17 Sep

Harsh weather conditions make for rough playing surface

first_img Related Stories Cohen: Pinstripe Bowl victory completes remarkable, year-long change of fortunes for Marrone, Syracuse programGallery: Syracuse romps past West Virginia in snowy Pinstripe Bowl, 38-14Pinstripe Bowl win caps off Syracuse’s tenure in Big East, long-time West Virginia rivalrySNOW PLOW: Syracuse dominates West Virginia on the ground to win Pinstripe Bowl for 2nd time in 3 yearsSyracuse defense responds to challenge, stifles potent West Virginia offense in Pinstripe Bowl victory NEW YORK – Between the freezing temperatures that made handling the football challenging and the snow and rain that fell throughout the game, the conditions at Yankee Stadium on Saturday created a rough surface to play on.The field conditions worsened as the game progressed. Workers had to constantly use leaf blowers to blow snow off the playing surface. And the rain that fell early in the game left the field slick and muddy. Syracuse’s balanced offense thrived, though, as it used its running game to earn the victory on a day when passing effectively was a difficult task.“It gives you the opportunity when you become balanced to when you get into situations, and you get into environments, elements, or whatever it may be, you can stick to either running or throwing,” Orange head coach Doug Marrone said. “We are ready to go into today doing either or, whatever he had to do to win, we were going to do.”While Syracuse’s offense managed to have a good performance despite the conditions, West Virginia couldn’t seem to overcome them.Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen said after the game that his team’s loss couldn’t be pinpointed on quarterback Geno Smith not playing as well as he had at times during the year. Instead he said West Virginia did a “poor job” of overcoming adversity.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The surface was not good,” Holgorsen said. “It was sloppy out there. It was wet.”Holgorsen said the Mountaineers’ wide receivers had a hard time running their routes and the offensive line struggled to hold off Syracuse’s defense. All of it combined to give West Virginia a lousy offensive performance.While snow fell for most of the game, the freezing temperature was also an obstacle and made handling the football a nightmare for both teams.Some players, though, didn’t mind the snowy weather.“It was cold. You couldn’t wear gloves because the ball was too slippery,” Syracuse running back Jerome Smith said. “It was good. I never got a chance to play in the snow, though. It was good.” Comments Published on December 30, 2012 at 12:54 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

16 Aug

NHL awards 2019: Full list of nominees, winners for Hart, Vezina, Norris and more

first_img NHL awards 2019: Three finalists named for Calder Memorial Trophy NHL Awards 2019: Kenan Thompson to host event NHL awards 2019: Three finalists named for Hart Trophy Sidney Crosby finished second with 739 points (three first) and Connor McDavid was third with 465 (one first).Here are all of the 2019 regular season award winners:Hart Trophy for MVPWinner: Nikita Kucherov, LightningSecond: Sidney Crosby, Penguins (739 points); Third: Connor McDavid, Oilers (465)Vezina Trophy for top goaltender  Winner: Andrei Vasilevskiy, LightningSecond: Ben Bishop, Stars (64 points); Third: Robin Lehner, Islanders (17)Norris Trophy for top defenseman  Winner: Mark Giordano, FlamesSecond: Brent Burns, Sharks (720 points); Third: Victor Hedman, Lightning (585)Calder Trophy for top rookieWinner: Elias Pettersson, CanucksSecond: Jordan Binnington, Blues (1,072 points); Third: Rasmus Dahlin, Sabres (661 points)Selke Trophy for top defensive forwardWinner: Ryan O’Reilly, BluesSecond: Mark Stone, Senators/Golden Knights (881 points); Third: Patrice Bergeron, Bruins (809)Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanshipWinner: Aleksander Barkov, PanthersSecond: Ryan O’Reilly, Blues (713 points); Third: Sean Monahan, Flames (568)Jack Adams Award for coach of the yearWinner: Barry Trotz, IslandersSecond: Jon Cooper, Lightning (350 points); Third: Craig Berube, Blues (116 points) The 2019 NHL awards were handed out Wednesday and Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning was featured heavily.The Lightning winger won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in scoring, the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted by the players and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most outstanding player. GM of the Year AwardWinner: Don Sweeney, BruinsSecond: Doug Armstrong, Blues (63 points); Third: Don Waddell, Hurricanes (59)NHL 20 cover playerAuston Matthews is the new NHL 20 cover player.Unlock your CHEL in #NHL20.Available worldwide September 13 👉 https://t.co/Ob0fSsRhrX pic.twitter.com/1UhRMINiPU— #NHL20 (@EASPORTSNHL) June 20, 2019 Kucherov is the first Russian-born player to win the Hart since Alex Ovechkin in 2013 and the second Lightning player ever to win it (Martin St. Louis, 2004).He dominated the voting, collecting 164 of 171 first-place votes to finish with 1,677 points. Related Newslast_img read more