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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As soon as Louisville defense lineman Chris Williams hit the turf, the Carrier Dome crowd erupted in a chorus of disapproving boos.Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey approached Williams and turned the lineman over from his facedown position. It was unclear whether he was trying to get Williams to get up or if he was checking on his opponent. Either way, running back Dontae Strickland rushed over to Dungey and pulled the QB away.Syracuse had just gotten a first down at Louisville’s 14-yard line and was driving with its no-huddle offense. But Williams grabbed his right leg as a trainer worked on stretching it out, the fourth time in the game that a Cardinals defender halted SU’s pace with an injury timeout and the third time it happened while the Orange was in the red zone.“You guys look at your watches,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said after the 62-28 loss to No. 13 Louisville that lasted nearly four hours. “How long did the game take? It might have been shorter if we wouldn’t have had so many people like that.”The first time it happened was on Syracuse’s third drive of the game. Dungey slipped a pass to running back Moe Neal who took it to Louisville’s 17-yard line. As the Orange tried to lineup for another snap, a Louisville defensive lineman remained on the ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textReferees stopped the play and Babers ran down the sideline yelling in their direction, throwing his hands in the air and charging all the way to the 10-yard line.“I can’t talk about officials,” he said after the game. “They’re going to fine me and do all that kind of stuff.”The next time, Syracuse was at Louisville’s 19 and had just gotten a first down off a 22-yard pass to Ervin Philips. Cardinals defensive end Drew Bailey was on the ground smacking the back of his left leg.“Lock him up,” an SU fan yelled as the trainers came out. Fans started yelling for Syracuse players to “fall down” during Louisville drives.“I’m sure they cramped sometimes,” defensive linemen Steven Clark said. “I’m sure some of them were fake. It is what it is. They’re not conditioned like we are.”Even during a timeout a few plays later, cornerback Shaq Wiggins had his leg stretched out. Babers was tightlipped regarding the validity of the injuries.“That’s about as far as I go,” he said after his comment about the time. “Hopefully I didn’t get hit with a fine for that.” Comments Published on September 10, 2016 at 1:55 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

first_imgThe NFL did not interview Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt or the woman involved in an alleged February altercation in Cleveland at The Metropolitan at the 9, Hunt’s hotel apartment downtown, according to ESPN.The league did not request to speak with Hunt after the incident, though it did reach out to the woman and her friend, but they did not respond, ESPN reports, citing unidentified sources.  Chiefs release RB Kareem Hunt after video surfaces of alleged February altercation “The NFL believes it did everything possible from a legal standpoint. The league could not subpoena the hotel or police for the video of the incident.”The league, however, did have the police report. And Hunt spoke to the Chiefs about the incident. Yet after reviewing the police report and speaking to the Chiefs following their discussions with Hunt, no action was taken, leading up to the video that was released Friday.”And so the NFL’s investigation of Hunt did not include any interviews with the perpetrator himself or the woman who was pushed, shoved and kicked.”The NFL released a statement later Sunday, confirming the “investigation began immediately following the incident in February” and that the league “continues to pursue a complete understanding of the facts.” The Chiefs released Hunt on Friday after learning about the video released by TMZ. The footage doesn’t identify the woman, but it is believed to be connected to an individual who came forward after an incident that occurred Feb. 10. Abigail Ottinger, 19, claimed she was “pushed and shoved” during a dispute in Cleveland, alleging to police that Hunt assaulted her around 3:45 a.m. on a Saturday outside his hotel apartment, according to Cleveland.com.Police responded to the scene, but charges were not filed and no arrests were made “because officers say they were unable to determine if a crime had been committed,” according to TMZ.The woman told police in February that the argument started when she refused to hook up with a member of Hunt’s entourage, TMZ reported. Additionally, the NFL said it spoke to “as many witnesses who were there as possible and that they said Hunt was not involved in the incident.” But TMZ released a video Friday showing Kareem shoving and kicking a woman, contradicting what the league said.Per ESPN:  Related Newslast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Look at a bright side to Wednesday afternoon’s NL Championship Series Game 5, where a full sun and 86-degree temperatures made it seem like a summer setting in October at Dodger Stadium — a midweek post-season contest was recorded as bringing a non-sellout 53,183 inside the tent.But baseball has yet to fully understand the ramifications of selling itself out to television — in this case, TBS agreeing to the MLB’s wishes to have this one during the daytime so that Fox could have the night-time rights to ALCS Game 4.Old-school thinking that day-time baseball in October is as God intended may be pure in its intent. Smuggle in the transistor radio, sneak out to the break room for a glimpse of the TV. How American is (or was) that? Now you’re all grown up, and life just doesn’t work that way does it? Refresh that webpage, check the iPhone for text updates, as discretely as possible.Again, how is a 1 p.m. Dodgers-Cardinals game in L.A. optimizing exposure for the sport? Fifteen minutes before the first pitch, the stadium was barely half full, and those baking in the sun weren’t all that inspired by a scoreboard prompting them to get up, wave a towel or “make noise” as they had the two previous nights. As Zack Greinke squirmed out of a first-inning jam, there might have been more sound, but the sight of rows of empty seats, especially in the shady upper reserved levels, had to be obvious to someone. If only they considered a bobblehead giveaway promo. The lines outside the gates would have been epic. “Really, this is a holiday, you shouldn’t be working today,” said Fred Roggin, hosting a pregame show that started in an empty Dodger Stadium Lot G outside of center field at 9 a.m. on KLAC-AM (570), trying to make the best of it as callers offered up excuses they could use to their employer in an attempt to at least stay home and watch. Fans interviewed in the stands an hour before the game up on the video boards were also joking about the call-in-sick lines they ended up using so they could be here.The stadium clean-up crew that worked through the night to get the facility ready before the doors opened at 11 a.m. might have appreciated the sentiment before they went home prior to the first pitch to catch some sleep. And a pleasant good afternoon to you, wherever you may be.At work.In school.Possibly near a TV or radio if job security and good standing in the classroom permit it.center_img Wednesday’s not-ready-for-prime-time broadcast exposes another gaping hole in the MLB’s not-ready-to-reach-the-young-demographic strategy.And since it affects the Dodgers, on this day, at this time, now it’s our issue.Is there some kind of compromise that can be discussed to appease viewers as well as the networks trying to recoup their ginormous rights fees?What if the ALCS flipped over to this 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET window, based on logistics, while the NLCS went to the 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET window on occasions like this.What if the games on the same day even overlapped to some degree, as they did in the NLDS and ALDS. Especially if those in the home markets have a better chance of dealing with work and school schedules.The 1971 World Series was the first to go all prime-time, and that ship has already sailed — except for the logic in trying to bring day games back on the weekends.West Coasts starts will always be an issue not made in the shade. MLB tried this year to spread the postseason out more, from 28 to 31 dates between the first wildcard to Game 7 of the World Series. It didn’t do much in the way of improving start times, though.Daytime games in the post-season are great for nostalgia’s sake, not so much for its future stake. You’d think baseball could take another enlightened look at this, as new leadership in the MLB commissioner’s office assess where the game not only has been, but where it’s going.Ready to come up with a feasible solution that doesn’t penalize those who commit to work and school?That’ll be the day.last_img read more