Meet Boeheim’s Army: Eric Devendorf

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of SU head coach Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Eric DevendorfOne of the more iconic Syracuse players of the past decade, Devendorf became a fan-favorite for his on-court demeanor bordering the line between tenacious and controversial. He’s perhaps most well-known for a shot that didn’t count — his 3-pointer at the end of regulation that preceded six overtimes against Connecticut in the 2009 Big East tournament. Devendorf averaged a stellar 14.5 points per game in his four years at SU, along with over three helpers while shooting almost 38 percent from behind the arc. After playing for the Orange, Devendorf spent a brief time playing for the NBA D-League’s Reno Big Horns. Since then, he’s played for nine other teams and currently plays on New Zealand’s Super City Rangers along with former Syracuse teammate Terrence Roberts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn last year’s tournament, Devendorf averaged 15.8 points and 5.3 assists per game. He was ejected in an 89-89 game in the second round against Philadelphia-based 20th & Olney, but was Boeheim’s Army’s best player throughout the four games. This year, he’ll anchor the backcourt again with friend and former Purdue guard Willie Deane and former Syracuse guard Brandon Triche.Meet Boeheim’s Army: Rick JacksonTerrence RobertsBaye Moussa KeitaDonte Greene Commentscenter_img Published on July 14, 2016 at 9:46 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

When does the NFL season start in 2020? Complete Week 1 schedule, matchups, COVID-19 impact

first_imgFor months, as COVID-19 ravaged the plans and schedules of other sports leagues around the world, the NFL insisted it would be able to start its 2020 season on time. And the billionaire team owners who run this operation are not blinking even as football amid a pandemic reveals itself as impossible at the sport’s lower levels.Thus, the 2020 NFL season is still scheduled to start Sept. 10 with what has become a traditional Thursday night opener. That is, of course, unless a coronavirus outbreak wrecks the NFL’s so-far uninterrupted plans for the regular season. MORE: Explaining COVID-19 protocols for training campsThe NFL Players Association needed to put up a fight, but the NFL eventually agreed to cancel the 2020 preseason in the name of player health and safety. That allowed the league to implement a lengthy acclimation period for teams’ training camps so players could reach conditioning goals prior to full-contact practices.These schedule tweaks mean Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season will be an unprecedented situation for all involved. It will mark the first live NFL game action since the Chiefs beat the 49ers in Super Bowl 54 about a month before the pandemic shut down sports globally.So as if Week 1 of a given NFL season wasn’t enough of a crap shoot in terms of what to expect, the start of the 2020 season will be a complete cluster. Really, all we know about Week 1 is that it remains scheduled to start on time with a full slate of 16 games.Below is all you need to know about the start of the 2020 NFL season, including the COVID-19 line the league is walking into September.When does the NFL season start in 2020?Date: Thursday, Sept. 10Game: Houston Texans at Kansas City ChiefsKickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ETAfter a year of deviation, the NFL is back to its tradition of scheduling the defending Super Bowl champion as the host of the league’s Thursday night season-opener. The Chiefs’ title defense begins against the Texans, one of the teams Kansas City beat in comeback fashion during last year’s AFC playoffs.MORE: Early predictions for Week 1 NFL gamesThere had been rumors that the NFL was considering moving the season-opener to one of its new stadiums in Los Angeles or Las Vegas, especially after it began last season with a classic Packers-Bears matchup in Green Bay to kick off the league’s 100th season. Kansas City, though, remained the play.The 2020 NFL season-opener will broadcast live Thursday, Sept. 10 on NBC featuring the network’s “Sunday Night Football” crew of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.NFL schedule Week 1Per tradition, Week 1 of the NFL season will begin with a Thursday night opener featuring the defending Super Bowl champs and will end with a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader. Nestled between those primetime games and serving as the night cap of the first full Sunday of NFL football in 2020 might be the most intriguing game of the weekend. Cowboys at Rams on “Sunday Night Football” is juicy enough on its own, but it doubles as the national TV debut of LA’s SoFi Stadium. (The whole limited-if-any-fans thing is a bit of a bummer.)Below is the complete Week 1 schedule for the start of the 2020 NFL season.Thursday, Sept. 10TimeGameTV channel8:20 p.m. ETTexans at ChiefsNBCSunday, Sept. 13TimeGameTV channel1 p.m. ETEagles at WashingtonFox1 p.m. ETDolphins at PatriotsCBS1 p.m. ETPackers at VikingsFox1 p.m. ETColts at JaguarsCBS1 p.m. ETBears at LionsFox1 p.m. ETRaiders at PanthersCBS1 p.m. ETJets at BillsCBS1 p.m. ETBrowns at RavensCBS1 p.m. ETSeahawks at FalconsFox4:05 p.m. ETChargers at BengalsCBS4:25 p.m. ETCardinals at 49ersFox4:25 p.m. ETBuccaneers at SaintsFox8:20 p.m. ETCowboys at RamsNBCMonday, Sept. 14TimeGameTV channel7:15 p.m. ETSteelers at GiantsESPN10:10 p.m. ETTitans at BroncosESPNCOVID-19 and the start of the NFL seasonAs of Aug. 5, the NFLPA had reported 56 positive COVID-19 test results league-wide since players reported to training camps in late July. Which was pretty much what the NFL anticipated.Because the NFL is not implementing a bubble concept like those the NBA and the NHL are using so successfully, the league knows coronavirus cases are all but inevitable. So it’s important for the NFL to avoid the issues Major League Baseball has had, postponing or canceling games because of outbreaks within teams. That will be easier said than done.Basically, the NFL is operating on the honor system, trusting a couple thousand players and all other team/league personnel to adhere to health and safety guidelines implemented by their local governments. All 32 teams had infections disease emergency response plans for their facilities approved by both the NFL and the NFLPA, but players are still free to live their lives outside of team headquarters.Based on the terms of the modified collective bargaining agreement the league and the players agreed upon last month, players can be fined for attending potentially hazardous settings like clubs, bars, parties, concerts and even church services. And if they test positive for COVID-19 after doing so, they won’t get paid for whatever games they miss.MORE: COVID-19 protocols for camps at team facilitiesStill, with 53-man team rosters during the season and expanded practice squad rosters — and even bigger numbers during training camps — the sheer number of people involved makes the NFL season a risky endeavor.Which is why testing is key. The league agreed to test players every day for the first two weeks of training camp. It will evaluate its frequency of COVID-19 testing moving forward and into the season depending on the percentage of positives. According to NBC Sports, when a player tests positive, he falls into one of two categories:”If he has symptoms of COVID-19, at least 10 days must pass since the first symptoms occurred and at least 72 hours have passed since symptoms last occurred. He must test negative and have his return approved by a team doctor in consultation with league medical officials.””If he is asymptomatic, 10 days must have passed since his positive test — or five days have passed since the positive test, plus two tests that show negative results, for him to resume playing.”Players who test positive are placed on a new reserve list called “Reserve/COVID-19.” However, players can be placed on the list even if they have not tested positive. The list also includes players who have come in close contact with somebody who did test positive.The NFL also is implementing contact tracing so it can monitor the interactions of those who test positive.last_img read more

Should Nebraska leave Big Ten? Money, motivation and one way out

first_imgMORE: There are questions around the 2020 Heisman, but no answers yetESPN analyst Desmond Howard, a Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan, piled on Wednesday on “Get Up” and said that Warren should demand an apology from Nebraska.  “If I’m Kevin Warren right now, I’m working on a way to get their ass out of the Big Ten,” Howard said. .@DesmondHoward wants Nebraska out of the Big Ten.— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 12, 2020The problem is Husker Nation might want to do the same thing anyway. Is that the direction this could be headed in the near or distant future?That’s the question that will need answered soon. Nebraska coach Scott Frost announced those intentions in a press conference Monday before the Big Ten’s final decision.  “We want to play no matter who it is or no matter where it is,” he said. “We’ll see how those chips fall. We certainly hope it’s in the Big Ten. If it isn’t, I think we’re prepared to look for other options.”  To be fair, Ohio State coach Ryan Day made similar comments about exploring all options with athletic director Gene Smith on Wednesday. The Buckeyes also are the flagship of the Big Ten and have been a member since 1913. They aren’t going anywhere.  It would be hard for Nebraska to make a move. As the Yahoo Sports report notes, leaving the Big Ten means losing a $50 million revenue share. The Huskers have played football in the conference since 2011, and from a financial standpoint that partnership has helped the program since it left the Big 12.  So, what is that true motivation?  Is it the financial hardship that would come from missing a season? As in, would Nebraska be willing to lose that $50 million to recover something in 2020 that would help sustain the program now? Scott Frost says #Nebraska estimates $80-120 million hit if there’s no football season. “The biggest factor is if we don’t play football, we’re not going to be able to pay for anything here until we start making money again.”— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 10, 2020MORE: Big 12 football schedule for 2020Is that why the Huskers might entertain playing a rogue schedule within a 500-mile radius for one year? That is a chance worth taking only if it is beneficial to cut ties with the Big Ten for good. That seems like too much when everybody else in the conference is not playing.  The back-and-forth speaks to what will be a strained relationship between Nebraska and the Big Ten — at least in the short term.  In Howard’s laced criticism, he said that Nebraska does not have the same cachet as Notre Dame. That speaks to a Big Ten mindset that trickles down from Ohio State and Michigan and can be felt by new members. Remember, Michigan split that national title with Nebraska in 1997 when Frost was the Huskers’ quarterback. Penn State joined the conference in 1990. Maryland and Rutgers joined in 2014, three years after Nebraska. A cross-section of Big Ten fans would trade any three of those schools for Notre Dame in a heartbeat given the opportunity. So how does Nebraska really feel about the Big Ten in response?  In nine seasons, Bo Pelini, Mike Riley and Frost have combined for a 65-50 record, with a 40-36 record in Big Ten play. That includes one Big Ten championship appearance, a 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in 2012.  The Huskers do not play Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State every year and they have taken a backseat in the Big Ten West to Wisconsin, Iowa and, last year, Minnesota.  In the nine seasons before that, Frank Solich, Bill Callahan and Pelini combined for a 73-44 record in the Big 12 with a 40-32 record in conference play. The Huskers made the Big 12 championship game three times in that stretch — where they lost to Oklahoma twice and Texas once.  Would Nebraska be better off it went back to the Big 12? Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby fielded that question Wednesday.  Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Nebraska did not reach out at any point following the Big Ten decision.— Dean Straka (@DWStraka49) August 12, 2020That is the dilemma for a program that still is trying to tap back into the Tom Osborne heyday in the 1990s. Nebraska fans have no nostalgic feelings for the Big Ten, but that divorce with the Big 12 still stands. What is the next move?  If I’m @HuskerFBNation, I say good riddance Big 10. Always been an odd fit. Love to see a return to the Big 12. And remember, NU has won more NC’s in the last quarter century than any other Big 10 team. Apologize for wanting to leave? As we say in Nebraska, go Husk yourself.— Lars Anderson (@LarsAnderson71) August 12, 2020No matter what happens, the Huskers must show they can play at a national championship level — whether in the Big Ten or the Big 12 — or they will run into the same problem in the future. What is the motivation behind Nebraska’s visceral reaction to the Big Ten’s decision to cancel the 2020 college football season?  That is the question one day after the final verdict was rendered, Nebraska offered a scathing response and Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren told Yahoo Sports that the Huskers could not play college football in 2020 and still be considered a member of the Big Ten.   You either deal with Texas and Oklahoma or Michigan and Ohio State. All four of those programs ranked in the top 10 in revenue in 2018-19, according to USA Today. Nebraska finished No. 21.  We’ll find out what Nebraska’s true motivation is if it follows through with plans to continue playing football in 2020, but the end game comes with one resolution.  Unless the Big 12 is waiting with open arms, then there is no reason not to comply with the Big Ten.last_img read more

With season in flux, Heisman Trophy board hasn’t decided how to handle 2020 award

first_imgIf this were an ordinary college football season, the Heisman Trophy would be awarded to an extravagantly accomplished player — most likely a quarterback and almost certainly from a Power 5 program — on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 12.If you were not aware before Tuesday that this will not be a typical season, surely the postponement of college football competition in the Big Ten and Pacific-12 shook you awake. They joined the Mid-American Conference and Mountain West in removing themselves from fall sports and presenting the spring as an option. So what does the Heisman do if roughly half the players are active in the fall and the rest in the spring?Would it be awarded to those who compete in the fall? Would it be delayed so that any athlete who competes in the coming academic year has a chance? MORE: CFP director hopes four-team playoff can go on, despite cancellationsDo they saw the trophy in half, and present the base to one player and the stiff-arm to another?“Essentially, at this point in time, no decisions have been made,” Tim Henning, associate director at The Heisman Trophy Trust, told Sporting News.The winner of the 2020 Heisman, whenever it is awarded, would succeed LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and join one of the most prestigious, exclusive clubs in sports. It includes such legends as Cam Newton, Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach.Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is the lone returning finalist from 2019. If the award were presented in the fall, he would have no chance. It seems unlikely that he will compete if the Big Ten does pull off a spring season because of the proximity to the 2021 NFL Draft, but he has not indicated his preference. He is considered a first-round prospect even without another strong season for the Buckeyes.Henning said a decision about any alteration to the presentation of the 2020 award would be made by the Heisman’s nine-member board of trustees, which is chaired by Michael J. Comerford. They conduct monthly meetings to discuss matters pertinent to the award, and it would be possible to call an emergency meeting if warranted. “The Heisman Trophy presentation is aired on ESPN, so any decision in terms of a TV show would be made in conjunction with ESPN,” Henning told SN. “The board has not made any decision in terms of what Heisman 2020 is going to look like.”The decisions of the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and Mid-American all came within the past week. Conference USA was expected to make a determination Wednesday. The SEC, ACC, Big 12, American and Sun Belt all are cautiously moving forward with plans for fall competition, but there still is a chance any or all could abandon them.“As someone that works I college football,” Henning said, “we all want to see the game played. But at the end of the day, the health and safety of everyone involved is of paramount importance.”last_img read more

first_imgMORE: Watch select Champions League games on fuboTV (7-day trial)CBS took over Champions League broadcasts in the United States a year ahead of schedule after Turner Sports backed out of its deal to show the rest of the 2019-20 season. The network is showing most Champions League action this month, including the four quarterfinal matches from Wednesday through Saturday, exclusively on its online streaming service CBS All Access.Only one more game on the Champions League schedule, the Final on Aug. 23, will broadcast on live TV via CBS Sports Network.Below is the complete Champions League TV schedule as the tournament to crown a 2019-20 European champion continues, plus how to watch all Champions League games in the United States.Champions League TV scheduleThe coronavirus shut down live sports on March 11 with four Round of 16 games left on the schedule. Those four games were played last weekend to complete the quarterfinal portion of the Champions League bracket. Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester City and Lyon advanced.UEFA determined those remaining Round of 16 matches could play out at their originally scheduled locations before the tournament heads to Lisbon, Portugal, the neutral site for all quarterfinal and semifinal matches as well as the Final.All Champions League matches are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET. Below is the complete Champions League schedule from the quarterfinals through the Final at the end of the monthWednesday, Aug. 12QuarterfinalsMatchTimeTV channelLive streamAtalanta vs. Paris3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessThursday., Aug. 13QuarterfinalsMatchTimeTV channelLive streamLeipzig vs. Atlético3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessFriday, Aug. 14QuarterfinalsMatchTimeTV channelLive streamBarcelona vs. Bayern3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessSaturday, Aug. 15QuarterfinalsMatchTimeTV channelLive streamMan. City vs. Lyon3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessTuesday, Aug. 18SemifinalsMatchTimeTV channelLive streamAtalanta/Paris vs. Leipzig/Atlético3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessWednesday, Aug. 19SemifinalsMatchTimeTV channelLive streamBarcelona/Bayern vs. Man. City/Lyon3 p.m. ETN/ACBS All AccessSunday, Aug. 23Champions League FinalMatchTimeTV channelLive streamTBD vs. TBD3 p.m. ETCBS Sports NetworkCBS All Access/fuboTVHow to watch Champions League games in the USACBS was supposed to take over the exclusive English language rights for Champions League matches in 2021, but it did so ahead of schedule after Turner Sports prematurely ended its deal in June. So CBS is now the home for Champions League action in the United States, but it will not show any of the remaining matches on its over-air cable network.All Champions League matches are available live on CBS All Access, which is the network’s online streaming service. A select few, including the Champions League Final, will be shown on TV via CBS Sports Network.MORE: Watch CBS Sports Network on fuboTVCBS All Access starts at $5.99 a month, but it is offering a one-month free trial promotion for new subscribers through mid-August. Users can cancel subscriptions at any time.Below are the devices on which CBS All Access can be streamed: AndroidiPhoneiPadApple TVGoogle ChromecastAmazon FireTVLGPlayStation 4Xbox OneRokuSamsungVisioXfinityFor the Champions League Final on TV, CBS Sports Network has a channel finder feature for users across the country.CBS Sports Network is available on most cable provider systems. It’s also available from satellite providers DirecTV (channel 221) and Dish Network (channel 158).As for live TV streaming services, CBS Sports Network is available on fuboTV, YouTube TV and Hulu. All three come with free trials for new subscribers. This year’s UEFA Champions League schedule, which was interrupted in March when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live sports, resumes this week with a completely new look and format now that the tournament has reached the quarterfinal stage.Not only is the Champions League schedule for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds condensed into a straight knockout tournament featuring single-leg fixtures, but Champions League games are being shown on a different TV channel then they were in the spring — assuming the match you want to watch is even on TV.last_img read more