Calm before the storm week in SEC

first_imgNick Saban/USA TODAY SportsNick Saban/USA TODAY SportsThis week in the SEC has the feel of armies gathering before a final offensive. It’s too quiet, in other words.It might be too much to expect for the conference to equal the craziness of last week. What with suspensions and resignations and top 10 matchups, last week wasn’t the sort of thing any football league can maintain for months on end.There are some fairly big games. It’s just that when online services show more tickets available for Auburn at Arkansas than Army at Rice, it’s clear the season hasn’t shaped up for some programs they way they’d hoped.It should be a gorgeous fall Saturday in Fayetteville, but, really, whether the Tigers or the Razorbacks win probably won’t have any bearing on which SEC Western Division team earns the trip to Atlanta for the conference championship.The same is less true of Texas A&M’s visit to Oxford to face Ole Miss. Those teams aren’t mathematically eliminated; it just feels that way. With both the Aggies and Rebels coming off disappointing and surprisingly convincing losses last week, that game has lost considerable muster.There was a time when “the third Saturday in October meant something.” With each passing year, however, that time seems more like one before men walked on the moon, but there’s still tons of tradition on the line when Tennessee plays Alabama. What isn’t on the line is the much anticipation.That’s because no one thinks Tennessee can beat Alabama. I mean, they probably can – the Vols played well last year and they have good players. But ‘Bama long since moved into playoff mode, where any loss is essentially a season-ender, and they are playing like that.Meanwhile, LSU and Mississippi State host teams from Kentucky. Those Kentucky teams – Western in Baton Rouge; UK in Starkville – are actually quite good. Those games will probably be better than elitists think. If the Tigers, for instance, join their fans in casting their minds forward to the big showdown in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 7, they could wind up in a dogfight. The Kentucky Wildcats play everyone close.So this week has the unmistakable feel of the calm before the storm. Soon, Florida and Georgia will essentially settle things in the East, and LSU and Bama will have their titanic struggle in the West. For now, and in the wake of a tumultuous early October, everyone is catching their breath.last_img read more

TCAT Jacksboro recognizes honored students

first_imgThirty-nine distinguished Tennessee College of Applied Technology -Jacksboro students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  The purpose of the National Technical Honor Society is to promote student excellence and leadership in career and technical education and to recognize educational achievements. Additionally, TCAT-Jacksboro acknowledges students strong in worker character skills, such as: exhibiting leadership and initiative; demonstrating timeliness; taking pride in your work; using team skills; using proper attitudes; exampling quality of work;  following instructions;  being at work dependably; being honest and responsible; maintaining composure and self- control; and  maintaining professional dress.The induction ceremony was held at LaFollette United Methodist Church.  Advisor Chandy Hensley greeted the students and guests. LaFollette Boy Scout Troop #310 led the Presenting of the Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.The keynote speaker was TCAT President Debbie Petree.  She congratulated the students on their outstanding achievements and gave poignant guidance in her keynote address. Petree advised the honor students to choose wisely who they surround themselves with in life. She discussed the valuable life lesson in the Jim Rohn quote “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” President Petree emphasized the importance of having people in your life that contribute a value to it as these people will shape you and have a significant effect on you.Faculty and staff members Leann Adkins, Zach Baughcum, Camilla Gambrel, Phillip Lay and Teresa Nelson assisted in the induction ceremony.The following students were honored: Lance Amburgey, Rhonda Asher, Wendy Bearce, Natasha Bruce, Savanna Bruce, Sarah Cinnamon, Lori Clyde, Ashley Croley, Sarah Dodson, Debbie Faulkner, Della Finch, Heather Gentry, Kendra Harding, Destini Heidle, Tiffany Hensley, Naomi Hood, Emily Hughes, Jessica Johnson, Chyanne Kellar-Vasquez, Hannah Lambert, Journee Leach, Tristen McCloud, Taylor McMillan, Brittnei McNeely, Dana Morgan, Joshua North, Olivia Owens, Tasha Pennington, Christopher Powell, Kendra Ridenour, Ragan Rigney, Ashley Sanders, Olivia Veach, Rachel Weltch, Nikki Whitton, Kristen Wilhoit, Megan Wilson, Sierra Wilson and Heather Young.Congratulations to our Tennessee College of Applied Technology– Jacksboro honor students. We are so proud of you and your achievements!  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/06/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bees snap up West Ham defender

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Brentford have signed teenage defender Emmanuel Onariase from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.The 19-year-old has signed an 18-month contract at Griffin Park after impressing during a recent trial. He will initially play for the Bees’ development side. AdChoices广告“Emmanuel has been on our radar since the summer,” Brentford’s head of football operations Robert Rowan told the club’s website.“What particularly stood out was his ability and composure on the ball, leadership skills and his physical condition.” See also:Brentford defender joins Danish champions on loanBoss backs signing from West Ham to make his markOnariase features as Bees Under-21s drawNow midfielder departs as Bees clear-out continueslast_img read more

Ex-Raven Ufomba Kamalu arrested on domestic violence charge

first_imgA day after being released from his reserve-future contract with the Ravens, defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu was arrested on a domestic violence charge in Pikesville on Thursday.Baltimore County Police responded to the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road Wednesday morning after receiving a call for a reported domestic assault. Officers spoke with the victim and determined she sustained a “visible” injury after an argument between her and Kamalu escalated to a physical altercation in which he assaulted her. Kamalu wasn’t present when officers initially responded, so a warrant was issued for his arrest and served Thursday morning.The 27-year-old was charged with second-degree assault and released on $20,000 bond.Signed off New England’s practice squad in late October, Kamalu was waived and re-signed to Baltimore’s practice squad a few weeks later and didn’t appear in a game with the Ravens. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound defensive lineman signed a reserve-future deal in January and has appeared in 15 games in his four-year career, collecting three sacks and 12 tackles.In addition to the Ravens and Patriots, the University of Miami product also had stints with Houston and Arizona earlier in his career.last_img read more

Capello urges Beckham Euro return

first_imgDavid Beckham has revealed England coach Fabio Capello has told him he has to be playing in Europe before next summer’s World Cup in South Africa.Beckham went on loan to AC Milan last season to boost his England chances.The former England captain is now back with LA Galaxy preparing for his MLS comeback against New York Red Bulls.But he said: “Leading up to the World Cup, the England manager has made it very clear to me that I need to be playing at a European level.”Beckham, 34, has already hinted he would now consider a return to the Premier League, despite admitting he would find it difficult to play against former club Manchester United.But he is prepared to consider the move back to England, and Europe, to ensure he is in Capello’s plans for next year’s showpiece in South Africa. He said: “I will do everything possible. I’ll always regret it if I didn’t do everything to give myself a chance to be involved in that.“At the moment, my priority is the rest of the season and also playing and keeping in every squad for England and representing my country. Going forward, of course I want to be involved in the World Cup. I’ve not hidden that fact.”The midfielder said he would never turn out for another English side when he left Manchester United in 2003.But in a U-turn, he stated: “Never say never. I would definitely consider it.“When I left my heart was in Manchester – I couldn’t see myself playing against United. Now I wouldn’t rule it out.” Beckham has a five-year Major League Soccer contract, which began in 2007 and allows for him to spend the off-season on loan at a European club.He has only recently returned to the United States following a five-month spell with AC Milan.His interest in a return to England is likely to spark rumours of a move to Chelsea this winter after he impressed new Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was Milan coach during the player’s time in Italy.However, a return to Serie A seems the more likely move.“Obviously, Milan expressed that they want me to go back, so I don’t see any reason why that would change,” added Beckham, who left Old Trafford to join Real Madrid. “We’ll have to wait and see. I hope to be going back there.”And Beckham, who is England’s most capped outfield player with 112 appearances, has reiterated his desire to see out his MLS contract.“I intend to stay until the end of my contract and maybe further,” he confirmed.“I’ve always said that. I’ve always said, even when I went to Milan, that I’m committed to the Galaxy and to MLS, and that hasn’t changed.”Beckham is currently trying to mend relationships with players and fans in Los Angeles that soured after he opted to stay in Italy rather than return to the US for the start of the MLS season. His Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan suggested Beckham had shown a lack of commitment and that his level of dedication to the club had waned since his arrival in July 2007.The duo met, along with manager Bruce Arena, when Galaxy training resumed on Monday, and Beckham said: “I’m not going to talk about what was said. That was between me, Landon and the manager but we had a good talk.”Donovan too is keen to put recent events behind him, adding: “We’re getting past it, we’re moving on.“There’s a lot of things I regret. I regret the way that I went about this process and I also regret some of the things I said.“Some good will come out of it. I really believe that. I believe we’re getting to the bottom of things we needed to.” Source: BBClast_img read more

Chapman rules URSS thriller on night one of Bob Salem Memorial

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.OBERLIN, Kan. (Aug. 19) – Toby Chapman proved patience is a virtue as he passed race-long leader Jed Werner on the final circuit to claim the thrilling United Rebel Sprint Series feature on Saturday in front of a packed house at Oberlin Speedway on night one of the Bob Salem Memorial.It looked to be Werner’s night but Chapman had other ideas as the Nebraska veteran passed Tracey Hill for the runner-up position with three laps remaining and set his sights on the leader.On the last lap Chapman put a slide job on Werner in turn one with Werner crossing under and they went side-by-side down the backstretch. Werner drove hard into the bottom of turn three and slid up back into the lead with Chapman crossing under and nipping Werner at the line by a half car length.Eleventh starting and current series point leader Zach Blurton came through the field to finish third while Hill settled for fourth. Fourteenth starting and hard charger Nick Haygood rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. Toby Chapman; 2. Jed Werner; 3. Zach Blurton; 4. Tracey Hill; 5. Nick Haygood; 6. Koby Walters; 7. Steven Richardson; 8. Buddy Tubbs; 9. Nate Berry; 10. John Webster; 11. Nick Nichols; 12. Kaden Taylor; 13. Scott Cochran; 14. Ty Williams; 15. Aaron Ploussard; 16. Mike Taylor; 17. Mark Walinder; 18. Ryan Ellinger; 19. Keefe Hemel; 20. Lonnie Cox.last_img read more

NFL free agency: Quarterbacks on the move

first_imgPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — With NFL free agency underway, the quarterback carousel has begun to spin.One of the first dominos fell on Thursday when the Houston Texans sent Brock Osweiler to Cleveland just one year after signing him to a four-year, $72 million contract. Osweiler underwhelmed in Houston last year, and briefly lost his job to backup Tom Savage.The Chicago Bears released quarterback Jay Cutler on Thursday. With backup Brian Hoyer expected to sign a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago plans to sign former Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB Mike Glennon.In the nation’s capital, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has asked for a trade if the team doesn’t plan to sign him to a long-term contract. And on America’s team, the quarterback drama continues. After a season in which rookie signal caller Dak Prescott overtook injured veteran Tony Romo, the Cowboys had been rumored to release Romo to end the debate over who should start in 2017. But, ESPN reports, the Cowboys are now expected to trade Romo instead of releasing him. The Denver Broncos and Houston Texans are both potential landing spots.A number of teams are still looking to improve at quarterback, including the New York Jets. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Miraculous escape, painful recovery behind bars

first_imgBy CAM LUCADOU-WELLS AN ice-affected rider with a loaded pistol and more than $11,000 cash who crashed his motorbike head-on…[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

Rebels nip Leafs; Aynsley commits to Northern Michigan

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsErik Wentzel scored a power play goal with eight minutes left in the game to spark the Castlegar Rebels to a 4-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the third straight for the Leafs. Castlegar has dominated the season series against the Nelson losing only one game.The teams conclude the West Kootenay rivalry tonight in the Sunflower City. Game time is 7:30 p.m.Castlegar led 2-1 after one period on goals by Spencer Brodt and Ryan Aynsley.  Jeff Hodgkinson scored his first goal in a Leaf jersey to keep the home team close.Stuart Walton had the only marker of the second to increase the Rebel lead to 3-1. Dallon Stoddart gave the home side some life scoring seven minutes into the third.But the Murdoch Division leaders power play finally clicked with Wentzel restoring the two-goal lead. Evan J. Moir scored with four minute remaining in the game to make the score close.Castlegar out shot the Leafs by a wide margin with Alex Ross registering the win in goal.Marcus Beesley, getting a lot of work for Nelson between the pipes with Darren Hogg still on the injury list, took the loss.ICE CHIPS: Ryan Aynsley, 20, has verbally committed to a scholarship offer at Northern Michigan University. Aynsley, a native of Kelowna, leads the Rebels in scoring with 31 goals and 35 assists for 66 points in 35 games. Aynsley spent some time with Trail of the BCHL, but decided to return to the Rebels prior to the roster deadline in January. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

TOC title caps Colts’ memorable season

first_img BY GEORGE ALBANOStaff Writer Tim Sewnig wasn’t taking any chances this year.Even when it looked as if the Christian Brothers Academy golf team had the 2006 Tournament of Champions and the overall New Jersey state title locked up, Sewnig, the Colts’ veteran coach, wasn’t taking anything for granted. He still remembered what happened a decade ago. “I think it was 1996 or ’97 we shot a pretty good score and coaches came up to me and started shaking my hand, congratulating me on winning the championship,” Sewnig recalled. “But I knew there were a number of teams still out there that could also score well. The other coaches didn’t know anything about them, but I knew some of teams because they were from the same county I lived in and I had read about them in the newspaper. “And one of those teams, West Windsor-Plainsboro, ended up beating us.” So when this year’s CBA team posted an impressive 305 at the Rumson Country Club to take the lead at the Tournament of Champions (T of C), Sewnig knew better. He had learned his lesson. “I stayed away from everybody,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t want anybody coming up to me and shaking my hand.” As it turned out, Sewnig’s precautions only delayed the inevitable. CBA’s 305 was good enough to win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions by three strokes and give the Colts their first New Jersey state crown since 1998. “I knew we’d be in the running, but a few teams had a good shot,” said Sewnig, who completed his 13th season. “Ramapo had the top golfer. He came in two under at 69, but as a team they shot 308, so we had them by three strokes. “When their 308 got posted I breathed a little easier, but it was still far from over,” he added. “I knew there were a number of teams still out there that could win it. West Windsor, again, had a shot, and Princeton was still out there as well as Hopewell Valley. But it was Ridgewood, who wasn’t even on my radar, which came in with a 308 to tie Ramapo for second. “So this time our score held up and we won.” It turned out to be a double bonus for CBA, which was also awarded the Non-Public A state championship by virtue of its low score. The top two teams from Non-Public A North and South, and top two from Non-Public B North and South qualified for the Tournament of Champions, along with the top four from groups I, II, III and IV to make up the 24-team field. But CBA had saved its very best for the very end to top the other 23 teams. “We got hot at the end of the year,” Sewnig agreed. Not that the Colts weren’t hot all season. In fact, they went a perfect 15-0 during the regular season in the Shore Conference. But then they finished a disappointing fourth in the Monmouth County Tournament back on April 20, four days after Easter. “Part of the problem was we had a two-week break at Easter and we were not as sharp as usual,” Sewnig explained. “The other teams didn’t win it; we just lost it. We hadn’t played in 10 days. We practiced, but it’s not the same. We lost a little bit of our edge.” CBA bounced back a few weeks later, however, to win the Shore Conference Tournament with a sizzling 310. “That was our best tournament score before the Tournament of Champions,” Sewnig noted. “The next closest team was 321, so we beat the field by 11 strokes, which was nice. The week before we had three tough matches, which I think sharpened us.” Then came the Non-Public A South sectional tournament where the Colts shot a 312 to finish first and qualify for the T of C. All four Non-Public sectional tournaments – A North and South, and B North and South – were held the same day at Mountain View in Trenton. “The nice thing about that is we got a good look at our competition for the next week,” Sewnig said. “The A North champ shot a 319, and we beat that by seven strokes. So I thought we had a good chance to win the Non-Public A state championship.” Of course, the Colts did that and more when they took first overall at the Tournament of Champions. “I felt pretty good about our chances to win the Non-Public A state title,” Sewnig said. “But to win the whole Tournament of Champions things really had to fall our way.” And they did as all four CBA golfers shot in the 70s. Senior co-captain Nick Gliozzo led the way with a 72 to finish fourth overall. His brother, sophomore Tom Gliozzo, came in with a 76, followed by Nick Szem, the other senior co-captain, with a 78 and junior Mike Boytono with a 79. What’s more, CBA’s winning score of 305 tied the Tournament of Champions record. In fact, the previous mark was also set by CBA in 1986 when the Colts won the second of their back-to-back T of C titles. “I went back and checked our records and found out we had identical scores when we did it in 1986,” Sewnig pointed out. “We shot a 72, 76, 78 and 79 back then, too. Four guys in the 70s. “That’s what it takes sometimes, a little luck to win like that.” That and four frontline players like the Colts had this season. “They’ve been the four who played all four tournaments,” Sewnig said. “We were kind of searching for a fifth guy all season. I had a sophomore play the fifth spot at the county tournament, a senior play the fifth spot at the Shore Conference Tournament, and a junior play the fifth spot at the sectional tournament. Some of that was also to give somebody else a chance to play. “What’s also interesting is in every other tournament you play five and score four. But at the Tournament of Champions you only play four and score four, so no one can slip up.” The CBA coach quickly pointed out, however, that this season’s success was a total team effort. “I carried 12 guys and would sub one player for another in different matches and nobody complained,” Sewnig said. “They all did what was best for the team. Everybody got along and we had a lot of fun. “I told them before the Tournament of Champions that win, lose or draw they were all such great guys. They did everything that was asked of them. Winning was actually secondary. The fun we had as a team I think was the best part.” BY GEORGE ALBANO Staff Writer last_img read more