WLAX : Needing win, Syracuse returns home for 1st time since February

first_img Published on April 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Syracuse has been a little homesick. After limping through a six-game road trip with a 2-4 record, the separation from its home environment was evident.‘It’s always sunny and 70 in the Dome,’ SU senior attack Tee Ladouceur said, ‘instead of other places, where weather ailments can sometimes affect the outcome of a game. The Dome is nice.’The Orange (3-6, 1-0 Big East) has only played two of its nine games at home this season, and its subpar overall record demonstrates the effects. In his three years as head coach, Gary Gait has led his Syracuse teams to a .793 winning percentage in the Carrier Dome. And with this year’s squad in desperate need of a win, it’s a better time than ever to be back in Syracuse.Friday, SU takes on Connecticut (6-4, 0-2) in its first home game since Feb. 27.Since Gait began his tenure in 2008, Syracuse has compiled Dome records of 10-1, 7-2 and 6-3. This year, SU is 1-1. Never before has a Gait-led team lost more than two games on the road. So far this year, it has lost five.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn its two games at home, SU is averaging 15 scores per game. In its seven on the road, SU is averaging 9.4.‘I think it’s a whole mixture of things,’ Ladouceur said of the road struggles. ‘We’re not always on the same page together. Obviously, we’re looking to win games, even when we are on the road.’As far as winning games in the postseason, there is a definite advantage for the team that owns the road-warrior mentality, Gait said earlier this season. But as far as winning games — and more importantly, building chemistry — in the regular season, playing a few within the friendly confines can’t hurt.SU’s backup goaltender Alyssa Costantino, in her first season with the Orange, still vividly recalls the first time she set foot inside.‘I remember the first time I saw it. I actually got goose bumps,’ Costantino said. ‘It feels like a professional field, so when you walk in, you’re like, ‘Wow, this is big time.”Perhaps the setting the Dome provides creates a sense of intimidation for the Orange’s opponents. And after SU dominated the Huskies last season on the road, the friendly confines of the Dome are only an added advantage.When the two teams met in Storrs, Conn., last season, the Syracuse defense forced 17 turnovers and allowed just one goal in each half en route to an 11-2 win. SU has won all 13 of its previous matchups with the Huskies and is a perfect 6-0 at home.‘All the other teams come in here and have big eyes and are like, ‘Wow, this is it,” said SU starting goaltender Liz Hogan. ‘And we get to be here every day.’Since losing to top-ranked Maryland on March 12, Syracuse has been outscored by only three goals in a five-game stretch (54-51). It has won two of the five, but both wins came against unranked teams in Towson and Rutgers. The three losses have all come against ranked opponents in Florida, Northwestern and Dartmouth.The question now becomes whether Syracuse is losing because it has been playing games on the road or because it is being outplayed.Come Friday, the answer will materialize. Perhaps the answer to resolving the struggle is as simple as returning back home.Syracuse now has that opportunity, and when the Huskies visit the Dome this Friday, SU will look to get over the homesickness that has come with a 2-5 road trip.‘There are no excuses for losing these games when we’re away,’ Ladouceur said. ‘Those are games that we should have won, but obviously here, there is a comfort zone.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mr Green and SBTech among 15 new exhibitors for Betting on Sports

first_img Mr Green and SBTech are among the 15 first-time exhibitors at the Betting on Sports 2017 Conference organised by SBC Events from 12-15 September.Having expanded the product display to cater for up to 50 exhibitors at #boscon2017, 65% of the 1,768 sqm exhibition space at Olympia Conference Centre has now been sold, but there are still opportunities available for operators, suppliers, affiliates, sports clubs, regulators, payment providers and media companies across the sector.Olympia has been chosen as a suitably impressive location for the second edition of the largest international sports and betting trade conference. A £30 million redevelopment and rebranding of the Olympia London business in 2013 included a complete renovation for the conference centre, which makes it the perfect location for the event.Joining Mr Green and SBTech as first time exhibitors at an SBC Events-organised conference will be Erlang Solutions, Trustly, eMerchantPay, OtherLevels, OddsRing, LeonBets, Secure Trading Group, EvenBet Gaming, Finnplay, Tal Ron Drihem, AlgoSport, GameCo and Millennial Esports, sponsors of the Betting on Esports track from 13-14 September.Alex Igelman, Millennial Esports CEO, said: “Being a sponsor and exhibitor at Betting on Esports made complete sense to us. Our presence at the show will let stakeholders in the industry learn more about what we at Millennial Esports Corp. are doing and that we are in the Esports space for the long haul. We are really looking forward to great meetings, knowledge sharing and of course a few drinks in the evenings.”The high volume of fresh interest in the event relates to the extended exhibition focus, the high level of industry delegates and the outstanding networking opportunities demonstrated at Betting on Football in May, as well as the range of relevant and interesting content across eight conference tracks and the presence of a massive 150 industry leading speakers.Meanwhile, Betting on Football exhibitors such as OPTIMA, Golden Race, Sporting Solutions, HiPay, BetConstruct, VsoftCo, Intertops, Ganapati, Digitain and EnergyBet have already committed to the September event, which supports a finding from last month’s SBC survey that 100% of the exhibitors that responded were interested in returning for Betting on Sports.Click here to pick up your Betting on Sports 2017 ticket.If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at #boscon2017, please contact us on [email protected] Submit VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Bowl season betting guide: Odds, lines, picks for Saturday’s college football games

first_imgCelebration BowlNorth Carolina A&T -2.5 vs. Alcorn State, O/U 51.5Florida A&M would have been the MEAC representative in this game if not for a postseason ban levied by the NCAA in the summer. Instead of seeing the Rattlers in the Celebration Bowl for the first time, we will see the North Carolina A&T Aggies making their fourth trip in five years, and they will be facing the Alcorn State Braves for the third time in that span.North Carolina A&T has had its way with the SWAC champion in the Celebration Bowl, winning all three of its previous appearances here. However, the Aggies are the weakest they have been in some time. They no longer have extremely gifted athletes like Lamar Raynard or Tarik Cohen, and the offensive line is not as strong without Brandon Parker holding down left tackle. The third time should be the charm for Alcorn State provided Felix Harper doesn’t turn the ball over, making the Braves a nice moneyline play.New Mexico BowlSan Diego State -3.5 vs. Central Michigan, O/U 40.5Buyer beware … this game is going to be tough to watch. The New Mexico Bowl has the lowest total of any game during bowl season, as San Diego State pairs the 127th ranked offense in the nation with the 11th best defense by SP+. Central Michigan is ranked outside the top 70 in both phases of the game by SP+, but there’s a good reason to like the Chippewas here.Aztecs’ head coach Rocky Long is 4-9 all-time in bowl games during his coaching career. Many of those losses weren’t against great teams, and San Diego State is 3-5 ATS under Long in bowl games.MORE: Picking all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cure BowlGeorgia Southern -4 vs. Liberty, O/U 58.5Hugh Freeze has taken Liberty to a bowl game for the first time in school history, but the Flames played the softest schedule in the country to get to Orlando. Only their win against Buffalo looks good, as their other six victories came against two FCS schools, UMass, New Mexico, and New Mexico State (twice).The conventional wisdom is that triple option teams underachieve in bowl season considering opponents have time to prepare for the scheme, but that hasn’t played out. Since 2007, the true triple option teams (Army, Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, and Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech) are 28-18 ATS.Boca Raton BowlSMU -3.5 vs. Florida Atlantic, O/U 68.5The Owls have the benefit of playing a home game on Saturday, but it’s hard to know how motivated Florida Atlantic will be for this game. Teams that are playing under an interim coach have a mixed track record in bowl season, and FAU played in the weakest conference in the FBS this season.We should see plenty of points since SMU is involved though. Sonny Dykes has built the Mustangs in his image, and the average SMU game has seen almost 75 points scored in 2019. Lane Kiffin may have left Boca Raton, but plenty of offensive minds remain and this game is the most likely shootout on the board.Camellia BowlArkansas State -2.5 vs. Florida International, O/U 60.5We have yet to see a blowout in the Camellia Bowl. The largest margin of victory in the history of this bowl was five points, and the five bowl games played thus far have a total MOV of 17 points. Accordingly, the college football betting line for this game is under a field goal, and this is the biggest toss-up on the board for Saturday.Las Vegas BowlWashington -3 vs. Boise State, O/U 49Chris Petersen will call it a career in Sin City on Saturday with a fitting final game. He will be facing the program he helped put on the map in Boise State, and there are sure to be emotions displayed on the sidelines and in the stands. This Saturday is the busiest day remaining for college football. The Division II Championship Game between West Florida and Minnesota State and the FCS Semifinals will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, but the games most people are jonesing for are the seven bowl games scheduled to take place throughout the day. This is one of the last days to lean back in your recliner and let the college football wash over you all day, so here’s a primer for those games.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider The Huskies will be short-handed though with tight end Hunter Bryant declaring early for the NFL Draft and star left tackle Trey Adams sitting out his final collegiate game. Adams has kept Jacob Eason relatively untouched in the pocket, while Bryant has been his favorite receiver throughout 2019, leading to questions surrounding Washington’s offense.New Orleans BowlAppalachian State -17 vs. UAB, O/U 47.5When the opening bowl game betting odds were released two weeks ago, Appalachian State was the biggest favorite on the board. UAB looked lost in the Conference USA Championship Game against Florida Atlantic, and the Blazers sputtered over the second half of the season.Although Eli Drinkwitz left Appalachian State after one season to take the job at Missouri, the Mountaineers are still heavy favorites in this game. They have an elite defense that made App State one of the best Group of Five teams in the country, and Zac Thomas is a very good dual threat quarterback. App State has continually showed up in bowl games, winning four straight bowl games coming into the New Orleans Bowl, and their last two victories were by a combined 66 points.last_img read more

Former Liverpool star backs move for Arsenal midfielder

first_imgDean Saunders has backed a rumoured Liverpool move for Aaron Ramsey, the Wales and Arsenal midfielder.Reports on Friday claim an interest in Ramsey from the Reds, with the Daily Express quoting the Transfer Window podcast to run the story. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer news three-way race Ramsey has still not agreed to a new contract to remain at Arsenal The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Ramsey, 27, has entered the final year of his Arsenal contract and is yet to agree to a new, extended deal. Though Unai Emery, the north London club’s manager, wishes to keep Ramsey, he could be forced to sell the player either this summer or in January rather than risk losing him for free this time next year.Liverpool are evidently aware of Ramsey’s current situation, and if they moved to take advantage by signing the Wales international before the transfer window shuts next week, the Reds would be completing a wise bit of business.This is according to Saunders, the former Liverpool forward, who reacted to the rumours on Friday morning’s Jim White show.When asked if he could see a deal taking Ramsey to Anfield coming about, Saunders replied: “Yes. When you first said it, my reaction was ‘it will make them stronger, having Ramsey in the squad’.“He covers more ground than everyone almost every week, and he scores goals and makes goals; he’s a good footballer with a good brain. It’s been rumoured Liverpool could move for Ramsey late in the transfer window targets LATEST IN DEMAND “Liverpool have signed Fabinho and [Naby] Keita – they look really good – and Fabinho is more like [Patrick] Vieira, where he will sit in front of the defence.“Then you’ve got Keita and Ramsey… I can see that.“I think Aaron Ramsey will make Liverpool stronger. I think he’d be a great signing for Liverpool.“If Liverpool sign him, they definitely get stronger. What a midfield that would be – Ramsey, Keita and Fabinho.”With less than 12 months on his contract, Arsenal are racing against the clock to try and tie Ramsey down to an extended deal.Saunders has no sympathy for the Gunners, however, as they’ve brought this situation upon themselves.“It’s Arsenal’s own fault this situation has come up,” he continued.“They’ve let his contract run down to a year, and the power now goes to the player and the agent, because they can demand what they want. 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TOP WORK “If you get that contract they are offering him now signed with two years left on his contract, as a club you’ve got the power. But Arsenal have let a number of players’ – including [Alexis] Sanchez and [Mesut] Ozil – contracts run down, and it cost the club in the end.“To stop Ramsey going to Liverpool now they’ve got to give him more money.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED moving on last_img read more