Simbine carries SA relay team to silver medal

first_imgAfter getting off to a wobbly start, the national team recovered well on Sunday, bringing their maiden campaign to a superb close by bagging a medal and snatching two crucial qualifying spots at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama.Though they were not at their best over Olympic distances, the SA squad shone in the men’s 4x200m final by earning silver behind the United States.Having clocked 1:20.64 in the morning heats, shattering the 17-year-old African mark of 1:22.06 which had been held by Marcus le Grange, Mathew Quinn, Josef van der Linde and Paul Gorries, the national team went even quicker in the final.With a line-up featuring Simon Magakwe, Chederick van Wyk, 17-year-old Sinesipho Dambile and Akani Simbine, the quartet put up a solid fight.And while national 100m record holder Simbine was unable to chase down the American team on the final leg, despite making a valiant effort, he crossed the line in 1:20.42, clipping 0.22 off the continental record which had been set in the opening round by Jon Seeliger, Anaso Jobodwana, Dambile and Van Wyk.The SA squad completed the two-lap final just 0.30 behind the United States who had lined up as firm favourites.Earlier, the SA men’s 4x400m relay team took sixth place in the final in 3:05.32, and though they were unable to challenge for the podium, they qualified for the IAAF World Championships to be held in Doha later this year.On Saturday’s opening day of competition, the national men’s 4x100m team had finished fourth in their heat in 38.66.While they narrowly missed out on a spot in the final, they ended ninth overall, also earning a place in the short sprint relay at the global showpiece.The national women’s 4x100m team did not finish their heat after Justine Palframan tumbled at a changeover, and her unavailability subsequently forced team management to withdraw the SA 4x400m mixed relay team from the opening round.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Fantasy Waiver Wire: FAAB Report for Week 6 pickups

first_imgThe potential fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds heading into Week 6 aren’t great. So, this might be a week to be a little more conservative with your FAAB budget and utilize some patience. After all, if there haven’t been many big injuries the past couple weeks, there almost certainly will be in the near future.There are some interesting RB handcuffs available and maybe some deeper sleepers worth stashing, but that’s really it. However, that doesn’t mean we’re taking the week off, so check out some players who are at least worth a look as bye-week fill-ins, if nothing else. DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass!LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 6 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWFantasy Football FAAB targets: QuarterbackJosh Allen BUF; FAAB Bid: 10%: The Bills are on a Week 6 bye, but this is still a guy worth looking at. Allen is now available in about half of all ESPN and Yahoo leagues, and though he continues to struggle as a passer with nine total turnovers, he’s still maintaining relevance with his rushing production. He has more than 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season. His ownership plummeted after his concussion last week, but he was cleared on Saturday and has some great matchups coming up against the Dolphins, Eagles, Redskins, Browns and then the Dolphins again. After Buffalo’s bye week, that’s a very nice schedule to return to.Kirk Cousins MIN; FAAB Bid: 7-8%: Cousins had a rough start, but after a few complaints from his teammates and a public apology on his own podcast, he’s turned it all around in short order. Cousins threw for more than 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Giants last week. Hopefully this is a promising trend for the Vikings offense that has struggled moving the ball through the air. The Vikings have some nice matchups on the horizon against the Eagles, who have a terrible secondary, followed by the Lions, Redskins, and Chiefs.Gardner Minshew JAX; FAAB Bid: 5%: The legend that is Minshew has become quite the cult phenomenon that he’s actually been a pretty good quarterback. He has four games with multiple touchdown passes against only one INT, so he’s been pretty disciplined with the ball. However, he has lost four fumbles in his past four games (three this past Sunday) so that is his Achilles’ heel. But even in four-point passing touchdown leagues, he has at least 16 points in every game. He also has two games this season with at least 40 rushing yards, so he can be productive with his legs. He’s mostly a deep-league option or a QB2 in two-quarterback leagues, but he’s an OK option at quarterback if you’re dealing with some injuries.WEEK 6 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFantasy Football FAAB targets: RBChase Edmonds ARI; FAAB Bid: 6-8%: Among one of the more surprising developments on Sunday was the fact that Edmonds had 11 total touches in a competitive game for the Cardinals. Double-digit touches would have been understandable if the Cardinals were on either end of a blowout, but they needed a last-second field goal to win the game (although David Johnson did battle some injuries). Not only that, but Edmonds was also pretty productive. He finished with eight carries for 68 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 18 yards. He won’t always get this kind of a workload, but he might just be worth grabbing if you’re a Johnson owner to have the security of a handcuff.Alexander Mattison MIN; FAAB Bid: 5-6%: This is mostly a handcuff option to Dalvin Cook. Cook has looked incredible this season, and it all stems from the fact he’s finally healthy and is putting together quite the campaign. But Mattison might be one of the best handcuff options across the whole league. There’s the known fact that Cook has struggled to stay healthy at times, but Mattison has been getting work with 34 carries for 189 yards. When he’s gotten on the field, he’s shown he’s an effective runner. Even with Cook healthy, Mattison is still getting about seven carries per game. For now, he’s a stash as you can’t play him, but there’s a big opportunity for him if Cook gets hurt.WEEK 6 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPJonathan Hilliman NYG; FAAB Bid: 4-5%: You can’t get too excited about a Giants running back when they’re in line for a short week of prep, and the long-term prospects aren’t promising when you consider how fast Saquon Barkley is returning from his ankle injury. But Hillman could be in line for a starter’s workload Thursday night against New England after Wayne Gallman left Sunday’s game with a concussion. Yes, the matchup is horrid since New England is giving up just 61.2 rushing yards per game, but running backs on the waiver wire haven’t been as abundant in 2019 as they have been in previous years.Reggie Bonnafon CAR; FAAB Bid: 3-5%: Bonnafon, similar to Edmonds, had a big day on Sunday with 80 rushing yards and a touchdown. A whopping 59 yards came on a big touchdown run late in the fourth quarter after Christian McCaffrey had already scored three touchdowns. CMC has proven himself to be pretty durable so it would take a serious injury to McCaffrey to warrant a necessary add for Bonnafon. But in deeper formats or even dynasty leagues, Bonnafon’s worth flagging.WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endFantasy Football FAAB targets: WRJamison Crowder NYJ; FAAB Bid: 7-8%: You may be able to get Crowder for cheap this week with people jumping ship. He hasn’t been fantasy relevant since his monstrous Week 1 performance where he had 14 receptions on 17 targets. That’s what he did in his lone game with Sam Darnold under center, and it’s been all downhill since Darnold got mono. But in the event that Darnold finally returns this week, it would benefit Crowder. He won’t always see 17 targets, but half that workload would still be beneficial. In the three games without Darnold, Crowder has eight receptions for 75 yards on 14 targets. You have to imagine owners would have cut bait at this point, and this could be the perfect time to scoop him up.Auden Tate CIN; FAAB Bid: 6-7%: Tate was a pretty popular play this past week in DFS because of his cheap price tag as well as the opportunities that would find his way to him. The Bengals should be trailing in a majority of their games going forward, which means they’ll abandon the run and air it out more. This benefits Tate’s fantasy value, and he could continue to see six-to-eight targets each week. His value will dip a little when/if A.J. Green (ankle) returns, but cross that bridge when you get to it.Darius Slayton NYG; FAAB Bid: 5%: This is a tough player to gauge because he’s behind Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and probably Golden Tate on the pass-catching depth chart (but Engram and Shepard are hurt), but he’s looked pretty good in the three games he’s played in. He’s caught nine-of-12 targets for 157 yards and a touchdown through three games. Those may not come off as that impressive, but when you consider he’s only a rookie and has five targets in two of his three games, then you have to consider him as a deep-league option. As mentioned above, the Giants play the Patriots on the road Thursday night, so it’s far from an ideal matchup for the rookie wideout. He could be a sneaky option for the Giants if the other three pass-catchers listed above are getting all the attention from defenses.Keke Coutee HOU; FAAB Bid: 3-4%: Coutee may be pretty far down the Houston wide receiver depth chart, but all he needs is an opportunity, and he’s worth a stash in deeper leagues. Will Fuller has had his struggles with staying healthy, despite the big game on Sunday, and we saw last year how that opened the door for Coutee. With Kenny Stills being ruled inactive, Coutee got some extra work in and caught three-of-four targets for 72 yards against Atlanta. He’s mostly worth looking at in deep leagues with some big-play upside.Byron Pringle KC; FAAB Bid: 1-2%: Take this one with a grain of salt because despite the big game Sunday night, it’s hard to trust Pringle with so many mouths to feed in Kansas City. Pringle led the way with six receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown Sunday on nine targets. The nine targets were a surprise since he had just a pair in his last two games entering Week 5, but it made more sense since Sammy Watkins (hamstring) left after two plays. Tyreek Hill (shoulder) will eventually return and get his full workload, and there are still players like Travis Kelce, Demarcus Robinson, and Mecole Hardman in the mix. Pringle is strictly a deep-league addition that you can cut bait with if he’s relegated to a couple targets per week.WEEK 6: Waiver pickups | Trade values | Snap countsFantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight EndGerald Everett LAR; FAAB Bid: 8-10%: Everett’s available in a majority of leagues and has been playing incredibly well over his last two games. He has 12 receptions on 19 targets for 180 yards and a touchdown over his past two games. With games against the 49ers, Falcons, and Bengals coming up, Everett is a good streaming option if you’ve grown frustrated by players like T.J. Hockenson, O.J. Howard, Delanie Walker, or Greg Olsen. Even with Tyler Higbee still in the fold, Everett has been exceptional the past couple weeks and could keep the momentum going over the next few games.Chris Herndon NYJ; FAAB Bid: 8-10%: Just another weekly reminder that Herndon is eligible to return this week. If Sam Darnold is the starting quarterback when he returns, then you have to like this addition even more. I’ve been writing him up for three weeks now and nothing has changed. He might be the best tight end available on waivers.Hayden Hurst  BAL; FAAB Bid: 3-5%: If the injury to Mark Andrews proves to be pretty severe, then Hurst is worth a look. Andrews went down after landing awkwardly after trying to catch a short pass from Lamar Jackson in the second half of Sunday’s game. He did return to finish the game, but when he was initially hurt he remained on the field for quite some time. Hurst doesn’t have much appeal outside of deeper leagues, but he did catch all four of his targets for 32 yards. Again, if Andrews has to miss a game or two then Hurst has some upside. For now, proceed with caution because Andrews, at this time, is just fine.DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass! Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/STWashington Redskins (at MIA): The appealing aspect of this matchup is that it’s against the Dolphins. But keep in mind, the Dolphins are fresh off their bye week, they’re playing at home, and the Redskins don’t have a great defense as they rank 26th in defensive DVOA according to Football Outsiders. Washington can be run on with ease, but the Dolphins offense is still pretty weak, as they’ve scored just two touchdowns through four games. Washington will be pretty popular, but don’t expect them to put up the kind of fantasy numbers the Patriots did a few weeks back.Baltimore Ravens (vs. CIN): The Ravens opened as 10.5-point favorites against the Bengals next week, and while they don’t have the prototypical dominant defense we’re used to seeing from them, they’re in a great spot this week. The Bengals have a fairly inadequate offense. They’re 0-5 and have put up 20 points or fewer in four of their five games. Garbage time may reward Cincinnati with some production, but the Ravens need this kind of a game to jump start the defense because it’s been pretty bad this year.Dallas Cowboys (at NYJ): This matchup isn’t as interesting with Sam Darnold likely returning, so the Jets offense should look better than it has the past three games or so. Dallas has a middle-of-the-road defense, but they could get a few sacks in this matchup against the Jets. Obviously, the Redskins and Ravens are the better plays, but the Cowboys have some upside even in this road matchup.last_img read more

Oregon vs. Washington odds, prediction, betting trends for Pac-12 showdown

first_imgNo. 12 Oregon (5-1) meets No. 25 Washington (5-2) on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC) in a matchup that will set the course for the Pac-12 North race and determine whether the conference does have a true College Football Playoff contender.Oregon comes into the matchup on a five-game winning streak, and the Ducks have not allowed more than seven points in a game since the season-opening loss to Auburn. Mario Cristobal has the Ducks playing at a high level on both sides of the ball. Stat that mattersNeither one of these teams has been good on third down this season on offense. Oregon ranks 10th in the Pac-12, converting 40 percent of its tries. Washington is 11th, at 37.2 percent. That kind of conversion rate will not win Saturday’s game and suggests this could become a defensive struggle.Oregon vs. Washington predictionThat’s exactly what happens. Oregon and Washington trade field goals in the first quarter, and the Huskies lead by three at halftime. The Ducks stay patient with the run, however, and Herbert finds his rhythm in the passing game. Oregon scores late on a touchdown run by Verdell and takes control of the Pac-12 North race.Oregon 21-17 Washington needs a win to stay in the mix in the Pac-12 North, and the Huskies won the last meeting at home 38-3. Chris Petersen should not be underestimated in this spot, knowing that the Huskies average 36.4 points per game.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewWith that in mind, here’s everything you need for Saturday’s matchup between the Ducks and Huskies:Oregon vs. Washington oddsSpread: Oregon -3Point total: 50.5Moneyline: Oregon-110, Washington-110Oregon is a three-point favorite, according to odds at Sportsbook Review, and 52 percent of the wagering has come in favor of the Ducks at this point.Oregon vs. Washington all-time seriesWashington leads the all-time series 53-42-4. The Ducks had a 12-game streak in the rivalry from 2004-15 before Petersen guided the Huskies to a 70-21 victory in 2016.Three trends to know— Oregon is 3-1 against the spread as a road favorite under Cristobal, but the Ducks are also 2-3 against the spread against ranked teams in that same stretch.— Washington is 1-3 against the spread as a home underdog under Petersen, and the Huskies are 14-12 against the spread against ranked opponents under Petersen since 2014.— Only two of the last 12 matchups between these rivals has been decided by fewer than 10 points. Oregon won both: in 2015 (26-20) and 2018 (30-27, overtime).WEEK 8 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadThree things to watchWhich quarterback makes the mistake?Oregon’s Justin Herbert (1,602 yards, 17 touchdowns, one interception) and Washington’s Jacob Eason (1,692, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions) have been efficient in the passing game, and neither quarterback had made too many mistakes. Eason will be on the spot knowing he has one touchdown pass and two interceptions in the Huskies two losses. Oregon’s Jevon Holland and Washington’s Cameron Williams have three interceptions each. Which one makes the big play on defense?Running gameOregon running back CJ Verdell had 29 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns in last year’s game, and he leads the Ducks with 5.7 yards per carry this season. He should be able to find room against a Washington run defense that allows 146.7 rushing yards per game. Washington’s Salvon Ahmed averages 5.8 yards per carry and will try to do the same against an Oregon run defense that allows 107.5 rushing yards per game.Middle of fieldOregon’s Jacob Breeland (26 catches, 405 yards, six touchdowns) is a SN midseason All-American who is out for the season. Can the Ducks attack the middle of the field with their receivers and other tight ends? Washington has an outstanding tight end of its own too in Hunter Bryant (27 catches, 387 yards, one touchdown) who has the similar numbers with the exception of touchdowns. Expect both tight ends to be featured prominently early.WEEK 8 PROJECTIONS: Bowls | Playofflast_img read more

Week 8 NFL DFS Picks: Best value players, sleepers for FanDuel, DraftKings daily fantasy football lineups

first_imgWeek 8 DFS Lineups: Y! Cash | Y! GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPPNFL DFS Picks Week 8: QB sleepers, valuesRyan Tannehill, Titans vs. Buccaneers (DK: $5,100 | FD: $6,900)The value picks are thin this week with guys like Matt Ryan and Drew Brees questionable to start. Plus, Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson are on bye. Tannehill still isn’t ranked inside the top-20 most expensive DFS quarterbacks in Week 8, but he should be.After going 13-of-16 passing for 144 yards and an interception in garbage time at the Broncos in Week 6, Tannehill earned his first start of 2019 in Week 7. Taking over for Marcus Mariota, Tannehill played very well against a Chargers defense that has allowed 216.1 yards per game through the air (fifth best). He went 23-for-29 with 312 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.It was the second time a quarterback threw for 300 yards in a game against the Chargers this season, and just the third time over 200 yards. Per Next Gen Stats, Tannehill posted the best completion of passes above expectation in Week 7 (plus-22.1 percent) even though he was pressured on 42 percent of his dropbacks. He draws a Buccaneers secondary that is allowing the most yards through the air (304.5) and 30.8 points per game this season.Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Giants (DK: $6,100 | FD: $7,700)The Lions quarterback has faced some challenging defenses to kick off the season. He has gone up against two top-10 secondaries (pass yards allowed per game) and three top-10 defenses (points allowed per game). Despite the difficult matchups, Stafford has averaged 291.8 passing yards per game and has a 13:3 TD:INT ratio over six contests.Stafford is fresh off a 364-yard performance against the Vikings where he tossed four touchdowns to Marvin Jones Jr. along with one INT. It made for his second 300-yard performance of the season, and with that he became the fastest NFL quarterback to reach 40,000 career passing yards.The Giants are allowing 26.7 points per game this season (tied for sixth most), so expect Stafford and the offense to be humming in this one. If you’re worried about the Lions blowing out the Giants, think again. Detroit is the defense that’s tied with the Giants for sixth worst in points allowed per game.More QB Values: Sam Darnold (Jets @ Jaguars)WEEK 8 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 8 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB sleepers, valuesMelvin Gordon, Chargers @ Bears (DK: $5,400 | FD: $6,400)Week 7 saw Melvin Gordon out-touch Austin Ekeler 18 to eight in underwhelming rushing performances by both backs. Gordon caught and scored his first touchdown in three games against the Titans, but he is averaging just 2.3 yards per carry thus far. His share of touches is the most important factor moving forward.Gordon comes in at a very affordable rate given his pedigree, and he now has three games under his belt to shake off the holdout rust. The Bears may seem like a foe to avoid, but they just allowed Latavius Murray to post 119 rushing yards on 27 carries for two touchdowns and five catches for 31 yards.Prior to Murray’s Week 7 outburst, things were similar on Week 6. Josh Jacobs ran 26 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, adding three catches for 20 yards. This feels like this is about to be Gordon’s 2019 breakout party.Sony Michel, Patriots vs. Browns (DK: $5,200 | FD: $6,500)No one was expecting Michel to have a big output against the Jets on Monday Night Football after posting a pathetic 11 yards on nine carries against them Week 3. But he scored three touchdowns in a lopsided Week 7 victory. The Browns defense is allowing the third-most rushing yards per game (154) and have given up some major production on the ground over its past three contests. Chris Carson racked up 124 yards on 24 carries with a score; Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida combined for 211 yards and two scores on 27 carries; and the Ravens piled up 137 yards on the ground between Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson’s 21 rushes.The Browns simply can’t stop the run, and Michel frequently logs 20 carries against bottom-dwelling rush defenses. Rex Burkhead also missed last week with a bad foot. If he misses again, Michel should be in line for around 20 carries again. More RB Values: Tevin Coleman (49ers vs. Panthers), Ronald Jones (Buccaneers @ Titans)WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endFanDuel, DraftKings Picks Week 8: WR sleepers, valuesLarry Fitzgerald, Cardinals @ Saints (DK: $5,400 | FD: $5,400)Week 7 was catastrophic for Fitzgerald, as the Cardinals got run happy and let Kyler Murray throw just 21 passes, three of which went Fitzgerald’s way. The veteran wideout ended with one catch for 11 yards as Chase Edmonds ran the ball 27 times and Murray an additional 10 times.The Saints are stingy when it comes to yards allowed on the ground, giving up just 90.6 yards rushing per game (ninth best). Fitzgerald should get closer to the 8.7 targets per game that he received through the first six contests. Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin went off against the Saints twice in the past three games. Expect Murray to look his way more after completely neglecting him last week. WEEK 8: Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsCourtland Sutton, Broncos @ Colts (DK: $5,300 | FD: $6,000)Sutton has become one of the best long-ball receivers in football, putting a unique type of pressure on secondaries. Joe Flacco’s big arm can accommodate Sutton’s ability to beat swift corners, and the two have connected for long passes of 41, 41, and 70 yards over the last three games.Sutton has three touchdowns over his last three contests and is averaging 80.5 yards receiving per game this season. With rookie Drew Lock set to return from the IR sooner than later, Flacco may need to take some more risks to prove that he’s indeed capable of leading Denver to more victories and that should benefit both Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders. Sutton’s 23 targets over the past three contests trounces Sanders’ 10.More WR Values: Robby Anderson (Jets @ Jaguars), Corey Davis (Titans @ Buccaneers)WEEK 8 DFS: RotoQL Lineup BuilderWeek 8 NFL DFS Picks: TE sleepers, valuesJared Cook, Saints vs. Cardinals (DK: $4,000 | FD: $5,800) (UPDATE: Cook has been ruled OUT for Week 8.)Cook was forced to sit out New Orleans’ last game with an ankle sprain. We hope that won’t be the case this week, as Drew Brees is aching to play and the Cardinals have allowed some massive performances to tight ends this season.Cook had nabbed a touchdown in two consecutive games prior to his recent absence, so the connection with Teddy Bridgewater was already becoming a thing, but Brees’ impending return could be even better.Arizona has allowed big games from T.J. Hockenson (six catches, 131 yards, TD), Mark Andrews (eight catches, 112 yards, TD), Greg Olsen (six catches, 75 yards, two touchdowns), Will Dissly (seven catches, 57 yards, TD), and Austin Hooper (eight catches, 117 yards, TD). For the season, the Cardinals have allowed at least one TE touchdown in every game but one. Are you convinced? If Cook can’t go, backup Josh Hill, who scored last week, would also be in play.More TE Values: Ben Watson (Patriots vs. Browns), T.J. Hockenson (Lions vs. Giants), Josh Hill (Saints vs. Cardinals)BetQL, RotoQL’s sister product, simplifies the research process for sports bettors by equipping them with real-time line movements, value bets of the day and meaningful team trends. Check it out here! Last week, we saw many of our NFL DFS value picks come to fruition when quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett (four touchdowns) and Jared Goff (three touchdowns) posted solid performances, Allen Robinson and Hunter Henry led their respective teams in receiving, and honorable mentions Chase Edmonds, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, and Gerald Everett all got into the end zone. The matchups for Week 8 leave little to be desired for dailyi fantasy football players, but if we dig deep enough, there’s bound to be some DraftKings and FanDuel plays that will help us finish in the money.Before we break down top Week 8 value plays, please note that the picks and analysis below is provided by the industry-leading DFS experts at RotoQL. Find out why 100,000 DFS players trust RotoQL to build lineups. Optimize, find value plays, and increase your chances of cashing today!  Week 8 NFL DFS values: D/ST sleepersBuffalo Bills vs. Eagles (DK: $3,000 | FD: $4,300)Last week saw the Bills allow more than 17 points in a game for the first time all season, with the Dolphins of all teams managing 21 points against them. Buffalo is limiting teams to just 292.6 total yards of total offense per game, and it ranks ninth in interceptions, too.The early weather forecast for Sunday in Buffalo calls for rain and winds above 10 miles per hour. Last week saw great weather and more points, but Philadelphia should be slowed down by the Bills staunch defense, especially if the elements create an even tougher atmosphere.More D/ST Values: Seahawks (@ Falcons), Chargers (@ Bears)last_img read more

New Utah practice facility named for Eccles

first_imgSome folks might prefer to call it “The House that Urban Built” because it came about in large part because of Urban Meyer’s tremendous success in his first year as the University of Utah football coach.Officially, the new practice facility near the Utah campus will be called the Spence Eccles Field House after the generous university donor, who also has his name on the football stadium and nearby tennis center.That announcement came Tuesday afternoon at the foot of the new facility, directly south of the Dee Glen Smith Athletics Center on the same ground where the old “bubble” existed.By the time it is completed in November, it will be 65-feet high with 75,000 square feet of space to house a regulation-size field and a mini theater featuring interactive exhibits and a photographic display of former Ute greats. The synthetic turf will be identical to the FieldTurf used in Rice-Eccles Stadium.U. athletic director Chris Hill called it “the final piece” to what he feels are the best athletic facilities in the West.”We are extremely grateful to Spence and Cleone Eccles and their family for their continued support of Utah athletics,” Hill said.Eccles, at Utah graduate who was an all-American athlete on the ski team, donated $2 million with the understanding that other donors would contribute to the rest of the $6 million facility. Those other donors will be revealed later this fall when the practice facility opens.The new Field House is scheduled to open Nov. 15, the week before the BYU game on Nov. 20. While it may not be totally finished, it should be completed enough that the Ute team could practice that week if the weather is inclement. Then, if the Utes make it to a bowl game, the practice facility will be ready for use throughout the month of December.New university president Michael Young said Meyer told him the facility was vital to the Ute football program, which was “on the cusp of a dynasty.” That comment made Meyer squirm a bit in his seat, but when he got his chance to speak, Meyer said the facility will be important over the next couple of years when college football becomes more divided between the “haves and the have-nots.””With the addition of our new indoor facility, there is no question Utah is firmly entrenched in the haves,” Meyer said.Two of the main reasons cited for the new facility by Meyer were safety and recruiting.The old facility, at the same location, had Astroturf with a bubble overhead that broke on more than one occasion. Players suffered injuries playing on the old Astroturf and the field wasn’t large enough for the whole team to properly work out at the same time.Meyer also pointed out that the new facility will be instrumental in recruiting against other schools that have similar facilities. Utah’s top rival, BYU, opened a $9 million indoor facility last year.”Our friends down south are making a move, so we needed to make a move to stay with and exceed the things that our rivals are doing,” he said. “With the addition of this facility, this will give us, in my mind, the best facilities in the West.” Besides football, the new Spence Eccles Field House will be used for other Ute athletic teams, including baseball, softball, soccer, golf and track and field. Hill and Young both said the university envisions community use of the facility when the Ute teams aren’t using it. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Feigt’s feet may determine fate of Ute soccer team

first_imgAs the Utah soccer team embarks on its third straight NCAA appearance, its “fate” may rest on the feet of sophomore forward Amanda Feigt.Of course, Rich Manning’s Utes (13-5-3) will need great efforts by 15 or 16 players to beat Colorado in today’s first-round match (5:30 p.m. MST) at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field.But Feigt, who is the Utes’ leading scorer with six goals and five assists, could be a key for a team that has averaged just 1.6 goals per game this year.Under Manning, the Utes have always been a strong defensive team, but they struggle to win when they have trouble scoring. That happened in last year’s NCAA first round when they were held to a 0-0 tie by Idaho State. The Bengals advanced to the second round by winning a shootout.Feigt has been a starting forward for two seasons since being an all-state player at Jordan High for four years. As a freshman, she was second on the Ute team with five goals and eight assists and earned Mountain West Conference freshman of the year honors. This year she was a first-team all-MWC selection.”From the first day she stepped on the field, she was somebody the opponent had to immediately account for,” Manning said. “That alone is a force that other teams don’t have. She’s a very good dribbler and she’s an immediate threat, especially in open space.”Feigt has been playing soccer since the age of 5 and has always played the forward position and been known as a scorer.When asked the best part of her game, she said, “Shooting,” and then laughed, “Eventually one will go in.”She led the team with 58 shots last year and again this year with 46 shots. Feigt did go through a little slump in the middle of the season, which coincided with the Utes’ loss at home to UNLV and a tie against San Diego State.”She struggled and didn’t play well or with great intensity,”Manning said. “But she’s made a leap over the last 10 games and she’s made terrific improvement in her presence and character out on the field.”In Colorado (14-5-2), the Utes are facing a team in the NCAAs for the second consecutive year after finishing third in the Big 12 Conference.The Utes and Buffaloes met earlier this season in a tournament at Wake Forest and Colorado won 1-0 on a goal in the 72nd minute.Colorado is led by first-team all-Big 12 junior midfielder Fran Munnelly (9 goals, 5 assists) and junior midfielder Ashlie Mihalcin (9 goals, 3 assists).”Munnelly is a terrific player,” said Manning. “She gets the ball in the midfield and runs the show. She’s a handful.”Besides Feigt, the Utes are led by sophomore midfielder Hailey Marsh, who has six goals on the season, senior forward Lauren Field, senior midfielder Tracy Stratton Garner and defenders Michelle Deatherage and Melissa Crespo. Three of the Utes top players are out for the season with injuries.If the Utes win today, they’ll face the winner of tonight’s game between host Portland (17-3) and Weber State (8-9-2), Sunday at 2 p.m. MST. “We’re finally starting to click and everything’s starting to fall into place,” Feigt said. “We’re playing together and trying to stay confident and positive.” E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Utes open MWC with blowout

first_img Utah game at a glance After Utah’s shaky preseason, there might have been some doubts about the how the Utes would fare in their Mountain West Conference opener against New Mexico, despite the fact that they had beaten the Lobos 16 straight times at home by an average of 14.6 points.Not to worry.It turned out to be just another Utah-New Mexico game at the Huntsman Center Wednesday night as the Utes defeated the Lobos by slightly more than 14.6 points, 64-49.”We needed to get off to a good start,” said Utah coach Ray Giacoletti, whose team improved to 8-4 on the season. “Obviously any win in the league is something you can get excited about, especially with a young team. It’s a place where we can start.”Bryant Markson led the Utes, scoring a career-high 24 points on 10 of 13 shooting, including three 3-pointers and grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. Johnnie Bryant broke out of a shooting slump with three 3-pointers of his own for 13 points along with four assists, four rebounds and two steals.Too bad more fans weren’t on hand to see the annual Lobo whipping. It was probably the lowest turnout for a Utah-New Mexico game in Huntsman Center history. The announced crowd was 9,433, but about half that many were there as many fans probably opted to watch USC and Texas play in the Rose Bowl for the national championship.Following three convincing losses last month, including a 27-point crushing to Washington State, the Utes bounced back to defeat High Point by 36 points last week, while most Ute fans were focused on the Emerald Bowl the next day in San Francisco.They kept the momentum going Wednesday with improved offense and a tough defense that limited the Lobos to 32.7 percent field goal shooting and a season-low 49 points.”We have something to prove,” said Bryant. “We have to have a chip on our shoulder.”The Utes jumped out to a 10-4 lead behind a pair of threes by Bryant, but the Lobos came back to tie the score at 17 on a Mark Walters.Then Markson scored 10 straight Utah points with the Lobos only scoring on another three by Walters to make it 27-20. The Lobos pulled within two before Chris Jackson scored with three seconds left in the half to make it 29-25.Both teams struggled to get going in the second half, each misfiring on their first three possessions before Bryant sank a trey.After Ryan Kersten made his only basket of the game with a 3-pointer, the Utes took off.Lawrence Borha sank a jumper from 19 feet, followed by a Bryant basket on a fast break. Then after a Lobo free throw, Ricky Johns stepped back to sink a three, followed by another three from Markson to make it 42-31.Markson hit another three from the left angle with 9:18 left to make it 50-34, then added two more baskets, including an emphatic dunk to put a capper on the victory with 3:33 left.The Lobos came out and played zone most of the game, which surprised Markson, but didn’t disappoint him.”You’ve got to worry about me a little bit — I can score,” he said. “It was just one of those nights where everything was going for me.”Walters led the Lobos with 19 points, while David Chiotti added 13. They didn’t get much help, however, as the rest of the team shot a combined 6 of 27 from the field. The Utes have two days to get ready for the first of two games against BYU, Saturday at 1 p.m. in Provo. The Lobos go home and will play host to Colorado State the same day. GAME NOTES: Utah outrebounded the Lobos 38 to 27 . . . The Utes committed a season-low 12 turnovers . . . Senior guard Tim Drisdom missed the game due to a bone bruise in his left knee . . . Johns followed his 16-point performance against High Point with 8 points . . . The Utes shot just 47.1 percent from the free throw line on 8 of 17. Chris Jackson was 0 for 4 and Luke Nevill 1 for 5 . . . The last time the Lobos won in the Huntsman Center was 1989, Lynn Archibald’s last year as Ute coach . . . The only longer win streak for Utah at the Huntsman Center is a 21-gamer against San Diego State. Lobos lost in unfriendly confines Markson energizes offense, defensecenter_img Related E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward looks sharp in return to Jazz lineup

first_img Jazz: Surging Jazz beat Warriors 115-101 Related Jazz: Utah Jazz-Golden State Warriors Instant Analysis Jazz: Business as usual for assistant Sidney Lowe Jazz: Utah Jazz defeats Golden State Warriors, 115-101center_img Jazz: Jazz players shrug off trade rumors Jazz: Jazz route Warriors, 115-101, report card SALT LAKE CITY — Just after entering Tuesday night’s game, Gordon Hayward went flying down the lane only to run into Golden State’s 7-foot, 240-pound center Andris Biedrins. Everyone inside EnergySolutions Arena, including Jazz coaches, players and fans, held their collective breath.After not playing for more than three weeks because of a sprained shoulder, this was Hayward’s first game back in the Jazz lineup after missing 10 games.However, the collision didn’t affect Hayward in the least as he bounced up and calmly stepped to the line and sank two free throws.That was the start of what turned out to be a triumphant return for the third-year player out of Butler. He ended up playing just under 25 minutes and scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from the line, while grabbing three rebounds and handing out four assists in the Jazz’s 115-101 win over Golden State.“He looked great,’’ said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. “His pace was good. He came off difficult shots well. And he didn’t favor the shoulder when he went into the lane. I thought he did a great job. It was good for us.’’“Personally, it was great to be out there,” Hayward said. “I had fun out there.’’Hayward received an enthusiastic ovation when he entered the game for Marvin Williams at the 4:35 mark of the first quarter. He was wearing a noticeable black sleeve on his right shoulder, which had padding in it for protection.He got his hands on a rebound a few seconds after entering the game and really got into the action when he decisively drove down the middle and collided with Biedrins and drew the foul. The resulting free throws were his first points since Jan. 26.Hayward scored the first points of the second quarter on a dunk off a nice feed from Earl Watson. A couple of minutes later he sank a 3-pointer from the right corner and then added another 3 later in the quarter from the left angle.In the third quarter he added three more free throws, then made the first basket of the fourth quarter on a turnaround 15-footer in the lane. He also added a 22-footer from the top of the key.And what about that initial hit against Biedrins?“I was just trying to make a play,’’ he said. “You can’t be hesitant after an injury. It’s one thing not being afraid of re-injuring it — I have the pad on anyway.’’Corbin admitted he was a bit nervous on that first hit Hayward took.“I was watching to see how he would respond,’’ he said. “He took a hit and was able to make the free throws and he played well from there.’’The Jazz coach said he was able to play Hayward longer than expected because of the way the timeouts and quarter breaks worked out, giving him more time to rest.Hayward said he didn’t know what to expect, but that he just wanted to “go out there and compete and play hard as long as I could without getting tired.’’“It was good to have him back,’’ said Williams. “As guys start to get healthy it’s exciting for us, especially coming down the stretch.’’last_img read more

1997-98 Utes: NCAA Tournament games at a glance

first_imgAlamodome, San AntonioUtah 65, North Carolina 59The Utes were fast out of the gates against the country’s No. 1 team, scoring the first six points and racing to a 15-2 lead. The Tar Heels looks completely bewildered by Utah’s switching defenses, missing seven of their first eight shots while turning the ball over a couple of times.The lead got as high as 28-12, and the Utes went into halftime up 35-22. Utah was still leading 56-45 when it went into one of its funks that cost the Utes in each of their four losses as they went scoreless for four minutes and didn’t make a field goal for six.The Tar Heels came back to close the gap to two at 57-55 with 1:57 left. After a 20-second timeout, Miller took the ball coast to coast for a layup and the Utes hit six straight free throws to seal the deal. Miller filled up boxscore again — 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.Besides Miller, Doleac also scored 16, while Mottola had nine and Johnsen and Jensen seven apiece.Antawn Jamison was held to just 14 points on 7-of-19 shooting, while future NBA star Vince Carter led his team with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting.“I can’t tell you how happy I am,” said Majerus, who thoroughly outcoached the Tar Heels’ Bill Guthridge. “I don’t know if I’ll ever get back here again. I mean, we are there to win a national championship. At least we are playing for it.”NCAA National Championship, March 31Alamodome, San AntonioKentucky 78, Utah 69With a worldwide television audience, the Utes had some jitters in the opening minutes, as the usually reliable Miller turned the ball over on three of their first four possessions as the Utes fell behind 8-4 and 11-8. The Utes then went on an 11-2 run with Mottola hitting consecutive baskets.With 6:24 left in the half, the Utes led 24-23 but finished with a flourish. They ran off 10 straight points as Jensen hit a layup, Doleac a 3-pointer, Miller went all the way for a layup, and Jensen converted a three-point play after Miller found him behind the defense. When Hansen sank a 15-footer on the left baseline, the Utes went into halftime with a comfortable 41-31 lead.The Utes shot 57 percent in the opening half compared to 45 percent for the Wildcats, and outrebounded Kentucky 24-6. You’d figure the Utes would have been up by more than 10, but 12 first-half turnovers were costly.The Utes scored the first basket of the first half to extend their lead and were still up 50-40 when it started to slip away as Scott Padgett and Jeff Sheppard made 3-pointers. It was still 58-51 under the 10-minute mark, but Kentucky came back to tie it. The Utes briefly righted themselves with six straight, but then the roof caved in.The Wildcats scored seven straight to take the lead at 65-64, and the Utes never led again. At 69-65, Miller had a bank shot go around and out and Mottola missed a 3-pointer.The Utes had one last chance, but Miller’s 3-point try with under a minute left was blocked by Heshimu Evans, and the Wildcats made the final score a little deceptive with six free throws and a dunk by Wayne Turner in the final 45 seconds.Miller led the Utes with 16 points, but he didn’t have his best night as he went 6 for 15 from the field and finished with an uncharacteristic eight turnovers.Padgett, who would later get drafted by the Utah Jazz, led Kentucky with 17 points, while tournament MVP Sheppard scored 16 and Nazr Mohammed and Evans each chipped in 10. Could U. reach Final Four again? It’s not as wild as you think ‘Pretty magical’: How the Utes found themselves at center stage of the college basketball universe 20 years ago 1997-98 Utes men’s basketball players: Where are they nowcenter_img Related First round, March 12Boise Pavilion, Boise, IdahoUtah 85, San Francisco 68The 14th-seeded Dons had not been to an NCAA Tournament in 16 years and weren’t expected to give the Utes much of a game with a lineup that included no one taller than 6-foot-6.After scoring just 51 points in their previous game against UNLV, the Utes came out running and quickly jumped out to a 23-point lead. But like they had done in several other games during the season — including all four of their losses when they squandered double-digit leads — they let the Dons back in the game.San Francisco cut the margin to eight midway through the second half after coach Rick Majerus sent in four reserves at the same time. (“I’d like to think we’re going to the tournament every year and we’ve got to get them tournament experience,” the coach explained afterward.)Once the main guys returned to the floor, the Utes pushed the lead back to double digits and eventually cruised to the 17-point victory. Michael Doleac finished with 27 points, including 15 of 17 from the free-throw line, while Hanno Mottola scored 14 and Drew Hansen 13.“Right now, we are on track as we can be,” Majerus said afterward. “I thought we played hard.”Second round, March 14Boise Pavilion, Boise IdahoUtah 75, Arkansas 69The Utes were able to advance against the pressure defense of Arkansas thanks to Andre Miller, who had his best game up to date as a Ute, scoring 28 points on 9 of 14 from the field and 10 of 13 from the foul line in 39 minutes of action.Majerus gave Miller free rein, and the junior guard sliced and diced the Razorbacks’ aggressive defense, often dribbling the length of the court and scoring.As was the case in many games during the season, the Utes broke out to a big lead, going up 30-15 late in the first half, only to see Arkansas pull within nine at the break. The Utes pushed the lead back to 15 in the second half, but five straight turnovers allowed the Razorbacks back in the game at 48-45.Down the stretch, Miller was unstoppable, scoring 14 of his points in the final seven minutes. Alex Jensen came up with what Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson called “the biggest play of the ball game,” when he slipped inside a defender on a missed free throw and put it in to put the Utes up by nine.“I’m so proud of Andre,” said Majerus. “He played so tough and so smart.”The only other Ute to score in double figures was Doleac with 16 points. The game was also the coming-out party for freshman Britton Johnsen, who had sat out much of the season with a knee injury. Johnsen played the final 10 minutes and scored a season-high eight points.“You talk about Miller tonight, it was Miller time,” said Richardson. “He made all the plays at the right time. He was the difference.”Third round, March 19Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, CaliforniaUtah 65, West Virginia 62The Utes faced their third straight full-court pressing team in West Virginia, an unlikely entrant into the Sweet 16. The Mountaineers had not made it that far since the days of Jerry West in 1959 and were a No. 10 seed in the 1998 tourney. They had knocked off Temple by 30 points in the opening round, then nipped No. 2 seed Cincinnati on a banked 3-pointer in the final seconds.The Utes survived their shakiest performance of the tournament, getting outshot and outrebounded, while committing 19 turnovers and not making a field goal during the last nine minutes of the game.“It was an ugly game, no doubt about it,” said Majerus. “It was not an artistic game. We were playing not to lose, rather than to win.”Still, the Utes hung on, thanks to clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch as Doleac sank 13 of 14 on the night.The Utes fell behind early, before coming back to take a 34-28 halftime leadMiller sank a 3-pointer with 9:05 left to give the Utes a 53-48 lead, but after that, the Utes hung on for dear life. Twice, West Virginia had a chance to take the lead when the Utes were up 63-62, but Jarrod West, the team’s leading scorer, who was 4 for 13 on the night, missed a 3-pointer and a 12-footer.The Utes held a one-point lead with the ball and 37.5 seconds left when the Mountaineers fouled Doleac off an inbounds play at the 6.5-second mark and the Ute big man calmly sank both tries.West had beaten Cincinnati with a last-second 3-pointer a week earlier, but this time, his last-second shot bounced away, and the Utes celebrated.Fourth round, March 21Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, CaliforniaUtah 76, Arizona 51After barely knocking off West Virginia two nights earlier, the Utes were given little to no chance of beating Arizona in the Elite Eight. The Wildcats were the defending national champions with their six top players returning from that team.But the Utes were confident going into the game. After the West Virginia win, Majerus had said, “I hope we’ve got a couple of more cards left in the deck to play.”It turned out he had some cards up his sleeve.It was a triangle-and-two defense the Utes employed with Miller being the point of the triangle. It gave him the chance to conserve some energy and run free on the offensive end as he finished with a triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.The Utes broke away from a tight game, scoring eight straight points to go up 17-8, and eventually took a 29-20 lead into the half.“We came out with confidence, and they started bickering,” said Hansen.The nine-point halftime lead meant little against the high-scoring Wildcats, and the Utes knew it, having blown an 11-point lead to the Wildcats a year earlier in an early-season game.At 35-25, the Utes went on a 10-2 run to make it 45-27, and from there kept rolling. When Doleac converted a three-point play it was 58-36 with 6:40 left. The Utes pushed the lead to 28 and coasted to an unexpected thumping of the defending national champs.Lost in the shadow of Miller’s triple-double were double-doubles by Doleac (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Jensen (11 points, 10 rebounds).“I’ve never gone into a game not thinking we were going to win,” said Majerus. “But to win by 25 points is just unbelievable.”NCAA Semifinal, March 28last_img read more

Utah Jazz notes: Dante Exum said he holds no grudges about injury against Suns five months ago

first_img How to watch Dante Exum’s return: chill out 3 keys to Utah Jazz’s 116-88 win over the Phoenix Suns Two Phoenix Suns players ejected after going after Ricky Rubio It’s funny how the calendar worked out. It’s a good thing — it gets my mind right, to pick up where I Ieft off, just to get through this game and keep going forward. – Utah Jazz guard Dante ExumSALT LAKE CITY — It wasn’t planned this way, but it was a bit coincidental that the night Dante Exum returned to the lineup for the Utah Jazz, the opponent was the Phoenix Suns, the same team the Jazz were playing the night Exum went out with his shoulder injury that kept him out for more than five months.It was back on Oct. 6 when the Jazz were playing their third preseason game when Exum injured his shoulder after a collision with the Suns’ T.J. Warren.Exum was trying a left-handed layup from the right side and just after he let the ball go, Warren came flying down the lane and his 6-8 225-pound body landed on Exum, who immediately writhed around on the floor, holding his left shoulder. After a few seconds he jumped up and went sprinting to the locker room holding his shoulder.“It’s funny how the calendar worked out,” Exum said about coming back against Phoenix. “It’s a good thing — it gets my mind right, to pick up where I Ieft off, just to get through this game and keep going forward.”Exum, who scored 10 points in 14 minutes Thursday, said he held no grudges about the incident and that he heard from Warren soon after.“He reached out to me straight away after it happened,” Exum said. “No hard feelings, it was just basketball, a freak accident. It was a long time ago I’m just excited to be out there and playing again.”Phoenix coach Jay Triano, who was an assistant coach to Earl Watson at the time, said he didn’t remember much about the incident back in October.“Throughout the course of the game, players get hooked up, caught up on plays,” he said. “I’m glad that he’s back, I’m glad that he’s healthy. He’s a good player.”Warren was approached for a comment before the game but preferred not to talk to the media.NOT ON GAME DAY: Coach Quin Snyder talks to the media after morning shootaround and again an hour and 45 minutes before the game. So when he was asked what was new since his morning media appearance, he said. “A couple of NCAA Tournament games, right?However, Snyder wouldn’t admit to watching much of the games, not even his beloved Duke Blue Devils, who defeated Iona 89-67 earlier in the afternoon.“I had a couple on, but didn’t get a chance to watch,” he said. “I’ll watch when it’s not a game day.”JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz completed the season series against Phoenix with a 3-1 mark, their one loss coming back in October on the road . . . The Jazz play Sacramento at home Saturday night and come back for a home game against Atlanta on Tuesday. Then it’s off to Texas for a pair of games against Dallas and San Antonio before a Sunday game at Golden State . . . The Jazz finished with just seven turnovers, compared to 22 for Phoenix . . . The Suns had scored 97 points in each of their first three games against Utah but managed only 88 points Thursday.center_img Jazz get a little discombobulated, but cruise past chippy Suns as Exum returns to the lineup Relatedlast_img read more