The health of Syracuse’s point guards was put into question on Saturday following the Orange’s (8-4) 82-52 win over Arkansas State (5-7).Jim Boeheim said Howard Washington would be exploring a medical redshirt, and he said Jalen Carey is dealing with a “bruise. ” Before the game, SU announcer Matt Park reported that Carey has a hip injury. Both guards had worked back from early season injuries. The Orange are off for a week before they play again on Dec. 29 against St. Bonaventure.Washington underwent surgery on Feb. 16 to repair a torn ACL. He recovered enough to play in three of SU’s first five games: the opener against Eastern Washington, then on Nov. 16 against Oregon and Nov. 21 against Colgate. But he hasn’t played in the last month, and Boeheim acknowledged he’d pursue a medical redshirt.“He’s had some issues this fall that were just too much to overcome,” Boeheim said.Carey didn’t miss a game for Syracuse before Saturday, but he’d spent time on the shelf during the exhibition slate due to an ankle injury that slowed the freshman point guard’s development. But he worked his way into the starting lineup by SU’s two games at Madison Square Garden in mid-November, and played a key role off the bench after Howard returned from his leg injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaturday, though, Carey spent the game on the sidelines. He warmed up with the Orange in his usual pregame attire of warmup shirt and sweatpants. During halftime, he laughed with his teammates as he participated in the drills he normally does. But he never made it onto the floor during the game.“I don’t know,” Boeheim said of whether Carey would be back next week. “I stopped trying to figure those things out a month and a half ago. When he’s healthy.”The absence of reserve point guards meant that Boeheim played Tyus Battle for a sizable stretch at point guard, a role he held down in the preseason exhibition games. Frank Howard played 27 minutes himself, even as he struggled to a 1 for 6 shooting line, because there wasn’t a bench option.And as Syracuse approaches its final nonconference game with four nonconference losses — a total the Orange have never made the NCAA Tournament after reaching — the early-season point guard question is back. It’ll have to be answered in the coming weeks. After Saturday’s game, though, Boeheim just wanted to focus on what he felt his senior point guard, who he said is healthy now, means to SU.“I’m not gonna make excuses,” Boeheim said. “If Frank Howard was ready from day one, we’d be a whole different team. It’s as simple as that.” Published on December 22, 2018 at 6:14 pm Contact Billy: email@example.com | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
New England is also entering a new phase after ending a two-decade relationship with Brady. Stidham, the team’s fourth-round selection in the 2019 draft, was set to get the first shot at succeeding the franchise icon. Now comes Newton to provide what is expected to be stiff competition.Newton, 31, became an immediate sensation in the NFL thanks to his singular ability to control a game with his combination of passing and power running, not to mention his megawatt smile and huge personality. He is the Panthers’ all-time leader with 58 rushing touchdowns, the team’s third-leading rusher with 4,806 yards, and its leader in all major passing categories except for completion percentage.Injuries did not deter Newton from running the ball late in his Panthers tenure, and if his body has healed sufficiently over the past eight or so months, then he would enable Pats coach Bill Belichick and coordinator Josh McDaniels to overhaul an offense that had relied on Brady making precision throws from the pocket. New England’s complementary skill players include wide receivers Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry and running backs James White and Sony Michel. BENDER: Why Newton is the best option to replace BradyNewton posted on his Instagram story Sunday evening that he is “as excited as I don’t know what right now” and added a #letsgopats hashtag in his trademark social media font.Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, was limited to two games last season with the Panthers because of a Lisfranc injury to his foot. He has also dealt with knee and shoulder injuries in recent years. He has been posting workout videos on Instagram during his free-agent period to show he is fit.MORE: Patriots punished for taping Bengals’ sideline, report saysIf healthy, Newton would be poised to serve as the short-term replacement for Brady. Second-year pro Jarrett Stidham has been touted as the starter this offseason, backed up by longtime Pats reserve Brian Hoyer.This next phase in Newton’s NFL career follows a breakup with the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2011 after he had led Auburn to a BCS national championship. Newton had one year and $19 million remaining on a five-year, $103.8 million contract when Carolina cut him on March 24 after trying to trade him. The Patriots reportedly were interested in acquiring him then but didn’t want to pay that salary and give up trade assets. MORE: Former teammate says Panthers have been doing Newton wrong for years with injuries A Patriots-Cam Newton partnership felt inevitable after Tom Brady left New England for the Buccaneers and the Panthers released Newton around the same time in March. Well, “inevitable” lasted three months, but the sides finally have gotten together.New England has agreed to a one-year contract with the free-agent quarterback, according to multiple reports Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal is “incentive-laden” and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the contract was a “bare minimum” deal, and then added that the deal could be worth up to $7.5 million.
The General Secretary of Europe’s Football Governing body (UEFA), Theodore Theodoridis, arrives in Liberia today, Tuesday, with a two member high powered delegation.The UEFA delegation will be in Liberia from March 22 to 23 to discuss UEFA’s cooperation with the Liberia Football Association (LFA).The delegation is headed by Mr. Theodoridis and includes Urs Kluser, Integrity Officer, and Legal Affairs/Disciplinary Services.A release from the LFA said the two man UEFA delegation will discuss future cooperation with the Liberian FA in all aspects of football development.The delegation will visit the LFA Technical Center under construction in Careysburg, the future home of the LFA in Congo Town, the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and pay a courtesy visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The delegation will then join LFA President Musa Hassan Bility and LFA Executives for a discussion before addressing the local football media.The coming of the UEFA delegation to Liberia followed discussions held between Mr. Bility and the newly elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, on the margins of Feburary’s FIFA Congress in Zurich.The LFA President reportedly played an influential role in deciding the outcome of the FIFA presidential pools.Mr. Bility is excited about the upcoming visit and said it will help Liberia reach a higher mark in its football development program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)