Shae Kelley making the most of only season at Minnesota

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The recruiting standard has been set high by new coach Marlene Stollings and her staff at Minnesota.The one-player class of senior forward Shae Kelley has flourished.The first and only player Stollings signed since taking over the Gophers, Kelley has entered the NCAA Tournament with the fifth-best scoring average in the Big Ten at 17.5 points per game. She’s seventh in the conference with 9.4 rebounds per game. Her leadership was relied on even more after the loss of star guard Rachel Banham to a season-ending injury.“She gave us the athleticism we didn’t really have and the versatility we didn’t really have, and she has been a large portion of everything that we’ve done this year with or without Rachel,” Stollings said. “If Shae’s not in the mix here, I think you see a very different-looking Gopher team.”Kelley took advantage of the NCAA rule allowing intra-Division I transfers to play immediately for their new school if they’ve already graduated, deciding to leave Old Dominion with one year of eligibility left for major-conference exposure to boost her WNBA aspirations and, ideally, the opportunity to finally play in an NCAA Tournament.That had been an elusive goal for the Gophers, too. They were given the No. 8 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional and a first-round game on Friday in South Bend, Indiana, against DePaul in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009.“I thought I’d be a great addition to this team and add that extra little ‘oomph,’” Kelley said.After surpassing 1,000 points in just two seasons with Old Dominion, Kelley drew plenty of interest. Louisville. Ohio State. Washington. But she clicked with Banham and co-star Amanda Zahui B. on her visit and felt most comfortable with Minnesota. The Denver native, who originally signed with Colorado and started her career at junior college Northwest Florida State, knew next to nothing about the state when she came. This will likely be her only year here as a resident, but her senior season has sure been special.“She just helped us hang a banner in Williams Arena with the return to the NCAA Tournament,” Stollings said. “And when you hang a banner, as I tell our kids all the time, you’re up there for a lifetime.”Kelley’s official visit came so soon after Stollings was hired last spring that she didn’t even have her staff in place and had to coordinate the logistics herself. As the coach previously at Virginia Commonwealth, Stollings and her team played Kelley and Old Dominion each of her years there.“I knew what a tough competitor she was and I knew her skill set very well,” Stollings said. “She challenged us to come up with ways to stop her when we were playing against her.”Five freshmen joined the Gophers this season, too, all recruited by previous coach Pam Borton and her staff. Word began to circulate last spring about Kelley as an unexpected bonus for a program in need of a boost.“I didn’t really know who she was or anything. But I heard about her,” said guard Carlie Wagner. “Everybody was like, ‘This girl’s really good.’ And I was like, ‘Sweet!’”Kelley’s value was quickly realized in December, when Banham tore up her knee just 10 games into the season.“I think initially we were all scared. We kind of lost a little bit of hope at that moment, just thinking, ‘Our best player went down. What’s going to happen with the Big Ten season now? What’s going to happen to our chances to the NCAA Tournament?’” Wagner said. “But we really came together and surprised people, and really surprised ourselves, with what we can do.”Kelley wasn’t fazed.“Even though I’m a leader on the team and I’m the oldest, I think that all of us stepped up,” Kelley said. “I personally never got worried. Rachel was a huge, huge asset to this team. And you hate to see that, especially as another senior on the team. I just knew that our team was capable of still winning games. I had trust in my teammates. I just knew that we would still be able to win games. We would just have to fight even harder.”last_img read more

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Texas Tech perfect opponent for ‘tweaking’ LSU offense

first_imgLSU Tigers head coach Les Miles talks with line judge Chuck Rice between plays during a game at Mississippi State earlier this season.LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles talks with line judge Chuck Rice between plays during a game at Mississippi State earlier this season.BATON ROUGE – LSU coach Les Miles could not have picked a better opponent to tweak his offense against than Texas Tech.The No. 20 Tigers (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) will play unranked Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl at 8 p.m. on Dec. 29 at NRG Stadium in Houston.The Red Raiders have the second worst total defense in the nation as their 540.2 yards allowed a game is 126th out of the 127 major colleges ranked by the NCAA. Tech’s pass defense is 113th in the nation with 268.3 yards allowed a game.LSU, meanwhile, is 110th in the nation in pass offense with 173.1 yards a game behind sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris, who is No. 71 in the nation in passing efficiency at 127.8 with 135 completions in 254 attempts for 1,904 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 1,904 yards is No. 82 in the nation.Alleva to Miles: Everything’s going to be all right“This would be a time where you look at things – not widespread – but to tweak things to make yourself more productive,” Miles said at a bowl press conference Sunday night. “The issue is we have to accomplish the play that’s being called.”Miles also said Harris and the offense need to play more as it practices. “We need to have some game days like our Wednesdays and Thursdays,” he said.Miles’ struggles with a passing offense through several of his recent seasons at LSU – 2015, ’14, ’11 and ’10 – was a major reason he was nearly fired this season by LSU athletic director Joe Alleva and several LSU Board of Supervisors members. They were eventually overruled by LSU President F. King Alexander late last week and during LSU’s 19-7 win over Texas A&M in the regular season finale.“I still believe people can change, and they can change the way they do things,” Alleva said in a meeting with reporters on Friday in which he admitted he made “inquiries” about possibly hiring Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher to replace Miles.“That doesn’t necessarily mean you change personnel,” Alleva said. “You can change how that person does things. Les has been committed to me that he understands that there has to be some changes.”After the Texas A&M game, Miles said that Harris “needs some work.” The quarterback had his worst game this season as he completed 7 of 21 passes for 83 yards with several misses of open receivers at short distances by long distances.Miles said he is considering retaining offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, whose three-year contract expires next spring after two poor pass offense seasons out of three.Les Miles’ biggest upset comes off the field“I have contemplated no changes at this point,” Miles said in reference to his staff, but in the past Miles has waited until after national signing day in early February to announce staff changes. He announced the hiring of Cameron in this way – in February of 2013.Miles also reiterated what has been reported by Gannett Louisiana numerous times – he does not call the plays.“I absolutely influence it,” he said. “Sometimes I suggest. But I’d have to say rarely. I do not call plays.”Previous LSU offensive coordinators Jimbo Fisher and Gary Crowton, who had very successful passing offenses in 2005-06 and ’07 respectively, each said when they left LSU that Miles largely let them run their offenses.Miles will bring in a 6-4 bowl record as LSU’s coach, but he has lost three of his last four. “A win in the back end of the season sets the momentum as we go into the off-season,” he said.If Miles is to get bowl win No. 7, LSU’s defense will have to contain the No. 2 total offense in the nation as Texas Tech averages 594.5 yards a game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is No. 3 in the nation with 4,283 passing yards on the season.LSU is No. 25 in the nation in total defense with 342.5 yards allowed a game, but is 46th against the pass with 211 yards allowed a game.“Our secondary will be looking forward to that challenge,” Miles said. “They’re very diverse. They get lined up and get it going quickly.”Texas Tech is No. 2 in the nation in scoring offense with 46.6 points a game. LSU is No. 44 in scoring defense with 24 points allowed a game.The two teams have one common opponent this season. The Red Raiders beat Arkansas, 35-24, on Sept. 19, and Arkansas beat LSU, 31-14, on Nov. 14. LSU leads the all-time series against Texas Tech, 2-0, with 20-13 and 19-14 wins in 1954 and ’57.“We’re very glad to be invited to the Texas Bowl in Houston,” Miles said. “It’s a great venue for players, fans. Our recruiting efforts there are significant. It’s a major city and a great place for us.”Coverage of LSU and Glenn Guilbeau commentary supported by Hebert’s Town and Country Auto Dealer in Shreveport located at 1155 E. Bert Kouns. Research your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM at http://www.hebertstandc.comlast_img read more

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Gophers Rocket to 7th in Latest AP & Coaches Polls

first_imgThe undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers football team beat Penn State 31-26 on Saturday, and have climbed to 7th in both major college football polls released today.It’s the ranking is the highest since 1962 when Minnesota rose to 5th.The Gophers have started the season 9-0 for the first time since 1904 when they went on to win the national championship. Minnesota is 6-0 in the Big Ten. Associated Press College Football Top-25 (11/10/19)LSUOhio StateClemsonAlabamaGeorgiaOregonMinnesotaUtahPenn StateOklahomaFloridaBaylorAuburnMichiganWisconsinNotre DameCincinnatiMemphisBoise StateSMUNavyTexasIowaIndianaOklahoma StateThe BCS College Football Playoff rankings will be released at 6 PM CT on Tuesday.#7 Minnesota will be at #23 Iowa this Saturday at 3 PM CT on Fox.Row the Boat! Ski-U-Mah! Go Gophers! Auto (360p) 1080p HD 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip center_img 360p About Connatix V56490 About Connatix V56490 720p HDlast_img read more

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QPR v Leeds United: Petrasso starts

first_imgYoungster Michael Petrasso has been handed a full debut for QPR’s game against Leeds at Loftus Road.Junior Hoilett is also in Rangers’ starting line-up, while Charlie Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, is among the substitutes.Clint Hill is still unavailable for the home side and Leroy Fer is serving a ban after being sent off against Middlesbrough.Leeds’ new loan signing Liam Bridcutt starts for the visitors, who are without the suspended Gaetano Berardi and the injured Sol Bamba.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha. Hall, Konchesky, Petrasso, Faurlin, Sandro, Yun, Hoilett, Phillips.Subs: Smithies, Austin, Henry, Chery, Luongo, Tozser. Angella.Leeds: Silvestri, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor, Dallas, Bridcutt, Cook, Mowatt, Antenucci, Wood.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Byram, Adeyemi, Murphy, Botaka, Erwin, Doukara. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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George Gund III Logo?

first_imgAll Activity Share this post Forums Home George Gund III Logo? Sports Logo News george gund Sign in to follow this   Share on other sites George Gund III Logo? 0 san jose sharks Share this post Post in Request Section. Followers 0 TealCityCrew Recommended Posts Sports Logo News The request section is not visible to new members. We want to discourage people from joining just to get logos or other artwork. 0 6 sj sharks Sports Logos Posted February 17, 2016 Members slapshot TealCityCrew Sports Logos Posted February 16, 2016 GatorHunter Medical Crab 6 0 Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net Forums Home Share this post slapshot Sign in to follow this   0 Link to post Share on other sites 0 720 George Gund III Logo? Hi guys, I’m looking for the George Gund III logo, used on the San Jose Sharks jersey for a season two years ago. Although I found the “patch”, I can’t find an actual logo version. I’m also looking for the alternate version used on the banner, that states his years alive, instead of “George”. Thanks guys! SportsLogos.Net Posted February 17, 2016 Link to post By TealCityCrew, February 16, 2016 in Sports Logo News ggiii 3 posts 1 Members Followers 0 720 This topic is now closed to further replies. Moderators GatorHunter Go To Topic Listing All Activity 17,857 posts 642 posts 720 6 Link to postlast_img read more

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“At that point, you snap” – Watford forward says the way…

first_imgThere’s a lot of talk about Dodi Lukebakio these days, as the Watford loanee is enjoying life at Fortuna Düsseldorf. The 21-year-old has 11 goals and three assists to his name this season in 23 appearances, meaning speculation about his Vicarage Road future has been rife, especially since the Bundesliga side do not have an option to make the move permanent.Set to return to Watford at the end of the season, Lukebakio could, off this form, be given a chance by Javi Gracia, who allegedly wanted him to stay around for the current campaign, but it seems it would take a lot for the Belgian to stay.On top of telling Het Nieuwsblad his move to England last January was ‘a bad choice’, the winger also opened up to Sport/Foot in Belgium, where he went into detail about what happened following his transfer.Embed from Getty ImagesHe said: “When I was in England, there were a few training sessions where teammates congratulated me at the end and were sure I’d make the team. In the end, I wasn’t even in the squad. How frustrating! I wanted to play so much, but wasn’t given a chance. At that point, you snap: you don’t want to work anymore.“It was too much for me. Thankfully, that’s also where I told myself that wherever I ended up next year, I’ll prove my worth. What I want to do is play. I’ve found that happiness today. It had been so long since I’d known it.”As for what happens in the future, Lukebakio isn’t thinking about that, just living ‘day to day’, trying to ‘make the most of his time with Düsseldorf’.Despite admitting that Watford have been in touch, the forward will wait and see what happens come the end of the season before making his mind up.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndolast_img read more

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Hesperia girls basketball team falls to Newaygo in a CSAA crossover contest

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Ger Grace memorial takes places today

first_imgThe top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi finals and the action starts at 11 am with all matches being played in Dolla. Photo © Tipp FM The annual Silvermines GAA Ger Grace memorial 11 a side hurling tournament takes place this Saturday.In group 1 there is Burgess, Loughmore, host club Silvermines and Clonlara of Clare.Group 2 consists of Templederry and Portroe from north Tipp along with Mullinahone from the south of the county and Upperchurch Drombane from Mid Tipp. last_img

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He made it so: Patrick Stewart to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard in new ‘Star Trek’ series

first_imgCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Cr: Bill Burke/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.(LAS VEGAS) — Welcome back, Captain Picard.Patrick Stewart announced this weekend at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention that he’ll be reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. Stewart, 78, explained that he’s been humbled to hear stories over the years about how Star Trek: The Next Generation, on which he played USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard, inspired and even saved people’s lives. He said it’s for that reason that he’s returning to the franchise.“It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him,” he wrote in a tweet after the announcement. He goes on to explain that when he left the character in 2002 — in the final Next Generation spinoff film Star Trek: Nemesis — he felt his character had run “its natural course,” but he’s now excited to “research and experience what comforting and reforming light might shine on these often very dark times.”Though not much has been revealed about the new series, it’s expected to follow Picard’s next chapter following his time on the Enterprise. It’s also known that the show will be run by Star Trek: Discovery co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman.Star Trek: The Next Generation ran for seven seasons, ending production in 1999.  Stewart also played Picard in four spin-off films.last_img read more

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College Football Playoff: Week 10 path for contenders, and who they should root for

first_imgThe first set of College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled on Tuesday, and certain teams’ rankings are telling in their chances of making the the four-team cut this season.It’s a pretty simple equation at the top of the rankings: Undefeated Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame need win out to make the Playoff. For other teams, like No. 8 Washington State, it’s a little more complicated. MORE: Biggest Week 10 Playoff-deciding gamesWith that said, Sporting News takes a look at how each top-10 team in the first set of CFP rankings can make the Playoff, as well as who they’ll need to root for — and against — to make the cut.1. Alabama (8-0)Just win: Alabama is unique in that it can suffer a loss in its last four games and still be considered among the favorites to make the Playoff. That said, a Saturday trip to Baton Rouge to take on No. 3 LSU will have huge implications for the Tide’s postseason hopes.What to root for: Texas A&M. The Aggies remain the only ranked opponent the Tide have beaten this year, though Alabama doesn’t exactly need to prop up its strength of schedule. That said, if Alabama loses on Saturday in Baton Rouge, it would most likely need Texas A&M to give LSU its second conference loss of the season to ensure the Tide make the SEC championship. Either that, or hope for another Arkansas miracle.2. Clemson (8-0)Just win: Win and you’re in, Clemson. The Tigers have the highest chance to get into the Playoff considering their relative strength compared to a weak ACC this year. A ranked matchup with Boston College and the season-ending rivalry game against South Carolina loom, but Clemson should be favored in both.What to root for: Notre Dame’s opponents. In the unlikely event Clemson loses before season’s end, leaving Alabama and Notre Dame as the nation’s only undefeateds, Clemson would have to compete with potentially three other one-loss Power 5 champions for just two Playoff spots. Their chances would increase, however, if you knocked out Notre Dame. Remember, the Irish have a five-game agreement with the ACC — would that affect the way the committee picks its final four?3. LSU (7-1)Just win: LSU has a tough final stretch of the season with a home visit from Alabama and trip to Texas A&M. Win those games and the SEC championship and no one can doubt the Tigers’ veracity.What to root for: Chaos — if the Tigers lose. No two-loss team has ever made the Playoff, and a defeat against Alabama on Saturday would pretty much exclude LSU from contention. It would take several losses across the Power 5 (and Notre Dame) to get them back in the conversation. At a minimum, you’d need a two-loss champion from every other Power 5 conference — certainly possible at this point in the season. If that happens, LSU’s two losses (to ranked Florida and Alabama) would stand up to any other teams’.MORE: Notre Dame can pressure Playoff committee like never before4. Notre Dame (8-0)Just win: This is the Irish’s only path to the Playoff. They should be favored in the remainder of their games aganist Northwestern, Florida State, Syracuse and USC, but a loss to any of those teams means the end of their Playoff hopes considering they don’t have a conference championship to rely on.What to root for: Themselves. It truly is Notre Dame against the world: A loss without that conference title game to rely on should end the Irish’s Playoff hopes, and it would take an unprecedented amount of chaos would get them back in contention. 5. Michigan (7-1)Just win: Michigan will be in the national spotlight twice in the month of November with high-profile matchups against two-loss Penn State and one-loss Ohio State. That ensures the Wolverines will be in the national consciousness as the Playoff committee makes its final decisions, assuming they win.What to root for: Northwestern. Michigan’s only loss so far this season is against still-unbeaten Notre Dame — but the Wolverines should root for the Wildcats to do what they couldn’t: Beat the Irish. Here’s why. Not only would it essentially knock Notre Dame out of the running, it would keep the Wildcats’ chances of making the Big Ten championship game alive (they currently are atop the Big Ten West standings). If you can’t beat Notre Dame, why not beat the team (twice) that beat Notre Dame in your conference title game?6. Georgia (7-1)Just win: A win over Kentucky this weekend takes precedence and ensures the Bulldogs repeat as SEC East champs, at least. That high-profile matchup should be the last for Georgia this year as it finishes the season against Auburn, UMass and Georgia Tech, who have a combined 12-13 record heading into Weeek 10 play.What to root for: LSU/Alabama. The Bulldogs, if they make the SEC championship game, would probably prefer to play LSU so they can avenge their — at this point — only loss of the season. Still, it likely won’t matter to the Playoff whether Georgia plays one-loss LSU or undefeated Alabama in the conference title game. Both are good enough opponents that a win almost certainly warrants inclusion in the Playoff.MORE: SEC set up for one, maybe two Playoff teams7. Oklahoma (7-1)Just win: Oklahoma’s in a precarious situation heading into the final stretch of the season. The Sooners could win out, but their loss against Texas puts them in an uncomfortable matchup with the potential Big Ten champion in the Playoff race. The Sooners can only win out and hope the rest takes care of itself.What to root for: As much they’ll hate it, the Sooners need Texas to win out heading into the Big 12 title game. Getting a chance to defeat the Longhorns in a rematch could go a long way for the committee on championship weekend. Beating West Virginia once in the regular season and then again in the Big 12 title game wouldn’t have quite the same effect.8. Washington State (7-1)Just win: Washington State found itself in fairly decent position in the initial rankings at No. 8 — a spot that certainly leaves them with leverage for upward mobility. The Cougars have decent competition in California, Colorado, Arizona and the season-ending Apple Cup game with Washington, but winning out might not be enough for the Cougars to make it in.What to root for: USC/Utah. The likelihood that Washington State is able to avenge its only loss of the season against USC in the Pac-12 title game is practically nil, but the Trojans can still win out and knock out rival Notre Dame in the process. That sets up a likely meeting with Utah as the Pac-12 South’s representative. The Utes opened as the No. 15 team in the CFP rankings, meaning if they can finish the regular season undefeated, it would set up a potential top-10 matchup on championship weekend.9. Kentucky (7-1)Just win: The game against Georgia could be the biggest in Wildcats football history — if they win. They’d be all but eliminated from Playoff contention with a loss. After that, winnable games at Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State and Louisville could set the Wildcats up for a play-in game in the SEC championship.What to root for: Themselves. Similarly to Notre Dame, a loss from this point onward would end Kentucky’s chances. Unlike the Irish, the Wildcats don’t have the same name-brand recognition. There’s no way a two-loss Kentucky team gets in — so the team will have to rely on itself to control its own destiny. MORE: Prepare for these heated Playoff debates10. Ohio State (7-1)Just win: Ohio State has some work to do as it takes on the last four games of the season, but the fact it’s still in the top 10 with a bad loss to Purdue leaves the Buckeyes some hope of making the Playoff. Michigan State and Michigan will provide some intriguing matchups to ensure the Buckeyes still demand attention in the final stretch of the season.What to root for: Prepare yourselves, Buckeyes fans: You need to root for … Michigan. Beating a one-loss Wolverines team at the end of the regular season, coupled with a Big Ten championship, should be enough to get the Buckeyes in as a 4-seed assuming Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame win out. They’ll need that marquee win (on top of Penn State) after their demoralizing loss to the Boilermakers.last_img read more

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