The Big Ten Within Grasp of Earning Well Deserved Respect!

first_imgThe Big Ten had a great Bowl Season last year and is off to another decent start this year.  It will be crucial that they continue to do well as they boast 3 of the top 8 teams in the country heading into Bowl season with Ohio State, Michigan and Penn St.  Many argued that all three belonged in the College Football Playoff.Thus far the Big Ten is once again putting on a good showing for themselves.  They will need to continue this trend to buck the stigma of being a weak division.  As of today, they are 2-2, however one of those losses was a close one as underdog Indiana just barely lost to 19th ranked Utah last night by a score of 26-24.There two wins have come in the Holiday Bowl as Minnesota took down heavily favored and Pac 10 representation Washington St 17-12.  Also, Northwestern defeated  23rd ranked Pittsburgh 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl.  Two impressive wins for the Big Ten early on.Things will only get tougher however as the slate is full coming up.  It starts tomorrow night as they will be in action twice. The Orange Bowl will feature Michigan vs ACC Powerhouse Florida State.  Tomorrow night will also feature the Music City Bowl which will be a clash with the SEC as Nebraska takes on Tennessee.  The big one for the Big Ten is Saturday Night when the Ohio State Buckeyes clash with the Clemson Tigers (ACC) in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs.  That game will also be the Fiesta Bowl.  Iowa will then have a chance to make serious waves as they collide with Florida in the Outback Bowl.  Florida is a traditional SEC and ranked 17th coming into the contest.  The Rose Bowl will feature Penn State versus USC in a traditional Big Ten versus Pac 10 matchup in the Grand Daddy of them all.Finally, Wisconsin takes on the undefeated MAC champion Western Michigan on January 2 at the Cotton Bowl.Thus far the Big Ten stands1-1  against the ACC1-1against the PAC 12They have 6 Bowl games left, including 2 against the ACC, 2 against the SEC, 1 against the MAC and 1 against the Pac 12.They must take atleast one against the SEC, both against the ACC and the one against the MAC to call it another great season.  I’d hate to see the headlines if they lose both SEC games and Ohio State gets knocked off by Clemson.  If The Big Ten wants respect, the opportunity to earn it for good is right in front of them! Related TopicsClemsonMichigan WolverinesNCAAFOhio State Vince McKeelast_img read more

Six-run sixth inning highlights 12-4 win for No. 6 West Florida

first_img Jake Stephens improved to 2-0 with a win on Tuesday at Columbus State (Photo by Chris Nelson/ Share Six-run sixth inning highlights 12-4 win for No. 6 West Floridacenter_img  COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 6 West Florida baseball team fell behind early at Columbus State on Tuesday, but the Argonauts scored two in the fourth, two in the fifth and six in the sixth to run away with the win. The Argonauts won with a final score of 12-4, as the team improved to 21-4 overall. Columbus State dropped to 11-13 with the loss.The two runs by CSU came in the bottom of the third, but UWF second baseman Kaleb Barlow (Florence, Miss./Chipola) tied the game with a monstrous two-run home run in the top of the fourth. Two more runs came in for the Argos in the fifth, and a six-spot in the sixth opened the game up for UWF.Senior Jake Stephens (Marietta, Ga./Northwest Florida State) got the win after going five innings and striking out five. The right-hander is now 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in six games and 16.2 innings pitched this year.Sophomore Jordan DeLorenzo (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) pitched the next three innings with just one run allowed. Junior Matt Rodriguez (Ocala, Fla./College of Central Florida) then pitched the final inning and allowed one run to score.“They got out to a two-run lead, but Barlow’s big two-run shot tied it up and that really got our offense going,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat. “I thought we swung the bats really well. Stephens had a very efficient five innings, and DeLorenzo came in and did a nice job. We gave them a few runs late, but I was very pleased with our team’s overall performance today.”Six different Argonauts had RBIs on Tuesday, led by left fielder Drew Prichard (Mobile, Ala./Troy) who hit 2-for-6 with a double and three RBIs. Designated hitter Austin Southall (Baton Rouge, La./Chipola) homered and drove in two, and Barlow, first baseman Cliff Covington (McIntosh, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) and center fielder Dustin Saulmon (Panama City, Fla./Alabama Southern CC) each finished with two RBIs. Shortstop Alex Greene (Orlando, Fla./Hagerty HS) led the team with three hits in four at bats.The home run for Barlow, who was recently named Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, was his fourth of the year to tie Prichard for the team lead in that category. Southall’s home run was his second of the season.Columbus State starter Jake Ezell (1-2) was credited with the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, through five innings.The Argos will look to sweep the two-game series on Wednesday at Columbus State, and first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#West Florida 12, Columbus State 4 (03/19/13 at Columbus, GA)———————————————————————-West Florida…….. 000 226 002  – 12 13  2      (21-4)Columbus State…… 002 000 011  –  4  7  2      (11-13)———————————————————————-Pitchers: West Florida – Jake Stephens; Jordan DeLorenzo(6); Matt Rodriguez(9) and Garrett Flynn. Columbus State – Jake Ezell; Bronson Gagner(6); Stuart Shaw(6) and Dustin Averett.Win-Jake Stephens(2-0)  Loss-Jake Ezell(1-2)  T-2:59  A-124HR UWF – Kaleb Barlow (4); Austin Southall (2).HR CSU – Ryan Lewis (4).Weather: 67 degrees, sunnyPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Browns Trail Ravens 21-7 At Halftime; Three Takeaways From The First Half

first_img Related Topics Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling. The Cleveland Browns trail the Baltimore Ravens on the road at halftime by a score of 21-7. There have been more spots to improve than to highlight, as miscues and inexperience have cost the Browns at multiple points in the game.Let’s look at our three takeaways from a shaky first half.1. Kizer Out, Hogan In- Quarterback DeShone Kizer had a completely different first half this week, struggling early to move the offense down the field. Kizer turned the ball over twice with a fumble and an interception that set the Ravens up twice for scores. Things got worse for the former Notre Dame quarterback when he exited the game in the second quarter with what was later announced as a migraine.Kevin Hogan came in in relief and performed well for most of the quarter, finding tight end David Njoku for a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to get the Browns on the board. Unfortunately for Hogan and the Browns, an interception put the Ravens in business again and they capitalized. Joe Flacco connected with Jeremy Maclin to send Baltimore into halftime with a two-touchdown lead.Kevin Hogan came in in relief and performed well for most of the quarter, finding tight end David Njoku for a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to get the Browns on the board. Unfortunately for Hogan and the Browns, an interception put the Ravens in business again and they capitalized. Joe Flacco connected with Jeremy Maclin to send Baltimore into halftime with a two-touchdown lead.2. Defensive’s Youth Showing- The defense, much like Kizer, showed so much promise in the first half of week one’s game against the Steelers. It appears this week the same cannot be said. The defense has allowed 220 total yards to the Ravens’ offense and has been caught of position multiple times to allow Baltimore march down the field. It hasn’t been pretty and hopefully, that can change for the young defense led by Gregg Williams. A good sign to see is that defensive lineman Danny Shelton is back on the field for the Browns after not playing last week.The defense has allowed 220 total yards to the Ravens’ offense and has been caught of position multiple times to allow Baltimore march down the field. It hasn’t been pretty and hopefully, that can change for the young defense led by Gregg Williams. A good sign to see is that defensive lineman Danny Shelton is back on the field for the Browns after not playing last week.3. Battling From Behind Once Again- The Browns have now trailed in both of their regular season games by more than ten points. It has to be corrected soon because you don’t win a lot of football games playing catch-up.center_img Eli Mooneyhamlast_img read more

Phelps to miss event in Chiba

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Michael Phelps, who won seven gold medals at this year’s world championships, will miss the upcoming International Swim Meet in Chiba, event organizers said Sunday. Meanwhile, Japan’s double Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima said he still has pain in his left leg after sustaining a torn abductor muscle that forced him to miss a recent national team training camp in South Korea’s Jeju Island. “I’m not sure about what I can do until my race begins,” Kitajima told reporters ahead of the meet in Chiba. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

‘Grown man’ Ragland ready for possible collision with Nkemdiche

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:d51c6ead7a2d6102cabc43ad Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-420512-4484698229001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Alabama leading tackler Reggie Ragland talks about possible matchups with Evan Engram and Robert Nkemdiche in Saturday’s game against Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadiumlast_img read more

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan says U.S. out for revenge after losses

first_imgGyan celebrates after scoring the winning goal against the U.S. in 2010. (AP)Gyan celebrates after scoring the winning goal against the U.S. in 2010. (AP)NATAL, Brazil — With an easy laugh and ample charm, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan doesn’t look the part of the villain. Nor do his teammates, who like to break into the azonto, a hip swiveling dance after goals. They have been to the World Cup only twice before, and both times entered as heavy underdogs. So why is this fun-loving bunch considered the USA’s great nemesis?“They’re coming for revenge,” Gyan said heading into Monday’s World Cup opener for both teams. “Mentally they don’t want us to beat them for a third time, which will make it interesting and difficult for us.”Four years ago, Gyan’s game-winning goal in overtime knocked the Americans out of the World Cup. In 2006, Ghana sent the USA home in group play.“I don’t think it’s revenge,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Sunday. “Maybe for the players four years ago if they want to get some extra kick and energy out of that, that’s alright by me.”Winning the tournament is unrealistic, as Klinsmann had said. But on Sunday, much of the talk was about the team’s confidence. “You want to go far. That’s definitely the goal. I booked my flight for after the final,” Klinsmann said.(USA TODAY Sports)(USA TODAY Sports)The Americans are approaching the Ghana match as if it’s a World Cup final, Klinsmann said, because it means that much. Especially since games against powerhouses Portugal and Germany follow.The numbers support that must-win mentality. Since the 1998 World Cup, when the field expanded to 32 with two teams per group advancing, only 9% of teams that lost their first World Cup game (4 of 46) advanced to the knockout stage. A tie, which gives a team one point, in the first game gives a team hope — 56 % of those teams (20 of 36) advanced from their group.Midfielder Michael Bradley said the Americans are embracing the pressure. “As the game continues to grow in the country so do the expectations,” Bradley said. “We all welcome the pressure of playing in a World Cup. We know it won’t be easy, but we that feel like if we step on the field and are sharp and able to play to the best of our ability, we can have a great World Cup.”Ghana’s strength is big-name stars, such as Gyan, Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and physical, fast play. Four years ago, the Black Stars counter attacked and muscled the Americans off the ball.Gyan was asked if the Americans were athletic and hard-working and the Ghanaians more talented. “I think so,” he said. “Ghana is the most talented team, with young talented players coming up.” He noted Ghana’s youth – with an average of 25 years, 6 months, the youngest in the tournament – then called the Americans a “good side, a very dangerous team.”“I don’t know. It’s going to be very, very interesting,” he said, expressing the sentiment of most. Heading into Monday’s game, it’s hard to know what to expect.Surely the USA’s inexperienced backline will be tested. The weather could be a factor. And the large American crowd expected could make Estadio das Dunas seem like a home game in Columbus.Goalkeeper Tim Howard said his defense is faster and more athletic than 2010, better equipped to match the pace of Ghana’s attackers. But how much will inexperience matter?The only expected starter on the backline with World Cup experience is DaMarcus Beasley, who played midfield in the previous tournaments. If Klinsmann goes with the same lineup used last weekend against Nigeria, Kyle Beckerman will play more of a defensive midfield role, allowing Bradley and Jermaine Jones the freedom to go forward.Heavy rains flooded streets here and led to the evacuation of some homes. Rain continued, intermittently, through Sunday, but the condition of the field looked much better than some streets. “In our game no matter what the circumstances are, this group is ready to go the extra mile, to make it happen tomorrow to get itself a win,” Klinsmann said. “If it’s raining, snowing, thunder or lightning, this is about football where you play in any circumstances – wet, dry, heat, humidity. Both teams are on the field and will do the best, so we’re not worried about that stuff at all. … Whatever the circumstances are, we are going to embrace them and make it work.”The Estadio das Dunas sits on the site of the city’s former stadium, the Machadao, and, like many of the country’s new stadiums, is surrounded by a construction site. Built for the World Cup, the design is modeled after the city’s famous attraction: its beautiful sand dunes. The shell-like roof was built to shield spectators from the sun, and presumably works for the rain too.With a capacity of 42,086, many of those at today’s game are expected to be in red, white and blue. Gyan said that was the case in the previous two World Cup games against the USA, and look how that turned out.last_img read more

Brathwaite fined again for disciplinary breach

first_imgMANCHESTER, England, CMC – All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite will part with 15 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during West Indies’ defeat to India here Thursday.   It is the second time Brathwaite has found in trouble with umpires in the tournament following a similar violation in the England match earlier this month. While bowling the 42nd over of the India innings, the 30-year-old protested a wide called by the umpire, in violation of Article 2.8 of the ICC players code relating to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.There was no need for a formal hearing after Brathwaite admitted to the breach and accepted the sanction.Brathwaite was also slapped with one demerit point, adding to the other one received earlier this month in the England match. West Indies went down by 125 runs to India at Old Trafford to see their World Cup dreams vanish. Brathwaite had a match to forget, leaking 33 runs from three overs of medium pace before making just one as West Indies collapsed for 143 in pursuit of 269 for victory.last_img read more

Premier League Review: Manchester United Go Second With Comeback Victory

first_imgManchester United have gone back to second place on the Premier League table after they secured a 3-2 comeback win over their hosts Crystal Palace in a league clash on Monday night.Rivals Liverpool had earlier leapfrogged the Red Devils into second spot with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at Anfield and United knew they had to respond.They did that the hard way as Jose Mourinho’s team came from two goals down to win 3-2 courtesy Nemanja Matic’s strike in added time.Andros Townsend and Patrick Van Aanholt scored either side of halftime to put Palace 2-0 up only for Chris Small in to halve the deficit.Romelu Lukaku then scored his 99th Premier League goal to level proceedings for Manchester United with 14 minutes left on the clock before the aforementioned Matic snatched the maximum points for his team in added time.The comeback win was enough to move Manchester United (62 points) above Liverpool (60 points) and into second spot behind leaders Manchester City (78 points) ahead of their huge clash at the weekend.On the other hand, Crystal Palace stay third from bottom (18th spot) with 27 points in the race for survival.Relatedlast_img read more

Irvine sweeps double Stock Car features at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 5) – Brian Irvine remained perfect on the season Saturday night at Independence Motor Speedway. The now part-time IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver earned his fourth win in as many appearances in 2014.Irvine kept his streak alive by winning a pair of features on the 3/8-mile oval, which included the make-up Budweiser Mid-Season Championship event that was postponed due to rain June 28. Outside front row starter Justin Hanson held the early lead in the make-up feature while Irvine worked through traffic from a sixth row starting spot. Irvine settled into the runner-up spot on the fifth circuit and then took the lead two laps later. Irvine led the remainder of the 18-lapper going away to take the victory ahead of Justin Temeyer and Jarod Weepie.His efforts to sweep the night were made more challenging when Irvine was sidelined with a flat tire on lap three of the regular feature. He made a quick tire change while the race was under caution and tagged the tail of the field when racing resumed. Jason Hocken held the point on the restart while Irvine powered into the top six before the yellow flag again slowed action on lap eight. When racing resumed, Irvine entered a battle for the lead with Hocken and Temeyer before taking control with five laps to go. Irvine led the remainder of the event to sweep the evening. Temeyer and Weepie ran second and third in the regular feature, as well. Double features were also held for the Performance Bodies IMCA Modifieds. Outside front row starter Jeff Kriz took command at the drop of the green in the 20-lap mid-season make-up event.Ed Thomas chased Kriz while Vern Jackson raced from a third row starting spot and into contention. Jackson made his way into second following a lap 13 restart and pestered Kriz throughout the waning laps. Kriz held Jackson at bay through two more stoppages to earn his first win in the division in Independence. Jackson and Patrick Flannagan completed the top three. Mike Burbridge led throughout much of the regular IMCA Modified feature with Jake Strayer and Thomas in close pursuit. While the leaders battled, Troy Cordes was making his way into contention from a seventh row start. Working the top side, Cordes raced into the top four before the caution flag waved on lap 10. Cordes worked past Thomas a couple laps after racing resumed and then swept around Strayer and Burbridge with three laps to go en route to his second win of the year. Jackson slipped past Burbridge on the final lap to earn a pair of runner-up finishes on the night. Jenae Gustin continued her dominance in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. Gustin, who started inside of row five, raced to her third straight victory, her fifth win in the last six weeks and overall sixth win of the season in Independence. Jacob Salisbury took the lead at the drop of the green in that 15-lapper and built a sizable lead while Gustin made her way into third on lap five. Caution slowed action and bunched the field with seven laps scored complete.When racing resumed, Gustin took two laps to make her way around Salisbury as she sailed to the victory. Salisbury and Kevin Hurst completed the top three. In the IMCA Late Models, Jon Passick built a huge early lead in that division’s 25-lap feature. Passick set sail while John Emerson, who started 23rd on the 24-car grid, made quick work of the field and raced into the top five on lap five. Passick held a half-straightaway lead by the time Emerson made his way past Curt Martin for second with two laps to go.Emerson swallowed up Passick’s lead in traffic, but came up short at the line as Passick drove to his first win of the season. Martin ran third.Matt White earned his second win of the year in the 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Working the high line, White raced from his fourth row starting spot and into the top three after only three laps. He made his way around Jamie Whitaker and leader Matt Burmeister on the seventh circuit and then held off late pressure from Whitaker to score the victory. Whitaker and Marcus Wayne completed the top three.last_img read more

Report: “Deadpool 2” resumes production after stuntwoman’s death

first_img20th Century FoxProduction has started again on Deadpool 2, two days after a stuntwoman was killed on set.A representative of the local actors’ union in British Columbia, where the movie is being shot, told The Hollywood Reporter that the union had been told that production had resumed Wednesday.The stuntwoman, Joi “SJ” Harris, died when she apparently lost control of her motorcycle and crashed through a plate glass window on Monday.Harris’ motorcycle racing team posted a statement to Facebook on Tuesday writing, “”We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of Joi “SJ” Harris,” calling her “an extraordinary woman with a passion for riding and motorsports,” with a “beautiful spirit and bubbly personality” who “will be remembered for her ground breaking career as the first African American female road racer.”On Monday a spokesman for 20th Century Fox, Deadpool 2‘s distributor, released the following statement to ABC News: “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”Star and producer Ryan Reynolds himself also tweeted a statement, saying in part he and others were “heartbroken, shocked and devastated…but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loves ones must feel in this moment.  My heart pours out to them – along with each and every person she touched in this world.”Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more