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Luther Archimede still learning to play with ‘controlled aggression’

first_imgAs a ball flew high in the air just inside the Pittsburgh defensive half, Syracuse forward Luther Archimede jumped up to head it, knowing he’d already been cautioned by the referee. Archimede won the header, but his elbow drove into Pittsburgh’s Sito Sena’s head in the process. Sena fell to the pitch.The referee hesitated for a moment before reaching into his pocket to pull out two rectangle cards. One yellow. Then, a red. Archimede had seen both of those just 14 days prior.Five minutes into the second half, Archimede went from the Orange’s starting striker to off the pitch. He went from one of Syracuse’s best forwards to the player who nearly cost the Orange a pair of games. In Archimede’s absence, the Orange sat back a man-down, defended and scratched its way to a draw.Archimede plays a critical role in Syracuse’s (7-4-4, 2-3-3 Atlantic Coast) offense. Archimede’s size and strength — 6-foot-2, 176 pounds — make him a physical option both on the ball and in the air. Sometimes though, McIntyre said, Archimede’s adjustment from his French second division club, Sochaux,has led him to be overly aggressive and pick up unnecessary fouls.“Any international player goes through an adaptation period,” McIntyre said. “I think his best soccer is ahead of him, and he’s getting used to the speed of play and physicality.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textArchimede was not made available for this story.He’s shown flashes already this season. In his first-ever collegiate game on Aug. 30, Archimede managed six shots —two on-goal —against No. 3 Georgetown. Only Massimo Ferrin and attacking midfielder Ryan Raposo have more shots than Archimede’s 24 in total on the season.But while the freshman has started four games, he’s been sent off in two of them. When a player receives a red card, he is automatically suspended for the next game, meaning that the SU freshman also missed the Orange’s 3-2 win against Cornell and 4-0 loss to Duke.Twice, the Orange were tied in the second half with upper-tier ACC teams Louisville and Pittsburgh. Both times, Archimede’s unnecessary fouls while already on a yellow card ended his nights early.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“If Luther wasn’t committed to go up for that ball in France, he would have been shouted at by his coach for lack of commitment,” McIntyre said. “Luther and all of our guys have to do a better job of recognizing that every game has a flow to it and you must manage yourselves in games.”Archimede’s first red card came at the end of regulation against then-No. 20 Louisville on Sept. 13, as he tripped a Louisville player to prevent a last-second goal. McIntyre had “no problem” with it because it was Archimede’s only option.Archimede picked up a first-half yellow card on an open-field tackle. He also nearly scored the go-ahead goal, until he was denied on the goal line by the Louisville goalkeeper.“(McIntyre) says we have to have controlled aggression,” freshman Hilli Goldhar said. “He wants our style of soccer to be relentless, aggressive, but it has to be smart, everything we do has to be calculated.”Because of Archimede’s aggression, the Orange had to play overtime and double overtime — 20 full minutes — down a man. Syracuse was in its third straight overtime game and the Orange’s heavy legs slogged to a goalless draw.Archimede came off the bench for parts of the Orange’s 1-0 loss to Wake Forest and 1-0 win against Colgate, but didn’t factor on the scoresheet or on the referee’s cards. He earned his third start against Pittsburgh, and after not registering any shots in the opening frame, picked up two yellow cards in three minutes.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“I talked to him after the game,” Goldhar said. “He’s a really aggressive, get-in-your-face type player … I texted him and told him to keep his head up and keep going.”While his aggressive nature has gotten him sent off twice, it’s also positioned him to be in goal scoring opportunities more than any player besides Raposo and Ferrin. His shot numbers suggest he’s getting himself into dangerous areas, and finally, against Division III SUNY-Morrisville, the breakthrough came in the form of two scores.He’d been denied by the goalkeeper from point blank range against Louisville. He passed up a chance against Clemson, instead dishing to an even more open Severin Soerlie, who then skied his kick. His two goals against SUNY-Morrisville finally gave scores to show for his impact on the Orange’s offense all season long.Against North Carolina State on Saturday, Archimede saved the ball on the end line before playing in a cross to Soerlie. This time, Soerlie didn’t miss.Since his second red card,Archimede hasn’t been shown any cards. He’ll be a key piece for the Orange’s attack — which has relied heavily on Raposo, Ferrin and Sondre Norheim — in the postseason.If he can stay on the pitch. Comments Published on October 30, 2019 at 9:54 pm Contact Anthony: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball gets a new haircut

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — His shooting has been among the worst in the league, he has been bullied by bigger and more experienced point guards and found himself on the bench late in games.So when Lonzo Ball showed up to Friday’s shootaround with his trademark hair chopped off, more than a few eyebrows were raised.“Just time to restart,” said Ball, who will start Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.This is what it’s like to be Ball, the rookie point guard who is under such a microscope that his hairstyle choices are probed for deeper meaning. He pointed out that he began his UCLA career with longer hair, but cut it midseason. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Ball quickly dismissed that his new ‘do offered any insight into his state of mind.“Nah,” he said. “It’s just a haircut, man.” What cannot be denied, however, is that Ball is in need of a reset on his rookie season. His hair is a good symbol of that, if not a clue.Kobe Bryant’s career, after all, is often broken into two distinct phases: Afro and post-Afro. Of course, Bryant waited until his sixth season before getting his buzz cut.Things are a bit more dire in Lonzo’s world.Pre-haircut, he averaged 9 points, 6.9 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game, but shooting just 30.3 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range.Following a 1-for-9 shooting performance Tuesday against Philadelphia, Ball drove to the Lakers’ practice facility and worked on his shot for two hours with his manager, Darren Moore.“I just had a bad game,” Ball said. “Got it off my mind, just shoot it out, took a shower and went to sleep.”Ball watched the game tape of his performance in the 115-109 loss to the Sixers and did not like what he saw.“The film never lies,” he said. “It was bad film. Watched it one time, probably never going to watch it again. Just moving on.”The next day, he cut his hair.Coach Luke Walton said “he looks good, he looks fresh,” and that he expected him to have a “good game” on Friday.“I always like a good, fresh haircut,” Walton said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Donegal gets number one share of new LIS funding allocations

first_imgThe €2.5million funding boost secured for Local Improvement Schemes in Donegal was the biggest allocation in the country, Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed.Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, last week announced a further €7.4 million in funding for Local Authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) to support the improvement of non-public rural roads in 2017.The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities. This brings to €17.4 million, the amount invested by the Government in non-public rural lanes, boreens and access roads this year. It brings the Donegal share of the funding to €3.4M.Minister McHugh said: “I am very pleased to confirm that an extra €2.5M funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Donegal.“We in Fine Gael know just how the important of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Donegal.“These roads provide vital access to homes and farms as well as amenities such as lakes, rivers or the ocean. “The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide up to 90% of the funding through the Local Authorities, with the remaining contribution coming from local residents, or Local Authorities in the case of roads leading to public amenities.”Minister Ring said: “The Republic of Opportunity is focused on ensuring that all parts of Ireland share prosperity and economic growth whether it is through new roads, broadband, better third level institutions and more job opportunities.“I will ensure that my Department continues to invest in infrastructure to support rural people in their daily lives.”Donegal gets number one share of new LIS funding allocations was last modified: November 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:lislocal improvementroadworksrurallast_img read more

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