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Austin plans to stay at QPR in January

Posted in rbiazxks on September 18th, 2020

first_imgCharlie Austin has told Sky Sports News HQ he does not expect to leave QPR in January.Austin, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season, was tipped to move during the summer and there has since been speculation that he could be sold when the transfer window reopens.But the striker, 26, said: “I can’t see myself leaving in January, because I’m concentrating on playing for QPR. I think I owe it them and my loyalty is with them, to help them and get promoted.AdChoices广告“Football is a small career and you have to make the right decisions, the right moves, and if it’s right for myself, and my family and the people I bounce the ideas off, then I will take on anything.”See also: The six key reasons QPR were able to keep Austin (2 September) Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Confidence key to Nick Perry’s improved play

Posted in rbiazxks on September 17th, 2020

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: 2020-09-17:699ca366b83906aa7ccb4498 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-245524-3895683177001 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.Perry has also received an extra boost of energy from two entirely difference sources. With this being his final season at Alabama, Perry has been motivated to play his best.“You never know if you’re going to be able to play on the next level or not,” said the 6-foot, 1-inch, 211-pound Perry. “So you better play every game like it’s your last. So that’s what I do.”Second, he’s gained fuel from seeing how the front seven of the defense reacts to the music playing at Bryant-Denny Stadium during the games.“Those guys are monsters,” Perry said. “When they’re hyped and jumping up and down and they’re putting pressure on the quarterback, it makes our job a lot easier. So whatever can get those guys hyped like that, whatever song they’re playing, they need to continue playing that.”Perry said the secondary has put its own twist on the hip-hop song, “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd that’s been played after an incomplete pass.“We kind of remixed it and call it ‘No Fly Zone’ in our head,” Perry said. “The song is definitely for us.”Musical inspiration aside, for Perry, it comes back to confidence as to why he’s playing his best football right now.“Saban recruited us, and we all knew we were great players,’ Perry said. “When you’re out there, you just have to play with confidence. Basically play like you belong out there. When you play with confidence, you’re able to make plays out there.” Session ID: 2020-09-17:c77f1823953911d4485fc0e9 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-47631-3895753590001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.TUSCALOOSA — Confidence.Senior safety Nick Perry has it in an abundance right now, which is the main reason the Prattville native is playing perhaps his best football at Alabama.“I think it’s just confidence,” Perry said Monday. “I think I’m just getting back into the groove of things and able to make a couple of plays out there.”He’s made more than “a couple of plays” in the last two weeks.Perry had a career-best 12 tackles and his first interception of the season in last week’s 25-20 win over previously unbeaten Mississippi State. Perry was named SEC co-defensive player of the week along with Arkansas defensive end Martrell Spaight.“Nick has really improved,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said Monday. “I think what has improved with Nick the most is his confidence. He’s playing with a lot of confidence right now. I think that’s benefited his performance.”Everybody has a plan until they get hit in the mouth #BeatState— Real Tim Riggins (@NIckPerry_27) November 15, 2014Perry is fourth on the team in total tackles this season with 56 and second in solo stops with 37. Junior linebacker Reggie Ragland is first in solo tackles with 38.“He’s got a lot of experience around here,” Saban said. “He’s a very bright guy. Very smart guy. His improvement has certainly helped dramatically on how we’ve been able to improve in the secondary. He’s done a really nice job for us and did a good in this last game.”Perry also came through big in Alabama’s 20-13 overtime win two weeks ago at LSU. He had eight total tackles and a key pass breakup on third down on LSU’s overtime possession.“That was a tough play because a lot of safeties get called for pass interference on that,” Perry said. “I tried to make sure I didn’t hook him with my right hand. I just wanted to (swat the ball) with my left.”After playing only two games last season due to a shoulder injury, Perry has started all but one game this season. Perry missed the first half of the Florida game after being ejected in the second half of the Southern Miss game for targeting.My apologies BamaNation.. My boys will take care of business #NoFlyZone— Real Tim Riggins (@NIckPerry_27) September 14, 2014Perry has just one interception this season, but took pride in it because it was the same type of play he dropped one this season against Texas A&M.“I was able to make up for that one,” Perry said. Game preparation came through for Perry on the interception.“You notice from watching film and practicing, we kind of knew that when they put those (three receivers) in the boundary, they were going to run all vertical routes and the guy was going to bend it,” Perry said. “So I just jumped the route and made a play.”Play 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_FOUNDlast_img read more

Djokovic beats heat and Sousa to reach U.S. Open quarters

Posted in rbiazxks on September 16th, 2020

first_imgNEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic sweated his way to a 6-3 6-4 6-3 fourth round win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa as the heat returned to the U.S. Open yesterday, setting up a potential quarter-final with second seed Roger Federer. Djokovic improved his perfect record in U.S. Open fourth round contests to 11-0, leaving it to Federer, who plays Australian John Millman in the late contest on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court, to give the fans a mouthwatering match-up.A Federer versus Djokovic clash would provide the perfect contest to propel the U.S. Open into the second week, with the two champions having claimed seven titles at Flushing Meadows between them.“The matches I’ve played against him (Federer) have shaped me into the player that I am today,” said Djokovic, who beat the Swiss at the Cincinnati final in the lead up to the U.S. Open. Sousa arrived at the season’s final Grand Slam in dreadful form, having lost his previous seven matches, but suddenly found his game on the hardcourts to knock out 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta and number 17 seed Lucas Pouille en route to the last 16.The first Portuguese player to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam, the 68th-ranked Sousa never threatened to progress any further as his magical U.S. Open run came to an end.The biggest concern for sixth-seeded Djokovic might well have been the conditions as the heat returned to New York after a few days of relief. DJOKOVIC SUFFERSThrough his opening round matches the Serb and his performances suffered under a blazing sun and, with temperatures once again nudging into the 90s Fahrenheit (32 Celsius), the extreme conditions again took a toll on 31-year-old.He went off court two sets and 2-1 up for a medical evaluation. “I am not 21 anymore, that was 10 years ago. I still don’t feel old but at the same time there is a little biological clock that is not really working in your favour,” said Djokovic. “Heat was the adversity today. I’ve experienced that in the first round. It’s tough.“It’s not easy to play in these kind of conditions. At the same time, you can’t do anything but try to be tough and survive, you know, find a way to win.”The 13-times Grand Slam champion made easy work of the opening set, breaking Sousa twice — the second time to close out the set. Things got tougher in the second as a sluggish Djokovic laboured before again clinching it with a break.As temperatures rose so did tempers, with both players engaging in animated arguments with chair umpire James Keothavong over points.Djokovic, however, was able to keep his cool just long enough to finish off Sousa with another late break.last_img read more

Anthony Davis bruises back in Lakers’ 117-87 win over Knicks

Posted in rbiazxks on September 9th, 2020

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 8th January, 2020 12:18 IST Anthony Davis Bruises Back In Lakers’ 117-87 Win Over Knicks Anthony Davis left in the third quarter after bruising his lower back on a painful fall during the Los Angeles Lakers’ sixth straight victory, 117-87 over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 8th January, 2020 12:18 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Anthony Davis left in the third quarter after bruising his lower back on a painful fall during the Los Angeles Lakers’ sixth straight victory, 117-87 over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.Davis bruised his sacrum — the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone — when he attempted to block Julius Randle’s driving shot. He got knocked off balance and fell awkwardly to the court, landing hard on his back with 2:45 left in the third.The six-time All-Star pounded the court in pain and stayed down for roughly two minutes, but eventually rose with his teammates’ help and then slowly walked off unaided.X-rays were negative, but Davis didn’t return to the game. His agent, Rich Paul, said his client felt extremely sore.LeBron James scored 31 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15, but the Lakers (30-7) didn’t exactly celebrate becoming the second team to win 30 games this season.Davis, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is the primary reason behind Los Angeles’ swift rise to the top of the Western Conference. He is averaging 27.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in his first season after the Lakers traded most of their young core to New Orleans for him.R.J. Barrett scored 19 points for the Knicks, and Randle had 15 points and 10 rebounds against his former team. New York dropped to 0-3 on its four-game West Coast trip.New York’s Bobby Portis was ejected early in the second quarter for a flagrant foul on Caldwell-Pope. Portis clocked Caldwell-Pope in the head while the Lakers veteran was going up for a fast-break dunk, knocking off Caldwell-Pope’s headband and sending him to the locker room.Caldwell-Pope returned in the third quarter and scored eight more points.The Lakers joined the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks as the league’s only 30-game winners so far this season. Los Angeles hadn’t won 30 games this quickly since the 2008-09 season, when Kobe Bryant’s Lakers started 30-6 and eventually won the 15th of their 16 NBA titles.Los Angeles had little trouble holding off the Knicks in the second half despite Davis’ abrupt absence. The Lakers pushed their lead to 30 early in the fourth quarter with a run led by James, who scored 16 points in 16 minutes in the second half.Dwight Howard had another strong game with eight points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. He also hit the eighth 3-pointer of his career in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSKnicks: Former Lakers forward Reggie Bullock started in place of Marcus Morris and scored seven points in 27 minutes. Morris sat out with a sore neck. … Portis had two points on 1-of-5 shooting in six minutes.Lakers: James thought about sitting out after fighting an illness all day, but elected to play. … Avery Bradley scored 12 points despite sitting out the end of Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Bradley had no swelling and didn’t need to miss a game, he said. … The Lakers didn’t win their 30th game last season until Feb. 27, when they were 30-31.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit the Utah Jazz on Wednesday to wrap up their trip.Lakers: At the Dallas Mavericks on Friday to open a two-game trip. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Bubba Wallace noose incident NOT a hoax despite online speculation suggesting otherwise

Posted in rbiazxks on September 8th, 2020

first_img FOLLOW US I hope you realize they found the item and it was a serpentine belt not a noose.— D (@wwefan0506) June 22, 2020 COMMENT Sujay Chakraborty Written By Also Read | NASCAR Drivers Rally Around Bubba Wallace After Noose Was Found In Racer’s Garage, NASCAR Noose Hoax?Bubba Wallace Noose or a NASCAR noose hoax? False rumour spurs new controversyPosted by a user on Facebook, the post – made to look like a news report – claimed the NASCAR driver confused a hanging serpentine belt in the garage stall for a noose. “NASCAR said a serpentine belt was confused as a noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega Speedway in Alabama on Sunday. Wallace, who is from Mobile, is the only Black driver in the Cup Series,” the now-deleted post read.  LIVE TV Also Read | Bubba Wallace Noose Found In NASCAR Driver’s Garage Stall(Image Credits: AP) FYI: Bubba did not find the noose, it was a team member, and the serpentine belt rumor is fake. pic.twitter.com/tkx3Uk7VmR— Cassie Fambro WBRC (@FambroMedia) June 22, 2020 Also Read | NASCAR Noose Hoax? Statement Reveals A Noose Was Found In Bubba Wallace’s Team’s Garage StallBubba Wallace noose was serpentine belt? Hoax debunkedHowever, before the post could get much attention from fans, it was debunked by host of users on Facebook and other social media platforms. Cassie Fambro, a journalist from Alabama, took to Twitter to confirm that the Bubba Wallace noose incident was not a mistake and NASCAR did not report a serpentine belt was found instead.  Reports further indicate that it was not Bubba Wallace who discovered the noose. The noose was found in the garage stall by a member of the No. 43 team before it was notified to Wallace and NASCAR. “Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team,” the statement released by NASCAR read. “We are angry and outraged and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act.”Also Read | NASCAR Race Begins After Show Of Support For Bubba WallaceThe racing company further noted that an investigation will be carried out into the Bubba Wallace noose incident to uncover the identity of the individual behind the racist attack. According to the latest reports, the FBI, as well as the DoJ (Department of Justice), are investigating the incident. Only a small number of people reportedly had access to the garage before the race, which even excludes fans attending the event. center_img First Published: 23rd June, 2020 18:48 IST ‼️NEW: Per @NASCAR, access to the area was restricted to only NASCAR-credentialed persons and not open to any of the fans. https://t.co/uuKrHr0Qp1— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) June 22, 2020 FYI. The “serpentine belt” story is fake. If you see it, report it as fake #NASCAR #TalladegaSuperspeedway pic.twitter.com/83GtzFTlph— Michelle Quintana 🐝🇵🇦🇺🇲🤠🍦 (@Lagreeneyes03) June 22, 2020 Nascar released statement already. Bubba “mistakenly” identified a serpentine belt, commonly found in Nascar garages, as a noose. Case has already been resolved. Bubba was mistaken. And I believe it was all publicity stunt…— Keith Maine (@kmaine50) June 22, 2020 Last Updated: 23rd June, 2020 18:48 IST Bubba Wallace Noose Incident NOT A Hoax Despite Online Speculation Suggesting Otherwise A Facebook post from an unknown user spurred the controversy that the Bubba Wallace noose incident was a hoax. However, the rumour has been called untrue. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US While NASCAR was busy showcasing a unified front in support for the ‘Bubba Wallace noose’ incident, fans on social media were busy speculating if the incident is nothing but a NASCAR noose hoax. The statement released by the racing company on Saturday stated a noose was found hanging in Wallace’s No. 43 garage stall. It prompted an investigation from the racing company. However, based on a fake rumour (flagged fake on Facebook), several users on social media are apparently determined that the Bubba Wallace noose incident is a hoax and the driver actually mistook a NASCAR serpentine belt for a noose. “The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Alabama, FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are reviewing the situation surrounding the noose that was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage to determine whether there are violations of federal law.”— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) June 22, 2020last_img read more

Barcelona Look to Bounce Back against Betis

Posted in rbiazxks on September 8th, 2020

first_imgBarcelona will be looking to bounce back from Thursday’s Copa del Rey disappointment when they travel to Real Betis in La Liga this night.The Spanish champions are currently second in the table, three points off leaders Real Madrid, while Betis occupy 12th position with 28 points to show from their 22 fixtures.It would be fair to say that there will be plenty of eyes on Barca during the 90 minutes, but Betis will not exactly enter the match in the best of form having won just one of their last six in the league. Indeed, having collected just six points since December 8, the Seville outfit have dropped into 12th position in the table, some six points behind seventh-placed Villarreal.Betis actually finished sixth in 2017-18 but only claimed 10th last term and have struggled for consistency during the current season. Today will certainly be a special occasion for now Barca boss Quique Setien as he returns to the club that he left in May 2019.Setien led the team to the Europa League during his first season at the helm but will not be in the mood to hand out any favours today night due to his current side’s predicament.Betis beat Barca 4-3 when they travelled to Camp Nou in November 2018, but they have not actually overcome the Catalan giants in a home La Liga fixture since March 2008.The Spanish champions suffered a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, and it has been a turbulent week considering that Lionel Messi hit back at Eric Abidal on social media in response to the sporting director’s criticism of the players.Messi himself is currently being linked with a move away, and it would be hugely damaging for the club if they were to lose the Argentine at the end of the campaign.Ousmane Dembele’s latest hamstring issue is expected to see the Frenchman miss the remainder of the season, meanwhile, leaving Barca desperately short in attack as Luis Suarez is also absent.The Catalan giants are allegedly attempting to bring an emergency signing to the club, and Betis forward Loren Moron is the latest player to be linked with a potential move.Barca suffered a 2-0 loss at Valencia in their last away La Liga match on January 25, although they did manage to pick up three huge points at home to Levante last weekend.Real Madrid will have the chance to open up a six-point advantage at the summit on Sunday afternoon, though, and there is simply no downplaying the importance of this particular match in Seville.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hawaii employee who sent alert ‘claimed to believe threat’ was real: Report

Posted in rbiazxks on August 25th, 2020

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A little over two weeks after a false ballistic missile alert fronted cell phone screens across Hawaii and sent the state into panic, a preliminary federal report found that the employee who sent the alert “claimed to believe” it was a real emergency, not a drill.The report makes it clear that “many things went wrong in Hawaii,” Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement. So far, the investigation has found that Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency, HI-EMA, didn’t have “reasonable safeguards in place to prevent human error from resulting in the transmission of a false alert,” and if a false alert did go out, “didn’t have a plan for what to do,” Pai said.The FCC has also reported that the employee who mistakenly sent out the mobile alert is refusing to cooperate in its investigation. At a hearing on Capitol Hill last week, Lisa Fowlkes, the head of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at the FCC, said the federal agency is pleased with the cooperation from leadership in Hawaii, but disappointed in the refusal from the key employee.The new report does not answer the burning question that both residents of Hawaii and people across the country are wondering: Why wasn’t the alert corrected in a wireless alert, the way it was initially transmitted, for almost 40 minutes?A press conference held later Tuesday by Gov. David Ige, D-HI, and other Hawaii officials will provide more answers, an official with the Hawaii Department of Defense said, including the release of the investigation and personnel actions from the HI-EMA internal investigation, which is now complete.While questions remain, the FCC report does detail the timeline of those chaotic 38 minutes, described as follows.At 8:05 a.m. on Jan.13, HI-EMA began a “no-notice ballistic missile defense drill” during a shift change from overnight to dayside officers.The midnight superviser played the drill recording over the phone. “Exercise, exercise, exercise,” was part of the recording — but the recording also contradicted that language with the language “this is not a drill.”The recording “[did] not follow the script contained in HI-EMA’s standard operating procedure for this drill,” the report states.Then, within two minutes according to the report, a dayside officer on the receiving end of the drill selected a template for a live alert and sent it out — even approving a prompt of “Are you sure that you want to send this Alert?”According to the report, other officers knew and understood that it was a drill, but the officer who sent the alert “claimed to believe, in a written statement provided to HI-EMA, that this was a real emergency, not a drill.”The governor of Hawaii was alerted within five minutes, followed by the U.S. Pacific Command and then the Honolulu Police Department, the report states. But it wasn’t until 8:45 a.m., 38 minutes after the first alert, that HI-EMA issued a correction on the wireless emergency alert system in the same way it dispatched it at the beginning of the false threat.“In general terms, there was a lot of public outreach happening at that time through various means,” said Lt. Col. Charles Anthony of the Hawaii Department of Defense, which includes HI-EMA.The outreach included social media and broadcast media, depending how well-staffed the newsrooms were on that Saturday morning, Anthony said.All of the major broadcast stations were reached by 8:22 a.m., Anthony said — 23 minutes before the cell phone alerts rescinding the threat went out.The FCC investigation is still ongoing.HI-EMA “has taken steps designed to ensure that an incident such as this never happens again,” the report states in its preliminary findings. A final report will include recommendations, followed by a partnership with FEMA to work on the implementation of “best practices.”“Federal, state, and local officials must work together to prevent such a false alert from happening again,” the report states.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

The delicate balance of re-building the Proteas from World Cup ruins

Posted in rbiazxks on August 14th, 2020

first_imgSouth Africa’s first ODI action since the disastrous World Cup gets underway on Tuesday with the start of a three-match series against world champions England, and the 15-man squad originally announced gives an interesting peek into the thinking of the national team’s new management. There are only seven survivors from the World Cup – Quinton de Kock, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi and Rassie van der Dussen. And, mirroring the ascension of Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher into the top jobs in terms of overseeing the Proteas, the dramatic decision has been made to change…last_img read more

Utah football notes: Oregon completes Pac-12 visits to SLC

Posted in rbiazxks on August 14th, 2020

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — When Oregon plays Utah Saturday night, the Ducks will become the last of the Pac-12 teams to play at Rice-Eccles Stadium since the Utes joined the league four years ago.Every other team has made at least one visit to Utah since 2011 when the Utes began play in the Pac-12. But it’s not like the Utes haven’t seen Oregon at home before.Except for Arizona and Colorado, two schools that used to be in the same conference as Utah, Oregon is the school the Utes have played more than any other in the league. And if you just count non-conference games, Utah has played Oregon more than any other.Before last year’s meeting in Eugene, the Utes and Ducks played 26 times between 1933 and 2009, with Oregon winning 18, including a 31-24 decision in ’09 in Eugene. Twelve games have been played in Salt Lake with the Utes winning four times.In two of the most recent games in Salt Lake, the Utes won despite being underdogs, as they are going into this week’s game.In 2003, the Utes and Ducks engaged in a defensive struggle in Urban Meyer’s first season as coach. The Utes were 3-1 after knocking off Cal in Week 3 and Colorado State on the road the week before and going up against their first ranked opponent in four years against No. 19 Oregon.Alex Smith, who was making just his third career start, passed for 340 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner on a 9-yard pass to Ben Moa early in the fourth quarter.In 1991, the Utes were 14-point underdogs but took it to the Ducks early, jumping out to a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter behind quarterback Frank Dolce and receiver Bryan Rowley, who connected for the first two touchdowns, and Keith Williams, who ran for 109 yards and a touchdown. In the second half, the Utes held on for dear life and secured a 24-17 victory, the biggest in Ron McBride’s tenure to that point.In between those two wins, the Utes played the Ducks at home in 1995, a year after knocking off the Rose Bowl-bound Ducks 34-16 in Eugene. In the ’95 game, the Utes used a couple of big plays to jump out to a 17-7 first-quarter lead — a 71-yard run by punter Dan Pulsipher and a 97-yard interception return by Brandon Dart — but couldn’t hold on and lost 27-20.Utah’s other two home wins in the series came in 1961 (14-6) and 1967 (21-0).BATTLING IT OUT: Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said this week’s battle for the starting quarterback job between Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson has been very good. Although no public announcement will be made, Whittingham said Wednesday that a decision would be made after one more day of heavy practice.“It’s purely a matter of who the coaching staff feels gives us the best chance to win and that encompasses a lot of things,” said Whittingham, who mentioned attributes like throwing, running the offense, decision-making and leadership. “We’re ideally hoping for it to get settled, but right now it is a completely open competition and we hope one of the two will take ownership of the position.”Wilson, who has made seven starts this season, told reporters that he’s been doing everything right and making good throws in practice. He’s even enjoying the battle.“It is what it is and it’s a coaching decision,” Wilson said. “But I definitely like competition. I feel like I’m doing fine. I’ve been doing everything right, and I’m making good throws, so just fine.” CARRYING A LOAD: Running back Devontae Booker carried the ball 37 times for 146 yards in last week’s 19-16 overtime loss at Arizona State. The load accounted for exactly half of the plays Utah called in the game.“He’s taken a lot of shots but he’s tough as nails and he’s begging for the ball,” Whittingham said. “He wants it. He’d carry it 50 times a game if we allowed him to, but I think right around 30 is probably a good number.”Over the past five games, Booker is averaging 30.4 carries.Contributing: Dirk Facerlast_img read more

Trying to make the play

Posted in rbiazxks on May 31st, 2020

first_imgPHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Left: Middletown High School North’s Chelsea Gallo hurls to a Central Regional High School batter during a softball game at Middletown North on May 22. Top: Middletown North’s Brittni Wurst tries to get a piece of a pitch. The Lions lost to Central Regional, 5-0.last_img