Syracuse suffers 41-17 blowout loss at Louisville

first_imgSU went three-and-out on the ensuing possession and pushed Louisville back to the 11-yard line. Five plays later on fourth-and-2 from Louisville’s own 48, Bolin looked to his left, where Syracuse had everyone covered up. He turned back to his right and found a wide-open Keith Towbridge for an eventual 32-yard gain because an Orange defender missed an assignment, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said.Louisville eventually scored to go up 21-10 at halftime and as the game progressed, the floodgates opened against an SU defense that struggled because of a lack of in-game adjustments, Bullough said.“That’s the pickle we have right now,” Bullough said. “We’re not old enough to have those adjustments and put them on the field.”At one point, SU’s entire defensive line was made up of freshmen, a position group that was already limited when senior defensive end Luke Arciniega was ruled out with an upper-body injury on Thursday.Once Syracuse was trailing 21-10 at halftime, it was forced to be more aggressive, offensive coordinator Tim Lester said. The Orange attempted 21 passes in the second half compared to 15 in the first. Syracuse had three three-and-outs in the second half and not a single drive went for more than 44 yards.“When you’re down, you take shots,” Lester said. “First down shot. Second down incomplete. And then you get into third-and-10. That’s naturally going to happen when we’re more aggressive.”With the loss, Syracuse has nearly no room for error if it wants to become bowl eligible. Three games remain and No. 3 Clemson comes to the Carrier Dome next week. SU has never beaten a ranked team under Shafer and has allowed more than 40 points in four of the last five weeks.When asked if he feels like there’s been improvement, Franklin said, “It’s always tough to say that when you keep losing games by large margins.”Saturday was just another example. Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Zaire Franklin stood at Louisville’s 15-yard line. Kyle Bolin lay on the ground. Cole Hikutini had the ball in his hands in the end zone.Franklin had a free rush on the Louisville quarterback, hit him in the chest and knocked him to the turf as he threw.But Bolin squeezed the throw into a narrowing window to Hikutini and Syracuse’s hopes of winning began to narrow, too.“Those types of plays, I always feel like I’m so close, but I’m never close enough,” Franklin said.That play gave Louisville (5-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) an 18-point lead with more than nine minutes left in the third quarter of an eventual 41-17 win. It cemented a stretch in which the Cardinals scored touchdowns on two of four possessions, excluding a pick-six that immediately preceded it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville’s 21 straight points in just more than 10 minutes of game time between the second and third quarters was the turning point of Saturday afternoon’s game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Thirteen more in the second half buried the Orange (3-6, 1-4). In the same time frame after the interception, SU’s drives ended with three punts and a missed field goal.“It stings,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “It stings bad.”Syracuse got off to a fast start with a two-play touchdown possession after a Cordell Hudson interception. But it all fell apart for Syracuse following Eric Dungey’s interception.Louisville’s Trumaine Washington jumped in front of the intended out route and had 39 yards of open field in front of him. Dungey was the last offensive player back to the Orange’s sideline as he walked off the field after throwing a pick-six for the first time in his career. It was the first of three turnovers the freshman had in the game before getting hit in the head and leaving the game.Jessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Published on November 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Related Stories Blum: Eric Dungey should have been taken out before 4th-quarter injuryGallery: Syracuse falls to Louisville, 41-17Storify: Syracuse fans react to blowout loss at Louisville Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant open-ended on being part of sports ownership

first_imgThe Lakers plan to have discussions on determining which Bryant’s jersey number they will eventually retire.“He’s going to have the next statue and the next jersey up,” Johnson predicted.Bryant did not state a preference. But he admitted feeling more comfortable with his role as No. 24 despite winning three of his five NBA titles wearing No. 8. “The first phase of my career was much harder. I had to learn something I naturally wasn’t,” said Bryant, who switched numbers before the 2006-07 season. “It took a lot of studying and figuring out how to organize a team.”The Lakers retired eight players well after earning inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. But the franchise could retire Bryant’s jersey as early as next season. The Lakers retired Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 34 jersey on April, 2, 2013, though he does not become eligible for a Hall of Fame induction until 2017.Tough choicesSixers center Jahlil Okafor has sparked concerns beyond his defense. Okafor recently had an altercation with a heckler outside of a bar, an incident that both was captured on video and took attention away from his season averages of 17.5 points and 8.2. rebounds per game. Okafor, who had 12 points on 6-of-14 shooting and five rebounds against the Lakers, hugged Bryant afterwards at center court.“It’s important for him to learn those things,” Bryant said, “and stay focused on the game.”Scott believed “Okafor “had a chance to be a player in this league that would play 12-13 years” after becoming impressed with his post play and mid-range jumper during pre-draft workouts. But the Lakers used their No. 2 pick on point guard D’Angelo Russell. Back to workLakers reserve guard Lou Williams returned after missing the past two games because of his grandfather’s recent death.“It was good to put the type of week I had behind me,” said Williams, who had nine points on 2-of-6 shooting in 21 minutes. “I was more excited to be back in an environment I was comfortable in.”Staff writer David Montero contributed to this report PHILADELPHIA >> Kobe Bryant might return to the Lakers.Bryant has not reconsidered retirement following the 2015-16 season. But he sounded open about having a role with the Lakers in another capacity. “Me and the Buss family grew up together,” Bryant said, referring to Lakers president Jeanie Buss and executive Jim Buss. “I would be honored to help them with that transition to get back to the top.”Bryant sounded unsure on whether he would want to join any sports ownership group. The Lakers have not yet discussed that possibility, according to team sources. “I haven’t had any burning desire to look into it,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 103-91 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday. “But if I do and feel really passionate about it, that’s something I’ll dive into.”Magic Johnson sold his 4.5 percent ownership stake to billionaire season-ticket holder Patrick Soon-Shiong in 2010. Johnson then joined Guggenheim Partners to purchase the Dodgers in 2012. Johnson told reporters on Tuesday that Bryant should do something similar.Bryant has already become involved in other business ventures, including his own company, Kobe, Inc. Bryant also has a business stake in The Players’ Tribune.“He may be thinking outside the box of doing something with his own company,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about Bryant. “But if (Kobe) came and said, ‘Jim and Jeanie, I want to do something with the organization,’ I’m sure they’ll say, ‘Okay.’” What’s your number?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more