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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">From watching football games at old Archbold Stadium to being on campus when the Carrier Dome opened, John Wildhacks affection for Syracuse University has only grown over the years. 

Chris Godwin Buccaneers Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Thirty-six years after he graduated, Wildhack returned to his alma mater on Tuesday as its new athletic director and needed only four words to describe his state of mind.It feels so right, Wildhack said at an introductory news conference.Sporting an orange-and-blue-striped tie, Wildhack was introduced to a nearly full auditorium in the universitys football wing by Chancellor Kent Syverud, who chaired a search committee that included new football coach Dino Babers. A Buffalo native, Wildhack ends a 36-year tenure at ESPN, where he had risen to executive vice president for programming and production. He joined the cable sports network after graduating from Syracuse in 1980.Wildhack assumes a position vacated in early May by Mark Coyle, who came to Syracuse from Boise State but left after less than a year. Coyle bolted for the same position at the University of Minnesota.Syracuse likely wont have to worry about stability now. Wildhacks sister and brother also are Syracuse graduates, and his sister-in-law is a doctoral candidate at Syracuse. All were present Tuesday, along with Wildhacks wife, Amy, and their two young sons, Tommy and James. The couples oldest son, M.J., was back home working and unable to attend.Wildhack said his first priority would be to get to know his staff, both professionally and personally. And he had kind words for Babers, who was hired in December to replace Scott Shafer.I like the fact hes got a defined system thats had success, Wildhack said. I like Dinos style. He wants to be as fast as any team in the country. Weve got a great venue for that. Were the only domed stadium in a Power 5 conference. Theres a lot to like.Shafer was fired by Coyle last November after going 14-23 overall and 7-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in three seasons that saw attendance decline for home games in the Carrier Dome.Its important for us to market all the positives that we have, Wildhack said. We want to build a program that is going to have sustained success, so its got to be built the right way.Despite footballs troubles, Wildhack takes over athletics at a good time. The 2015-16 academic year was the most successful in the history of Syracuse athletics. The year included national titles in field hockey and cross country, a national runner-up finish in womens basketball, and trips to the Final Four in mens basketball, mens lacrosse, and mens soccer.Theres a lot in place here. That is exciting, Wildhack said. Theres been terrific success overall. How do we, as a staff, build that?Plans for a significant renovation of the Carrier Dome also are underway, and Wildhack is optimistic of the impact that will have.Its an iconic venue in all of America. Theres great equity in that, he said. Well go through the renovation. Itll be transformational.In March 2015, the NCAA levied sanctions on the athletic department after an eight-year investigation, citing in particular academic violations committed by football (under former coaches Paul Pasqualoni and Greg Robinson) and mens basketball (under Jim Boeheim).The university has since reorganized reporting lines for some areas within athletics to improve oversight, and Wildhack said that would remain paramount on his watch.Our department will be defined by integrity, he said. 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CLEVELAND -- Hector Santiagos debut with the Twins did not go well on what was an otherwise successful series against the Indians.The left-hander gave up four runs over five innings in his first start with the team, allowing Cleveland to cruise to a 9-2 victory over Minnesota on Thursday.The Twins outscored the Indians 35-16 in winning the first three games of the series, but were unable to complete their first-ever four-game sweep in Cleveland, which leads the AL Central.Ill take three out of four anytime, especially against one of the best teams in the AL, said Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier, who went 2 for 4 with his 22nd home run of the year. We were clicking on all cylinders here.When youve gone through a season like weve had, its tough, but I hope the younger guys gain a lot of confidence from the way we played.Doziers solo homer came off Indians starter Mike Clevinger and gave him longballs in three straight games. He also has a 13-game hitting streak and leads the majors with 15 home runs since June 19, including five in his last five contests.Brian is showing great pitch recognition and trust in his hands, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Hes had a real nice run for almost two months now.Santiago (10-5), who was acquired Monday in a four-player trade with the Angels, suffered his first loss since June 10. Carlos Santana hit a two-run shot and Jason Kipnis had a solo homer in ending his seven-game winning streak.It was good, I only made two bad pitches, Santiago said. Two cutters that stood in the middle of the plate, thats it.Joe Mauer had two hits, while Kurt Suzuki drove in Minnesotas other run with a single. Mauer batted .667 (12 for 18) with five doubles and six RBI in the series, but committed two costly baserunning mistakes in the finale.In the third, Mauer was ccaught off first on a lineout to center, ending the inning a split-second before Suzuki crossed home plate. Kendell Beckwith Womens Jersey/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. Two innings later, Max Kepler punched a hit into the right field corner with Mauer on first. Kepler was about to slide into second when he realized that Mauer had stopped there, leading to Mauer being tagged out.Joe was involved in a few plays that hurt us, Molitor said. That second one wound up a long way from third base, so he could have put more pressure on the defense. You can always check up in a situation like that.Kepler went 1 for 4, completing the series 8 for 16 (.500) with eight runs, four homers and 10 RBI. He leads AL rookies in the latter two categories with 15 and 48, respectively.Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas was hitless in three at-bats, but received cheers after breaking his bat over his right thigh after an eighth-inning strikeout.HOT SEATTwins 3B Miguel Sano went 1 for 2, but is in a 4 for 28 slump (.143) and batting just .239 in his second season. He also has 15 errors. Molitor said Sanos work ethic needs improvement and wont rule out sending him to the minors. Weve had a lot of conversations this year, the manager said.TRAINERS ROOMTwins: 3B Trevor Plouffe (broken left rib) will be recalled Monday from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester, barring an unexpected setback this weekend.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Ervin Santana opens a three-game series in Tampa Bay. 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