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Syracuse Daily Links - Does Syracuse's Preseason Rank Bode Well?

Syracuse Basketball: How Do Preseason Rankings Stack Up with Regular Season Results? |
Teams that were ranked in the top 5 preseason, (by either poll), finished worse than that in the final poll and in the tournament all three times. Teams that were ranked in the top 10 preseason finished worse than that in both the regular season and the tournament seven out of nines times. They finished where expected in both once and in the other they had a better regular season but finished where expected in the tournament.

Boxer Bernard Hopkins questions Donovan McNabb's blackness -
According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens.

Brumfield named best import - Shawnee, OK - The Shawnee News-Star
Oklahoma Baptist basketball alum Nate Brumfield has been named Best Import by the Philippine Basketball Association. Brumfield plays for Barangay Ginebra. He beat out Paul Harris, a Syracuse alum who was on the Minnesota Timberwolves preseason roster and in the Utah Jazz preseason training camp.

American Chronicle | Evessa eye title after booking place in bj-league Final Four
Ryan Blackwell's team, which finished second behind the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the nine-team Western Conference in the regular season, will face the Okinawa powerhouse for the third straight season in the Final Four. The winner of that May 21 game will face either the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix-Niigata Albirex BB winner in the championship game the next day at Ariake Colosseum. College Football - Dienhart: All-Spring Team
RB Antwon Bailey, Syracuse. The past three seasons, Bailey - a 5-7, 197-pounder - primarily has been a change-of-pace rusher and a receiving threat out of the backfield. But he now is poised to become the main back with Delone Carter gone. In the spring game, Bailey had 20 carries for 118 yards and showed big-play ability.

Video: One good thing -- Syracuse - Big East Blog - ESPN
Brian Bennett looks at one good thing coming out of spring at Syracuse.

Syracuse Orange spring wrap - Big East Blog - ESPN
Replacing two-time 1,000-yard back Delone Carter was a main task this spring for Syracuse, and Antwon Bailey showed he is up to it. Bailey, a third-down specialist for much of the past two years, is smaller and shiftier than the bruising Carter and adds a different dimension to the running attack with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He also proved he can run between the tackles this spring.

Big East spring wrap - ESPN
3. Syracuse: The Orange won't sneak up on anybody this year, but they should also have more confidence to handle winning -- and hopefully learn to protect the Carrier Dome in league play. Most of the offense returns, and there were signs this spring that quarterback Ryan Nassib will have more to work with in the passing game. The defense must replace some excellent veterans but is still stocked at defensive end and safety. This is Doug Marrone's deepest team, though it will be young in some key spots. Marrone has already worked wonders with less.

Big East Linkage: May 10 - Transfer Edition - Big East Coast Bias
Pittsburgh continues to raid the Big Ten of defensive transfers. This time, it's former five-star linebacker Dorian Bell that is leaving Ohio State to join the Panthers.

College Football Spring Practice Is Over: Some Things We Think We Learned -
I have no Bill Stewart jokes, because the thought of him whittling little wooden Indians in his office all day is just heartbreaking. It's especially heartbreaking when I imagine Dana Holgorsen playing chess with them, and Bill saying "That's the durndest game of checkers I ever seen in my life, youngster."