Comeback for the ages: Nevada tops Cincinnati in NCAA

first_imgOnly a comeback that matched the second-largest in NCAA Tournament history.Nevada rallied from 22 points down in the final 11 minutes Sunday to stun No. 2 seed Cincinnati 75-73 and earn its second Sweet 16 appearance ever. Josh Hall converted an offensive rebound with 9.1 seconds left to make the tiebreaking basket and give Nevada its only lead of the night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s such an unimaginable feeling,” Caroline said.The seventh-seeded Wolf Pack (28-7) move on to an all-upstart South Region semifinal matchup with 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago (30-5) on Thursday night in Atlanta. Nevada’s only previous regional semifinal appearance came in 2004. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nevada outscored Cincinnati 32-8 the rest of the way.“Especially in March, you know that nobody’s ever out,” Clark said. “I think we’re an example for many young people and many other teams in the tournament, that you can’t let up at all. You’ve got to just figure out a way to get stops and get baskets.”BIG PICTURENevada: Consider the Wolf Pack comeback kings. Nevada has trailed at halftime in five straight games and is still in the Sweet 16. Nevada eventually will have to start producing faster starts in order to keep advancing.Cincinnati: The Bearcats won the American regular-season and tournament titles while tying a school single-season record for wins, but this second-round collapse seriously tarnishes what had been a special year. Jacob Evans II had 19 points and Cumberland had 17, but they combined for just eight in the second half.NOTABLE NUMBERSCincinnati outrebounded Nevada 44-33 and outscored the Wolf Pack 20-9 in second-chance points but couldn’t get that critical rebound with the game tied in the final minute. … Nevada committed only two turnovers against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses.QUOTABLE“We had a big lead,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. “They gambled and just started trapping at halfcourt, gave us a lot of wide-open shots that we didn’t make. And it got real, real physical around the rim, and I’ll let you take it from there on that. When we had chances around the rim, it was unbelievable what was happening.”UP NEXT “I’ve probably got a million text messages saying you had a great year and career, but it comes down to that last rebound,” said Clark, who had 11 points and 10 boards. “It could have gotten my team over the hump.”Hall instead got the rebound, made a move in the paint and put up a shot that hit the front rim, softly kissed the glass and went through the net.“I saw an opening and tried to put as much touch on it as possible because of how close I was,” said Hall, who scored 14 points.Cincinnati’s Cane Broome raced up the court, briefly lost control of the ball and then appeared to try putting up a shot that Nevada’s Caleb Martin knocked away. Clark and Caroline then chased after the ball as the final seconds ticked away.Once the final horn sounded, a jubilant Caroline slid toward midcourt while Clark lay on his back under the basket. Television cameras caught Musselman taking off his shirt as he headed into a boisterous locker-room celebration.“It’s crazy,” Caleb Martin said. “Coach works out every morning, so his shirt comes off a lot. So I know he’s definitely going to use this as an excuse to take it off, show a little bit of his muscle.”“Especially in March, you know that nobody’s ever out,” Clark said. “I think we’re an example for many young people and many other teams in the tournament, that you can’t let up at all. You’ve got to just figure out a way to get stops and get baskets.”Cody Martin led Nevada’s furious rally by collecting 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists with no turnovers. His twin brother Caleb tied the game by making a fadeaway 3-pointer from in front of Nevada’s bench with 54 seconds left.Nevada’s rally came two days after the Wolf Pack erased a 14-point, second-half deficit to beat Texas 87-83 in overtime for its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2007.Cincinnati (31-5) scored the game’s first 10 points and was up 44-32 at halftime, the fifth straight time Nevada has trailed at the intermission. Cincinnati extended its advantage to 65-43 on Jarron Cumberland’s basket with 11:37 left. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nevada guard Hallice Cooke (13) and forward Elijah Foster (12) celebrate at the end end of the second half of a second-round game against Cincinnati, in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, March 18, 2018. Nevada defeated Cincinnati, 75-73. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nevada’s Jordan Caroline sat in the Wolf Pack’s locker room and shouted the three words that were being repeated in households across the country.“What just happened?!?”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aggies stun reigning champs Tar Heels in NCAA 2nd round Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nevada earned its trip to Atlanta because Cody Martin led a comeback for the ages.The only bigger comeback in NCAA history came in 2012, when BYU beat Iona after trailing by 25 points. Nevada’s rally is tied for second place with Duke, which erased a 22-point deficit to beat Maryland in the 2001 Final Four.“That locker room right now, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. “It’s the happiest I’ve ever seen. It’s the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”While Nevada celebrated, Cincinnati’s players stood silently in their locker room wondering how their defense that ranked second among all Division I teams allowed 32 points in the last 11 minutes. The Bearcats also failed to make a single basket in the final 5 minutes, 45 seconds.Cincinnati forward Gary Clark, the American Athletic Conference player of the year, calmly answered questions for several minutes and blamed himself for not beating Hall to the rebound that decided the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nevada is on to Atlanta.Cincinnati has a long offseason ahead as it wonders how it let this game slip away. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View commentslast_img read more

Romeo ‘feeling like a rookie again’ as he joins first TNT practice

first_imgGlobalPort traded the two on Tuesday in exchange for Mo Tautuaa and future draft picks.The transaction paved the way for Romeo’s reunion with Racela, who was his coach for a season in FEU, as well as ex-Tamaraws RR Garcia, Roger Pogoy, and Alfrancis Tamsi.Unfortunately, Pogoy wasn’t present in the session as he was down with a flu.Also part of the new faces in tow was Don Trollano, who was acquired from Rain or Shine in a one-on-one trade in exchange for Norbert Torres.ADVERTISEMENT Terrence Romeo attends his first practice as a part of TNT. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonTerrence Romeo started a new chapter in his basketball career on Wednesday as he joined TNT on its morning practice at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Ateneo.The three-time Scoring Champion was with teammate Yousef Taha in the session as they were warmly welcomed to the team by coach Nash Racela and team manager Virgil Villavicencio.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “I feel like I’m a rookie again,” said Romeo, who was all smiles..@tbvromeo begins his next chapter with @TNTkaTropa. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/TNvNRk9O0VFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 4, 2018 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Ronaldo scores stunner as Madrid blanks Juventus in Champions League Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PSL: PH women’s volleyball team picks up third win

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brussels metro blares French World Cup anthem after defeat Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “Smart helped us be alert especially in their third set performances,” Philippines head coach Shaq Delos Santos saidThe Nationals ended the first frame on a quick 4-1 run capped by a CJ Rosario quick kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Philippine team proved to be too strong in blocking with 11 while the Giga Hitters had three.Jaja Santiago paced the Nationals with 15 points while Mylene Paat added nine. View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nene Bautista led Smart-Army with eight markers followed by Lutgarda Malaluan’s seven. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine women’s national team made quick work of Smart-Army 25-16, 25-17, 25-17, to end its campaign in the Philippine Superliga Invitational on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Down 11-16 in the third set, the Nationals unleashed a blistering 14-1 surge to seal their third win in the tournament where they are playing as a guest team in preparation for the Asian Games next month.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

Govt creating parallel justice system – Nandlall

first_imgSARA consultationAlarm bells were sounded and the public warned about the creation of a parallel justice system driven by a political agenda to spread fear and intimidation across the country in an effort to make the public docile and subservient to an authoritative Government.This is according to former Attorney General and Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall. In his bid to sensitise the public about the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill, Nandlall warned of the dictatorial situation this legislation is bound to create and how it would ultimately negatively impact the socioeconomic landscape of the country.A section of the gathering at the consultation on WednesdayDuring a public consultation forum on the SARA Bill, organised by the parliamentary Opposition – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – on Wednesday, stakeholders expressed grave concerns about the dangers of the passage of this piece of legislation.According to Nandlall, who made an informative presentation at the consultation, the SARA Bill, as currently structured, creates an environment that encourages the violation of individuals’ constitutional rights and undermines the rule of law since it confers powers ten times greater than those of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on a sole individual – the Director of the Agency.Currently, this post is occupied by Professor Clive Thomas who will, upon the passage of the SARA Bill, become the most powerful man in the country second to President David Granger.Nandlall’s assertions were budded by presentations made by Private Sector representative Sase Gunraj and former presidential adviser Gail Teixeira, after which members of civil society were invited to join in the discussion.Parallel justice systemThe former Attorney General asserted that SARA would first target those who have held high office formerly, but afterwards, it would grow hungry again and its “vicious” pursuits could extend to other high office holders and even the ordinary people.“Those who hold office now and that are giving directions and whose intentions are being manifested in these Bills and these organisations were the same architects of a brutal dictatorship that held this country ransom in a not-too-distant past,” Nandlall reminded.He contended that the consideration of the establishment of a separate prosecuting department is evidence of the Government’s intention to destabilise the independence currently enjoyed by the existing prosecutorial office in the discharge of its functions, an independence which is protected by the highest law of the country – the Constitution of Guyana.“When the authoritarian cannot penetrate that barrier of independence, the authoritarian creates its own structure, its own prosecutorial office that it will staff with its own lackeys of course who will come after you,” he warned.He pointed out too that calls have already been made by “lackeys” from the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) for the establishment of a separate court to try persons charged by SARA.Civil forfeitureNandlall highlighted that the SARA Bill contains features which distinguishes civil forfeiture bills globally, making it the most draconian of its kind.Civil forfeiture is a controversial draconian concept in the legal system because it relates to the seizure of property without a conviction.According to the legal luminary, the Bill creates a series of new offences, the SARA Director is vested with unparallel powers to investigate the newly-created offences and persons can be rid of their properties without ever being charged with a crime.He explained that the Bill redefined the term “unlawful”, diluting the seriousness of a “wrong” which can now warrant the seizure of one’s property.Therefore, it becomes easier to commit an “unlawful act”, and in the process, one risks losing one’s property.“Why a government would want to pass a law like this? It’s because they want to control and have you in a state of fear, you threaten a man’s property, you threaten their very existence… you break the back of independence in a society and when that happens, the society is irreparably destroyed,” he emphasised.Constitutional rightsThe Bill bestows power on the SARA Director to, in the discharge of his functions, demand information from the Director of Prosecutions, Commissioner of Police, the Financial Intelligence Unit, the Special Organised Crime Unit, the Integrity Commission, the Central Bank, the Commissioner General, among many other influential office bearers and entities.“He can demand information from all of these organisations…The Bill ignores the fact that some of these officials are prohibited from their respective organisation to disclose information… This Bill gives him this overarching power, demand over and above those legislation. So I don’t know if it is the intention of this Bill to repeal those existing legislation,” he stated.He concluded that this was simply a recipe for abuse and misuse of power and authority.IncentiveMoreover, Nandlall noted that the SARA Bill, through its source of funding, encourages the Unit to pursue and seize properties haphazardly and without any firm basis in order to finance its operations.According to the draft Bill, funding will come from the sale of seized property.last_img read more

Int’l funding cuts hampered HIV/AIDS programmes – Lawrence

first_img…as Govt working on new strategies to sensitise publicWhile cuts in funding from foreign organisations have hampered the drive to sensitise the public on Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), Government is working on innovative ways around this set back.This is according to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who explained during a recent interview with the media that this is a scenario being faced not only by Guyana but by other countries in the region. Additionally, non-governmental organisations (NGO) previously on the frontlines of spreading awareness have been hit hard.“With regards to expanding those programmes, the programme for 2018 has been rolled out. There’s a second phase that starts very soon and that is some more public awareness. With regards what happened previously, you would not see (awareness) on that scale because it was foreign funded.”“There was a lot of foreign funding in the Caribbean and Guyana. What is happening is not only Guyana, it’s throughout the Caribbean. The funds have dried up. So many of the NGOs who were gatekeepers no longer exist or they’re not working in a wide area as they use to do before. But the Ministry, I can assure you, we will do whatever we can with the budget we have to ensure that we come up with some new strategies.”Asked for more details on measures to enhance public information, Lawrence noted that they have been working with the Ministries of Education and Social Protection to reach as much adolescents as possible. It has been reported that there has been a rise in new HIV cases among this group.“We’ve been sharing thousands of condoms out there. We will continue to collaborate, not only with the sister Ministries but with NGOs. It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Health to ensure that we keep our population safe from any disease. And we have been doing so. With regards to the rise, it is not something new. We have been looking at the trend, since last year we saw an increase in the younger age group.”“And we did put some other measures in place. Let me say that that number is not confirmed. And so they are working on it. Very soon they’ll be putting out the CMO (Chief Medical Officer’s) report, which has not been published for several years. I had a preliminary meeting and that’s why I can say to you those numbers had not been confirmed. I was made to understand there are some changes in the way the reporting is done now.”HIV in GuyanaIt was reported previously that Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) had recorded the highest number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases for 2017, with 650. The figures were displayed during the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) consultation for faith leaders, hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown in August.The country has also seen an overall increase in HIV cases, owing to the fact that 705 were recorded in 2015, 855 in 2016, and a whopping 961 cases were confirmed in 2017. And according to statistics presented, Region Four’s place as most populated with HIV affected persons is due to the fact that it is evidently the most populated region in the country.Trailing Region Four was Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), with 130 cases of HIV in 2017. For the same year, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) was documented as the region with the least number of cases, since a mere three persons were diagnosed with the virus there.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings had said there are many gaps in AIDS responses, which deserve some attention. The Minister had also encouraged the use of treatment, as she noted that neither HIV nor AIDS is a death sentence.“There are still major gaps in the AIDS response, and then there are barriers that still stop people from accessing quality healthcare services. Too often, stigma and discrimination prevent people from accessing the much-needed healthcare… this situation needs to be promptly addressed, in order to ensure equitable and equal access to treatment is universal among those living with HIV,” the Minister had related.There are a number of voluntary counselling and testing sites throughout Guyana. For those in Region four, services including treatment, are offered at the Georgetown Public Hospital and health centres around the region.last_img read more

Pet owners worry food is deadly

first_imgUNION, N.J. – Pet owners were worried Saturday that the pet food in their cupboards could be deadly after millions of containers of dog and cat food sold at major retailers across North America were recalled. Menu Foods, the Ontario-based company that produced the pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food was distributed throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway. An unknown number of cats and dogs had suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said. Meanwhile, two other companies – Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. – announced Saturday night that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods. Many stores that sold the affected brands frantically pulled packages off shelves. At a Petsmart store in Union, Silviene Grzybowski became worried when the four types of Iams products she buys for her cat, Smokey, had vanished from shelves. The cat was very sick and had not been eating for days, she said. “The vet told us to buy her her favorite food, but I’m going to call the vet right now,” Grzybowski said, looking at an announcement Petsmart had taped to shelves announcing the recall. Ron Finegold of Boynton Beach, Fla., said he noticed about a week or so ago that his family’s 3-year-old cat – who was regularly fed a variety of Iams cat food – had stopped eating and did not appear well. He quickly took the animal to the veterinarian, who determined she was in renal failure. He said he heard about the recall on the radio Friday night. He checked his trash, and found out he had given the cat some of the affected food. A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was available from the Menu Foods Web site, www.menufoods.com/recall. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information – (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708 – but callers kept the lines busy for much of Saturday. Menu Foods’ chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened. He said the company had received an undisclosed number of owner complaints that dogs and cats were vomiting and suffering kidney failure after eating its products. He estimated that the recall would cost the company, which is mostly owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, an estimated $26 million to $34 million. Sarah Tuite, a company spokeswoman, has said the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, which has since been dropped for another source. Wheat gluten is a source of protein. The recall covers the company’s “cuts and gravy” style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches from Dec. 3 to March 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wenger ‘very concerned’ by Arsenal’s shaky defence

first_imgArsene Wenger admitted he is “very concerned” with Arsenal’s poor defensive record so far this season.The Gunners were forced to fight back to tie 2-2 with Hull City at the Emirates Stadium, as Danny Welbeck’s stoppage-time strike made amends for his team-mates’ earlier blunders to seal a share of the spoils.The result continues the north London outfit’s poor start to the campaign, following just two wins from their opening eight games, with their error-prone back-four seeing the side slip to five draws.And Wenger, whose squad has been hit with a series of injuries in key areas, says his players must maintain their concentration throughout the 90 minutes in order to iron out their costly mistakes.“It’s very concerning,” said the Gunners boss, who would have suffered his worst start to a Premier League season if it weren’t for Welbeck’s goal.“When you look at the shots on target against us and the goals we concede, it’s absolutely amazing.“Hull had two shots on target and scored two goals – the whole team must focus better to prevent that.“And last week against Chelsea, they had two shots on target and won the game 2-0. We seem to concede goals in every game, so it’s very concerning.”Wenger was forced to make two changes at the back against the Tigers.With Calum Chambers suspended and Laurent Koscielny out with an Achilles problem, full-back Nacho Monreal was deployed in central defence while Hector Bellerin made his Premier League debut at right-back.But despite the wholesale changes, Arsenal controlled the game, though their failure to create chances eventually cost them as Abel Hernandez took advantage of some sloppy defending to head Hull in front seconds into the second half.It would have been another costly error if it weren’t for Welbeck, who finally broke through the Tigers’ stubborn back-four in the dying seconds to secure a point, but Wenger felt his side should have claimed all three.“It was a huge disappointment not to have won the game,” the Frenchman added.“We made it difficult for ourselves by giving them the second goal. It’s not acceptable to concede a goal like that when you know the importance of the game today.“We showed a lot of heart and a lot of effort out there, from the whole team, but we weren’t focussed when we came out for the second half and after that goal we had to fight like mad to come back.“If we prevented that goal, and kept it 1-1, we would have won the game at the end, so yes I’m disappointed.”last_img read more

FA charge Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti for Andy Hessenthaler kick

first_imgLeyton Orient club president Francesco Becchetti has been charge with misconduct by the Football Association.The charge follows an incident with O’s assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler after the 3-2 Boxing Day victory over Portsmouth.Television cameras captured an exchange between Becchetti, who had taken a seat behind the dug-out at the Matchroom Stadium, and Hessenthaler, after which the Italian made his way on to the pitch and appeared to aim a kick at head coach Ian Hendon’s number two.It is alleged Becchetti’s behaviour amounts to violent and/or improper conduct and he has until 6pm on January 4 to respond to the charge.The club had issued a statement on Sunday playing down the incident, saying: “Mr Becchetti and Mr Hessenthaler would like to clarify the reports in the media following the Boxing Day game.“The event reported in the media was very much in good humour for both the president and assistant manager and part of an ongoing and good natured exchange between the two over the past few weeks.“There was absolutely nothing untoward about the exchange and the two men get along very well professionally on the pitch and personally off the pitch.“Mr Becchetti and Mr Hessenthaler were extremely pleased with the result of the game and were celebrating a very well deserved and exciting win.” FA charge Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti for Andy Hessenthaler kick 1last_img read more

The Press Pass – Sunday, January 10

first_imgNeil Ashton was joined by Mike McGrath and Dominic Fifield to cast their eye over the main sporting stories, including a weekend of FA Cup football.last_img

Narbonne grins, wins

first_imgMARINE LEAGUE: Moten makes the key plays as the Gauchos score historic victory. By Tony Ciniglio STAFF WRITER Narbonne’s Sean Parker said he could not stop laughing as he sprinted toward the end zone for a 37-yard interception return to finish off a 28-8 Marine League win at San Pedro on Friday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Quarterback Josh Moten could not stop smiling either. Yes, he threw three interceptions, but he made enough plays to top Narbonne’s biggest nemesis. Defensive lineman Tim Tucker strutted up and down the sidelines, savoring the Tucker family’s first victory over San Pedro. Even with Moten’s three interceptions, even with Narbonne’s 12 penalties for 105 yards and especially the fourth-down play where San Pedro linebacker Robert Franco stuffed Thomas Gray at the goal line, style points mattered little to the Gauchos. Narbonne had just done something monumental. Not only did Narbonne win in back-to-back years against San Pedro for the first time, but the Gauchos also earned their first win at San Pedro, Coach Manuel Douglas said. Narbonne has now won three of four against San Pedro after stopping a 22-game losing streak to the Pirates that spanned 1983-2004. “These kids are doing some good things here,” Douglas said. “When I came here from Carson, I was like, `Pedro? What’s the big deal?’ “But there was a mystique there, losing that many times in a row. Any little mistake in those games built on itself. “But that mystique is gone.” Tucker said his father and four uncles each played football for Narbonne, but that the Tucker family had never beaten San Pedro until Friday. “It finally feels good to break that family losing streak,” Tucker said. “This is real big for us, but for me in particular. A win’s a win, especially this one, but if we cut down on our mistakes, we’re unbeatable.” Moten was 14-for-20 for 188 yards and three interceptions. He ran for 104 yards and one touchdown on seven carries for Narbonne (7-1, 2-1). Moten’s biggest play came on the first play of the second half with a 60-yard run that set up his own 1-yard scoring run, breaking an 8-8 tie. “That was my worst game this year, but I made the plays when it counted – I’ll take the `W’ any day,” Moten said. “Despite all the mess-ups, the interceptions, turnovers, penalties, it felt like everything went right.” That was especially true for Parker on the final play when he picked off quarterback Jimmy Cortez and sprinted toward the end zone for a 37-yard return, setting off a Gaucho celebration. “It felt good the whole way to the end zone,” said Parker, who has three interceptions. “I was just so happy. That was one of my goals.” San Pedro (6-2, 1-2) appeared downtrodden following its second straight loss after a 6-0 start. Players bickered with each other on the field after failed plays. As the frustration mounted, coaches and players yelled at each other on the sidelines. And Coach Mike Walsh was yelling at the officials. Walsh was hot over a disputed call near the end of the third quarter. With Narbonne clinging to a 15-8 lead, Moten hit Chris Ervin for a shovel pass, but San Pedro recovered a fumble. The problem? San Pedro was called for a face mask penalty that gave Narbonne the ball back. “There’s no doubt that was the wrong call – there was no face mask,” Walsh said. “The guy was seeing stuff that wasn’t there. It changed the whole tide of the game.” Narbonne scored five plays later on a 3-yard run by Thomas Gray, his second scoring run of the game. “I was only a ninth grader when the streak ended, and I didn’t know much about it, but to beat San Pedro two years in a row feels pretty good,” Gray said. San Pedro played without quarterback Barry Heads, who sustained a fractured right wrist in last week’s 18-16 overtime loss at Carson. Heads, his wrist in a cast, said he will miss the final two weeks of the regular season, but hopes to return by the playoffs. Cortez, who threw a perfect game for the San Pedro baseball team last season, filled in admirably, going 6-for-20 for 143 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Benny Weischedel. But San Pedro had just 53 rushing yards. tony.ciniglio@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img