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East Central Swim Team Swimming Lessons & Age Group State And Senior State Meet Results

first_imgThe East Central Swim Team will be offering swimming lessons this summer to kids ages 4 and up. We maytake POTTY-TRAINED 3-year-olds depending on the child’s ability and available space. You do not have tolive in the area to take part in our swimming lessons. Each session will consist of eight, forty minuteclasses all taught by Lifeguard Certified Instructors. All lessons will be $65 per child with a special $60 rate forthose who sign up for session 1. We will cap all lessons to 30 students so get registered quickly.2019 Summer Swimming LessonsAge Group State was March 8-10 and Senior State was March 15-17.  East Central Swim Team had a very strong showing at both meets.  ECST was represented by 14 athletes competing in these meets.  The age group meet saw everyone leave with best times include the 200 Medley Relay (Nick Weber, Frank Strotman, Luke Jackson, and Kaden Cummins) finishing in the top 20.  Henry Strotman was 19th in 50 breast.  Riley Reany ended up 13th in the 200 free.  Nick Weber was the star of the show finishing with 3 podium finishes (3rd in 100 back, 5th in 100 free), including winning the state championship in the 50 freestyle setting a new state record.  We’re proud of all the ECST Age Group swimmers.Senior State featured our older athletes competing against HS and College athletes.  Jackson Ketcham qualified for Futures in his 200 Fly with an 11th place finish.  Kyra Hall swam well, dropping time in the 200 backstroke.  Nick Weber qualified for finals in the 100 backstroke.  Olivia Nixon swam both the 50 free and 100 free.  The medley relay of Kyra Hall, Jordan Marro, Mackenzie Schantz, Olivia Nixon swam well finishing ahead of their seeded place.Qualifying for the Futures Meet in Greensboro, NC are Jackson Ketcham, Nick Weber, and Kyra Hall.Way to go ECST.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

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Football News Lionel Messi helps Barcelona to win over Real Valladolid, Atletico Madrid stay in contention

first_imghighlights Lionel Messi missed a penalty for Barcelona but scored one against Real Valladolid.Atletico Madrid are two points ahead of Real Madrid, who host Girona.Lionel Messi struggled with fitness issues in the previous game. Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a penalty and missed another as La Liga leaders Barcelona ground out an unconvincing 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, while Antoine Griezmann surpassed Fernando Torres with his 130th goal for Atletico Madrid. Messi’s fitness was again in the spotlight on Saturday after a niggling thigh strain in recent weeks, but he completed the full 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and hit the 30-goal mark at Barcelona for the 11th straight season. The Argentine coolly dispatched a spot-kick just before half-time, drilling beyond the reach of Jordi Masip after Gerard Pique was bundled to the ground by Valladolid midfielder Michel. Masip brilliantly tipped over a Messi volley soon after the interval and Luis Suarez wasted a huge opportunity to double the lead shortly after replacing Kevin-Prince Boateng with an hour gone.    Messi found himself booked for dissent after an apparent foul on him went unpunished, and he then blew the chance to kill off Valladolid when Masip kept out his second penalty of the night — awarded following a trip on Philippe Coutinho. The excellent Masip alertly gathered Messi’s follow-up header and again denied Suarez late on as Barca pulled seven points clear of Atletico ahead of their trip to Lyon in the Champions League last 16. RELATED  “We haven’t played well. The truth is it wasn’t a good match today. The only good thing is the victory,” Pique, who made his 300th appearance in La Liga told Movistar. “Getting back on track with three points is important after two draws in the league. But we definitely have to improve. We have to be better on Tuesday otherwise we’ll have a tough time.”            ‘Extraordinary player’   Griezmann scored a second-half winner in Atletico’s 1-0 victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano to provide a timely boost going into next week’s showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. The French forward surpassed Torres — now playing for Sagan Tosu in Japan — for fifth all-time on the Atletico goalscoring charts as they shook off two successive defeats, including last week’s 3-1 loss at home to Real Madrid.  Griezmann struck for the tenth time in his last 11 outings, forcing home from six yards on 74 minutes after Alvaro Morata laid off a high, looping ball inside the area.          “Griezmann is an extraordinary player, he always adapts to what the team needs. He’s very important for us,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. The late Luis Aragones, who coached Spain to the European Championship title in 2008, is Atletico’s record goalscorer with 172.     “It’s always tough at this stadium. We started off well and we had chances in the first 15 minutes such as Saul’s header, but then they improved,” Simeone added. “Our second half substitutions gave us more offensive strength and that allowed us to get our goal. It was a very tough match.”  Real Madrid, two points behind Atletico in third, could move back into second and to within six points of Barca when they host Girona on Sunday.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Bermuda’s former CARIFTA Games star Sakari Famous lands first collegiate title

first_imgATHENS, Georgia, (CMC) – Bermuda’s former CARIFTA Games star Sakari Famous has secured her maiden collegiate title in the United States and is looking forward to even bigger and better things.The University of Georgia freshman won the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.78 metres on her third and final attempt at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens at the weekend.“I’m really grateful for my results this past meet,” said Famous, who won six medals during her CARIFTA career.“I wasn’t aware of my position until the very end when they announced my name before I was about to jump, so I was really excited on the inside but had to stay focused on my jump, which secured my position.“It has been a bit of a struggle these past few months, but I can say that I’m slowly but surely improving. I appreciate all of the support and positive encouragement that I have received and looking forward to jumping higher heights in future competitions.”“It was a special moment as it was my first win in a collegiate meet. My focus is more on improving my height, which would put me in a better position to compete in higher level competitions,” added Famous, who missed the chance of final CARIFTA glory as university commitments meant she was unable to join the Bermuda team for this year’s renewal in the Cayman Islands.In her absence, Bermuda won six medals.Bermuda National Athletics Association president Donna Raynor said was delighted Famous has achieved another milestone in her career.“I’ m happy to see that things are falling into place,” Raynor said. “First place at any competition in university is a great result. I look forward to her competing for Bermuda this summer. We are hoping to send her to the University Games in Naples, Italy, and the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.”Bermuda jumping coach Rohaan Simons said Famous’ ability to overcome challenges spoke volumes about her character.“I’m really excited because obviously it’s about the journey and sometimes things don’t go your way,” he said.“It’s going to show what type of person you are; are you going to blame others for your failure or push forward and work harder to improve on the things you need to improve. That’s the stage she’s at now.”last_img read more

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PwC Chess4Change Mentorship Programme Excites Pupils

first_imgIn his submission, ACP Ajamolaya urged the students against criminal activities most of which are committed out of exuberant of the young lads of today.“Crime is becoming rampant among our younger generations and many engages in it for fun without realizing the consequences of their actions. These crimes are not victimless, as such law enforcement agents view them seriously,” he stated.He advised the students to desist from vices like cyber crime, obtaining money by tricks or violent crime like robbery and offenses affecting public order. He also urged them against fake news.In his own posit, Mr. Otudoh puts the student through a movie review ‘Queen of Katwe’ where they learnt that with chess, the small one can become the big one just as the Pawn hit the last rank and transformed into Queen which is the most powerful piece on the board.He mentored them with the film on how chess could teach them on how to plan, survive and analyze threats and overcome immediate obstacles. “Losing does not translate to failure and that if you don’t have to fit in to win and that other people’s life pattern does not determine how you shape your life,” he explained.He urged them to be brave and never compromise values for immediate gains but be discipline in order to improve respective mental strength.In her own submission, Mrs. Asuzu expressed her excitement to see the students at the maiden Mentorship Programme and commended Lagos State Ministry of Education, the teachers and chess tutors for their respective contribution to the success of the Programme till date.She urged the student to utilize the platform created to participate in the GrandSlam because the opportunity is opened to any of them to participate at an international tournament to be sponsored by the company.Among the schools that participated in the programme includes; Euba Junior Secondary School, CMS Girls Secondary school, Jubilee Model Senior Secondary school, Sari Iganmu Senior Secondary School, Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior Secondary School, Unity Junior School, Eko Akete Senior Secondary School, New Era Senior Secondary School, Eko Boys High School and Government Senior College, Eric Moore among others.The schools also engaged each other in light chess tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was an exciting moment for 18 different chess playing schools in Lagos that attended the 1st edition of the Mentorship Programme put together by Pricewaterhouse Coopers with its PwC Chess4Change initiative held at The Incubator, Victoria Island, Lagos.Aside the regular chess tournament among the schools, PwC Chess4Change Programme intends to add value and change the lives young student to be leaders in their respective discipline in the nearest future.The high point of the day’s programme was the ‘Queen of Katwe’ movie which was a classic example of a humble beginning and later transformation into success in life. Aside the guest speaker, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ajamalaya Olusegun Ifetayo who mentored the students against moral vices in the society, other personalities at the one-day event includes; the Senior Manager, Clients and Market Development, Mrs. Delia Asuzu and Senior Manager Advisory Services Mr. Eyita Otudoh both of PwC Nigeria together with Chess Coordinator, Ministry of Education in Lagos State to inspire the students.last_img read more

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Strength in stability for Helton, USC heading into new campaign

first_imgFor fans of storied college football programs, a reassuring feeling surfaces every year. Bolstered by NFL Draft hype and heralded recruiting classes, institutions such as USC always feel on the verge of national dominance. This perspective has no reason to falter for Trojan fans this year, as head coach Clay Helton’s squad will more likely than not vie for a spot among the top few programs in the country.Even though Helton watched a significant group of talented players graduate or leave for the draft over the offseason, he was thrilled to maintain consistency in the coaching ranks.Katie Chin | Daily Trojan“To be able to keep all three coordinators in Clancy Pendergast, Tee Martin and John Baxter, I think, was absolutely huge for us,” Helton said at his Pac-12 Media Day press conference.It’s no surprise Helton values steadiness going into his second full season as head coach. This fall, Helton may solidify his status as the stabilizing force and leader USC has long needed since former head coach Pete Carroll left the program in 2010.Hired to the coaching staff following Carroll’s departure, the 45-year-old Helton originally served as the quarterbacks coach. In 2013, he took the reins as interim head coach for one game, leading USC to a 45-20 win over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. When former head coach Steve Sarkisian was fired in 2013, Helton was again named interim boss. He proceeded to steer a floundering Trojan team all the way to the Pac-12 Championship game, earning the job permanently in the process. And Helton has fared well to date, with the Trojans boasting a 12-3 conference record during his time at the helm.Perhaps this is no surprise: The bulk of Helton’s offensive experience has come through his positional coaching over the years, and as a former quarterbacks coach, he surely benefits from having a playmaker like redshirt sophomore signal caller Sam Darnold at his disposal.The Trojans weren’t predicted to succeed to the extent they did in 2016, but with the emergence of Darnold, his teammates flourished en route to a Rose Bowl victory. The new year marks another opportunity for Darnold to prove his doubters wrong, and Helton has watched his quarterback take strides in the cerebral part of his game. “We all see his skillset,” Helton said, “But how he’s approached this off-season from a work-ethic standpoint and trying to progress as a student of the game — our kids see that.”“Obviously there are some grand expectations for him, but he’s welcomed those,” Helton said. “That’s part of being a USC quarterback. That’s why you come to USC. You’re the face of the program, and you’re the leader of the program.”While Darnold and Helton steer the offense, defensive coordinator Pendergast and junior linebacker Cameron Smith will spearhead the defense.Third-year star Smith, who is on the preseason watch lists for the Nagurski Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Bednarik Award, will be responsible for utilizing his top-notch instincts and scheme knowledge. Pendergast will aid Smith as he continues to bring a wealth of NFL knowledge to the Trojan defense.Despite possessing a strong veteran core, Helton knows that the biggest question facing USC is the team’s lack of experience in some areas. Thus, the head coach stressed that the summer was vital for getting everyone on the same page by the first gameday in September.“It’s going to take a lot of hard work during camp and a lot of young guys developing in a hurry for us to get there,” Helton said. “But those are always going to be our expectations, and we welcome them.”Last year, the first few games of the season threw the Trojans into what seemed like an insurmountable deficit. Three losses in the opening four games essentially concluded any preseason national title aspirations USC had. But the Trojans weren’t out of the wider bowl game discussion, and for good reason. By the end of the season, Helton and company had turned it all around.Still, that’s not the pattern the Trojans want to slip into in 2017.“You can do all you want in October and November, and we’ve been really good,” Helton said. “But if you don’t start fast, it’s hard to get where you want to be.”Wins and losses matter too much at an elite college football institution for Helton to lose sight of the bottom line.“We’re such in a production-based business, and everybody wants instant results,” Helton said. “The reality is this: It’s easy to go from where we were [last year] to No. 3 in the country. It’s harder to go from 3 to 1. And that’s our challenge right now.”last_img read more

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Jung Money: Pressure will be on Darnold to turn an NFL franchise around

first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanAt this point next week, Sam Darnold will represent the future of an NFL franchise.We’ve waited a while: The former Trojan quarterback’s professional future has been the talk of the entire football universe ever since his 27-yard bomb nestled into Deontay Burnett’s arms against Penn State in January 2017. After over a year of constant scrutiny and wild swings of opinion, the time for speculation is almost over.Darnold will almost certainly be selected within the first five picks of the NFL Draft next Thursday. And upon inking his approximately $30 million contract, he will shoulder the burden of ending years, possibly generations, of misery for his new team’s fanbase.With the top four selections split between two cities, Darnold will likely find himself in either Cleveland or New York (barring a surprising trade). Each presents a massive challenge — pressure that has crushed the greatest of college quarterbacks — and if he is the top overall pick, as many expect him to be, that pressure will be all the heavier.Can the 20-year-old survive in Cleveland, where he could become the youngest starting signal caller in the NFL? The Browns have been where quarterbacks go to die since the franchise rebooted in 1999: The franchise’s four first-round quarterbacks in the last two decades have combined for 114 touchdown passes — 53 fewer than the total Andy Dalton has compiled across seven not-so-remarkable professional seasons.Then again, would he be better off with the Jets, which might be the only franchise that can rival Cleveland’s level of dysfunction? The Browns may have the league’s worst reputation as quarterback developers, but Gang Green can give them a run for their money. New York drafted at the position in four consecutive years (2013-2016) and have so far gotten a total of 37 starts from those selections — the vast majority of which came from Geno Smith, who threw 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions before fracturing his jaw in a locker room brawl and losing the starting job in 2015.Things don’t look quite as bleak across town, but joining the New York Giants comes with its own significant hurdles. Darnold may benefit from being Eli Manning’s backup and learning the ropes like Aaron Rodgers did behind Brett Favre in Green Bay, but upon inheriting the starting job, he will also inherit the pressure of succeeding the Manning era, which spanned more than a decade and yielded two championships. It also doesn’t help that Manning has struggled behind one of the most porous offensive lines in the league for the last few seasons: a nightmare Darnold won’t be keen to relive after taking eight sacks against Ohio State to conclude his USC career.And if he fails to hit the ground running in his new home, Darnold will also have to cope with a media firestorm that will make last season’s ill-fated Heisman Trophy campaign a cakewalk by comparison. As unfair as it may be, Darnold enters the league with the pressure of being both a high draft pick and former Trojan quarterback. Even though Carson Palmer just retired from the NFL with over 45,000 career passing yards, public perception of USC signal callers remains fairly poor following first-round disappointments Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez.Of course, the heavier the pressure, the greater the opportunity. Darnold has the chance to be the first Trojan quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, and if he fulfills the potential scouts see in him, he could be immortalized as a franchise savior.Joe Thomas, the long-time Browns left tackle, was spot-on when he courted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in February.“I hear Cleveland is nice this time of year,” he tweeted. “[That] is, if you’d like to have a statue someday…”Indeed, Darnold might get a key to the city if he can bring an end to Browns fans’ decades of suffering or wipe the memory of “The Sanchize” from Jets Nation. There could even be a poetic element to succeeding Manning with the Giants — shades of Mickey Mantle replacing Joe DiMaggio.Or it could all go wrong: Darnold’s turnover issues could carry over to the next level, or unforeseen injury could derail his career as we have seen with the likes of Andrew Luck and Sam Bradford. Trojan fans won’t think it likely after watching Darnold lose just three games in two years while bouncing off every hit laid on him.Unlike the start to his collegiate career, however, the 20-year-old won’t be an underdog when beginning his NFL journey. But after Darnold arrived at USC anonymously before departing with a Rose Bowl and conference championship, maybe he’ll find life that much easier starting from the top.Ollie Jung is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Jung Money,” ran Fridays.last_img read more

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Pep unfazed by first defeat

first_imgBayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he is not overly concerned after his side suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.Dortmund took the lead early on after Bayern keeper Tom Starke was unable to keep out Marco Reus’ diving header to take a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.Shortly after the start of the second-half, the Bavarians were level when Arjen Robben capitalised on a fantastic cross from Philipp Lahm. However, their joy was short-lived as a mix-up in defence ended with Daniel Van Buyten heading into his own net just minutes later.Die Borussen then extended their lead when Ilkay Gundogan stunningly curled his shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.Robben added his second of the game to reduce the deficit, again linking up with Lahm down the right-hand side, but it would mean little at the end.The game was decided as a contest in the 86th minute when Reus scored an easy tap in after some great dribbling by new-boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the counter-attack. The loss is Bayern’s worst since their 5-2 reverse to the same opposition in the 2012 German Cup final, but Guardiola is confident his side will be much more fluid by the time the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign kicks off on August 9.“Overall, I am happy with the performance,” the former Barcelona boss said. “We played well and what happened came down to individual situations.“Even though we lost, I didn’t get the feeling that Dortmund were better than us.“We still have ten days to get ready for the Bundesliga restart and to correct our minor errors.”last_img read more

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Black Queens beat Tunisia away in African Women’s Championship qualifier

first_imgGhana Black Queens beat Tunisia 2-1 in the African Women’s Championship final qualifying round first leg tie on Wednesday in Tunis.The tie gives the Queens a strong chance of qualifying for the tournament in Cameroon  later this year.They however had to do it the hard way coming from a goal behind and a player less.The Tunisians took the lead in the 33rd minute through the spot before Samira Suleman equalized for the Queens.Ghana were then reduced to ten after keeper Patricia Mantey was sent off with substitute keeper Nana Ama Asantewaa proving a hero after saving another spot kick from the Tunisians.With the game nearing a draw, Priscilla Adubea fetched the winner in what could prove pivotal in the tie. Tunisia now have a daunting task of eliminating the Queens from the qualifiers in the return leg next Tuesday’s second leg tie at the Accra Sports Stadium.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Against all odds, Oklahoma’s defense the difference-maker for Sooners’ Playoff hopes

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — It’s all true: Oklahoma doesn’t play good defense. The numbers don’t lie.The Sooners have labored to stop opposing offenses for most of the last decade, let alone the 2018 season. Things reached record levels when Mike Stoops returned as defensive coordinator in 2012, then got steadily worse, and haven’t been appreciably better since Stoops was fired this past October. But has the Playoff spot been secured — or even considered?”We’ve beat everybody on our schedule,” Riley said. “I feel like we can score points on people and I feel like we can stop people and . . . I feel like we’re gaining traction defensively.”I know we can. I have zero doubt.” But something has clicked these last two weeks, something impossible to quantify: Just when it looked as though the Sooners’ porous defense would finally get them beat — it happened that steamy day in Dallas back on Oct. 6, after all — someone rises up and makes a winning play.MORE: SN’s live blog of Oklahoma-Texas title game Last week, it was two defensive touchdowns in a three-point win at West Virginia.This week, it was three straight defensive stops in the fourth quarter, punctuated by a lightning-strike blitz for a safety and a goal-line interception to preserve the Sooners’ 39-27 victory over Texas in the Big 12 championship game.”There’s no doubt there’s been things we have needed to do better,” coach Lincoln Riley said after the game. “We haven’t run away from that. But we’ve also felt a lot of confidence of the coaches and players in that room that they would step up when it mattered most.”When it mattered most, Tre Norwood broke up a pass from Sam Ehlinger to Lil’Jordan Humphrey on third-and-9. When it mattered most, Ehlinger was sacked in the end zone on a corner blitz by Tre Brown. And when it mattered most, Norwood picked off Ehlinger’s final throw with 51 seconds to play, setting off a shower of confetti and another trophy presentation and, well, plenty of horns down.”For many people on the outside, they would say our defense is the worst in college football,” said OU wideout CeeDee Lamb, who had 167 yards and a touchdown. “But for them to come up and make that big play at the time we needed it, that’s the most valuable play to me.”Was it a good enough showing to move the Sooners up from No. 5 and into the College Football Playoff’s top four? The answer won’t be known until Sunday morning, but with Alabama’s come-from-behind win against Georgia in the SEC championship game. . . .Beating No. 14 Texas at AT&T Stadium probably keeps Oklahoma ahead of No. 6 Ohio State, regardless of the Buckeyes’ outcome against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game, but even that’s not a certainty. OU improved to 12-1, avenging its only loss of the season, while Texas fell to 9-4.Kyler Murray threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, but the Sooners’ ground game was curbed and go-to receiver Marquise Brown suffered a case of the drops before an injury knocked him out of the game.The Oklahoma offense was sputtering a bit, comparatively speaking.That’s why Oklahoma’s defense stepping up at the right time was so important to the Sooners winning an unprecedented fourth straight Big 12 title and the program’s 12th overall. (By comparison, Texas owns the second-most Big 12 championships. The Longhorns have three.)”Oh, man, the defense balled out today,” said running back Kennedy Brooks. “They put the team on their backs today.””It’s probably the reason we got the win,” said running back Trey Sermon. “They got a few key stops even when the offense wasn’t playing at a good level. Just them helping out, it was tremendous.”It was a moment of complementary football, the kind the College Football Playoff selection committee likes to talk about on Selection Sunday.Oh, Saturday’s game was rocky for the Sooners’ D — as usual. Texas’ opening drive was too easy, with Ehlinger hitting clutch throws on third-and-8 to Collin Johnson and third-and-10 to Humphrey, and then running for a 16-yard touchdown on third-and-1. It was easy again in the second quarter when Ehlinger converted a fourth-and-4 throw to Johnson to help Texas take a 14-6 lead.Murray and the Oklahoma offense, meanwhile, mustered only two field goals. It was the first time in 25 games the Sooners were held without a first-quarter touchdown. OU continued to struggle at stopping Ehlinger (both running and throwing), but the Texas running backs found no space against an unexpectedly stingy defense. Ganging up against the run may have given the Sooners confidence to finish strong.”We obviously didn’t make enough plays down the stretch,” said Texas coach Tom Herman. “That’s a heck of a football team that they have there with an unbelievable offense.”Trailing 14-6, Murray finally caught fire in the final seven minutes of the second quarter, completing 7 of 7 throws for 147 yards and two touchdowns on the final two drives before halftime to put the Sooners ahead 20-14. On the opening drive of the third quarter, Murray was 3 for 4 for 30 yards and Sermon’s touchdown gave OU a 27-14 lead.Against a defense that has been historically bad, however, that lead wasn’t enough. Ehlinger drove Texas to back-to-back touchdowns — again, too easy — and it was 27-27.Austin Seibert’s 31-yard field goal ricocheted off the left upright and in for a 30-27 OU lead, and that’s when Oklahoma’s defense stepped up.MORE: Watch college football live on fuboTV (7-day free trial) After a punt, OU looked ready to extend its lead when Lamb zig-zagged into the red zone on a 46-yard catch-and-run from Murray, but Gary Johnson’s big hit from behind separated Lamb from the football and Texas took over at its 8-yard line.At that moment, Brown delivered arguably the play of the game, a situational blitz from his cornerback spot that neither Ehlinger nor his blockers saw coming. Brown smashed into Ehlinger in the end zone for a safety, giving the Sooners a 32-27 lead and the ball back with 8:19 to play.Murray converted a third-and-6 with an 18-yard completion to Lee Morris and a third-and-9 with a 13-yard throw to Morris, and then saved his best for last — a nuanced, 18-yard fade throw against an all-out blitz on third-and-10 to tight end Grant Calcaterra, who made an outstretched, one-handed snag in the back of the end zone for a 39-27 advantage.”That catch will live on in Oklahoma history forever,” Riley said. “What a play.”Game over. Championship secured.last_img read more

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Conor McGregor says talks with Manny Pacquiao for world-title boxing tilt are ‘ongoing’

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhile McGregor, a former two-weight champion in UFC, has his immediate focus on the Octagon, he still fancies another crack at boxing after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a blockbuster bout in August 2017.A rematch with Mayweather remains a goal for McGregor, who said there are talks to face Pacquiao, the Filipino great who won the WBA (Super) welterweight title last July.”I would love that Floyd rematch. For what was in front of me I thought I done very well, and with some slight adjustments I’d have done even better,” McGregor said at a news conference ahead of UFC 246.”I feel now I could take that victory. Manny Pacquiao, talks have been ongoing. Surprise, surprise.@TheNotoriousMMA #UFC246 pic.twitter.com/wS9ctQ2pla— UFC (@ufc) January 9, 2020″For me, an aspiration of mine now also is to win a boxing world title. I think that would be a phenomenal feather in the cap and something I look to achieve in the future and something I will achieve. “I’m back with my boxing coaches at Crumlin Boxing Club where I learned to throw a punch. They’ve sat me down on my punches, we’ve cleaned up some things and I’m feeling really confident in my boxing abilities. “It’d be an honor to come back into boxing.” Conor McGregor says talks with Manny Pacquiao are “ongoing” after declaring his desire to fight for a boxing world title.The Irishman is set to make his UFC return 15 months after a submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov when he faces Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas on Saturday.last_img read more

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