College football updated polls: AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 5

first_imgSN RANKINGS: Close calls, statement games shuffle top 25Several other teams moved up and down — and out of — the rankings after several statement games over the weekend. Here are the full college football rankings from the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll after Week 5:College football polls updated after Week 5Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-L1Alabama295-02Clemson305-03Georgia14-04Oklahoma04-05Ohio State45-06LSU04-07Auburn05-08Florida05-09Wisconsin04-010Notre Dame03-111Penn State04-012Texas03-113Oregon03-114Iowa04-015Boise State04-016Washington04-117Utah04-118Michigan03-119Central Florida04-120Wake Forest05-021Texas A&M03-222Virginia04-123Michigan State04-124Memphis04-025Oklahoma State04-1(Dropped out: No. 16 Cal; No. 22 Kansas State; No. 25 USC)(Others receiving votes: Cal 125; SMU 118; Arizona State 96; Army 47; Minnesota 34; Baylor 34; Appalachian State 28; Colorado 18; Duke 17; Tulane 16; Utah State 15; Kansas State 13; Hawaii 10; USC 9; TCU 6; Washington State 3; Mississippi State 3; Air Force 3; Wyoming 2)AP Top 25RankTeamTotal pointsW-L1Alabama1,4785-02Clemson1,4265-03Georgia1,3754-04Ohio State1,3245-05LSU1,3224-06Oklahoma1,2644-07Auburn1,1865-08Wisconsin1,0464-09Notre Dame9963-110Florida9865-011Texas9193-112Penn State8784-013Oregon8173-114Iowa7314-015Washington6034-116Boise State5594-017Utah5344-118Central Florida3524-119Michigan3503-120Arizona State2494-121Oklahoma State2154-122Wake Forest1905-023Virginia1864-124SMU1515-025Texas A&M1473-2(Others receiving votes: Michigan State 147; Cal 141; Memphis 71; Appalachian State 50; Army 44; Missouri 26; Baylor 19; Colorado 19; Minnesota 15; USC 7; Tulane 1; Kansas State 1) A new team sits atop the college football rankings.Clemson fell to No. 2 in both the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25 after the Tigers’ close call against unranked North Carolina on Saturday, making way for Alabama as the new No. 1 team after Week 5.last_img read more

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Ex-Ute basketball coach Jim Boylen still wonders what could have been

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — If things had gone according to plan, the Utah basketball team would be competing favorably in the Pac-12 right now under fifth-year coach Jim Boylen.Junior Marshall Henderson and senior Jordan Cyphers would be raining down 3-pointers on opponents from their wing positions. Senior Jace Tavita would be directing the Ute offense, while playing tough defense with freshman Preston Guiot backing him up, getting valuable minutes off the bench. Senior David Foster would be playing his third year as starter, splitting time in the middle with Jason Washburn, alongside forwards J.J. O’Brien and Shawn Glover, while Chris Hines would be a solid sparkplug off the bench along with Josh Sharp, just back from his LDS Church mission.But things didn’t go according to Boylen’s plan — not even close — as Boylen was fired just two years after taking his team to the NCAA Tournament.Instead, of the 10 aforementioned players, only Washburn and Hines are playing for the Utes this year and happen to be the two most consistent players on an inconsistent, undermanned team that is 6-22 heading into the final weekend of the regular season.Foster is sitting out the year with a foot injury, while the other seven players didn’t work out as expected and have transferred out of the program, some on their own and some who were urged to leave. Four are playing this season, two at lower-division colleges, while three players are sitting out as redshirts at Division I schools a step or two below the Pac-12.They are spread out from Hawaii to Southern California to Texas to Tennessee.Henderson is playing at a junior college in west Texas, Cyphers is a backup at Tennessee State, Guiot is starting for his father’s team at Southwest Baptist and Sharp is getting limited minutes at BYU.O’Brien is sitting out at San Diego State, not far from where he grew up, Tavita is waiting to play his senior year at Hawaii and Glover is sitting out at Oral Roberts.Those aren’t the only players that have left the Ute program. Last year, a bunch of JC players were brought in to plug holes, including Will Clyburn, Josh Watkins, Chris Kupets and Antonio DiMaria.None of them are still with the Ute program, nor is Dominique Lee, who was a freshman redshirt.Clyburn went back to Iowa to play his final year at Iowa State, Kupets and DiMaria transferred to NAIA schools, Lee went to a junior college, while Watkins is still at the U., working on finishing up his classes so he can graduate this summer.That’s 12 players who played for two seasons or less for the Utes and are no longer there.As for Boylen, he ended up with the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach, where he’s finding success coaching Indiana’s big men as the Pacers are 22-12 after Tuesday night’s victory over Golden State.From Indiana, Boylen said that he hasn’t followed the Utes closely this year because of the “grinding” NBA schedule and didn’t even know what Utah’s record was, although he knows they were struggling. He hides any bitterness he may have over being let go after four seasons and matter-of-factly talked about what might have been.”I really felt I had a pretty good team in place,” he said. “We had kind of gotten through two rough years and I thought we could be really competitive in the Pac-12 this year.”Boylen was happy to hear that Hines, who was his very first recruit at Utah, is having a pretty good season and made the game-winning shot against Stanford last weekend.”We did some good things there,” Boylen said. “We won a championship and graduated our guys. I felt I represented the university well and did things the right way. Those things are forgotten when you get fired.”Boylen said he was dismayed when he heard rumors that he tried to talk his former players into leaving Utah. He was adamant that it never happened as Washburn said in a Deseret News article last month.He felt Utah would have been a pretty good team if everybody had come back, but the truth is, of the eight players who left the program after last year, perhaps two were Pac-12-caliber players, Clyburn and O’Brien. Both would have started and perhaps been key components as wing players.However, Clyburn pretty much had his mind made up to transfer from the day Boylen was fired and he went back to Iowa, where he had played junior college ball and signed with Iowa State. He had been promised he could redshirt his first year at Utah, but was forced to play because he was the best player on the team.O’Brien vacillated for a few weeks last spring before deciding to head back to Southern California and play for San Diego State.When the other half dozen decided to leave, the new Ute coaches didn’t get in their way, but it left them scrambling for replacements long after letter-of-intent day.Boylen acknowledged he might have made some mistakes in his recruiting, but didn’t think it was his main problem.”Obviously you’d like everybody to have success and that doesn’t always happen,” he said. “All over the country you see guys leaving and moving on. That’s part of the process, sifting through. It’s not just a problem at Utah, it happens everywhere.”Boylen just wishes he could have had one more year with his guys in what has turned out to be a weak Pac-12 Conference this year.”I thought we had turned the corner,” Boylen said. “I thought one more year and see where that goes. But that’s not what happened so you move on.”Where are they now …Here’s a look at the recruits of coach Jim Boylen and where they ended up.2007-08Carlon BrownAt Utah: Was actually recruited by Ray Giacoletti, and started his first two years at Utah. Was asked to fill a sixth-man role as a junior, but was still the Utes’ leading scorer at 12.5 points per game.Now: After sitting out a year, Brown is a key player for the Buffaloes in their first year in the Pac-12. He leads his team with an 11.9 average.Morgan GrimAt Utah: After being the 5A player of the year at Riverton High, Grim played sparingly in his first two seasons at Utah and transferred 90 miles north to Utah State.Now: After playing as a reserve last year, Grim earned a starting role this year and averages 8.8 points and 6.6 rebounds for a mediocre Aggie team.Tyler KepkayAt Utah: After leading the nation in scoring at College of Eastern Utah, the sharp-shooting guard played two years for Utah as a starter, averaging 10.3 points as a senior.Now: Has played professional basketball in Germany the past two years.2008-09Chris HinesAt Utah: He was Boylen’s first recruit, committing a month after the former Ute coach was hired, out of Houston. Hines redshirted as a freshman, but after nearly leaving the program after the 2009-10 season, has developed into a starter and has been the team’s most consistent 3-point shooter this year.Jordan CyphersAt Utah: The former player of the year at Kansas, was benched midway through his sophomore season, when he averaged 2.9 ppg on 32.5 field goal shooting.Now: At Tennessee State, he started 6 of 28 games this year and averages 8.1 points per game, shooting 38.9 from field.Jace TavitaAt Utah: Earned the starting point guard spot, but was known more for his defense than his scoring ability. Only averaged 1.4 points on 29.1 shooting as a sophomore when he started 19 games. Left the program after just five games of his junior season.Now: Sitting out this season at the University of Hawaii.Josh SharpAt Utah: Redshirted for one year before leaving on an LDS Church mission.Now: Following his mission, Sharp decided he wanted to play at BYU, which welcomed him into the program. However he has only averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 25 games.2009-10Marshall HendersonAt Utah: Started 30 games as a freshman and averaged 11.8 points per game, second on the team, but had off-the-court issues.Now: After redshirting at Texas Tech and leaving the program, Henderson ended up 25 miles west of Lubbock at South Plains College, where he leads the top-ranked NJCAA team in the nation with a 19.3 scoring average, including 42.5 from 3-point range.Shawn GloverAt Utah: The slender forward started 13 games as a freshman (3.4 ppg) and 22 as a sophomore (6.2 ppg).Now: Sitting out at Oral Roberts.Jay WatkinsAt Utah: The JC transfer played two years, but was plagued by injuries, missing eight games as a junior and the final 17 games of his senior year.Jeremy OlsenAt Utah: Sat out as a redshirt in 2009-10.Now: Is serving an LDS mission in England and is expected to play for Utah next fall.Matt ReadAt Utah: Played in just 16 games and averaged 1.8 points in 6.7 minutes per game.Now: Is through with college basketball after playing for Lubbock Christian, where he started all 29 games and averaged 11.9 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds.2010-11Will ClyburnAt Utah: Was the team’s leading scorer (17.1 ppg), rebounder (7.8 rpg) and 3-point shooter (40.3 percent).Now: Sitting out as a redshirt at Iowa State.J.J. O’BrienAt Utah: An injury sidelined him for the first month of the season, but after missing nine games, he started 21 games and averaged 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.Now: Is sitting out at San Diego State.Chris KupetsAt Utah: Played every game and averaged 7.4 points per game on 38.8 percent shooting.Now: Is the second-leading scorer at Vanguard University, an NAIA school in Orange County, Calif., with a 14.3 average.Antonio DiMariaAt Utah: After transferring from Casper Community College, he rarely played for the Utes, averaging 6.6 minutes in 26 games and scoring 29 points all season.Now: Plays for Emporia State, an NAIA school in Kansas, where his is the fifth leading scorer at 7.9 points per game.Preston GuiotAt Utah: Sat out as a redshirt.Now: Started 22 of 23 games for Southwest Baptist in Missouri, where his father, Jeff, is the head coach. He averages 13.1 points, second best on the team, and leads team with 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game.Dominique LeeAt Utah: After playing high school ball in Oakland, he sat out as a redshirt in 2010-11.Now: He transferred to Casper Community College, where his brother plays, but had to sit out the first semester. He averages 6.5 points in a reserve role.Josh WatkinsAt Utah: Started in 2010-11 after leading his junior college team to the NJCAA title and was the Utes’ leading scorer this year before getting dismissed from the team.email: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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Crusader boys lose tough one to Mulvane 74-71; girls keep winning

first_imgMulvane: Almirante 10, Parks 9, Klein 8, Tharp 8, White 6. Total: 9 (6) 5-12 41. Wellington2119171471 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down B. Wright · 78 weeks ago *Drew Ellis is the all-time leading scorer in the history of Mulvane HS BASKETBALL. Report Reply 0 replies · active 78 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington1313151354 ———Airalyn Frame vs. MulvaneIn the girls game, Wellington improved to 12-5 and appears to be locked in the No. 6 spot in the Class 4A-West as no one ahead of it in the standings lost on Tuesday. An interesting score, Collegiate defeated Andale 39-34. Wellington still has an outside chance at a share of the league title, but must see Andale beat Rose Hill to do so.Tuesday was easily one of the worst games of the season for the Crusaders against a team with just one win this season. At one point Mulvane had narrowed the lead to two late in the third quarter when the Wildcats scored three 3-pointers in a matter of a minute.Wellington would go on to outscore the Wildcats 13-4 in the fourth quarter to win.“They came to play and we didn’t until the fourth quarter,” said Eric Adams, Wellington head girls basketball coach. “I will say one thing, Airalyn Frame played her tail with to start the fourth quarter.”Frame and Rylee Rusk both had 16 points.The Crusaders now host Clearwater on Friday. Mulvane1218182674 Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Mulvane6919441center_img Girls1134 Final Mulvane: Ellis 19, Herrman 17, Abasolo 14, Gerlach 13, Manis 10, Smith 1. Total: 25 (3) 15-32 74. Cade Fairbanks vs. Mulvane.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a frustrating end for a Wellington team that needed a win desperately.The Crusaders blew a 12-point second lead with 6:46 in the fourth quarter to lose to Mulvane 74-71 Tuesday evening at home. Wellington fell to 4-13 matching Mulvane’s record and assuring itself a play-in game in the Class 4A-West post season bracket.In the other varsity game, the Wellington girls were victorious beating Mulvane 54-41 for their fifth straight win.The Wellington boys are on a six-game losing streak, and was hoping to get off the snide against another struggling league foe. The Crusaders had defeated the Wildcats 76-68 earlier in the night.And for most of the game, the Crusaders looked like they were doing just that. Wellington would hit 13 3-pointers which is close to a school record if so. Six boys would smack down at least one trey in the game while De’Andre Washington and Tyler Brown both hit three.For most of the contest, the Crusaders were scoring at will. Wellington outscored Mulvane 21-12 at the end of the first quarter and were up 40-30 at the half. Wellington had scored more points in the first half alone than in did during the full game with Augusta (25) or Rose Hill (31).Wellington expanded the lead to 13 near the end of the third quarter, 52-39, after a Silas Popplewell three. The Crusaders led 57-48 after three quarters.But then the bottom fell out. Grey Hatfield, an integral part of the Crusader defense, was literally flipped by a Mulvane player in an Alley-Oop attempt and landed on his wrist. After x-ray this morning, he is expected to return on Friday, but he was out for the rest of the game.Wellington’s fortunes continued to crumble. In two minutes, Mulvane cut the lead to half and tied the game by the 3:16 mark off a horrible Wellington turnover. Mulvane’s Drew Ellis, noted more for his football exploits, would score 13 points in the fourth quarter alone and took over the game.Mulvane got its first lead since the first quarter with three free throws at the 2:41 mark.The two teams would then exchange the lead three times in the final minutes.For all its successful shooting earlier in the game, nothing would fall for the Crusaders in the final minute. And Mulvane made Wellington pay opening a five-point lead with 20 seconds left and securing the victory.Washington led Wellington in the losing cause with 24 points. Ellis had 19 and Jeb Hermann 17 for Mulvane. Wellington: Rusk 16, Frame 16, Zeka 10, Meyer 6, Warnock 3, Jones 2, Myr. French 1. Total 6 (10) 12-21 54. Wellington: Washington 24, Brown 9, Soles 8, Fairbanks 8, Popplewell 8, Higginbotham 6, Wright 5, Hatfield 3. Total 12 (13) 8-16 71. Boys1134 Finallast_img read more

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Elevate the basic pasta salad with feta and shrimp

first_imgWe’ve all suffered through them, those limp, soggy excuses for pasta salad that amount to little more than elbow macaroni doused with bottled vinaigrette and tossed with a bag of frozen peas.But we can do so much better with a dish that has this much potential. All we need is a little inspiration. Pasta, after all, is a delicious blank slate. We just need to start there and layer on flavors and textures, building until we have a robust and exciting salad that deserves to be at a summer gathering.So let’s begin with the pasta. Elbow macaroni is traditional, but hardly ideal. We want something with lots of ridges, nooks and crannies. Which is to say, something with tons of surface area for trapping dressing. Go with rotini or something similar.For inspiration, I decided to use a conventional Greek salad. And that means loading up on feta cheese, chopped Kalamata olives, chopped red onion, green bell pepper, some tomatoes and fresh oregano. For a bit of substance, I also added some garlic-butter shrimp. Tie it all together with a sour cream-spiked vinaigrette, and you have a pasta salad to be proud of.GREEK SHRIMP AND FETA PASTA SALADStart to finish: 30 minutesServings: 101 pound rotini pasta1 tablespoon butter2 cloves garlic, minced1 pound raw shrimp, shells and tails removed3 tablespoons olive oil1/2 cup sour cream3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper1 green bell pepper, cored and finely chopped1 medium red onion, finely chopped1 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives1 cup crumbled feta cheese1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved2 tablespoons chopped fresh oreganoBring a large pot of salted water to a bowl. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain the pasta, then spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high, melt the butter. Add the garlic and shrimp, then saute until the shrimp are just barely firm and pink, about 4 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to the baking sheet with the pasta, spreading everything in an even layer. Place in the freezer until just cool, about 10 minutes.In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sour cream, vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the bell pepper, onion, olives, feta cheese, tomatoes and oregano. Toss until well coated. Once the shrimp and pasta are cooled, add those and gently toss until well coated by the dressing.Nutrition information per serving: 400 calories; 150 calories from fat (38 percent of total calories); 17 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 95 mg cholesterol; 41 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 19 g protein; 660 mg sodium.J.M. Hirsch is the food editor for The Associated Press. He blogs at https://www.LunchBoxBlues.com and tweets athttps://twitter.com/JM_Hirsch . Email him at jhirsch@ap.orglast_img read more

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The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019

first_imgThis image released by ABC shows the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy” in a scene from the episode “Silent All These Years,” where female doctors and nurses of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital lined a hallway to both protect and support a rape victim, who had said every man she saw reminded her of her rapist. After it aired, it led to a 43% increase in calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline. (Mitch Haaseth/ABC via AP)NEW YORK | Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien. The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.ALL HAIL A TRUE WARRIORIt was neither Jon Snow nor Daenerys who won the climactic Battle of Winterfell on “Game of Thrones.” It was Arya Stark, who bravely launched herself at The Night King and stabbed the White Walker leader, ending his reign of terror and turning the Army of the Dead into frozen dust. She had been through a lot: Family slaughtered, blindness, surviving an assassin’s guild. The last we see of her, she’s sailing west of Westeros, to a land which has never been documented on the maps. She earned herself a grand adventure.” SILENT ALL THESE YEARS ”In March, “Grey’s Anatomy” offered one of its most moving episodes. The female doctors and nurses of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital lined a hallway to both protect and support a rape victim, who had said every man she saw reminded her of her rapist. The episode is named after the Tori Amos song about a sexual assault and was inspired, in part, by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. It was written by a woman, Elisabeth Finch, and directed by a woman, Debbie Allen. After it aired, it led to a 43% increase in calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline.IS THIS LOVE THAT I’M FEELING?Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper seemed to have a kind of chemistry that was almost combustible when they performed their song “Shallow” at the Oscars in February. They sang to each other, they smoldered, they snuggled on the piano bench. So intense was their onstage bond that speculation went wild about whether they shared a real-life romance, too. When both soon split from their respective long-term partners, the gossip went even wilder. But Gaga told Oprah Winfrey it was all an act: “We mapped the whole thing out — it was orchestrated as a performance.”GROUCHY, GRIM ORIGINS“Saturday Night Live” managed to mock both “Sesame Street” and Hollywood’s love affair with gritty anti-heroes with its mock trailer in October for the dark movie “Grouch.” In the video, David Harbour (of “Stranger Things” fame) asks in a raspy voice: “When everyone calls you trash and everyone treats you like trash, why don’t you just become trash?” It was a hysterical send-up of dark origin stories like “Joker” that included Snuffleupagus as a pimp, The Count as a pill head and Elmo as a crack dealer. The video was watched more than 6.7 million times.” I HAVE THAT RIGHT ”Billy Porter became the first openly gay man to earn an Emmy for best dramatic actor in September, winning for his role of Pray Tell on FX’s “Pose.” The Tony Award-winner received a standing ovation as he took the stage. “James Baldwin said, ‘It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here.’” He added: “I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right.”A PRINCE LEFT SWEATINGAn on-camera interview can be a good way to clear the air, but not for Britain’s Prince Andrew. The royal’s effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have done him irreparable harm. His sit-down with BBC’s Newsnight in November backfired when the prince failed to show empathy for the young women who were exploited by Epstein, even as he defended his friendship with the convicted sex offender. Some of his answers were widely mocked on social media and he soon stepped down from royal duties.WHEN A KING PROVED A QUEENJournalist Gayle King was unflappable in March as R. Kelly leaped up in anger during an interview and cried out: “Y’all trying to kill me!” King didn’t flinch from challenging the singer as he denied multiple allegations that he sexually abused underage girls and was controlling in his relationships. She drew praise for her performance, with commentators calling it a journalistic master class. “Robert, we have to have a conversation,” she said to R Kelly. “I don’t want you just ranting at the camera.”‘ DOMESTIC POLITICAL ERRAND ‘The nation was riveted when former White House official Fiona Hill went to Congress in November and dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment inquiry. Hill said Donald Trump’s top European envoy was sent on a “domestic political errand” seeking investigations of Democrats. She also urged lawmakers to stop peddling a “fictional narrative” at the center of the impeachment probe. Hill was praised for her poise and ability to remain calm amid the political crosswinds and intense scrutiny.“THE VERDICT IS GUILTY”A gut-wrenching moment of top-notch TV occurred during the last few minutes of the second episode of “When They See Us.” The four-part Netflix series explores the true story of the Central Park Five, five black and Latino teenagers who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn’t commit in 1989. In that second episode, show creator and director Ava DuVernay shows the court verdicts read aloud as the five young actors sob and a trumpet wails.CONQUERING HEROAmerican soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe won the gold medal at the women’s World Cup title in July, as well as the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot for its top scorer. She celebrated her two goals in the quarterfinal match against France by raising both arms in victory, reminiscent of Russell Crowe in “Gladiator.” She seemed to say: Are you not entertained? Rapinoe was a force off the field, too, becoming a vocal advocate for equitable pay and the treatment of female athletes.OUT WITH A BANGAfter 12 seasons, “The Big Bang Theory” bid a last goodbye in May, with Jim Parson’s Sheldon giving a touching speech after winning the Nobel Prize for physics. After earlier squabbles with his friends, he puts aside his lengthy prepared remarks to thank them, asking them to rise. “I apologize if I haven’t been the friend you deserve, but I want you to know, in my way, I love you all.” The sweetness of the moment is added by the appearance of Sarah Michelle Gellar as the show’s last celebrity guest: “Is that Buffy, the Vampire Slayer?” Sheldon asks.AWWWWWWWWWas there anything cuter than Baby Yoda this year? Introduced at the end of the first episode of “The Mandalorian,” the non-verbal puppet has become an instant pop-culture phenom, spawning memes, fan art and even a New Yorker cartoon. The 50-year-old, big-eyed and green infant arrived in November and was a boost for Disney Plus, giving the streaming service a cuddly viral ambassador. “Officially, 2019 belongs to Baby Yoda now,” Esquire declared. Who can argue with that?Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitslast_img read more

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Race to find king or queen

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanDOES someone at your netball or football club have what it takes to be the Star News Group’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Skills align for awards

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie Some of the South-East region’s best businesses are vying for this year’s Casey Cardinia Business Awards. In…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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England set Australia daunting target to win first Ashes Test

first_imgBy Justin PalmerJoe Root again put Australia’s bowlers to the sword and together with Ian Bell gave England the platform yesterday to push for victory in the first Ashes Test after setting the tourists 412 to win with two days remaining.Root followed up his first-innings century with another stylish knock of 60 and Bell (60) ended a poor run of form as England, desperate to atone for their humiliating 5-0 reverse in 2013-14, were bowled out for 289 to end an eventful third day’s play in which 15 wickets fell.Australia did fight back in the last hour by taking five wickets but some lusty blows from tailender Mark Wood (32 not out) allowed England to set an imposing target on a pitch offering some signs of life after a docile first two days.Australia have chased down only one 400-plus total in Ashes history – 404 in 1948 – but forecast rain may come to their aid on the final day on Sunday.Establishing a lead of 122 after the tourists lost their last five wickets for the addition of 44 in the morning, England recovered from the early departures of Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance with Root again to the fore.After Adam Lyth hit a belligerent 37 before being brilliantly caught at slip by Michael Clarke, Bell eased into form that made a mockery of his total of 56 runs in nine previous Test innings.His serene half-century included 11 boundaries and sumptuous cover drives, taking his lead from Root who again strode out to the wicket full of confidence and intent.Bell’s innings came to an end on the next delivery after crashing Mitchell Johnson over the covers, playing inside a good length ball to be bowled – the paceman’s first wicket of the match after 36 fruitless overs.Root was quick to seize on anything with width, much to a capacity crowd’s delight at Sophia Gardens, and may have lost concentration when he was pinned on the back foot by Josh Hazelwood and was bowled off his pads.Australia were on the back foot from the start of day three when they lost Shane Watson (30) and Nathan Lyon (6) with the addition of one run to their overnight score.Veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who enjoyed a superb Ashes series in 2013-14 when he finished top of Australia’s averages with 493 runs, fell to James Anderson who polished off the innings with the new ball.last_img read more

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Positive attention

first_imgIf the President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Wayne Forde, delivers on implementing development programmes over the years and remains in check to do the best for football, then it is possible that the sport could become Guyana’s number one sport.In addition there must be respect for positive contributions from opposition patterns set aside so football could get to the summit of all sports in Guyana.However, it is easier said than done but it is not an inconceivable or impossible task. With strict regulations and governance reform then it is imminent.It was reported in the media, ahead of the launch of the GFF-Pele Alumni Frank Watson Intra-Association U-15 Tournament that the GFF boss said that football will become the most successful and popular sport in Guyana as reform and development programmes bear fruit in coming years.The reports further stated that with increased funding from world governing body FIFA and a stable administration in place, the GFF is working to lay a sustainable foundation for football across Guyana through grassroots and youth development, as well as strict regulations and governance reform.Guyana’s Under-15 league is part of the GFF’s strategic plan to have consistent football played at every level. At the local level there are now two commercial partners that will ensure that football is played at the under-15 and under-17 year round for the next five years. In the recent history of Guyana there was no other period in Guyana’s football where there were commercial relationships that ensured that structured age specific football is played all year round in every association.At Tuesday’s launch of the tournament, the public also heard that in a matter of weeks the GFF will be announcing a similar nationwide Under-13 League and there after a Under-20 league. This is all part of a bigger plan being implemented. Notably, the academy training centre is one of the most important components of football development in Guyana. These Leagues will feed players into those academies; the U13s, U15s, U17s and U20s will feed players into the academy.According to the President, the GFF is already seeing results from the work that they have been doing at the youth level. One of these successes was a mere weeks ago when the Guyana Golden Jaguars U-17 team did exceptionally well in a tournament in Martinique to the extent that prevailed over the Region’s powerhouse Haiti 3-1.These fresh implementations and drive to develop the sport here is commendable; however, there must not be an ‘overkill’ of tournaments without proper structure or ‘real development’.At present football is regarded as the second most popular sport here behind the gentleman’s game; cricket.However, if the infamous governing Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) continues to hammer cricket into the ground and the public’s interest is shifted, then Forde’s dream will be manifested very soon.There seems to be a lot of potential development in and around football, one of it being the playing of more tournaments, especially youth competitions.In contrast to football’s recent strides, the view of every cricket match or tournament organised by the GCB, there is poor structure. The GCB/Dave West Indian Imports Inter-County U-15 tournament is underway and prior to the tournament, the Demerara team only had one practice session at the Ogle Ground.Preceding the inter-county tournament, the GCB – since there is no functioning Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) – was tasked with organising the Demerara inter-association tourney. The Georgetown team for the tournament was selected from a meeting the afternoon before the tournament. Locally, cricket has been stagnant and while some other sports; lawn tennis, volleyball and motor-racing have progressed over the years, those sports do not possess the scope like cricket and football.In addition, football here seems to be gaining positive attention from the world governing body FIFA.There might be several challenges that may prevent football from progressing rapidly but once the intentions are good and have a supportive and industrious team, then brighter days loom for football and the possibility of the sport emerging to the number one spot in Guyana is not impossible.last_img read more

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Washington County Inmate Roster – 7-17-19

first_imgDisorderly ConductResisting Law EnforcementJuly 16Indiana State PoliceBillie Jean Armstrong, 27, Ramsey Operating While Intoxicated Per SeAmy Elizabeth Sowder, 39, Pekin July 15Washington County Sheriff’s DepartmentTyler Andrew Cady, 28, Vallonia Operating While Intoxicated Per SeOperating a Vehicle While Intoxicated While Endangering a Personcenter_img Here for CourtCity of Salem PoliceJeff Edward Stewart, 40, Borden Possession of MethPossession of ParaphernaliaPossession of a SyringePossession or Use of a Legend Drug or PrecursorWashington County Sheriff’s DepartmentJoshua Lee Allen, 36, Salemlast_img read more

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