Larry Jones continues recovering this morning at a Knoxville hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Friday. Officials tell WLAF that Jones aka Flash, who starred on the 1986 Wynn state tourney basketball team, was hit on the four lane in La Follette in front of the IGA around 6 pm on Friday evening. The 49-year old man was flown out by a med chopper.It was also learned that Jones suffers from multiple broken bones and faces a lengthy recovery process. He remains in good spirits.This is the third time Jones has been hit over the years while walking. The previous times were not this serious.If you travel the four-lane, you likely have seen Jones walking from his home at Davis Chapel to as far down the road as the Walmart. He suffers from Huntington’s disease. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/05/2018-7:45PM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell has reportedly been fired after one season on Derek Mason’s staff.FootballScoop.com reported Monday that Dorrell has been released. Vanderbilt football spokesman Larry Leathers declined comment or confirmation.Mason promised to make changes soon following a 24-17 loss to Tennessee on Saturday, ending a 3-9 season and 0-8 SEC mark — the Commodores’ first winless conference campaign since 2009.“I’ve got an idea of what I’m going to do, but I need to take a couple of days and sit back and think about this season,” Mason said on Saturday. “I’ve taken a lot of notes this season and looked at things in the program across the board in a season’s worth of work and what we’ve gone through.“… I think when those changes come, we can all rest assured you will be proud and believe in the changes that I’ll make moving forward.”Derek Mason: ‘Changes’ coming at VanderbiltUnder Dorrell, Vanderbilt’s offense ranked 122nd in total yards, 112th in rushing and 106th in passing. As a team, the Commodores ranked 117th in scoring at 17.2 points per game, and only 20 of their 26 touchdowns came on offense. Vanderbilt did not score more than two offensive TDs in an SEC game this season, and it was outscored 283-102 in conference play.The Commodores had only 272 yards of total offense against Tennessee, the seventh time they recorded less than 300 yards in a game this season.Vanderbilt also lacked big plays following the graduation of record-breaking receiver Jordan Matthews. It was the only SEC team without a single run of at least 30 yards, and it had only four passing plays of at least 40 yards, including three by tight ends.5 changes Vandy’s Derek Mason can considerDorrell also served as quarterbacks coach at Vanderbilt, the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision to start four different quarterbacks this season. Multiple quarterbacks played in eight of 12 games.Dorrell was head coach at UCLA from 2003-07. Before coming to Vanderbilt, he spent six seasons coaching in the NFL. His son, redshirt freshman wide receiver Chandler Dorrell, had 10 receptions for 118 yards at Vanderbilt after transferring from Stanford over the summer.Mason’s relationship with Dorrell goes back nearly 25 years. Mason was a cornerback at Northern Arizona when Dorrell came there as a 26-year-old offensive coordinator in 1990.Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks.
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Posted March 21, 2012 Posted March 21, 2012 0 Location:Houston, Texas Sports Logo News Posted March 21, 2012 Members Followers 1 Location:New Orleans metro area 2,359 posts Cowboys is probably my favorite. That one’s BA! Location:Mpls, MN CrazyAnna 3 Members Sonny While all interesting and well done, very few really strike me as “use-able”I am really not a fan of the Eagles, Falcons, or Steelers logos he made. I feel like the majority of these could benefit from being simplifyed. They feel a tad too “wispy” to me DC in Da House w/o a Doubt Share on other sites raysox 1,005 8 2,271 Sports Logo News Location:St. Petersburg, FL NFL Logos Revamped The NFL season has finally returned. 🙂 8 This topic is now closed to further replies. Share this post 1,255 posts Fox 5,835 posts Share on other sites Share on other sites Link to post 1 12,366 posts Members Posted March 21, 2012 Favourite Logos:”Tradition and simplicity; there’s a fine line between the two. You can’t manufacture tradition but you can empathize simplicity.” – John Viola 253 93 Share on other sites Members Go To Topic Listing 253 Share this post Share on other sites 635 3,126 posts 1 Members Location:Denver 1 118 Share this post Sign in to follow this Share this post Link to post Share this post Share this post 93 2,209 Shumway Link to post 31,105 posts 93 Posted March 21, 2012 1,005 0 Share on other sites Share this post Location:Fort Worth Posted March 21, 2012 Members I love that Seahawks logo. Posted March 21, 2012 39 362 Link to post 39 Members Members NFL Logos Revamped 0 0 4,836 posts 2,271 0 65 Members 2,209 5 Share on other sites 4 . 0 Link to post 0 1,149 Like Moseph said, they’re all a bit too complex to really work in the NFL. However, many of them are pretty cool. Jacksonville and Denver are probably my favorites, as they’re the two that I could possibly see being an actually NFL logo. 12,366 posts Members 0 raysox dsaline97 253 These are cool tattoo ideas. 0 285 posts 3,583 Location:Champaign, IL Posted March 21, 2012 2 Wow. All of them are amazing! 9,904 http://projectphantom.com/2011/11/nfl-logos-revamped/A bunch of really cool logos redesigned by this guy. I thought you all would love to see this! the man is a genius 635 20 0 JGCleveland 1,149 0 Location:St. Petersburg, FL 176 posts Enio125 That Ravens logo is absolutely amazing! Share on other sites Location:West Coast SCL 0 Link to post 4,791 posts Fox Share this post 0 $1 Cans of PBR Sign in to follow this 2,271 Share on other sites 2,209 Share this post I feel like the Seahawks, Ravens, and Bills would be a great improvement over the currents. Share on other sites Members Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net 9,904 raysox 29texan 0 3,583 Page 1 of 5 Share this post 635 jakemon08 Favourite Logos:Washington State (1995-pres)Seattle Seahawks (1976-2001 / 2012-pres)Seattle MarinersSeattle Supersonics (1975-1995)Seattle Sounders FCSan Antonio Spurs (1989-2003) Prev 0 8 4,868 posts Members Recommended Posts 0 118 362 Members 118 545 posts 2,271 All Activity 20 Some of them just seem to complex to me and they all have pretty much the same style. I really like the Colts, Chargers, Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals, Seahawks, and Bears though. 1,027 Members 65 jakemon08 As everyone has said, most are too complex to be NFL logos, but all of them look amazing.My favorites are Devner, San Diego, Buffalo, Baltimore, Tampa, and Seattle. Posted March 21, 2012 1 Link to post Posted March 21, 2012 Forums Home Posted March 21, 2012 $1 Cans of PBR I’m back! Link to post NFL Logos Revamped 3 All Activity raysox 𝐋𝐄𝐓 𝐌𝐄 𝐈𝐍 1,005 Chawls 362 0 2,826 posts Share this post Share on other sites Share this post 1,027 666 29texan Location:Columbus, OH sonny sonny mbannon92 Shumway Forums Home All of these are pretty incredible, but I especially like the Jets and Cowboys one’s. Soooo sick.FYI, you can see each team’s wordmark also by clicking any team in the divison. Sports Logos phutmasterflex Location:Indiana Posted March 21, 2012 Share on other sites Share this post Link to post Share on other sites DC in Da House w/o a Doubt 0 CS85 Link to post Link to post 0 666 0 The Packers one is the only one I don’t think works. IMO most are a bit too busy and over the top, but i really like the broncos, the Jets, bucs, and a recolored Ravens would be amazing. Nice work though. Location:Seattle Share this post Share on other sites 65 All lookin’ good.As for using it as an actual logo in the NFL, I think the Bills, Ravens, Broncos, Bucs, Chiefs, Vikings, and maybe Chargers (if they left of the ‘SD’) could work. 1,149 Followers 1 6,236 posts 20 Next Posted March 21, 2012 Members CrazyAnna JGCleveland Members dsaline97 Moseph Sneed Members By raysox, March 21, 2012 in Sports Logo News These look fantastic. I will have to share this to my friends.Most of them are really complex, but it’s refreshing to see what could be Share on other sites Enio125 SportsLogos.Net Members 666 Link to post Link to post Members 529 posts Sports (formerly, briefly CherryMX) Link to post phutmasterflex Location:The DMV SCL Posted March 21, 2012 Sports Logos That 49ers logo is really well done. Posted March 21, 2012 Share this post Share on other sites 4 16,708 posts 1,027 Share this post Link to post Location:Downingtown, PA 39 In no particular order, the ones I like: Giants. Cardinals. Rams. Ravens. Jets. Patriots. Bills. Link to post shaydre1019 shaydre1019 Share this post Posted March 21, 2012 Share on other sites Posted March 21, 2012 Members Moseph Link to post Link to post Link to post Next 9,904 7,535 posts 626 posts Location:Massillon, Ohio Share this post Posted March 21, 2012 5 Link to post Page 1 of 5 mbannon92 63 posts Share this post Sneed Share on other sites Prev 0 2 Share this post 2,271 Favourite Logos:Anything with a mascot in a sweater or anthropomorphic foods. Posted March 21, 2012 2,271 0 1 Chawls Posted March 21, 2012 3,583 0 Master of My Domain Name Share on other sites Location:Boston, MA CS85
Leicester’s team started the new campaign perfectly, recording a classic 3-0 victory against the newcomer to the Premier League – West Bromwich Albion. The new addition to the “foxes” – Timothy Castane, was the author of the opening goal, and later two goals from a penalty by Jamie Vardy formed the final result.Getty ImagesThe first half was calm and goal positions were almost absent. The best opportunity came only in the 31st minute, when Harvey Barnes squandered his chance to open the goal account of the “foxes” for the new campaign. However, two consecutive great interventions by Sam Johnston kept Leicester away from the goal.At the end of the first half Mateusz Pereira shot towards the opponent’s goal, but Casper Schmeichel saved his goal and both teams returned with a zero draw at the break.After about an hour of play, Timothy Castane debuted in a perfect way, scoring the first goal of the “foxes” for the new season. The Belgian took advantage of a great breakthrough and accurate cross by Denis Pratt and nailed the ball close to the head in the door of the UBA.Leicester continued to dominate and minutes later scored another goal, which was canceled due to an ambush.In the 72nd minute Kylie Bartley knocked Jamie Vardy to the ground and gave a penalty kick to the opponent. The Englishman did not make a mistake from the penalty spot and after a cunning execution of the penalty doubled the lead of his team.In the 83rd minute, the hosts showed that they have not learned from their mistake and gave a new penalty to Leicester. This time the sinner was Dara O’Shea, and the perpetrator of the “fox” strike was the famous Vardy. The striker made the final 3-0, after he outsmarted Sam Johnston, waiting for him to plunge before nailing the ball in his door.Thus, Leicester started the season with a classic victory, which puts the team in second place in the standings. UBA is on the other pole after a disappointing start, but the team has a whole season at its disposal to prove that its entry into the English elite is not a coincidence. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.
Rivers United players, led by their captain Festus Austin, are pleading with the State Governor Nyesom Wike to settle their outstanding financial entitlements to enable them concentrate and challenge for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title this season.The players claim they are owed backlog of match bonuses for over two seasons and contract fees since last season.The Stanley Eguma-tutored side are currently second on the NPFL standings with 36 points from 21 matches, just one point behind leaders Plateau United.In an interview with a radio station in Port Harcourt monitored by www.busybuddiesng.com, Austin described the situation as a ‘big issue’, while pleading with Governor Wike to come to their rescue.“That has been a big issue in the team,” the veteran defender said. “Since the start of this season, the players have been asking for their money regarding the contract fees and two seasons match bonuses, as well as the current season’s match bonuses and contract fees.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Festus-February-27.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“I just want to use this opportunity to beg His Excellency (Nyesom Wike) to see how he will look to our case and release the money so that it can really push us to be on top of the table to see how we’ll bring the league trophy to Rivers State.”Centre-back Kunle Odunlami and former Super Eagles player added: “What the players know about is only money, there’s nothing you tell the players. If you say ‘players do this’, they’ll tell you ‘hey, you have not done this, if you do this, you can ask for more’.“So, right now, I believe if he can help us. I believe Mr Excellency is a man of his words If he can help to release these monies and pay everybody so that we can put our heads together, not that we would be thinking ‘Oh! I’ve not been paid transfer fees’ instead of us to focus on the game.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Kunle-February-27.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“But right now, we are just begging and we hope before the end of the month, something better will happen,” the former Sunshine Stars man said.Owing players their wages is not a new thing in Rivers State. In 2014, players of defunct the Sharks and Dolphins (now Rivers United) slept in front of the Government House in Port Harcourt in protest of 8 months salaries.The non-payment of players’ wages is also widespread across the league and players have often resorted to the threat of legal recourse and the intervention of international sporting organisations to get their due.On Tuesday, NPFL club FC Ifeanyiubah were handed a global transfer ban by professional footballers union FIFPro for “repeated non-payment of salaries”.RelatedNPFL: Unpaid Wages Could Derail Rivers United’s Title Ambitions – Eguma Warns (AUDIO)March 10, 2020In “Featured”AUDIO: Governor Wike Vows To Pay Rivers United Players Their Outstanding Sign-on FeesDecember 19, 2017In “Nigeria”Big Shame! Rivers United Players Lay Siege On Government House Over Unpaid Entitlements (Photos)December 19, 2017In “Nigeria”
Freeform/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) — On tonight’s episode of The Bold Type, viewers finally get to meet Babs, the hard-drinking estranged mother of Scarlet magazine fashion assistant Sutton Brady.Meghann Fahy, who plays Sutton, says the mother-daughter reunion episode — which also involves a road trip with Sutton’s besties Jane and Kat — is one of her favorite ones yet.“This episode is a big one for Sutton and I was really excited about it because it was an opportunity to learn more about her and where she came from,” Fahy tells ABC Radio. “And I love road trips so it was really cool that we got to incorporate all of those things into this one episode.”While Sutton is typically known for her sunny sense of humor and ability to make light of things, Fahy says we’ll see a more emotional side to her when she confronts Babs about their relationship.“Learning about Babs is hugely important in terms of understanding why Sutton is the way she is, a little bit, and she has a really, really lovely moment with her mother where she gets to kind of speak her truth and I think that’s a really beautiful thing to see,” she says.So what prompts Sutton to reconnect with Babs? She needs her birth certificate in order to get a passport in time for Paris Fashion Week. Paris is a major career milestone for Sutton and we’ll also see how reaching that goal will affect her.“I think that when she gets there and she finally achieves this lifelong goal of hers, some other elements of her life will sort of fall into place and it will give her some really important perspective,” Fahy says. The Bold Type airs at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
New Orleans Saints (13-3). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 2. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 44, beat Indianapolis 31-17 on Feb. 7, 2010. Last year: No. 1 seed, beat Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 at home in divisional round, lost to Los Angeles Rams 26-23 (OT) in NFC championship at home. Third consecutive trip to NFC playoffs.New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)Yea: QB Drew Brees, who’ll turn 41 on Jan. 15, has been in vintage form lately with a big assist from the NFL’s top WR Michael Thomas. Brees has passed for 1,188 yards and 15 TDs in the past four games, evidence of his strong comeback from a thumb surgery that sidelined him five games. Thomas racked up a single-season record 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine TDs. The Saints’ eight turnovers are an NFL record low for a season. New Orleans had 51 sacks, third most in the NFL and ranked fourth against the run.Nay: While the Saints don’t have many weaknesses, they can be their own worst enemy. Their 120 penalties for 1,036 yards ranked sixth worst in the NFL in both categories and their minus-323 net penalty yards ranked second worst. New Orleans’ secondary has been beset with late-season injuries. Both starting safeties and a starting cornerback did not play in Week 17.Say: “Down the stretch here I think we’ve been an ascending team. We’ve been playing a little bit better each and every week, despite the fact that we have had some guys go down.” — Brees (AP) —For the first time since 1997, the San Francisco 49ers are the top seed in the NFC playoffs, a stunning turnaround for a team that owned the second overall pick in the NFL draft just nine months ago. After four straight losing campaigns, including only 10 wins in coach Kyle Shanahan’s first two seasons, the 49ers went from 4-12 to 13-3 this season. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 11. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 52, 41-33 over New England Patriots, Feb. 4, 2018. Last year: No. 6 seed, beat Chicago Bears 16-15 in wild-card game on road, lost to New Orleans Saints 20-14 in divisional round on road. Third consecutive trip to NFC playoffs.Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)Yea: The Eagles are hungry and Carson Wentz is determined to do what Nick Foles did in his absence two years ago — win a Super Bowl. If Wentz continues playing at the MVP level he displayed in December, the Eagles are dangerous. They have a strong rushing attack that can control the clock and an experienced defense that shuts down the run and forces teams to be one-dimensional.Nay: Seattle beat the Eagles in Philadelphia 17-9 on Nov. 24. Russell Wilson is 4-0 against Philly. The Eagles have been riddled by injuries and finished the regular season without seven starters on offense. Three of those players could return to face the Seahawks but it’s likely two will be game-time decisions.Say: “In the last couple games, (Wentz) has really put this team on his back and said, ‘Hey, follow me.’ And I think that’s a sign of growth, a sign of maturity. I spent eight years in Green Bay with Brett Favre, and that’s what Brett did. Brett just put the team on his back when the chips were against us and just said, ‘Follow me.’ And that’s what Carson can do.” — Coach Doug Pederson. Green Bay Packers (13-3). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 5. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 45, 31-25 over Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6, 2011. Last year: 6-9-1. First trip to NFC playoffs since 2016.Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)Yea: RB Aaron Jones is the team MVP. The third-year pro is Green Bay’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Eddie Lacy in 2014 and his 19 total touchdowns (16 rushing, three receiving) tied Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey for the league high. In the Packers’ three losses this season, Jones averaged fewer than 42 scrimmage yards. If first-year coach Matt LaFleur gets Jones the ball early and often and QB Aaron Rodgers can add in a splash of his old magic, Green Bay could find itself in Miami in February.Nay: Though Rodgers has had flashes of his old greatness, the 36-year-old two-time MVP has played far below his soaring standards. Rodgers had a passer rating of less than 80.0 in each of his last three starts and had a career-high 16 overthrows against Detroit in the regular-season finale. If the Packers are going to win another Super Bowl, they’re going to need the Rodgers of old, not the old Rodgers.Say: “We haven’t always made it easy and we haven’t always made it pretty, but for the most part, we’ve found a way to win every game. You have to say a lot about the resiliency of this team, because we’ve gotten ourselves into a lot of different scenarios, but we always believe we can go out there and put up a bunch of points in a hurry.” — WR Davante Adams San Francisco 49ers (13-3). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 3. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 29, 49-26 over San Diego Chargers on Jan. 29, 1995. Last year: 4-12. First trip to NFC playoffs since 2013.San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo smiles after his team beat the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Yea: The 49ers have won different ways with the defense dominating early and the offense playing better late. The returns of edge rusher Dee Ford and S Jaquiski Tartt should help the defense return to its early season form. If QB Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense can maintain its play from the second half when the team ranked second in plays of at least 20 yards, the Niners should be tough to beat.Nay: The Niners will still be missing at least one key defensive piece at the start of the playoffs in LB Kwon Alexander and several depth pass rushers also are out for the year. That could limit the improvement on defense and there is little playoff experience on offense with WR Emmanuel Sanders the only key skill position player who has been in the postseason. Garoppolo has improved the past few weeks but still has a propensity for turnovers, which could prove costly.Say: “We knew going into the year we had a chance to be pretty good with what we had on paper and watching the guys throughout training camp. We knew that pretty well after the first five games, we could feel it. Then you go through a number of injuries and stuff and you never know how you’re going to be able to fully handle that. That’s what I have been impressed the most with the guys, no one has wavered.” — Shanahan. They emerged as the top team in the NFC thanks to a big-play offense and a vastly improved defense sparked by Nick Bosa, whom they chose with that No. 2 draft pick.They earned the top seed with a thrilling finale at Seattle when rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw made a stop inches from the goal line, earning his team a week off and up to two home games in the 49ers’ quest to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in seven years.“It feels good to get where we’re at,” Shanahan said. “Our goal was to get in the playoffs, it feels much better with being the one seed. By now everyone knows there is only one team that is happy at the end of year.”The Green Bay Packers secured the other first-round bye.The Seahawks visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and the Minnesota Vikings visit the New Orleans Saints in the other NFC wild-card game. Minnesota Vikings (10-6). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 8. No Lombardis. Last year: 8-7-1. First trip to NFC playoffs since 2017.Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a pass in front of Green Bay Packers linebacker Rashan Gary (52) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)Yea: The Vikings have an experienced, accomplished defense that can pose problems for elite QBs and clever play-callers on the other side. The Vikings were sixth in the NFL with an average of 18.9 points allowed and fourth with 31 takeaways. Their play-action passing attack with Pro Bowl RB Dalvin Cook poses a dual threat and QB Kirk Cousins throwing deep to WR Stefon Diggs can be awfully dangerous, too.Nay: The downside on defense is the erosion of the pass coverage. After ranking in the top three in passing yards allowed in the league in each of the past three years, the Vikings dropped to 15th in 2019. They also fell to 19th in the NFL in third down conversions allowed after leading the league in 2017 and 18. The offense carries its own reasons to doubt a playoff run, with Cousins never having won a postseason game in the NFL and a recent dud at home against division rival Green Bay.Say: “I know it’s been done before. Why not us?” — coach Mike Zimmer on the prospect of winning three road games to reach the Super Bowl. Seattle Seahawks (11-5). AP Pro32 Ranking: No. 6. Last Lombardi: Super Bowl 48, 43-8 over Denver Broncos on Feb. 2, 2014. Last year: No. 5 seed, lost to Dallas Cowboys 24-22 in wild-card game on road. Second consecutive trip to NFC playoffs.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is chased by San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa on a carry during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)Yea: Unlike years past, if the Seahawks are going to make a deep playoff run, it’s going to be because of QB Russell Wilson. He’s coming off the second-best season in terms of passing yards, completion percentage and a career-low five interceptions. Wilson’s never been asked to carry Seattle in the playoffs but if he can rediscover the success from when he was in the MVP conversation with Lamar Jackson, Seattle has enough other parts to make some noise.Nay: Injuries have stacked up for Seattle. The Seahawks lost their top three running backs, a starting edge rusher, tight end and center to season-ending injuries. Jadeveon Clowney is playing through a painful core muscle injury. Bobby Wagner has a bad ankle as does safety Quandre Diggs. Left tackle Duane Brown underwent knee surgery after Week 16. Eventually the lack of some key stars is likely to catch up with Seattle.Say: “We have everything we want in the locker room. We have everything that we could need. We have everything that it takes. So it’s been a tremendous season. It’s been a battle so far. It’s been a long one, but it’s been a great one so far. The good thing is it’s a refresh button, you get to hit the refresh button, start over, 0-0, see how far we can go.” — Wilson. Loading…Sponsored Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi hosts 15th Annual Islanders SplashFull ResultsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi cross country teams wrapped up the Islanders Splash Friday evening at West Guth Park, with the men taking first overall as a team in the 8k race, while the women took third in the 5k. It’s the second consecutive win for the Cowboys on the season. McNeese took the team title at the Rice Invitational two weeks ago. In the women’s 5,000 meter race, Wrozek topped the Lady Demons’ scorecard for the first time in her career with a 22nd place 18:52.6 time, heading three other NSU runners in the top 30. Olivia Olguin, Ana Moreno and Nicole Aponte finished third, fourth and fifth in the women’s 5,000 meter race to lead Sam Houston to the team title. Olguin finished just 10 seconds behind race winner Ebony White of the University of Houston. White won with a mark of 17:55 while Olguin cruised in with an 18:05 clocking. Central Arkansas at Rhodes College Cross Country InvitationalMEMPHIS, Tenn. – The University of Central Arkansas men finished third and the women fourth on Saturday at the Rhodes College Invitational at Shelby Farms. UCA’s men finished with a score of 78, trailing only Northern Kentucky and Memphis among the 18 teams. Senior Jonathan Burgess was UCA’s top finisher for the third consecutive meet, covering the 8K in 26:03.00. Freshman Julien Jeandree was 12th in a time of 26:29.50, followed by junior Josh Quiroga in 17th (26:37.60) and sophomore Grant Williams in 21st (26:53.90). Oklahoma State won the contest with a perfect score of 15 points followed by Belmont with 61 points and Creighton with 84 points. Cowboy Kirubel Erassa won the 8K in 24:19.59, which was 16 seconds faster than runner-up teammate Fabian Clarkson, and 32 seconds better than third-place Craig Nowak. Moreno posted a time of 18:15 and Aponte was two seconds back at 18:17. Other SHSU women’s finishes and times were Miranda Prado 13th 19:08 and Nina Gonzales 14th 19:10. Francine Nzilampa, running unattached, won the individual title with a time of 17:12.4 as LSU junior Andria Aguilar was the first collegian to cross the finish line with a time of 17:17.4.- Return to top – Next action for the Bearkat cross country teams will be a trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Crimson Tide Classic Friday, October 17. LSU won the team title with 34 points followed by Tulane 54, Louisiana-Lafayette 68, McNeese, Southeastern Louisiana 146, Northwestern State 151 and Southern 194. Freshman Ashley Adams scored 27th in 19:04.4 and freshman Jacqueline Rushford ran 29thth in 19:10 for the Lady Demons, whose scoring was completed by freshmen twins Erin Sitarz (36th, 19:40.9) and Emily Sitarz (37th, 20:05). Freshman Annie Fillers was in the 38th scoring position in 20:40.7. Sam Houston State at 15th Annual Islanders Splash CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Bearkats dominated at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Splash cross country meet Friday evening with the SHSU women taking first place and the men third. UIW at 78th Annual Cowboy JamboreeMen’s ResultsWomen’s ResultsSTILLWATER, Okla. – The University of the Incarnate Word cross country teams each finished in fifth place in the 78th Annual Cowboy Jamboree Division I race hosted by Oklahoma State University on Saturday. (Women’s Results, Men’s Results) Senior Corissa Storms finished 13th with an 18:35.2 time followed by a 15th place finish by senior Rhian Dawes at 18:38.2, sophomore Alison Smegal in 16th with a time of 18:41.1 and the scoring rounded out by a 28th place finish by senior Kaitlyn Jeter with a 19:08.9. Karl Schreiber was the top Bearkat in the men’s 8,000 meter race with a 26:16 time for a fourth place finish. Event winner Philipp Baar of A&M-Corpus Christi took first place with a clocking of 25:15. McNeese State hosts McNeese Cowboy StampedeMen’s ResultsWomen’s ResultsLAKE CHARLES – Former McNeese standout runner Jarret LeBlanc set the pace at Saturday’s McNeese Cowboy Club ASICS Cowboy Stampede with a first place finish mark of 19:08.30 in the four-mile race, leading the way for his fellow Cowboy runners to take the team title in the men’s division. “The guys ran really well,” head coach Shawn Flanagan said. “This was the best overall team performance we have had in awhile. Philipp (Baar) was strong all the way through — Cesar (Gonzalez), Justin (Adame), Logan (Pittdman) and Edgar (Martinez) all ran really strong and I’m proud of how they finished.” Three other Cowboy runners finished in the top 25 led by William Hamilton in 15th place with a time of 20:06.20, Enrique Soto in 16th place at 20:16.17 and Bradley Traviss in 22nd at 20:39.43. Sam Houston State at 15th Annual Islanders SplashTexas A&M-Corpus Christi hosts 15th Annual Islanders SplashMcNeese State hosts McNeese Cowboy StampedeSoutheastern Louisiana at McNeese Cowboy StampedeNorthwestern State at McNeese Cowboy StampedeCentral Arkansas at Rhodes College Cross Country InvitationalAbilene Christian at 78th Annual Cowboy JamboreeUIW at 78th Annual Cowboy Jamboree The host Oklahoma State won the meet with 19 points. They have all five of their scoring runners finish in the top six. Monika Juodeskaite was the individual champion with a time of 17:16.49. Creighton finished second as a team with 72 points and they were followed by Abilene Christian (79), Belmont (85), UIW and Oral Roberts (156). Northwestern State at McNeese Cowboy StampedeLAKE CHARLES – Freshmen Josh Wilkins and Erin Wrozek were Northwestern State’s top runners Saturday at the ASICS-McNeese State Stampede cross country races. The Cardinals are back in action on October 11 for the 9th Annual UIW Invitational at the Live Oak City Park.- Return to top – Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese Cowboy StampedeLake Charles, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed fifth at the Cowboy Stampede on Saturday. Sam Houston’s winning team score was 34. Houston was the runner-up with 43 points followed by host A&M-Corpus Christi 56, Texas-Pan American 102, Texas Southern 151 and Prairie View A&M 159. Alexandria Hackett placed 13th with a huge course PR of 19:21.12, which was more than two minutes faster than last year’s effort of 21:28.35. Gutierrez, meanwhile, claimed 15th place in her jamboree debut with a mark of 19:40.25. Slightly back a bit with top-25 times of 20:03.24 and 20:03.33 were sophomore Michaela Hackett and Marina Guerrero. The Wildcats scored 79 points in a field that also featured host and team champion Oklahoma State (19 points) and Creighton, which edged ACU for runner-up honors by a mere seven points. Rounding out the standings were Belmont (85), Southland Conference rival Incarnate Word (104) and Oral Roberts (156). Southeastern cross country will return to action on October 3rd, when they compete in the Watson Ford Invitational, hosted by Mississippi College.- Return to top – Freshman Nathan Jones was fifth with a time of 19:45.62 followed by sophomore Oliver James with a sixth place finish at 19:47.22, junior Nicholas Kiprono was eighth with a 19:51.78, and senior Brock Moreaux in ninth with a 19:51.89 to round out the scoring for the Cowboys. The men’s race covered 8-kilometers and it was Marcos Mora (Converse/Wagner HS) who led the team with a time of 27:18.88 that was good for 18th place. Jorge Quintero (El Paso/Burgess HS) was less than 11 seconds behind Mora, but finished eight places lower in 26th overall. The team nearly caught Oral Roberts for fourth place thanks to a solid pack of scoring runners. McNeese finished with 31 team points to beat out Louisiana-Lafayette with 66 points, LSU at 73, Tulane 83, Southeastern Louisiana 146, Northwestern State 150 and Southern 225. LSU won the women’s team competition with 34 points, ahead of Tulane (54), Louisiana-Lafayette (68), McNeese (80), Southeastern Louisiana (146), NSU (151), Southern (194) and Nicholls, who did not score. On the women’s side, McNeese finished fourth with 80 points as freshman Amity Delaney led the squad with an eighth place finish and a time of 18:05.05 in the 5-kilometer run. The annual Southland Conference cross country championship meet will be held in Natchitoches, La., on Monday, November 3.- Return to top – Other Sam Houston men’s finishes and times were Ryan Saam 8th, Grant Buley 15th 26:52, Evan Arambula 16th 26:54, Logan Terry 27th 27:44, Colton Stoker 29th 28:04, Patrick Pitts 30th 28:10 and J. T. Bounds 43rd 29:01. Oklahoma State won the meet with 15 points as they swept the top seven spots in the Division I race. Kirubel Erassa was the individual champion with a time of 24:19.59. Belmont was second with 61 points and they were followed by Creighton (84), Oral Roberts (123), UIW (134) and Abilene Christian (156). The meet was held at West Guth Park in Corpus Christi. A&M-Corpus Christi won the men’s race with 32 points. Houston was second with 50 points followed by Sam Houston 70, Texas-Pan American 112, Prairie View A&M 137 and Texas Southern 144. For the men, junior Harry Wiggins ran a personal best and turned in the top Lion time of 20:01.1, placing 14th. Also finishing among the top 50 runners were: Joseph Edwards (21:28.0, 37th), Michael Perez (21:49.7, 43rd), Stephen Cassingham (22:02.4, 46th), and Isaiah Gilbert (22:07.7, 47th). The men’s side also place fifth overall. In the men’s race, the Demons’ second scorer was freshman Guy Butts, 31st in 21:43.6. Junior Jeremy Elliott was next for NSU (34th, 22:01.7), followed on the scorecard by freshman Hunter Warmack (37th, 22:09.4) and sophomore Lucas Moncla (38th, 22:16.4). Also finishing for the Demons: sophomore Skylor Reese (39th, 22:38.4) and freshman Tyler Corwin (42nd, 24:37.4). On the women’s side, UCA finished with a score of 136, trailing Memphis, Arkansas State and UALR in the 16-team field. Sophomore Brigette Caruthers finished 11th overall in a time of 22:49.10 for the 6K course. Freshman Diana Moreno was right behind in 12th (22:58.40). Freshman Layne Sargussen finished 30th (24:08.50), while junior Sophie Clauss was 36th (24:22.90). Junior Madison Sewell finished 51st (24:49.40).- Return to top – The Pre-Conference Meet on Monday, Oct. 6 at the Demon Hills Golf Course is the next action for the NSU cross country teams, who host the Southland Conference Championships on the same course Nov. 3.- Return to top – “We are definitely moving in the right direction,” said student assistant Brandon Chapoton. “Both teams are showing the improvement that we are expecting at this point in the season.” Hosted by McNeese State, the Cowboy Invitational slated Southeastern against a total of nine in-state schools: Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Northwestern, Loyola, Nicholls, Xavier and Southern. The men took five of the top-10 spots in the 8k race. Philipp Baar impressed once again as he finished the race first overall with a time of 25:14.9. He was followed closely by Justin Adame (26:27.8) who finished fifth, while Cesar Gonzalez (26:31.1) took seventh. Edgar Martinez (26:35.6) and Logan Pittdman (26:37.8) finished ninth and tenth, respectively. The men’s team standings were topped by meet host McNeese (31), with ULL second (66), followed by LSU (73), Tulane (83), Southeastern (146), Northwestern (150) and Southern (225) also posting scores, and Nicholls failing to finish five runners. Abilene Christian at 78th Annual Cowboy JamboreeSTILLWATER, Okla. – Led by sophomore Diana Garcia-Munoz’ eighth-place 5K of 18:45.62 and additional top-20 finishes by Alexandria Hackett and Victoria Gutierrez, Abilene Christian’s women’s cross country team finished third of six teams Saturday at the annual Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree. The UIW women had a pair of runner finish just outside the top 10 in the 5K race. Rainy Castaneda (Laredo/United South HS) led the team for a third straight meet finishing 11th with a time of 19:18.18. Christina Rivera (Brownsville/Rivera HS) was right behind her in 12th place with a time of 19:19.87. The team finished with 104 points overall. The Cardinals had a tight pack of runners with only 1:14 separating the five scoring runners. Freshman Clarissa Smith placed 26th with a time of 18:55.7, while freshman Haley Gregoire also finished in the top 50 with a time of 19:26.2 (41st). The Lady Lions placed fifth overall. “I thought our women ran 110 percent better than they did last weekend,” Flanagan noted. “Last time out Sam Houston beat us by about 100 points and they beat us by just 15 today.”- Return to top – With Block sidelined, Wildcat newcomer Sterlen Paul led ACU to the finish line for the first time in his young career with a 25th-place mark of 28:14.75. Coming in behind him were teammates Ryan Cleary (28:34.90), Ryan Woelful (29:26.02), John Baker (29:59.93) and Reid Rivers (30:12.13). The ACU men’s team suffered a big blow after senior team leader Daniel Block was forced to drop out of the race, which resulted in a sixth-place team showing of 156 points. Other Cowgirl finishers included Sarah Booth in 35th with a time of 19:17.5, Angelina Covington in 38th at 19:21.8, Danielle Jones in 45th at 20:11.9, Emily Mouton in 49th at 20:24.9, Lauren Cooper in 51st at 20:36.1, and Monica Fernandez in 54th at 20:47.4. For the third straight meet, Wilkins was NSU’s highest finisher, taking 10th in a field of 74 by running 19:56 over four miles at Enos Derbonne Park. The Wildcats return to action next Saturday with a trip to the Chile Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas.- Return to top – Freshman Preston Borg was 22nd (26:55.90), while junior Albert Maeder was 24th (26:59.30). Senior Ryan Holroyd was the first current Cowboy runner to cross the line as he finished third among the college runners with a time of 19:32.84 and posted an average mile time of 4:53.2. For the women, Regina Salinas (18:23.5) led the Islanders with a sixth-place finish in the 5k. Senior Vanessa Galindo finished behind Salinas with a time of 18:36.5. Freshman Carissa Piñón finished the race 12th overall while Jasmine Boutte (19:12.7), Liz Romo (19:18.4), Shelby Polasek (19:25.4) and Molly Tucker (19:48.4) finished 15th through 18th, respectively. On the women’s side, freshman Celia Zaeringer once again turned in the fastest Lady Lion time. Setting a new personal best, the New Orleans native completed the 5k race in 17:45.4. The Cowgirls claimed five of the six best times led by winner Monkia Juodeskaite (17:16.49) and bronze medalist Natalie Baker (18:18.26). Belmont’s Hannah Wittman prevented OSU’s attempt for a perfect score by clocking the second-place time of 18:16.70. Garcia-Munoz’ time today was a 24-second improvement over last year’s 39th-place mark of 19:09.02 and landed her right in between Creighton’s Courtney Sawle (18:43.38) and OSU’s Abbie Hetherington (18:50.46). Everyone else behind them had a time above 19-minutes, while all those in front of them were in ahead of the 18:32.00 mark.
The original plan was for athletes to be housed in hotels but a lack of providers forced organisers to approach the Methodist Church of Samoa, who agreed to have the athletes stay at their Faleula compound.Pacific Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue believes the change of plan is a blessing in disguise.”It’s a big advantage actually to have all of the athletes in one place, like we had in Port Moresby (four years ago) and in New Caledonia in 2011. The last time the Games were here (in 2007) all the athletes were housed in schools around the town.”At Faleula everyone’s going to be together – logistically that makes the task easier for the organisers and also for some of the Chefs as well. Particularly for the bigger teams if they were in hotels they might have been split of two or three hotel properties (but) this time they’re all going to be together.”Chef de Missions from 13 of the 24 Pacific Games Associations spent three days in Apia this week and had a chance to get a look at the Games Village and competition venues first-hand.Andrew Minogue is confident Samoa will host a great Pacific Games and says the main focus is now on ensuring the venues are completed.”When you look around town that’s the most obvious thing because Apia Park, the aquatics complex and a couple of the other venues are being refurbished so, with four months to go, if you’re looking at all the Games sites that’s what you see.”You see some construction being done – there’s a new venue being constructed at Faleata for the netball and the badminton so yes obviously it’s a priority to make sure they’re finished.”Andrew Minogue said he expects the completed venues to be handed over to organisers sometime in June, which he says is more than enough time before thePacific Games gets underway on July 6.