first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Just outside the Syracuse locker room last Saturday against Washington, minutes after a disappointing loss, Delone Carter tried to put the outcome into perspective. Missed opportunities had deflated the optimism that accompanied SU to Seattle. Frustration began to set in. But despite the loss, and the pain that followed, the senior running back wasn’t seeing the setback as a repeat of years past. Not even close. ‘I feel no team is the same. I feel like we define ourselves,’ Carter said. ‘We’re going to continue to define ourselves. … Positively.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Days have passed, but the feelings remain. And now, Carter and his teammates enter this weekend looking to eliminate the feelings following that disappointing loss in Seattle. And with emotion from last Saturday’s drubbing still lingering, Syracuse (1-1) will attempt to restore its pride in its home opener against Maine (1-1) at 7:15 p.m. Saturday inside the Carrier Dome. ‘We just want to get back into this week and improve and take another step forward and get another win,’ Carter said Wednesday. ‘Just the next opponent, that’s all it is.’ Getting the bad taste out of its mouth is just one of the goals for the Orange heading into Saturday’s contest. SU hasn’t won a home opener since 2004 — the last time it made an appearance in a bowl game. Taking care of business this weekend would certainly be a big step toward that postseason berth head coach Doug Marrone and his players have been vocal about since preseason camp. Before last weekend, Syracuse looked like it might be a bowl-caliber team this season. The Orange dismantled Akron on the road, 29-3, and the defense looked as good as it has in years. But against Washington, SU struggled for the final three quarters. The defense allowed five touchdowns against the Huskies after allowing zero against Akron. The Orange went from having a 10-point lead to losing by three touchdowns. Erasing the pain from last week’s poor performance will be on the minds of the coaches and players. ‘It hurt,’ Marrone said at his weekly press conference Monday. ‘Any time you lose a game, it hurts. If it doesn’t hurt, then you don’t have the right culture. … It is like anything else in life, how you deal with adversity, how you deal with failure and how you come back from that.’ Syracuse and Maine faced each other for the first time in 2009, with SU winning decisively, 41-24, at the Dome. Carter led the Orange offense with 72 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while Derrell Smith led the defense with 11 tackles. Against the Black Bears Saturday, both should play a pivotal role. In spite of two rather unimpressive performances to start the season, the Maine defense is only allowing 3.1 yards per carry against the run. Carter and backfield mate Antwon Bailey will have to increase their production for the Orange to win that battle. Offensively, Maine averaged 186.5 yards rushing in those first two games behind the running of Jared Turcotte and Pushaun Brown. Smith and the Syracuse defense — which has allowed 157 yards per game against the run — will have their work cut out for them. ‘We know we’ll get their best when they come in here,’ Marrone said. ‘I have a lot of respect for (Maine head coach Jack) Cosgrove and that football team. … They’re always big, they’re always tough, they’re always physical and then, after last year, we have to expect the unexpected anywhere on the field.’ Despite Maine’s strong points, the Black Bears are still an FCS school. The Syracuse players are well aware of that fact. Yet after a painful loss at Washington, SU is heading into this weekend not taking anybody lightly. And while the players insist Maine is ‘just the next opponent,’ it’s quite possible SU is planning to take out its frustration on what it knows is an inferior opponent. That will be a key factor Saturday. ‘We’re trying to change history and change the culture here,’ SU receiver Van Chew said. ‘So getting a big win will be good.’ All week long, players and coaches were chomping at the bit to get back on the field. To prove last week’s loss was a fluke. To quickly regain that optimistic feeling that had suddenly evaporated. Maine was shut out, 3-0, by Albany to start this season. Not exactly the evidence to suggest it should pose a threat to a Syracuse squad salivating at a chance for redemption. And after starting the season with two games on the road, SU returns home against the same Maine team it throttled in the second half a year ago. Perhaps it’s the perfect situation to begin erasing any doubts about its bowl legitimacy this season. Said Marrone: ‘We expect them to come back, give us their best effort, and get ready to win a game and go above .500.’ aljohn@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more


first_img“No, we lost,” he said. “It still goes in the loss column. We learned a few things. We know we can get a lot better.”Then again, sixth-man Jamal Crawford could not deny there was some good that came out of the team’s first setback of the season.“The fact that we fought back is encouraging,” said Crawford, whose team plays host to Houston on Saturday night at Staples Center. “To get down 17 in this environment against the champs and still have resolve and still have the lead in the fourth quarter shows a lot of character on this team.” Even Jordan had to go along with that.“Yeah, I think we can compete with not just them, but anyone,” he said. “Like I said before, they are a great team with a lot of great guys who have been together for a while and so have we. They have probably one of the best crowds in the league and I’m proud of the way we came in. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Considering they were down by 17 points in the second quarter to the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where just two nights earlier the Warriors demolished Memphis by 50 points, one would think the L.A. Clippers might look at their eventual 112-108 loss as a moral victory of sorts.Not necessarily.“It would have been encouraging if we won,” shooting guard J.J. Redick said. “We are not the ‘Bad News Bears.’ We are a team that has championship aspirations and for us to do that, we have to win.”Center DeAndre Jordan was asked if he was encouraged by the showing by the Clipper (4-1). He shot that down.center_img “We have a lot of work to do, but we will be all right.”The Clippers went up by 10 points at 97-87 on a basket by Crawford with 7:56 to play. The Warriors (5-0) outscored them 25-11 down the stretch.The rivalryGolden State’s Klay Thompson scored 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting Wednesday. Afterward, he talked about this budding rivalry and how he expects their games to be hotly contested.“It’s going to be like that every time we play these guys,” Thompson said. “There are a lot of improved guys on their team, so it was good. Whoever it is, who’s out there, we don’t like to lose on our home court, so it would have been a tough loss.”Paul injuredPoint guard Chris Paul left Wednesday’s game with 13.3 seconds left because of a groin issue.“I don’t know, I’ll find out,” coach Doc Rivers said, when asked to assess the extent of the injury. “I don’t think it’s severe.”Scouting the RocketsSaturday will be the first time the Clippers see the Rockets since Houston beat the Clippers in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals. Houston’s Game 7 victory in Houston came after the Clippers blew Game 6 at Staples Center.The Rockets started 0-3 this season but have since beat Oklahoma City and Orlando. Houston, which plays Friday at Sacramento, is being led in scoring by James Harden. He’s averaging 23.8 points, but he’s shooting just 29.4 percent — 16.4 percent from 3-point range.Harden has shot 55 3-pointers, making only nine.last_img read more


first_img— other baseballBishop Garrigan 5, North Butler 3Osage 4, Nashua-Plainfield 2 MARSHALLTOWN — The Mason City High baseball team split their doubleheader at Marshalltown last night. The Mohawks took the opener with Dylan Miller throwing a shutout in a 5-0 victory. Marshalltown took the nightcap 7-6 in 13 innings. Harrison Nagel struck out 13 while Dawson Wedeking hit a go-ahead homer in the 8th, but the Mohawks could not hold the lead. Mason City is 10-6 on the season and will host Fort Dodge on Wednesday. AMES — Former Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker is traveling the country hoping to improve his NBA Draft stock. Horton-Tucker has been working out for several teams with the latest being the Orlando Magic. The Chicago native averaged nearly 12 points and shot 31 percent from the field in his only season with the Cyclones.Horton-Tucker says he has enjoyed the process of getting ready for the draft.Horton-Tucker has been working on becoming a complete player on offense. GREEN BAY — Former Iowa standout Bryan Bulaga likes the progress the Green Bay offense made during minicamp under new coach Matt LaFleur. The Packers’ right tackle is getting ready for his 10th season in the National Football League.Bulaga says the offense has come a long way.Bulaga says they have learned a new approach on offense.Bulaga has also been impressed with the Packer defense.center_img MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched seven strong innings for Boston to outduel Minnesota ace Jose Berrios, and the Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six straight games with a 2-0 victory over the Twins. Porcello allowed only four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts, just his third start out of 15 this season with seven or more innings completed. Berrios struck out 10 batters in a season-most eight innings, with five hits and no walks allowed. — high school softball last nightMason City 12, Marshalltown 5 (8); Marshalltown 8, Mason City 3Osage 19, Nashua-Plainfield 3last_img read more


first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsJuliette Lisbeth Jérôme says she still has stains in her hair from the pepper spray attack.The Lac Simon First Nation woman says a stranger yelled racial slurs at her and her boyfriend before suddenly wielding the spray can last September.“It burned my eyes, and half my mouth became swollen, right here, my cheek also, I couldn’t feel anything,” Jérôme told the Quebec inquiry into Indigenous relations in Val-d’Or on Thursday.What makes the incident even more upsetting for Jérôme is what she calls the police’s lack of response.“The complaint that we made, our statement, they don’t seem to take it into consideration, there’s still no investigation,” she testified.The Quebec inquiry into Indigenous relations was spurred by accusations that provincial police were abusing Indigenous people in the city of Val-d’Or.Adding insult to injury, Jérôme said she recognizes the man who assaulted her. She said he works at a local grocery store.“Last time I saw him at the IGA he said to me ‘Oh, let me go get my pepper spray’. He still threatens me, it doesn’t stop.”When questioned why she doesn’t go to police to provide this new information, she said she’s afraid.Jérôme had her own run-in with the provincial police this past Christmas. She was charged and found guilty of simple assault for repeatedly hitting her boyfriend with her purse.Jérôme marvels at how her own case was treated – compared to the assault she reported.And she said she’s not the only Algonquin to feel this way.“The police come down hard on Indigenous folks, and that’s discrimination and that needs to be fixed and needs to be stopped.”Jérôme hopes the Quebec inquiry will address what she sees as a double standard.The hearings continue Friday and the final report is due in September 2019.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more