That one time Mizzou football couldn’t compete in the SEC (because it was only once)

first_imgOne day, this man will likely get a statue in Columbia Missouri. Gary Pinkel is a legend.One day, this man will likely get a statue in Columbia Missouri. Gary Pinkel is a legend.Another long weekend full of must-see sports, anyone?After a holiday weekend that featured the rare sporting events living up to their hype, it’s looking like this week will be more of the same … with more at stake. Sports fans will need another long weekend to take in and digest all that is being offered.Here are a few notes and thoughts about what is on the horizon. Miss these and you won’t know what everyone is talking about in the next few days.MIZZOURemember when Mizzou football couldn’t compete in the big, bad Southeastern Conference?Remember when the Tigers would be exposed as college football’s version of the unruly child daring to sit at the adult table for holiday meals?Remember when it was going to be a long run of mediocrity and low finishes in the SEC East?Yeah, me too. Seems like a long time ago.It may not be the last laugh, but the Tigers sure are enjoying the current state of affairs in the SEC.It was only in November 2011 when the announcement was made that Mizzou was taking such a big step up in competition. It was met with much skepticism.And the skepticism was reasonable. Missouri was coming off a 5-4 finish in the Big 12 and a trip to the always-impressive AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl – while the SEC was about to claim the sixth in a string of seven consecutive national titles.Fast forward three years, and Gary Pinkel and Co. are the only ones doing the exposing these days.After a 2-6 league debut in 2012, it has been nothing but good times. Back-to-back 7-1 SEC finishes have yielded trips to Atlanta for the conference championship game. Last season brought a respectable loss to Auburn.Saturday, the Tigers have a chance to make the biggest splash of all at the Georgia Dome, taking on Alabama, the No. 1 team in every poll you can find.It could be an ironic twist if the Tigers win Saturday afternoon. That scenario would, absent full-scale armageddon in the rest of the collegefootball world this weekend, almost surely eliminate the SEC from the four-team College Football Playoff entirely.But more importantly, it would put the national spotlight on the Tigers as an upper-echelon fixture in the conference where many believed they couldn’t even be competitive.And it may lead some big-name schools with coach openings to come knocking on Pinkel’s door. With the machine he’s got going in Columbia, though, there’s no reason for him to answer …BEARS/LADY BEARSMissouri State's Camyn Boone has been consistent on an inconsistent Bears team.Missouri State’s Camyn Boone has been consistent on an inconsistent Bears team.You’ll have to forgive the Bears and Lady Bears teams if they cry tears of joy upon finally returning to their home digs this week.It’s been a long, often-frustrating road since they were last at JQH Arena.The Bears were 3-0 when they hit the road, then lost at Texas Tech and dropped two of three – with the win a closer-than-it-should-be one over D-II Alaska-Anchorage – in the Great Alaska Shootout.This easy nonconference schedule that was supposed to allow the Bears to rack up a bunch of wins and get roles and lineups settled before the start of Valley season isn’t working as well as it was supposed to – and it has put them back in the familiar position of having virtually no hope for an at-large NCAA berth. Not good to be in that spot before you’ve even played a December game.They should know more about themselves after this week, when Arkansas-Little Rock (4-1) visits Thursday before MSU hits the road to play Oral Roberts in Tulsa on Saturday.UALR is off to its best start since the 2008-09 season, while Oral Roberts’ 2-3 record may be deceiving – two of the losses were to Missouri and Oregon State. Coach Paul Lusk and the Bears need a pair of convincing performances to calm the waters a bit.The Lady Bears (0-6) will finally play their home opener Saturday night against SIU-Edwardsville, after a brutal six-game road trip to open the season. The losses have come to teams with a combined 24-12 record, and Tyonna Snow is still on the mend, so it’s also a little tough to get a read on where this team is and where it will be by the time conference season arrives.But it will be good to be home.HIGH SCHOOLSThe big opening week of high school basketball will be highlighted by the inaugural Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Classic, from Thursday-Saturday at Parkview High School.Four Springfield teams – led by host Parkview and also including Central, Glendale and Hillcrest – will be joined by four out-of-area teams in a three-day basketball fest.The visiting teams are led by Jefferson City Helias, which has all five starters back from a team that reached the Class 4 final four before losing to eventual state-champion Republic last season.Helias boasts a front line that includes 6-foot-5 Hale Hentges, 6-5 Adam Bax and talented 5-10 guard Isiah Sykes, who scored 24 points in the state semifinals. If you missed Hentges, the future Alabama football player, when the Helias-Nixa season-opening football game was a late scratch on national TV, you’ll get a chance to see him in Springfield this weekend.Oak Park, DeSmet and Lafayette round out the loaded field. Games begin at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The championship is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.BLUESVladimir Tarasenko celebrates with teammate Alex Pietrangelo.Vladimir Tarasenko celebrates with teammate Alex Pietrangelo.It hasn’t been an overly smooth ride for the St. Louis Blues, with injuries striking up and down the lineup and now top goalie Brian Elliott sidelined with a knee injury and not expected back soon.But they keep rolling, with a 16-6-2 record, good for 34 points, among the best in the entire NHL. Without the so-called “S-T-L” line of Jaden Schwartz, the incredible Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera, who have combined for 29 goals and 39 assists in roughly one-quarter of the season, the hockey scene in St. Louis would be in crisis mode.The next test will be a big one – at the rival Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night on NBCSN. Chicago has righted the ship after limping through a 3-6 stretch in late-October and early November.Until the Blues can prove otherwise in the playoffs, the Blackhawks will continue to be the big brother in this relationship. It won’t be easy without Elliott – even with 42-year-old legend Martin Brodeur signed to a one-year contract Tuesday.Jaroslav Halak, meanwhile, the goalie the Blues traded away last season after deciding he wasn’t the answer, was named the NHL’s No. 1 star for last week, compiling a 3-0-0 record and a 0.95 goals-against average for the Islanders. He won his 10th consecutive game Tuesday. Looks like he was somebody’s answer …Jim Connell is the News-Leader’s Sports – Pros and Opinions writer and sports columnist. He readily admits he was completely wrong about Mizzou and the SEC, expecting the Tigers to lay a monumental egg every season. He pledges to never again doubt the genius of Gary Pinkel. He can be reached at 837-1345, by email at jconnell@news-leader.com , or on Twitter — @Jim_Connell_NLlast_img read more

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VBS zipline at FBC was a thrill

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Bible verses, crafts and an adrenaline rush.  It was all in an evening of Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church of La Follette.PHOTOS:  William Moore was one of those who enjoyed zipline fun in the church gym.  Terry Bray (R) readies William for his ride.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/01/2019-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANK MOORE)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Bournemouth and Watford keen on France U21 international – Wanted him…

first_imgThe young winger was then playing for RC Lens in Ligue 2, and there were a lot of questions as to where he could end up to continue his career with both the Cherries and the Hornets ‘working assiduously’ to try and sign him.In fact, Bournemouth even had a plan to send him to FC Zürich to get some first-team football should they land him.However, none of this materialised into anything, and instead of packing his bags and crossing the Channel, Chouiar stayed in France and moved to FCO Dijon in Ligue 1 last summer.He became a starter pretty much straight away and scored eight goals in all competitions over 28 appearances until the season was put on hold.Embed from Getty ImagesWell, Le Foot in France explained this week that Bournemouth and Watford are still keen, currently ‘following him’ alongside Crystal Palace.They are joined by other clubs around Europe, like Eibar, Valladolid, Bordeaux and Marseille.Originally paying €3.5m for the France U21 international, it’s stated his valuation is now closer to €10m, which could allow Dijon to make an easy and quick profit in the summer if clubs come knocking.That last part remains to be seen, but it appears Bournemouth and Watford still like what they see, never really letting go from two years ago.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoIDA Ireland by CNBC CatalystPfizer, Zalando, Intel, Wuxi: Here’s Why Big Business Is Bullish About Ireland.IDA Ireland by CNBC CatalystUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Just under two years ago, France Football explained that Watford and AFC Bournemouth were interested in Mounir Chouiar.last_img read more

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First-place Jayhawks volleyball team cruises past Kalamazoo Valley in three straight sets

first_img Report a problem This item is… (33138) Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Share LocalSportsJournal.comThe Muskegon Community College volleyball squad cruised to a three-set win over Kalamazoo Valley on Tuesday night.The Jayhawks won by scores of 25-14, 29-27 and 25-19 to capture the victory.Julie Brown paced MCC with 13 kills while Jaren Smith added 12.MCC was led defensively by Shelby Rasch with 13 digs and Katie Veihl chipped in with 36 assists.The Jayhawks now sit alone atop the MCCAA West Division with an 8-1 record and are 15-8 overall on the season. DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive $59.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) 0 DEAL OF THE DAY $3.99 Bestseller Other (8187) Shop Now (1862) Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. The League DEAL OF THE DAY $26.86$49.99 × $0.00 Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive × $0.00 Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Report a problem This item is… Bestseller ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY × Not relevant × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (35539) Other Ads by Amazon Report a problem This item is… (1461) (22) $0.00 Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… × Not relevant Not relevant Mail Inappropriate / Offensive Other DEAL OF THE DAY × Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Not relevant × ENDS IN ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) NBC Sports Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Bestseller (124) ENDS IN × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Shares Share Inappropriate / Offensive Other ENDS IN $15.29$17.99 $14.99 Other ENDS IN FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Other Other Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Displayed poorly Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller (1009) Other A Warrior’s Heart Fox Sports Go Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again.last_img read more

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No shame despite T20 whitewash: Holder

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Skipper Jason Holder says while West Indies’ batting was a huge disappointment in the Twenty20 series, it could not overshadow the massive strides made by the Caribbean side during the overall tour against England. West Indies crumbled for record lows in the two final T20 Internationals here at Warner Park to suffer comprehensive defeats, and ultimately, a 3-0 series whitewash.But with the Windies – written off by pundits before the tour – stunning England 2-1 in the three-Test series to regain the Wisden Trophy, and coming from behind in the one-day series to earn a 2-2 draw in the five-match rubber against the world number one side, Holder said there was little reason for his side to be ashamed.“The Test series was exceptional, the ODI series was equally as good,” Holder told reporters following the final T20 here Sunday. “We arguably let ourselves down in the ODI series but England still played some very good cricket as well, and the T20 series just wasn’t ours to be fair – we were outplayed – but overall I’m pretty pleased,”He continued: “We just weren’t good enough [in the T20 series]. We didn’t adjust to the wicket – I felt it was a bit two-paced – and I felt England bowled a really hard length and asked us to hit them off their lengths and we just didn’t adjust to what the wicket threw at us and we didn’t really play well.“I still feel the batsmen are fairly confident. We didn’t play the surface as well as we would’ve liked but I’m not too disheartened by the performance. Obviously we’re disappointed to be rolled over on home court in two games but overall the guys had a pretty good ODI leg of the series and there’s a lot to build on.” West Indies lost the opening T20 in St Lucia by four wickets but batting meltdowns here ensured the series was a virtual no-contest. In last Friday’s second match, they were dismissed for 45 – the second lowest total in T20s – to lose by 137 runs.On Sunday, they were rolled over for 71 – their third lowest T20 total – as England strolled to a comfortable eight-wicket win. Holder said while the Windies had prepared and executed well in the ODIs, they failed to make the adjustment to the shortest format – especially after opting to retain the one-day squad for the T20s in order to further their World Cup preparations.“We probably just didn’t adjust to the T20 format – we had our plans pretty much nailed down for the ODIs and I felt we played a really good ODI series,” the all-rounder pointed out. “There is still a lot of improvement to be had and fielding is obviously one of our key points to really, really touch up on going into England (World Cup) and obviously we need to be a little bit tighter at the top [of the order] to build a few more partnerships and dig a bit deeper up front.”last_img read more

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Guinness `Greatest of the Streets’ Bartica zone commences tomorrow

first_imgThe 3rd edition of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Bartica Championship will officially commence tomorrow at the Bartica Community Centre Tarmac. Some 16 teams will feature in the three day championships which ends June 16th at the same venue.The opening night of action will feature elimination matches with the winners being divided into two groups of four for the second night of play on June 15th.The top two finishers will then progress to the semi-final round, with the winners advancing to the final. The losing semi-finalists will feature in the third place playoff. Similarly, the four teams which fail to progress from the group round will contest the Guinness Plate Championships on the final night.The eight teams that have earned berths to the opening night following respective quarterfinal berths in the previous edition are, defending champion Disconnection Crew, former champion Riversview, Goal Raiders, Almanac Kings, Jones Avenue, Falmouth, Potaro Strikers and Mighty Ruler.According to coordinator Alden Marslowe, “All systems are in place for a wonderful tournament. The teams have really caught on with the street football and everyone has really gotten into it. This is the third year and we have seen tremendous growth. We have had three privately run street football tournaments earlier and the teams are definitely catching on to the format.” He added that the tournament has witnessed a record number of entries which supports the belief that the tournament is growing in popularity and overall interest.“We have had more teams enter than previous editions especially from the outlying communities which is great for the event. The anticipation is there from the public, Bartica is a football community and I expect another great tournament with quality action, “ he added.Similarly, Lee Baptiste, Guinness Brand Executive stated that everything is geared for another great edition to the phenomenon that is the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship. He said that he anticipates three nights of exciting action as teams battle for bragging rights and the chance to represent their zone at the coveted National Championship.Winner of the zone will collect $400,000 and a trophy. They will also earn an automatic place in the National Championships, which is pegged to start in August.The losing finalist will receive $150,000 and a trophy while  the third and fourth place finishers will  pocket $100,000 and $75,000 respectively and the corresponding accolade. The victor of the Guinness Plate Championship will receive $60,000.  Up to press time, several playoff round matches were being staged to select the final eight teams. The other major sponsor of the event is Colours Boutique.Playoff Round FixturesMakourai vs IteballiAgatash vs Prison Officers Courtney Benn Boys vsPotaro UnitedWalking Boys vs Bad CompanyBeacons vs Banks BoysBallers vs Karrau Police vs Skill KingsLotto Blast vs Manu Unitedlast_img read more

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Tiger Roll gets top weight in bid for Grand National 3-peat

first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News It’s going to be even harder for Tiger Roll to win another Grand National and become the first horse to do an unprecedented “three-peat” in racing’s most gruelling steeplechase.Tiger Roll was on Tuesday handed the top handicap weight of 74 kilograms for the 2020 Grand National — five kilograms more than he carried for his victory in the 2019 race and nine more than when he won it for the first time in 2018.Trained by Gordon Elliott, Tiger Roll is looking to become the first horse to win the Grand National in three straight years. Red Rum won three times, but three years separated his second and third triumphs.Tiger Roll, who will be aged 10 by the time of the race in April, is the 13-2 favourite with some British bookmakers.(Image Credit: Pixabay) COMMENT First Published: 12th February, 2020 00:55 IST LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 12th February, 2020 00:55 IST Tiger Roll Gets Top Weight In Bid For Grand National 3-peat It’s going to be even harder for Tiger Roll to win another Grand National and become the first horse to do an unprecedented “three-peat” in racing’s most gruelling steeplechase. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Mike Trout ‘lost respect’ for players after Astros sign-stealing scandal

first_img Sujay Chakraborty “I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected, a lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.” – Mike Trout on Astros sign-stealing scandal SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 18th February, 2020 11:31 IST Mike Trout ‘lost Respect’ For Players After Astros Sign-stealing Scandal LA Angeles star Mike Trout admits he has lost respect for players after Astros sign-stealing scandal, wants more punishment for players involved. Read on. Also Read | Astros Cheating Scandal: Jim Crane Claims Players Will Apologize During Spring TrainingAstros cheating: Mike Trout speaks out on scandalLA Angels will begin their spring training on Saturday night (Sunday IST) against Chicago White Sox. During the first press conference of the spring, Mike Trout admitted that he has lost respect for some of the Astros players. Mike Trout also expressed frustration with the punishment handed down by Commissioner Rob Manfred.  First Published: 18th February, 2020 11:31 IST Also Read | LA Dodgers Never In For Anthony Rendon Or Cover-up After Mike Trout led-Angels Signed Him?Manfred reportedly granted players immunity in exchange for their cooperation in the investigation. Trout admitted that the players involved deserved the same fate as the officials. LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Mike Trout is not happy with the Astros and the punishment they received pic.twitter.com/VDwJCFZXHl— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 17, 2020 Mike Trout says he and others lost respect for Astros players and doesn’t agree with them receiving no punishment.3X MVP adds: “Me going up to the plate and knowing what’s coming would be pretty fun up there.” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/U9vQ4Xq6NV— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) February 17, 2020 Also Read | Anthony Rendon Takes Dig At Rivals LA Dodgers’ ‘Hollywood’ Life During Unveiling at Mike Trout led-AngelsAstros cheating: Sign-stealing explainedMultiple reports in late 2019 stated that Astros used a camera positioned in the centre field to steal signs during their World Series-winning campaign in 2017. MLB’s investigation revealed that Astros developed a player-driven system using illegal electronics to decode signs during the game. MLB handed a $5 million fine to Houston Astros while handing suspensions to former Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, manager A.J. Hinch and assistant GM Brandon Taubman. Is Mike Trout the GOAT?Widely regarded as one of the best players in MLB history. ‘The Millville Meteor’ has impressed with his combination of power and speed. The 28-year-old is already a three-time American League MVP while also being named in the All-Star eight times. With over 250 career home runs at a batting average of .305, Mike Trout will be heading for his ninth season in the MLB. Also Read | Cody Bellinger Rants About How Astros Cheating Is Ruining The Integrity Of Baseball Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has been all over the headlines leading up to the 2020 MLB season. Several players like Yu Darvish and Cody Bellinger have voiced their frustrations with the negative attention the scandal has bought to the league. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is the latest to speak out, with the 28-year-old demanding punishment for Astros players. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Akunnor tells Appiah to get a club

first_imgFormer Black Stars captain Charles Kobina Akunnor is urging his successor Stephen Appiah to find a club in the next transfer window.Appiah has been without a club since terminating his contract with Fenerbahce in 2008 but has since been cleared as free agent by Fifa.Akunnor, who coaches Sekondi Elevise Wise in the Premier League, is mystified by the 28-year-old’s failure to secure a club though talented.The Ex-Wolfsburg believes Appiah’s return to active club football can play a pivotal role in Ghana 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.“I find it hard to believe.In my days at the national team, there was no way you could play in the Black Stars when you are clubless,” Akunnor is quoted as saying in the All Sports.“I know Ghanaians believe in him just as I also believe in him. But I will urge him to keep himself by finding a club as early as possible.” Appiah was linked to a host of clubs in the January transfer window but no deal was firmed up.Ghana’s next World Cup qualifier is against Mali in Bamako on 07 June.Source: ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

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ABC says goodbye to “The Mayor,” but it may not be gone for good

first_imgABC/Tony Rivetti(LOS ANGELES) — ABC is saying farewell to their Tuesday night comedy, The Mayor.According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has cancelled the freshman comedy starring Brandon Micheal Hall as a struggling hip-hop artist who ran for mayor as a publicity stunt to promote his mixtape, then wins the popular vote.The show, which was pulled off of the air ahead of its January return, will now wrap up at thirteen episodes, leaving four episodes unaired.But that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of The Mayor. THR says ABC producers are shopping the comedy to other networks.  Hulu, who has a joint venture with Disney, also has secured rights to the series.Yvette Nicole Brown, who played Hall’s mother, Dina, on the show, shared the disappointing news on Instagram.“Welp! #GrandOpeningGrandClosing,” she wrote, captioning THR‘s report on the cancellation. “Sending a hearty thank you to all of you who gave our sweet show a shot! Bummed that our time in Fort Grey is over and that (4) eps remain unseen but that’s the biz. Ya win some, ya lose some.”“I’m so grateful that I got to bring #DinaRose to life. It was such a JOY! #Grateful #TheMayor,” she added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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