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Syracuse Daily Links - Kristof! Keeps Rehabbing

Former Syracuse basketball player Kristof Ongenaet returns to rehab back injury |
"If I can qualify for the national team, it would be great," he said. "Everyone would love to play for their country. And the exposure could really help. But if I’m not 100 percent, I’m not going to risk it. My priority is getting healthy first."

Who would you select for Syracuse basketball's All-Grit team? |
Writing about Kristof Ongenaet's return to Syracuse got me thinking about the Orange's All-Grit team. Here's my choices for the grittiest players in SU history (Jim Boeheim era)

Taj Smith gives back to Newark's youth with free football clinic |
So it was with great pride that Smith came back to that field Saturday as an NFL player — a receiver for the Indianapolis Colts — and a success story, providing a free football camp for any kid that walked in the door. He staffed it with NFL and college players from the area.

Big East media days preview - Big East Blog - ESPN
Six of the eight teams return their starters at quarterback, but only three are scheduled to be at media day -- Zach Collaros of Cincinnati, Geno Smith of West Virginia and Ryan Nassib of Syracuse.

Former Syracuse star Billy Owens inducted into National High School Hall of Fame |
Former Syracuse University basketball player Billy Owens was inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations National Hall of Fame on July 2 at the NFSH annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Big East player rankings: wide receivers - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
7. Van Chew, Syracuse. Chew leads a Syracuse crew that returns its top three receivers from last season. He may be underrated because the Orange are not known for their huge passing numbers, but look for them to work on the deep ball more this season.

WVU opponent preview: Syracuse  - WVU - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports -
This is an offense, however, that needs a dependable back. Attempting to replace Carter will be 5-7, 197-pound Antwon Bailey, who rushed for 554 yards and caught 35 passes a year ago. He'll have fullback Adam Harris in front of him again, so pounding the ball is probably still the way the Orange will go. It won't be one-dimensional, though, because five returning players - including backs and tight ends - caught at least 25 passes last year, led by wideout Van Chew's 41.

Syracuse University Athletics - Page Named to USA U19 Team
Syracuse University incoming field hockey freshman Jordan Page was named to the USA Under 19 National Team. Page will be invited to weekend at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. in early 2012 and from there the touring teams will be selected.

Syracuse University Athletics - Boeheim Returns To NABC Board of Directors
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has added four coaches to its board of directors. Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and North Carolina State’s Mark Gottfried are returning to the board while Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and Butler’s Brad Stevens join the group for the first time.

Summer leagues getting bump from infusion of NBA players |
"When I came in the league, three years ago, there was already talk about the lockout," he said. "I started saving my rookie year. I didn't really think it was going to happen. But it's here, and it's real. So you've got to be smart. Myself, I cut back on a lot of things. I moved from Sacramento. I don't even live in Sacramento anymore. I moved out of my house in Sacramento. All I have is my grandmother's house in Baltimore, and I have a house in Charlotte with my family. You've got to do little ways to save money. So cutting back was definitely a big thing for me. I turned in my BMW."

SU runs impact program for at risk kids - YNN, Your News Now
It's called the Youth Impact Program, the brainchild of former 49'er Riki Ellison brought to Syracuse by Daryl Gross and Doug Marrone. Former SU player Joe Fields runs it and he's getting help from current players like Chandler Jones and Philip Thomas.

Syracuse University Rugby goes on a 10 game international tour. "What we learned in England : The Brits will beat us on pitch, but we can out drink em any day."