Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments UPDATED: Sept. 8, 2018 at 11:31 p.m.Sitting at the podium after Syracuse’s 62-10 destruction of Wagner, Dino Babers admired Andre Cisco’s haircut. He said that he wished he would have sported that hairstyle when he was younger. He likes Cisco’s name too, citing the War song “The Cisco Kid.” He also highlighted the “good looking cat’s” sure hands. Through two games, the ability to convert on turnover opportunities has made the Cisco kid a friend of Babers. “Normally you have opportunities for interceptions, it’s just what’s your percentages are when the ball touches your hands of catching it,” Babers said. “And someone says ‘oh that guy doesn’t have to catch, he’s a DB.’ Well if there’s a DB that knows how to catch it can be a huge weapon.”Through eight quarters of football the freshman defensive back has picked off three passes, two of which came in the first quarter of Syracuse’s win over Wagner on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. Cisco became the first SU player to snag two interceptions in a game since 2012 and the first Orange player with three INTs under Babers. With five interceptions, Syracuse has surpassed its interception total (four) from a year ago. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “With our offense they need the ball as much as possible,” Cisco said. “They don’t stay on the field long so the more opportunities they get the better for us.”Cisco, a three-star recruit, recorded one interception last year in eight games for IMG Academy (Florida). He tied that mark in the second drive of the season at Western Michigan. Three plays into game two, he surpassed it. On 3rd-and-7 from the Wagner 17 yard-line, Syracuse shifted its defense just before the snap. Cisco, who had previously stood roughly five yards behind defensive back Antwan Cordy, rolled down and filled the void Cordy left on his blitz. Cisco trailed the back hip of Wagner’s Andrew Celis as Cordy and SU’s defense pressured the quarterback. When the ball came to Celis on a drag route across the middle, Cisco undercut it, diving for his first interception of the game. “It’s great just seeing young guys do their job,” Cordy said. “I was in that position my freshmen year. It felt good.”A week ago against Western Michigan, Cisco’s interception was followed by several mistakes in the backfield. On one play in the third quarter, with Cisco playing as lone safety over top the defense, the Orange was burned for an 84-yard touchdown. Babers explained Monday those types of things happen to freshmen and compared his new players to babies’ eating habits. Against Wagner, Cisco followed up his first interception with a second. On the Seahawks’ second drive of the game, facing another third down deep in their own territory, Cisco once again shifted positions before the snap. This time the Orange “disguised” zone coverage to appear as man coverage, Cordy said. Cisco filled in at the robber position, standing about five yards off the line of scrimmage and five yards to the outside of the tackle and bounced in anticipation. An unblocked defensive end, Kendall Coleman, rushed at Wagner quarterback T.J. Linta and planted him into the ground as the ball was released. When the ball reached its targeted area, it went to Cisco’s hands, not a Wagner player. Cisco hadn’t been there when Linta checked the coverage pre-snap but a late fill-in put him in the right spot. “I was dropping down and the slant kind of just ran towards me,” Cisco explained. “My job was just read the quarterback’s eyes and I just fell into position.” Cisco popped up and ran to the sidelines while various blue jerseys congratulated him. He shoulder bumped defensive back Christopher Fredericks before raising two fingers in the air. “I like the things that he’s doing,” Babers said. “I like the way he’s rebounded from the first game. And I really like the fact that he’s a freshman, and he’s going to be with us for a long long time.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Christopher Fredericks was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Published on September 8, 2018 at 9:03 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44
of the French Open tennis when his third round match gets under way shortly.He’s up against highly rated Australian Nick Kyrgios (pron: KEY-REE-OSS).Murray’s won both of their previous two matches.
“I don’t pay too much attention to stuff I can’t control,” Smith told reporters. “I know baseball is a business at the end of the day. It’s just how the game is. I love New York. I only want to play for the Mets. This is all I know. This is home for me and my family. I love it here and I’m just trying to establish myself and just get better every day.”Dominic Smith on trade rumors:”I don’t really pay attention to too much stuff I can’t control…I love New York, I only want to play for the Mets…this is home for me” pic.twitter.com/r5pHfpAezy— SNY (@SNYtv) July 18, 2019Smith is having a breakout season for New York as he’s slashing .294/.376/.536 with nine home runs and 18 RBIs in 81 games. The team has even started to play him in left field in order to get him more at-bats. Related News If you’re in a pinch, call @TheRealSmith22.#MustC https://t.co/HZI3CBTBqa pic.twitter.com/8kqNnYdTUR— New York Mets (@Mets) July 18, 2019The Mets are expected to be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline and they’re reportedly exploring moving Zack Wheeler, Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier, amongst others.New York, however, enters play Thursday on a four-game winning streak and is just five games out of the second wild-card spot with a 44-51 record. MLB trade rumors: What could Yankees, Astros, Padres offer for Noah Syndergaard? Noah Syndergaard addresses trade rumors, says he loves being with Mets Dominic Smith does not want to leave New York.The 24-year-old’s name has begun to surface in trade rumors because he’s behind star Pete Alonso at first base on the Mets’ depth chart. But, Smith said he hopes he isn’t moved. Mets manager Mickey Callaway praised Smith when he spoke with reporters after a 14-4 win over the Twins.“Offensively, we knew he was capable of this,” Callaway said, via Newsday. “You could see the sweet swing, the plate discipline, his ability to go the other way, his ability to pull the ball. I think his ability to move around and play multiple positions and do it pretty well is the surprising part and the thing that we’re kind of proud of right now.” GM Brodie Van Wagenen: Mets will take ‘underdog role’ as trade deadline approach changes
1 de Gea and Van Gaal Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted superstar goalkeeper David De Gea could leave the club this summer.The Spain international has been targeted by La Liga giants Real Madrid, with recent reports suggesting the 24-year-old has already agreed a five-year contract with his hometown side.And while Van Gaal conceded the lure of returning home may be too strong for De Gea, the Red Devils boss was adamant the club will put up a fight and hopes his number one will stay at Old Trafford.Asked about the keeper’s future, Van Gaal said: “With every individual transfer there is a process and there will be a process with David de Gea.“David de Gea shall not leave us so easily because we are a great club and he wants to participate.“Of course he is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, and he can go to another great club, so it is difficult for him to decide but a big compliment for Manchester United.“The transfer is an individual thing. He has to decide. We have given [him] a fantastic contract because we want him to stay – He’s had a fantastic season.”De Gea was a usual starter for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with top three rivals Arsenal, though the Spaniard’s afternoon was brought to a premature end after suffering an awkward fall which saw him replaced by countryman Victor Valdes in the 74th minute.Old Trafford was awash with banners asking De Gea to stay, and during his pre-match warm-up the goalkeeper was seen applauding fans in all four corners of the ground, sparking panic from United supporters who took this as a farewell gesture.Van Gaal praised the support of the loyal fans, and added they have done all they can to keep De Gea.“I don’t think I can persuade him because he knows everything what he has at Manchester United,” said the manager.“I don’t have to say something because he can feel it every day. You have seen the fans, unbelievable.“When he goes he is losing that. Here he has a lot of credits. He has to decide.”