BATON ROUGE – Brandon Harris knows he may not play in LSU’s biggest game of the year, so far, Saturday night when the No. 3 Tigers host No. 3 Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium. And that’s killing him, but he is dealing with it and will be ready just in case.“Obviously, you want to be out there as a competitor. It’s so hard,” Harris said during a candid, 45-minute interview with Shreveport Times columnist Tim Fletcher on his hometown KWKH/1130 AM Radio in Shreveport on Monday morning.“That’s one of the biggest adjustments in college because in high school, I was always a part of that. And if you’re not in there early on, it’s hard to watch,” Harris said. “You’re so competitive, and you feel like you didn’t help towards that victory if you don’t play. That’s one of the biggest things in understanding your role on the team.”The entire KWKH interview is available at https://soundcloud.com/thetimfletchershow/sets/brandon-harris-oct20-2014.A true freshman quarterback who threw for 3,172 yards and 34 touchdowns last season at Parkway High in Bossier City, Harris threw just one pass in LSU’s 41-3 home win over Kentucky last Saturday. And it was intercepted. He did not play the previous week in the Tigers’ thrilling, 30-27, victory at Florida. Instead, sophomore starter Anthony Jennings completed 10 of 21 passes for 110 yards, including 4-of-10 for 73 yards in the fourth quarter with the go-ahead touchdown, a third-and-25 conversion and four first-down completions in all.Harris last played a lot at Auburn on Oct. 4 when he started his first collegiate game, but completed just 3 of 14 passes for 58 yards and had play management issues in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage in a 41-7 loss. Jennings, who started the bowl win last season and the first five games this season, took over with 5:28 to go in the third quarter at Auburn, then started at Florida and against Kentucky and will start Saturday night.LSU coach Les Miles did not name a starter the week after the Auburn game and said that “both may have to start,” as the season goes on. But Harris did not play against Florida the next week. He suffered a minor ankle injury at Auburn and wore a protective boot for one day.“It didn’t affect my preparation. I went through a perfect treatment process throughout the week. I felt ready to go in the Florida game,” Harris said to Fletcher. “The opportunity didn’t present itself where I could win that game. Totally understandable. We won the game. So I mean that’s what it’s all about. We won. So there weren’t any complaints on my end.”Fletcher was Harris’ senior mentor while Harris was at Parkway and the two have remained close. Harris received permission from LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette to do the interview as Miles usually allows freshmen only to be interviewed after games in which they had a prominent role. Half of the interview did not deal with LSU football. Harris discussed the Parkway-Byrd game that was played Thursday night, his high school career, his love of the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo, his admiration of Shreveport area teammates Jermauria Rasco, a starting defensive end at LSU, and starting cornerback Tre’Davious White, and his overall adjustment to college and academics.Harris did address the Auburn game as Fletcher asked if the moment was too big for him as fans and radio show callers said in the days after the game.“I don’t think the moment was too big for me at all,” Harris said. “If I could do it over, I think that game would be a different outcome. You can’t rush basically God’s time. People want you to put up these numbers as a true freshman.”Harris, the No. 2 dual threat prep quarterback in the nation according to ESPN, signed with LSU in December as an early graduate of Parkway, enrolled at LSU in January and outperformed Jennings in the spring game. He heightened fans’ expectations by putting up big numbers in back-to-back spectacular performances in relief of Jennings early this season. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in less than four minutes against Mississippi State in a 34-29 loss on Sept. 20. Then he completed 11-of-14 for 178 yards and three touchdowns while rushing five times for 36 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 27. Jennings, meanwhile, threw two interceptions, fumbled and was benched. Harris, though, could not keep his momentum going at Auburn.“A lot of people are unrealistic when it comes to expectations right off the bat,” Harris said. “What they don’t realize is it takes time. And the moment was not too big at all at Auburn. I just had a bad game. And I don’t think that will ever happen again if I was to be granted that opportunity in the future to go out and play.”When that will be, Harris does not know.“I’m told every week to go into the game like you’re going to play,” he said. “And that’s what I try to do regardless. Obviously, you’ve got to be ready because you never know the situation. As a freshman, I’m hoping to go into every game and play a significant role or any type of role where I can contribute to help the team win. That’s my deal. Like I said, I’m just so competitive, and I just want to be out there so bad. I would hope they wouldn’t have recruited me here if I wasn’t competitive because it’s all about competing.”Jennings, meanwhile, has made significant, game winning plays on long completions in the fourth quarters against Arkansas last season and Wisconsin and Florida this season, but his overall numbers are average. He is 13th in the SEC and 64th nationally in passing efficiency this season at 132.1 on 64-of-128 passing for 1,048 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Harris is 25 of 45 for 452 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions for a 175.0 efficiency mark.“I think he continues to do the things that we want him to do more,” Miles said of Jennings. “I think he’s becoming more accurate. I think he understands the style of throws better.”While waiting for his next opportunity, Harris tries to help his teammates win games by the way he practices.“Obviously, you want to be out there as a competitor. You get the opportunity, you want to help your team get the victory,” he said. “That can also find me practicing hard that week, giving our receivers opportunities that may help them get that victory. Any type of play, any type of thing you do in practice, it presents itself in the game. The receiver may see what you saw in practice, and you throw it and it’s no different than Anthony throwing it. And that may help nail down that victory.”Harris was asked if he knows most of the playbook as critics maintain he does not.“Everything that we have in for me to know, I know,” he said. “I fully understand everything that’s been in the playbook since I’ve been here.”Harris also continues to dream big despite how small his role may continue to be.“It’s like a dream to be here and try to lead this team to a national championship because I’m from the state of Louisiana,” he said. “That was really my deal when I picked LSU. I came here to lead the team and do something that I haven’t seen a Louisiana quarterback do.”Harris wants to be the first LSU quarterback from Louisiana to lead the Tigers to a national championship since Baton Rouge native Warren Rabb did so in 1958. Matt Mauck, the quarterback of the national champion Tigers in 2003, is from Jasper, Indiana. Matt Flynn, quarterback of the 2007 national champions, is from Tyler, Texas.“I could’ve gone anywhere in the entire country to play quarterback,” said Harris, who received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State, UCLA, Texas A&M and several others.“I was loyal to the state. I tried to help recruiting and get other guys here. We had some guys who left the state. I stayed home, and that means a lot to me,” he said. “At the end of the day, I just hope that pays off toward the end, and we go to a national championship one day down the road.”
Chelsea are close to agreeing a loan deal with Middlesbrough for young Blues defender Kenneth Omerou.Recently-appointed Boro boss Aitor Karanka is looking to improve his squad in the coming weeks and the Teesside club have made enquiries about a number of Chelsea youngsters.Omeruo, who was signed from Standard Liege in January 2011, previously had a spell on loan with Dutch club ADO Den Haag.AdChoices广告Chelsea are keen for him to pick up first-team experience in England and he was expected to go out on loan before suffering a shoulder injury in September.The Nigeria international represented his country at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations and is hoping to be selected for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chairman Jean Monestime Miami Dade County leaders, including Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Chairman Jean Monestime, led yesterday’s launch of the Office of New Americans of Miami-Dade County. As part of the national Cities for Citizenship initiative, the new service will connect eligible immigrants to financial and legal counseling for the naturalization process.Cities for Citizenship is chaired by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, with support from the Center for Popular Democracy and the National Partnership for New Americans. Citi Community Development is the Founding Corporate Partner.Miami-Dade is the first County in the country to join the campaign.
Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-103 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. It was just the second time in league history a player had at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a game. Wilt Chamberlain had 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists in a 1968 game.Westbrook finished off the feat in the final minute, nabbing Lance Stephenson’s miss with 41 seconds left, drawing a large ovation from the crowd.He clinched the triple-double — his 31st of the season — with 4:38 left in the third quarter, hitting a contested jumper. Warriors 116, Nuggets 102Golden State took a big step toward securing the top seed in the Western Conference, overcoming the ejection of Kevin Durant to crush Denver in Oakland, Calif.The win gave the Warriors (53-24) a two-game lead over the Nuggets (51-26) with just five to play. The Warriors also earned a potential tiebreaker by virtue of their third straight win over the Nuggets after an October defeat, claiming the season series 3-1. In a marquee matchup of big men, DeMarcus Cousins outplayed Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, contributing 28 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots, helping the Warriors to their fourth win in their last five games.Rockets 130, Kings 105James Harden recorded his 32nd double-double, and visiting Houston completed a sweep of its four-game season series with Sacramento. Harden paired 36 points on 12-of-19 shooting with 10 assists and sank 7 of 12 3-pointers for Houston (50-28), which led by as many as 30 points. The Rockets improved to 17-4 since the All-Star break to move a half-game ahead of Portland in pursuit of the third seed in the Western Conference.Eric Gordon added 19 points, Danuel House Jr. scored 19 off the bench, and P.J. Tucker chipped in 13 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Rockets a 62-46 lead at the intermission.Spurs 117, Hawks 111 Derrick White and Marco Belinelli led a fourth-quarter surge as San Antonio rallied past visiting Atlanta.White, who hit 10 of his 12 shots, finished with 23 points, and DeMar DeRozan went for 29, as the Spurs (45-33) kept pace with Oklahoma City (45-33) in their duel for seventh place in the Western Conference.The Spurs trailed by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter before rallying into the lead during a stretch in which White scored seven straight points.
Nigerian forward Samuel Kalu has signed for French Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux from KAA Gent.The 20-year-old joins Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee after putting pen to paper on a five-year deal and has been handed the number 10 shirt ahead of the new season.His transfer was confirmed by the club’s official Twitter handle on Monday.Samuel Kalu, who scored seven goals in 32 Jupiler League games last season, becomes the second Nigerian to wear the club’s jersey after former Super Eagles midfielder Kalu Uche.He is expected to replace Brazilian star Malcom who left for Spanish champions Barcelona earlier this summer.RelatedJimmy Briand Signs For BordeauxAugust 10, 2018In “Europe”Hot and Blazing! Josh Maja Joins League of Nigerian Hat-trick Scorers in Nimes RoutDecember 4, 2019In “France”Top Eleven Most Valuable Super Eagles PlayersMarch 21, 2020In “Featured”
Apex Legends publisher EA and developer Respawn Entertainment have announced the Apex Legends Global Series.The tournament series will be comprised of 12 events – held by either EA and Respawn, PGL, or Global Loot League – with a total prize pool of $3 million (£2.28 million) up for grabs.Image credit: Apex LegendsRELATED: Zippo partners with NRG Esports’ Apex Legends playersJohn Nelson, Sr. Director & Commissioner, Apex Legends Competitive Gaming at EA commented on the series: “Apex Legends is one of the most impactful launches in videogame history and it possesses immense esports potential. Through close communication with our community, we’ve built an accessible Apex Legends ecosystem where any player can become a potential star while the world watches our unique, entertaining take on Battle Royale esports.”The first event in the Apex Legends Global Series is an online event that’ll take place on January 25th. Players will be able to earn qualifying points and an invitation to the first offline Major on March 13-15th. The first three Major tournaments will include 100 three-player squads, with the fourth Major – the Apex Legends Global Series Championship – acting as the culmination of the season.RELATED: Zippo partners with NRG Esports’ Apex Legends playersVince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment added: “Competition is at the heart of Apex Legends. We expect that esports will play a big role in the future of Apex Legends and it all starts here, with the Apex Legends Global Series. We look forward to seeing who, out of our millions of players, will become true legends of the arena.”All four of the major events will utilise a points system that sees competitors accrue points over the course of the season. Devised through a combination of match placements and accumulated kills, the system will go towards determining which teams make the finals.Esports Insider says: This long-awaited announcement for Apex Legends’ official esports initiative should open a host of opportunities for players who have been long waiting for this to get going. It’ll be interesting to see how the Global Series is received considering the dwindling nature of Apex Legends’ popularity.Follow ESI on Instagram
Marvel Studios (HOLLYWOOD) — Black Panther grabbed an estimated $41.1 million over the weekend in North America, making it the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to spend four weeks at the top of the box office. The film also passed $1 billion worldwide.The latest Marvel film also becomes the first since Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens to spend four straight weeks at number one following its release and the third biggest fourth week of all-time, also behind The Force Awakens.Overseas, Black Panther added an estimated $100 million, bringing its worldwide total, including North America, to estimated $1.078 billion.In second place was Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time — the fantasy adventure starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling — delivering an estimated $33.3 million in its opening weekend, with an additional $6.3 million overseas.The Strangers: Prey at Night finished in third place with an estimated $10.2 million, followed by Red Sparrow in fourth place, earning an estimated $8.15 million.Rounding out the top five was Game Night, pulling in an estimated $7.9 million.Disney is the parent company of Marvel, Lucasfilm and ABC.Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:1. Black Panther, $41.1 million2. A Wrinkle in Time, $33.3 million3. The Strangers: Prey at Night, $10.2 million4. Red Sparrow, $8.15 million5. Game Night, $7.9 million6. Peter Rabbit, $6.8 million7. Death Wish, $6.6 million8. The Hurricane Heist, $3.15 million9. Annihilation, $3.15 million10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, $2.75 millionCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Saturday’s shutout should serve as a warning to the rest of the SEC games on Alabama’s schedule, including Georgia in the SEC championship game. The same could be said of potential College Football Playoff matchups for any team that might encounter the Tide — this Tide — in this incredible season.There are statement games. Then there are statement seasons.Alabama had one of those games at LSU. It’s 60 percent through one of those seasons that could register forever. MORE: Alabama somehow looks scarier in LSU shutoutAlabama won at LSU 29-0 in a top-five showdown that clinched a spot in the SEC championship game. Tua Tagovailoa passed for 295 yards and two touchdowns, and the Crimson Tide rushed for 281 yards and two more scores. The defense limited LSU to 196 total yards at Tiger Stadium.You can make a strong argument that was the most impressive performance under Nick Saban since Alabama took a 31-0 lead at halftime at No. 3 Georgia on Sept. 27, 2008. The Crimson Tide won that game 41-30.This one, however, was at vaunted Tiger Stadium — a place where Alabama won the last three meetings by an average of seven points per game.It’s a two-fronted statement that will resonate in the SEC and beyond.As far at the SEC goes, LSU joined the list of 11 SEC schools Alabama has defeated by 28 points or more on the road since Saban arrived in 2008. Here is a look at the worst home loss by each of those schools to Alabama in that time frame:YearRankTeamScoreMargin20171Vanderbilt59-05920181Ole Miss62-75520121Arkansas52-05220131Kentucky48-74120161No. 9 Tennessee49-103920121Missouri42-103220181No. 4 LSU29-029201513No. 8 Georgia38-102820113No. 12 Florida38-102820112Auburn42-142820093Mississippi State31-328201510No. 9 Texas A&M41-2318Texas A&M and South Carolina are the only two schools that haven’t lost to Alabama by more than 28 points since 2007 (South Carolina beat the Tide in Columbia in 2010 and Texas A&M didn’t join the conference until 2012), and the Crimson Tide get both teams on the road next season. With Saturday’s victory, Alabama improved to 41-7 in SEC road games under Saban, including a 17-6 record against ranked SEC teams on the road.MORE: Takeaways from Alabama’s win over LSUThis, somehow, isn’t even the most-impressive part. The Crimson Tide swept their road conference games for the seventh time under Saban. Here is a look at the average margin of victories in those games (in descending order):YearAverage201838.8201229.8201128.8201521.8201618.3200818200917.5This team is outpacing every one of Saban’s previous teams, includes four of Saban’s five national championship teams, the lone exception being 2017. LSU was supposed to be the test. It turned out to be a confirmation. Who made the biggest declaration on Statement Saturday?We’ll run down the list of honorable mentions. That list includes Clemson, which beat Louisville 77-16 and rushed for 492 yards. Michigan limited Penn State to 186 total yards in a 42-7 drubbing, and likely will move into the top four in the next set of College Football Playoff rankings. West Virginia went for two and the win, Notre Dame won by 10 at Northwestern and Georgia won the SEC East. Those were all impressive victories, but you already know the answer.
The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory.“The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted,” said WADA spokesman James Fitzgerald, speaking at a meeting of the body’s executive committee in Lausanne.“WADA’s executive committee approved unanimously to assert a non-compliance on the Russian anti-doping agency for a period of four years,” he added.ALSO READ: What a four-year doping ban would mean for RussiaThe ruling means Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as neutrals, but only if they can demonstrate that they were not part of what WADA believes was a state-sponsored system of doping.“They are going to have prove they had nothing to do with the non-compliance, (that) they were not involved in the doping schemes as described by the McLaren report, or they did not have their samples affected by the manipulation,” Fitzgerald said.The independent McLaren report, released in 2016, revealed the significant extent of state-sponsored doping in Russia, notably between 2011-15.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Payton Ginter at the league tournament in Wellington a couple of weeks earlier.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington’s incredible sports week continues. This time on the links as Wellington High School junior Payton Ginter finished fourth place in the Class 4A State golf tournament at the Hesston Golf Course.Payton GinterIn the first Kansas High School two-day golf tournament in history, Ginter finished fourth place. She finished with an 86 on day one and an 85 on day two for a combined 171 in 36 holes of golf (see individual scores here)Buhler won the team Class 4A state championship, with Wamego, Andale and Winfield placing in the top four in order.Ginter was just three strokes behind Haley Miller of Buhler, who shot at 168 to finish state runner-up, and Abby Donovan of Concordia, who shot a 169 for third. Morgan Brasser of Andale won the event with a 158.“I can’t begin to describe how exciting this was for Payton, Coach (Vanessa) Sawyer and myself,” said co-coach James Ginter, Wellington head girls coach, who is also Payton’s dad. “I will say this was what we expected from her. She is a very talented young lady that just needed a shot of confidence.”Payton was consistently consistent throughout the two day event even when the weather wasn’t. She was 15-over par on a windy Monday and 14-over par on Tuesday. “She put together two very solid rounds of golf in some not so favorable conditions,” J. Ginter said. “She now realizes with a lot of hard work, she can improve on this season and take a shot at the ultimate prize.”Payton continues to improve each year. As a sophomore she was 13th and did not place as a freshman.J. Ginter statesWe were not really surprised with her performance. She has played with some of the best golfers in the area all year and performed well. We never doubted her ability to compete with the other top golfers, but how would each of them handle the pressure of the State Tournament? Although she will tell you she was very, very nervous, she handled it extremely well. We are so proud of her ability to bounce back from some tough holes as well as handle the challenging conditions.How big of performance was it for Payton? She finished 4th out of 55 girls, and this was on day 2. The 4A golf tournament started with 87 golfers with 32 being eliminated were eliminated after day one.J. Ginter states:I would say her strengths are her ball striking and her improved course management. She has come a long ways in both of those areas in the last three years. There were very few occasions this week that she mishit a shot. She really did hit it well over the two days. There were many shots over the tournament’s days that made her coaches smile. Areas where she can improve for next year would be short game and consistency in her putting game. Both areas that only improve with practice.It has been a great fall for the program now in its third year of existence. After having just two girls out in 2018, there were seven freshmen this year. J. Ginter expects two, maybe three freshmen in 2020.“Next year, Payton will be a senior and will return as one of the top players in 4A. She will return to lead a very young but energetic group of Crusaders. All of them came up to watch and support Payton on Day 1. She appreciated the moral support and the familiar faces.” Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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