Q&A with Rhode Island beat writer Bill Koch of the Providence Journal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse opens its season at home on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island. Follow along with Syracuse-Rhode Island coverage here or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Rams, The Daily Orange spoke with Bill Koch, a Rhode Island beat writer for the Providence Journal.The Daily Orange: If Rhode Island were to keep it close with Syracuse, it would be because of what?Bill Koch: Their defense and forcing turnovers. They’re not a very good offensive team. They weren’t last year, they probably won’t be again this year. But their defense is fast, they’re physical, they’re aggressive and if Syracuse has a tough night on the offensive side of the ball, you could see Rhode Island win a low-scoring game like a 17-13, something like that. But I think that’s probably the only real chance they have.The D.O.: What does recently named starting quarterback Paul Mroz bring to the table?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textB.K.: I think the biggest thing for him, obviously he’s a winner. He played at a good junior college program last year. He’s a tough kid. You come out of Brockton, Mass., it’s a tough town, it’s on the southeastern side of the state … it’s just a very blue-collar place with very good athletics. It’s been that way for a long time. So if you come out of there, you’ve got a certain pedigree and I would expect him to have it. And I think that’s probably why he’s the starter to this point, because he’s a tough guy and he brings in a little bit of a presence into that huddle that they need that they didn’t really have last year.The D.O.: How important is junior linebacker Adam Parker’s role on the defense taking the reigns from recent graduate Andrew Bose?B.K.: It’s important just from the sense that he’s replacing a really good player. Andrew Bose is in camp with the Ravens. He’s one of the all-time leading tacklers at URI. Just a really, really good player, a guy that could have played at a higher level that probably went a little under recruited out of high school. Parker and (senior) Connor Caponegro are two guys still there at linebacker who have played a lot of football at URI. Two very experienced guys. It’s definitely going to be key to that defense and how they replace the guy who was really their leader last year in Bose.The D.O.: Rhode Island allowed over 230 rushing yards per game last season. Why was that and how might that change this season?B.K.: I think their offensive stats are more truthful than the defensive stats if you look at last season. Offensively they just weren’t very good and I think they put the defense in a lot of tough situations in terms of short field, they were on the field for a long time, there was a lot of time of possession. I think the rushing numbers are a little inflated because the other team had the ball 36, 37, 38 minutes and the defense would get worn down. When you’re ahead, you’re running the ball and I think there was a lot of that going on … They certainly did some things in terms of forcing turnovers that they wanted to do, but their offense just put them in such difficult situations so often so they never really had a chance. Commentslast_img read more

What time does ‘Hard Knocks’ air today? How to watch, live stream Episode 2

first_imgIn the time since that episode aired, it’s come to light that Brown is healing frostbitten feet from a cryotherapy experience gone wrong. That in itself was enough to pique interest for Episode 2, but the eccentric wideout upped the ante when it was reported that he is now holding out of camp activities because the NFL has mandated that he update his helmet — something which could make for riveting television should the team address the situation. MORE: 5 details from Antonio Brown’s helmet fuss that cement his bizarre reputationThe development of first-round pick Johnathan Abram and his relationship with coaches and teammates is also something to monitor after Episode 1 painted Abram as a heel-like character who plays far too physical at practice and is unafraid to verbally challenge coach Jon Gruden.Since the season premiere, the Raiders defeated the Rams 14-3 in Week 1 of the preseason and are gearing up for a date with Arizona on Thursday.What time does ‘Hard Knocks’ air today?Date: Tuesday, Aug. 13Time: 10 p.m. ETTV channel: HBOEpisode 2 of “Hard Knocks” releases Tuesday, Aug. 13. at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. New episodes roll out once a week every Tuesday night during NFL training camp and preseason. How to watch, live stream Episode 2 on HBOAlong with it airing live on HBO, the show is available to stream on HBO GO and HBO NOW. Just when you thought the Raiders may not be that interesting of a watch for this season of “Hard Knocks,” the television gods gifted HBO with Antonio Brown.The new wide receiver who forced his way out of Pittsburgh this offseason flew onto the Raider scene by way of hot air balloon in Episode 1 of “Hard Knocks” but didn’t take any practice reps with his teammates as he nursed sore feet, the cause of which went without mention during the season premiere. MORE: ‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 1 in review’Hard Knocks’ schedule: When is Episode 3?This season of “Hard Knocks” consists of five one-hour episodes released each Tuesday during the Raiders’ training camp and preseason.The next episode is Tuesday, Aug. 20.EpisodeAir dateChannel/StreamEpisode 1Aug. 6, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 2Aug. 13, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 3Aug. 20, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 4Aug. 27, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 5Sep. 3, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWlast_img read more

Grbavac released the list of players for World Handball Cup

first_imgFrom 14 July to 1 August BiH will be the host of World U-21 Handball Cup, and manager of BiH National team Zdenko Grbavac has released the list of 22 players who’ll play during the Cup.Trainings of BiH team will start on 8 June on Vlašić and will last until 21 June, afterwards they’ll have 5 free days, and then trainings will continue.List of U-21 players: Denis Serdarević (Fenix Toulouse), Josip Ćavar (Redbergslids), Amer Novljanin (Midtjylland), Damjan Šarac (Zrinjski), Enes Skopljak (Bosna Visoko), Ivan Miličević (Čapljina), Haso Ćosić (Čelik), Andrija Bubalo (HSG Varel), Muhamed Zulfić (Bosna BH Telecom), Josip Ereš (Izviđač), Petar Bubalo (HSG Varel), Elis Memić (Bosna BH Telecom), Dejan Malinović (Borac), Josip Perić (Bosna BH Telecom), Said Ajkunić (Drott), Stefan Janković (Borac), Tarik Kasumović (HSV Gotzenhaim), Ivan Milas (Borac), Nemanja Bezbradica (Borac), Tarik Vranac (Bosna Visoko), Elmir Građan (Goražde), Damir Haliković (Bosna BH Telecom)(sportsport.ba)(photo: eurosport)last_img read more