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first_imgTeams can’t announce deals until they are officially signed.The Athletic first reported the Jets’ agreement with Desir, who was released by Colts on Saturday.The 29-year-old defensive back spent the past three seasons with Indianapolis, where he had 161 total tackles, five interceptions, 26 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 37 games, including 29 starts.Desir signed a three-year contract worth $22.5 million — including $12 million guaranteed — last March, but the Colts saved nearly $7 million on their salary cap for this season by releasing him.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest sports Associated Press The United States governing bodies of swimming and track — two of the three top-tier Summer Games sports — have called on their national Olympic officials to push for a postponement.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJays’ Shapiro expects 4-week spring training before seasonUNDATED (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular season play can begin.Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic. — Hours after the Australian government called for its citizens to cancel all non-essential travel, the Australian rules Australian Football League announced it was postponing its seasons until May 31. Australia’s various football leagues were among the few remaining professional sports playing on across the globe in its attempts to halt the spread of the virus.— The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to an announcement from the Dubai Media Office, a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators over concerns about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.NFL-JETS-DESIRAP sources: Jets agree to 1-year deal with CB Pierre DesirNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets and cornerback Pierre Desir have agreed to terms on a deal, according to two people with direct knowledge of the contract. One of the people tells The Associated Press the contract for the former Indianapolis Colts standout is for one year. In a statement Sunday, the IOC said it will hold four weeks of discussions with global sports officials and Japanese authorities to examine the options. It says the “scenario planning” will include the possibility of changing the July 24 start date for the Games, but that “cancellation is not on the agenda.”The announcement came after IOC President Thomas Bach led a conference call with executive board members.Bach has consistently said organizers are fully committed to opening the games on July 24, even as athlete training, qualifying events and preparations for the Games are being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.Criticism of that stance has grown in recent days.National Olympic committees in Brazil and Slovenia later called for a postponement to 2021. Norway’s Olympic body said it did want athletes going to Tokyo until the global health crisis is under control. Shapiro cautioned that training camps aren’t likely to open for some time because of the outbreak. All but three of Toronto’s major league players have left the team’s spring training site in Dunedin, Florida. Shapiro says no Blue Jays players or staff have displayed any symptoms of the new coronavirus, and that no one has been tested.Shapiro spoke to reporters on Sunday from his home in Toronto.In other virus-related developments:— The St. Louis Blues say a relative of a team employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is in self-isolation along with members of the person’s family, according to the team. All Blues staff who may have come into close contact with the employee have been notified. The team says it is asking for all members of the Blues to remain isolated, monitor their health and seek advice from team medical staff.— Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac announced he is teaming up with J.U.M.P. Ministries Global Church to provide hot breakfasts and lunches to school kids age 18 and under on weekdays for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Isaac also says he’ll be helping families obtain boxes of non-perishable food items once a week, things like oatmeal and cereal and instant rice. He says the breakfasts and lunches will be grab-and-go style, and a nurse will be on site for the pickups. Issac says, “We cannot just sit on our hands while this is going on.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappVIRUS OUTBREAK-OLYMPICSIOC to consider postponing Tokyo OlympicsLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee now says it will consider the possibility of postponing the Tokyo Olympics. March 22, 2020last_img read more

Kicker Cole Murphy keeps Syracuse competitive in 27-19 loss at No. 8 Miami

first_imgMIAMI — At the end of his postgame press conference, in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium, Dino Babers called on Cole Murphy down a nearby hallway.“Cole Murphy,” Babers said. “I ain’t ever seen nothing like that before. You were outstanding today.”Babers was joking, slightly. He has coached in college football since 1984 and said he had previously seen something like the performance Murphy put on Saturday afternoon. But he underscored how Murphy, Syracuse’s senior kicker, kept the Orange competitive on the road against one of the top teams in the country. In a 27-19 loss to No. 8 Miami (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast), Murphy drilled all four of his field goal attempts — including a career-long 53-yarder — to keep Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) within striking distance.More significantly, Murphy executed some of the most difficult kicks of his career on a damp, choppy grass field with nearly 60,000 fans cheering. None of that fazed him, as he tied his single-game career high with four field goals (22, 40, 45 and 53 yards, respectively) and moved to second place on the Syracuse all-time record list. With four games remaining on the schedule, he needs three more field goals to break John Biskup’s program record which has stood for 25 years.While the Hurricanes harassed Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey for six QB hurries, four sacks and four interceptions, Murphy injected life in an otherwise anemic offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They gave us a little life,” said Murphy, who broke out new cleats for better traction. “We were excited.”Last week, Murphy hit both of his field goals in Syracuse’s upset over No. 2 Clemson. Babers said Syracuse would not have won the game without Murphy, who hit a 30-yarder to put SU ahead by three in the fourth quarter and seal one of the biggest victories in program history.Because of the field conditions, Miami head coach Mark Richt said he tried to convert on a fourth-and-three and not kick a field goal in the fourth quarter. Michael Badgley slipped “at least twice” on kickoffs, Richt said. Yet Syracuse, down four with 5:23 left in the game, gave Murphy a shot to kick a 53-yarder anyway. He obliged, kicking it through with some depth to spare. Murphy perked up as teammates tapped his helmet.In the third quarter, Murphy hit a 40-yarder to cut Miami’s lead to seven. As Murphy landed his left foot to swing his right foot toward the ball, he slipped and fell flat on his rear after he connected with the ball.“After I made contact with it, I felt I was slipping, I looked up and I saw the ball falling in line,” said Murphy, who jumped up and threw a fist bump after the kick. “I was like, ‘OK, good. I look like an idiot, but I made it.’”Murphy said earlier this week that he hasn’t gotten into his own head, which he said contributed to his slide in 2016. He struggled on the road, going 1-for-6 on field goals away from the Carrier Dome, compared to a 9-of-12 mark in the Dome.As the ACC’s leader in made field goals, Murphy said he’s much more confident. Rather than listening to Metallica before games, he listens to “relaxed music,” such as The Weeknd. He credits an overall improvement across special teams, especially with the snap and hold. He took a sports psychology class to practice relaxation methods. All of it is paying off as he hopes for the first winning season of his career at Syracuse.“Last year I was always second-guessing myself and it was very anxious,” Murphy said, “whereas now I’m more in control. That’s the word I like to use. I write it on my notebook like 20 times before getting on the plane.” Comments Published on October 21, 2017 at 11:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more