Vine/Andy WittryMaryland struggled down the stretch this season, but played Big Ten favorite Michigan State very tough in today’s conference semifinal. With 0.8 seconds left, down 64-61, the Terps had a chance at a long Melo Trimble heave to tie the game, and on the play it appears that he may have been fouled by Michigan State’s Eron Harris while shooting. A call would have put Trimble, an 86-percent free throw shooter, on the line with a chance to tie the game, but the referees swallowed their whistles, giving Sparty the win.Was it the right call? You decide:Last shot by Maryland. Close call on if it’s a foul or not. Michigan St. wins and will play Purdue tomorrow https://t.co/lCScEB2jwb— THE MAIN MANN™ (@JacobMann_1) March 12, 2016Twitter certainly doesn’t have a consensus.Don’t think that was a foul on Harris but WHY IS HE THERE???— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 12, 2016That was a foul on the last shot but #Terps had their chances.— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) March 12, 2016LOL Maryland got screwed on the last play. Clear foul.— Peyton Manning GOAT (@mranieri17) March 12, 2016Maryland didn’t deserve a foul at the end. They got too many of them the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half. So no, Terp fans can’t complain— Adam Ruff (@AdamMRuff) March 12, 2016Terps nation: dont complain about the “foul” at the end. Complain about the coach that doesn’t prepare our team or make any adjustments— DLee (@dmvDLEE) March 12, 2016At any other point in the game that’s a foul. Basketball is dumb— Alyssa Goins (@AlyssaGoins) March 12, 2016“I swear to god I didn’t see it” as CBS shows him losing it because it was clearly a foul— Anthony Valle (@Ant_Films) March 12, 2016That was probably a foul at the end of the Maryland-Michigan State game, but a referee is never going to call that.— Justin Howard (@JustinHoward44) March 12, 2016At the same time, if you’re stupid enough to contest a 3/4-length shot and make contact, you should probably be punished with a foul.— Jesse Yomtov (@JesseYomtov) March 12, 2016“If that was a foul, I will tell you some other ones on our side that were fouls.” -Tom Izzo #goat #V4MSU #bigtentournament— Jerry VanDorpe (@JDVanDorpe) March 12, 2016That is 100 percent a foul.— Andrew Holleran (@andrewjholleran) March 12, 2016Calling a foul there would be very rough, but Harris can’t put himself in that position. Michigan State might’ve gotten a little lucky today.More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
Despite beating Syracuse 38-20 Saturday, the (formerly) No. 1 ranked Florida State Seminoles found themselves ranked second in the latest AP Poll, trailing Mississippi State after the Bulldogs beat previous No. 2 Auburn 38-23 at home in Starkville. It was the first time Florida State had not occupied the AP’s top slot since Nov. 24 of last season.Although Mississippi State’s victory over Auburn was impressive, the way the polls typically work is that No. 1 stays No. 1 as long as No. 1 keeps winning (or soundly beats an underdog opponent). Florida State was favored by 23 against Syracuse and won by 18 in a game that was essentially over midway through the third quarter. The Seminoles are also the defending national champions, and so far this season they’ve outscored opponents by more than 18 points per game (a number that becomes nearly 21 if we throw out their six-point win over Clemson in which they were missing 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston). If Florida State is presumed to be the nation’s best team — as it was before the season — it’s hard to find a obvious misstep that proves otherwise. (If anything, a good Bayesian should probably be more suspicious of Mississippi State, which was unranked as recently as five weeks ago.)Then again, the Seminoles have also played just one team (Clemson) ranked among the AP’s Top 25 at the time of the game, and their overall strength of schedule ranks 64th in the FBS, according to Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System. While my Elo variant still has them ranked first, it draws heavily from knowledge of how good they were last season. Computer-rating systems that don’t account for Florida State’s presumed strength as a prior, by contrast, tend to rank it among the country’s best teams — but generally not as No. 1. (That honor is more often bestowed upon either Mississippi State or Ole Miss, who very nearly bumped Florida State to No. 3 in the AP voting.) Combined with potential distaste over the sexual assault allegation against Winston, AP voters had several reasons to drop the Seminoles from their perch atop the rankings, despite the team’s 22-game winning streak and championship incumbency.How frequently do No. 1 ranked teams fall in the AP Poll despite winning their most recent game? According to Sports-Reference’s college football data, there have been 21 cases (since 1992) of the AP’s top team beating an FBS opponent but dropping in the next poll (ratings and expected margins shown below are based on the Elo rating variant I described in an earlier post):Compare the incumbents’ performances to those of the overtaking teams that claimed No. 1 in the subsequent AP poll:There are a few circumstances that can lead to No. 1 winning a game but losing its ranking, usually involving some combination of the incumbent disappointing and/or the upstart exceeding expectations. Florida State’s tumble was more an example of the latter than the former — the Seminoles underwhelmed by a bit, but the bigger factor was Mississippi State’s strong performance against Auburn.Most of the cases above involve a similar chain of events, although a few saw the incumbent disappoint by so great a margin that No. 2 slid up just by playing to expectations. On other occasions, the challenger moved up without even playing; in 1992, No. 2 Washington watched on the sidelines as No. 1 Miami struggled to an 8-7 win over unranked Arizona, then claimed the AP’s top spot three days later. (The Hurricanes and Huskies would flip-flop the No. 1 slot twice more — each time in spite of incumbent wins — before the season was over.) And sometimes the pollsters swapped teams at the top for relatively arbitrary reasons, such as when Penn State crushed No. 21 Ohio State 63-14 — yet dropped behind Nebraska, who’d beaten previous No. 2 Colorado 24-7. (Despite going undefeated the rest of the season, the Nittany Lions would never again stake their claim to No. 1 over Nebraska from that point on, and were unable to face the Huskers in the postseason because of the Rose Bowl’s conference tie-ins.)The good news for Florida State is that it still has the highest probabilities of winning out and winning its conference among the major-conference undefeateds, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index simulations. Barring the real possibility of a change to Winston’s availability — on top of the sexual assault allegations, news broke Monday night that Florida State was investigating whether the quarterback signed autographs for money — the numbers show the Seminoles as very likely to earn a berth into the inaugural College Football Playoff field, regardless of Sunday’s ranking loss.
This time last year, I was sitting in front of my TV, wondering why Ohio State’s special teams play was terrible. Today, I’m sitting in the press box wondering the same thing. In the off-season, coach Luke Fickell assigned special teams coaching duties to coach Dick Tressel. Last year, the team was without a special teams coordinator. Last year, OSU kept teams in games because of special teams mistakes on several occasions.. This year seems to be no exception. In the first half of Saturday’s game against Toledo, OSU had a punt blocked that was returned inside the 1-yard-line. That folly led to an 8-7 Toledo lead. The woes didn’t end with the punting game. Sophomore kicker Drew Basil has now missed both of his field goal attempts on the season. Each kick was in the 40-50 yard range. OSU did have some special teams successes on the day, including one that ultimately kept it in the game. Wide receiver and third punt returner Chris Fields took a line drive punt from Toledo’s Vince Penza to the end zone to put OSU up, 21-15. In the third quarter, defensive back Vincent Petrella tackled Toledo’s holder for a loss after a bobbled snap on a 50-yard field goal attempt, giving the Buckeyes great field position. The ensuing drive led to a TD by running back sophomore Carlos Hyde. With wide receiver and special teams specialist Eric Page creating almost all of Toledo’s offense on the day, I’m more than a little surprised he did not return a kickoff for a touchdown. Page did, however, give the Rockets great field position with almost every kick return, either because of his effectiveness or the fear of kicking to him. Basil deliberately kicked short, line drives on kickoffs to the Rockets to keep the ball out of Page’s hands. Special teams needs to become a priority for the Buckeyes. The touchdown resulting from the blocked punt sparked the Toledo offense and gave them the passion they needed to keep the game interesting. The Rockets were one score away from handing Ohio State a big loss early in the season. Last year the kickoff coverage was the problem for the Buckeyes. This year it seems the entire special teams unit could use an overhaul.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) speaks with head coach Chris Holtmann in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State men’s basketball (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) returns from a four-day rest period at noon Saturday to host William and Mary (6-2). The Buckeyes had faced six teams over a 12-day stretch prior to the break, four of those games coming against opponents with winning records and one being against Wisconsin in Madison, that ended with a dramatic second-half, 71-62 victory against Michigan on Monday.Here is a rundown of what to expect in Ohio State’s matchup against William and Mary Saturday.Projected StartersWilliam and Mary:G — Matt Milon — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-5, 195 lbs., 15.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.8 apgG — Connor Burchfield — Senior, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apgG — David Cohn — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 168 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7.1 apgF/G — Justin Pierce — Sophomore, 6-foot-7, 168 lbs., 14.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.4 apgF — Nathan Knight — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 235 lbs., 20.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.9 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apgG — Musa Jallow — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 200 lbs., 4.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 17.4 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.0 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.7 apgScouting William and MaryStatistically speaking, William and Mary is one of the better offenses Ohio State will face all season. The Tribe averages more than 86 points per game. It has done this by being extremely accurate shooting all season, ranking 19th in field-goal shooting percentage (50.8 percent) and second in 3-point shooting (47.3 percent).But what really has the Buckeyes nervous about the matchup has been the Tribe’s ability to shoot from 3-point range.Ohio State could barely keep up with Michigan in the first half of the game Monday, especially from beyond the arc. The Wolverine offense spread the Buckeye defense all over the court and opened up plenty of good looks from 3-point range. Michigan took advantage of those chances, shooting 7-for-16 in the first half. But Ohio State rallied in the second half to shut down Michigan’s ability to shoot the 3, holding them to just 1-for-12.Head coach Chris Holtmann said he hopes that second-half success against Michigan is able to carry over into a full game against William and Mary, but said he believes this is a better shooting team than the Wolverines.“They shoot it better than Michigan across the board,” Holtmann said. “They’ve got more prolific 3-point shooters than those [Michigan] guys. But they do have some similarities in how they play and certainly their ability to spread you out.”Four of the Tribe’s five starters have made at least 47.6 percent of 3-point shots this season, with the only exception being forward Nathan Knight. But Knight will provide his own challenges for the Buckeyes. The second-largest player on William and Mary’s roster in terms of both height and weight, Knight has been the catalyst for the Tribe’s offense this season. He is tied for 79th-most rebounds per game in the country with 8.6, and is tied at 43rd in points per game at 20.3. On the other end of the court, Knight has continued to be an oft-overwhelming force for he sits at No. 12 in the nation in blocked shots per game with 3.13.Joining Knight at the forward position is sophomore Justin Pierce. The power forward has also proven to be a prolific scorer with 14.4 points on the season, while shooting an effective 10-for-21 from beyond the arc. Pierce leads the team with 9.5 rebounds.Holtmann said that while his center Kaleb Wesson and forward Keita Bates-Diop will be charged with being the two primary defenders, the other three players on the court will also have to step up to provide coverage of the two Tribe forwards given William and Mary’s ability to spread the defense.“We’ve talked not just those two guys, but all of our guys about how we want to defend those,” Holtmann said. “[Knight’s] a really good athlete who can score in the low-post and score in the long-post as well. Then [Pierce] is what you’d expect with the kind of a spread-you-out four, type of a team . . . He’s a good athlete. He’s bouncy. He can make 3s that are really high clip.”The starting point guard for Ohio StateJunior guard C.J. Jackson began the season as Ohio State’s only true point guard, but did not start in either of the past two games for the Buckeyes against Wisconsin or Michigan. When asked after the game if Holtmann was trying to send a message, he stated emphatically that he was, and that turnovers were a big part of the reason he did not play. He is averaging 3.1 turnovers per game. Redshirt senior guard Kam Williams has started in his place in the lineup while senior forward Jae’Sean Tate has run the offense through the point.On Friday, Jackson and Holtmann talked about how beyond just the turnovers, Jackson needed to improve his communication and on-court leadership. However, coming off back-to-back games where Jackson came off the bench and racked up double-digit point totals, Holtmann said he “may start him” against William and Mary.“I think he knows that his minutes will be pretty consistent as long as he can continue to try to do what we’re asking him to do in terms of limiting his turnovers,” Holtmann said.
Australia’s Tim Cahill is hoping to score one more time as he looks to join Brazil legend Pele and former Germany strikers Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to have found the back of the net in four World CupsDespite now being 38 years old, Cahil continues to represent Australia at international level after 14 years and 106 appearances.The forward, who played with Millwall until the end of last season, and has amassed 50 goals in his international career and has scored in three separate World Cup tournaments.Despite now approaching the age of 40, Cahill could achieve something this summer that not even Cristiano Ronaldo has accomplished yet.Neymar targets Ronaldo’s record for Brazil Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Neymar heads into Brazil’s friendly against Peru on Wednesday morning hoping to draw level or beat Ronaldo Nazario’s goal record.“Yeah, it’s amazing, insane,” Cahill told Optus Sport, via Sydney Morning Herald.“To even be mentioned with those greats as an Australian is insane.”Australia will face France in their Group C opener on Saturday.
Iran boss Carlos Queiroz is furious that Cristiano Ronaldo managed to escape a red card following a VAR review of an incident that saw him elbow defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in their 1-1 draw against PortugalThe Real Madrid forward had a rather eventful game on Monday and was awarded a penalty after going down in a challenge from Iran’s Saeid Ezatolahi.The penalty was initially waived off before the referee awarded Portugal the spot-kick after reviewing the incident through VAR.However, Ronaldo then surprisingly missed the penalty and later was under the spotlight once more.The 33-year-old attempted to get in front of Morteza Pouraliganji and appeared to hit the defender in the face with a flailing arm. But, after a long review with VAR, the referee decided to only punish Ronaldo with a yellow card.But Queiroz insisted Ronaldo should have been sent-off and suggested that there was preferential treatment for the likes of the Portugal captain and Lionel Messi.“I don’t want to talk too much, it’s about my country and a player. I know it’ll be a war against me,” said Queiroz, according to NDTV.“But the reality is you stopped the game for VAR, there is an elbow. An elbow is a red card in the rules. In the rules, it doesn’t say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo…”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.He added: “We accepted human mistakes before, that was part of the game. Players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes and referees make mistakes,”“But now you have one system that cost a fortune. It’s high-tech with five, six people inside and what happens? Nobody takes responsibilities.“We need to be like rugby. When there is a decision by VAR I need to know what the referee is saying to them, people need to know what is going on.”“So in my opinion, Mr. Infantino and FIFA, everybody agreed that VAR is not going well,” he added.“That’s the reality, there’s a lot of complaints.”Ricardo Quaresma scored Portugal’s only goal of the game before a late Karim Ansarifard penalty levelled the score and denied Fernando Santos’ side the chance to top Group B.Portugal will now face Group A winners Uruguay in the Round of 16 in Sochi on Saturday.
Inter Milan have confirmed that they have signed midfielder Radja Nainggolan on a four-year deal from AS RomaThe Belgian was seen outside the Humanitas hospital in Milan on Sunday, where he successfully passed his medical and has now signed a contract until 2022 for a reported transfer fee of €24m.“The conditions have been met for a deal for Radja Nainggolan,” Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio told the club website.“He is a top player.”Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Nainggolan impressed in Roma’s Champions League campaign last season as they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1984.The 30-year-old made 42 appearances for the Serie A side last season and added six goals and six assists as they finished the Serie A season in third.However, Nainggolan was surprisingly left out of the Belgium World Cup squad by Roberto Martinez with the midfielder later announcing his retirement from international football shortly afterwards.
Leicester city boss Claude Puel sees a big future for new boy Rachid Ghezzal claiming will bring something different to his team.Ghezzal, 26, followed up his first goal for the club on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup against Fleetwood with his first Premier League goal against Liverpool.However, Puel was still full of praise for his new signing’s performance despite the loss to Liverpool.“I think he played a very good game,” said Puel.“He kept good ball under pressure. He has the quality to play between the lines. He can move, he can shoot, he can cross, he can give assists and good service.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I said when he came from Monaco, it was a very interesting signing for us. He offers something different to the other players.“It is important for our squad to have this player and I am happy about his performance.“For his first start in the Premier League, he did a lot of good things. In the battles, too, and his defensive work. All good things to continue to improve and give his best for the future.“I am happy about his listening, about his consistency in the game. He played a lot of time, three days before, and repeated a good performance today. It was amazing. It was good for him and for the squad.
In June 2017, the City adopted an ordinance limiting the use of electronic screen devices while driving on public roads in the City limits, and setting a fine amount as a minor offense. Jordan Chilson, Council Member: “Based on my discussions with local school administrators, there have been ongoing safety issues with parents distracted by cell phones in their parking lots during student pick up and drop off times. I believe the safety of our local students is paramount and this ordinance will serve as a reasonable tool we can provide to help address these issues.” If passed this would not however apply to hands free device usage or parked vehicles not in operation. This fall the Alaska State Legislature passed House Bill 333 which grants authority to municipalities to regulate use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle in active school zones as well as on school property. The bill was introduced to reduce the use of cell phones while driving in active school zones or on school property. The Soldotna City Council will introduce Ordinance 2018-039 at their meeting on Wednesday, December 12. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will introduce an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that would prohibit the use of handheld electronic devices while driving in school zones and on school property.