More Finger Lakes Sports | Finger Lakes Daily News http://www.fingerlakesdailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=215 More Finger Lakes Sports 2015-03-03T05:11:45Z More Finger Lakes Sports Hobart and William Smith Colleges 4 Statesmen earn Liberty League end-of-season honors Hobart had four student-athletes recognized when the Liberty League announced its end-of-season men's basketball awards today. Senior Connor Rehbaum was a unanimous first team All-Liberty League selection, senior Trey Blanding received second team accolades, senior Andrew Hoy garnered honorable mention and first-year Luke Ruddy earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team. Hayter garners Liberty League praise William Smith College senior forward Chloe Hayter earned Liberty League recognition as announced by the conference office today. Hayter was voted to the second team by the conference coaches. This marks the third straight year she has received All-Liberty League recognition. Statesmen move up in polls, host Neumann for ECAC West Championship on Saturday The Hobart College hockey team moved up two spots to No. 9 in this week's D3hockey.com poll. The Statesmen also moved up one spot to No. 12 in this week's USCHO.com poll. Hobart lacrosse hosts #18 Colgate in Boswell debut The Hobart lacrosse team will make its 2015 Boswell Field debut tomorrow when they welcome No. 18 Colgate University to Geneva. The game will serve as the Statesmen home opener as their originally scheduled home debut against Cornell was moved to a neutral site. Statesmen earn spot in ECAC West tournament championship with 5-1 win over Elmira The No. 11/13 Hobart College hockey team earned a spot in the ECAC West tournament championship game with a 5-1 victory over No. 4 seed Elmira tonight in The Cooler. It was the ninth straight win for the top-seeded Statesmen. Hobart rolls past Oneonta in Spring opener The Hobart College tennis team downed visiting Oneonta 9-0 in its first match of 2015. The Statesmen improve to 3-0 on the season. Late run carries Hobart past Binghamton 11-10 VESTAL, N.Y.—The Hobart lacrosse team scored four straight goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to take control of the game on the way to an 11-10 win over Binghamton at the Bearcat Sports Complex this afternoon. Rose completes season at CSA Individual Championships Hobart College sophomore Terrance Rose dropped both of his matches at the College Squash Association Individual Championships at Princeton University today. Love named to Tewaaraton Watch List for 3rd year in a row Hobart College senior attackman Alex Love was one of 50 men's collegiate lacrosse players named to the 2015 Tewaaraton Watch List. It's the third year in a row Love has been named to the watch list. 9 Herons named UNYSCSA All-Academic Nine members of the William Smith College swimming and diving team were recently honored with a place on the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association All-Academic Team. Auburn Doubledays Doubledays add two front office employees The Auburn Doubledays have announced the hiring of Andrew Sagarin as Operations Manager and David Lauterbach as Communications Associate. Cathcart-led staff will return in 2015 The Washington Nationals have announced that Manager Gary Catchart and the entire 2014 Doubledays coaching staff will return to Auburn for the 2015 season. Doubledays close season with thrilling victory Dale Carey went 2-for-4 and made a game-saving diving catch in centerfield, and relievers Connor Bach and Tyler Mapes picked up starter James Bourque as the Doubledays topped the Batavia Muckdogs 4-3 in the season finale at Falcon Park. Heartbreak finds Doubledays in road finale Chase McDowell (1-3) and the Doubledays defense combined to allow six runs in the penultimate inning of their penultimate game, and Auburn dropped a heartbreaker 7-6 to Batavia at Dwyer Stadium. Eusebio, Doubledays have the power in Ohio Diomedes Eusebio rocketed two home runs and finished with 6 RBI, Jeff Gardner and Bryan Mejia added bombs of their own, and the Doubledays outslugged the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 12-7 in Eastwood Field's final game of the 2014 season. Nationals sign two-year working agreement with Auburn Doubledays of the Short-Season Class A New York-Penn League The Washington Nationals today announced the signing of a two-year Player Development Contract extension (which begins in 2015) with the Auburn Doubledays of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League through the 2016 season. Jammers snap Doubledays streak The Jammers cranked out two runs in a key seventh inning, and the Doubledays fell 4-1 to snap a three-game winning streak in front of 2,251 fans at Falcon Park. Doubledays double walk-off in doubleheader The Auburn Doubledays stormed to walk-off wins in both ends of a doubleheader, taking the first 5-4 in nine innings, while concluding the night by winning the second 2-1 in a regulation seven frames over Jamestown. Doubledays wallop Williamsport on Sunday Eleven Doubledays came to the plate, and a season-high seven of them scored to springboard the Doubledays to an 8-0 thrashing of the Williamsport Crosscutters. Brilliant Doubledays arms blank Crosscutters Anderson Martinez (2-2), RC Orlan, and Mario Sanchez combined for a five-hit shutout as the Auburn Doubledays blanked the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-0 under the Friday night lights. NY Yankees A-Rod sees time at DH in intrasquad tilt The Yankees closed out the workout portion of Spring Training with a combination intrasquad game/simulated game Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. A pitching machine was used instead of real pitchers and situations were created. For example, both halves of the first inning began with a runner on first. Yanks fan, 65, walking from Tampa to NY for charity It's unusual for a Major League team to interrupt a workout during Spring Training. Then again, what Richard Albero is doing is pretty unique. Ellsbury, Gardy set for Yanks' first tilt, A-Rod staying back The Yankees will open the Grapefruit League schedule Tuesday with a game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Adam Warren will start against Phils right-hander Jerome Williams at Bright House Field. Tanaka faces hitters for first time in spring Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, the $155 million starting pitcher who made only two starts after July 8 last season due to a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, faced hitters for the first time Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Rotation stars take it slow as Girardi sets early matchups It's nothing earthshattering, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi named two relievers and a prospective member of the rotation to start his club's first three Grapefruit League games: Adam Warren, Nathan Eovaldi and Esmil Rogers. Miller hopes charmed career continues in Bronx Just prior to his first appearance for the Orioles last August after the Red Sox traded him to Baltimore, Andrew Miller ran in from the bullpen to a rousing ovation from the 39,487 fans at Camden Yards, an experience that is indelibly etched in his memory, the newest Yankees left-hander said. Miller is hoping to create more special moments at Yankee Stadium in the years ahead. After first live BP, Pineda states goal for season Michael Pineda tossed his first live batting-practice session of the spring on Sunday for the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field. The right-hander threw about 20 pitches and said afterward that his goal is to remain "healthy all season." Ryan won't rush recovery from mid-back strain Yankees utility infielder Brendan Ryan said on Saturday that he's making progress in his recovery from a strained muscle in the middle of his back, and he hopes to resume baseball activities next week. Didi given opportunity to improve, thrive in New York Upon arriving in camp for the first time this spring, new shortstop Didi Gregorius received these words of wisdom from manager Joe Girardi: Try to be the best Didi Grigorius you can be. Don't try to be like Derek Jeter, the icon he's replacing on the left side of the Yanks infield. All about the brace: CC gets assist in 'pen session CC Sabathia is continuing to make progress as he returns from right knee surgery, and the Yankees left-hander plans to attack his workload with the assistance of a brace that has been hidden underneath his billowing pinstriped pants. A-Rod gets reps at first base, preps for transition Alex Rodriguez gave first base a whirl for the first time on Friday, fielding grounders and receiving throws on a training field behind the third-base seats of George M. Steinbrenner Field. Backup infielder Ryan sidelined with mid-back strain Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan sustained a mid-back strain while lifting weights before the start of Spring Training. He is expected to miss about five days of on-field activity. Sterling hosts fundraiser for families displaced by NJ fire If anything was made clear by the goings-on Thursday night at D&D's Restaurant & Pub, it's this: Yankees fans love them some John Sterling. While hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser in support of the families displaced last month by a fire at the AvalonBay luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J., Sterling, the Yankees' longtime radio play-by-play man, barely had a moment to himself. Girardi, Yankees adjusting to life without Jeter As the Yankees went through their drills Thursday, Joe Girardi wandered around the lip of the outfield grass, exchanging pleasantries with the infielders. When he reached the shortstop position, he had to remember why Derek Jeter was absent. Surveying full spring squad, Cashman expresses optimism After Brian Cashman watched the full squad of Yankees players assemble Thursday, the veteran general manager referred to his roster as a "potpourri" of bounce-back candidates and young newcomers, voicing hope that they will fit together for a run at a championship. A-Rod participates in Yankees' first full workout Alex Rodriguez said that he felt "like I'm a rookie all over again" as he slipped the pinstripes for the first time in more than a year Thursday, taking batting practice and fielding drills with his Yankees teammates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Ellsbury: Yankees have 'chip on their shoulder' after '14 finish Jacoby Ellsbury said that there is a comfort level as he prepares for his second Spring Training with the Yankees, and senses that his teammates are "definitely motivated" to improve upon last year's second-place finish in the American League East. Yankees see positive results as Tanaka builds stamina Masahiro Tanaka increased his workload to 40 pitches in a morning bullpen session at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Thursday, and the Yankees have been pleased with his progress as he's shown off his full arsenal, including splitters. Hal Steinbrenner shares thoughts, hopes for Yankees Hal Steinbrenner discussed the Yankees' payroll expenditures and their decision not to further pursue Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, who instead accepted a $31.5 million bonus from the Red Sox, in an interview with the New York Post that was published on Thursday. Ryan hopes for larger role in Yankees' infield Brendan Ryan knows what the back of his baseball card has looked like for the last few seasons, but the Yankees infielder believes that he can be counted on for more than just a good glove. Pentland establishes early rapport with A-Rod Jeff Pentland recalls watching from the stands as Alex Rodriguez made noise as a teenage phenom in the instructional league two decades ago. The new Yankees hitting coach expects to discover that there is still some of that lightning left. Center of attention: Rivera in Yankees' camp The all-time saves leader still loves to chase down those batting-practice fly balls in center field. Mariano Rivera looked right at home on Wednesday, slipping on his old No. 42 uniform and reporting to Yankees camp as a special guest instructor. Yankees to evaluate A-Rod as backup first baseman Alex Rodriguez has said that he cannot remember ever taking a ground ball at first base. That is about to change, manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday. Teixeira hopes 'no fun' diet leads to lots of fun in season Mark Teixeira said goodbye to his beloved morning muffins and pancake breakfasts, and combined with a full winter of training, those sacrifices could bring him back to form as a power-hitting force in the heart of the Yankees' lineup. On the Cusp: New York Yankees Here are the Yankees' prospects Bernie Pleskoff thinks have a chance to make an impact in New York in 2015, listed by their rankings in the Yankees Top 20 Prospects list. Bailey hoping to make Yankees' investment pay off The Yankees have preached patience with Andrew Bailey, hoping that the former All-Star closer will be able to take advantage of their facilities and pay big dividends down the line. That time may be quickly approaching. A-Rod works out at camp, chats with Headley Alex Rodriguez worked out for a second consecutive afternoon at the Yankees' Minor League complex on Tuesday, slugging five home run-distance shots from the cage while taking ground balls alongside third baseman Chase Headley. Capuano ready to earn one of Yanks' 5 spots Chris Capuano is being looked at as a strong contender to pitch in the back end of manager Joe Girardi's rotation, and the veteran left-hander said he is not concerned about the possibility of being the odd man out later in the year. Nova able to pace himself at Yankees' camp Ivan Nova refuses to look too far ahead, resisting the urge thus far to peek at the schedule and circle some summer dates. As he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery, the Yankees' right-hander has been absorbing his plans one week at a time. NY Mets Former big leaguer McKnight dies; played for Mets and O's Former Major Leaguer Jeff McKnight passed away on Sunday after a 10-year battle with leukemia. He was 52. Utility man Campbell ready to step in anywhere Before full-squad workouts officially began last month, Mets jack-of-everything Eric Campbell spent his mornings with the organization's catchers, learning to play that position. He will also serve as the backup first baseman and third baseman, moonlight as an outfielder and perhaps even a middle infielder. Sharp Harvey focuses on curve in live BP session Matt Harvey impressed in batting practice against his fellow Mets, showing off a curveball that he shied away from in favor of a slider early in his professional career. Wheeler, Niese to lead staffs in intrasquad game Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese will start Tuesday's Mets intrasquad game at Tradition Field, an annual event in advance of Wednesday's Grapefruit League opener. Collins experimenting with Mets' outfield alignment When Mets manager Terry Collins asked Curtis Granderson if he would prefer to play left or right field this season, Granderson shrugged. When Collins asked the same question to Michael Cuddyer, he received the same response. So Collins plans to use each player at both positions this spring, giving himself the best possible platform to make a decision. Duda could take swings early this week Mets first baseman Lucas Duda's strained left intercostal muscle is showing improvement, lining him up to potentially swing a bat early this week. Once that happens, Duda will progress from swinging off a tee to soft toss drills, hitting in a cage and, finally, taking full batting practice. Figueroa's experiences will help his coverage of the Mets Nelson Figueroa's baseball career has taken him from Brooklyn to Phoenix, to Philadelphia and Houston and points in between, as well as the Dominican Republic, Mexico and as far afield as Taiwan. He believes he will thrive at SNY this season as the replacement for Bob Ojeda as the network's primary pregame and postgame studio analyst. Mets want to turn talk into results The Nationals are the consensus favorites to win the NL East, but the Mets and Marlins think they might both have something to say about that. For the Mets, optimism begins with a rotation stacked with power arms and more of them in the Minors. Long immersing himself in his work with Mets' hitters Less than two weeks after the Yankees dismissed Kevin Long -- who spent eight years in the Bronx working with superstars, including Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez -- the Mets scooped him up to replace interim hitting coach Lamar Johnson, who had taken over for Dave Hudgens last May. Long's philosophies, it quickly became clear, intersected with the organization's overarching thoughts on pitch selection and strike-zone judgment. Alderson talks baseball data at Sloan conference Mets general manager Sandy Alderson emphasized collaboration and communication as the keys for incorporating new ideas like defensive shifts and catcher framing at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday. SU Athletics ‘Cuse Falls In Home Finale To #2 Cavs, 59-47 SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In a defensive battle on senior night at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (18-12, 9-8) could not hold off #2 Virginia (28-1, 16-1), falling 59-47. Rakeem Christmas scored 10 points while tallying four rebounds and two blocks in his final home game with the Orange. #Storify: Senior Night at the Dome [View the story "Senior Night at the Dome" on Storify] 'Cuse the New No. 1 Syracuse is the top-ranked men's lacrosse team in the land following its 15-9 victory yesterday against No. 5 Virginia. The Orange moved up to No. 1 in the most recent of editions of the USILA Division I Top 20 and Cascade/Maverik Media Poll, released Monday, March 2. Grimm and Porlier Earn Scholar-Athletes of the Week Men's lacrosse's Tom Grimm and ice hockey's Laurence Porlier are this week's Syracuse Scholar-Athletes of the Week. Syracuse Earns Fifth Seed for ACC Tournament With the completion of the regular season on Sunday, the seeds are now set for the upcoming 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. For the second straight season, the No. 23/RV Syracuse University women's basketball team has earned the fifth seed for the conference tournament. Orange Runs Past Virginia, 15-9 No. 2 Syracuse (4-0, 1-0 ACC) posted its third consecutive win against a ranked opponent, beating No. 5 Virginia (3-1, 0-1 ACC) at the Carrier Dome, 15-9, Sunday, March 1. Eaton Wins Silver at USATF Indoor Championships 'Cuse alum Jarret Eaton earned silver in the 60-meter hurdles at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships on Sunday. Orange Hosts Cavaliers in Final Home Game Syracuse faces its third straight top-10 opponent when its hosts No. 2/3 Virginia on Monday, March 2. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a pregame ceremony honoring Syracuse's senior class. Tennis Picks Up First ACC Win The No. 34 Syracuse tennis team picked up its first ACC win of the 2015 campaign on Sunday with a 4-2 win over Pitt. 'Cuse Falls At #4 Duke, 73-54 Tyler Roberson, Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Rakeem Christmas all scored in double figures but their combined effort fell short as Syracuse (18-12, 9-8 ACC) fell to Duke (27-3, 14-3 ACC), 73-54. Roberson finished just a rebound shy of his sixth double-double this season. NY Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul given franchise tag The Giants Monday designated Jason Pierre-Paul as their franchise player Giants release Center J.D. Walton The Giants have released Center J.D. Walton Top-5 Jason Pierre-Paul moments With the Giants placing the franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants.com looks back at the defensive end’s top five plays with Big Blue so far Mock Draft Tracker: Experts predict Giants draft pick Mel Kiper, Jr. CLICK HERE Todd McShayCLICK HERE Bucky Brooks CLICK HERE Daniel Jeremiah CLICK HERE Rob Rang CLICK HERE Dane Brugler CLICK HERE Peter Schrager CLICK HERE Chris Bur... Mike Mayock ranks top prospects by position NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock released his latest prospect rankings NFL announces salary cap for 2015 season The salary cap for 2015 will $143.28 million, as announced Monday by NFL Media. The Beginner’s Guide To Pro Days Giants.com brings you all you need to know about the 2015 Pro Days, which are underway around the county Eisen's Mailbag: Giants offensive line Senior Writer/Editor Michael Eisen answers questions about the Giants offensive line Eisen's Mailbag: LBs vs. DEs Senior Writer/Editor Michael Eisen answers questions about which defensive need the Giants should fill first Fact or Fiction: Giants will target defense in Free Agency first? The Giants.com staff debates how 2015 Free Agency will play out Buffalo Bills Free agency preview: RB With C.J. Spiller’s future with the club uncertain, and Fred Jackson now 34 years old, Buffalo will likely be seeking reinforcements at the position. Bills, M&T Bank honor outstanding educators with Touchdown for Teachers contest The call for nominations is now open to recognize educators across Western New York. Corbin Bryant makes good use of offseason down time Corbin Bryant is in the middle of a three-week stint with Under Armour as part of the NFLPA's Externship program. What they're saying: Mock draft picks and free agency previews A compilation of media opinions from combine takeaways to mock draft previews. Who is the third best quarterback in the draft? The NFL "Path to the Draft" crew breaks down which quarterback is the third best available in the NFL Draft after Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. Combine Coverage: G A.J. Cann South Carolina Offensive Guard A.J. Cann talks to the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Combine Coverage: G Laken Tomlinson Duke Offensive Guard Laken Tomlinson talks to the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Combine Coverage: C Cameron Erving Florida State Center Cameron Erving talks to the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Combine Coverage: OT Trevor Clemmings Pittsburgh Offensive Tackle Trevor Clemmings talks to the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Bucky Brooks' Big Board 2.0 Colleen Wolfe talks to Bucky Brooks about his top prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft after combine. Keuka CollegeError in feed. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Daily MessengerError in feed.YNNError in feed. Finger Lakes Daily News 2015-03-03T10:11:45Z http://www.fingerlakesdailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=215