North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren discusses Eric Dungey, close losses and kicking problems

first_imgNorth Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren spoke on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference Wednesday ahead of the Wolf Pack’s game against Syracuse on Saturday. N.C. State (4-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) will head to the Carrier Dome for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff against the Orange (4-5, 2-3).Here are three things Doeren said.He’s assuming Eric Dungey will playSyracuse starting quarterback Eric Dungey was knocked out of the Orange’s 54-0 loss to then-No. 3 Clemson after a high hit left Dungey unable to lift his head at first. The quarterback needed support walking to the locker room. Dungey exited the game in the first quarter and did not return, only coming back to the sideline later in street clothes.SU head coach Dino Babers has been tight-lipped about Dungey’s status, saying only that he’s still going through testing as of Wednesday. Orange linebacker Zaire Franklin and receiver Amba Etta-Tawo said the quarterback practiced Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re assuming he’s going to play until they say he’s not,” Doeren said. “Even if we were pretending the other two guys were gonna play, there’s not enough film to know what’s gonna be different.”Austin Wilson replaced Dungey for most of the game, throwing for 116 yards, two interceptions and no scores. Zack Mahoney, who was the only quarterback besides Dungey to appear this year prior to the game, completed 1-of-4 passes in the fourth quarter. Wilson has played in just eight games during his three-year SU playing career. Mahoney started the four games last season that Dungey missed with injury, but that was under a different system. This season, Mahoney has appeared in garbage time of games throwing just 13 passes in his seven appearances.“You just got to go in there and plan on seeing Dungey and defending all the things that he’s been able to do,” Doeren said. “If somebody else comes in, like in any game, and things change, we’ll have to make adjustments.”‘The dam’s gonna break’N.C. State’s season has been marred by close losses and blown games. The Wolfpack lost to East Carolina, No. 3 Clemson, Boston College and then-No. 19 Florida State all by one score.Most recently, the Wolfpack led Florida State for most of the game before giving up the game-winning touchdown with three minutes left. Shawn Boone dropped a sure interception the play earlier that would’ve prevented the score and given N.C. State the ball. Against Clemson, N.C. State was a 33-yard field goal away from winning the game, but Kyle Bambard missed to wide right to send the game into overtime.“None of things that happened in our games were intentions,” Doeren said. “No one intended to miss a field goal or drop an interception or line up the wrong way. It just comes down to detail.Doeren said that he’s seen his team make progress in coming closer to closing out games, though he said there are no moral victories. He added “the dam’s gonna break” in turns of the team turning the corner.“You have to understand that you’re being tested and you’ve got one of two options. You can fight harder or you can give into it and we’re choosing to fight harder. I think that’s the only thing that we can do.“We’re getting closer. There is progress. There just isn’t pleasure yet.”Connor Haskins will start at place kickerThe Wolfpack has bounced between Bambard and Connor Haskins as its starting place kicker this season. Haskins will be the one to get the nod for the SU game, Doeren said. Bambard will be the kickoff specialist.Prior to the Florida State game last week, Haskins hadn’t started since the second week of the season when he missed 44- and 42-yard field goals in the first quarter of a three-point loss to East Carolina. Bambard took over that game and has been the starter since.But Bambard has had his own struggles. He missed three field goals in the loss to Clemson, including the one that would have won the game with no time left.“After the Clemson game, I told (Bambard) I’d give him another opportunity, that I wasn’t going to just turn on him,” Doeren said, “but if he struggled again that I’d have to go back to Connor.”Bambard didn’t attempt a field goal for the two games following Clemson but then missed his only chance against Florida State last game. Haskins came in and hit both of his field goals.“I told Connor the same thing,” Doeren said. “That he’s gonna get another chance and when his opportunity came to get his helmet on and make a kick and he did that.”Syracuse is having its own kicker problem. Cole Murphy has missed seven of his last nine attempts. Head coach Dino Babers has pledged his support for Murphy, though, and said the team will stick with him as the kicker. Comments Published on November 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Moses shines as Nigeria humiliates Cameroon

first_imgAfter a rather tentative start by the home team, Ighalo marked his return with the opening goal after 29 minutes.He overpowered his marker after he received a clever assist from skipper Mikel John Obi before he fired past a diving goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.The Eagles doubled their lead in the 43rd minute, when Mikel turned scorer by poking a Victor Moses corner from the left beyond the Cameroon goalkeeper.In the 55th minute, Moses made it 3-0 when he initiated a quick counter and then released Moses Simon, who did well to pass back to his namesake, who fired the third goal.A fourth goal from a flying header by substitute Kelechi Iheanacho off an Onazi Ogenyi cross in the 76th minute crowned a very satisfying outing for the hosts.Both teams went into the attack from the first whistle with Cameroon threatening through Moumi Ngamaleu, but his effort from inside the box missed narrowly as Ikechukwu Ezenwa was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early minutes of the game.The Indomitable Lions took the game to Nigeria rather than sit back in their defence.The Egyptian referee struck off a Nigerian goal by Ighalo for offside after 24 minutes, before Victor Moses header off a Moses Simon cross missed target four minutes later.However, the home fans celebrated the first goal of this bruising contest just before the half hour with Nigeria never looking back to seal an important win.Cameroon had their chances. In the 48th minute Ezenwa did well to save a low drive by Zambo Anguissa.Ezenwa then kept out a tricky shot from distance in the 64th minute before Nigeria again surged forward to create two more goals and complete the demolition of the Indomitable Lions.Share on: WhatsApp Nigerian players salute their fans.Moses helps Nigeria trounce CameroonUyo, Nigeria | AFP |  Chelsea ace Victor Moses and Chinese-based Odion Ighalo starred as Nigeria trounced Cameroon 4-0 on Friday to take a big step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.The Super Eagles moved up to nine points from three matches in Group B in Africa zone qualifying, while Cameroon remain on two points. Both teams clash again on Monday in Yaounde.Zambia and Algeria have a point each and meet on Saturday in Lusaka.Cameroon’s Belgian coach Hugo Broos admitted Nigeria deserved the win.“They were better, faster and more determined than us in one against one. We had one chance maybe,” he said.Broos added the African champions will play for their honour at home on Monday, but does not fancy their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.“There is something like honour, we will defend that on Monday in Yaounde. If the players have the same attitude I have, we will fight to beat Nigeria on Monday,” he vowed.“But we will now need to win our next three matches and expect Nigeria to lose their next three games to stand any chance. I don’t think this is possible.”last_img read more

English eyes on Griezmann for crunch Chelsea clash

first_img“The English press said they were willing to pay €100 million, which is my release clause.“I was not going to waste time denying it. No matter how much I repeat that I am delighted at Atletico, that I have a great coach and great teammates, they ask me regularly about my future.“At Real Sociedad I realised I had reached a moment where I had to move to keep progressing, that has not happened at Atletico Madrid. Although, again, I rule nothing out.”– Part of the family –The backlash to Griezmann’s public comments peaked when he was jeered off as he was substituted during a goalless Madrid derby two weeks ago.At the time Griezmann was on a barren run of eight games without a goal and, with no one else offering reliable back-up, Atletico’s Champions League campaign stalled with defeat to Chelsea and back-to-back draws with Azerbaijanis Qarabag.“I am with him to the death,” insisted Simeone back then before adding “as long as he is in my family”.All has been forgiven, if not forgotten, in the past 10 days as a stunning acrobatic opener in a 2-0 win over Roma got Griezmann back among the goals and Atletico winning again.Having won just two and scored seven goals in their previous 10 matches, Atletico have won four in a row, netting an average of three goals a game.After Griezmann’s fourth in three games with a late winner against his former side Sociedad on Saturday, he was grappled in a bear hug by Simeone that showed his was fully back in the fold.One of the best nights in Simeone’s glorious six years at the helm in Madrid came at Stamford Bridge in 2014, when he outwitted Jose Mourinho in a 3-1 win that took his side to the first of their two recent Champions League finals.Should they fail to replicate that performance against Conte’s men on Tuesday and not get a helping hand from Qarabag it could be the beginning of a long goodbye for star man Griezmann.Share on: WhatsApp The financial blow an early exit would bring to Atletico, who moved into the new 310 million euro ($369 million) Wanda Metropolitano stadium earlier this season, could precipitate Griezmann’s departure from the Spanish capital.But for his loyalty to Atletico and in particular coach Diego Simeone, Griezmann could have already been out the door last summer.A number of sides, led by Manchester United, seemed willing to meet his 100 million euro buyout clause, but when Atletico’s appeal against a transfer ban was rejected in June Griezmann agreed to stay on.Griezmann admitted at the time it would have been “dirty” to walk out on Atletico when they couldn’t replace him since it is they who propelled him into the European football elite after signing him from Real Sociedad in 2014.That loyalty hasn’t been wholly rewarded however, with many Atletico fans unhappy at Griezmann’s frequent flirting with other sides, including La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, often via the French press.“For months now my name has come out linked with Manchester United,” Griezmann wrote in his newly-released autobiography ‘Behind the Smile’. Atletico Madrid’s super star Antoine GriezmannMadrid, Spain | AFP | As a red-hot Antoine Griezmann hopes to keep Atletico Madrid’s faint Champions League hopes alive at Stamford Bridge, the stage is also set for the Frenchman to showcase his talents to a host of Premier League suitors.Atletico need to beat Chelsea in London on Tuesday and hope Roma don’t beat Champions League debutants Qarabag in the Italian capital if they are to make the last 16 for a fifth consecutive season.last_img read more

Lacazette defends Emery, hopes for post-break revival

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | French striker Alexandre Lacazette has leaped to the defence of under-fire Arsenal manager Unai Emery saying fans were being fickle in criticising him after not praising him when they were on a good run last season.The pressure on the 48-year-old Spaniard grew with a 2-0 defeat by Leicester on Saturday, leaving the Gunners with just one win in their last six Premier League games and eight points off fourth place and a Champions League qualification spot.Emery has also had to deal with the fallout from Granit Xhaka’s emotional outburst towards supporters when he was substituted against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago. The Spaniard eventually stripped the Swiss international of the captaincy.Lacazette, though, said while the players’ confidence had dipped the present international break gives them a chance to recharge their batteries ahead of their game at home to struggling Southampton on November 24.“Last season when we were unbeaten in 20 games in a row nobody said anything about the coach or manager,” said Lacazette. “We miss confidence and we need the international break.“I hope we are going to come back well. We want to be top four, of course.“Now we are nine points behind Chelsea and Leicester and it is going to be hard, but everything is possible in football.” FILE PHOTO: Unai Emerycenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more