football teams’ seasons, per The Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier. Many of the teams who were able to field players could not begin competition until October, nor could they complete full schedules. Michigan and Pittsburgh were both considered national champions by major selectors of the time.The second college football cancellation came in 1943, due to World War II. That season, 22 college football teams were unable to play, including such historic powers as Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Stanford, Oregon Boston and Michigan State. Notre Dame was declared national champion by the Associated Press. College football must face the prospect of a rarely observed catastrophe ahead of the 2020 season: that there might not be a season at all.The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. has forced college football decision-makers into a previously unthinkable choice: Whether to play this fall, or postpone the season. Those looming choices have reached a fever pitch in recent days, with the Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing on Tuesday they would cancel their respective fall seasons in favor of a spring campaign.last_img read more


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Press Talk Bad company till the day we die

first_imgDon Benton must go.No, not go to another free meal some lobbyist is buying. Not to the dry cleaner to pick up his shirts washed and pressed courtesy of the taxpayers. And not to his second taxpayer-funded job as the $100,000 county environmental services director, for which he is totally unqualified.No, Benton must go. As in “see ya!”Of course, we’re talking about state Sen. Don Benton, who is also — as noted — the guy his commissioner buddies sneaked into this sweet county environmental job.In Tuesday’s Columbian, we reported on an investigation conducted by legislative officials involving Benton and state Sen. Ann Rivers. Both senators are Republicans, so this isn’t your typical party vs. party dustup. To be fair, the investigators’ conclusions put some of the blame on Rivers as well.But anyone who knows Benton knows this mess has his fingerprints all over it.The irony is it began when Benton filed a complaint against Rivers, the very popular, rising conservative star from our area. I like her.Benton’s complaint essentially said Rivers wasn’t nice to him and even swore at him.Well, OK.After Benton foolishly asked for this investigation, Rivers essentially took command of the situation and won the battle. Admittedly, that’s not a difficult thing to do when you’re dealing with this guy. In the end, Rivers would not put up with being bullied by Benton. So, rightly, she fought back.last_img read more