Black Democrats turn their backs on Bloomberg at church before Super Tuesday votes

first_imgBiden and Bloomberg are trying to present themselves as the party’s best choice to take on Trump, arguing that Sanders is too far to the left to win the general election.At church in Selma, the vice president to the country’s first African American president, Barack Obama, was clearly the favorite. Biden was seated in a place of honor with the pastor, facing the pews where Bloomberg sat, and got a glowing introduction from U.S. Representative Terri Sewell, a black Alabama lawmaker who supports him.”Most importantly, he has earned the right to be in this pulpit and to address you now,” Sewell said.Democratic contenders Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar sat on folding chairs at the margins of the church audience. The pastor yelled at Tom Steyer, who dropped out of the race after finishing third in South Carolina, to sit down. “This is a house of God, this is not a political rally,” he chided.The candidates were in Selma to mark the 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when civil rights marchers were beaten by state troopers and local police while crossing a bridge in Selma.Bloomberg skipped the first four state nominating contests including South Carolina but has blanketed the nation with about $500 million in advertising and will be on the ballot for the first time on Tuesday, when the biggest prizes are California and Texas.He has made a concerted effort to reach out to black voters, including apologies for overseeing an increase in the use of a police practice called “stop and frisk” in New York City that disproportionately affected black and other racial minority residents. A federal judge found the practice was an unconstitutional form of racial profiling.A Reuters/Ipsos poll of registered Democrats and independents, conducted Feb. 19-25, showed Bloomberg garnering the support of 20% of black voters, third among the Democratic candidates behind Sanders (26%) and Biden (23%).At least five Super Tuesday states – Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Virginia – have big blocs of African-American voters.’NOT A SOCIALIST’Biden won overwhelmingly in South Carolina, drawing 48% of the votes cast compared to 20% for Sanders. Edison Research exit polls showed Biden with 61% of African-American support there to Sanders’ 17%.The victory led the former vice president to assert himself as a viable moderate alternative to Sanders, an independent U.S. senator from Vermont and self-described democratic socialist.Sanders’ calls for a political revolution have rattled a Democratic Party establishment worried he is too far to the left to beat Trump.”I think the Democratic Party is looking for a Democrat – not a socialist, not a former Republican, a Democrat – to be their nominee,” Biden told “Fox News Sunday.”Biden’s reference to a former Republican appears to have been aimed at Bloomberg, who switched parties.Sanders attacked Biden for taking contributions from political organizations called Super PACs and billionaires, courting wealthy donors at what he said was the expense of working-class, middle-class and low-income people.”I don’t go to rich people’s homes like Joe Biden,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”Biden lags Sanders in fundraising and organization in Super Tuesday states and beyond.Sanders planned to campaign on Sunday in heavily Democratic California, where he leads opinion polls.The Sanders campaign announced overnight it had raised $46.5 million from more than 2.2 million donations in February, a huge sum dwarfing what any other Democratic candidate had raised last year in any three-month period.Biden reported his February haul was $18 million. Warren’s campaign said she raised more than $29 million last month.Bloomberg, meanwhile, continues to spend. He purchased three minutes of commercial air time during on broadcast networks CBS and NBC on Sunday evening to address the coronavirus outbreak.Topics : “I was hurt, I was disappointed,” Strong said as Bloomberg looked on stonily. “I think it’s important that he came, and it shows a willingness on his part to change.”About 10 people stood up and turned their backs on Bloomberg as he spoke about racial inequality. Black voters are a key constituency of the Democratic Party.”I think it’s just an insult for him to come here. It’s the disrespect for the legacy of this place,” Lisa Brown, who traveled to Selma from Los Angeles, told Reuters later. She said the idea to protest Bloomberg’s remarks had circulated but she stood as an individual, not an organized group.The quiet protest suggests Bloomberg may have an uphill climb with some African-American voters, who have supported Biden in large numbers and carried him to a resounding victory in South Carolina. Joe Biden, fresh off a victory in South Carolina propelled by black voters, on Sunday commemorated a landmark civil rights march in Alabama, where some worshippers at an African-American church turned their backs on his rival Michael Bloomberg.Biden and the others competing for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November hit the campaign trail before Super Tuesday nominating contests in 14 states including Alabama. Biden, whose win in Saturday’s South Carolina primary galvanized his campaign, and the current front-runner, Bernie Sanders, traded jabs on Sunday news shows.Bloomberg, a former New York mayor, received a chilly reception at the historic Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma after pastor Reverend Leodis Strong told the gathering the billionaire businessman initially had turned down the invitation to speak.last_img read more

UN Security Council resumes activities under shadow of COVID-19

first_imgOn Tuesday, Security Council members held a video conference with deputy UN special representative for Afghanistan Ingrid Hayden to discuss the latest situation in the war-torn country, which has had to contend with the contagion on top of recent efforts to bring about lasting peace between the US-backed government and the Afghan Taliban group.The council urged the warring parties to heed the UN secretary-general’s call for an immediate ceasefire and guarantee the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Afghanistan.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire – for all conflict around the world – on March 23 so countries could shift their resources to respond to the pandemic.Indonesia underlined the importance for all Afghan political leaders to unite, set aside their differences and put the interests of the people first, according to its mission to the UN. Earlier on Monday, in a historic first, the Security Council adopted four resolutions virtually, including one on the safety and security of UN peacekeeping operations (PKO) abroad – a priority issue Indonesia has flagged for its two-year non-permanent term on the council.As the largest contributor to peacekeeping forces among council members with 2,705 deployed personnel, Indonesia co-sponsored the draft resolution and played an active role in its negotiation, Ambassador to the UN Dian Triansyah Djani said on Tuesday from New York.”UN peacekeeping forces have shown real dedication and sacrifice to bring about peace,” he said in a statement, underlining the safety and security of UN peacekeeping forces as a top priority.Deployed in conflict-addled regions around the world, the UN Blue Helmets are at the forefront of the UN Security Council’s efforts to bring about world peace and security, but ground forces are often left to fend for themselves when it comes to illnesses and other physical conditions.The UNSC resolution encourages, among other things, increased support and medical facilities for the evacuation and/or treatment of members of the force who are in critical condition.The three other resolutions passed were related to the extension of the mandate by the UN Security Council.Resolution 2515 extended the mandate of the Panel of Experts for North Korea to April 30, allowing them to continue to report its work on the implementation of a resolution related to North Korea.Meanwhile, Resolution 2516 extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) to June 30. With this extension, UNSOM is expected to continue to support Somalia as it approaches election season in late 2020 or early 2021.Through Resolution 2517, the Security Council will maintain a total of 6,505 UNAMID troops until May 2020 to help keep the peace and support the transitional government in Sudan.Council members were also briefed on the latest developments in the Isreali-Palestinian conflict.“As the region continues to confront the enormity of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the broader geopolitical tensions, the situation on the ground remains fragile,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Secretary-General’s special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, according to a transcript on the UN website.Mladenov said that credible negotiations had yet to be launched, and Israel had not taken steps to cease all settlement activities and respect related legal obligations during the reporting period.Topics : Even the august forum of the United Nations Security Council was not spared from the far reach of the COVID-19 pandemic, as member states began adapting to the new realities of the global health crisis by resuming activities virtually – including for voting in new council resolutions.Diplomatic activities at the UN headquarters have been significantly reduced after the state of New York became yet another epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, but discussions on world peace and security had to go on, as UN member states discovered.The pandemic has also forced the council to vote in writing, while the results were announced in a teleconference. Negotiations were also conducted virtually, where possible.last_img read more

Algester land sale tops $3M

first_img88 Learoyd Rd, Algester. Picture: realestate.com.auA 4.37ha property at Algester has sold for $3.3 million prior to its scheduled auction. The land at 88 Learoyd Rd comes with development approval, obtained from council in December, for 66 townhouses. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago88 Learoyd Rd, Algester. Picture: realestate.com.auIt’s positioned next to the Tee Time Golf Driving Range and isn’t far from Sunnybank Hills.Yong Real Estate Corporate’s Peter Huang said the property sold early last week to a developer.“He’s doing some development in South Brisbane and in Redcliffe and wanted to do something in Sunnybank,” Mr Huang said.The sellers had held the property, which has an old Queenslander on it, for more than 20 years before deciding to put it on the market.“They are not developers, just normal land owners not in the position to develop it themselves,” Mr Huang said.“They’ll split the money between family members.”Algester is within a 20km radius of Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $490,000, according to CoreLogic.last_img read more

UCB Announces New Board Chairman

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – United Community Bank has announced the appointment of William F. Ritzmann as Chairman of the Board of Directors.The company also announced Ralph B. Sprecher as Independent Lead Director of the Board of Directors.Ritzmann was appointed as board chair in connection with Sprecher’s retirement from the position.Mr. Ritzmann most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Community Bancorp from its inception in 2006 and of the Bank from 1999 until June 30, 2014.United Community Bancorp is the holding company of United Community Bank, headquartered in Lawrenceburg.The Bank currently operates eight offices in Dearborn County and Ripley County.last_img

Hazel Lake – Brookville

first_imgHazel Bernice (Jasper) Lake, age 90, joined our Lord and Savior in eternal peace on September 14, 2018 after an extended illness.  Preceded in death by her parents, Laskous Taylor Jasper and Mabel (Adams) Jasper, 10 siblings, and her husband, Leslie Willis Lake. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Diane Lake of West Columbia, SC, a grandson, Keith Eldon Scott of Greensburg, IN, a great grandson, Logan Scott and her sister, Virginia Hester (Jasper) Harrell (Lamoine Harrell) of Shirley, IN. Born in Ansel, KY, Hazel became the caretaker of her siblings after her mother passed away in childbirth.  She loved the Lord at a young age. Going to church was the highlight of her life, especially the gospel singing and “dinner on the ground.” Despite only achieving a sixth grade education, Hazel became wise in life.  She married and moved to Brookville, Indiana, where she lived for 27 years.  She worked in a variety of jobs.  After a short residence in Arkansas, she moved to West Columbia, SC, where she lived for the last 18 years. Hazel was a nurturer.  She cared for her family and the church; volunteering her time to church functions and helping others.  She loved to cook and enjoyed a number of hobbies, including painting, sewing, and pine needle coiling.center_img After a short visitation from 11 until 12 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home on Thursday, September 20, she will be laid to rest at St. Jacob Church Cemetery, County Line Road, Brookville, IN.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Hazel Lake.last_img read more

Gil: I’m not Silva standard yet

first_img “He’s such a huge player – he’s the best in Europe. We can’t compare to each other. He’s followed a path to the Premier League and I’m not on that path yet. “Valencia is my lifetime club. I’ve spent many years there but Aston Villa were a club that really interested me. So it was easy to make that decision and I’m really looking forward to working here.” The deal was delayed after a late wrangle over agents’ fees, meaning Gil was forced to miss his first scheduled flight to Birmingham. And the 22-year-old admitted he was nervous during the hold-up. “Yes, we had to wait for the agreement to be made and that was difficult,” he said. “I wasn’t able to make flight because agreement hadn’t been made at that time with Aston Villa.” Gil has been capped once by Spain’s Under-21s and now hopes to force his way into the senior side after a move to England. He said: “It’s something I’d love to do. It’s a really difficult thing – it’s one of the best teams in the world.” Gil, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Villa Park, is a big admirer of Silva, who moved from the Mestalla to Manchester City for £26million in 2010, but accepts he has a long way to go to match the Spain star. “I really like him as a player, when he was at Valencia and now at Manchester City,” the attacking midfielder said. Press Association Carles Gil has played down comparisons with David Silva after joining Aston Villa from Valencia. Villa have scored just 11 goals in 21 Barclays Premier League games – the lowest in England’s top four divisions. Christian Benteke has netted three of those goals, and Gil is eager to link up with the Belgium striker ahead of Saturday’s visit of Liverpool. “I saw him in a game recently – he’s a really great player,” the Spaniard said. “I’m looking forward to playing with him and the rest of the team. “I’m here simply to play with the rest of the team. There are great players here and I’m hoping to help them rise to a slightly better position.” last_img read more

The Latest: Keeneland closing to all non-essential guests

first_img1:15 p.m.Valencia’s Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay says that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first Spanish league player to become infected. “I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” Garay wrote on a social media account Sunday. “I feel well and now the only thing to do is to follow the instructions of health officials to remain confined.”Valencia added in a statement that a total of five members of its staff and team have the new virus, without specifying if Garay is the only player. It says that all are in good health and confined at their homes.Garay, who is recovering from surgery after tearing a ligament in February, said in a message posted on Instagram that “it’s clear that 2020 is starting on the wrong foot.” He adds, “We’ll propose to UEFA that they postpone the Euros.”Serie A is currently suspended until April 3, along with all other sports in Italy, the European epicenter of the virus outbreak.UEFA has a meeting planned on Tuesday to discuss the calendar. The virus outbreak has also tested the limits of soccer’s World Cup schedule.___ Associated Press On Saturday, fellow Spanish club Alavés said that two members of its coaching staff had the virus. It said they are in good health. The Spanish league has suspended play due to the pandemic. Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The track will set up screening checkpoints to monitor those seeking access and everyone will require having their temperature taken. Only people with a temperatue less than 100.5 degrees and showing no symptoms of the COVID-19 virus will be admitted. The screening will continue indefinitely.___4:49 p.m.The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus.The Circuit of the Americas was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled. The track is also home to the USL soccer team Austin Bold and the league season has been suspended. March 15, 2020 The Latest: Keeneland closing to all non-essential guests The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business Sunday. Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.___6:45 p.m. Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus.The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department.Mexico previously played soccer matches without fans for several weeks during the 2009 H1N1 influenza health emergency, an outbreak with Mexico as the epicenter.Federal health officials on Saturday night raised the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 41, up from 26 the previous day and 11 the day before that. On Sunday at least two more were announced by state-level authorities. 5:15 p.m.The Italian soccer federation is planning to ask UEFA to postpone the European Championship.Federation president Gabriele Gravina tells Mediaset TV that Italian officials want Serie A to be completed by June 30.The Stadio Olimpico in Rome is slated to host the opening match of Euro 2020 on June 12, plus three other games of the tournament.Gravina says, “The hope is to finish by June 30. … And we’ll need to insert the Champions League and Europa League also. The deadline is June 30, then we’ll eventually see if we need to exceed that.” The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments.The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action.___2:50 p.m. ___4:05 p.m.NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Gavit says he made the decision and it was supported by basketball committees.“There is not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating,” Gavitt said Sunday, the day the men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced. “And, that isn’t fair to the teams that would be positively or negatively impacted by manufacturing March Madness. More importantly, in light of this global health crisis, I believe we need to keep college basketball in perspective.”College basketball’s showcase was canceled on Thursday, leading to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year. Soccer players at Brazilian club Gremio have staged a protest of their own by wearing face masks on the field before the start of their game against São José on Sunday. Gremio players and coaching staff arrived at the Rio Grande do Sul state championship game wearing the masks. Authorities in Brazil have not ordered the cancellation or postponement of sporting events because of the corona pandemic but recommended that games are held without fans. Grêmio beat tiny São José 3-2 with no fans present.___ “Players and coaches want to see their school name on the bracket,” Gavitt acknowledges. “Members of the media want to dissect matchups. Bracketologists want to compare the work of the committees versus what they’ve predicted. Fans are curious for those same reasons. All of us want something to fill the void we’re feeling. However, anything less than a credible process is inconsistent with the tradition of the NCAA basketball championships. … There will always be an asterisk next to the 2020 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships regardless if brackets are released.”NCAA President Mark Emmert has said postponing the tournament indefinitely was not feasible.___4:45 p.m.Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):6:20 p.m.,Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky, will be closed to all non-essential guests starting Monday. Only essential employees, owners, trainers, veterinarians, blacksmiths and stable workers will be allowed in. Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday.MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the new coronavirus.The league said Sunday that players should remain in the market of their team and exercise safe social distancing. MLS said it is working with its players’ association and other North American professional leagues on a protocol to allow players at training facilities for rehabilitation or individual training.___2:10 p.m. The facility also has a concert amphitheater and hosts large concerts and other events. Austin city officials have banned gatherings of 250 people or more at least until May 1.The F1 US Grand Prix remains scheduled for Oct. 25 if the season resumes. Formula One has postponed all races until at least May. MotoGP has tentatively rescheduled its Texas race for Nov. 15.“The joy of creating memorable occasions has been replaced with the disappointing reality of a worldwide crisis,” track officials said in a statement. “We hope everyone stays healthy, heeds the caution advises by leaders and experts, and comes back to COTA when good times return.”__5 p.m.last_img read more

Manohar to not seek re-election as ICC chairman

first_imgICC chairman Shashank Manohar has indicated that he will not seek to continue in the seat when his current term ends in May 2020. Despite having the option of serving for another two years, Manohar was quoted as saying by The Hindu, “I am not interested in continuing for another two-year term.”ICC’s rules allow a chairman to serve a maximum of three terms if he/she is reelected every two years. Manohar became the global body’s first independent chairman in 2016, and then was re-elected in 2018. On both occasions he was, as the sole nominee, elected unanimously by ICC directors.He remains popular with a majority of the ICC board’s 15 directors, which includes an independent woman director, the former Pepsico chairperson, Indra Nooyi. Imran Khawaja, the ICC deputy chairman, is believed to have met Manohar recently, asking him to continue for another term.“Majority of directors have requested me to continue but I have told them that I do not wish to,” Manohar said. “I have been the chairman for nearly five years. I am very clear. I do not want to continue from June 2020. My successor will be known next May. He has to be elected in May to take charge after me at the annual conference.”Manohar’s tenure has been, in some ways, transformative. When he was BCCI president between 2015 and 16, Manohar became the first heavyweight administrator to call out the constitutional revamp of the ICC, devised by the Big Three, for “bullying”.Once he took charge as the independent chairman, Manohar rolled back the Big Three’s revamp, brought in a new financial distribution model, changed the governance structure of the ICC Board and brought in an independent woman director for the first time.In the last two years, he has overseen the ICC management’s plan to introduce the World Test Championship and the ODI League, to be launched from May 2020.His decision to not seek another term is thought to have caught the ICC management by surprise, and it is not immediately clear why he is choosing not to continue. One reason could be that Manohar is simply not inclined to chair the ICC anymore, that he is less motivated now because the ICC faces lesser challenges compared to when he took charge in 2016.Another potential reason could be health. The October round of ICC meetings were moved from Sydney to Dubai because Manohar couldn’t get on a long-haul flight to Australia: he had been advised not to do so by doctors.An ICC director who met Manohar recently told him that they needed his strong leadership now that an elected BCCI administration was back in power. The director feared that the BCCI, using its clout, could possibly once again endanger the various reforms the ICC had adopted, or is in the process of adopting.Although he enjoys strong support at the ICC, Manohar has polarised opinion within the BCCI where several members – among the state associations – have been critical of him for hurting India’s interests when he rolled back the Big Three revamp.As per the election rules, only a current or former ICC director can contest for the chairman’s position. Each director can nominate one candidate. Nominees with the support of at least two directors are eligible to contest the election. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Root backs radical proposals for Windies series

first_imgLONDON, (CMC) – England Test captain Joe Root has thrown his support behind the radical proposal aimed at ensuring the Test series against West Indies comes off in July, arguing fans were “desperate for some live sport” and players were frustrated by the lack of playing time.West Indies were scheduled to tour England for three Tests next month but Cricket West Indies and the England Cricket Board postponed the series with the hope of staging it during the July to September window.If the tour comes off amidst the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, the current proposal would see the enforcement of strict quarantine, isolation and testing protocols for players and officials and equally austere social distancing measures.“I’m optimistic about it. It would be a real shame if it doesn’t happen. The public are desperate for some live sport and the guys are missing it,” said Root.“The players would be sectioned off in one part of the hotel and would be in isolation together. There would be no interaction with the media, the TV crews or even the opposition when off the pitch.We would have separate lunchrooms. It would have a different feel to it but it’s probably manageable. Hopefully that is the case.”The three Tests would also be played behind closed doors at “bio-secure” venues like Manchester, Southampton and Headingley which boast hotels on location.Further, players and officials will be quarantined prior to the start of the series and once it wraps up, to mitigate against the risk of transmission.The United Kingdom has been one of the hardest hit by the deadly COVID-19, recording 211 000 infections and over 31 000 deaths.Root, whose England side surrendered the coveted Wisden Trophy last year after holding it for a decade, said reaching a decision to stage the series could be complicated as it would be up to CWI to agree to the conditions.“We have just tried to present the likely environment to see if it’s a possibility for them‚” Root stressed.“There are so many moving parts in all this.”Root’s opposite number, Jason Holder, said recently it was imperative that safety was not compromised for the sake of ensuring the series was played.“This thing has been really, really serious as we all know and has claimed quite a few lives throughout the world and that’s the last thing any of us would really want,” the world’s number one Test all-rounder said.“I think we’ve got to play the safety card first before we can even think about resuming our normal lives.”CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave, said the two boards were still mulling over the situation.“We are working closely with the ECB to understand their plans to play the tour behind closed doors in bio-secure venues,” he said earlier this week.last_img read more

Duke runs by Syracuse with 17-point 4th quarter, eliminates Orange from bowl contention

first_img Published on November 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories Wilson, Kimble split time at quarterback, can’t keep up in Syracuse’s loss to DukeGallery: Syracuse takes on No. 22 Duke in the Carrier DomeShafer shows frustration, smacks podium hard after loss to Duke Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse’s season broke Saturday afternoon.Swarms of Orange tacklers gave hope to a pair of backup quarterbacks who traded time under sideline headsets, shuffling on and off a field behind an offensive line full of knee braces. But after three quarters, two minutes and 15 seconds of proving equal to the top team in their division, Duke, like so many Orange opponents this season, tore open an overstretched team that was too hurt to respond.And in front of 39,331 on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) lost the game to the No. 22 Blue Devils (8-1, 4-1), 27-10. With it, SU’s players lost bowl eligibility and the would-be good memories that come with making a bowl. Afterward, they left the Dome like they had for all but one home game this season, with a loss, just on Senior Day and with the most permanent disappointment of their year.“No one on this team really expected this season to go this way,” freshman middle linebacker Zaire Franklin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe started at the heart of a defense that’s given the Orange a chance at every game. Franklin said he wanted to win for his senior teammates on Saturday. There were seven of them starting on the defense that limited Duke to 259 yards of total offense.The Orange was without AJ Long, who started the season as SU’s third-string signal-caller, too. With Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble running the offense in his absence, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said he expected problems. They came. Wilson threw a pair of interceptions, Kimble misread some options plays and still, the Orange was tied with the Coastal Division leaders with one quarter remaining.“If the ball’s in your hands in an interception opportunity, you got to make that play,” Shafer said on Thursday.On Saturday, Brandon Reddish made that play, out-jumping Jamison Crowder and picking off Boone at SU’s 2. For just the sixth time all season, a team had taken the ball away from Duke.“You always have hope when you get a turnover,” Shafer said.But in four plays Syracuse gave the ball and the game back. The first left left tackle Sean Hickey on his hands and knees. The second was an underthrown pass by Kimble, who was playing after SU’s 13th quarterback change of the season. Rob Trudo jumped offside on third down before Kimble overthrew Jarrod West.And on fourth, Riley Dixon stood behind a punt unit that Shafer said was thinned out by the rest of the team’s injuries and booted the ball to Crowder.He cut inside the right hash marks around midfield, glided outside of them around the 25 and was looking behind him, seeing no tacklers by the time he reached the 7 before he high-stepped into the end zone. The point-after attempt gave Duke a 17-10 lead with 12:45 left in the game. SU’s offense wouldn’t get another first down for the rest of the game.When Riley Dixon’s ninth punt of the day boomed to the Duke 26, Clay Cleveland was left standing behind the play between a pair of flags for his face mask penalty against the Blue Devil’s Jake Kite. The 15 yards SU lost on the play were more than the Orange gained in the fourth quarter.As the Duke safety exchanged words with Cleveland, he pointed to the pair of flags on the field. And Cleveland, one of 28 seniors honored before the game, could only turn away and retreat to the sideline with two games and a few minutes left in his career.Said Hickey: “I felt coming into this year we were a good team, and I still, deep down believe that when we have all the pieces that we are, but it was too much for us to overcome.” Commentslast_img read more