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Police: Alcohol Appears To Be Factor In Brookville Accident

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgBROOKVILLE – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says alcohol is believed to be a factor in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52 around 2:27 a.m. Sunday.A 2010 Ford Mustang driven by Guy Heath, 79, was traveling west on U.S. 52 going into a curve near the intersection of Little Cedar Road when the he lost control. The vehicle continued into a ditch and flipped completely over at least one time before coming to a rest, investigators said.Heath was rushed to Fayette Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries.The accident remains under investigation as police say alcohol is believed to be a major factor.The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on the scene by Brookville Police, Brookville Fire & EMS, Cedar Grove Fire Department and Rescue 24.last_img read more

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Twisters Grounded By Jets

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first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters were defeated by The Hauser Jets by the score of 3-0 in Varsity Baseball play.H-010 000 2.   3-7-1OA-000 000 0.  0-5-4OA Hitting.Nick Bischoff 1-2, bbMatty Hurm 1-3Tanner Alley 1-3, doubleTyler Hesselbrock 1-3Cory Schuman 1-3Tyler Hogg 0-2 (reached by error) sbOA Pitching.Matty Hurm 6.1 IP, 3 runs, 2 earned, 7 hits, 7 k, 2 bb, hbp.  Loss.Nick Bischoff .2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 kVarsity record: 8-5Next game: (5-2) vs. Shawe Memorial (DH) staring at 1 AM.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

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Stoke confirm Pulis exit

By on September 21, 2020

first_imgTony Pulis’ seven-year reign as Stoke manager has come to an end after he and the club agreed to part company by mutual consent. Press Association Widespread speculation had suggested the 55-year-old’s time was up after a meeting with chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday morning. However, it took the Potters several hours to finalise the details of his departure, with confirmation finally coming at shortly before 9.30pm on Tuesday night. In a brief statement, the Barclays Premier League club said: “Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the Club with immediate effect.” center_img Pulis, who following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes’ move into the Manchester United hotseat was the second-longest serving manager in the country, leaves Stoke in a far better position than he found them. Within two years of taking over for his second spell in charge in 2006 he won promotion to the Premier League, where they have never finished below 14th. He also led them to their first FA Cup final and consequently into the Europa League, but a poor run in the second half of this season – during which the Potters won just three of their last 19 league matches and briefly diced with relegation – saw them finish with their lowest Premier League points tally. Pulis’ style of football was also singled out for criticism, with his critics saying his sides were over-physical and too reliant on the long ball. That criticism began to spread to fans, many of whom became disenchanted amid the club’s poor end to the season. Many started to question Pulis’ future and although that has now been resolved, winger Matt Etherington has warned supporters to be careful what they wish for. “I’ve spoken to a few of the other boys and they’re shocked as well, it’s hit us,” he said of Pulis’ dismissal on talkSPORT. “You have to be careful what you wish for in football sometimes. You look at Charlton under Alan Curbishley and look where they are now. “Hopefully it won’t go that way for us, hopefully we’ll get someone in who will push us on and make us into a top-10 team. If you look at where Stoke were when he first came in – mid-table in the Championship – you can’t argue he’s done a fantastic job.” Outgoing Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is the early bookmakers’ favourite for the job, having overtaken the man he succeeded at Stamford Bridge, Roberto Di Matteo, in the running. last_img read more

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David Wachman’s classy Legatissimo too good in Matron Stakes

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgLegatissimo collected her third Group One prize of the campaign with an emphatic performance in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown. Press Association French raider Cladocera plugged on gamely but could never get near the winner, who was two and a quarter lengths up at the line. Ainippe (16-1) was third, while David O’Meara’s Amazing Maria, a dual Group One scorer this term, did not settle and was well beaten. Wachman said: “She’s been improving all year. She seemed to travel very well, quicken well and put it to bed well. “She seems to be getting fresh between her races. She hadn’t run in about six weeks and we’ll try to give her another six weeks and head to the Breeders’ Cup. “I’ll have to talk the owners, but I’d like to go for the Filly and Mare Turf. “She wants good ground and only barely tolerated that. I was very close to not running her today and drove here expecting to take her out. But when I walked it I got a nice surprise. “She wants good ground, as does Gleneagles, and when it looked like he would run in the Champion if he got that ground she was always going to go for the fillies’ race. “We had no qualms about the mile, but the ground was definitely a worry. It was a very good performance. Wayne Lordan was always happy on the David Wachman-trained filly as Frankie Dettori towed the field along on Euro Charline. Legatissimo (7-4 favourite) took up the running well over a furlong out and quickly stamped her authority. “I’d have to put her at the top of the horses I have trained.” Trainer Ger Lyons was pleased the decision to supplement Ainippe was vindicated by finishing third in the Group One. “I’m over the moon – delighted. It was money well spent.” Connections of Amazing Maria believe she was feeling the effects of a tough campaign. “She was a little disappointing and has had a long hard season. The ground was maybe a bit tackier than her last three runs,” said Jason Kelly, assistant to O’Meara. “We’ll take her home and she how she is before deciding where she goes next.” last_img read more

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Teen Knocked Over, Sexually Assaulted at Broward Park

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first_imgFort Lauderdale Police have released a sketch of a man they want to contact, after a teenager was allegedly knocked unconscious and sexually assaulted on Tuesday night at a city park.According to Police Sgt. DeAnna Greenlaw, the teen was playing basketball at Bass Park, located at 2750 NW 19th St., when he had a conversation with the man. Greenlaw explains the teen was later struck in the head by someone, and was knocked unconscious in the process.She goes on to say that the victim regained consciousness a few hours later, when he realized that he had been sexually assaulted.Detectives do not consider the man shown in the sketch to be a suspect, but are trying to speak with him to determine whether he has any information about the attack.Additionally, Greenlaw says detectives are distributing fliers in the area around the park, with the goal of finding out more information that could lead to the arrest of the person responsible.Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-8477.A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for anonymous tips that lead to an arrest. Police add that the teen continued to play basketball, while the man remained at the park.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

By on September 18, 2020

first_imgWICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Midwestern State women’s basketball coach Noel Johnson has died from ovarian cancer at age 47.Johnson was also the point guard for Texas Tech’s 1993 national championship team.Her 159 wins in 12 seasons as Midwestern’s coach were the most in program history. As a Texas Tech player from 1991-95, Johnson helped the Lady Raiders to four consecutive Southwest Conference championships and the NCAA Sweet 16 each of those four seasons.A memorial celebrating Johnson’s life is scheduled for June 20 on the Midwestern State campus.GVOZDYK RETIRES Football Hall of Fame reopeningCANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will reopen Wednesday after nearly a three-month closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The hall closed on March 16, but permission has been granted by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for museums, science centers and zoos to open.There will be several health and safety guidelines in place for visitors and workers at the Canton shrine. All employees must wear face coverings and visitors are encouraged to do so as well.The hall is making both masks and disposable gloves available. It also will hand out a stylus to anyone wanting one for the interactive displays. June 10, 2020 No fish story: Michael Jordan’s boat nabs 442-pound marlinUNDATED (AP) — Apparently, Michael Jordan is pretty good at fishing, too.Jordan and the crew of his 80-foot fishing boat named “Catch 23” hauled in a blue marlin weighing 442 pounds at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Tuesday. It’s an event held annually at Morehead City, North Carolina, that attracts anglers from across the world.Jordan’s is the sixth-largest blue marlin caught so far during the tournament, which boasts a $3.3 million overall purse.The fish wasn’t enough to place in the top three, so it is not eligible for prize money. But Jordan and his crew still have two more days to catch a bigger marlin. TENNIS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGRankings after next year’s French Open will determine Olympic qualifyingLONDON (AP) — The tennis rankings that come out after the 2021 French Open ends will be used to determine who qualifies for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The International Tennis Federation says its eligibility rules will be the same as originally set up for Tokyo, with requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup — and an appeals process for players who do not meet those standards.The cutoff for ATP and WTA rankings points for the 2020 Games originally had been Monday. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics were pushed back a year to July 2021. Update on the latest in sports: NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (AP) — The Taiwan baseball league is continuing as a trailblazer for sports resuming after the lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic.An easing of restrictions by the government last weekend allows more fans at the ballparks and allows them to sit closer together while they’re supporting their teams in the Taiwan-based CPBL. Spectators are only required to wear face masks when they’re not in their seats and ball parks are allowed to be up to 50% capacity.The Taiwan league resumed play in April in empty stadiums. Last month the CPBL started allowing up to 1,000 fans to attend games.AMERICA PROTESTS-USOPCUSOPC forming group to look into Olympic protests DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is creating an athlete group that will look into loosening restrictions on protests at the games.CEO Sarah Hirshland tweeted the plans for a new group, which is being formed in response to George Floyd’s death last month and the worldwide protests that followed.The USOPC put out a statement last week signaling its solidarity with black athletes. But the federation received blowback from several athletes, most notably hammer thrower Gwen Berry. Berry is serving a 12-month probation for raising her fist on the medals stand at the Pan-Am Games last summer.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAGBan the Confederate flag? NASCAR could see the end of an era PGA Tour to hold minute of silence at 8:46 to honor FloydFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is leaving the 8:46 a.m. tee time vacant this week at Colonial. It’s part of a tribute to George Floyd and to support efforts to end racial and social injustice.Authorities say 8 minutes, 46 seconds is how long Floyd was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee before the handcuffed black man died.Commissioner Jay Monahan says the tour will have a moment of silence and reflection at 8:46 a.m. in each of the four rounds at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The moment of silence will start with three short blasts of the horn.FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME UNDATED (AP) — The familiar scene of Confederate flags waved by fans at NASCAR tracks could soon be a relic of racing’s good ol’ boy roots.Bubba Wallace — the lone black driver in the sport — this week declared it is time for the stock car series with deep ties to the South to ban the flag at its properties and formally distance itself from what for millions is a unwelcome symbol of slavery and racism.The signs are everywhere that NASCAR could do so. As the nation grapples with social unrest largely tied to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, the predominantly white field of drivers united for a video promoting social change. A black NASCAR official took a knee before Sunday’s race near Atlanta in what may have been a first and the governing body vowed to do a better job of addressing racial injustice.Wallace – who wore a black T-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” at Sunday’s race — seized the moment and issued his most compelling comments yet on the often thorny nature of race and racing: “My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags.”There was no immediate statement from NASCAR. The series in 2015 asked fans to “refrain from displaying” the flag at its facilities and events. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP sources: MLB players cut to 89 games, want prorated moneyNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players have moved toward teams but remained far apart economically in their latest proposal for starting the pandemic-delayed season, adamant they receive full prorated salaries while offering to cut the regular season to 89. Associated Press VIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR set to allow fans back in Florida, AlabamaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is set to allow fans back at the track for races this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.NASCAR will allow up to 1,000 Florida service members, representing the Homestead Air Reserve Base and U.S. Southern Command in Doral, to attend the Cup Series race Sunday as honorary guests and view the race from the grandstands.Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will allow up to 5,000 guests in the frontstretch grandstands/towers for the June 21 Cup race. There will be limited motorhome/camping spots available outside the track.center_img Gurley’s $6 million, one-year deal with Atlanta was made official on April 6. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL didn’t allow players to report to their new teams immediately for physicals.Gurley’s physical was notable because he has a history of knee problems, including an injury while a standout for the Georgia Bulldogs. A persistent left knee injury limited his effectiveness late in 2018 with the Los Angeles Rams. He played in 15 games last season.The Falcons expect the 25-year-old Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, who was released, as the leader of the Falcons’ running attack.NFL-BROWNS-DIVERSITY PROGRAMBrowns welcome 6 coaches as part of diversity program Former world champion boxer Gvozdyk retiresKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The former world light heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Gvozdyk (OH’-lehk-san-dur VOHCH’-dihk) has retired.His manager wrote on Instagram today that “he is retiring” and wished the 33-year-old Ukrainian luck in his new career.Gvozdyk won the WBC title in December 2018 when he knocked out Adonis Stevenson, who had held the belt for five years. His Canadian opponent suffered a brain injury in the fight in Quebec which left him needing surgery and long-term care.JORDAN-A BIG FISH NASCAR says all fans will be screened before entering, required to wear face coverings, mandated to social distance at six feet, and will not have access to the infield, among other revised operational protocols.NFL-FALCONS-GURLEY PHYSICALTodd Gurley passes physical with Falcons, impresses RyanATLANTA (AP) — Running back Todd Gurley has passed his physical, clearing the final hurdle for his return to Georgia with the Atlanta Falcons.The Falcons say Gurley passed his physical on Monday in Atlanta. TENNIS-US OPEN-DJOKOVICDjokovic may skip US OpenBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is thinking of skipping the U.S. Open — if it is played — and instead returning to competition on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open.Djokovic tells Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS that the restrictions that would be in place for the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic would be “extreme” and not “sustainable.” He says that “as things stand,” he would skip the U.S. Open and return to action in September on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open.Djokovic says most players he has talked to were “quite negative” about going to New York. The proposal by the players’ association, given to Major League Baseball Tuesday evening without a negotiating session, was detailed to The Associated Press by a pair of people familiar with the negotiations. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.MLB did not appear to view the proposal as productive but made no comment. MLB has said that absent an agreement it could go ahead with a shorter schedule of perhaps 50 games.Players made their move one day after management cut its proposed schedule from 82 games to 76.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TAIWAN BASEBALLMore fans, fewer restrictions: Games go on Taiwan ballparks Los Angeles is among the seven teams that won’t be returning to action when the NHL resumes competition this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor. The signing was announced by the Kontinental Hockey League team Tuesday and comes after Pilut had difficulty establishing a regular role over the past two years in Buffalo.FEDERER INJURYFederer out for remainder of 2020 after injury setback The six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets says he’s hoping to reel in a “little bit bigger fish” later this week. NHL-KINGS-CARTER SURGERYLA Kings’ Jeff Carter has surgery on core muscle injuryLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has undergone surgery to repair a core muscle injury.The Kings say Carter had surgery last week. The veteran Stanley Cup winner is expected to be fully healthy for next season.Carter was injured in a game at Winnipeg on Feb. 18, and he missed the final 10 games of the Kings’ season. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have welcomed six young coaches, including two women and former NFL player Leonard Hankerson, to take part in the final three weeks of their offseason program.As part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the team brought in the coaches so they can gain experience while working with an NFL team and potentially land full-time jobs in the league.Hankerson played four seasons with Washington. He’s in his second season coaching wide receivers at Stephen F. Austin.Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said diversity will always be an important component for Cleveland’s organization.GOLF-COLONIAL-FLOYD TRIBUTE LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will be out competitive tennis until the start of the 2021 season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee.The 20-time Grand Slam champion has posted a statement on Twitter to confirm he’ll be out of action for the rest of 2020.The 38-year-old Federer had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in February. He had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis because the tour was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.OBIT-NOEL JOHNSONMSU coach, former Texas Tech title guard Noel Johnson dies HORSE RACING-SANTA ANITA FATALITIES2-year-old filly dies after training injury at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse broke down during a workout at Santa Anita and was euthanized, making it the 14th fatality at the track since late December.Lightsaber, a 2-year-old filly who had yet to race, died Sunday in what the California Horse Racing Board called a training-related death. She sustained a left hind leg fracture and attending veterinarians found the injury was unrecoverable, which led to Lightsaber being euthanized.Santa Anita resumed live racing on May 15, although it is closed to the public and media. The Arcadia track closed on March 27 because of the coronavirus pandemic, although training was allowed to continue.last_img read more

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Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from No. 5 Syracuse’s 16-15 loss to No. 11 Duke

By on September 16, 2020

first_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ DURHAM, N.C. — Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) and Duke (7-4, 1-0) jockeyed back and forth for the lead in a wild fourth quarter after SU held onto the lead for much of the first three quarters before falling 16-15 in overtime. It took Syracuse nearly 12 minutes to score in the final stanza, allowing Duke to score five unanswered goals and jet out to a 15-14 lead.A Derek DeJoe goal with 3:29 left knotted the score at 15, and Syracuse outlasted a 30-second man down penalty in the final two minutes to secure an overtime period. It took less than a minute into overtime for Chad Cohan to sneak through SU’s defense and score the game-winning goal, the Orange’s second straight overtime loss.Getting Classed at the XSyracuse has predicated much of its success over the last two seasons on the success of Ben Williams at the faceoff X. More possession time has allowed a potent SU offense to blossom. Saturday offered a rare exception in Williams’ SU career, and he was outworked at the X by Duke, who won 19-of-34 chances.Possession problems came to a head for the Orange at the start of the fourth quarter, as the Blue Devils streaked to score four goals in about a four-minute stretch to cut its deficit to 14-13, and Deemer Class’ seventh goal of the game gave Duke a 15-14 lead with about six and a half minutes remaining.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKyle Rowe beat out Williams on a faceoff at the start of the four-minute overtime period, which led to the ultimate game-ending possession.In the zoneSergio Salcido has been one of the best two-way players Syracuse has at its disposal. Coming onto the first-line midfield this season after manning the second-line last year, his one- or two-goal games all season have complemented his electric speed. On Saturday his speed led him through the Blue Devils’ defense, and he finished the contest with a career-high six points and four goals.After nearly five scoreless minutes to start the game Salcido fired a laser from 15 yards out to score his first goal, and less than a minute later he split through five Duke defenders around the crease to slot his shot past goalkeeper Danny Fowler. That goal stretched out a quick 3-0 lead for the Orange.By the conclusion of the first half, Salcido’s three goals set a career-high and he anchored an offense that didn’t receive as many possessions as usual.On the doorstepTransitioning into Syracuse’s offensive conductor this year hasn’t meant as many goal-scoring opportunities for Dylan Donahue. But he’s set the stage all season for the nation’s fourth-highest scoring offense, and notched five points today, getting him ever closer to 200 points in his decorated career.He entered the seventh game of the season Saturday 17 assists already, and tallied three more in the game’s opening 30 minutes. From the X position Donahue found Jordan Evans standing just outside the crease to give the Orange a 6-3 lead, and 21 seconds later the senior attack slung a cross-crease pass to Tim Barber to further extend the lead.Donahue now stands one point away from becoming the 17th player in program history to score 200 points. Commentslast_img read more

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Football: Breaking down Wisconsin’s quarterback competition

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first_imgAfter leading his team to a Rose Bowl appearance and finishing ninth in the NCAA in quarterback rating, you would think senior quarterback Jack Coan wouldn’t have to answer questions about his starting position.Think again.Some in the media believe that Coan, the three-year starter from Sayville, New York, could be surpassed by flashy redshirt freshman Graham Mertz. A June Sports Illustrated article ranked the position fight between Coan and Mertz as the Big Ten’s most competitive quarterback battle.UW Athletics: Big Ten announces fall athletics will be conference-only amidst COVID-19 pandemicThe Big Ten released a statement July 9 stating that the conference will adjust their fall sports schedule to “conference Read…Though Mertz’s talent is undeniable, starting him over Coan to begin 2021 would be astronomically disrespectful to Coan. In 2019, Coan completed 69.6% of his passes and threw for 2,727 yards. Both are highs for Badger signal-callers since Russell Wilson’s epic 2011 campaign. Coan’s impressive statistics are just one of many reasons as to why he should be under center in 2021.Many fans label Coan as a “game manager,” a quarterback that limits mistakes but also relies heavily on strong defensive play and the running game to get wins. Coan is much more. Last year, with a top-10 scoring defense and two-time Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor in the backfield, Coan gave Wisconsin the best opportunity to win consistently.Now, with questions surrounding the running back position and three of Wisconsin’s four top receivers returning, Offensive Coordinator Joe Rudolph may showcase more of Coan’s arm talent. Last season, Coan ranked fifth in the Big Ten in yards per attempt (8). With the playbook opening up, Badger fans will hope this number increases this season.A prime example of Coan’s passing on display was in Wisconsin’s Sept. 7 rout over Central Michigan. In the lopsided 61–0 win, Coan completed 26 of 33 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. Not only was Coan’s stat line impressive, but on multiple occasions, he showed his ability to complete the big play. Two of Coan’s three touchdown passes were over 35 yards. With an opened up playbook, Coan will look to take more shots in the upcoming season.UW student-athletes ask athletic department to confront racial inqualities, support students of colorCurrent and former student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin wrote letters to UW Athletics asking to make the institution a Read…Coan also showed the ability to step up during Wisconsin’s biggest games in the 2019 season. In Wisconsin’s first major test against Michigan, it was Coan who made an emphatic statement.After Taylor went down dealing with cramps, Coan kept the Wolverine defense on their toes, using his legs to rush for two touchdowns that extended Wisconsin’s lead to 28–0. Coan’s big game on the ground created an insurmountable deficit for the visiting Wolverines and the Badgers cruised to a 35–14 victory.In the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State, Coan shined. Coan went 17-for-33 for 232 yards and again scampered for two touchdowns. Though Wisconsin fell to the Buckeyes, Coan accumulated an impressive 92.3 quarterback rating.Football: Reloading, not rebuilding: Hallman’s commitment adds to Badgers’ talented 2021 classThe University of Wisconsin football team added another asset to their 2021 recruiting class, grabbing three-star cornerback Ricardo Hallman with Read…Without question, Coan’s experience and leadership prepare him for the big moments. Though Coan will likely begin his senior campaign as the starter, backup Graham Mertz will be breathing down his neck.Mertz, one of the Badgers’ best recruits in recent memory, has the potential to see the field this year. In two appearances, Mertz impressed and completed 9 of 10 passes for 73 yards in non-conference action. During his senior year at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas, Mertz threw for 3883 yards and 51 touchdowns. For his stellar play, Mertz was awarded Kansas’ Gatorade Player of the Year award, given to the top athlete in the state.What has Badger fans more excited is Mertz’s performance in the 2019 All-American Bowl. In a game filled with the nation’s top recruits, Mertz shined and threw a bowl-game record five touchdown passes. The excitement surrounding Mertz has many wanting him to get the nod. The question is, will the lights will be too bright for the young quarterback?Another thing to consider is, with today’s lenient transfer rules, Mertz could decide to play elsewhere if he becomes frustrated with his status on the depth chart. It has been a trend for quarterbacks to transfer schools and have success. The last three Heisman winners have won the award after transferring (Joe Burrow, Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield).Semester that was: Biggest stories in sports from the last four monthsWomen’s Hockey: Badgers once again strong contenders for non-defunct Frozen Four Success is not a new phenomena for the Wisconsin Read…It will be interesting to see how this quarterback competition plays out if there is a season. While Badger fans want to see their team in action, questions surround who will be under center in 2020.Though it is unclear which player will start, Badger fans should be reassured that the Badgers have two capable quarterbacks on their depth chart. The question is, who will be taking the snaps, and who will be donning the headset on the sideline?last_img read more

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Syracuse stays at No. 14 in weekly Penn Monto/NFHCA rankings

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first_imgSyracuse (8-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) remained at No. 14 in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll after splitting a pair of games in Berkeley, California last weekend. The Orange defeated Cal, 4-3, in double-overtime on Friday before losing to No. 16 Stanford the next day, 3-2.Against the Bears, freshman Charlotte de Vries had a hat trick to bring her season total to 12 goals, five away from the SU record for goals by a freshman currently held by Martu Loncarica. de Vries has already passed Roos Weers’ 11 from last year, which was the highest on SU, with six games left in the regular season.But the Orange couldn’t extend its winning streak to four games against the Cardinal, which would’ve been their longest since starting the 2017 campaign 7-0. Syracuse sits fifth in the ACC this year with 2.364 goals per game, and de Vries is averaging 1.2 of those. The secondary scoring problem, one that has plagued SU at times this season, was mitigated over the weekend by Sarah Luby’s first two goals of the season.The Orange next play at home against No. 1 North Carolina (10-0, 3-0) — the top-ranked team for the past five weeks — Saturday at 1 p.m. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on October 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Pep vs Mourinho: Enemies within

By on August 28, 2020

first_img“Both of us want to win,” Pep Guardiola once said when asked about the differences between him and Jose Mourinho. “But our paths are very different.”The rivalry between Guardiola and Mourinho wasn’t supposed to be quite so bitter. In fact, it started as a perfectly pleasant rapport — if not a friendship, certainly a good working relationship.Mourinho’s spell as an assistant to two Barcelona coaches, Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal, was a crucial period of his coaching development. It wasn’t simply about the basics — the training ground exercises, the tactics, the physical conditioning — but also about the personalities, the egos and the dressing-room spirit. Mourinho, of course, had never experienced a football club from the inside as a player, and while he had worked with some fine footballers under Robson in Portugal, at the Camp Nou he was dealing with bigger stars.In the beginning, those stars weren’t particularly concerned by the views of the “interpreter,” as he was repeatedly referred to in Catalonia. Two, however, found Mourinho engaging and were interested in his thoughts: Laurent Blanc and Guardiola. Amazingly, 17 years later, PSG’s Blanc, Mourinho and Guardiola might guide their respective sides to three major league titles this season.It remains impossible to deduce quite how much influence Mourinho and Guardiola had upon each other — Mourinho certainly wouldn’t dare to credit Guardiola (at that time, a player he was supposed to be in charge of) for helping his coaching development, while Guardiola is rather coy. “We would exchange ideas,” he admitted. “But I don’t see that as something that defined our relationship.”Nevertheless, it remains a genuinely fascinating and relatively unexplored relationship between the two highest-profile coaches currently active in club football: Two men who despise one another were once on the same side. Guardiola found Mourinho’s antics particularly insulting given their previous cohabitation. “I only want to remind him that we were together for four years,” he said when the rivalry was at its nastiest. “It is difficult,” legendary Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi said, “when you have two Picassos in the same period.” He was speaking about this great coaching rivalry: Guardiola against Mourinho, the only two current club managers included in ESPNFC’s list of the 20 greatest managers of all time.It’s a great quote, but it probably misrepresents the situation. Guardiola and Mourinho have more than an influence upon their side — their dominant personalities have transcended the footballing battle. We’re talking about Pep versus Jose, not Bayern versus Chelsea, ahead of the European Super Cup game in Prague. Modern football has increasingly placed great emphasis upon individual managers — their personalities, their appearance and their rhetoric — rather than their actual creation: the team. To adapt Sacchi’s phrase, Guardiola and Mourinho aren’t two Picassos; they’ve become two Mona Lisas.They’ve achieved this in different ways. Guardiola became the epitome of Barcelona almost helplessly: He grew up in Catalonia, was a ball boy at the Camp Nou, rose through the ranks at La Masia before spending the majority of his career at the club. When he returned to the club, he furthered Barcelona’s ideological obsession with a certain type of football and fielded, at times, nine youth-team products together.Mourinho’s rise into his club’s central figure is more cunning, more strategic. There is an element of pure personality involved. Mourinho wants to be the star; he wants the attention. However, there is also a tactical element to his prominence — it takes the pressure away from his players, who can get on with playing football. When Guardiola was at Barca, Lionel Messi was still the star — but Mourinho has never coached a player more famous than himself.The two have produced some tremendous games, but when you think of their rivalry, you don’t think about the football. You think of Mourinho’s post-match sprinkler-interrupted celebration at the Camp Nou, of Guardiola’s rant, of Mourinho poking Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye, of Guardiola giving Zlatan Ibrahimovic tactical instructions with Mourinho sneaking over to interrupt. These incidents occur before the games, or after them. On the sidelines or in the press conferences. The happenings on the pitch are often forgotten. Managers are not supposed to dominate so much — their influence should be reflected in the way their players act, the way the team functions. Both managers are excellent in this respect — Guardiola’s Barcelona genuinely revolutionised passing football, Mourinho has created devastating counterattacking sides in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.The meetings between the two have been fascinating because they approach matches so differently. Guardiola is about possession and control, Mourinho is about position and counter. The 2010 meeting between Guardiola’s Barcelona and Mourinho’s Inter at the Camp Nou was one of the modern classic matches — not because they attempted to outdo each other at a particular concept, but because they were using entirely different strategies. Guardiola preached the importance of the ball; Mourinho told his players to give it away. Few other sports are capable of evenly balanced contests between two competitors doing utterly opposite things.Anyone can squabble in a press conference or poke an opponent in the eye — events that sometimes feel like planned, scripted prefight bust-ups between two boxers attempting to boost pay-per-view figures. Very few can create football sides as brilliant as these two.On a pure footballing level, Guardiola loves his battles against Mourinho. “It becomes like the basketball playoffs — you do one thing, they respond with another, you answer in another way,” he said in Guillem Balague’s biography of him. “The guessing, the changing, the preparing, the switches during games … this is what makes everything enjoyable, which gives meaning to everything. It is the thing that made those encounters fascinating.”Mourinho’s various strategies against Guardiola’s sides, with Inter and then Real Madrid — defend and lose, then defend and win, then attack and lose, then defend and survive, then defend and win, then attack and win — were truly fascinating. This week should see the latest instalment of a brilliant sporting rivalry, rather than an unbearable personal war.last_img read more

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