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Syracuse defense preps for another tough task in high-powered Duke

first_imgSyracuse, and more specifically its coaching staff, has lauded its strong zone defense all season. The aggressive backer zone blitzes its opponents, leading to many fouls for the Orange, but it also leads to turnovers and frustration. It’s averaging almost two more caused turnovers than last year and its 8.7 mark ranks in the top 40 nationally.Up against Notre Dame last Sunday, Syracuse faced one of the nation’s best teams after losing three of its previous five. Cortney Fortunato and Rachel Sexton were both top five scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But SU limited the dynamic duo to just one combined goal in the win.SU has a similar challenge coming up this weekend. Duke’s Kyra Harney and Kelci Smesko are also top five scorers in the conference. No. 4 Syracuse’s (9-3, 2-1 ACC) defense will have to once again stop a strong two-headed monster if it hopes to stretch its winning streak to three in Sunday’s game against the No. 13 Blue Devils (8-4, 3-0) in the Carrier Dome at noon.“We haven’t finalized what we’re gonna do yet, but we’ve got some good ideas. It may be a similar concept to what we did against Notre Dame,” head coach Gary Gait said.But Duke presents another dimension that the Fighting Irish didn’t. Namely, it takes care of the ball and capitalizes on its chances. The Blue Devils commit the fewest turnovers out of any of the ACC teams (11.4) while also having the best shooting percentage in the conference (49.1).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier in the season, defender Haley McDonnell said the Orange defense was confident enough to not have to change its strategy or its style of play for any opponent. But if SU commits too many fouls, and subsequently gives up free positions, Duke will capitalize. And an early lead would favor the Blue Devils because then Syracuse would be forced to try and create turnovers.When SU tweaked its defense to take away Fortuanto and Sexton, it came at a price. The Orange forced just six turnovers, its third lowest total of the season. And an Allie Murray save with 15 seconds left also saved SU’s win.Syracuse’s best bet to play tight defense will be to play outstanding offense. That’s what SU did in Tuesday’s win against UConn. After a back-and-forth start, SU scored eight goals in the final 12:17 of the first half when the ball stayed near Connecticut’s goal for most of the run.It’ll be important for the SU offense to capitalize on its scoring opportunities. In a game against a team that makes very few mistakes, SU will have to ensure that it doesn’t miss on its own chances.The Orange has a chance to get rolling after an up-and-down stretch in which it lost three of five. And it’ll have to overcome Duke’s efficient style of play to do so. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 31, 2016 at 12:30 am Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

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“I put the red and white at the peak of the pandemic: it was my talisman”

first_imgMessage to Martínez-AlmeidaThe patients, when they saw him with the ’10’ on his back, revealed, they already knew it was because of Futre. “All without failure, “he insists.”When they recognize him I open the EPI a little so they can see the shirt underneath. That rogue smile is drawn to them that only we understandWhen he saw that Futre himself echoed his photo on Twitter showing the red and white, the ’10’ on his back, he confessed that he had to “check several times “if the profile was verified, if it really was Futre.”I asked the colleagues if they were playing a joke on me: This is as if a culé of 10 years in two decades suddenly Messi writes to him one day. Crazy Paulo. ” When The shirt signed by Futre arrived at his house, he reveals, he laid it on the bed and looked at it in silence, for 10 minutes. “I felt like when a dog has been locked up for three days and you open the door for him. It is something that I will tell my grandchildren with the greatest pride in the world. “The interview ended with some advice (” justI appeal to common sense, to hand hygiene, the safety distance and the non-collapse of health centers if you are not really serious. But above all, empathy and respect towards the neighbor who is at home in confinement. Please do not be selfish “), a message to the Mayor of Madrid, Martínez-Almeida (“whatPlease do not stop our work to applause. There are many of us who are risking our lives and ours with temporary contracts without looking to see if we will be in our positions in a few months. When it comes to fighting day by day we do not look at our contractual situation, as if the administration does “) and a rojiblanco cry:”Party by party and fighting like brothers we will all win. “ Manuel Pujadas, the warden of the Gomez Ulla General Defense Hospital in Madrid, which went viral by sharing a photo in which he was seen fighting the Covid-19 with the red and white and the ’10’ painted on the back in honor of Futre, not only received a few days later a t-shirt sent and signed by his idol, he has also been interviewed by him in Sports world, newspaper with which Futre began to collaborate a few weeks ago. “I never thought that opening ‘Sports World’ I would see Paulo Futre interviewing me. Imagine for a second what it feels like, “he wrote on Twitter, a silent witness to all this history.”I thank Sports world have this space to interview you and give visibility to you and all the heroes without capes who fight daily for us, “the interview began the Portuguese.”The idol of this interview is you, not me, and from the admiration I ask you these questions“He continued. Questions about who is” the Clark Kent rojiblanco “, how he has lived from within the development of this pandemic, where Atlético comes from. I never thought that opening the sports world I would see @PauloFutre interviewing me, imagine for a second what it feels like, thank you all for the love and support, I hope you like the interview, it could not go out entirely but it is great, Aupa atleti, OBRIGADO IDOLO– Pujadas (@PujadasManuel) April 14, 2020“I’m just a normal kid from Carabanchel“Pujada replied in the first place.” I am 36 years old and I am proud to be from Atlético. “In addition to his job as a guard, he is also a football coach in two teams, “CD Las Rozas: a cadet as first coach and senior B as second with Rafa Casado,” he points out. It was in the harshest weeks of the Covid-19 crisis (“the weeks from March 16 to April 3. We had to close the emergencies on March 30 due to collapse “):”Heads began to collapse in many of us. Not being able to leave the house for anything other than going to the hospital is undermining you. Many of us had not seen our relatives for too many days. Specifically, I have not seen my 6-year-old daughter today for 24 days. That’s when I thought I needed some talisman to give me strength and what taught me never to give up was my Athletics“last_img read more

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