Freeze, No. 12 Ole Miss focusing on execution this week

first_imgOXFORD – This is not a bye week for Ole Miss, but it comes about as close as you can to one while still playing on Saturday.The No. 12 Rebels (7-2, 4-2 SEC) play host to Presbyterian (5-4) on Saturday (11 a.m., SEC Network) in what is the SEC’s school annual FCS gimme.But Blue Hose (like the Red Sox, not a garden tool or lady’s undergarment) are not Jacksonville State, the team that beat Ole Miss in 2010 and started the end of the Houston Nutt regime. Presbyterian is playing its third FBS game of the season and so far has:Been outscored 97-3 by Northern Illinois and North Carolina State, gaining a total of 22 first downs.Have thrown more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (6).Have run the ball for a respectable 4.4 yards per carry, though that figure drops to 3.59 if you remove the 523 yards gained in a blowout of Bluefield (an NAIA school that has also played Belhaven this season).Has played six home games this season in front of an average crowd of 3,565, including 2,691 for last week’s loss to Liberty. If the announced attendance is more than 54,408 (what it was for N.C. State) it’ll be the biggest crowd anyone on the Blue Hose has ever played in front of.All of which is to say that if this game is not essentially over by noon it’ll be a massive disappointment.“I’ve been in these games before, where if you don’t play well, you don’t feel great,” coach Hugh Freeze said. “We need to feel great going into our open week.”Once Ole Miss does finish Saturday’s game it will have another two weeks before it plays again, at Arkansas. The schedule was set years ago, but it could not have worked out better for the Rebels. Coming off a 35-31 loss to Auburn that was both demoralizing (for the loss of the team’s playoff chances) and heartbreaking (Laquon Treadwell’s injury), another SEC game this week could have been potentially disastrous. Freeze admitted Wednesday it’s taken longer than normal for the team to get over the loss.“It felt like we won, but the scoreboard didn’t show it,” offensive tackle Robert Conyers said. “It was really depressing, like the week before. It was kinda like that, an unknown feeling that we weren’t ready for.”Players this week have talked about taking the game seriously, stressing the importance coaches have played on preparing like it was another SEC game. Defensive end C.J. Johnson said he spoke up Sunday, telling the defense it was time “to get back to doing what we do.” But any success in any regard this week will come attached with a huge “BUT,” so playing well is really just about pride (and sure beats the alternative).“For me to expect our kids to be all hyped up and excited after coming off of the last two weeks is probably not a reasonable expectation,” Freeze said. “I have to get them ready to execute.”Contact Hugh Kellenberger at (601) 961-7291.12 Ole Miss vs. PresbyterianSaturday,11 a.m., SEC NetworkVaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxfordlast_img read more

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Ambris cops SVG top sports award

first_imgKINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Test batsman Sunil Ambris has been crowned St Vincent and the Grenadines’ senior male Sports Personality-of-the-Year.The 25-year-old beat out challenges from fellow Windies player Kesrick Williams, footballer Myron Samuel and long distance runner Junior Ashton, to claim the honour at the National Sports Awards last Saturday.Ambris enjoyed a stellar season last year, piling up 608 runs for Windward Islands Volcanoes in the first class tournament, including a career-best 231 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes.He also dominated in the Regional Super50, blasting 423 runs, with six half-centuries in eight outings.That form was good enough to book him a place in the Windies one-day side where he scored an unbeaten 38 against England in the fifth and final match at Hove – his only innings of the tour.A couple of hundreds for West Indies A against the touring Sri Lankans saw him force his way into the Test squad for the New Zealand series last December.Despite a sizzling 153 against New Zealand A in a warm-up fixture, he endured a nightmare tour, however, twice dismissed hit-wicket before exiting the series with a broken forearm and 25 runs from four innings.Williams, meanwhile, was one of the Windies best bowlers in the Twenty20 format, snatching 18 wickets from 10 matches last year.National striker Samuel also proved outstanding, scoring four goals last year including a hat-trick against Barbados in the Windward Islands tournament. He also helped Avenues United win the Premier Division of the National Club Championships.Meanwhile, long distance runner Linda McDowall captured the senior women’s Sports Personality-of-the-Year award, nudging out cricketers Cordel Jack and Juliana Nero.In 2017, McDowall clinched her maiden win in the South America 10k in Guyana, clocking 39:50 minutes. She also won the NACAC Chatoyer Endurance 10k.last_img read more

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Georgia Tech, Mississippi State to Orange Bowl

first_imgDec 6, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Matthew McNulty (24) and quarterback Jameis Winston (5) and defensive back P.J. Williams (26) and defensive end Chris Casher (21) celebrate after the game. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 37-35 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsMississippi State (10-2, No. 8 AP, No. 7 CFP) was second to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference’s West Division. Georgia Tech (10-3, No. 10 AP, No. 12 CFP) won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division and lost the league title game to Florida State.“I have no idea how the committee does everything, how they kind of worked it all out,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. “To be honest, it was more surprising that we were No. 10 last week off of our strength of schedule and the quality wins we had over Top 25 teams and three wins over top 10 teams.”Mississippi State held the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 for five weeks this season, and was the top team on the initial three releases by the CFP committee.Georgia Tech ranked second nationally by piling up 333.6 yards rushing per game this season, and finished with 41 rushing touchdowns — fourth-most among all FBS schools. Mississippi State allowed only 11 touchdowns on the ground all season, has an elite running back in Josh Robinson (1,128 yards) and a dual-threat quarterback in Dak Prescott (2,996 passing yards, 939 rushing yards).Prescott has thrown for 24 touchdowns and rushed for 13 more this season.“Everybody knows about Dak Prescott and what he’s done,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “I know that they were ranked No. 1 in the country for about three or four weeks there. Tremendous team, some outstanding individual players and a lot of respect for what they’ve done there.”Like Mississippi State, the Yellow Jackets have a quarterback who utilizes legs as well as his arm. Justin Thomas leads Georgia Tech’s rushing attack with 965 yards so far this season.It’ll be the fourth straight ranked opponent — and third straight top-10 foe — for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets have gone 2-1 in that stretch, beating then-No. 18 Clemson and then-No. 8 Georgia before losing 37-35 to the CFP-bound Seminoles on Saturday night.According to STATS, Georgia Tech will be the first ACC team to face four straight ranked opponents since Miami opened the year with such a streak in 2009.“This was one of our goals at the beginning of the year, to get to the Orange Bowl,” Johnson said. “Normally you have to win our league championship game, but fortunately for us like Mississippi State the team that won our league is going to the playoffs. So we were able to get in the bowl and they’re going to be ecstatic about it.”Georgia Tech is going to the Orange Bowl for the seventh time, most recently after the 2009 season.Mississippi State has been to the Orange Bowl twice before, losing in 1937 and winning in 1941.“We felt this was an unbelievable destination for us to go to,” Mullen said. “If you went and asked all our players to what bowl game they wanted to go, this would be their No. 1 choice and we’re thrilled to be involved in going to this game.”<!–iframe–> MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Mississippi State’s body of work somehow looked considerably better to the College Football Playoff selection committee this week, without the Bulldogs even playing.As such, they’re headed to the Orange Bowl.After climbing three spots in the final CFP rankings and leapfrogging Michigan State, the Bulldogs will be at Sun Life Stadium on Dec. 31 to take on Georgia Tech — the first meeting between those programs since 2009.last_img read more

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GAA county clubs face high volume of matches

first_imgAs the Tipperary senior and intermediate championship reaches the knockout stages some clubs must now play a high volume of games in a short space of time in hurling and football.A number of weekends for club sides in the premier were lost in April as the Tipp hurlers were involved in the closing stages of the national hurling league which ran into the designated club month due to weather conditions.Tipperary county board aim to have all their championships completed this Autumn in time for the Munster club championships. With another busy weekend of club action Tipperary development officer PJ Maher says having plans together early in the year is vitally important.last_img

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TKR to ramp up CPL preparations

first_imgManager of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) Colin Borde said the local players will ramp up preparations for the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as the government starts to relax covid19 measures. Last Monday, contact sports and team sports were allowed to resume following an announcement by the Prime Minister at a covid19 media conference on June 20.It was uncertain if the CPL would be held because of the virus, but the government and CPL officials are in the process of making final arrangements to hold the entire tournament in Trinidad from August 18 to September 10.It would be the first time the entire tournament would be held in one country. “The players have been working with programmes throughout the covid period. The month of July will see the group come together and begin outdoor training at both Tarouba (Brian Lara Cricket Academy) and Queen’s Park Cricket Club (Queen’s Park Oval),” said Borde.He also said plans are in place for players to participate in a few outdoor matches to asist their preparation.“Match fitness can only be attained through playing and so we are working in the return to play phase. The coaches have decided a schedule alongside some senior players and the expectation is that July we will see a ramp up of activities with the local players.” TKR retained nine TT players for the tournament including Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons, Khary Pierre, Akeal Hosein, Amir Jangoo and Tion Webster. The local franchise also signed TT and West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Jayden Seales.In terms of the overseas TKR players, Borde said, “Those out of the country have their respective programmes and plans to reach certain set targets.”Despite government giving the green light to resume team sports, covid19 guidelines must be followed such as maintaining physical distancing. Borde said the TKR staff would ensure the players gradually get back into a more intense training programme.“It is important to be mindful of the ease into the various phases. The coaches, technical staff, medical staff, alongside the senior players are working with all components in mind.” (Trinidad Newsday)last_img read more

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Wilder vs Fury II PPV price revealed as US broadcasters drop price but it’ll still cost $80 compared to UK’s £25

first_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels BOXING fans in the US will have to dig a lot deeper into their pockets than UK viewers to watch Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder.Pay-per-view prices for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas have been released.Tyson Fury will be looking to snatch Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight in their huge rematchFury’s second shot at the Bronze Bomber for the WBC title will be shown on both Fox and ESPN in the United States.Pay-per-view prices in America have been reduced since their first bout in December 2018 – which ended in a controversial draw.The price has been lowered from $84.99 (£65) to $79.99 (£61) and the non-HD version will cost $69.99 (£53).But that’s still a lot more than Fury’s fanbase from the UK will have to pay to watch the Gypsy King in action. BT Sport won the rights to broadcast the fight despite Sky reportedly making a bid well in excess of £10million.But fans have been left furious that the price has increased from £19.95 to £24.95 since the draw in 2018.Sky Sports Box Office charged a record £25 to watch Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz in December.And BT Sport have followed suit as there’s world level action on the undercard in Sin City.Charles Martin will face Gerald Washington in an IBF eliminator – giving the winner a shot at Anthony Joshua – and Emanuel Navarrete is set to go head-to-head with Jeo Santisima for the WBC bantamweight title.Eddie Hearn wanted to sign Tyson Fury two years about but thought the overweight boxer could never come back center_img 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017last_img read more

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Bulls in Knight’s hands

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER NOBLE Park is not mucking around this off-season. With a stinging 40-point EFL Division 1 grand final…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Three vie for two places

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE – PREVIEW – ROUND 7 CRANBOURNE and Narre Warren have been doing…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Help at hand

first_imgYOUNG Victorian farmers have a helping hand to develop their agricultural business under the State Government’s $10,000 First Farm Grant…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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CBA hockey falls in Non-Public semis

first_img BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent Colts fall to St. Augustine, 6-4 You get the feeling that if the Christian BrothersAcademy and St.Augustine ice hockey teams played each other 20 times this season, they’d split the series 10- 10. JEFF GRANIT staff Christian Brothers Academy’s Trevor van Riemsdyk (No. 6) controls the puck as Notre Dame’s Christian Crawford moves in during an early round NJSIAA Non-Public state championship game. The Colts’ playoff run ended Sunday night with a 6-4 loss to St. Augustine’s. In fact, the Colts and Hermits did split their season series, 2-2, this winter. Unfortunately for the Colts, St. Augustine’s two wins came when there wasmore at stake in the postseason. After beating CBAjust a couple of weeks back to knock them out of the Gordon Cup semifinals, the Hermits did it to the Colts again on Sunday, beating first-year head coach Ryan Bogan’s team, 6-4, in the semifinals of theNJSIAANon-Public Tournament at the Mennen Arena in Morris Township. As the defending champs, theHermits (18-6- 3) willmove on to face top-seeded Delbarton (26-1-1) in the finals this Sunday at the Prudential Center in Newark. Like the first three contests, this was a well-played game between two very skilled opponents. After being one of the top defensive teams all season, led by one of the state’s top goaltenders in Tyler Jackson, CBAfound itself in a shoot-out with an experienced Hermits teamthat returned plenty of talent and firepower from last year’s 23-0-0 championship team. The first two times around, the Colts were the better team; however, once the postseason came along, St. Augustine took its game to another level – one the Colts could not quite match. CBAtook the lead early on Sundaywhen senior TomMollica scored on a one-timer off a nice feed from Mark Rivera just 2:16 into the game. St. Augustine then came back to tie it up at the 4:52 mark on a power-play goal from Zach Stern off a feed from Ryan Mara. The score remained tied until the Colts got a power-play goal of their own at the 12:04 mark from Rivera, who deflected a Mike Zuppe shot to beat Hermit goalie Justin Farrell. CBA then padded its lead just 2:49 into the second period, when junior Kyle McAteer scored off a pass fromseniorNick Spagnole, who won a race to the puck behind the St. Augustine net and set McAteer up perfectly. Up 3-1, theColts seemed to be on their way to the championship game, especially with the way they’d been able to protect leads throughout much of the season. However, once again St. Augustine responded with a furious offensive display, scoring three goals in the next 8:23 to jump ahead, 4-3. Stern notched the first goal after beating Jackson to a loose puck at the 5:09 mark to make it 3-2. Mara then added the next two goals, with first coming off a rebound froma Stern shot at the 1:08mark, and the second coming with just 1:28 to play in the second period. The second goal came on a deflection of a Sean Magrann shot that slipped between Jackson’s pads. CBAproved resilient, though, once again tying the score at 4-4 with a Matt Jensen goalwith just four seconds to play in the second period. Jensen’s goal came on a power play off a rebound of a Tim Clifton shot. It set up a winner-take-all third period. For most of the third, the two teams traded few scoring chances, playing an intense period of hockey that thrilled the crowd throughout. However, at the 12:11 mark, the Hermits got what would prove to be the winning goal, when senior Dave Macalino beat Jackson with a wrist shot to put St.Augustine up, 5-4. TheHermits then added an empty net goal from Rob DeSimonewith just 16 seconds left to play for the final margin. In the end, it was an evenly matched game, with St. Augustine holding a slight edge, 28-24, in shots on goal.While allowing six goals, Jackson did stop 22 shots and was better than the score would indicate. The difference in this game was the line ofMacalino,Mara and Stern,who combined for five goals and five assists. After playing most of the season as the team’s top-ranked team, thanks in large part to a 17-game unbeaten streak, the Colts (19- 4-2) could not carry their regular-season dominance over to the postseason, going 3-3 over the final weeks of the campaign. While they likely will dwell on the disappointment of the two recent losses to St.Augustine for a while, in time they will able to reflect on all that they were able to accomplish this season. They won 19 games in the super-competitive Gordon Conference, earned a trip back to the semifinals of the state tournament, and helped develop a seamless transition from longtime head coachMike Reynolds to Bogan. Though they lose eight seniors to graduation, CBAwill return a number of talented players next year, when they will again look to be one of the elite teams in the state.last_img read more

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