Syracuse football: 5 keys for the Orange against Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse takes on Wake Forest in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Saturday after thrashing Rhode Island 47-0 last week. Here are five keys to the game.For the rest of The Daily Orange’s coverage of the Orange and the Demon Deacons, click here.1. Eric DungeyEntering the summer, Dungey expected to redshirt. But after winning the backup quarterback job in training camp, he became SU’s “next man up.” He went 10-for-17 with 114 yards and two touchdowns last week against Rhode Island. But now he faces an ACC opponent for the first time. While a portion of Syracuse fans believe Dungey will provide a better option than Hunt he’s unproven and is just months removed from his high school days.2. Ben LewisAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith sophomore hybrid Ervin Philips being ruled out for Saturday’s game, junior hybrid Lewis has a chance to emerge as a difference-maker for Syracuse. Against Rhode Island, Lewis only had one catch for -1 yards and one reception for 16 yards. Philips missed the second half last week, but still Lewis didn’t contribute much.The converted wide receiver lined up approximately 12 times in the slot and nine times on the wing in SU’s Fan Fest scrimmage in August. Considering Saturday will be freshman quarterback Dungey’s first career start, Lewis could provide a safe option underneath on crossing patterns.3. Third downsAgainst Rhode Island, Syracuse set the tempo by going 11-of-19 on third downs while the Rams converted just 1-of-11. In what is expected to be a defensive matchup, the team that can move the chains more often will be able to establish a rhythm. In last year’s matchup — a 30-7 SU victory — Syracuse won the third-down battle with a 47.4-percent conversion rate while the Demon Deacons moved the chains on just 20 percent of third downs.4. Field positionWake Forest punter Alex Kinal was named to the ACC’s second team after last season. He averaged 43.6 yards per punt and went 81 straight without a touchback in 2014. Meanwhile, SU’s Riley Dixon averaged 43.4 yards per punt last season. Neither offense includes much explosiveness so the most exciting fireworks might come on fourth down, meaning Kinal and Dixon could play significant roles.5. Staying healthyUntil Syracuse can make it through a game without losing two of its most important players, this will still be a key. Terrel Hunt was SU’s most important player heading into the season and less than eight minutes into the season opener his year was over. At the start of training camp, head coach Scott Shafer called last year, “one hell of a freakish year of injuries.” He changed the practice format to help players’ bodies, but still, it’s only Week 2 and Syracuse has to overcome losing two of its top three offensive playmakers. Commentslast_img read more

B2B and SNAITECH growth gives Playtech confidence in future prospects

first_img Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Publishing its 2019 interim results (period ending 30 June), Playtech Plc has underlined its confidence in delivering on full-year expectations and strategic targets.Recording a 68% increase in group revenues to €736 million (H12018: €436m), Playtech highlighted growth across its ‘Core B2B Gambling’ division and the integration of SNAITECH Italia assets as key performance drivers.The FTSE250 technology group detailed that its B2B division has benefited from a cost control programme which has increased gambling margin to 29% (H12018: 19%).The update sees Playtech maintain a core strategic priority of securing new commercial contracts, with its B2B division adding ten new brands as customers during the trading period.Playtech further highlighted that its B2B division has expanded key technology contracts with GVC Holdings, whilst delivering on provisions for customers operating in the re-regulated Swedish marketplace ‘from day-1’.At a B2C level, Italian asset SNAITECH achieved ‘no. 1 market share in retail and online combined in June and July 2019, reporting an adjusted EBITDA contribution of €75 million.The positive results, including a 31% increase in adjusted EBITDA to €190 million (H12018: €145 million), led the company to reaffirm its 2019 earnings guidance range of €390-415 million.However, Playtech declared an adjusted net-profit of €71 million, down 15% on corresponding H1 2018’s €83 million, attributed to higher regulated market taxes and costs attached to its 2018 SNAITECH acquisition.Alan Jackson – PlaytechAlan Jackson, Chairman of Playtech, commented: “Playtech’s combination of scale and leadership in technology continues to deliver growth and strategic progress in our core gambling businesses. In H1 this continued progress has driven Group regulated revenue to a new high of 87% (H1 2018: 69%).“In our B2B business double-digit growth in regulated markets outside of the UK has been accompanied by landmark new licensee wins in key regulated markets, laying the foundations for future growth. In our B2C business Snaitech continues to go from strength to strength demonstrating impressive growth momentum in a key market.“The continued strength of the core business has allowed Playtech to continue its flexible shareholder returns policy, today declaring an additional buyback programme alongside an interim dividend.” Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Four of six members of Iowa delegation reveal guests for Trump’s speech tonight

first_imgWASHINGTON — Four of the Iowans who serve in congress have announced who they’ve invited to use their guest ticket to tonight’s State of the Union address.First District Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque, has invited a furloughed federal employee. Jesse Wegner of West Union is president of the Iowa Association of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees. FSA employees were called into work during the recent federal government shutdown.Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City, has invited Clinton Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Chapman. A Clinton firefighter recently died and another fireman was seriously injured in a recent grain bin fire. Loebsack says the gesture is meant to show gratitude to those who serve and sacrifice for their communities.Third district Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, is using her guest ticket to highlight the need to improve access to mental health services. Axne’s guest in the House gallery is Peggy Huppert, executive director of the Iowa affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is giving his State of the Union ticket to his wife, Barbara. The two other Republicans in Iowa’s congressional delegation have not announced who their guests will be tonight.last_img read more

Up The League – Saturday, March 7

first_imgGeoff Peters discusses all the top Football League news and looks ahead to his weekend’s action on the latest Up The League show.On today’s show, ex-Wolves and Watford star Chris Iwelumo joined Geoff to reflect on their campaigns so far, Barnsley defender Peter Ramage discusses life at Oakwell and Stevenage manager Graham Westley.last_img