Laurel was detained in the Hinigaranpolice station’s custodial facility./PN BACOLOD City – The court recommendedno bail bond for the temporary liberty of a murder suspect arrested in BarangayTagda, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. The 29-year-old resident JoemaxLaurel, who was listed as the No. 5 most wanted person in the municipal policestation, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 10:45 p.m. onTuesday, a police report showed. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 65 inHimamaylan City, Negros Occidental.
HAYS, Kan. – RPM Speedway opens the 2016 season with the Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26 Sunflower Classic special.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win each night. Both features are qualifying events for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Also running both nights of the fourth annual Classic are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts run for $200 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance state, but no local track points, will be awarded.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on Friday. Gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing is at 6 p.m. Saturday.Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Thursday, March 24 open practice.Grandstand admission Friday and Saturday is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25 on Thursday and $30 on Friday and Saturday. One-time entry fees are $75 for Modifieds, $50 for Stock Cars, $40 for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods, and $30 for Sport Compacts.Reserved parking will be observed. Event sponsors are Xtreme Motor Sports and D & B Motors.More information is posted at www.rpmspeedway.net and is also available by calling promoter Rod Bencken at 785 672-0123.
March 6, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Denver, NDSU meet in Summit League quarters Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 8 seed Denver (7-23, 3-13) vs. No. 1 seed North Dakota State (22-8, 13-3)Summit League Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Denver is set to meet North Dakota State in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tourney. North Dakota State swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last played on Jan. 25, when the Bison outshot Denver 51.1 percent to 43.6 percent and hit 11 more foul shots en route to a 12-point victory. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: North Dakota State has depended on senior leadership while Denver has been fueled heavily by freshmen this year. Seniors Tyson Ward, Vinnie Shahid and Rocky Kreuser have combined to account for 60 percent of North Dakota State’s scoring this season and 67 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. On the other side, freshmen Ade Murkey, Robert Jones and Roscoe Eastmond have collectively scored 47 percent of the team’s points this year and have accounted for 89 percent of all Pioneers points over their last five.KEY FACILITATOR: Murkey has made or assisted on 44 percent of all Denver field goals over the last five games. Murkey has accounted for 50 field goals and seven assists in those games.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Pioneers have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Bison. North Dakota State has an assist on 35 of 85 field goals (41.2 percent) across its past three matchups while Denver has assists on 41 of 78 field goals (52.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The North Dakota State offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.4 percent of its possessions, which is the ninth-best rate in the country. The Denver defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18 percent of all possessions (ranked 255th among Division I teams).___
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Hometown boy Evin Lewis went on a six-hitting spree to lead the charge with a pugnacious 91 that ended West Indies’ home season losing skid in style with a convincing seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third Twenty20 International on Saturday..Playing in front of a crowd of more than 6,000, the diminutive left-hander went ballistic upon the Pakistani bowlers, striking five fours and an incredible nine sixes from just 51 balls, as the Windies successfully chased 138 on a docile Queen’s Park Oval pitch to claim their first victory in six international matches on home soil for the year.The 25-year-old Lewis from the remote village of Tableland about 30 kilometres east of the southern Trinidad city of San Fernando shared half-century stands with Marlon Samuels and compatriot Jason Mohammed to be a shoo-in for the Player-of-the-Match prize and put the West Indies firmly on track for a morale-boosting victory before he was dismissed with four needed.Lendl Simmons, another Trinidad & Tobago native, carried the home team to the magic number with 31 balls remaining, when he scorched a drive back past leg-spinner Shadab Khan, whose bowling was the difference between the two sides in the first two matches in the series, but was reduced to rubble by a rampaging Lewis.The result meant that West Indies now trail 1-2 in the four-match series, following a six-wicket loss in the first T20I last Sunday at Kensington Oval and a three-run defeat in the second match last Thursday at this venue. The final match of the series will be contested on Sunday here.West Indies did well to recover from a half-century, third-wicket stand between Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam to restrict the Pakistanis to 137 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs after they chose to bat.After leg-spinner Samuel Badree struck twice in the first over of the match, Akmal hit top score of 48 and Babar supported with 43 in a stand of 88 before the Pakistanis badly lost their way in the second half of their innings.The Windies then suffered a setback in the second over, when Chadwick Walton was caught at deep backward square-leg off Sohail Tanveer for one from a flick.But Lewis had a slice of good fortune on seven, when mid-off fielder Imad Wasim failed to get his fingers under a low chance off Tanveer in the fourth over with West Indies 16 for one.Marlon Samuels got into action with a wristy flick off Tanveer for four, but Lewis started to cut loose, taking a couple of boundaries off the same bowler’s second over before collecting three sixes in the space of six deliveries off Wasim and Hassan Ali, as the hosts reached 49 for one at the close of Power Play overs.Samuels late cut Shadab to square third-man to take West Indies past 50, but he was caught at long-off for 18 from a mistimed drive at a slower delivery from left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz off the last ball of the eighth over.The Windies were 58 for two, but Jason Mohammed, replacing Rovman Powell in the line-up, brought a steadying influence and guided Lewis to his 50 which came with a hearty pull high over deep mid-wicket for his fourth six off Shadab in the 12th over.Lewis celebrated with another six high over deep square leg off the same bowler two balls later and he never eased up, saving his best for Tanveer’s third over.He smashed three sixes – all over the leg-side – and sliced a drive to third man for four in the 14th over of the innings which cost 24 and condemned the left-arm fast-medium bowler to figures of 0-41 from three overs.A savage slog/sweep off Shadab over cow corner gave Lewis the highest score by a West Indies batsman against Pakistan in a T20I before he was caught at long-off trying to hit the winning runs off the same bowler.Earlier, there was an eventful start to the Pakistan innings, when Ahmed Shehzad swung the very first delivery of the match from Badree to the deep backward square leg boundary for four.The West Indies leg-spinner got retribution however, when the Pakistani opener was bowled for four with the next delivery, wrong-footed, moving down the pitch and looking to play into the leg-side.Two balls later, Badree struck again, when left-hander Imad Wasim, promoted to three, reached for a delivery outside the off-stump, lost his balance and was stumped for a duck to leave the visitors four for two.But Akmal and Babar stemmed the fall of wickets with purposeful batting, carrying Pakistan to 42 for two at the end of the Power Play.The West Indies bowlers continued to leak boundaries before Babar brought up the 50 partnership with a single to fine leg off Sunil Narine in the eighth over.But the breakthrough for the Windies came from an unlikely source, when Marlon Samuels came on to bowl and had Akmal caught at deep mid-wicket with his first delivery, a high, loose, full toss – if ever there was one – in the 13th over.This triggered a golden period for the Windies, as they claimed the next six Pakistani wickets for 45 runs in the space of 43 balls.Badree was the most successful West Indies bowler with 2-22 from his allotted four overs.PAKISTAN (20 overs maximum)Ahmed Shehzad b Badree 4Kamran Akmal c Simmons b Samuels 48Imad Wasim st Walton b Badree 0Babar Azam b Narine 43Shoaib Malik c Lewis b Brathwaite 2Fakhar Zaman run out (Narine/Holder) 21*+Sarfraz Ahmed run out (+Walton/Holder) 3Wahab Riaz c Pollard b Williams 1Sohail Tanveer not out 2Shadab Khan not out 1Extras (b1, lb7, w2) 10TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) 137Hassan Ali did not batFall of wickets: 1-4 (Shehzad, 0.2 overs); 2-4 (Wasim, 0.4); 3-92 (Akmal, 12.1); 4-95 (Malik, 13.4); 5-115 (Babar, 15.4); 6-124 (Sarfraz, 17.2); 7-130 (Wahab, 18.3); 8-132 (Fakhar, 19.1)Bowling: Badree 4-0-22-2; Holder 4-0-26-0; Williams 4-0-21-1 (w1); Brathwaite 3-0-15-1; Narine 3-0-34-1 (w1); Samuels 2-0-11-1WEST INDIES (target: 138 off 20 overs)E Lewis c Wahab Riaz b Shadab Khan 91+C Walton c Fakhar Zaman b Sohail Tanveer 1M Samuels c Imad Wasim b Wahab Riaz 18J Mohammed not out 17L Simmons not out 4Extras (lb3, w3, nb1) 7TOTAL (3 wkts, 14.5 overs) 138K Pollard, *C Brathwaite, J Holder, S Narine, S Badree, K Williams did not batFall of wickets: 1-2 (Walton, 1.2 overs); 2-58 (Samuels, 7.6); 3-134 (Lewis, 14.4)Bowling: Imad Wasim 3-0-20-0 (w1); Sohail Tanveer 3-0-40-1 (nb1, w1); Hassan Ali 2-0-20-0; Shadab Khan 3.5-0-38-1; Wahab Riaz 2-0-6-1 (w1); Shoaib Malik 1-0-11-0
The Latest: Toronto, Edmonton selected as NHL hub cities Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___ ___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement. ___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___ The Rams were supposed to open the season against Stony Brook on Aug. 29 and then host Bryant on Sept. 5 before heading to Hawaii.___Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo has tested positive for the coronavirus, though the team said the All-Star right fielder is asymptomatic.General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Gallo is isolated at his apartment in Dallas and not around teammates. Daniels said Gallo told him that he feels as good as he ever has.Gallo initially took a saliva test as part of the team’s intake process June 27, and got a positive result two days later. The 26-year-old Gallo took a nasal swab test on June 30 which came back negative, but then had another saliva test that came back positive Sunday. The Giants did not specify whether the two are players, coaches or other staff.Prospect Hunter Bishop and pitcher Luis Madero, in the 60-player pool, had already tested positive.“The impacted individuals have been placed in self-isolation and will continue until MLB protocols for discontinuing isolation have been satisfied, including clearance by the Giants medical staff,” the team said in a statement Monday. “Contract tracing for both was conducted and resources and protocols are in place to ensure these individuals receive the best medical care.”___The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled all five ITF World Tennis Tour events that were scheduled for the U.S. in August. The ATP and WTA Tours are scheduled to resume next month and the USTA is holding the U.S. Open as scheduled without fans, beginning Aug. 31.But the organization said it was canceling the lower-tier events to ensure the health and safety of those involved with them.They include women’s tournaments in Lexington, Kentucky, the week of Aug. 3; Landisville, Pennsylvania, the week of Aug. 10; and Concord, Massachusetts, the week of Aug. 17. Men’s events were set for Memphis, Tennessee, and Decatur, Illinois, beginning Aug. 17.___FC Dallas has withdrawn from the MLS is Back tournament in Florida after 10 of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. ___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start. Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143.But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Major League Soccer says that of the 557 players sequestered at a pair of Walt Disney World hotels, 13 have tested positive. Ten of them play for Dallas, two for Nashville and one for Columbus. None of the players was named.Because of the number of players involved, it was determined that FC Dallas could not continue in the tournament.MLS is devising a new schedule for the monthlong tournament, which is being played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.___The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend the collective bargaining agreement. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, have been selected as the NHL’s hub cities to host the qualifying round and at least first two playoff rounds of the league’s 24-team expanded playoff format, a person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press. Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021.___ ______Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year. After being one of the local players that had been able to work out at the Rangers’ new ballpark the past several weeks, Gallo has missed the first four days of summer camp at Globe Life Field, including Monday. Daniels had said Sunday that Gallo was still in intake testing.Gallo has 110 career homers in his 418 big league games. After consecutive 40-homer seasons, he had 22 homers in 70 games last season and was an All-Star before right wrist surgery. He homered in the All-Star game.___England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds ($134 million) in revenue in the short term.The Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday. The four-year extension of the CBA finalized Monday, coupled with the sides’ agreement on protocols for training camps and games, paves the way for hockey to resume this summer. Training camps would open July 13 and games would resume Aug. 1 if approved by the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership.___Fordham’s football game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Rams have now canceled their first three games. A school spokesman said Fordham will announce later this week whether the entire fall season will be canceled or potentially moved to the spring.Fordham is a football-only member of the Patriot League, whose Council of Presidents announced last month a guidance plan for fall competition. One of the key provisions of that plan was that “No Patriot League teams will fly to competitions and, with rare exceptions, regular season competition will exclude overnight travel.” “To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.”Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20% of its normal revenue over that period.___ Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season.Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league and the NHL Players’ Association have not released this information, which was included in the tentative return to play agreement reached Monday. Should the proposal be ratified by both sides, teams would travel to both cities on July 26 for exhibition games, followed by the preliminary rounds starting on Aug. 1 to determine the 16-team playoffs and their seeding.The person said the league is in part being cautious and allowing itself flexibility in the event of potential spikes in COVID-19 infections in not yet determining which cities will host the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.— Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___The San Francisco Giants say two more people with the team are positive for the coronavirus following intake testing. July 6, 2020
By Frank PingueTORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Raptors had the Golden State Warriors on the ropes but were undone by an awful third quarter that allowed the two-time defending champions to escape with a win on Sunday that squared up the NBA Finals.The Raptors led by five points at halftime but came out of the break colder than a Canadian winter as the Warriors took control of the game with an 18-0 run en route to a 109-104 victory that tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1.“Third quarter. We didn’t play well enough. We missed too many shots. They got out in transition and got a little bit of confidence going,” said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who fouled out with nearly four minutes left in the game. “Third quarter. We lost the game there.”Toronto, playing in the first NBA Finals in the franchise’s 24-year history led by as many as 12 points during a first half and looked to be mostly in control with the Warriors unable to find much of a rhythm early.But the Raptors, who enjoyed a stirring victory three days ago in the first NBA Finals game played outside of Canada, had nothing go their way for nearly six minutes to open the third. During the dismal stretch, Toronto missed their first eight shots of the quarter and turned the ball over five times as their lead evaporated in front of a stunned home crowd.“We didn’t score the ball in like the first five minutes, four and a half minutes, obviously led to them getting out in transition early and a lot of layups and open looks, and that was pretty much the game right there,” said Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, who scored a game-high 34 points.“You can’t do that with a championship team on the other side.” The Raptors finally got on the board in the third quarter when Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam hit a driving floating shot with just under seven minutes left in a period in which they were outscored 34-21. Toronto did claw back to within two points of the Warriors with 26 seconds to play but it proved too little too late for a team that will rue what was a missed chance to take control of the best-of-seven series.“Just started (the third quarter) too slow. You can’t do that against this team,” said Toronto guard Fred Van Vleet.“Missing every shot doesn’t help, whatever, 10 possessions in a row we didn’t score. I’m not even sure. It didn’t feel like we were even getting in the paint to control the tempo or the flow of the game.”
Seventeen straight wins and a Mountain Sports Pacific Federation regular season title later, the USC men’s volleyball squad is riding high entering the postseason. Saturday night, the top-ranked Trojans (22-4, 18-4) went on the road and swept No. 11 Cal State Northridge 25-19, 28-26, 25-17 to clinch the top seed in the conference tournament.After a relatively stress-free first set, the Trojans earned their stripes in a see-saw second set that had five lead changes and an incredible 22 score ties before it ended fittingly with a Tony Ciarelli-kill. The teams continued to go back and forth in the third, with the score tied at 11 before the Trojans went on a 9-2 run to pull away in the clinching set.Setting up success · Freshman setter Micah Christenson (above) is a big reason the Trojans have won 17 straight matches and are ranked No. 1. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanSenior co-captain and outside hitter Ciarelli had another monster performance with a match-leading 19 kills, contributing three blocks and hitting a stunning .818 with only one error.“No question,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said when asked if Ciarelli should be named AVCA Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Year. “No one has faced what he has and done more for their team than Tony.”Junior opposite Maddison McKibbin had eight kills to go with four blocks, while freshman middle blocker Robert Feathers had a match-leading six blocks along with six kills.USC hit .425 for the match while holding the Matadors to a .247 clip. Opposite John Baker and outside hitter Brandon Lebrock led the way for CSUN with 11 and 10 blocks, respectively.Though the offense was firing on all cylinders, the Trojans’ impressive defense was key to the victory.“Defensively we were very efficient,” Ferguson said. “We did a better job of watching film in the week and slowed their key attackers down by forcing them to alter shots.”After losing at home to UCLA in early February, the Trojans have been close to invicible ever since. The 17-game win streak is USC’s longest since the 1990-91 season.“We’re more relaxed,” Ferguson said about this year’s team in comparison to last year’s squad that lost in the Final Four to underdog UC Santa Barbara. “They [the team] buy into our team concept a bit better, and I feel that they’re a much closer group.”Having made it two of the past three years, the Trojans will continue their quest for the Final Four on Saturday when they host CSUN at the Galen Center in the first round of the MPSF tournament. If the Trojans advance, they will face the winner of UC Irvine and UCLA in a crucial semifinal matchup.
MarylandPrevious Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)Location: College Park, MarylandEnrollment (Undergraduate): 26,658Colors: Red, White, Black and GoldNickname: Terrapins, TerpsMen’s Sports (8): Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, WrestlingWomen’s Sports (11): Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, VolleyballNotable Facilities: Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium (Football, Men’s Lacrosse; 51,802), Comcast Center (Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling, Gymnastics; 17,950)The Maryland Terrapins join the Big Ten with a more than 100-year history of collegiate level sports. Before joining the Big Ten, Maryland was one of the founding members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Football was the first sports program at Maryland, beginning in 1892 and followed by baseball a year later. The Terrapins have won 47 national championships in their history.The Maryland football program lays claim to two national championships which they earned in 1951 and 1953. It’s also where Paul “Bear” Bryant got his first head coaching job — he would become a legendary coach later with the University of Alabama. This past season, Maryland finished its football season with a 7-6 overall record and a 3-5 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were ranked in the Top 25 just one week, and lost 20-31 in the Military Bowl to Marshall. Maryland has appeared in eight bowl games since 2000.Maryland also boasts a strong men’s basketball program that won its lone national championship in 2002, following a Final Four appearance a year earlier. The Terrapins’ last trip to the NCAA Tournament came in 2010, making it eight appearances to the tournament since 2000. Last season, Maryland finished 17-15 overall with a 9-9 record in the ACC.Women’s lacrosse has been dominant in the since 2000 at Maryland, winning national championships in 2001, 2010, and 2014. Maryland’s men’s soccer team, meanwhile, won titles in 2005 and 2008. RutgersPrevious Conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC)Location: New Brunswick-Piscataway, New JerseyEnrollment (Undergraduate): 43,967Colors: Scarlet, WhiteNickname: Scarlet KnightsMen’s Sports (9): Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field, WrestlingWomen’s Sports (13): Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, VolleyballNotable Facilities: High Point Solutions Stadium (Football; 52,454), Rutgers Athletic Center (Men’s & Women’s Basketball; 8,000)The Rutgers Scarlet Knights join the Big Ten and become the eastern-most team in the conference. Known as the “birthplace of college football,” Rutgers started its athletic program in 1869 when it hosted the first ever college football game against the College of New Jersey (which later became Princeton University). Rutgers was one of the first schools to participate consistently in collegiate athletics.The Rutgers football program has played more than 1,200 games and ranks 38th in victories among NCAA FBS programs. Their only national championship came in 1869. Rutgers has made nine bowl game appearances since 2005, winning five of them. In 2013, Rutgers finished the season 6-7 overall with a 3-5 mark in the AAC. They lost to Notre Dame 16-29 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.The Rutgers men’s basketball team has struggled in the past few decades. The Scarlet Knights have made the NCAA Tournament six times, with the most recent appearance coming in 1991. Rutgers’ furthest run in the tournament came in 1976 as the team advanced to the Final Four before falling to Michigan. This past season, the Scarlet Knights went just 12-21 overall and 5-13 in the AAC.
After Wisconsin let a 21-point lead in the second quarter slip through their fingers and end in 31-38 heartbreaker to then-No. 7 Penn State in conference championship, this what-if scenario quickly became a reality Sunday afternoon. While there is plenty reason for Badger fans to feel disappointed with Wisconsin’s second-half performance in Indianapolis last Saturday, those who remain discontent with the season as a whole need to take a step back and remember that this year’s team was projected to finish somewhere in the ballpark of .500.With Wisconsin’s meat-grinder of a schedule, headlined by six games against top-12 opponents, the Badgers could have easily been competing in the “Toilet Bowl” this winter, let alone a New Year’s Six bid to the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl.Wisconsin has never competed in the Cotton Bowl either, which may I remind everyone is one of the most storied and prestigious bowl games in college football in its 81 years of existence, and having a chance to win it means something.With the disappointment in Wisconsin’s non-Power Five conference opponent made clear by many across this campus, the 2017 Cotton Bowl is beginning to share some ominous similarities to the 2008-09 Allstate Sugar Bowl between No. 4 University of Alabama and No. 6 University of Utah.Alabama earned a spot in the Sugar Bowl that year after losing to the University of Florida in the SEC Championship Game, in which the Crimson Tide also squandered a similar three-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldFootball: Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire reportedly set for Wisconsin visit this weekAfter announcing his intent to transfer upon an expected graduation from Notre Dame later this month, ex-Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Read…Despite Utah’s undefeated record, Alabama and many of its fans felt they had been cheated with a matchup against a non-Power Five conference team in the Utes. Heavily favored Alabama proceeded to underplay Utah’s easier schedule and half-heartedly slept-walked into a what they expected to be a meaningless beat down.Utah had different plans. The Utes came ready to play for a national championship that night because for a non-Power Five school (especially in the BCS era) like then-Mountain West Conference champions Utah, that game was the national title as far as they were concerned.Utah stunned Alabama with a 21-0 wake-up call in the first quarter, and went on to win 31-17 to prove those “nobodies” from the Group of Five were formidable somebodies. The message is clear: Wisconsin and its fanbase can’t afford to underestimate a team playing with a chip on its shoulder like WMU.In the last 10 meetings – spanning nine seasons – between Group of Five and Power Five conference teams in New Year’s Six (previously referred to Bowl Championship Series games before the College Football Playoff was implemented in 2014), the Group of Five has gone a convincing 8-2 against their big brother, including three consecutive victories in the past three seasons.These Group of Five teams are consistently underestimated by their Power Five opponents on the big New Year’s Six stage, and this mistake persistently comes back to haunt to them year in and year out. Keep in mind, there are only two undefeated college football teams in the country this season: Alabama & Western Michigan.Bumbaca: Big Ten Championship loss should not be standard, but only a beginningINDIANAPOLIS — For the second time in as many years, I found myself in the annals of Lucas Oil Stadium Read…Even if the Broncos did play no one but teams like Cupcake University or Marshmallow Tech all year, finishing perfect through an entire season is an impressive feat.All season long, the Broncos have heard comments like, “Their [Western Michigan’s] undefeated record doesn’t mean anything because they aren’t Power Five,” and “They can’t compete with the Power Five because they haven’t played any decent teams this year, blah blah blah.”Come kickoff in Arlington, Western Michigan’s electrically charismatic head coach P.J. Fleck and his undefeated, No. 15 Broncos are going to have something to say about these comments themselves on the field.Teams like Western Michigan live to prove major Power Five programs and their fans like Wisconsin and its fans wrong. Expect Broncos to play Wisconsin harder than any other team they’ve faced all season long.Wisconsin’s downfall in last Saturday’s loss started and ended with Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley’s dismantling of what turned into an unrecognizably porous Badgers secondary. The Nittany Lions’ explosive passing game exposed an Achilles Heel in the Badgers’ otherwise suffocating defense for the first time this season.Football: Wisconsin blows three-touchdown lead, falls to Penn State 38-31 in Big Ten title gameINDIANAPOLIS — It seemed too easy. The bounces, the calls, the everything, really, tilted in the favor of the University Read…Adding 384 yards, four touchdowns and no picks against UW in Indianapolis, McSorley’s season totals through 13 games rose to 3,360 yards, 25 TDs and five interceptions on the year. Don’t look now, but WMU senior quarterback Zach Terrell has thrown for a gravely similar 3,376 yards, 32 TDs and three picks in the same number of games.Any members of the Grateful Red who are the under the impression WMU will make a nice doormat for the No. 8 Badgers in an insignificant game may want to brace themselves for Jan. 2. After a tough loss in the conference title with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, many Wisconsin fans aren’t satisfied with their team’s New Year’s Six bid against non-Power Five conference No. 15 Western Michigan University.During last week’s Facebook Live session, The Badger Herald sports section was asked if a potential berth in the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl against No. 15 Western Michigan would be a disappointment to this season’s Badgers team.
Just two weeks after Henrik Stenson’s win at the Open Championship, the best of the golfing world have returned to action – this time in New Jersey.Darren Clarke will be the first of the Irish players to tee-off when he begins his challenge alongside Daniel Berger and David Lingmerth at half-past twelve, Irish time.Shortly after that, Padraig Harrington will be joined on the first-tee by Vijay Singh and John Daly. Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell will be among the late starters this evening.But – once-again – the Irish challenge is most likely to come from Rory McIlroy.The world number four will be playing alongside Phil Mickelson and world number one Jason Day for the opening two rounds and they’ll tee-off at half-past one.++