O’Neill: Three points went begging

first_img Press Association Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has warned his beleaguered players it will not get any easier as they attempt to avoid a fight for Barclays Premier League survival. The Black Cats were only able to take a point from Norwich, who played for more than an hour at the Stadium of Light with only 10 men, as they failed to end their search for first a league victory at the seventh attempt. O’Neill is now facing a run of games which sees his side face Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton, and he said: “We had an opportunity there to go and try to get three points. It’s difficult – it’s been difficult all season for us. But we have games still to play, tough matches, every one of them. But the whole league has been tough for us.” center_img He went on: “I wouldn’t stop at four – they are all difficult games. This is the league. You play everybody twice, this is the run of games. “But we had a situation around about Christmas-time when people were showing the fixture list then, and we were able to win back-to-back games against Southampton and Manchester City, so we have to go and do that again.” O’Neill’s frustration was all the more acute as his side enjoyed the benefit of three key decisions by referee Chris Foy, two of which were correct and the third more dubious. Norwich took the lead with 26 minutes gone when Wes Hoolahan headed home from close range after Kei Kamara had helped Robert Snodgrass’ corner towards goal. However, they were dealt a major blow within three minutes when keeper Mark Bunn was sent off for handling outside his box as he blocked Danny Graham’s effort. Sunderland levelled five minutes before the break after Sebastien Bassong was adjudged to have blocked John O’Shea’s pass with his arm and Craig Gardner blasted home the resulting penalty, although Canaries boss Chris Hughton insisted Graham should have been given offside before the ball struck the defender. Hughton said: “The lad has come from an offside position – and that is the same linesman who gave the penalty decision. He has not given an offside and he has given a handball.” last_img read more

Full Syracuse basketball schedule with ACC dates and matchups

first_imgSyracuse’s full schedule was released by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday, showing what the Orange will be up against in its third season in the league.And maybe most importantly, the announcement made clear what games head coach Jim Boeheim will miss for his nine-game conference suspension, should it not be reduced by Syracuse’s pending appeal to the NCAA. As of now, Boeheim will be replaced by Mike Hopkins as head coach the following matchups: Pittsburgh (road), at Miami (road), Clemson (home), North Carolina (home), Boston College (home), Wake Forest (road), Duke (road), Virginia (road) and Notre Dame (home). If this is how it shakes out, Boeheim will make his return to the bench at home against Georgia Tech on Jan. 30.Below is Syracuse’s full schedule announced by the ACC today. Note that all TBD’s are for game times that have not yet been determined. If a definitive TV listing was not released by the ACC it does not appear on the schedule. Any conference game without a TV listing is either going to be on the ACC Network or a regional sports network.NovemberNov. 2 vs. Le Moyne, TBA, Carrier Dome (Exhibition)Nov. 8 vs. Florida Southern, TBA, Carrier Dome (Exhibition)Nov. 13 vs. Lehigh, TBA, Carrier DomeNov. 17 vs. St. Bonaventure, TBA, Carrier DomeNov. 21 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. Elon, TBA, Carrier DomeNov. 25 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. Charlotte, 2:30 p.m., Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 26 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. Connecticut/Michigan, TBA, Paradise Island, BahamasNov. 27 Battle 4 Atlantis vs. TBD, TBA, Paradise Island, BahamasDecember Dec. 2 Big Ten/ACC Challenge vs. Wisconsin, 7:15 p.m., Carrier DomeDec. 5 at Georgetown, TBA, Verizon CenterDec. 8 vs. Colgate, TBA, ESPNU, Carrier DomeDec. 13 at St. John’s, TBA, Madison Square GardenDec. 19 vs. Cornell, TBA, Carrier DomeDec. 22 vs. Montana State, TBA, ESPNU, Carrier DomeDec. 27 vs. Texas Southern, TBA, Carrier DomeDec. 30 at Pittsburgh, 9 p.m., ESPN2 Petersen Events CenterAdvertisementThis is placeholder textJanuary — All conference playJan. 2 at Miami, TBD, BankUnited CenterJan. 5 vs. Clemson, TBD, Carrier DomeJan. 9 vs. North Carolina, TBD, ESPN, Carrier DomeJan. 13 vs. Boston College, TBD, Carrier DomeJan. 16 at Wake Forest, TBD, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial ColiseumJan. 18 at Duke, 7 p.m., ESPN, Cameron Indoor StadiumJan. 23 at Virginia, noon, John Paul Jones ArenaJan. 28 vs. Notre Dame, 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2, Carrier DomeJan. 30 vs. Georgia Tech, noon, ESPNU, Carrier DomeFebruary — All conference playFeb. 2 vs. Virginia Tech, TBD, Carrier DomeFeb. 11 vs. Florida State, 7 p.m., Carrier DomeFeb. 14 at Boston College, TBD, Conte ForumFeb. 17 at Louisville, 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2, KFC Yum! CenterFeb. 20 vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2, Carrier DomeFeb. 27 vs. N.C. State, TBD, Carrier DomeFeb. 29 at North Carolina, 7 p.m. Dean E. Smith CenterMarch — All conference playMarch 5 at Florida State, ESPN/ESPN 2, TBD, Donald L. Tucker Center Comments Published on September 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more