Diabate finishes time at Syracuse with stellar performance in front of hometown crowd

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2012 at 12:21 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman NEW YORK – For Scott Shafer, Siriki Diabate’s story transcends football. He came from the war-stricken Ivory Coast to the Bronx in 2003, found his way to the football field soon after and eventually earned a scholarship to play at Syracuse.In his hometown Bronx on Saturday, the Orange linebacker finished with five tackles in Syracuse’s 38-14 win over West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Diabate, who transferred to SU after two seasons at Nassau Community College, capped off his time at Syracuse with a performance that made his defensive coordinator proud.“It’s great because Siriki Diabate’s story is what college football’s all about in my opinion,” Shafer said. “It’s, as a coach, it’s an opportunity to coach a young kid surrounded by a bunch of young people with all kinds of different stories, his story’s just so pronounced.”In the first half, Diabate and fellow linebacker Cam Lynch blitzed WVU quarterback Geno Smith in the end zone for a Syracuse safety that gave the Orange a 5-0 lead.Diabate came up with another big play in the first half on Saturday when the Mountaineers had a fourth-and-1 at the Syracuse 42. West Virginia elected to go for it, but Diabate burst through the line and wrapped up Mountaineers running back Shawne Alston to prevent the conversion.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDiabate was in the stands for the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl when Syracuse beat Kansas State. He said that since then, he’s wanted to play on the Yankee Stadium field.When he finally did, he wanted to make the most of the opportunity.“It’s very cool,” Diabate said. “I remember being in the stands thinking, ‘I wish I could be out there.’ But when I do get my chance I’m going to be the best I can be.”During the regular season, Diabate was second on the team with 67 tackles. He was a reliable force on the Orange’s defense all season. He proved to the coaching staff during training camp that he could play at middle linebacker, allowing Shafer to move Marquis Spruill from the middle to the strong side.He backed up that decision throughout the year, especially on Saturday. And Shafer couldn’t have been happier for Diabate.Said Shafer: “There’s not a better person that I’ve ever coached.” Commentslast_img read more

EUROPA: Arsenal Faces Atletico in Last Chance for Champions League Action

first_imgArsene Wenger wants to finish his “love story with Arsenal well” as his side face Atletico Madrid in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg.The Frenchman will leave the club this summer after 22 years in charge.Arsenal travel to Madrid with the tie poised at 1-1 after Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann equalised late on in the first leg at the Emirates. They must score in the second leg (20:05 BST kick-off) to stand a chance of qualification.The Gunners’ only hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is to win the Europa League.They will definitely be without Wenger next term, but the 68-year-old has not yet said what his plans will be after Arsenal.“I don’t know what I will do next season,” he said. “At the minute I think I would like to finish well my job.“I believe a man has to give his best as long as he is somewhere, with all my commitment and energy I would like to walk out of Arsenal one day and think until the last day I focused only on Arsenal.“When my job is finished at Arsenal I will see where I go from there but I want to finish this love story well.”‘Our job to keep Costa quiet’Arsenal have failed to win away from home in 2018 in the Premier League, but Wenger says their domestic record will have no bearing on the game.“In Europe we have done well away from home and we just want to focus on the game and our performance,” he said. “The players will not be too worried about the Premier League form.”Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is likely to face Arsenal and Wenger says his side are aware of the threat Atletico’s strike force will pose.He added: “He has shown that he can make a difference. He played in England and was successful but it is our job to keep him quiet. Maybe the best way to do that is to play in their half and not ours.“Antoine Griezmann has done very well here in Madrid and unfortunately he hurt us last week. He is a player I rate very much and he has made it away from home. I think he has had an exceptional career.”Henrikh Mkhitaryan was substituted with a knee injury during Arsenal’s defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, but the Armenian midfielder has travelled with the squad and could play, while David Ospina is expected to retain his place in goal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kurt Okraku set to be elected GFA President as George Afriyie drops out of race

first_imgDreams FC CEO Kurt Okraku was a vote away from becoming the new President of the Ghana Football Association.However, he is set to be endorsed as the new GFA Boss by delegates in a third round of voting.He polled 59 votes in the second round, representing 50% of votes cast with candidates needing at least 60 votes to win.George Afriyie, who polled 40 votes in the first round improved to 43 votes but was still well behind Kurt Okraku.Nana Yaw Amponsah saw his tally slashed from 27 in the first round to 16  in the second.However, as delegates were voting again, George Afriyie conceded, saying he was “a unifier and a team player who works for football.”Voting now enters a third round with delegates expected to unanimously endorse Kurt Okraku.Amanda Clinton and George Ankomah both dropped out in the first round with 0 votes.Fred Pappoe also opted to pull out after polling six votes.The GFA’s Congress has a total of 120 delegates with the Division One League clubs accounting for the largest group; with 48 delegates.In the first round, 117 votes were counted with one rejected ballot and two absentees however all 118 present delegates had their votes counted in the second round.last_img read more

Knockout: Ghana’s Patrick Allotey beaten after just 5 minutes!

first_imgIt was an anti-climax for Patrick Allotey whose maiden fight in the United States ended before it even began after the Ghanaian was knocked out in only the second round of their scheduled 10-rounder at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York.Allotey was fighting back when he suddenly fell to the canvas and failed to even raise his head as the referee counted to end his US debut even before some of the fans knew what was happening.A brief but action-packed five minutes between southpaw Patrick Teixeira (now 25-0, 20 KOs) and Patrick Allotey (falls to 30-2, 24 KOs).Fan-friendly from the opening bell, the two skilled boxers targeted body and head with a constant stream of blows in the first, then picked up in the second round right where they left off.But when Teixeira found a slight advantage with Allotey’s back pressed to the ropes, he fired off a stream of punches, punctuated by a right hand body shot that sent Allotey retreating to his own corner, then taking a knee.It’s not clear what actually happened to the Ghanaian but he did not beat the count, giving the still-undefeated Teixeira his 25th win at 2:04 of Round 2. “I’m very happy and excited, and I feel very emotional about winning my first fight with Golden Boy,” said Teixeira.“I was ready to go the full 10 rounds, but I’m glad we got the knockout. I want to get more fights to season myself and very soon fight for the world title.”But for Allotey is a return to the drawing board as he chases the world championship dream, his second straight defeat after previously going undefeated in 30 professional fights.–last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

first_imgWellington Police news for Monday, November 2, 2015:•7:10 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of B & Harvey, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile male, 16, Wellington and Susan D. Cook, 45, Wellington.•Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for fail to yield right of way.•11:30 a.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Vicki L. Hillhouse,  59, Braman, Okla. and Kasha J. Farmer, 27, Wellington.•8:30 p.m. Rachel K. Sikes, 19, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 41 mph in a 30 mph zone.last_img read more

6 people injured in Tallahassee office stabbing

first_imgTallahassee police say a suspect is in custody after at least six people were stabbed at an office Wednesday morning.The stabbings took place at Dyke Industries on the city’s northwest side.Tallahassee Memorial Hospital confirmed they were treating six patients, but did not disclose any additional information.Officers were called to the office just after 8:30 a.m.This story is developing.last_img

Pirates interview Bo Porter for manager’s job

first_imgPorter becomes the first minority candidate interviewed by the Pirates, who fired John Russell Oct. 4 after his teams lost 299 games in three seasons. Former Indians manager Eric Wedge interviewed on Oct. 5.The Pirates are announcing each candidate as he is interviewed, but are not discussing their search.Russell was fired Oct. 4 after matching the Pirates’ record for most losses by a manager in three seasons. Russell (186-299) had records of 67-95 in 2008, 62-99 in 2009 and 57-105 this season. Only the 1952 Pirates, who went 42-112, lost more games in baseball’s modern era than Russell’s final team, which was the NL’s worst in batting, pitching and defense.These Pirates were bad from April to October, putting together a 12-game losing streak, four seven-game losing streaks and eight five-game losing streaks. They were 17-64 on the road, equaling the 1963 Mets for the most road losses during baseball’s expansion era.While Russell was fired, general manager Neal Huntington was retained despite making a succession of poor trades and questionable moves that have left the Pirates with one of the majors’ least-talented teams—a pattern that began long before either arrived in Pittsburgh.The 2010 Pirates sustained the worst loss in club history, a 20-0 defeat to Milwaukee on April 22, and had the fourth-worst ERA (5.00) in club history. INTERVIEWS FOR PIRATES’ JOB—Former Diamondbacks third base coach Bo Porter speaks to Barry Enright. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) PITTSBURGH (AP)—Former Diamondbacks coach Bo Porter has interviewed for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ managerial job. Porter was hired by Arizona last winter as third base coach after five seasons on Florida’s coaching staff. He shifted to bench coach when Kirk Gibson took over as manager at midseason, but was one of four Arizona coaches not retained after the season ended.last_img read more

GDF tame Western Tigers

first_imgGFF Elite League III…– Buxton brush aside CougarsA 10-man Guyana Defence Force (GDF) squad demolished the Western Tigers on Sunday night in the feature match of a Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Elite League III double header at the National Track and Field Centre.Delwin FraserTigers, who had an early 2-0 lead, saw a full-spirited fightback fitting of the defending champions, who eventually prevailed 4-2.Pernell Schultz gave Tigers the lead in the seventh minute when he volleyed home an easy goal from a corner kick by Vurlon Mills. In the 24th minute, Captain Daniel Wilson scorched home a set-piece play from near the 18-yard box to double the lead.However, the 2016-2017 champions got right back into it when Amos Ramsey made it a one-possession game in the 26th minute.In the second half, the GDF levelled the game six minutes after resumption as Ramsey completed his double.When it then looked like Tigers had some favour after GDF’s Travis Henry was handed a red card in the 58th minute by referee Gladwin Johnson, Delwin Fraser made his presence felt.Fraser netted in the 63rd and 90th minutes as the GDF secured yet another come-from-behind win.Amos RamsayEarlier in the night, Buxton’s Dillon Wright (58th minute) and Kobe Durant (80th minute) scored a second half goal to help their team defeat the Cougars FC 2-0.After Sunday’s match night, the race for the title has now shifted in the favour of tournament leaders Fruta Conquerors FC and Den Amstel FC, who both have 32 points with the latter having a weaker goal difference. The GDF are third on 30 points while Western Tigers have 27 points in fourth.last_img read more

Revealed: The one man who could trump the Guardiola news…

first_img1 What could trump Man City’s announcement that Pep Guardiola will be their manager for the 2016/17 season?Steven Fletcher joining Marseille, of course.He may have scored a hat-trick against Gibraltar, but fans have still been left scratching their heads ever since news about the Sunderland striker’s proposed move to France emerged.Fletcher has been out of favour under manager Sam Allardyce and there were plenty of jokes after the Marseille link.Check out some of the online reaction below and follow the rumours here at the talkSPORT transfer deadline day blog. Steven Fletcher is on the verge of joining Marseille last_img read more

DDTV: MOJO GOGO’S STUNNING NEW SINGLE – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

first_imgMOJO GoGo’s stunning new single and video was released today. The Donegal outfit’s rise to the top continues apace.And with ‘4.20’ they’ve hit another high note.Click Play to watchAnd then get to iTunes to download it.   DDTV: MOJO GOGO’S STUNNING NEW SINGLE – WATCH THE VIDEO HERE was last modified: January 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:4.20MOJO GOGOnew singlelast_img read more