Rose Bowl Preview: Wisconsin’s forgotten man ready to shine

first_imgComing into the 2010 season, John Clay was Wisconsin’s bona fide star.He was the 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in rushing yards and touchdowns. He was the running back who dealt with some Heisman hype at the start of the season, the workhorse who was expected to carry the Badgers all year long.But Clay wasn’t the one scoring touchdown after touchdown as UW rode its running game to a conference title.No, Clay was watching his teammates pile up the points from the sideline while he nursed a knee injury.Sophomore Montee Ball is now the team leader in touchdowns with 17. True freshman James White is the team leader in rushing yards with 1,029.Clay is now looking up at those two backs on the depth chart.And when the Badgers take the field for their first possession at the Rose Bowl Jan. 1, Ball is expected to trot out with the first-team offense.“Right now, Montee would be our starting running back,” Bielema stated when he met with reporters Sunday. “John has to wait for a few other guys to get in. Montee’s playing as good of football as anybody. No question.”Earlier in the year, Clay was the one playing as good of football as anybody.In the days leading up to Wisconsin’s clash with then-No.1 ranked Ohio State, Clay and the Badgers were constantly reminded of an impressive streak. The Buckeyes came into Madison having gone 29 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.That streak ended that night Madison.Clay put together one of his greatest performances, running for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against one of the best defenses in college football. He was explosive, he ran like a man with a purpose and the Badgers came away with a monumental 31-18 victory.The very next week in Iowa City, Clay was ready for his encore.Against one of the more talented defensive lines in the country, the 255-pound running back carried the ball a season-high 24 times and piled up 94 yards to go along with two trips to the endzone. He continuously fought through gang tackles and scored on a critical fourth-and-one conversion down in the red zone.The Badgers needed every inch, winning the game 31-30.Those were the two biggest wins of UW’s season. They were also Clay’s two best performances to date.But after a bye week to rest up and get healthy for the stretch run, injury struck. Clay suffered a sprained knee that sidelined him against Purdue. The junior missed the next two games, and in his absence, Ball and White put on a show.The two backup tailbacks ran for an astounding 665 yards and 11 touchdowns combined against Indiana and Michigan.All of a sudden, Clay became a non-factor. UW continued to dominate without him.Clay was healthy enough to return in the season finale against Northwestern, but he only saw four carries. Ball and White dominated, again leading UW to a 70-23 win that captured the Big Ten title.Was it frustrating to watch his teammates close out the season from the sideline? You bet.“It did get frustrating,” Clay said. “But I didn’t want to hinder the team with me not being 100 percent.”Sophomore center Pete Konz has dealt with injuries throughout his career, and he can relate to what Clay went through down the stretch.“You almost feel not a part of the success because your team is doing so well without you,” Konz explained. “It’s a hard feeling to shake off and you have to realize this is all about the team, it’s never about one person.”Still, Clay’s individual performances earlier in the year haven’t been forgotten by his teammates.They know how important he’s been to this team’s success.“Not to belittle our accomplishments at the end of the year, but those are games we felt we should have won. Against tougher teams like OSU and Iowa, Johnny was always there to pick us up,” Konz said. “He’s always the one to say ‘Hey, I’m going to get these extra yards even if I have to go through two people’. That’s the kind of leadership you need that the younger backs are still developing.”As UW prepares for TCU, Clay is preparing to make an impact when his team needs him most, in the Granddaddy of Them All.The Horned Frogs bring the No.1 ranked defense to Pasadena, and TCU is allowing less than 90 yards per game on the ground.TCU presents a daunting challenge, and running backs coach John Settle is glad to have his talented backfield back at full strength, with Clay doing his best to wear down TCU’s defensive front.“The knee injury is healed up, he’s been doing some extra work after practice and to get him back with the physicality he plays with will only help us,” Settle said. “I have no doubt that he will show up on one of the biggest stages he’s ever played on.”Clay is planning to do just that.“I’m feeling really good and I’m anxious to get back out there,” Clay said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been out in the huddle with the guys, grinding the ball out and playing our kind of football.”Clay has been waiting patiently for his chance to help his team, and now that opportunity comes at the Rose Bowl against college football’s top statistical defense.The stage is set for UW’s star running back to once again shine in the spotlight.“I’m looking forward to challenge. You live for these moments,” Clay said. “A game with this kind of environment and everybody is going to be watching us… I’m just really looking forward to showing everyone what I can do.”last_img read more

Syracuse drops one spot to No. 9 in latest rankings

first_imgSyracuse (5-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) dropped one spot in the Inside Lacrosse media poll this week to No. 9 in the rankings. The drop comes after the Orange won at a neutral site against Harvard, 20-13, on Friday.SU had spent the previous two weeks ranked at No. 8, not moving in last week’s poll as a win over then-No. 4 Florida and a loss to then-No. 5 Maryland evened each other out. Florida, which now checks in at No. 6, is the only currently ranked team that the Orange has beaten. Oregon, another of Syracuse’s wins, received votes this week.Both teams that have beaten SU so far are ranked: Maryland now at No. 4, and Virginia at No. 10. Four ACC teams currently slot in the Top 10, with Boston College at No. 2, North Carolina at No. 5, SU at No. 9 and Virginia at No. 10.The first through sixth spots in the poll did not change this week from last. Stony Brook is the No. 1 team in the country still with a 7-0 record. No. 2 BC, No. 3 James Madison and No. 6 Penn also remain undefeated.Syracuse heads on the road to face Cornell in Ithaca on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Big Red received votes in the poll this week. The next difficult on-paper stretch in the SU schedule comes from Mar. 26 to Mar. 31, when the Orange plays three ranked teams in the span of six days: No. 11 Northwestern, No. 17 Princeton and No. 19 Duke.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2018 at 11:43 am Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Dodgers can’t overcome rough start, lose Game 3 to Astros

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error These aren’t those Astros, and they made that point loudly to Darvish.He gave up a leadoff double to George Springer in the first inning but escaped harm. There was plenty of that to come.The first five Astros reached base in the second inning. Yuli Gurriel led off with a home run. Josh Reddick doubled. Darvish walked Evan Gattis then gave up RBI singles to Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann. Springer lined out, hard, to second and Alex Bregman drove in a fourth run with another well-struck liner to center field. When Jose Altuve followed with a rocket off the left field wall, Roberts had seen enough.Darvish’s night was done after 12 hitters and 49 pitches. He got only one swinging strike but served up nine batted balls that had exit velocities of 100 mph or higher.“What happened happened. I’ve just got to learn from it,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “It’s not like I was slacking. I was well prepared. They just got to me.”Darvish said he couldn’t find the command of his slider. He had used his two-seam fastball effectively against the Astros earlier this year but they were ready for it this time.In the end, nothing worked for Darvish.“Two things stood out to me – one, he had a hard time landing his slider,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He didn’t have his normal slider in the strike zone so we didn’t chase. He really couldn’t get it for a strike. It was backing up on him. It was all over the place. So when you can essentially disregard a pitch that will go advantage to the hitter.“I think once we had some hitter counts, we put some pretty good swings on some pitches. We hit his fastball, which was really good. He started throwing a few more changeups, trying to disrupt us, a few slower breaking balls. So it looked like he was out of sorts based on how he’s pitched in the last month.”It was the shortest start of his major-league career and the first time he had left without striking out a batter.“You’re right – he didn’t have it tonight,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. “He grinded. He battled. But he didn’t have it tonight. That happens sometimes. We have to pick him up. We were maybe one big hit away from getting there.”Seager and Bellinger were not just searching for a silver lining. Remarkably, the game was not a blowout – despite Darvish’s flop, two Dodgers errors and being outhit 12-4.Kenta Maeda entered as a one-man hazmat team, cleaning up the toxic spill left behind by Darvish and giving the Dodgers a chance to crawl back into the game. He did yeoman’s work for 2-2/3 innings before Tony Watson gave up an unearned run (thanks to his own throwing error).But the Dodgers handicapped their own comeback efforts.Handed a 4-0 lead, Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. walked three consecutive batters to start the third inning. But the Dodgers got just one run out of that when Seager hit into a 3-6-1 double play, turned impressively by Correa.“You try and elevate a ball, try to scratch out a run, try to do something other than that,” Seager said. “Obviously, it didn’t happen.”Another potential scoring opportunity was nipped in the bud when Yasiel Puig took a misguided risk in the fourth inning, trying to stretch his one-out single into a double after running through first base. He was thrown out at second by Correa who had retrieved the ball after a grounder down the line got past Bregman. The Dodgers never quite recovered, losing 5-3 in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday and now must hope their chances in the best-of-seven series have not been permanently hobbled by falling behind two games to one.Related Articles Photos: Dodgers vs. Astros in World Series Game 3 from Houston “That was maybe one of the worst games we’ve played in a long time and we were maybe a hit or two away from winning,” Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger said. “We’re going to take that into tomorrow’s game.”Going into Game 3, the Dodgers had reasons to feel good about their chances of getting a leg up on the Astros despite the fact that the home team had not lost a game at Minute Maid Park since Sept. 24.Darvish was rolling. Over his previous five starts (including two in the postseason), he had an 0.88 ERA, an 0.68 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .159 average. Plus, he was 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in six previous starts at Minute Maid Park.Four of those starts, however, came in 2013 and 2014 when the Astros were still in teardown mode, losing 100 games annually. PreviousHouston Astros’ Josh Reddick slides safely past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. Reddick scored on a ball hit by Evan Gattis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)A fan holds a sign before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA fan watches batting practice before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Teams line up for the national anthem before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt prepares to throw out the first pitch before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)J.J. Watt talks to Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt, right, hugs Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel before throwing out the first pitch in Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a double during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ George Springer celebrates after a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Fans cheer during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe hits a single during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel hits a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel reacts after hitting a home run during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel reacts after hitting a home run during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel rounds the bases after a home run during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel celebrates his home run past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Carlos Correa after hitting a home run during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a hit by Marwin Gonzalez during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger talks to starting pitcher Yu Darvish during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Brian McCann watches his RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, reacts after giving up an RBI against the Houston Astros during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez scores on a sacrifice fly by Alex Bregman during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes on a sacrifice fly during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Marwin Gonzalez scores past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes on a sacrifice fly by Alex Bregman during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, walks off the field after being removed during the second inning of Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, leaves the game against the Houston Astros during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws against the Houston Astros during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve reacts after hitting a single during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick hits a double during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, leaves the game against the Houston Astros during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. reacts after walking Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner to ground out during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros center fielder George Springer makes a diving catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, leaves the game during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, leaves the game during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson slides safely under the tag of Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa for a double during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson slides safely under the tag of Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa for a double during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick slides safely past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. Reddick scored on a ball hit by Evan Gattis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick slides safely past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. Reddick scored on a ball hit by Evan Gattis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick slides safely past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. Reddick scored on a ball hit by Evan Gattis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Evan Gattis, is safe at first past Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger on a wild throw during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel celebrates his home run past Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by George Springer after hitting a home run during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. leaves the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a double during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner scores past Houston Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock on a wild pitch during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Fans cheer during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner to ground out during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brandon Morrow throws against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ George Springer beats Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger to first base during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ George Springer beats Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger to first base during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner flies out against the Houston Astros during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner fields a ball hit by Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes pulls starting pitcher Yu Darvish back to talk to him during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws during the third inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, wipes his face during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig after Puig tried to stretch a single into a double during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager can’t catch a ball hit by Houston Astros’ Brian McCann during the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, celebrates after the fourth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson slides safely under the tag of Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa for a double during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Tony Watson throws against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman can’t catch a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel dives to first to force out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel dives to first to force out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager is out at first as Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel takes the throw during the first inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger catches a infield fly hit by Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ross Stripling throws against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger knocks down a line drive hit by Houston Astros’ Brian McCann during the seventh inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 27: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks back to the dugout after striking out in the top of the second inning of Game 3 of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday, October 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)Fans cheer during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Fans cheer during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Fans dance outside Minute Maid Park before Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A fan arrives for Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig walks to the dugout after striking out against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig reacts after striking out during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock, left, and catcher Brian McCann celebrate after their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, left, and first baseman Yuli Gurriel celebrate after their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Members of the Houston Astros celebrate after their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa and George Springer celebrate Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick slides safely past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. Reddick scored on a ball hit by Evan Gattis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NextShow Caption1 of 85Houston Astros’ Josh Reddick slides safely past Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes during the fifth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s World Series Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Houston. Reddick scored on a ball hit by Evan Gattis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ExpandHOUSTON — In some quarters, Dave Roberts was criticized for pulling Rich Hill too soon in Game 2.In Game 3, he should have stuck with J.J. Watt longer.Shortly after the injured NFL star threw out a wobbly first pitch while leaning on a crutch, Yu Darvish really crippled the Dodgers, allowing four runs and failing to get out of the second inning.Game 3 box score | More World Series coverage Astros’ Yuli Gurriel apologizes for racist gesture after homer off Dodgers’ Yu Darvish But Turner’s double was the only hit from the top four batters in the Dodgers’ lineup and Astros reliever Brad Peacock held them hitless over the final 3-2/3 innings.The Dodgers have been outhit 29-15 in the series, 26-9 in the past two games.center_img Whicker: Cody Bellinger’s mini-slump typifies Dodgers’ frustration Whicker: Dodgers follow Yu Darvish into Game 3 oblivion Video: Is Astros’ Yuli Gurriel making racist gesture about Dodgers’ Yu Darvish? “Starting there, I think it’s a ground ball to third base so I’ve got to run,” Puig said. “I don’t see the ball coming to first base. When I look over there (toward third base), the ball is in the middle of everybody. I try to get to second base so a hit by my teammates can score a run.”First-base coach George Lombard said he pointed toward the ground to let Puig know he should stop at first base but “I could do a better job” of communicating to Puig. By the time Puig had turned for second base, “it was too late.” The Dodgers did turn one hit – a double by Justin Turner – into two runs in the sixth inning with the help of a walk, wild pitch and run-scoring ground out. That made it a two-run game.It stayed that way even after the Astros loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh. Springer bat-flipped a towering fly ball, thinking he had just hit a grand slam off Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling. Instead, the ball settled into Chris Taylor’s glove 408 feet away at the base of the center field wall. 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Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Chris Herndon, Jared Cook, Delanie Walker affect Week 10 TE start-or-sit decisions

first_imgWhen will Delanie Walker be back?Walker (ankle) didn’t practice for the Titans on Wednesday after getting rid of his walking boot earlier in the week. A matchup with a Chiefs defense that’s prone to allowing TE production is ahead for whichever Tennessee tight end starts.MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderMost likely, we’ll see another week of Jonnu Smith, who might be the Titans’ best option at the position anyway. He’s a low-end fantasy starter this week against a KC team that’s allowed the sixth-most receiving yards to the position in 2019. If Walker plays, he’s riskier and should be left on most benches. Chris Herndon remains a tight end mystery as we head into Week 10, but yet again, it appears his arrow is pointing in the right direction. Jared Cook looks like he’ll be back to potentially disappoint those of us ranking TEs. And in Tennessee, Delanie Walker is inching his way back from injury but may need another week before he can eat into Jonnu Smith’s workload, which would actually make fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions a little easier.For injury news on banged-up QBs Patrick Mahomes, Jacoby Brissett, and Matt Ryan, click here; for more on injured RBs Alvin Kamara, James Conner, David Johnson, and Le’Veon Bell, go here; for updates on injured WRs A.J. Green, Amari Cooper, Adam Thielen and more, click here. Follow us at @SN_Fantasy for more news and updates. WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerChris Herndon injury updateHerndon was active in Week 9, but he didn’t see the field. His activation was more due to the sheer number of injuries the Jets were dealing with. Herndon was limited in Wednesday’s practice as he returns from a hamstring injury.The Jets’ Week 10 opponent, the Giants, just allowed season highs in multiple categories to Jason Witten, as well as a long touchdown to Blake Jarwin, so if Herndon plays, he’s an interesting TE sleeper. It’s just hard to know with him whether “active” will be for real this time. You probably have to wait to see Herndon getting playing time before he can be in your fantasy lineup.WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPJared Cook injury newsCook practiced for the Saints on Wednesday after he’d missed time before New Orleans’ Week 9 bye. He’s been dealing with an ankle injury and has only aligned to play one game this season with Drew Brees.Falcons-Saints has a projected total above 50 points, so Cook is in a good spot to be a bye-week fill-in as long as he’s active. The target share for a TE with the Saints at this point won’t be super high, but there’s decent touchdown probability for Cook.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endlast_img read more

Rough Arrest involving Sunrise K-9 Officer Caught on Video

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. – Police officers said they had to use a K-9 officer to bring a suspect into custody, but witnesses who recorded the arrest on video said that’s when things appeared to get out of control.Cellphone video captured by an eye witness shows a Sunrise police K-9 biting and taking a screaming suspect to the ground on Northwest 58th Terrace.Residents watched from their balconies as the dog bit down on Louis L. Roper, 23, while officers shouted out commands for him to “turn over” and “stop resisting.”“Police saying, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground,’ and the young man screaming, like, in agonizing pain,” one witness told WPLG.Witnesses shouted for the officer to release his K-9. The biting continued for more than a minute and 15 seconds.“There was the officer who had him on the ground with the knee in his back and the dog had his leg, like, his thigh area with a grip,” the witness said.Ultimately, the officer had to cut the dog free from Roper’s pant leg.“The guy that was with the dog tried to get the dog off, but the dog wasn’t letting up,” the witness said.Sunrise police say Roper was speeding and driving recklessly as officers pursued him. Ultimately Roper ran a stop sign bailed out of his vehicle and took off on foot, according to police.Cops say that after several warnings, the K-9 was released. Some witnesses tell WPLG that the officer appeared to have lost control of his K-9 partner.“I don’t want to say excessive. I just think more could’ve been done to get the dog to loosen,” the witness said.Police said Roper was arrested after officers found a substance believed to be marijuana in one of his pockets.Sunrise police issued a statement, which read, in part: “We have not received a complaint or observed any actions that would require investigation of excessive force at this time.”Roper remains in the Broward County Jail facing charges that include battery on an officer and an EMT with violence to reckless driving.last_img read more

Brave Europe come up short in PING Junior Solheim Cup

first_img English international Annabell Fuller was one of the last day heroes as Europe came within two points of wrestling the PING Junior Solheim Cup from the United States at a sodden King’s course at Gleneagles.17-year-old Fuller, from Roehampton Golf Club, Surrey, beat American, Michaela Morand, as the home team came back from a 7½ – 4½ overnight deficit to win the singles 6½ – 5½. It was her second win of the match, having also teamed up with Scotland’s Hannah Darling to beat Lucy Li and Sadie Englemann 4&3 in the opening foursomes.The other European winners in the singles were Danish duo Amalie Nissen and Anne Normann, Slovenia’s Pia Babnik, Italy’s Benedetta Moresco and France’s Lucie Malchirand, while Darling halved with World No. 5 Li to take the final score to 13-11 in favour of the Americans.“It has been so much fun,” said Fuller. “The result is not what we wanted. I’m sure it’s something we will all remember for a long time to come.”“The whole team has bonded so well. It has enhanced the experience so much. In terms of team spirit, this is definitely one of the best I’ve ever been involved in. It’s also great to be here with all the Junior Solheim Cup players because that’s something we all want to achieve one day. That is definitely a goal of mine one day.”Fuller was one of three English players in this year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup team. Fellow internationals Lily May Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland in Essex, and Mimi Rhodes, from Burnham & Berrow in Somerset, teamed up together to win their foursomes match 4 &3 against Amanda Sambach and Alexa Pano but then lost in the fourballs and the singles.“It has been really amazing,” said Humphreys. The support we’ve receive has been amazing. It’s been so nice. I have just been signing autographs for the local school kids and it isn’t every day I do that. It’s been fantastic. We’ve all really enjoyed the whole match.”American captain, Mary Bea Porter, and her European counterpart, Mickey Walker, were both struck by the fine margin between success and failure.“That was tough out there,” said Porter-King. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I told my team last night that just because we were ahead didn’t mean it was over.”“It was close all day long and we had to grind it out to beat a strong European team.”“I’m exhausted and I didn’t even hit a shot. It was very close and I’m proud of the way my team handled the pressure. These young ladies are so talented. And by that I mean both sides because there has been some incredible golf played by both the US team and the Europeans.”“It makes me feel good about the future of the women’s game,” she added.“We certainly put up a good fight but, on the day, we weren’t quite good enough,” admitted Walker.“It would be fair to say we lost the match yesterday in the four balls. But, whatever competition you play in, you can look back and find something you could have done better. There was a spell yesterday afternoon when some of the matches that were tight went their way because we made rudimentary mistakes. You can’t do that at this level. That’s in no way saying the girls weren’t doing what they should, because they were trying their hardest. But that’s golf and they will learn from their mistakes.“They are a young team and at least half of them will be eligible for the match in America in two years’ time,” she added. “They will have learned an enormous amount from this. You only learn by your mistakes. Hopefully that will help them we it comes to playing against the Americans again.”View the full table of scores here.Photo: Credit LET Tags: Annabell Fuller, Europe, Junior Solheim Cup, Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes, USA 12 Sep 2019 Brave Europe come up short in PING Junior Solheim Cup last_img read more

There is no stopping Penn Hills – Indians win WPIAL 5A Title over West Allegheny, 28-18

first_img TERRY “TANK” SMITH celebrates as the Indians claimed the WPIAL 5A Championship. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier PENN HILLS LEGEND—Former Indians player and current NFL star defensive lineman Aaron Donald was at the game, watching his high school team claim the WPIAL 5A Title. Donald plays for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. PENN HILLS’ ANTHONY GRIMES THE CELEBRATION—Penn Hills players Dante Cephas, Hollis Mathis and Corey Thomas hold the WPIAL 5A Championship Trophy after defeating West Allegheny, 28-18, at Norwin High School, Nov. 23. (Photos by Courier photographer Will McBride) HOLLIS MATHIS threw three touchdowns and ran for 49 yards on eight carries, as his Penn Hills Indians claimed the WPIAL 5A crown. PENN HILLS’ DEVYN BEST brought the heat—in the form of a smoke bomb—onto the field as he was introduced prior to the contest.last_img read more

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva accused of racism after offensive tweets to teammate resurface

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TwitterAdvertisement 75ep9oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmpea4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7fp78( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nclWould you ever consider trying this?😱5t5Can your students do this? 🌚dmmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bernardo Silva, the Manchester City midfielder, has just became a controversy icon, as an ‘allegedly racist’ tweet has surfaced which targets his club teammate Benjamin Mendy, and the English football scene is fuming.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterSilva recently posted on Twitter a childhood photo of the Citizen left back, comparing him with the mascot of ‘Conguitos’- a Spanish chocolate brand, along with the caption “Guess who?”Although the French international has showed no signs of offense, and replying with “1-0 for you will see” and emoticons, the larger portion of social media believes there is a hidden racist abuse implied, even if Silva did it unintentionally.Advertisement The Portuguese attacking midfielder was prompt to delete the tweet, but it has resurfaced via @JacobSteinberg, a Football reporter for The Guardian. Check it out below-The Football Association is currently scrutinizing the 25 year old’s post, who has faced huge slack from the fans around the globe, and tweeted a reply: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys…”If the FA doesn’t intend Silva’s tweet to be taken as a ‘joke’, the Portuguese international may face a ban extending up to six games.Last Saturday, Silva secured a hat trick as Pep’s side went on a humiliation spree against Wolves at the Etihad Stadium, netting in a total of 8 goals with a clean sheet. Advertisementlast_img read more