Cards start 1-0 at Tulsa; Garth scores 23

first_img Tulsa had the lead just twice in the contest, and both of those leads came early in the opening half and both were just one-point advantages. The Golden Hurricane led for a total of 33 seconds of game time.Oklahoma native Torey Noel got the start at point guard and finished the game with 11 points and six assists, while senior Zjori Bosha added 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.Big Red will be back in action Tuesday when they host Coastal Carolina in the 2017-18 home opener. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Montagne Center, and will kick off a season-long four-game home stand for the Cardinals. Lamar sports informationTULSA, Okla. – Junior Nick Garth scored a game-high 23 points and senior Colton Weisbrod recorded his 11th career double-double to lead Lamar to a season-opening victory at Tulsa, 74-67, Friday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.“I’m very proud of this team today,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “Tulsa is a very good basketball team so we knew after we got that lead they would make a run at us. We have a veteran lineup this year, and these guys are battled tested. When came down to crunch time our guys just found a way to get into the winner’s circle.” Big Red jumped out to a quick start behind Garth’s 13 first-half points to build an early six-point advantage, 8-2. Tulsa responded with a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the game just moments later, 9-8, but the Cardinals never quit fighting.The score remained a one-possession game with both teams alternating the lead until the Cardinals went on an 8-0 run to build a seven-point advantage. Senior Zjori Bosha added to that lead when he picked off a pass and took it the length of the floor for the layup to push the Cards’ lead to nine, 29-20, with just over 5 minutes remaining. LU would push its lead to 11 points before going into the locker room with a 37-28 lead.The Cardinals finished the half shooting 50 percent (13 of 26) from the field while out-rebounding the Golden Hurricane, 21-16. Tulsa was 11 of 23 (.478) from the field but the Cardinals made them pay for their eight turnovers. LU scored seven points off the Golden Hurricane’s mistakes in the opening 20 minutes.After having their lead trimmed to six points midway through the second half, the Cardinals went back on the attack pushing its lead to 16. Tulsa had one final run left in them cutting deficit down to a single-point, twice with less than 6 minutes on the clock. Both times Tulsa had the ball with an opportunity to take the lead but could not convert. The Cardinals hit their free throws down the stretch to walk away with the victory.center_img Next UpThe Southland’s returning leader in double-doubles last season, Weisbrod picked up where he left in 2016-17 with 15 points and 13 rebounds, but he was held relatively in check in the first half – three points and six rebounds.LU shot 42 percent from the field, including seven three-point field goals, and took advantage of their attempts from the free throw line (17 of 21, .810). The Cardinals also dominated the glass out-rebounding Tulsa, 42-28.The Golden Hurricane shot 50 percent in the second half, but that wasn’t good enough to overcome 15 turnovers and a 26-percent clip from beyond the arc. Tulsa was led by 18 points from Sterling Taplin, but even he finished 7 of 18 (.389) from the field.last_img read more

World Series 2018: 18 questions after the Dodgers’ epic 18-inning Game 3 victory

first_imgAnd then Game 5 happened. In this one, the Dodgers forced extra innings with three runs in the ninth to tie the game, 12-12. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Brian McCann was hit by a pitch and George Springer walked (and McCann was replaced by pinch-runner Derek Fisher). Alex Bregman delivered the game-winning single. That contest featured seven home runs — five by the Astros — six half-innings with at least three runs scored and only three full innings without any runs scored. Crazy.So don’t Sharpie Game 3 quite yet.18. Is October baseball just the best? Yes. Yes it is. Now, let’s look forward. Here are 18 questions we have after that 18-inning journey.MORE: Austin Barnes, Julio Urias becoming key cogs for Dodgers1. OK, so let’s start here: What’s next?Both pitching staffs should actually be OK for Game 4, believe it or not, as long as it doesn’t go another 18 innings. Porcello and Eovaldi are out of the mix for the Red Sox, obviously, but none of their other hurlers threw more than 28 pitches. Closer Craig Kimbrel is likely limited to an inning (he threw the 28), but everyone else should be ready to go. Drew Pomeranz will certainly have to make his postseason debut, which will make Boston fans nervous. “We’ll map it out tomorrow,” manager Alex Cora said. “There are a few guys that are lining up in my office to start the game tomorrow. We’ll decide what we’ll do and we’ll be fine.”And the Dodgers, despite their cryptic late-night tweet about the identity of their Game 4 starter — it was slated to be Rich Hill — are just fine, too, unless Hill is completely out of the mix. He seemed just fine in the clubhouse after the game, and manager Dave Roberts even talked about him in his postgame presser: “We expect Richie to come out with some fire like he always has. Like I said, counting outs, looking at the pen, we’re in good shape.”We’ll find out in a few hours.2. How important, really, was the outcome of that game?It meant everything. It’s a completely new series, with Boston leading 2-1.“If we don’t pull this out we might just be playing for fun,” Dodgers veteran David Freese said. “Down 3-0, that’s really tough. Holy cow. Just incredible. I’m really happy for these guys.”Think about it this way: No team has EVER come back from being down 3-0 in the World Series. Ever. But three teams in the past five years have come back from a 2-1 deficit: the Cubs in 2016, the Giants in 2014 and the Red Sox in 2013.Yep. Doesn’t matter how the Dodgers got to 2-1, it only matters that they’re there now. And this is a completely new series. MORE: 13 insane facts from the longest game in postseason history3. OK, so it’s a new series. Gotcha. What does that mean?Maybe not much, honestly. Just like being down 2-0 didn’t keep the Dodgers from climbing back into the series, winning Game 3 doesn’t mean they’ll win Game 4. You’ll read a lot about the Dodgers having “momentum” and things of that nature, and maybe they do have a pitching advantage in Game 4 if Drew Pomeranz is asked to throw multiple innings for the first time this month. But the Dodgers have actually been in a similar situation in the World Series. On the other side. Remember the 1988 Fall Classic? Of course you do. The mighty Oakland A’s were heavily favored in that one, but the scrappy Dodgers won Games 1 and 2 (thanks to a Kirk Gibson home run you might remember).Game 3 was tied, 1-1, entering the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Mark McGwire hit a walk-off home run off Jay Howell, giving the A’s their first W of the series. Finally, lots of folks figured, order had been restored. Win a game in that dramatic fashion and momentum will surely carry on into the next couple of contests, right?Nope. The Dodgers won Games 4 and 5 in Oakland and claimed the World Series. 4. Has Nathan Eovaldi thrown his last World Series pitch?The Red Sox sure hope so. After his Herculean 97-pitch effort in Game 3 — and relief appearances in Games 1 and 2, too — he won’t be available to pitch again in Los Angeles. Boston would love to win Games 4 and 5 at Dodger Stadium to wrap up the series and make Eovaldi’s next task hoisting the World Series trophy. If the series does shift back to the East Coast, the right-hander would be on three days rest for Game 6 and four for Game 7.MORE: Nathan Eovaldi has a game for the ages, even as losing pitcher5. Can we finally drop pitcher wins/losses as a statistic?Seriously. Eovaldi was saddled with the loss. Alex Wood, who pitched the 18th for the Dodgers, was given the win because he was the pitcher of record when Muncy hit his home run. That’s, well, stupid.6. Will Dave Roberts finally let his best players play?Max Muncy, who led the Dodgers with 35 home runs, hit the Game 3-winning home run (and drew the walk in the 13th that led to the game-tying run). Joc Peterson, who tied for second on the team with 25 home runs and hit three in the 2017 World Series, hit the solo home run that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the third inning.Neither of those guys started Games 1 or 2 in Boston, because they’re left-handed hitters and the Red Sox went with lefty starting pitchers. Peterson, at least, has traditionally struggled against lefties, so maybe his benching made sense. But Muncy? He had an .891 OPS against southpaws this season, and yet he still couldn’t crack the starting lineup.At some point, your best players have to play. Muncy definitely should start every game going forward, and Peterson should be in the Game 4 lineup, regardless whether Boston starts lefty Drew Pomeranz or lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. MORE: 10 of the most unlikely heroes in World Series history7. Where have we seen this Buehler/Muncy combo before?Well, not many of us saw this (I didn’t), but that pitching/hitting combo did team up for a win earlier this year, too. In Triple-A.Walker Buehler’s 2018 season began with a start on April 5 in an Oklahoma City at Iowa Triple-A game.The Dodgers’ farm team won 2-1. The deciding run? A 5th-inning Max Muncy solo HR.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 27, 20188. Seriously, how amazing is this Max Muncy story?It’s pretty damn incredible. Let go by the A’s after failing in extended big-league tryouts, back to the minors for the 2017 season and then 35 homers and a walk-off shot in the 18th inning of a World Series game? “This whole year has been a surreal experience that it’s hard to put into words. But just getting a chance to play in the World Series has kind of capped it off,” Muncy said. “And then getting a chance to hit a walk-off home run, obviously there’s not many words I can use to describe that. The feeling was just pure joy and incredible excitement. That’s about all I can think of because it’s hard to describe how good a feeling it is.”MORE: Dodgers’ Max Muncy revels in ‘pure joy’ of walk-off homer9. Can we talk about Eovaldi again?Yes. Yes we can. Even the Dodgers knew something special was happening. “Just an insane outing by him,” David Freese said. “You start thinking about Bumgarner. I know I did toward the back half of his outing. Just crazy. There are very few guys who can pull that off.”Madison Bumgarner, of course, basically willed the Giants to the 2014 World Series all by himself. After his complete-game shutout in Game 5, the lefty came on in relief in Game 7 and threw five more shutout innings in a game San Francisco won, 3-2. Aside from one pitch to Muncy, Eovaldi was every bit as good.“Once Eovaldi came in there, if kinda felt just like another game with another starter going,” Kershaw said. “He did an amazing job.”His final line: 6+ innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts.“He’s putting everything together. The pitch mix, good breaking balls, good cutters, good fastballs, you almost have to be perfect in that situation,” Cora said. “And actually he was perfect. We just didn’t make one play and they put a good swing on it. But effort-wise, I don’t know, World Series, that was one of the best performances probably in the history of the World Series.”MORE: Ian Kinsler explains critical error that cost Red Sox Game 310. Is Walker Buehler now L.A.’s best pitcher?Probably, yeah. And that’s not just about the seven shutout innings he turned in, though those were impressive. It’s about HOW he turned in those seven shutout innings.Buehler, the 24-year-old rookie, was painting the corners with his 99-mph fastball. He was dropping nasty breaking pitches all over the edges of the zone. He had Boston hitters — remember, the Red Sox led the majors in runs scored — looking like Pawtucket hitters. “You can’t say enough about Walker. Just a flat-out stud,” Freese said. “He’s had the ball in some very meaningful games this October, and we’re very happy about that.”Some players embrace the stage more than others.  “I think that certain people can handle a moment like this and understand what was at stake tonight. And we needed his best effort,” Roberts said. “And we needed him to go deeper than their starter, log some innings. And some guys run from it. Some guys can’t answer the bell. But this guy, he’s got an overt confidence, a quiet confidence, a little combo. But he’s got tremendous stuff. And he lives for moments like this. So it’s good to have obviously him on our side. And the age is really something we don’t concern ourselves about. It’s kind of what’s in between the head and the heart. He’s got what it takes to be that top-of-the-rotation guy.”He is that top-of-the-rotation guy. Right now. 11. Is Eduardo Nunez alive?Nunez didn’t start Game 3, but he was beaten up by the end of it. Three times last night he wound up sprawled out on the field and needed a moment to compose himself.I asked him after the game how he felt. “Sore. Sore,” he said with a grin. “But we’re fine. Don’t have a choice. We have two more games to go, and then we have three more months to recover.”He entered the game in the 10th. “After the dirt ball, when the catcher ran over him, he felt he was in bad shape,” Cora said. “But like I told him, he’s like, ‘I’m not coming out.’ I said, ‘Well, you can’t come out. We have no more players.’”12. Is Jackie Bradley Jr. the best two-out hitter ever?Only seems like that. The defensive whiz tied the game with two outs in the eighth inning, with his long home run off L.A. closer Kenley Jansen. It was his 10th two-out RBI of the postseason, with at least two games remaining. Sandy Alomar Jr. holds the record, with 14 in the 1997 postseason.13. What numbers from Game 3 will stand out, historically?Take your pick, really. The game lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes, almost a full hour longer than any other postseason game. It went 18 innings, four innings longer than any other World Series game.But here’s the one that stands out to me: The teams combined to throw 561 pitches in Game 3 (283 for Boston, 278 for L.A.), smashing the previous World Series record. The old record was 482, set by the White Sox and Astros in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, a 14-inning contest won by Chicago.14. Does Ian Kinsler have a second career as a pinch-runner ahead of him?Uh, no. The 36-year-old’s trip around the bases was, well, embarrassing. Immediately after he entered the game as a pinch runner for J.D. Martinez in the 10th, he was almost picked off at first base before a pitch was even thrown. Then, he slid past third base and was almost tagged out. And then, he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a would-be sacrifice fly.That last part wasn’t his fault, though. The ball wasn’t hit very deep and Cody Bellinger made a strong throw from center field and Kinsler didn’t have much of a chance. But maybe the Red Sox save Brock Holt for pinch-running duties going forward. 15. Speaking of Kinsler, if things go south for Boston is he the new Buckner?It’s possible. Boston fans can hold onto grievances, y’know? And Kinsler had a nightmarish game. We mentioned the base running, but that’s not the worst part. With two outs in the 13th inning, Kinsler fielded a ball hit sharply by Yasiel Puig. If he makes the throw to first base for the last hour, the Red Sox win and go up, 3-0, in the series. But Kinsler stumbled and rushed the throw, missing first base by 20-something feet. That awful throw allowed Muncy to score all the way from second base, tying the game and sending us to the 14th inning. “I lost my footing a little bit,” Kinsler said, via Yahoo Sports. “I was trying to keep the ball in with a guy on second base, try not to let that ball go up the middle. I overran it a little bit, and then when I planted to turn to throw, the turf kind of gave way in the act of throwing and I just sailed it wide. I just had the last out in my glove and couldn’t get it over there. It was tough to swallow.”ARE. YOU. SERIOUS.Puig puts the ball in play, Kinsler misses the throw to 1st and Max Muncy scores to tie the game in the bottom of the 13th!!! pic.twitter.com/nS49fvMo0I— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 27, 201816. Did Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts get any sleep?Doubtful, unless they were somehow able to block out the memory of combining to go 0-for-15 as the Nos. 1 and 2 hitters in the Boston lineup. 17. Will this be the signature game of the 2018 World Series?Well, that’s impossible to know. Last year, we all figured — myself included — that there was no way we’d see anything more crazy than Houston’s win in Game 2. As you’ll recall, the Astros scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to send the game to extra innings, and then scored twice in the 10th to seemingly put the game away. Nah. The Dodgers scored two of their own to force an 11th inning. The Astros responded with two more in the 11th, and just barely held on for the win despite a Charlie Culberson solo home run with two outs that trimmed Houston’s lead to a single run.  LOS ANGELES — Hopefully you’ve had a chance to digest what happened during the Dodgers’ win in a marathon Game 3 on Friday night (and Saturday’s wee hours).And hopefully you’ve had a chance to read some of the great stories describing an unforgettable contest in World Series history.last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Hero mentality not beneficial

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] The biggest problem in Utah’s 72-63 loss to San Diego State Saturday was probably the Aztecs’ defense. But the Utes’ lack of sharing was another key factor.Coach Jim Boylen said there was a reason the Utes ended up with a season-low seven assists against SDSU.”I thought we had a home run, hero mentality offensively and I don’t like that,” he said. “We’re not good enough to play that way. We have to share it and trust each other and move the ball. But give their defense credit for it, too.”Boylen said things had come so easily in the previous two games offensively that his team had a hard time going to plan B.”San Diego State did a good job of taking away A and we didn’t have the trust to get to B,” he said. “If you have A taken away, you have to get to B, and if you have B taken away, you have to get to C. That’s what championship teams do. I didn’t think we trusted enough to go to B or to C.”Boylen always talks about his team learning and growing and believes the San Diego State loss will be a learning experience for his club.”Losing is never fun, but I think this experience will be good for us,” he said. “I think it will be a good eye-opener for us in future games to be a little more patient and tough. I didn’t think we were very tough mentally.”NCAA TRACK: Despite their 10-6 record, the Utes are on track to make the NCAA tournament this year.”We’re poised to be (a tournament team),” Boylen said. “Our RPI today is 21 and our strength of schedule is 6 and that says ‘NCAA Tournament team …’ But we have to win games and keep moving forward. With our strength of schedule and our RPI, if we can put some wins together … I think we’ll be right there.”Among other Mountain West Conference teams, four are in the top 100 with BYU at 34, San Diego State at 45, UNLV at 51 and TCU at 84. Utah’s next opponent, Air Force is last in the league, clear back at 283. STRONG SCHEDULE: Boylen says the key to getting a strong schedule, besides simply asking, is having a willingness to always play on the road first in a home-and-home series. He said he was able to get LSU at home first this year because the Tigers needed a road game in a home-heavy schedule, but in every other big non-league game he’s agreed to go on the road first.Next year the Utes will have another strong schedule with a home game against Oklahoma and road games at Michigan and LSU. The Utes will also be playing in the Las Vegas Invitational on Thanksgiving weekend and will play a pair of games against two of the following teams — Oklahoma State, Illinois and Xavier. UTE NOTES: Utah has moved up to No. 6 in the nation in free throw percentage at 78.2 percent. If the team keeps improving, it could turn out to be the best free throw shooting team in school history. The only better shooting teams were the 1992-93 team (79.1 percent) and the 1995-96 team (78.4 percent) … After ranking in the top 20 in the nation in 3-point shooting at around 40 percent the past two years, the Utes have fallen way off and are hitting just 35.3 percent … Luke Nevill ranks 10th in the nation in field goal percentage at 63.9 percent and is 28th in blocked shots with 2.4 per game … The Sugar Bowl-winning football team will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game with Colorado State. last_img read more

Graham jumps to early lead

first_imgThe course was in good condition, but the speed of the greens was variable with the A course greens being generally slow and the B course ones considerably faster. PSC Bunker Boys @ The Bowling GreenMonday, July 2, Pattana – StablefordJust nine golfers today, but the three groups of 3-balls were able to set off with a clear course ahead of them.  After a short discussion on the first tee we decided to play off the yellow tees rather than the whites, since some holes, particularly on the B nine, offer a daunting challenge to the shorter hitters. Gerry Cooney is beginning to claw his way up the leaderboard after returning from long term injury.Lee Butler returned to form to record the best score of the day, and picked up three near pin prizes on the way.  Lee’s friend and arch-rival Barry Murnin was in second place, after reportedly spending the whole weekend at the driving range.1st Lee Butler (14) 38pts2nd Barry Murnin (15) 36pts3rd John Graham (10) 35ptsNear Pins:  John Graham and Lee Butler(3)Wednesday, July 4, Khao Kheow B & C – StablefordEleven golfers today, and once again we were presented with a wide open course, and the leading three-ball completed the round in under 3½ hours.  The course was in good condition, the greens having largely recovered from recent damage, and they were playing fast and tricky.Eddie Kelly continued his recent run of good form (two out of the last three rounds under his handicap) to take the honours – and is surely heading for a cut!  We welcomed back Richard Baldotto for his annual visit, but he’s going to need a few more games to get into the swing of things, completing his first round with the not so impressive total of 23 points.Lee Butler was heard to complain that his disappointing round was caused by a dog which followed him round the course, and was standing next to him on every shot, panting heavily – it wasn’t until the 16th hole that he found out the dog belonged to the caddy!1st Eddie Kelly (17) 37pts2nd Paul Edgar (19) 33pts3rd John Graham (10) 31ptsNear Pins:  John Graham (2)Friday, July 6, Greenwood B & C – StablefordSo much for my comment about Richard on Wednesday – he emphatically proved me wrong by scoring 39 points (a massive improvement of 16 points over Wednesday’s total), only narrowly losing out on first place to John Graham on the count back.  John’s had three podium finishes this week, to establish an early lead in the race to Golfer of the Month, and is playing consistently well.Both your scribe and his stand-in correspondent are enjoying a drunken weekend in Phnom Penh, so nothing to report from the course today.1st John Graham (10) 39pts2nd Richard Baldotto (25) 39pts3rd Paul Edgar (19) 38ptsNear Pins:  Paul Edgar, Dave Ashman.Note:  The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society who now play out of the Bowling Green on Soi X-Zyte between Pattaya 3rd Road and Soi Buakhaow.  We play three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us.We meet at the Bowling Green at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players with valid handicaps are always welcome.  For more information call Dave on 087 1469978, email dave. [email protected]last_img read more

Browne’s 4 TD passes spark Pitt in 42-10 rout of Rice

first_imgRice safety J.T. Ibe, top right, knocks the ball loose from Pittsburgh running back Chawntez Moss (26) as he tries to score on a run in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Ibe recovered the fumble for Rice. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the second straight year, quarterback Max Browne lost the starting job after three games.Last season, it happened at Southern Cal, where he gave way to then-freshman Sam Darnold after an 0-3 start. This season, after transferring to Pittsburgh, Browne started 1-2 and lost the job to redshirt sophomore Ben DiNucci.This time, Browne appears to have regained his starting job. Browne got the nod on Saturday and threw four touchdowns passes in the Panthers’ 42-10 rout of Rice.DiNucci started against Georgia Tech a week ago, but couldn’t stop the slide as Pitt (2-3) lost its third game in a row. That led Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi to turn back to Browne and he responded by completing his first nine passes on the way to a 28-for-32 afternoon, with a career-high 410 yards and four touchdowns.Pitt’s offense got rolling from the start, scoring on its first three possessions. Chawntez Moss and Jester Weah hauled in touchdown passes of 48 and 55 yards and Qadree Ollison added a 10-yard touchdown run.Narduzzi wouldn’t say for certain that it’s Browne’s job going forward, but he quick to praise his passer.He’s got the ability to do that every game,” Narduzzi said. “We’ve got the tools out there. Overall, you’ve gotta be happy with the passing game.”Browne felt that his experiences a year ago helped him stay on the right track when it came to getting his job back after another early setback.“I just tried to stay even throughout the whole thing,” Browne said. “There’s a lot of season left. When they gave me the nod, it was just business as usual.”Browne is not noted for his mobility, while DiNucci is more of a dual-threat player. In order for Browne to have a big day throwing, he also needed protection, an area the Panthers had come up short so far this season. They had allowed 13 sacks over their first four games, and gave up three more on Saturday, but right tackle Alex Bookser felt his unit did a better job of keeping Browne’s jersey clean.“The one, (Browne) said it was a coverage sack,” Bookser said. “We’ll look at the film. But he didn’t look as beat up as he had been. I kept checking on him. I think we did a better job. That’s something we take personally every week.”Rice quarterback Jackson Tyner hit Austin Walter for a 70-yard touchdown as the Owls (1-4) pulled it to 28-10 in the third quarter. Tyner finished 15 of 32 for 222 yards, but also threw three interceptions.Browne connected on short touchdown passes to Darrin Hall and Chris Clark in the fourth quarter as the Panthers pulled away.THE TAKEAWAYRICE: The Owls offense continued to struggle. Rice has scored more than one touchdown just once this season. With a big deficit early, Rice’s offense was unable to execute the ball-control style they prefer.“We can’t come off and start slow,” Walter said. “It’s been an every-week thing. It’s not the coaches, it’s the players not doing what we’re coached to do.”PITT: The Panthers offense set seasons highs in points and passing yards with Browne under center, but Pitt struggled to run the ball for the second week in a row. After recording 37 yards rushing against Georgia Tech last week, the Panthers managed just 69 yards on 33 carries.“We’ve got to get our run game going,” Narduzzi said. “(Browne) just can’t sit back and pass every down.”INJURY UPDATEPitt fullback George Aston, who had already missed the first three games of the season with a right ankle injury, limped off the field in the first quarter and did not return.UP NEXTRICE: The Owls will complete their non-conference schedule wth a trip to Army West Point on Saturday. Rice lost at Army 31-14 last season.PITT: The Panthers return to Atlantic Coast Conference play with a visit to Syracuse on Saturday. Pitt has won four straight and 11 of 12 against the Orange.___More college football coverage: http://collegefootball.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

Catalunya Radio: Villarreal have made contact with Gerard Moreno

first_img IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 04/05/2018 at 16:10 CEST RELATED STORIES Espanyol, however, will have the option to increase their percentage to 30 per cent more. They would have to pay an initial fee and the rest in monthly payments of 100,000 euros. The player’s position on the matter will be key. The Yellow Submarine want a striker and would only have to pay 20 million euros as his release clause is set at 40m. From July it rises to 50m – so 25m to Villarreal.  03/05/2018 They have tried to sign him before but he opted to stay at Espanyol. However now his interest in hanging around may be lessened after the Pericos diced with relegation. Villarareal have made contact with Gerard Moreno to tell him they want to sign him for next season, say Catalunya Radio. Villarreal have 50 per cent of the economic rights of a future transfer, with Espanyol having the other half. Catalunya Radio: El Villarreal ya ha contactado con Gerard Moreno Sport.es Gerard Moreno opens the door to an Espanyol exitlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Poland vs Senegal Preview

first_imgAdvertisement lNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs90qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaieo7d( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) k7nWould you ever consider trying this?😱160zCan your students do this? 🌚h0tRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement European stalwarts Poland begin their World Cup campaign against underdogs Senegal in the second Group H match tonight at Spartak Stadium, Moscow. They will face each other for the first time. Poland is clearly the favourite in today’s match as they have a formidable line-up which consists of Lewandowski, Milik and Zielinski while Senegal will have to rely on Napoli centreback Kalidou Koulibaly and Liverpool winger Sadio Mane.Here’s the lineup of the match: Advertisement The match will start at 8:30 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3 and Sony ESPN. Also read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Colombia vs Japan PreviewFIFA World Cup 2018 : Harry Kane expresses distress over penalty decision in the Tunisia match  Advertisementlast_img read more

Afghanistan’s “Little Messi” forced to flee home after Taliban threats

first_imgAdvertisement smtfNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecpom( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4tuWould you ever consider trying this?😱omzrCan your students do this? 🌚a6zdkxRoller skating! Powered by Firework Murtaza Ahmadi, a young Afghan boy now aged seven, went viral in 2016 after being photographed wearing a homemade Messi shirt, fashioned out of a plastic bag.Advertisement He later met his hero in Qatar.Advertisement His family say they have now abandoned their home in Afghanistan for the second time, after receiving threats from the Taliban.They were living in the south-eastern Ghazni province – which militants have been targeting – and have escaped to the capital, Kabul.Advertisement They previously sought short-term refuge in Pakistan in 2016 but returned when they ran out of money, according to the AFP news agency.Murtaza was five years old when he wore a plastic-bag shirt in the white-and-blue colours of the Argentine national team, which Messi captains. It had the player’s number 10 drawn on the front with a marker pen.After a photo was shared widely on social media, people called for him to be found so Messi could respond.When the boy’s name was released, the player sent him a package – including a signed shirt – via the children’s charity Unicef, for which he is an ambassador.Murtaza was later invited to meet Messi when the Barcelona star played a friendly in Doha in late 2016. The young fan walked out on to the pitch with his idol.However, his family say they fear the fame has made him a Taliban target.“Local strongmen were calling and saying, ‘You have become rich, pay the money you have received from Messi or we will take your son’,” his mother, Shafiqa, told AFP.She said they were not able to take any of their belongings – including the precious shirt – when they left their home in the middle of the night after hearing gunshots. Advertisementlast_img read more

Kootenay Ice take optimistic approach into net BCMMHL season

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNow the fun begins.The Kootenay Ice kick off the 2011-12 B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season with plenty of optimism as the interior based squad heads to Vancouver Island for a two-game set Saturday and Sunday in Nanaimo against the North Island Silvertips.And new head coach Mario DiBella isn’t shy about what his goal is for this new group of 15-17-year-old midget hockey players.“We are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in Ice history,” stated the veteran bench boss.That goal will not be easy to achieve after the Ice, under the coach last season of Simon Wheeldon, lost the likes of 18-goal scorer Jesse Knowler of Castlegar and Nelson’s Dryden Hunt to the Western Hockey League and sniper Luke Bertolucci to the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.However, DiBella believes he has the players ready to fill the skates of the rookie Tier I hockey players.“We have Jake Lucchini (Trail), Darren Medeiros (Castlegar) and Quinn Klimchuk (Castlegar) who are equally as talented as the (Hunt, Knowler and Bertolucci),” DiBella said of his three second-year players.“We’ve also added Mitch Foyle (Fruitvale), Jeremy McGregor (Christina Lake) and Brandon Savaia (Grand Forks) as talented first years that can put the busier in the basket.”The Ice has three grads from the Nelson Minor Hockey Association in Colton Dachwitz, Greyson Reitmeier and late edition Brandon Sookro.Cole Arcuri, thought to be a lock to make the Ice at defence, decided to return to the Okanagan Hockey Association.After the Island trip, the Ice are idle until opening the home part of the season October 8-9 at the NDCC Arena against Okanagan Rockets.The home dates will shift around rinks in the West Kootenay, with stops in Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks.DiBella likes the idea of showcasing the players throughout the region.“I feel it’s good for the program and it provides home games where the players live,”  said DiBella, who has former Nelson Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley with him behind the Ice bench.The B.CMMHL was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to play at a high level within their age group.Each year all Major Midget League teams have the opportunity to compete for the National Midget Championship.Kootenay finished the 2010-11 season in 10th spot with a 8-25-7 record with the Vancouver Northwest Giants winning the BCMMHL [email protected]last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino warns Tottenham to not allow Chelsea back into top four race

first_img4 Chelsea turned things around with a big win against SouthamptonCredit: PA:Press AssociationAnd Pochettino hinted he could rest the striker for tomorrow’s league clash at Brighton.Poch said: “We need to assess him after his injury. He has played a lot since then. But this defeat was not down to him, it was because of our first 20 minutes.”Kane has been slated this week after being given Spurs’ winner at Stoke.4 Dele Alli is backing Kane to regain his goalscoring touchCredit: PA:Press AssociationTottenham 1-3 Manchester City: Sterling, Jesus and Gundogan score to leave Pep Guardiola on brink of title gloryMost Read In SportWHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraCHOPPER BOTHERJohn Terry ignores hol advice & travels to ‘off-limits’ Portugal by chopperTeam-mate Dele Alli said: “He wants goals — every striker wants goals.“So he has just got to ignore it and focus on himself.“If it was me and I touched it I would claim it as well!” MAURICIO POCHETTINO has told Tottenham to beware of Chelsea pipping them to a top-four slot.Spurs sit seven points clear of their London rivals with five matches left to play.4 Mauricio Pochettino has warned Spurs to watch out for Chelsea in the top four raceCredit: Getty ImagesBut boss Poch has warned his men they cannot take a third successive Champions League qualification for granted after Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City.He said: “In football nothing is guaranteed. You can never say anything is done until it is finished.“We still have to fight for fourth place.”Pochettino was shocked at how easily his team were ripped apart by rampant City early on.SUN BETS: BET £10 GET A FREE £30 BET4 Spurs slipped up at Wembley as they lost to Manchester CityCredit: REUTERSThe shell-shocked Spurs chief said: “I don’t know what happened. It’s a problem we must find the answer to because they were much better than us in the first 20 minutes.“We conceded two goals and then provided them with easier chances.’A DREAM’ Spurs suffer blow on Malcom race after forward reveals plans to play for PSG“When you are so open against a team of a level like City they can create chances and punish you.”Harry Kane looked well off the pace, touching the ball just six times in the second half.last_img read more