FB : Jones selected by New England Patriots in 1st round of NFL Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chandler Jones is officially in the NFL.The New England Patriots selected the former Syracuse defensive end with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Patriots traded with the Cincinnati Bengals to move up from the 27th pick.Jones did not attend the draft, instead watching from the Ithaca home of his brother Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion. He joins his brother and former Syracuse defensive tackle, Art, in the pro ranks. Art Jones plays defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.It was the first time since 2002 that a Syracuse player was selected in the first round, when the Indianapolis Colts took defensive end and seven-time Pro Bowler Dwight Freeney. Jones’ draft stock has steadily risen in recent weeks putting the 6-foot-5, 266-pounder among the top overall prospects.Jones missed five games of his junior season at SU with a torn ligament in his right knee but still finished with 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in seven games. He played arguably his best game of the year in the Orange’s 49-23 upset over West Virginia in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 21, notching six tackles and two sacks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the year’s conclusion, Jones announced he would leave Syracuse with one year of eligibility remaining. Shortly after declaring for the draft, Jones started preparing for the NFL at Athletes’ Performance, a training facility in Pensacola, Fla.Jones put up impressive numbers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, running the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds to place among the top-15 defensive linemen, and also reached 35 inches in the vertical jump. At SU Pro Day, Jones impressed NFL scouts again during the positional workouts.And he did it coming off a stomach virus that had resulted in his loss of 11 pounds.He ran drills at both the defensive end and outside linebacker positions at Pro Day but will likely be a defensive end in the NFL. Jones is considered a better-than-average pass rusher, and scouts say he could be explosive in a 4-3 scheme as an end or in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker. He has a wingspan of around 86 inches, letting him blow past offensive tackles effectively.The Patriots typically run multiple defensive looks, which will allow Jones to showcase his versatility in the NFL.cjiseman@syr.edu Published on April 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Peterson makes 1st career start for Syracuse, dishes out nine assists in blowout loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu All season long, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman has talked about how he has three capable point guards. On Thursday, that statement was put to the test.With first-and second-string point guards Rachel Coffey and Cornelia Fondren sidelined due to illness, freshman Alexis Peterson started the first game of her college career.Peterson played a career-high 34 minutes, handing out nine assists and committing just two turnovers. But the rookie’s performance wasn’t nearly enough to propel the Orange to a win. Syracuse (17-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) fell convincingly to Florida State (17-7, 5-6), 83-59, in front of 428 fans at the Carrier Dome.“When you take two players out of your lineup who normally give you major minutes, you’re going to struggle a little bit,” Hillsman said. “I have to give Alexis credit. She played 34 minutes, nine assists, two turnovers – that’s a tremendous ratio.”Hillsman said Coffey and Fondren were ruled out a few hours before game time, but Peterson said she knew Wednesday night she would get the starting nod. Before Thursday’s game, both Coffey and Fondren texted Peterson telling her to settle down and let the game come to her.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just felt like it was a normal game,” Peterson said. “I thought I played fairly decent. I think I could have done something more to help the team out as far as not turning the ball over.”Peterson dished her first assist of the night – a Brianna Butler 3-pointer – just two minutes into the game, giving SU an early 9-2 lead. Although Peterson said she always looks to get her teammates involved early, her teammates missed 13 shots in the next 10 minutes and fell behind 20-13.In a span of 3:22 seconds, Peterson racked up assists two, three, four and five. With 8:22 to go in the half, the crafty guard maneuvered into the paint and slid a nice pass to freshman center Bria Day, who laid a shot off the glass to cut the Seminoles’ lead to 20-15. Moments later, Peterson found guard Brittney Sykes for a jump shot on the right elbow, bringing SU to within eight at 25-17.And by the time Peterson found Day for a layup with five minutes to go in the half, FSU held an even bigger lead at 30-21. The player Hillsman sometimes calls “Petey” played 19-of-20 minutes in the first half and handed out five assists. But SU still trailed 42-26.Peterson began the second half where she left off in the first, assisting on a Butler corner 3 that cut the deficit to 42-29. But the second half wasn’t nearly as productive for the freshman. FSU forward Lauren Coleman hit a 3 in Peterson’s face to make the score 64-37. Moments later, Peterson was somehow left alone with 6-foot-3 Natasha Howard, who scored easily underneath the basket.Peterson shook her head. There was nothing she could do.On the next possession, Peterson once again found herself left alone with Howard – who finished with an FSU school record 40 points. Peterson committed a foul, but Howard still made the shot.Three of Peterson’s assists came in the final 1:41. The cutting Peterson picked up a deflection near the semi-circle and kicked out a pass to Phelysha Bullard, who knocked down the jumper.Twice in the final minute Peterson found La’Shay Taft for 3-pointers.On a night when Syracuse lost by 24 points, Peterson was one bright spot for the Orange.Said Florida State head coach Sue Semrau: “I thought Peterson stepped in and did an admirable job.” Commentslast_img read more

Proud To Be Indian | ‘Vision, not visibility, needed to succeed’, says Dapran Inani as he embarks on a journey to become first visually impaired Indian grandmaster

first_img Narayan R WATCH US LIVE Further, Darpan gave much of the the credit for his success to his parents, and also felt that he didn’t fail in his journey only because he knew it’d be tough, something which a number of people fail to deal with. Session ID: 2020-09-09:add21da0d42a81ea481d1c3d Player Element ID: video_player_5f578f143b726 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Vision is needed, not visibility, to succeed — This was the following message put forward by Darpan Inani, one of India’s leading chess players and the only visually impaired Indian to win an international event in the sport.Speaking exclusively to Republic TV on the 70th Republic Day, the 24-year-old stated that any individual, even though he may be limited by his vision, can succeed if he has an imagination.  “It requires imagination, and that is what is meant by vision. Visibility is not required and if you have the visualization ability, you can play the game,” when asked how he manages to play a sport without having the sight to see. “My parents have been the backbone always, and they have supported meticulously in whatever I do. They leave the decision making to me, and once I take it, they support me in every endeavor that I venture in. It’s the mindset (when asked why people give up). At times, we tend to give up or feel depressed because we expect life should be easy….Whenever we are seeing the road is not easy, we tend to give up,” the 24-year-old said. Last Updated: 26th January, 2019 19:01 IST Proud To Be Indian | ‘Vision, Not Visibility, Needed To Succeed’, Says Dapran Inani As He Embarks On A Journey To Become First Visually Impaired Indian Grandmaster The chess master, who intends to become the first visually impaired Indian grandmaster, also mentioned that chess is the only sport which lets him compete with others on an equal level “There is no other game which gives me the opportunity to compete with the sighted people on an equal footing.This is the only game where I can compete with the sighted people and beat them. It requires no modification of rules, and I can play at par with them,” Darpan added. “My life changing story? When I was at eight years, I started my formal school from third standard. I was admitted to a normal school and that was the life changing moment for me because integrating with the mainstream, it changed my life entirely. It was definitely a challenge.  A lot of schools at that point refused to admit me or they were apprehensive about how will we cope up or how will we teach him.” LIVE TV FOLLOW US First Published: 26th January, 2019 14:31 IST Written By The chess master, who intends to become the first visually impaired Indian grandmaster, also mentioned that chess is the only sport which lets him compete with others on an equal level. COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Another major topic which he enlightened on was the incident which changed him. When quipped if there was any particular moment which brought he change in his life, he said,last_img read more