DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – South Africa opener Quinton de Kock’s attacking 87 set up a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international yesterday, handing the tourists a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Chasing 245 for victory, South Africa reached their target with 43 balls to spare, giving themselves the perfect opportunity to pick up a series win in the 50-over format after going down 2-0 in the test matches.de Kock and Hashim Amla gave the touring side the perfect platform in their run chase with an opening stand of 91, before spinner Akila Dananjaya dismissed Amla for 43.Dananjaya, who picked up 3-60, also sent back Aiden Markram soon after but de Kock and South Africa captain Faf du Plessis pegged Sri Lanka back with a 53-run stand for the third wicket.de Kock hit 13 fours and a six in his 78-ball knock while du Plessis chipped in with a handy 49, before spooning a catch back to Dananjaya to become the off-spinner’s third victim.South Africa lost du Plessis and David Miller in quick succession but once Dananjaya’s quota of 10 overs ended Sri Lanka’s attack lacked the teeth to pull off an unlikely victory.Earlier, half-centuries from captain Angelo Mathews and opener Niroshan Dickwella took Sri Lanka to 244 for eight in their 50 overs after the hosts won the toss and chose to bat.Pace duo Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi picked up three wickets each as South Africa’s bowlers once again managed to prevent Sri Lanka from posting a commanding total.Ngidi, who took 3-50, provided the early breakthroughs for the tourists by dismissing Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis off consecutive deliveries in his opening over.Dickwella and Mathews steadied the innings with a 67-run stand for the fourth wicket before the former was bowled by Phehlukwayo, who picked up 3-45, for 69.Sri Lanka failed to add much momentum to their innings as none of their other batsmen managed to cross a score of 20. Mathews remained unbeaten on 79 off 111 deliveries.The third ODI will be played at Kandy on Sunday.
Last week, Baltimore Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, said in his presser that drafting a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft is a real possibility. With backup Ryan Mallet a upcoming free agent, and likely not to be brought back, the Ravens will need to replace him, and the draft is the best place to do it. Harbaugh was quoted, saying “Certain positions are going to be more important than others, but when you have a veteran quarterback at this stage, that is the time you are always looking for a young backup.” Most of the big names like Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold will definitely be gone by the time the Ravens get to pick, which leads many to expect them to wait until the third or fourth round to pick a quarterback, with Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph and Washington State’s Luke Falk as the top two choices. So which one would be the better pick?Mason RudolphRudolph is your prototypical quarterback. He’s 6’5, weighs 230 lbs, and has a darn good arm. A senior this past season, Rudolph finished seventh in the Heisman voting with career highs in completion percentage (65.0), yards (4904), touchdowns (37),and QBR (170.6). Although Rudolph had phenomenal numbers this season, it was in the Big 12 Conference, which is not known for stud defenses. Rudolph has the big arm, but has been inconsistent in ball placement and decision-makingLuke FalkFalk is also the stereotypical quarterback, as he’s 6’4 and weighs in at 224 lbs. Also a senior this past season, Falk had decent numbers. 3593 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, a 66.9 completion percentage, and a QBR of 137.0. Falk also has shown he has an incredible drive, as he went from a walk on at Washington State, to the starter and now PAC-12 record holder in touchdown passes and completions.Falk shows great poise in the pocket, but seems to look past the intermediate option and just throw a check-down. Falk also has inconsistencies in throwing the ball between the numbers. Instead of throwing the receiver open, he tends to wait until the receiver breaks open.VerdictIf I had to choose between these two, I would pick Rudolph. He has outstanding numbers in a weaker conference, but appears to be more NFL ready. Plus Rudolph is projected to go higher in the draft as a late second/early third round pick. Although Falk has been more accurate, I think he needs the right system to succeed in the NFL, and I do not think that system is here in Baltimore.For NFL comparisons, Rudolph reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger and Falk reminds me of Matt Hasslebeck/Sam Bradford.In a dream world, I would love for the Ravens to get Baker Mayfield, or even better, wait two years for a quarterback and go all in on taking Jake Fromm from Georgia. But if I cannot have Mayfield, I guess the other quarterback from Bedlam would do.What do you Ravens fans think? Who would make the better backup and possible successor to Joe Flacco? Mason Rudolph or Luke Falk?Please follow and like us:
Such a strange week in the NFL? Did you miss any of the action? Listen in to Perched on the Gridiron as Matt recaps all the week 3 matchups and gives you the insight into the games, injuries and more. Audio Playerhttps://perchedattheyard.podbean.com/mf/play/au9zd2/ffweek3recap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Please follow and like us:
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In this July 30, 1953, file photo, veteran halfback Wally Triplett of Penn State U., originally from La Mott, Pa., poses in action during his second year with Chicago Cardinals and fourth year in the National Football League. (AP Photo/File)DETROIT (AP) — Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92.The Detroit Lions and Penn State announced Triplett’s death Thursday. Triplett was the third African-American selected in the 1949 draft, but he was the first of those draftees to play in a regular-season game. He played in 24 games for the Lions and Chicago Cardinals.Triplett was also the first African-American to start for Penn State, and in 1948, he and teammate Dennie Hoggard became the first African-Americans to play in the Cotton Bowl .“This is a tremendous loss for not only our football program, but the Penn State community as a whole,” Penn State coach James Franklin said in a statement. “Wally was a trailblazer as the first African-American to be drafted and play in the NFL, and his influence continues to live on. He had a profound effect on me and the team when he visited in 2015 and shared valuable lessons from his life story and ability to overcome.” In this Nov. 11, 2105, file photo, Penn State great Wally Triplett visits during the NCAA college football team’s practice in State College, Pa. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)Triplett was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame this year, and his appearance in that game is part of Penn State lore. According to the school, the team was asked to consider the possibility of leaving Triplett and Hoggard at home for the game in then-segregated Dallas. Teammates responded by saying: “We are Penn State, there will be no meetings” — a reference to a previous Penn State team that voted to cancel a game at segregated Miami.The story remains an important part of Penn State history, especially given the school’s well-known “We Are” moniker.Triplett was drafted by the Lions in the 19th round in 1949. He played in 18 games for Detroit from 1949-50. On Oct. 29, 1950, against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 294 yards on four kickoff returns, an NFL record that lasted until 1994.“As the first African-American to be drafted and to play in the National Football League, Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history. He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination,” the Lions said in a statement. “His contributions date back to his days at Penn State as the Nittany Lions’ first African-American starter and varsity letter winner, highlighted by his appearance in the first integrated Cotton Bowl. Wally’s legacy also reaches beyond breaking color barriers, having served in the United States Army during the Korean War.”George Taliaferro was the first Black player drafted in the NFL when he went six rounds before Triplett in 1949. Taliaferro also died recently .___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NF L and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
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