Kadiatou Sissoko out 3 to 5 weeks after ‘minor procedure’ on right knee

first_img Published on December 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse freshman guard Kadiatou Sissoko will be out 3-5 weeks after having surgery on her right meniscus, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said Sunday after Syracuse’s 98-55 win over Towson. “She had a minor procedure on her knee,” Hillsman said. “It’s one of those things where it’s easier to get it cleaned up now than let it linger on.”The Paris, France native was averaging 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds a game in the Orange’s first five games before injuring her knee against Princeton on Nov. 23. Against the Tigers, Sissoko played just one minute and scored three points before twisting her knee and exiting the contest.As Syracuse’s fourth player off the bench, she had the ability to be swapped in for a guard or a forward because of her 6-foot-2 frame. Sissoko thrived specifically at the top of SU’s full-court press, where she was usually stationed, and used her length to wreak havoc on opposing guards.In her absence, Gabrielle Cooper has filled in the top position of the press, which she played last season. Hillsman praised her play in the zone against Towson on Sunday, a game in which she was responsible for four of Syracuse’s 18 turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHillsman said that Sissoko is “up and moving around” and doing well following the procedure. He explained that the Orange hope to get her back on the court later in the season.“We miss her length and her size, her athleticism,” Hillsman said, “so when we get her back we’ll be a better team.” Commentslast_img read more

Graham: We knew Syracuse’s offensive line was unfinished, but it has to be better

first_imgThe word “overwhelming” probably best characterizes Clemson’s constant presence in the Syracuse backfield Saturday night.On nearly every snap, one or more of Clemson’s linemen and blitzers harassed quarterback Tommy DeVito, making him duck, dodge and flee the pocket. It’s not shocking that Clemson’s yet-again loaded defensive front had its way with Syracuse’s banged-up and inexperienced offensive line. But the eight sacks and six hits on DeVito, plus seven additional tackles for loss clarified the Orange’s most pressing issue: fixing the offensive line.Syracuse’s offensive line is not the sole culprit for its loss to No. 1 Clemson. But ignoring the truth — that SU’s offensive line is not what it needs to be for the Orange to achieve its goals — doesn’t change it. There’s every reason to believe this group, which hopes to bring back injured center Sam Heckel soon, can improve. Through three games, the Orange’s offensive line has surrendered 14 sacks on DeVito and struggled to establish the run game.“You’ve gotta have the mind of a corner in this game,” left guard Evan Adams said after the loss. “Every bad experience, you can’t dwell on it. You’ve gotta wipe it at some point and move on to the next experience. You can’t dwell on things that are unfixable.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMax Freund | Staff PhotographerIn the opening minutes of Syracuse’s 2019 season, Liberty’s defensive front appeared to be as dominant as Clemson. But four players, redshirt freshman right tackle Carlos Vettorello; redshirt sophomore guard Dakota Davis; redshirt junior left tackle Airon Servais and Heckel, were all starting for the first time at new positions. Soon, they settled in, but still allowed two sacks.Against Maryland, without Heckel, their performance was steadier, and DeVito faced less pressure. But with graduate transfer Ryan Alexander making his first start opposite Vettorello, it wasn’t a particularly strong performance. Still, the sack total grew by four, SU rushed for 70 yards as a team and still seemed to be a few steps away from the consistency of 2018’s group.Clemson overmatched the Orange upfront. Syracuse went for power runs up the middle twice from the Tigers’ three-yard line and the line couldn’t move them an inch. Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables dialed up a myriad of blitzes to great effect. Seven Clemson players contributed to their eight sacks.“I feel like this is going to be a great growing experience because they threw so many things out there,” Adams said. “It’s definitely going to be exciting to watch film and see where we can improve.”It was the sort of night that forces you to examine why you couldn’t keep your quarterback upright in the pocket long enough to throw downfield. And after the game, Babers was quick to note that at least two of Syracuse’s sacks weren’t the fault of the offensive line, without divulging who missed an assignment.“So again, it’s not a simple offense. It’s a complex offense,” Babers said. “And everybody has to do their part. It only takes one guy to break offensively for something bad to happen.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorSyracuse had fielded one of its better offensive lines in recent memory in 2018. Despite giving up 37 sacks, the Orange posted a 40.2 point per game scoring average behind the offensive line.Having four players starting at new positions this season, it was known that the offensive line was going to be a work in progress and Syracuse, Babers said, is “only as fast as its slowest offensive lineman.”“It comes down to learning a lot of offense,” Babers said at his Aug. 26 press conference. “Learning it and practicing it at the tempo you need to practice.”And, as Babers noted postgame, a sack isn’t necessarily the offensive line’s fault. Syracuse runs a complex offense — it’s a point that’s been preached early this season — and one missed assignment can unravel an entire play. Who a lineman is supposed to block is contingent on a number of factors: play call, defensive front, and any checks or audibles at the line of scrimmage.There’s reason to believe the offensive line can improve. Heckel should come back soon, moving Servais back to left tackle and putting Alexander and Vettorello in a competition for the right tackle spot. As Syracuse establishes its clear five starters and they play more snaps together, these issues will begin to fade.There are nine games left in Syracuse’s season and Babers pointed out that this team can still get to where it wants to be at the end of the season. If it wants to even get close, Syracuse’s offensive line really needs to improve.Andrew Graham is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aegraham@syr.edu or on Twitter @A_E_Graham Comments Published on September 15, 2019 at 10:07 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badminton governing body strengthens integrity strategy

first_img 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is to embark on a partnership with Genius Sports, with the ultimate goal of protecting its various competitions from the threat of match fixing.As part of the long term integrity agreement, Genius Sports is to be provide Badminton’s world governing body with its bet monitoring system.Detailing the multitude of benefits the BWF are set to receive, it’s stated that the system “compares real-time odds movements from global betting markets with bespoke algorithmic models and intelligence from hundreds of betting operators, to identify and flag irregular activity in real-time”Poul-Erik Høyer, President of the Badminton World Federation, commented: “The integrity of our sport is of utmost importance to BWF and we are pleased to join forces with Genius Sports to strengthen our campaign to keep badminton clean. “Genius Sports has gained a sterling reputation in providing world-class, bet-monitoring services and we welcome their expertise. This partnership will help to protect our tournaments from match-fixing and betting-related corruption.”The technology set to be utilised as part of this deal, in addition to Genius Sports’ team of expert integrity analysts which it is set to combine, will monitor all major Badminton competitions.Tournaments included under the terms of the agreement are TOTAL BWF World Championships, TOTAL Sudirman Cup, TOTAL Thomas & Uber Cup Finals, the HSBC BWF World Tour and the BWF Tour Super 100.Ben Paterson, Integrity Operations Director at Genius Sports, added: “Effectively combating match-fixing demands that sports are proactive. “The Badminton World Federation has shown an exemplary commitment to prioritising the integrity of its competitions and we are delighted to have formed this long-term partnership, using our market-leading technology to provide round-the-clock protection.”Genius Sports, the global provider of sports data technology, distribution and commercialisation services, partners with a number of leading sports league and federations worldwide, including Major League Baseball, the PGA Tour and the English Premier League. DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more