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Hawkins Earns National Honor, UWF Baseball Remains No. 1

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team (34-4, 10-1 Gulf South Conference) remained ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and College Baseball Lineup national polls announced on Monday, and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper also named junior left-hander Ben Hawkins (Rome, Ga./Wallace State CC-Hanceville) one of this week’s Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week.The Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week awards are announced each Monday and feature players from across all NCAA divisions.  Hawkins is the second Argonaut to win the award; Kevin Johnson was a two-time Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, winning the award in 2009 and 2010.  Hawkins’ honor also marks the 10th time a GSC player has won the award.The junior pitched a seven-inning no-hitter in UWF’s second game against West Alabama on Saturday, allowing just four batters to reach base, two by walk and two by hit-by-pitch.  Hawkins also struck out a career high 12 batters, the most for an Argonaut pitcher this year.  Hawkins is now 9-0 this season with a team-best 0.86 ERA, and he has 67 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 52.1 innings pitched.In the CBN national poll, the top four stayed the same, as UWF was followed by No. 2 Central Missouri (27-5), No. 3 Mount Olive (30-6) and No. 4 Grand Valley State (23-3).  In the College Baseball Lineup, the Argonauts and Central Missouri held their spots at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.The Argonauts will put their 20-game winning streak on the line with four games this week, first facing NAIA opponent Mobile at home on Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m.  UWF will then face GSC East rival Alabama-Huntsville on the road this week to continue conference play.  Fans can follow with live stats and live audio for all games at www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER DIVISION II NATIONAL POLL:http://www.baseballnews.com/polls/divII/currentpolldivII.htmCOLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER DIVISION I NATIONAL POLL(includes national players of the week):http://www.baseballnews.com/polls/divI/currentpolldivI.htmCOLLEGE BASEBALL LINEUP DIVISION II NATIONAL POLL:http://www.collegebaseballlineup.com/rankings/dii_top30.php<div class=’print-friendly-story-button’><a onclick=’window.open(this.href,”_blank”);return false;’ href=’/news/2011/4/11/BB_4693.aspx?print=true’>Print Friendly Version</a></div> <br><br> <center> Share </center> Hawkins Earns National Honor, UWF Baseball Remains No. 1 Photo by Bill Stockland last_img read more

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Rams outlast Titans in Super Bowl thriller

first_imgATLANTA — The St. Louis Rams outlasted the Tennessee Titans in the greatest finish in Super Bowl history Sunday, hanging on, literally, for a 23-16 victory before a crowd of 72,625 at the Georgia Dome.The Rams dominated the first three quarters of the contest, moving the ball up and down the field nearly at will before Tennessee sprung to life like Rip van Winkle and nearly walked off with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Trailing 16-0, Tennessee rallied to tie the score on a pair of short touchdown runs by Eddie George and a 43-yard field goal by Al Del Greco before Rams quarterback Kurt Warner hit wideout Isaac Bruce on a 73-yard bomb with 1 minute, 54 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner for St. Louis.Undaunted, the Titans drove down the length of the field on the arm and legs of quarterback Steve McNair, and fell just one yard short of tying the score on the final play of the game as Rams linebacker Mike Jones brought down Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson on the St. Louis 2-yard line as time expired.Warner was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after throwing for a Super Bowl record 414 yards and two touchdowns. The ex-NFL Europe and Arena League player capped off what can only be termed a miraculous season by breaking Joe Montana’s record of 357 passing yards for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals.The 6-2, 220-pound Iowa native stepped in for St. Louis after starter Trent Green went down in the preseason with a knee injury. When Warner was named the starter for the Rams, he had thrown a grand total of 11 passes in the NFL. He finished Sunday’s game 24-for-45, finding eight different receivers along the way.“I feel so good and so proud of this team and how it brought home the Super Bowl trophy to St. Louis,” Rams coach Dick Vermeil said afterward. “The players did the job on the field and my coaching staff was outstanding. It was an incredible season.“We knew it would be tough,” said Vermeil, who took a congratulatory postgame call from U.S. President Bill Clinton. “We’re the world champions and world championship games like this are tough. You have to expect a tight game in this situation, though I must say I would have preferred to win 32-0.”The victory was especially sweet for Vermeil, who left coaching for 14 years after burning himself out in 1982 following seven seasons as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Vermeil coached the Eagles to Super Bowl XV in 1981, but saw them blown out 27-10 by the Oakland Raiders.Rookie wide receiver Torry Holt had a fine outing for the Rams, catching seven passes for 109 yards and a touchdown to set a Super Bowl record for receiving yards by a rookie.“We felt like we could move the ball up and down the field all day,” said Warner. “We had a lot of shots, but the Titans brought a lot of pressure.”Warner, who was stocking shelves at a supermarket in Iowa only five years ago, said of his performance this year, “I always believed in myself and I’ve got a whole bunch of people here that believed in me.”Placekicker Jeff Wilkins, a real question mark for the Rams the second half of the season due to tendinitis in his non-kicking leg, booted three field goals to stake St. Louis to a 9-0 halftime lead.George, who was kept in check by the Rams on just 18 yards rushing in the first half, energized the Titans down the stretch, barreling over tacklers to finish with 95 yards on 28 carries.McNair was 22-for-36 for 214 yards. He rushed eight times for 64 yards, a Super Bowl record for quarterbacks.George saluted McNair in his postgame comments, saying, “Steve is a warrior. He puts it on the line. I am very proud of him because he showed this type of heart all year long.”McNair was philosophical in defeat.“The bad thing about this game is that you’ve got two good teams out there fighting and somebody has to lose. Today we just came up short. The linebacker made a great play at the end, it was a one-on-one. It was just a matter of breaking a tackle and getting in the end zone.”It was a fairly clean game as neither team had a turnover, marking only the second time in Super Bowl history that neither side has committed a miscue.The Tennessee defense controlled St. Louis star Marshall Faulk, holding the versatile running back to 90 yards on five receptions and just 17 yards rushing on 10 carries.The Rams took the opening kickoff and drove 51 yards, converting three straight times on third down before stalling at the Tennessee 18-yard line.Wilkins came on to attempt a 35-yard field goal for St. Louis, but holder Mike Horan bobbled the snap and was tackled before he could get rid of the ball.The Titans took over and gained one first down before George took a screen pass from McNair and romped 32 yards down the right sideline. He was hauled down at the St. Louis 31-yard line.The Rams held, forcing Tennessee to attempt a 47-yard field goal by Del Greco that sailed wide left.St. Louis took over and moved 49 yards in two plays, with Warner connecting with Holt for 32 yards on a post pattern and Faulk on a 17-yard pass over the middle to move the Rams to the Tennessee 14-yard line.The Titans defense stiffened, and Wilkins came on to boot a 27-yard field goal that gave St. Louis a 3-0 lead with 3:00 left in the first quarter.The Rams defense turned it up a notch following the kickoff, with linebacker London Fletcher dropping George for a one-yard loss on second down before safety Billy Jenkins got in the face of McNair on a blitz on third down, forcing an incomplete pass.Following a punt by Tennessee, the Rams went back on the attack with Warner hitting a completely unguarded Faulk on a swing pass for 52 yards, giving the Rams first down on the Tennessee 17.The first quarter then came to an end with the Rams holding a 3-0 advantage.The second quarter opened with St. Louis stalling again in the red zone, unable to capitalize on the long gain by Faulk, and Wilkins came on but was wide left on a 34-yard field goal attempt.On the ensuing possession, Tennessee gained two first downs, but saw defensive end Kevin Carter sack McNair, helping to force a punt. Jenkins flew through the line and got a hand on Craig Hentrich’s punt, but a fortuitous roll saw the Rams start their next possession on the 16-yard line.Warner teamed up with Isaac Bruce and Holt for two completions each to again move St. Louis into scoring position, but once again the Rams could not convert and Wilkins came on to kick a 29-yard field goal to put the Rams up 6-0 lead with 4:16 left in the second quarter.After a Tennessee punt, St. Louis marched deep into Titans’ territory as Warner hooked up with Bruce, Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim and Ricky Proehl on short strikes.Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse was then hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty for bringing Warner down by the facemask, giving the Rams a first down on the 10-yard line. However, the Tennessee defense proved equal to the task again, forcing St. Louis to settle for a field goal. Wilkins pumped another through, this time from 28 yards to give the Rams a 9-0 lead at the half.Warner finished the first half with 277 yards passing, connecting on 19 of 35 attempts as St. Louis outgained the Titans 294-89. Warner’s favorite target was Holt, who gained 100 yards on six receptions.McNair was 5-for-14 for 65 yards as the St. Louis defense continually kept the pressure on him.The Tennessee defense did a great job in the first half of keeping the Titans in the game as the Rams made it into the red zone five times but only had three field goals to show for it.The Titans came out aggressively in the second half, taking the opening kickoff and getting three straight first downs to move into St. Louis territory. On a key third-and-5 play at the 29, McNair tried to hit George with a swing pass, but the ex-Ohio State star looked up field before putting it away and dropped the ball.Del Greco then had his 47-yard field goal attempt blocked by Rams cornerback Todd Lyght and the Rams recovered the ball on their own 32.The Rams again quickly moved into the Tennessee red zone, with Warner hooking up with Faulk, Bruce and Ernie Conwell to put St. Louis on the Titans’ 10-yard line.On Conwell’s reception, safety Blaine Bishop took a nasty shot to the head as he attempted to bring the tight end down from behind at the 10 with 8:24 left in the third quarter.Bishop lay motionless on the turf for more than 10 minutes as the Titans’ medical staff tended to him. He never moved and was placed on a stretcher and taken off by a cart.Bishop was taken to the hospital, where X-rays on his neck proved negative. He rejoined his teammates in the locker room following the game.Play resumed with an incompletion by Warner and a 1-yard run by Faulk before St. Louis finally found paydirt as Warner hit Holt on a slant for a touchdown. The extra point by Wilkins made it 16-0.Following the kickoff, Tennessee moved methodically down the field, racking up several first downs before McNair broke loose for a 23-yard run that put the Titans on the St. Louis 2-yard line.Two plays later George scored on a 1-yard run off left tackle as Tennessee finally got on the scoreboard with 0:14 left in the third quarter after a 12-play, 66-yard drive.The Titans then elected to go for the two-point conversion, but McNair’s pass to tight end Frank Wycheck was off target.The Rams were unable to move the ball on the ensuing possession and Horan came on for his first punt of the day.Tennessee again moved down the field, eating up the clock with efficient runs by George and short passes by McNair. The Titans converted on fourth and inches at their own 43 as McNair took a quarterback sneak and was able to move the ball just enough to move the chains.McNair then hit wide receiver Isaac Byrd for a 21-yard gain as the Titans closed in. George finished off the 13-play, 79-yard drive with a sensational two-yard run, refusing to be brought down despite being in the grasp of defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina. Television replays appeared to show that George’s knee had touched down on the play, but the officials didn’t see it that way and the touchdown stood.The prolific attack of the Rams was held in check again by Tennessee on the next possession, going three plays and out for the second straight drive and forcing Horan to punt. The Titans then got a break as Horan’s punt took a Tennessee bounce, suddenly hitting reverse and going for only 30 yards.The Titans got a first down as McNair turned a pass play into a 10-yard gain, then picked up a lucky bounce as tight end Jackie Harris caught a short pass from McNair. Harris fumbled and saw the ball recovered by Dyson.On third and 7 at the St. Louis 25-yard line, McNair threw an incomplete pass and Del Greco came on to punch through a 47-yard field goal and tie the game 16-16 with 2:12 left.Tony Horne returned the Tennessee kickoff to the 27 and then, on the first play from scrimmage, Warner went up top, underthrowing Bruce on a fly pattern up the right side. The wily veteran came back for the ball and hauled it in at the 35-yard line and cut back to the middle, galloping untouched for the score.“With the score tied, I knew somebody had to make a play,” said Bruce, who caught 6 passes for 162 yards. “We were ready to go to overtime, but didn’t want to if we didn’t have to.”“As far as emotions, it was momentum,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher commented. “We made up our mind at halftime we were going to win this game and all credit to Kurt Warner and the big play, or it is a different ballgame.“We did everything we could to give ourselves a chance to win,” added Fisher. “We went for two. We went for it on fourth down. We got within six inches of having an opportunity.”The Titans had one last chance and McNair again came up big for Tennessee, scrambling for 12 yards before being brought down by the facemask by cornerback Dre Bly with 1:16 left. The penalty cost the Rams 15 more yards and pushed the ball to the St. Louis 45-yard line.With 22 seconds left, McNair made another incredible play, scrambling loose from two Rams defenders on third and 5 and finding Dyson down the middle for a 16-yard gain that moved the ball to the Rams’ 10-yard line, setting the stage for the climactic final play.“When he (Jones) got his hands on me I thought I’d break the tackle but he slid down to my foot like you’re supposed to and made a great play,” Dyson said. “I realized as soon as I stretched out and was going down that I didn’t get the point of the ball over the goal line.”That was a huge relief for the Rams.“When I saw that ball go in the air, I said ‘It’s a touchdown,’ ” Vermeil said. last_img read more

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Sugiyama storms into final 16 with rout of Bartoli

first_imgWith the first set tied 1-1, Sugiyama took command by winning the next nine games and never looked back, clinching victory with a trademark crosscourt backhand to advance to the last 16 for the second straight year.“I’m playing much more aggressively than I did last year,” said Sugiyama. “The draw has been kind to me and I feel I’ve got a good chance of winning the next game.”The 28-year-old from Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, meets Tamarine Tanasugarn in the fourth round having beaten her Thai opponent in their last two meetings.The victory was Sugiyama’s 55th at a Grand Slam tournament, the most by a Japanese player.Sugiyama completed a perfect day by partnering with South African Liezel Huber to a 6-1, 7-5 win over British pair Helen Crook and Anna Hawkins in the first round of doubles. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 LONDON – Japan’s Ai Sugiyama swept aside French teenager Marion Bartoli 6-1, 6-2 to book her place in the fourth round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon on Friday.The 11th-seeded Sugiyama, who is making her 12th Wimbledon appearance, struggled to beat Bartoli on clay at the French Open in May but this time made short work of her 19-year-old unseeded opponent on Court 17 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Coordinated Resources Use Night Vision To Rescue Hiker Near Skilak

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A coordinated effort by the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Rescue Coordination Center  used night vision in order to rescue an injured hiker Monday. The helicopter, aircrew from the Air Guard’s 210th Rescue Squadron and pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron, departed JBER at approximately 9 p.m. and dropped off the female hiker at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage at about 10:30 p.m. An Alaska Air National Guard rescue team responded with an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter for the hoist assisted night vision rescue. The Rescue Coordination Center, 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded one save for this mission.center_img According to a press release from the Alaska National Guard, the Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at JBER the evening of Monday, October 8. It was reported that assistance was needed to retrieve a hiker with a serious leg injury from an area north of Skilak Lake. The injured hiker was located about 1 1/2 miles down Lookout Trail.last_img read more

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WATCH: UK’s Johnson hauls in one-handed catch

first_imgThe Kentucky football team is busy trying to earn a statement win against Auburn. The Cats’ Garrett Johnson, a sophomore receiver, is doing his part to help that cause, thanks in part to an eye-opening third-down grab.With under nine minutes left in the second quarter, UK started its fourth drive of the game at its own 25-yard line. The Cats went 64 yards in 10 plays and more than four minutes to bring the Tigers’ lead to 17-10, with Johnson nabbing receptions of 22, 39 and 36 yards.The 39- and 36-yard receptions both marked first-down catches with the Cats needing 22 and eight yards, respectively.With UK at the Auburn 46-yard line, Patrick Towles connected with Johnson for the 36-yard gain, a bomb down the right sideline that set up the Cats at the Auburn 10. UK settled for a 28-yard field goal three plays later.Johnson allotted five catches for 103 yards with five minutes remaining before halftime.Unreal one handed catch from Kentucky WR Garrett JohnsonUK receiver Garrett Johnson pulled in a one-handed catch against Auburn.UK receiver Garrett Johnson pulled in a one-handed catch against Auburn.last_img read more

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Expect another windy day today

first_imgMarch-like winds make a return trip to Campbell County today blowing in colder temperatures. TOP PHOTO:  WLAF’s Charlie Hutson caught the wind in action on Monday afternoon.  Our high, under partly sunny skies, brings another spring-like day of 60-degrees.  There is a slight chance of rain until around lunch time.After today’s mild temps, daytime highs do not make it out of the 40s the rest of the week.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/08/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Brewers Beat Twins 8-3 Friday Night

first_img 1/1 1080p HD 360p Tonight:  St. Louis at Minnesota. First pitch 6:10 PM, CT (TV: Fox Sports North, Radio: 1240 WJON.) Auto (360p) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip center_img About Connatix V56892 The Minnesota Twins fell to the visiting Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Friday night at Target Field in game one of their three-game weekend series.Minnesota starting pitcher Kyle Gibson gave up five runs in five innings on eight hits and four walks. Minnesota outfielder Max Kepler had two hits, including a two-run home run.The Twins have lost four of their last five games, but are still just a game and half behind first place Cleveland. The Twins finish up the series against the Brewers tonight and tomorrow afternoon at Target Field. 720p HD About Connatix V56892last_img read more

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Cricket News England Players Agree For Pay Cut To Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic, International Tours Remain In Limbo

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The coronavirus pandemic is causing havoc in the United Kingdom, with all professional cricket suspended till May 28 while football is also under total lockdown. The United Kingdom has seen over 38,000 cases until Friday with the death toll at over 3600. There is no clarity as to when sporting activities will resume and the country is pondering a lengthy lockdown in order to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. In view of the ongoing situation, the England centrally contracted cricketers, both men and women have agreed to forgo a portion of their salary for the next three months in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic. England’s men and women’s cricketers have agreed for a pay cut for the next three months.The men’s cricketers have agreed for a 20 percent pay cut with the players donating 500,000 GBP to the England and Wales Cricket Board while the women’s players have also agreed to take a pay cut for April, May and June in line with their coaches and support staff. According to a report in Cricbuzz, the players will decide which charities they will donate to by next week. In addition, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that they will be putting a number of non-playing staff on furlough. This means that the government will pay 80 percent of their wages while the ECB will put in 20 percent so that the staff do not lose out on money in these tough times.According to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced in the United Kingdom on March 20, the government scheme will cover a worker who earns a maximum of GBP 2,500 per month. Speaking to Cricbuzz, England women’s skipper Heather Knight, who has volunteered to join the NHS to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, said, “All the players felt like it was the right response in the current climate to take a pay cut in line with what our support staff are taking. We know how the current situation is affecting the game and we want to help as much as we can.”International Tours In LimboThe coronavirus pandemic has put international tours in total limbo, with England’s series against the West Indies in June highly unlikely to go ahead. In addition, Australia’s tour to Bangladesh as part of the ICC World Test Championship also in June in doubt, with skipper Tim Paine admitting that the tour is highly unlikely to go ahead. New Zealand Cricket chief David White said the team’s tour to the West Indies, as well as to Ireland and Netherlands is also unlikely with the coronavirus pandemic wrecking havoc in Europe and in the USA.England women cricketers have agreed to forgo a part of their salary for April, May and June. (Image credit: Getty Images)Bangladesh, though, are not pondering about pay cuts to the players and the support staff. However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board are on shaky ground as they have not yet signed a deal with a new national team sponsor as well as a new broadcaster. The current deal expires on April 30. The suspension of the series against Pakistan and the cancellation of their games against Ireland has resulted in the Bangladesh Cricket Board not getting much revenue.Also Read | New Zealand Cricket Reverts To Four-Day Working Week, International Tours In DoubtSpeaking to Cricbuzz, BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury sounded optimistic. “We are in a much better position compared to some other boards that are going to lose huge revenue. It’s a situation that we cannot control. We have to wait until everything comes under control. There could be a schedule chaos which we cannot resolve. We have to get engaged with other stakeholders, including the ICC. We are not thinking on these lines (pay cuts) at the moment. We are confident that we don’t have to take such steps right now as we can survive for quite some time. And we hope by that time everything will return to normalcy. We are working out on how we can remain beside the cricketers and our other employees at this time of crisis,” Chowdhury said.last_img read more

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Soccer fans accuse FA President

first_imgSome soccer fans and football enthusiasts in the Brong-Ahafo Region have accused President of Ghana Football Association (GFA) Mr Kwasi Nyantakyi of plotting to ensure that Bechem-based Chelsea Football Club qualified for the next premiership.The fans and football enthusiasts who spoke to the GNA Sports in Sunyani alleged that Nyantakyi’s stance was part of the agreement reached between him and Nana Kwame Nketia, Chief Executive Officer of the Bechem club over the sale of Wa All Stars, a Premier division side to him (Nyantakyi) a couple of years ago.They alleged that to honour the agreement, the FA President had been influencing referees to officiate in favour of Chelsea Football Club, which won its matches against Aduana F. C and Kintampo United to qualify to participate in the Middle League.The fans said they had no doubts that the Club would enjoy similar support from the GFA boss to be able to qualify into the premiership next season.“Soccer fans and supporters of Division One Clubs in the Region have therefore appealed to Nyantakyi to respond to the allegations asking him to remain neutral and not discrimination against any club to ensure that the deserving teams qualify for the premiership to help improve the standard of the nation’s soccer”, one of them said.Nana Nketia however denied the allegation in an interview and described the accusations as false but that it was rather the better performance of Chelsea club that lifted them up high so far. Meanwhile Chelsea currently lead the Zone One Middle League table with six points plus seven goals after two matches.In their last match against Soccer Warriors at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday, Chelsea spanked their opponents by seven goals to one, which feat the supporters of B/A United claim was a fixed one.Before the allegations, the Division League Board (DLB) assured soccer fans of fair and transparent conduct of the competition in order “to prevent a repeat of what happened last season when Nania FC and Okwahu United were engaged in an alleged match fixing and were banned for a year and also fined GHC 5000 each’.Source: GNAlast_img read more

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Utah Utes basketball: Utes claim their third of title

first_img Related It had been a few months since Utah basketball coach Jim Boylen had taken the microphone and given one of his famous postgame speeches. He had done it often during his first year as Ute coach, but only once this season and he joked he was a bit rusty as he addressed the Huntsman Center’s largest crowd of the season.This, however, was definitely an occasion for Boylen to bellow into the mike and thank everybody from his wife to athletic director Chris Hill to the fans and talk about how proud he was of his players, concluding with a shrieking, “The Runnin’ Utes are back.” The Utes had just won a share of the Mountain West Conference championship with a 68-49 victory over TCU in a season they were picked to finish fourth, only two years after one of the worst records in Ute history.It couldn’t have gone much better for the Utes on Senior Day with senior Shaun Green having his best shooting game of the season with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and fellow senior Luke Nevill tying his career high with 16 rebounds to go with 14 points.Senior Lawrence Borha added 12 points, while sophomore Carlon Brown chipped in 10 points and eight assists for the Utes, who improved to 21-9 on the season and 12-4 in Mountain West Conference play.Boylen was emotional in the interview room afterward, holding back tears as he spoke of his team winning the title.”I’m happy for this group of guys,” he said. “They’re going to leave here as champions. They’re going to be in the books forever.”Boylen admitted he was nervous heading into Saturday’s contest, especially after his team had failed in two chances to wrap up the title at BYU and New Mexico in the previous seven days.He said his mother had called from Michigan earlier in the day and when he told her he was nervous, she asked why. “I want these guys to be winners,” he told her. “That’s all I really wanted. As much as those guys have been ripped and doubted and maligned, I wanted them to leave here as champions.” Following the pre-game festivities honoring the five seniors, the Utes came out on fire, jumping to a 14-2 lead in the first five minutes. The Horned Frogs struggled most of the half, shooting just 30 percent, but they came back to pull within seven at 31-24.Boylen said he didn’t like the way his team had played over the final eight minutes, particularly the last two minutes when TCU scored seven straight. But like they have so many times this year, the Utes came out with a strong second half.TCU, which was led by Ronnie Moss with 14, got within six early in the second half at 33-27, but Borha sank a 3-pointer, Nevill made a left-handed hook and followed with a 16-foot jumper, perhaps the longest shot of his career. When Brown and Tyler Kepkay each added shots from close range, it was suddenly 44-29 and the Utes were cruising.Green added three more threes to keep the lead at 15 and the margin got as high as 20 at 65-45. During the last two minutes, Boylen deftly used three timeouts to make sure his four main seniors got their own ovations from the crowd of 13,508 and also got seldom-used senior Jonathan Downie into the game.After the final horn, the ladders came out so each player and coach could cut a piece of the nets at each end, while the songs “Celebrate” and “We are the Champions” blared on the speakers for the first time since the Utes’ last championship in 2004-05. “What’s neat for me is for us to have a championship in a year they say the league’s the best it’s ever been,” Boylen said. “What we did this year with the schedule we had, I think is a great story.” Next up for Utah is the MWC tournament in Las Vegas Thursday through Saturday. Most experts say the Utes have already sewed up at least an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament, but a tourney win would give them the MWC’s automatic berth. U. seniors big in final home gamecenter_img Off-key Utah ends on a high notelast_img read more