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Hawkeyes hope QB Christensen improves

first_imgThe scoreboard at the end of the game might have only read 15-13 in favor of the Iowa State Cyclones, but Iowa Hawkeye fans know the real score between the two bitter in-state rivals is really much worse.Although the Hawkeyes have dominated in the series’ 31-year history — at one point winning 15 consecutive games against the Cyclones — the team has struggled since the 1998 season. Since then, the Cy-Hawk trophy has been in Ames, not Iowa City, for seven of the past 10 years.In Ames, the Hawkeyes have not fared well of late either, winning one in the past 10 years.”It certainly was a disappointing weekend for us in Ames,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a press conference Tuesday. “It was a huge rivalry game and [Iowa State] clearly outplayed us and handed us a loss on what was basically the last play of the game.”While the Iowa head coach certainly didn’t want to start conference play 2-1, he has been quick to make sure his players don’t dwell on the loss.”Yes, it will sting for a while, but we need to go back to work fast, and in a quality manner, because we are playing an outstanding football team this weekend,” Ferentz said.Iowa will have to bring its “A-game” this Saturday when the team rolls into Madison. After a poor offensive day this past weekend, the Hawkeyes hope their sophomore quarterback Jake Christensen, who scored the lone touchdown on the day using his feet instead of his arm, will be able to get the passing game up to par as well.Hart makes good on promiseIn a storied rivalry that exists between Michigan and Notre Dame, the teams have never played in a game quite like the one last weekend. With both sitting on 0-2 records for the first time ever, the two winningest programs in college football history faced off not for a BCS bid, but for less public scrutiny.Michigan came out victorious in the contest, looking much like the team that was originally pegged as the Big Ten favorite heading into the season. Michigan running back Mike Hart, who had earlier in the week guaranteed a win versus the Irish, came through for the Wolverines, rushing for 187 yards.Despite the numerous calls for his resignation after Michigan’s surprising start, head coach Lloyd Carr believes that the season is far from being over.”We are still looking to be the best in our conference, despite what has happened so far,” Carr said. “We have the next eight weeks to show what we can do against these conference teams. There are a lot of rivalries to play out still, and as long as there is one more game, there is always something to play for.”Michigan will go from facing the worst statistical offense in D-I football, Notre Dame, to facing one of the best, Penn State.Although Penn State has looked good to start, it has historically struggled against the Wolverines. Its last win came back in 1996.Keep the ball rollingOne of the more surprising teams of the 2007 season has been the Michigan State Spartans, a team many wrote off early in the year due to their new young coach and traditionally tough schedule.After a 2006 season that included several close losses, including one against Notre Dame at home in front of a national audience, the Spartans came into the season with question marks all over the field. In addition to losing senior quarterback Drew Stanton to the Detroit Lions, the Spartans also sustained heavy losses at wide receiver.However, the flight of key members of the offensive unit has not disrupted the team’s ability to put points on the board. Through three games, the Spartans have put up a very respectable 100 points on offense.In their most recent game against Pittsburgh, first year head coach Mark Dantonio was pleased with what he saw.”This football game (against Pitt) was very important to us from a confidence standpoint,” Dantonio said. “We played very well on defense, taking back one of our four turnovers for a score. We were able to move the ball fairly well, but we need to work on finishing the drives we put together.”Michigan State will look to move to 4-0 as they head down to South Bend to play the struggling Notre Dame Irish this weekend.”Going down to Notre Dame will be a huge challenge for us this week,” Dantonio said. “It is a rivalry game that our players will be very excited to play.”last_img read more

Mets manager search: Girardi, Maddon, Beltran top list of potential replacements for Mickey Callaway

first_imgMORE: Who will manage the Cubs next? Six possibilitiesSo who’s next? Here are seven names you’re sure to see bandied about. We’ll add more as rumors arise. Joe MaddonThe fit: Yes, the Mets are looking for a new manager, and Maddon is looking for a new team to manage. And I’m betting Mets fans would LOVE to see him at Citi Field. I’m guessing they shouldn’t get too excited, though. I’m going to borrow from what I wrote a while back about possible landing spots for Maddon, when it became clear his time with the Cubs was nearing an end. Think about these two things: First it’s incredibly hard to imagine the Wilpons — the team owners — would pay the type of salary Maddon would command. Callaway was on a three-year, $2.85 million deal. Maddon’s contract with the Cubs gave him $5 million per year, and that jumped up to $6 million after he led the team to the 2016 World Series title. Yeah. And, second, what makes anyone think Maddon — a guy certainly has options, plural — would willingly walk into that situation, with that ownership group? Seriously, folks. Joe Maddon’s 2019 salary ($6 million) was more than double Callaway’s entire three-year deal ($2.85 million).The Mets are not getting Joe Maddon.— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) October 3, 2019Joe GirardiThe fit: Girardi’s track record in New York is pretty solid, eh? It’s no secret he’d like to get back in the dugout after spending time with MLB Network — where he was very good, by the way. But with Girardi, the same money question is relevant. He’ll probably have other options — he checks a lot of boxes for the Cubs, too — and the Mets aren’t winning any bidding wars. David WrightThe fit: Yes, there are lots of questions regarding this possibility, starting with a complete lack of managerial experience. But Wright is beloved by the Mets fan base, and he commands an incredible amount of respect from the players, too. The clubhouse hasn’t exactly been cohesive in recent years, right? If there’s anyone who could unite a group and get everyone pulling in the same direction, it’s probably Wright. And that, as much as anything, would be a very welcome step in the right direction. Buck ShowalterThe fit: One of the biggest criticisms of Callaway was his in-game mistakes in his first job as a manager, and if the Mets put a priority on someone who has experience in that position, Showalter would be a good fit. He has experience with New York media, too, for whatever that’s worth. The Mets would be his fifth managing job, after stints with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles.  Mickey Callaway is out as the Mets manager. This isn’t a surprise, of course. His two years in charge of the team that calls Citi Field home were tumultuous, at best. High highs and low lows, and more of the latter than the former, which is why he’s now the ex-Mets manager.  Carlos BeltranThe fit: Some of Beltran’s best years happened in a Mets uniform, and he’s remained a fan favorite. And lots of smart baseball people see Beltran as an excellent big league manager one day. But is this the right situation for his first foray into that world? Not so sure about that, for either Beltran or the Mets.Dusty BakerThe fit: Say what you want about Baker — and the criticisms are plenty, even if they’re not all valid — but his teams pile up wins and make a habit of reaching October. He’d be the type of steady hand who could provide stability in the clubhouse, deal with an often-troublesome ownership situation and keep the players focused on the task at hand. And, as someone who’d love one more shot managing in the big leagues, he wouldn’t command quite as much as other potential managers with a wealth of experience. Brad AusmusThe fit: His name will likely be connected to most manager openings over the next month or so, but if the Mets hire a guy who was fired after one year at the helm for the Angels, Mets fans might just finally give up.last_img read more

Messi rescues unbeaten Barca as Bale double propels Real

first_imgSeville, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi rescued Barcelona’s unbeaten season on Saturday as the La Liga leaders scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw at Sevilla.Messi came off the bench with his team two goals down at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Luis Suarez pulled one back in the 88th minute, before the Argentinian struck the equaliser a minute later.Barcelona had not lost a league game this term, or in 13 months, but finishes from Franco Vazquez and Luis Muriel looked to have sealed Sevilla a stunning victory.But Messi came up trumps again and he celebrated his goal, a bending long-range strike into the bottom corner, by rushing to the jubilant coaching staff and substitutes on the touchline.He had been left out of the starting line-up due to a hamstring complaint, with coach Ernesto Valverde perhaps keeping one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Roma.But he still made the decisive intervention even if Barca’s draw means Atletico Madrid can cut the gap at the top to nine points by beating Deportivo La Coruna at home on Sunday.Sevilla, meanwhile, are still 13 points adrift of the top four, havng played a game more than Valencia, and must recover in time for their own Champions League clash against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.They would have been deserving winners here and, in truth, could have been out of sight had Muriel and Vazquez finished any number of dangerous breaks in the second half.Sevilla were the better side for the opening half an hour and took a deserved lead in the 36th minute when Joaquin Correa shuffled into the area and chipped a cross into Vazquez. He poked a weak finish but it was just enough to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The hosts doubled their lead when Ever Banega’s stinging shot was pushed out too centrally by Ter Stegen, allowing Muriel to take a touch and guide the ball into the corner.Messi came on for Ousmane Dembele just before the hour mark but Sevilla could have been three up, Jesus Navas missing the best chance as his one-on-one was cleared off the line by Gerard Pique.They were made to pay the price as Suarez turned in from close range before the ball rolled tantalisingly out to the left foot of Messi, and he drilled it into the corner. – Bale pushes case –Earlier, Gareth Bale made a strong case for a starting spot against Juventus by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Las Palmas as Cristiano Ronaldo was rested.Bale’s double in Gran Canaria served as a timely reminder to coach Zinedine Zidane, with the trip to Turin for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals to come on Tuesday.Karim Benzema had doubled Real’s lead before half-time as Los Blancos moved just one point behind second-placed Atletico. Las Palmas stay 18th, seven points adrift of safety.The only worry for Zidane was the sight of Nacho hobbling off in the first half, with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.“Everything is positive except one thing, the injury of Nacho,” Zidane said. “He is not happy. It is a concern but hopefully only little and the rest is all good.”Bale opened the scoring with a trademark run and finish down the left before Benzema converted one penalty and then generously handed over a second, which the Welshman had earned himself.The question now is whether Zidane was suitably impressed to pick Bale in Italy.“We will see on Tuesday, I am happy for his performance,” Zidane said.Girona’s hopes of Europa League qualification took a knock after they were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Levante. Athletic Bilbao also drew 1-1 at home to Celta Vigo.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Leafs ride hat-trick performance by Wilkinson to salvage weekend split

first_imgFriday, Nelson saw Tanner Cochrane score three times to lead the Knights to the surprise win.North Okanagan scored three goals in a five minutes span late in the first period to erase a 1-0 deficit and take a 3-1 lead after one frame.Wilkinson cut the lead to 3-2 before Blake Culbert scored to regain the two-goal advantage for the Knights.Seconds before Culbert’s goal, newly signed Troy Petrick was thwarted by a toe save from Knights goalie Mitch Profeit.The smooth-skating Petrick undressed the defenceman at the North Okanagan blueline, then another Knights player before skating in on the opposition goal.Petrick had Profeit beat but the North Okanagan goalie just got the toe of his skate on the puck to stop the Leaf forward.Tyler Moffat and Rebagliati split the netminding duties for Nelson, out shot 28-18.Nelson hosts the Spokane Braves in a rare mid-week game Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: Troy Petrick, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, is back in the Heritage City to conclude his junior hockey career. The local product played a handful of games with the Leafs during its playoff run in 2010 before leaving for the Dawson Creek Rage of the Northern America Hockey League. He played 14 games in 2012-13 for the Salmon Arm. . . . Dawson Creek Rage folded its hockey operations in the NAHL this spring. . . .Robson Cramer, Travis Wellman and Jamie Vlanich each added two assists for Nelson against Kelowna. . . . Carsen Willans, kept off the scoresheet Friday, had his point streak end at eight games. Willans had an assist Saturday. The Nelson Leafs salvaged a weekend split in a dramatic way Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Alec Wilkinson scored his third goal of the game in the final minutes of the third period sparking the Leafs to a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win avenged a 4-2 loss Friday against the North Okanagan Knights.“We do tend to leave it to the end of the game,” Wilkinson said when asked about his late-game heroics.“The whole game was pretty close and we just came out strong at the end and we ended up winning the game.”Wilkinson was the recipient of some gritty work behind the net by teammate Jamie Vlanich.The skillful center man won the puck behind the Kelowna net, then put a back door pass onto the stick of Wilkinson.“It was all (Jamie) Vlanich,” Wilkinson exclaimed. “He went behind the net and passed me the puck. The goalie didn’t even see where the puck was and had no idea he passed it to me. All I had to do was tap the puck into the net.”Nelson had a better start Saturday, out shooting the Chiefs 23-9 in the opening frame.Wilkinson and Cole Arcuri scored 10 minutes into the game to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead.However, a 10-second lapse allowed Jagger Bowles and Adam Beatty to tie the game.Kelowna took a 3-2 lead in the second before Wilkinson scored his second of the game late in the frame to even the game at 3-3.Nelson out shot the Chiefs 40-21, making a winner out of Brad Rebagliati in the Leafs net.The win keeps the Leafs, 21-2-1-3 on the season, eight points in front of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Division standings.Nelson is tied for the overall lead in the KIJHL with Kamloops Storm. Each team has 46 points.last_img read more

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

first_imgIf necessary, the series will play the deciding Game five Friday in Fruitvale.Tied 1-1, Beaver Valley took over the game with a pair of second period goals by Tyler Hartman and team captain Sam Swanson.The Hawks then rode the amazing goaltending of Tallon Kramer for the win.Dylan Heppler gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead after one period. Mitch Foyle completed the scoring for the visitors in the third period.Matt Davies scored the only goal for the Nitros in the second period.Beaver Valley outshot Kimberley 29-26 in the game. Beaver Valley bounced back from its first loss of the playoffs to score an important 4-1 road victory over host Dynamiters Tuesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference playoff action in Kimberley.The win gives the Nitehawks a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five Kootenay Conference Final.Game four is Wednesday in Kimberley.last_img read more