Down Grades: Beat writers give final evaluations for 2014 Syracuse football season


first_img Published on December 2, 2014 at 12:46 am Facebook Twitter Google+ SuperlativesSuperlatives were discussed by The Daily Orange’s football beat writers and decided upon by a consensus.MVP: Riley Dixon (punter)Offensive MVP: Steve Ishmael (wide receiver)Defensive MVP: Cameron Lynch (outside linebacker)Biggest disappointment: The running backsBest unit: LinebackersCoaching MVP: Chuck Bullough (defensive coordinator)Best win: Central Michigan (40-3, Sept. 13)Worst loss: Maryland (34-20, Sept. 20)Biggest takeaway: Zaire Franklin (linebacker)Rookie of the year: Steve Ishmael (wide receiver) Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img

Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan not pleased with Miami Heat ‘road game’ at Staples Center


first_img“It would have been nice to get two victories in Miami this year.”The Clippers defeated the Heat 110-93 on Nov. 20 in a game actually played at Miami.So, Jordan was asked, how much did that bother him to hear all those people rooting on the enemy and rejoicing in the Miami victory?“I mean, like I said, it was a road game today,” said Jordan, obviously unhappy with what he heard. “It was tough.”Off game for DJ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Don’t think the Clippers didn’t notice how many fans in attendance Sunday at Staples Center were cheering for the Miami Heat.At times it seemed like Miami was the home team, especially at the end when it was clear the Heat were on their way to a 104-90 victory.Afterward, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan voiced his displeasure with some sarcastic comments.“The past two games we had at home,” Jordan said of wins over the Lakers on Wednesday and Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. “And then today when we played on the road in Miami, it was tough. We tried to come out today to get a road win, it just didn’t happen.center_img Jordan entered Sunday’s game averaging a league-leading 13.7 rebounds. But he had only six against Miami, and that was one reason why the Clippers (25-13) were outrebounded by a 46-27 count, 15-6 on the offensive boards.Jordan had been on a tear, averaging 15.7 rebounds in December.“I mean, you know, it’s the NBA,” said Jordan, whose team plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Portland (30-8). “You’re going to have ups and downs throughout the season. But it’s one of those games; you’ve gotta be able to bounce back.”The loss was more than an off game for Jordan, coach Doc Rivers said.“Not just DJ,” Rivers said, “I thought as a group we really lacked energy. I thought especially from mid-second quarter on, I never thought we could get it going. It felt like you could see it.“I almost tore my rotator cuff (waving his arm) trying to get our guys to go and it was one of those days where we just didn’t have it. But I still think you’ve gotta give Miami credit. They came with a purpose. You can see they needed a win and that’s how they played.”The Heat entered having lost five of six.Griffin’s arraignmentRichard Schonfeld, an attorney representing Blake Griffin, on Monday appeared in court in Las Vegas and was given until Feb. 17 to work out a settlement on a complaint in which Griffin is accused of grabbing Daniel Schuman, taking his cell phone and slapping him after he took pictures of Griffin and some teammates, the Associated Press reported.Griffin was charged with misdemeanor battery for the incident that took place Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian on the Las Vegas strip. Schonfeld said he has turned over results of his investigation to prosecutors, and District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he will consider it all, according to the report.BREAKOUTPortland, which will host the Clippers at 7:30 Wednesday night, is 30-8 and resides in second in the Western Conference standings, a game behind Golden State (29-5).last_img read more