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Gamecocks Shut Out By Vanderbilt 12-0

first_imgThe Gamecocks trailed 1-0 in the sixth before fourth-ranked Vanderbilt scored four runs in the sixth and seventh innings.The Gamecocks trailed 1-0 in the sixth before fourth-ranked Vanderbilt scored four runs in the sixth and seventh innings.Columbia, SC — Carson Fulmer worked seven scoreless innings while striking out nine batters and allowing just three hits and fourth ranked Vanderbilt belted out 10 hits in a 10-0 win over South Carolina on Thursday night.The Commodores took an early 1-0 lead pushing across a run in the top of the first. Rhett Wiseman drew a one-out walk, stole second and was able to score after a throwing error by Gamecock catcher Hunter Taylor and a wild pitch.A leadoff double from Ro Coleman followed by a pair of sacrifice hits plated the first of four runs for Vanderbilt in the sixth inning. With two outs, Zander Wiel doubled to left center and Bryan Reynolds drove him in with an RBI single. Will Toffey followed with a base hit to right and both runners were able to score on a throwing error on South Carolina second baseman Max Schrock, giving the Commodores a 5-0 advantage.With three runs in the seventh inning, Vanderbilt increased its lead to 8-0. Coleman opened the frame with a solo home run to right field. Wiseman followed with a double and a walk to Wiel put two runners on for Reynolds who crushed a two-RBI double to left field. Toffey then drove in Reynolds with a RBI single. The Commodores added another run in the eight and two in the ninth to take a 12-0 lead.Fulmer earned the win and improves to 7-1. Fiori suffers the loss for the Gamecocks and is now 3-1 on the season. The junior left-hander allowed just two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks while striking out five batters in 5.1 innings of work.The Commodores improve to 29-10 and 12-4 in the SEC while the loss drops the Gamecocks to 23-16 and 6-10 in league play.last_img read more

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Vanderbilt-Georgia to kick off at 2:30 p.m.

first_img The Georgia-Vanderbilt game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and air on CBS, the SEC announced Thursday.The rest of the scheduleSept. 5, Louisville vs. Auburn, 2:30 p.m.Sept. 12, Georgia at Vanderbilt, 2:30 p.m.Sept. 19, Auburn at LSU, 2:30 p.m.Oct. 31, Florida vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m.Nov. 7, SEC Doubleheader, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.Nov. 14, SEC Doubleheader, 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Nov. 27, Missouri at Arkansas, 1:30 p.m.Dec. 5, SEC Championship, 3 p.m.last_img

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True freshman DBs already impressing in Tide secondary

first_imgAlabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) works through drills during practice Thursday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa.Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) works through drills during practice Thursday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa.TUSCALOOSA – The challenge of going from high school star to Division I starter is a daunting one, especially in just a matter of months.Whether it’s the physical leap, the sheer volume of similar talent, or the mental acuity involved, most freshmen aren’t up to the challenge, and ultimately redshirt during their first season in college.Alabama senior linebacker Reggie Ragland, one of those freshmen just a few years ago, describes it like hitting “that wall.”“When I first got here, I was zombie-like myself,” Ragland said this week. “I know I had to get a strong mindset. Once you go through the program for a year you know what to expect. You know that you have to do this, instead of do that.”But every so often there’s a select true freshman that doesn’t hit the wall, and so far this offseason, it’s clear Alabama has several.Key among those has been true freshman cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has already seen practice reps with the first- and second-team defense a week into fall camp and “You can tell he’s focused in. … You can just tell, it shows when he’s on the field,” Ragland said of Fitzpatrick. “You can tell he’s mature on the field, and you and tell he’s going to do what he needs to on and off the field.“Most freshmen hit that wall when they first get into camp and he hasn’t hit that wall yet, and he’s still out there focused in, looking good, moving around like he’s been doing that for years.”Even Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who has a policy against all first-year players speaking to the media and isn’t a fan of hyping up players before they’ve even played a game, took time to praise Fitzpatrick on Wednesday.“Minkah’s done a really, really good job. He’s very instinctive and learns quickly, understands concepts,” Saban said. “He’s probably going to a be a guy that, if he continues to progress, could make some contribution for us this year.”Another true freshman to impress early is safety Ronnie Harrison, a physically-gifted prospect from Tallahassee, Florida, that arrived as an early enrollee in January with the frame (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) to make an immediate impact. Harrison has already been seen working with the second team unit throughout spring and early in fall camp, and could be counted on in nickel and dime packages.“Ronnie being here in the spring is probably going to help him make a contribution this year,” Saban said. “He is doing a good job, as well.”Whenever there was talk of welcomed surprise this spring, Harrison’s name was usually the first to come from veterans.“I’d say Ronnie, the freshman, has impressed me a lot. He’s shown a lot of instinctiveness out there on the field,” Alabama senior cornerback Cyrus Jones said in April. “He’s still getting it mentally, and that’s going to take time, but he’s definitely a football player, so he’s one of the guys who has impressed me a lot.”And that impressing started before the team ever hit the practice field.“I like how Ronnie Harrison came in. He was full-speed the whole time in Fourth Quarter,” Ragland said in March of Alabama’s offseason conditioning program. “You could tell that what he was going through that he was just dying, but he still came back the next day going hard the whole time. I like the way he’s doing it.”Still, while natural skill can go a long way, it usually takes an elevated mental approach and the ability to grasp complicated concepts for a younger player to see immediate playing time with the talent-loaded Tide.And for most first-year freshmen — as Ragland knows — that can be a steep learning curve.“The ones who don’t (get it), you can tell it’s hitting them and they’re walking around all depressed,” Ragland said. “You try and keep them going and tell them ‘It’s going to get better. You have to keep fighting on and press through it.’ … So when a guy starts moping around we try and keep him up, keep him going.”That’s certainly been the case for another highly-touted five-star corner in Kendall Sheffield, a 6-foot, 185-pound prospect from Missouri City, Texas, that arrived this summer as the nation’s No. 4 cornerback.“I think in Kendall’s case he has shown a tremendous amount of ability — a very talented guy, works hard. But I think right now some of these young guys get a little bit of a learning overload,” Saban said. “They’re thinking about what they have to do rather than just reacting and doing it. And you never know how long it’s going to take to exactly come out of that.“If Kendall can come out of it, he’ll probably contribute as well.”last_img read more

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Spring Lake volleyball squad sweeps past Sparta in O-K Blue competition

first_img Not relevant ENDS IN Share × Report a problem This item is… LocalSportsJournal.comThe Spring Lake volleyball team defeated Sparta in straight sets on Tuesday night in OK-Blue Conference action.The Lakers defeated Sparta with service scores of 25-14, 25-17, and 25-14.Olivia Grimmer led Spring Lake with 10 digs and 15 kills while Caitie Estep added 40 assists. Jenna Core had five aces on the night for the Lakers and Lauren Hellman contributed with three blocks.Spring Lake is now 12-15 overall on the season and 5-4 in O-K Blue Conference play. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Fox Sports Go × ENDS IN (35539) Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller ENDS IN Bestseller Share Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Not relevant Not relevant Other $0.00 Other ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive (22) Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Report a problem This item is… × (1862) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Shares × 0 Report a problem This item is… $3.99 (33138) Shop Now Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (1461) × × Displayed poorly Other Inappropriate / Offensive Ads by Amazon Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $59.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY $15.29$17.99 Bestseller (124) Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY (1009) Displayed poorly $0.00 Other DEAL OF THE DAY Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Mail Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… Other Other FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… ENDS IN Bestseller Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other Displayed poorly Not relevant ENDS IN Displayed poorly Not relevant Other Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… $26.86$49.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly Ads by Amazon Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. A Warrior’s Heart Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive $14.99 ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… × Bestseller $0.00 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly NBC Sports DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller (8187) Inappropriate / Offensive × DEAL OF THE DAY The League Bestsellerlast_img read more

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Ravens preparing for Lions’ monstrous defensive tackles

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — As if preparing for arguably the NFL’s most explosive offensive player in Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson wasn’t enough, the Ravens must also deal with a pair of monsters in the middle of the Lions defensive line on Monday night.And while Detroit’s defense ranks an ordinary 17th in yards allowed and 18th in points surrendered this season, tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley can wreak havoc on an offense in a variety of ways. Effective in shutting down the run as well as providing pressure up the middle, the tackles also bring an intimidation factor that walks a fine line between intimidating and dirty at times.“Their reputation, they definitely live up to it,” running back Ray Rice said. “I don’t know if you want to call it physical or dirty. Whatever the refs see, that’s what they see. But needless to say, I’m not going to spark any fire. No. 1 is those two guys there in the middle, Ndamukong Suh and Fairley. They are great football players. We know we have our hands full with those guys.”The Lions rank sixth against the run, which doesn’t bode well for a Baltimore running game that’s last in the league in yards per carry, but Suh’s biggest asset is his ability to put pressure on the quarterback. His 5 1/2 sacks rank second on the Lions behind defensive end Ziggy Ansah while Fairley has added 3 1/2 sacks on the season.Guards Marshal Yanda and A.Q. Shipley along with center Gino Gradkowski will be entrusted to keep quarterback Joe Flacco upright and to give him room to step up to throw against a vulnerable Detroit secondary. Yanda’s task will be especially challenging as Suh has graded out as the second-best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.“One of the things that you notice about them is the fact that they can push the pocket,” offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. “They can keep you from stepping up in it, and therefore you aren’t able to get the ball down the field with the kind of precision that you like. They do that quite often to quarterbacks. They get free.”One man on ‘Megatron?’Plenty of discussion this week has centered around how the Ravens will try to cover Johnson with third-year cornerback Jimmy Smith being named as the most popular candidate.As you’d expect, the Ravens aren’t giving away how they plan to defend the 6-foot-5 receiver, but Smith is their most effective defender in press coverage should they try to play a physical brand of football against him like they did earlier this season against standout receivers such as Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Chicago’s Brandon Marshall.“How many corners are 6-foot-2 [with] long arms, a physical guy, a strong guy and the guy can run?” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. “Those are all the things you look for in a corner. Besides that, I think his confidence is growing. That’s the other side of it and the more it grows, the better you become.”Pees would only say that fans and media would find out Monday night if the Ravens have decided to match Smith against Johnson exclusively, but the strategy isn’t as simple for a defense that plays extensive zone coverage.In fact, the defensive coordinator provided a pretty convincing explanation for why the Ravens shouldn’t move away from their typical strategy of keeping Smith at right corner and Lardarius Webb on the left side in the base defense. Matching Smith up with the star receiver would require adjustments everywhere else and defenders to have new responsibilities if the Ravens are to show anything other than man coverage.“You can’t go into a game, and every time I walk over with [No.81], they know you’re in man coverage, so a red flag is going to go up,” Pees said. “You’ve got to be able to play all of your coverages if you are going to play it that way. There’s a lot more involved in playing that, and all of a sudden the guy is in the slot, and he’s not an outside receiver, and you’re in sub defense, and Jimmy is in a nickel, or your guy is not a nickel. There’s a lot more involved when you try to play matchup coverage. It’s easy when you play man; go get your guy. But I wouldn’t want to be a coordinator in this league that tells the offensive coordinator every time I’m in man coverage.”Indoor footballAfter dealing with a tornado-prompted delay in Chicago, a snowstorm in Baltimore, and high winds during a number of games over the last six weeks, the Ravens are embracing the opportunity to play indoors for the first time since Super Bowl XLVII.It doesn’t result in any distinct advantage against an opponent that plays all home games inside, but the fast track and controlled climate of Ford Field just might be the elixir for a passing game that now possesses tight end Dennis Pitta and is looking for more consistency.“I never make a big deal about playing outside,” Flacco said, “but every time you go into a dome and you start warming up, you realize how awesome it is to be able to throw the ball inside. It won’t have too much of an effect on the outcome of the game. As a quarterback, you always want great conditions and a dome obviously presents that.”In addition to an easier time in the passing game, the Ravens will receive a respite in the kicking game after excellent work from kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch in some very difficult conditions.The Ravens have even needed to adjust to the idea of not needing to prepare for harsh weather conditions.“It’s been interesting,” special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. “I gave the players the weather report this morning in the meeting, and I said it’s going to be 72 and calm. And there was a long pause. They weren’t sure they understood. ‘Oh, yeah. That’s right!!’ So, yes, we don’t have to deal with that. I think the people that are most happy about that are the specialists.”last_img read more

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Manchester United To Sack Mourinho If……..

first_imgUnited fell to David Silva’s early goal which was added to by Sergio Aguero just minutes into the second half, Anthony Martial, however, reduced the deficit from the penalty spot to bring back memories of United’s famous comeback on the same ground in April.But Mourinho’s men were unable to avoid defeat at the Etihad Stadium, as substitute Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up a 3-1 win with a fine finish.The defeat meant United are as close to Cardiff in the relegation zone as league-leading City – a 12-point gap that was mentioned to Mourinho when asked whether their title hopes were over.“I think we are not going to be relegated,” the United boss said abruptly, before offering a positive analysis of a game in which Martial’s penalty was their only shot on target and their goal difference went into negative figures.“So, when I analyze the game today, I think the difference was, you can go for stats,” Mourinho said.“That’s the way people that don’t understand football analyze football, is with stats.“I don’t go for stats, I go for what I felt and I watch in the game and the game was there until minute 80-something.“So, I consider the performance of my team a performance with mistakes. It’s different than a bad performance.“One thing is a bad performance another thing is a performance with mistakes.“We made mistakes, we were punished by these mistakes, but the performance, the mentality, the togetherness, the belief, the fight until the end was something that we are building and we are not going to lose that because of a defeat.”Mourinho’s Manchester United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday 24th November after the international break.Related Jose Mourinho ‘faces sack threat at Manchester United’ and the club’s hierarchy is considering Mauricio Pochettino to replace him.Mourinho’s side is currently 12 points behind rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester City after their 3-1 derby defeat on Sunday.Jose Mourinho will reportedly be sacked by Manchester United if he fails to guide the club into the top four.The Portuguese watched his side suffer defeat against Manchester City on Sunday to halt United’s recent resurgence.United are also seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham after a poor start to the season.According to The Sun, the Old Trafford club will take action in the summer if they don’t reach Europe’s premier competition, the Uefa Champions LeagueUnited chiefs want Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Mourinho but are aware that during the Argentinian to Manchester will prove difficult.Pochettino recently signed a new deal with the North London club and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has proved himself a tough negotiator.Real Madrid had also been interested in him but will appoint Santiago Solari on a permanent basis after an impressive spell in caretaker charge.last_img read more

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Pretoria is Stars’ 2010 base

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association have confirmed Pretoria as their base for the 2010 World Cup.The Black Stars will stay at the 40-room Rhoode Valley Hotel in the North of Pretoria giving them exclusive access to the facility and effectively allowing the Ghana Football Association to control access to the team camp.The Black Stars had toyed with the idea of setting up camp in Nelspruit but in the end decided Pretoria offered easier access to their three match venues in Pretoria itself, Johannesburg and Rustenburg for the group games.The will be in good company in Pretoria too with Germany, Argentina all confirmed.Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

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Goran Stevanovic denies having a fall out with Kevin Prince Boateng

first_imgHead Coach of the Black Stars, Goran Stevanovic has told JOY Sports there is no existing friction between him and AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng.Earlier media reports suggested the Prince Boateng had a fall out with the Serbian trainer leading to his exclusion from the initial 21-man squad listed for the Nations Cup qualifier against Swaziland and the friendly international against Brazil.Speaking to JOY Sports Tony Bebli, Coach Stevanovic said, “I don’t have a problem with Kevin. Kevin is a fantastic guy, a good player and I am sure we will solve the situation.”Prince Boateng played a key role in Ghana’s success at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and his impressive display later secured him a move to the Italian Serie A side AC Milan. The 24-year-old unavailability for recent national team assignments has put his loyalty in doubt.Kevin Prince Boateng has played only two matches for the Black Stars since the mundial and has been accused of wanting to play in only high-profile matches.last_img read more

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Daniels takes top step on podium at Dodge City’s IMCA SportMod Mayhem

first_imgDustin Daniels topped the fourth annual IMCA SportMod Mayhem special at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 19) – After finishing just one position short last year, Dustin Daniels reached the top step of the podium in Saturday’s IMCA SportMod Mayhem special at Dodge City Raceway Park.The checkers in the fourth annual event came along with a $1,000 top prize.Daniels turned the tables on Kaleb Roach after the latter beat him to the stripe in last year’s edi­tion of Mayhem.Roach had a front row starting position in his bid for a second consecutive event win but Daniels denied him by rallying from eighth starting to take the victory.Roach settled for runner-up honors with Ronnie Hults racing from ninth to third. Jeff Kaup was fourth with Blaine Walt rallying from 18th to round out the top five.Brendon Gemmill landed his first local IMCA Modified feature win of the season while Reagan Sellard scored his third Dodge City IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory of 2017.Daniels and Sellard both pocketed $200 certificates from Richmond Gear to go along with their winnings.Feature results – 1. Dustin Daniels; 2. Kaleb Roach; 3. Ronnie Hults; 4. Jeff Kaup; 5. Blaine Walt; 6. Brian May; 7. Kyle Wiens; 8. Bart Baker; 9. Joey Maupin; 10. Alex Wiens; 11. Bill Smith; 12. Tanner Brunson; 13. Dan Rogers; 14. Adam Stenzel; 15. Dakota Sproul; 16. Danny Concel­man; 17. Jacob Fehler; 18. Brian Davidson; 19. Ryan Moser; 20. Tom Nelson Jr.last_img read more

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Park Jefferson Speedway sets IMCA Spring Nationals show for this weekend

first_imgSafety will be of the utmost concern, we will be practicing social distancing, have hand sanitizer available, no contact draw/redraw, and face masks are recommended. For further information, please contact Toby Kruse at 515 231.5444 or toby@marshalltownspeedway.com IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run both nights, the Mach-1 Sport Compacts on Friday and the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars on Saturday.  Modifieds will vie for a $1,000 top prize each day in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers, Sprint Cars race for $600 to win, Stock Cars and SportMods each chase $500, Hobby Stocks going after $400 and Sport Compacts race for $200 to win.  Each day will be a separate show with the draw/redraw format. Entries are limited and no IMCA points will be awarded. In following with Governor Noem’s announcement of the South Dakota Back To Normal Plan, outdoor venues and events can operate, the Park Jefferson Speedway is excited to bring the IMCA family of racers together for an exciting action packed weekend. Spring Nationals is presented by Ricky Lemmen Motorsports. Drivers and fans, there is available camping at the KOA Campground one mile south of the track by calling 605 232-4519. The Hampton Inn in North Sioux City will offer a special $89 Park Jeffer­son Speedway Rate and rooms can be arranged by calling 605 232-9739. Entry fees will be $40 for Modifieds and $30 for all other divisions each night. Drivers may register for only one night if they choose. Saturday, https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/2303/registrations/2656.center_img Registration for entries through My Race Pass will close at 9 p.m. on May 6 and the draw will be done from Karl Performance at 6 p.m. on May 7 via Facebook live Thirty-two entries from each of the Modified, Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock divisions, and 20 each of the Sprint Cars will be entered into the event. Links to registration are: Hot laps will be at 6:30 p.m. on both nights with racing action to follow. Pit passes are $30.  For the grandstands, more information will be available within the next two days as the details are be­ing worked out. For those not able to attend, the event will be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV.  Friday, https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/2303/registrations/2655.  JEFFERSON, S.D. – Kruse Motorsports, Inc. and Park Jefferson Speedway team up to bring IMCA racing action back with a two-day Spring Nationals show Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9.  last_img read more

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