Football aiming to come out with ‘energy’ following bye week

first_imgColin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Twitter TCU running back Kendre Miller (33) carries the ball against Kansas State in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez) TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt printSince TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012, Oklahoma has dominated the conference. Of the eight Big 12 championships the Frogs have had an opportunity to win, the Sooners have grabbed six of them, with the 2017 crown coming via a 41-17 victory over TCU at AT&T Stadium.“Oklahoma is always a tough ballgame,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “[If] you want to win the conference the last few years, it’s gone through Norman. Want to win the conference title? You’re going to have to beat them.”Including the 2017 title game, TCU and Oklahoma have met nine times since the Frogs left the Mountain West. The Frogs have come away victorious just one time — a 37-33 upset of the No. 4 Sooners in 2014.Nevertheless, the typically-dominant Sooners currently sit at just 2-2, leaving the quest for the 2020 Big 12 title wide open.Because of that, TCU sees its matchup on Saturday with Oklahoma as an opportunity to gain momentum and keep the team in title consideration.“You know, in the Big 12, each week anybody can get beat,” wide receiver Derius Davis said. “I think the person that’s going to win this conference is going to have two losses. So, we just have to come out this Saturday and win this game.”Whether Davis is right or not, TCU has little margin for error going forward. After falling in both of their home games thus far (Iowa State and Kansas State, respectively), the Frogs are 1-2 and seventh in the Big 12 standings.With that in mind, here are three keys to TCU coming off their bye week and getting their first win over Oklahoma in six years this weekend.1. Start fastAfter struggling at home thus far, Patterson hopes the Frogs can use their time off last weekend to start fast against the Sooners.“After playing three ball games having an off week, at the end of the day, you got to play with energy,” Patterson said. “You can tell the energy we had at Austin. [We] didn’t come out with a lot of energy at home. [We’ve] got to find a way to do that.”In their two losses this season, TCU has averaged just seven points in the first half. In contrast, the win over No. 9 Texas saw the Frogs rack up 20 points in the first 30 minutes.Oklahoma, on the other hand, has averaged just over 18 points in the first half of Big 12 games this season. If TCU keeps their habit of starting slow, they could see themselves dig into a deep hole by halftime.To avoid this, the Frogs will need to get the ball to electric players like Davis, who is averaging 13 yards each time he touches the ball this season.“I felt I can be that guy,” Davis said. “I feel like I’m a playmaker, and once I get the ball in my hands, I feel like I can take it the distance.”Patterson called the sophomore’s play this year “unbelievable.”2. Get to the quarterback If the Frogs have struggled with anything in 2020, it’s getting to the quarterback. Simply put, the defensive line has been a non-factor.TCU sits tied for dead last in the Big 12 with just four sacks this season. On top of that, the Frogs rank ninth in run defense, giving up 178.7 yards on the ground per game.While TCU’s secondary has impressed, giving up just under 200 yards passing per game, the Frogs’ inability to create chaos up front has led to Patterson’s typically-dominant defense sitting near the middle of the Big 12 standings.“We would love to have more pressure, I think anybody does,” Patterson said. “People throw the ball differently when you get a pass rush with a three or four-man rush.”In his first year as a starter, Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler leads the Big 12 with five interceptions. This has largely come from the 11 sacks the Sooners have given up already. Regardless, Rattler still represents a dangerous threat. The redshirt freshman leads the conference in pass efficiency (174.0) and ranks second in touchdowns (13). To keep this threat at bay and prevent Oklahoma from dicing them through the air, the TCU defensive line will have to find a spark and show up on Saturday.3. Protect Max DugganAfter Patterson emphasized the strides his offensive line had made in fall camp prior to the season opener, TCU’s struggle to protect the quarterback has been a bit of a surprise, even after losing three starters. Horned Frog quarterbacks have been sacked ten times already in 2020, but that does not even tell the full story.Duggan rarely has time to let plays develop, leading to him often having to scramble out of the pocket and risk taking big hits from defenders.This cost TCU big-time against Kansas State, as Duggan missed two full possessions and part of a third while getting X-Rays in the locker room after getting hit by a defender.During that time, backup Matthew Downing threw a 37-yard pick six that would prove to be the game-winning score for the Wildcats.While Duggan averages just 208.7 passing yards per game, his talent level suggests that number could be much higher given more time. On top of that, a continual lack of protection for the sophomore could see him missing serious time with injury.The Horned Frogs’ tenth clash with the Sooners kicks off at Amon G. Carter Stadium at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game will be aired on ABC. 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A company from Slavonia furnishes American hotels with furniture

first_imgThat Slavonia can and knows differently is an example of furniture manufacturer Ancona grupa doo from Đakovo, which has been entrusted with equipping five hotels in the United States, from New York through Washington to Miami, writes Business diary.It is about Ancona Group from Đakovo, which produces furniture in its own production, and employs over 120 employees. “These are two hotel chains there and an international competition. Four hotels belong to the Club Quarters chain, three of which are in New York and one in Washington, these four we have to equip by the end of the year. I’m going to America next week because of an arrangement for a possible four more outfits next year. There are indications that this could turn into a very serious business. It has also been agreed to equip a hotel belonging to the Even chain, located in Miami, and we have to deliver it by March or April next year. We sent a model room to America for a project in Miami, and to equip hotels in New York and Washington is already working hard in production”Points out the owner of Ancona Group, Markica Stanušić for Poslovni dnevnik.Photo: Ancona groupExactly one “small” company from Croatia managed to contract the equipping of five American hotels in 2017 and 2018 through a regular tender. You know when you apply for a job and if you have the best offer you get a job. So simple and normal, right?”I was on a trip to America last year for Christmas and New Year. I accidentally booked the Club Quarters hotel and when I arrived, I expected a lot more. We went through a dozen hotels, but the furniture seemed terribly cheap, modest. I contacted an agent I met at the fair and asked if we had the opportunity to compete there. There was a competition, and just for that hotel where I stayed for the first time. We called and – passed ” Stanušić points out and adds that his new client has so far imported everything from the Blistok East, and never from Europe. “I don’t know what they expected here, but when they saw the company, the facilities, the model room, our approach to work, they went in amazement”Concludes Stanušić.Let’s buy Croatian. Meet them – Ancona GroupRelated news:EXCELLENT COOPERATION! PRIMA FURNITURE EQUIPPED BLUESUN 5-STAR HOTELSHOTEL ESPLANADE RECOGNIZED THE QUALITY OF CROATIAN FASHION DESIGN AND CREATED A COLLECTION OF NEW UNIFORMS FOR HOTEL RECEPTION EMPLOYEESLUXURY TOURISM IS NOT GOLDEN FAUCETS BUT QUALITY DESIGNlast_img read more

Syracuse field hockey releases its 2019 schedule

first_imgSyracuse released its 2019 schedule on Wednesday afternoon, highlighted by just five regular-season home games. SU will play 16 games in total, facing six opponents that made the NCAA tournament. The Orange recorded their worst record since 2003 in 2018 (8-8, 1-5 Atlantic Coast). They failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years.SU responded by strengthening its schedule, playing more games on the road than at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Orange don’t play at home until Sept. 13 against St. Joseph’s. A week later, SU opens up conference play with a matchup against Virginia.Syracuse will host three ACC opponents — including a pair of 2018 national semifinalists in North Carolina on Oct. 12 and Wake Forest on Oct. 25. SU closes out its season with a trip to Louisville on Nov. 2.Here is the full schedule (conference games in bold):AdvertisementThis is placeholder textat Vermont, Aug. 30  at UMASS Lowell, Sept. 1  vs. Maine (in Lowell, Maine), Sept. 2at Cornell, Sept. 7  vs. St. Joseph’s, Sept. 13at Bucknell, Sept. 15vs. Virginia, Sept. 20at Colgate, Sept. 22  at Duke, Sept. 27 at California, Oct. 4Stanford (in Berkley, California), Oct. 5vs. North Carolina, Oct. 12at Boston College, Oct. 18at UCONN, Oct. 20vs. Wake Forest, Oct. 25vs. Cornell, Oct. 27at Louisville, Nov. 2 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 5, 2019 at 6:03 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillmanlast_img read more

Takeaways from Syracuse’s Orange Madness preseason showcase

first_imgElijah Hughes, though he didn’t handle the ball as much, seemed to be the Orange’s best player Friday. He was limited to a few attempts from three, but made two of them from deep past the line. Boeheim said at media day Friday afternoon that Hughes will handle the ball a good amount this year, but will be doing so from the small forward spot. Comments As pop music droned through the Carrier Dome, central New York got its first look at the 2019-20 SU men’s basketball team in the annual Orange Madness preseason showcase. Team White defeated Team Orange, 60-53, after a 40-minute scrimmage on Friday night. Here are some takeaways from the event.Buddy’s developmentEarly on in the first period, Buddy Boeheim spotted up on the right elbow. He had already knocked down two shots from beyond the arc, so Joe Girard III crashed toward the 3-point line. Buddy waited, faked and strode into the paint for an uncontested layup.Boeheim, who limited his opportunities dribbling the ball in extended run toward the end of last season, flashed a new ball-handling acumen in small doses Friday night. Buddy occasionally created some space for others as a lead ball handler at the top of the key, but mainly looked for his own shot off of dribble moves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo knock down his second 3-pointer of the scrimmage, Buddy performed an in-and-out dribble and hopped to his right, knocking down a contested jumper on the perimeter. Buddy did most of his damage on spot ups, but his ability to put the ball on the floor made him more than a one-dimensional threat.New Faces Earlier Friday afternoon in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, SU head coach Jim Boeheim lauded his veterans, but also praised the freshman group that will need to fill the rotation. In the Dome, the Orange faithful caught a first glimpse at some of the faces Boeheim alluded to.Quincy Guerrier displayed his athleticism in and out of the paint, including three 3s. New York state’s all-time leading high school scorer, Joe Girard III, netted a three from the left wing in the second half. And Jesse Edwards, a 6-foot-11 Dutch center, rebounded on both ends. Edwards brought the crowd to its feet in the first half with an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Marek Dolezaj.44Seated in his usual spot on the sidelines, Boeheim looked out at the Carrier Dome’s new court — which now features Boeheim’s name written in cursive — and unofficially kicked off his 44th season as Syracuse’s head coach.For most of Friday night’s Orange Madness event, which featured fan giveaways and skills competitions before an intrasquad scrimmage, Boeheim stayed in his seat. He ceded coaching duties to assistants Gerry McNamara (Team Orange) and Adrian Autry (Team White). During halftime, Boeheim popped into both huddles and offered advice. The results didn’t matter, not yet anyway.Before the scrimmage tipped off, Boeheim reminded those in attendance that this scrimmage was one step toward the season’s real start — Nov. 6 against the reigning champion Virginia Cavaliers in the Dome.Best of the rest Two “best-of” monikers were handed out on Friday night. Sophomore Jalen Carey edged John Bol Ajak, Dolezaj and Guerrier in a skills contest. Carey dotted through the makeshift course and swished a 3-pointer to end the event. Then, freshman Brycen Goodine (12-of-15) bested Buddy for the title of Syracuse’s best 3-point shooter.   Published on October 11, 2019 at 11:20 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezcenter_img Dolezaj showed off slick passing skills Friday. Several times he fired passes — including a lob to Edwards — without having come down from his jump to receive the pass into him. He threw no-look passes, turned quick on outlets and picked up a few assists passing out to the wing from the paint.  Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more