The man behind Blackstone

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Lynch leads steady effort from linebackers, continues strong start to season

first_imgRealizing that Gerald Christian had a few steps on him in the flat, Cameron Lynch darted toward the left sideline.Lynch was right on Christian’s back when the Louisville receiver caught a pass from Reggie Bonnafon. It put Lynch in perfect position to strip a ball that Christian never had great control of.That’s exactly what he did, and Wayne Williams recovered the fumble to set Syracuse’s offense up at the Cardinals’ 43.“I just pulled it out,” Lynch said. “I just did what we practice. We practice that a lot so I just did it.”Lynch’s simple explanation of the then-game-changing play was similar to the way SU linebackers coach Clark Lea defined Lynch’s performance against Louisville on Friday night — something the defense expects, but doesn’t overlook. With Syracuse’s secondary shorthanded by injury to Wayne Morgan, the linebackers, led by Lynch, have been a major part of the Orange’s late-down defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a 28-6 Orange loss to the Cardinals, Lynch led the team with seven total tackles, and added a sack, a tackle for loss and the forced fumble, all while helping the SU defense excel in late-down situations. On the season, Lynch has 40 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, which is tied for the third-most in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“He’s such a big part of what we do and our identity,” Lea said. “Getting to the quarterback and also being able to do different things in certain downs and Cam and the rest of the linebackers, Marqez (Hodge) and Dyshawn (Davis) also being a part of that.”Lynch and Hodge both collected sacks in the game as SU held the Cardinals to 7-of-16 on third down. That is in large part due to the pressure the outside linebackers generate out of the “Okie” package — in which an extra defensive back replace a defensive lineman on the field.Overall, the Cardinals ran for 178 yards and passed for 174, but most of the damage wasn’t done on late downs.“That’s how we play and it’s something we take seriously,” Lea said. “Generating that pressure on the secondary blitz is huge to our success. I was happy with that.”And even as Lynch’s forced fumble was followed by a Terrel Hunt interception, the Syracuse defense remained businesslike. Its statistical and emotional leader made sure of that.Said Lynch: “We got back out there and tried to make it happen.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2014 at 12:27 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Bergwijn inspires Mourinho’s men with debut goal in Spurs smash-and-grab

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S Spurs survived a battering from VAR and a dominant Manchester City display to pull off an extraordinary victory.In a first half of drama and mayhem, Mourinho was enraged by VAR official Kevin Friend failing to give Raheem Sterling a red card and by a penalty being awarded against Serge Aurier two minutes after a questionable foul on Sergio Aguero.11 Steven Bergwijn had a debut to remember as he led Spurs to victory against Man CityCredit: Reuters11 The Dutch ace put Spurs 1-0 up after 63 minutesCredit: Getty ImagesBut when City were reduced to ten men by Oleksandr Zinchenko’s second yellow card on the hour mark, Spurs scored with their first two shots of the match – from debut boy Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-Min.The result leaves Spurs just four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after the best result of Mourinho’s White Hart Lane reign against his old foe Pep Guardiola.The first major VAR controversy arrived when Sterling was booked by ref Mike Dean for a strong 12th-minute challenge on Dele Alli.11 Son Heung-Min scored Spurs second of the nightCredit: Reuters11 Hugo Lloris saved a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan in the first halfCredit: AFPAs Kevin Friend checked in Stockley Park, slow-motion replays suggested it was a potential leg-breaker but Sterling got away with it – sending Mourinho into a rage on the touchline.Before all hell truly broke loose, Sergio Aguero struck the post when he shot just as he was tackled by Toby Alderweireld, after a dodgy Davinson Sanchez pass had put Spurs in trouble.Then came the chaos as Serge Aurier – who had already survived a decent penalty shout for a push on Sterling – brought down Aguero.Dean decided he’d won the ball but two minutes later, Friend told the on-field ref to award a spot-kick, leaving Mourinho seething again.11 Lloris gave away a second penalty immediately after his save against GundoganCredit: Getty Images11 VAR overturned the second penalty decision amid scuffles between the playersCredit: ReutersYet Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty was well saved by Hugo Lloris, only for Sterling to go down as he challenged the French keeper for the rebound.As a melee broke out, VAR decided not to award a second spot-kick but nor was Sterling handed a second caution for diving – as the TV officials are not able to hand out yellow cards.Yet Toby Alderweireld and, crucially, Zinchenko were booked for their part in the scuffling.Aguero shot into the side-netting from close range in first-half injury-time – with City 11-0 ahead on the shot count at the break.11 Jose Mourinho found the whole penalty saga highly amusingCredit: Rex Features11 OIeksandr Zinchenko was sent off for a second yellowCredit: ReutersCity’s Argentine striker had a shot cleared off the line and, with Lloris, still stranded, Sterling squared to an off-balance Gundogan who fired over with the goal at his mercy.But on the hour it all changed when Zinchenko fouled Harry WInks to halt a Tottenham break and was sent off for his second yellow.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raid11 Zinchenko paid the price for City’s tactical foulsCredit: Getty Images11 Bergwijn was subbed off injured minutes after his goalCredit: ReutersBergwijn, a £27million signing from PSV Eindhoven, then converted Totttenham’s very first shot of the match on 63 minutes, collecting a Moura pass, chesting down, swivelling and firing home low for an absolute peach.And eight minutes later, it was all over, Son drilling home from a Tanguy Ndombele pass – Spurs now with two goals from two shots, City with none from 14.That stat ended up 18-3 in City’s favour but meant nothing for Guardiola.11 Bergwijn has already endeared himself to the Tottenham fansCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho has great fun interviewing himself about transfers at Tottenham press conferencelast_img read more