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Argos Storm Back from 20-Point Deficit, Fall Short in GSC Opener at Valdosta State

first_imgAfter several back-and-forth drives, Valdosta State took over at the UWF 36 with 5:00 remaining in the fourth quarter. Two VSU penalties and a two-yard pass later, Marvin Conley intercepted the long ball from Roland Rivers. With things looking like they were going UWF’s way, Raymond Palmer picked off a pass from Nobles at the 50-yard line, the seventh Argonaut turnover of the game  #16 Florida Tech 10/1/2016 – 6:00 p.m. Preview Next Game: The teams traded scoreless drives throughout most of the second quarter, with UWF ultimately cutting the deficit to 20-14 with 2:35 remaining in the half. The drive began with the first of two long completions from Nobles to Ishmel Morrow. The pair connected for 37 yards before getting together for a 24-yard pass that reached the VSU 4-yard line just two plays later. After a pass interference call gave UWF a first down on the 2, Nobles faked a handoff to Chris Schwarz and pushed his way into the end zone to jump within six points of the Blazers. West Florida (2-2, 0-1 GSC) outgained Valdosta State 379-340 overall and 385-210 in the air. The UWF defense dominated for large portions of the game, including the fourth quarter when the Blazers were held to just 24 total yards.  Things turned around shortly after, however, as redshirt freshman Grey Jackson found freshman Tate Lehtio for a touchdown from the 4-yard line to cap off a five-play, 15-yard drive to make the score 20-7 late in the first. The Blazers capped things off with a one-yard touchdown run from Jordan Germany in the final minute. The Blazers scored on the second drive as well, despite some trouble with penalties. Quarterback Roland Rivers twice found VSU receivers for touchdowns that were called back due to an illegal procedure penalty and another illegal formation penalty, respectively. Following those two penalties, Rivers took the ball in himself for a touchdown, and after a failed two-point conversion attempt, the score stood at 13-0 in favor of VSU halfway through the first quarter. UWF struck back quickly with an 80-yard drive that took just 2:12 to complete. Again, Nobles completed a long pass to begin the drive, this one finding Lehtio for 35 yards. Nobles later took to the ground for a 13-yard gain on 3rd-and-1, and he finished off the drive with an 18-yard pass to Griffin for the sophomore’s fifth catch of the day and third touchdown of the season. Box ScoreVALDOSTA, Ga. – For the second consecutive week, turnovers plagued the UWF football team. This time a 20-0 deficit and seven miscues were the Argonauts’ undoing in a 40-28 loss at No. 25 Valdosta State in the first-ever Gulf South Conference game in program history. UWF’s misfortune continued on the next drive, when VSU was able to pick up another seven points on a fumble recovery that Brandon Roe ran into the end zone from 13 yards. Full Schedule Roster center_img Valdosta State took the lead right back on the next drive, nickel-and-diming the UWF defense for 70 yards across eight plays and just less than three minutes grabbing a 33-28 advantage. UWF opened the second half with a drive deep into VSU territory, which included a 25-yard pass from Nobles to Antoine Griffin. The drive would end on a 35-yard field goal attempt that missed wide left. The tide started to turn for UWF in the back end of the second quarter. The defense allowed Valdosta State to advance just 25 yards on the final three Blazer drives of the quarter, while the Argonauts put together drives of 53 and 65 yards in the final six minutes of the first half. The Argo defense entered the game tied for first nationally in tackles for loss and didn’t do anything ti halt that stat line, finishing with six sacks and two more tackles for loss. Quarterback Kaleb Nobles threw five interceptions and lost two fumbles on the evening. The former Valdosta State signal caller threw for 323 yards and found Ishmel Morrow 10 times on Saturday night, going for a total of 156 yards. Both marks for Morrow were game-highs, and it was his second consecutive game with double-digit catches.  In the first quarter, the VSU offense was clicking on all cylinders, as the Blazers put together an 89-yard, 13-play opening drive that culminated with a 27-yard pass to Donovan Bolden. Nobles completed his first two passes on the following Argonaut drive, but the team would not connect for a first down and went three-and-out to open things up offensively. UWF will return home next week where it will play host to No. 19/24 Florida Tech (4-0, 2-0). Kickoff at Blue Wahoos Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m. Central time and the game will be televised nationally by the American Sports Network as part fo the NCAA Division II Game of the Week. Live Stats WPNN 103.7 FM/790 AM American Sports Network Listen Live Watch Live West Florida took over again with 9:08 on the clock in the third quarter at its own 18. Nobles was sacked for 12 yards and threw an interception to Jeray Demby, who ran it back to the 1-yard line. Cedric Hollingshed punched it in for VSU on the following play to stretch the VSU lead to 27-14. Nobles connected with senior Anas Hasic for 17 yards to start a drive with 5:05 left in the third and with the Argoanuts trailing 27-21. After a one-yard run from redshirt freshman Tim Bellinger, Nobles connected with Hasic again for a 29-yard catch in the far left corner of the end zone to give UWF its first lead of the game, 28-27. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ramsey refuses to take credit for QPR win

first_imgSunderland v QPR player ratings“I’m sure it’s not just down to my magic wand,” Ramsey said.“The players have got to take a lot of credit for their efforts. There’s a lot put on managers coming in and waving a magic wand and everything’s great.“We had six changes and the players all came in an did well. I wouldn’t say it’s anything magic I did.“Win, draw or lose, I’ve always said it’s down to the players’ intrinsic motivation – whether they’re prepared to put their bodies on the line like they did.“They’re capable of playing like that and that’s what they’re paid to do.”Ramsey also played down suggestions the result could boost his chances of staying in charge.He said: “Your life can’t be defined by 90 minutes or a fantastic shot that Bobby scored with.“You’re either the right man for the job for the long-term plan or you’re not.” Chris Ramsey has refused to take credit for QPR’s win at Sunderland.Rangers, in their first away game under the caretaker boss, finally ended their long wait for a victory on the road by beating the Black Cats 2-0.First-half goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora put them in control and they stood firm as Sunderland pressed forward in the second half.AdChoices广告 See also:Sherwood out of the running for QPR jobQPR beat Sunderland to end away droughtQPR’s Fer faces at least two months outSunderland v QPR player ratingscenter_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Nadal beats Thiem to claim record-stretching 12th French Open title

first_imgThe Spaniard, who now has 18 majors to his name, also becomes the first player to win the same Grand Slam title 12 times, going past Margaret Court’s 11 Australian Open titles.He took command by winning a high-octane first set, but Thiem, who was on court for the fourth consecutive day after weather delays, stayed in the contest and fought back to go level.Nadal‘s response was brutal as he won 16 of the first 17 points of the third set against a tiring Thiem, bagged it in less than half an hour.The 33-year-old, whose Roland Garros haul started on his debut year in 2005, cruised through the fourth set and wrapped it up when Thiem sent a forehand long.Factbox on Rafael Nadal‘s French Open final wins2005 – beat Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 6-7(6) 6-3 6-1 7-5Rallied from a set down to beat fellow left-hander Puerta and become the first player to win the French Open title in his main draw debut since Mats Wilander in 1982, setting in motion an unprecedented run of success in the tournament.2006 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6Handed Federer his first defeat in a Grand Slam final to become the youngest back-to-back Roland Garros winner since Bjorn Borg in 1974-75.2007 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4Federer beat Nadal for the first time on clay a few weeks earlier but there was no stopping Nadal in Paris as he became the first man since Borg in 1980 to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles.2008 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-1 6-3 6-0Thrashed Federer in one hour 48 minutes before apologising at the end of the match. He matched Borg’s feat of four straight titles at Roland Garros and became the first player since the Swede in 1980 to win the tournament without dropping a set.2010 – beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-4 6-2 6-4After having his 31-match winning streak in Paris snapped by Soderling the previous year, Nadal gained sweet revenge by felling the Swede to seal a fifth title in six years.2011 – beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1Overcame a determined Federer again to win his sixth French Open title at the age of 25 and equal the tally of Borg. It was the 10th Grand Slam title of his career.2012 – beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5Went past Borg with a superb display against Djokovic in a rare Monday final that had several delays due to rain.2013 – beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 6-2 6-3Improved his career record to 59-1 at Roland Garros by beating Ferrer in straight sets to become the first man with eight titles at the same Grand Slam.2014 – beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4Entered Roland Garros with only one European claycourt title for the first time in 10 years but saw off Djokovic in four sets to become the first man to win five straight French Open titles.2017 – beat Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-2 6-3 6-1Emotional scenes as he regained his Roland Garros throne with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Wawrinka to complete ‘La Decima’. At 31, he become the oldest champion in Paris since 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972.2018 – beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-4 6-3 6-2Took his Roland Garros win-loss record to a jaw-dropping 86-2 as he captured his 17th Grand Slam title, swatting aside Thiem for a record-extending 11th crown in Paris.2019 – beat Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1Nadal was pushed perhaps as hard as he has ever been in a final in the first two brutal sets. But Thiem, who played sensational tennis for nearly two hours, could not sustain the pace and Nadal charged away to victory. Rafael Nadal claimed a record-stretching 12th French Open title by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 in a repeat of last year’s final on Sunday.last_img read more

Baby Falcon in a cage

first_imgMonteverde knows Serrano won’t allow the controversy to define his budding career: “He didn’t do anything wrong. He just really wants to play and help the team win a championship.”Serrano, who dreams of making the PBA, knows he is far from the player he wants to be. But these trials that he’s faced early in his life has equipped him to deal with challenges that will come his way.“I have moved on,” he says. “I learned to be strong. I want to give Adamson a championship. That’s the only way I can give back for all the support they’ve given me.” Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “Coach told us there are just things beyond our control,” Serrano says. “But how we react is something we can control. I kept that in mind.”But if there’s someone who’s strong enough to deal with life’s punches, it’s Serrano, who, at 17, has experienced being a provider for his two siblings.It’s easy to understand why Serrano already has a muscular and chiseled figure even as a teenager. When he dropped out of Grade 7 when he was 14, Serrano worked in construction six days a week for four months, putting his education and his love for basketball on hold. Later that year, he took another job as a tricycle driver in Apalit to help ends meet for his family. He also worked as a porter for a steel company.“I insisted on working,” says Serrano. “My older sister was about to enter college and our parents could not support the two of us studying, so I made that decision to sacrifice for the family. I told them I can wait. But eventually, I wanted to move to Manila so I could play basketball.”Long before that, however, Serrano was already making his mark on the hardcourt in Sitio San Juan.“They called me HB, short for HanapBuhay,” Serrano says with a laugh. “We would bet on our games and I used my winnings to buy food and help out my family.”Serrano’s parents are separated and he lived with his grandmother at that time. Growing up, Serrano looked up to Marc Pingris, the energetic Gilas Pilipinas forward. Pampanga-born cager Calvin Abueva is also another player whom Serrano patterns his game after. Serrano recalls playing with Abueva in a “Ligang Labas” game a few years ago in San Juan. “Still one of the most memorable moments of my life,” says Serrano, who turns 18 in September.The first time Monteverde saw Serrano play for Mapua in one of the pre-season games, he was impressed. “He was very explosive and he has shown maturity in his game,” says Monteverde, who was then rebuilding the Adamson program after the graduation of the majority of the players in the team that reached the UAAP Final Four in Season 77.As soon as Serrano moved to the San Marcelino campus, he began showing the skills that made him a star back in Sitio San Juan.“As a player he is very competitive on both ends, and even in scrimmages he doesn’t want to lose,” Monteverde says. “As a person he is laid-back and willing to adjust and learn the system. He gives us energy, but he’s going to have to work on his skills when he plays the wing position later in his career.” Late in the second round of the high school basketball tournament last January, the Baby Falcons were playing the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan when Serrano, the frontrunner in the the Most Valuable Player race in the juniors division and the spearhead of Adamson’s best season in years, learned about his fate.“I was preparing to sub into the game when coach Goldwin (Monteverde) told me I couldn’t play,” Serrano recalls in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Baby Falcons ended up winning the game to improve to 12-1, but Serrano was reduced to tears as news broke that he had been declared ineligible to play for the season. Worse, the 11 wins the pacesetting Baby Falcons had registered were also forfeited since Serrano played in those games, ending Adamson’s title hopes.The UAAP board cited the school’s failure to submit the complete high school records of Serrano, who had dropped out of St. Vincent’s Academy in Apalit, Pampanga, in Grade 7 before transferring to Mapua and later, to Adamson. Curiously, the records from St. Vincent were not submitted to the UAAP board. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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But the Adamson juniors basketball star still felt like a needle pierced his heart when he was told he could no longer play for the Baby Falcons in UAAP Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson appealed, but the league stood pat in its decision and instead blamed officials of the school for not following the rules after failing to submit a correct and signed Varsity Athletes Information System to the league.The school later secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) from a Regional Trial Court in Manila, but the league chose to ignore it and pushed through with the tournament, won by Far Eastern University-Diliman at the expense of National University.Monteverde, in his fourth season at the helm of the Baby Falcons, insists that Adamson had no intention to break the rules, saying they only submitted documents that were given to them by Mapua.Throughout the controversy, Serrano battled to keep his emotions in check. He found strength from his teammates and Monteverde. “The team embraced Encho,” Monteverde says. “This is a very tight-knit team. This was their true test and they never let Encho feel bad about what happened, although they also suffered because all their hard work came to nothing.”“We’re a family in this team and I felt that more during that most difficult time,” says Serrano, who was in tears as he sang the school hymn in Adamson’s final game of the season—a win over title contender National U.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more