Published on August 7, 2020 at 4:25 pm Contact Danny: email@example.com | @DannyEmerman Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse football players chose not to participate in training camp practices Thursday and Friday due to concerns with other schools’ policies for protecting against the coronavirus. The players held a series of meetings — some including head coach Dino Babers and Director of Athletics John Wildhack — instead of practicing, Syracuse.com reported.“At the request of our student-athletes on the football team, we will conduct COVID-19 testing twice per week beginning the week of September 7,” Wildhack said in a statement released Friday afternoon. Though players are comfortable with SU’s COVID-19 protocols, they are unsure of the policies of their ACC opponents and nonconference opponent Liberty, according to Syracuse.com. Babers has said that SU has set a standard for COVID-19 testing and procedures, but the university has not made players’ test results public.The ACC’s plan mandates weekly testing for football players, as well as isolation for infected athletes and quarantine for those who have been in contact with them. Liberty, meanwhile, won’t require tests for students returning to campus. Thursday was supposed to be Syracuse’s first day of training camp after the team completed its voluntary workout stage. Babers during a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon indicated that practice would continue as scheduled.“The energy moving up to this week has been outstanding,” Babers said. “We’re kind of tired of doing all the other stuff; we want to get back to stuff we know how to do, which is football.”Cooper Dawson, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman, is the only Syracuse player who has publicly opted out of the season. However, other players are still considering whether to opt out, Babers said.Players in the Pac-12 are threatening to sit out the season unless their demands, which range from medical protection from COVID-19 to social justice reform, are met. Athletes in the Big Ten have asked for similar health protections from their conference.“I know there’s a lot of talk of that going on. It’s not exclusive to just the Pac-12. All guys from all different schools are talking,” SU redshirt senior OL Airon Servais said Thursday. It’s unclear if Syracuse players will continue to sit out practice going forward.This story is developing and will be updated with further reporting. Facebook Twitter Google+
Angola and Nigeria have advanced to the knockout phase of the FIFA U-17 World Cup™ in Brazil after victories over Canada and Ecuador respectively.Angola vs CanadaAngola’s second-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup™ match became their second win as the Palanquinhas prevailed 2-1 over Canada on Tuesday evening at Brasilia’s Estadio Bezerrao, ensuring a place in the tournament’s last 16.Substitute forward David netted the dramatic winning goal four minutes into second-half stoppage time.AngolaAgain it was an agile, winger-focused attack that guided Angola to triumph. Zito picked up right where he left off against New Zealand, terrorizing Canadian defenders with his pace and technical ability.The Palanquinhas‘ first go-ahead goal was disallowed for offside in the 90th minute, but eventual goal scorer David would not be denied.CanadaThe Canucks had a bright start but saw two quality chances go begging early, first when Kamron Habibullah pinged the crossbar and later when Angola goalkeeper Geovani made a terrific save of Ralph Priso’s effort.A goal scorer off the bench in Canada’s loss to Brazil, Jacen Russell-Rowe scored as a starter this time out in the 49th minute.Ibrahim Said scored the first hat-trick of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ to power Nigeria past Ecuador 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania. The Golden Eaglets mounted a comeback for a second straight match and are now qualified for the Round of 16, sitting on six points.Nigeria vs ColombiaNigeriaSaid starred for Nigeria from start to finish. First, he positioned himself in the right place to capitalize on an errant pass from Ecuador goalkeeper Joan Lopez in the fifth minute.When his side fell behind and trailed well into the second half, Said was there to complete his brace and hat-trick in the 85th and 89th minutes. The second goal was the pick of the bunch, curling, highlight-reel blast from the outside the left corner of the box.EcuadorLa Tri went blow for blow with Nigeria for the majority of the match, trading opportunities.They even came out of the locker room after half-time enjoying more meaningful possession, which led to Johan Mina’s go-ahead penalty goal in the 56th minute. But the Golden Eaglets began to wrest the game from Ecuador in the 80th minute, and their lead slipped away soon thereafter.