Marrone, Syracuse wary of modest win streak

Marrone, Syracuse wary of modest win streak

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Doug Marrone isn't ready to lead any bandwagon just yet. But everyone in and around the Orange has to feel good about the direction of the team after a shaky start.

His Orange (4-4, 3-1 Big East) posted a scintillating comeback win at South Florida to remain in the hunt for the league title. Syracuse came back from a 20-point halftime deficit to win 37-36, one of the greatest comebacks in school history.

But Marrone has seen this act before and doesn't put much stock in it.

``I don't put a lot into one game,'' Marrone said. ``I think that's been done before in the past, and I think it's hurt us a little bit.''

Syracuse is 2-0 at home and 1-1 on the road in the Big East as it prepares to travel to Cincinnati on Saturday. Two years ago, the Orange went 4-0 on the road in the conference and winless at home.

The team's recent history certainly backs up Marrone's thought process. Syracuse was 3-25 in the Big East in four years under Greg Robinson and in two of his first three seasons, Marrone went 1-6 in the conference. The exception was 2010 when Syracuse finished 7-5 in the regular season - two of those wins were against FCS teams - and then defeated Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl.

The Orange reverted to form last year, going 1-6 in conference play despite a promising 5-2 start to the season and finished at 5-7.

That his team rallied vs. South Florida did nothing to dissuade Marrone's outlook.

``I think a lot of people write about that stuff, but I'm trying to have a significant season,'' he said. ``It's very difficult. We've taken one step forward, at times we take steps back, we take a couple more steps forward, we take steps back.''

The South Florida game offered a perfect example.

In the first half it was all backward. The Orange dropped balls, failed to intercept a pass, missed a 22-yard field goal, and was whistled for five penalties. All against a team that had lost 10 of 11. At halftime, the Bulls led, 23-3.

Syracuse regrouped in the locker room, then proceeded to fashion the comeback. Nassib threw two touchdown passes, and Alec Lemon ran one in, all before the 6:00 mark of the third.

And away they went.

``My goal is just to try to become a more consistent team and program and play better,'' Marrone said. ``And I have to be more consistent in getting them ready.''

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins vs. Jets Preseason Week 2: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After a fight-filled start to joint practices between the Redskins and Jets, the Skins' 2018 NFL preseason schedule continues Thursday night at Fed Ex Field against New York. 

Week 2 of the NFL preseason still doesn't provide a lot of answers to questions about team performance, but it begins to reveal the depth the Redskins could have this season.

One storyline that won't be taking place, is the return of former Redskin Terrelle Pryor, who told reporters after Monday's practice he won't be playing in the game.

The Redskins have bigger things to worry about though, like who will replace rookie Derrius Guice, who's now out for the year with a torn ACL.

The Redskins also have one less name in the fight for receiver depth as well, after Robert Davis suffered a season-ending leg injury as well. 

Ahead of Thursday's preseason matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.


Who: Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets

What: Game 2 of the 2018 NFL Preseason

When: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Fed Ex Field, Landover, MD

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Washington, -3

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy


5:00 PM: Redskins 100
5:30 PM: Redskins Nation
6:00 PM: Best of the Sports Junkies
7:00 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live


Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (L, 26-17)

Week 2: Thurs., 8/16, vs. New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Week 3: Fri., 8/24, vs. Denver Broncos, 7:30 p.m. 

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30, vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m. 



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Ozuna homers, Cardinals beat Nationals for 8th straight win

Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their sixth successive series after taking the first three of the four-game set.

Daniel Murphy homered in the ninth for Washington, which has lost four in a row and seven of nine to fall below .500 and nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The current skid began with a loss to the Cubs on a two-out, walk-off grand slam.

Ozuna homered in the second inning, his 14th of the season and his first since July 30.

Gomber (3-0), in his fourth start of the year, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked four.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Harrison Bader and Yadier Molina added run-scoring hits for St. Louis, which improved to 19-9 since Mike Matheny was fired and replaced by interim manager Mike Shildt.

St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a walk in the fifth. It's the longest current streak in the majors. Carpenter left the game in the seventh after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace, but X-rays were negative.

Jeremy Hellickson (5-3) left in the fifth inning after colliding with Bader on a play at the plate following a wild pitch. Hellickson gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Bader, who had three hits, also made a diving catch of a liner off the bat of Bryce Harper in the fourth.

The Cardinals, who have an NL-best 12-2 mark in August, remain one game behind Philadelphia for the second wild card spot. They are four games behind Chicago in the NL Central.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday. He threw around 70 pitches and could be ready to return early next week, manager Dave Martinez said.

Cardinals: LHP Brett Cecil was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Cecil, who had been sidelined with inflammation in his right foot, pitched four scoreless innings in four appearances with Triple-A Memphis. LHP Tyler Webb was optioned to Memphis.


RHP Tanner Roark (7-12, 4.12) will face RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday. Roark has won his last four decision, Weaver is 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine career games against NL East foes.