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Ovechkin Is Still The Most Exciting Player in the NHL When On

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Ovechkin Is Still The Most Exciting Player in the NHL When On

Posted on 23 February 2013 by Ed Frankovic

Wow, that was one fun afternoon for the Washington Capitals and their fans.

In vintage 2008 form, Alexander Ovechkin took over Saturday’s matinee with the New Jersey Devils exploding for three goals and an assist in a 5-1 Caps victory. The Gr8 has been playing extremely hard over the last 13 games but until today’s tilt, he wasn’t getting the results on the scoresheet to correspond to that effort. That all changed in this one, perhaps having fiancee Maria Kirilenko in attendance for the first time all season brought him good luck?

Whatever the case, when Ovechkin is on, in my book he is still the most exciting and explosive player in the NHL. He may not be the MVP, like he was in 2008 and 2009, but when he is skating, shooting, and hitting he can still lift you right out of your seat. Or as the NHL Network’s Craig Button once said several years ago after attending a Caps game for free, “Where do I pay for the performance I just watched?!”

Certainly the fans in attendance got their money’s worth and more today, thanks to Ovechkin along with many of his teammates. It was easily the best game this struggling club has played all year and they finally knocked off a team in the top eight spots of the conference (now 1-8-1, h/t @SkyKerstein).

The Caps stayed out of the box yielding only three Devils power plays and a penalty shot. Two of those infractions were of the delay of game variety, something that Coach Adam Oates has to address going forward. But Washington scored shorthanded on Eric Fehr’s tally in the third period and the Caps power play clicked two of the three times it was on the ice. Anytime you go +3 in the special teams department, chances are pretty good you will win via a lopsided margin.

It was pretty much a complete performance and Braden Holtby had another superb game in the cage, including thwarting a Steve Bernier penalty shot in the middle frame. #70 is now 4-2 and has a .9255 save percentage in his last six games. As I said a week ago Friday on the air on WNST 1570 AM Baltimore in my session with Thyrl Nelson, host of the MobTown Sports Beat, I am a big believer in Holtby and his abilities.

Other standout performances on Saturday came from Matt Hendricks, whose pass to Ovechkin on his second goal was a thing of beauty and started the third period onslaught; Karl Alzner, who was superb at both ends of the rink; and Mike Ribeiro and Nicklas Backstrom for the outstanding passes and center ice play.

Still, this one was all about Ovechkin and his explosive performance. The Gr8 took over this contest like he did so many times from 2008 to 2010 when Washington was dominating the Eastern Conference. The Caps, who don’t have nearly the talent on their roster now as they did during that period, will need a lot more of these type of outputs to turn this 6-10-1 season into a “2008-like” magical run.

But that is a topic for another day. So for the rest of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday just enjoy the victory and rewatch the highlights of the Gr8 show, because games and individual performances like the one Ovechkin displayed today are what makes watching sports a special experience.

Notes: Mike Green missed his 3rd straight game due to a groin injury. Tom Poti took his place in the lineup…Washington won the faceoff battle 36-25, the 6th straight game the Caps have done that. Coach Adam Oates was arguably the best faceoff man ever so his influence appears to be rubbing off on the center ice men…the Caps next play on Tuesday at home against the Carolina Hurricanes before visiting the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

 

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Maryland searching for first win at UNC since 2008 Saturday

Posted on 18 January 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After defeating 14th-ranked NC State on Wednesday, Maryland continues a difficult stretch of its schedule when it visits North Carolina Saturday at noon. Starting with the trip to Chapel Hill, the Terps will play four of their next six games on the road, including a clash at Duke on Jan. 26. Maryland will be looking for its first win at North Carolina since Jan. 19, 2008, when it defeated the then-No. 1 Tar Heels, 82-80.

Storyline

• In defeating the Wolfpack, Maryland evened its conference record at 2-2 and got its first win over a ranked opponent since March 3, 2010, a Greivis Vasquez led victory over Duke at Comcast Center.Alex Len, who scored the final six points for the Terps, tipped in a missed shot by Pe’Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds to give Maryland the 51-50 victory.

• Solid defense played a big role in the win. Maryland held NC State to 31.1 percent shooting after the Wolfpack entered the game ranked first nationally in field goal percentage at 52.8. The Terps have held each of their four conference opponents under 38 percent shooting, and they lead the ACC and rank third nationally by holding opponents to 35.1 percent shooting on the season. NC State also came into the game leading the league in scoring offense at 81.5 points per game, but was held to 16 first-half points and 50 points total, a season-low for the Wolfpack.

• Len, who is averaging 13.5 points per game, has been Maryland’s most consistent scorer. He’s reached double figures in 14 of 17 games and is averaging 14.3 points per game in conference play. Seth Allen, meanwhile, is averaging 11.8 points per game in league play. Allen, who had a streak of four straight games in double figures snapped when he had just four at Miami, started at the two-guard against NC State. Nick Faust got the start at point guard against the Wolfpack and had six points, seven rebounds and three assists.


Maryland-North Carolina Series History

• Maryland trails the all-time series 57-118, which dates back to 1924. North Carolina has a 56-16 advantage in Chapel Hill and has won four straight overall in the series. Maryland’s last win came on Feb. 7, 2010, and its last win at Carolina came on Jan. 19, 2008.

• The series has seen a variety of streaks over the past 10 years. Maryland won five of six from 1/9/2002 to 1/14/2004, and then Carolina won five straight from 2/15/2004 to 2/26/2006. The Terps then won four of five from 2/25/2007 to 2/7/2010 before the Tar Heels started their current four-game winning streak.


Turgeon-Williams Connection

• Mark Turgeon has a long-standing connection with Roy Williams. Turgeon was an assistant coach at Kansas under Williams for four seasons (1988-89 through 1991-92), including the 1991 season when Kansas was the national runner-up.


Quick Hitters

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on this season is tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32. Maryland also went on a 13-game win streak in 2001-02, the year they went on to win the national title.

• It was also the 11th time in school history Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak. In the past 30 years, Maryland has gone on a 10-game winning streak on six occasions, and in each of the previous instances it has gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.

• Logan Aronhalt is averaging one 3-point field goal made for every 7.2 minutes on the floor. By comparison, the ACC leader in 3PT FGs made, Scott Wood of NC State, makes one every 12.3 minutes on the floor.

• Charles Mitchell earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 31 for his play against Delaware State on Dec. 29. Mitchell came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds, both career highs. Mitchell is the second Terp to earn weekly ACC honors; Alex Len was Player of the Week on Nov. 12.

• Seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation are underclassmen and 80 percent of Maryland’s scoring (58.8 of 73.4 points per game) is coming from underclassmen. Additionally, Maryland’s top four scorers are underclassmen.

• When Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare drew starts against UMES, it marked the first time Maryland started three true freshmen since Dec. 28, 1993, when Keith Booth, Matt Kovarik and Joe Smith did vs. Hofstra.

• Maryland has assisted on 62.8 percent (285 of 454) field goals this season. The Terps have recorded double-digit assists in 16 of 17 games this season (exception is four at Miami).

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (246 to 241). Maryland is 10-1 when making more free throws than the opponent.

• At least eight players have scored in 15 of Maryland’s 17 games this year. The exceptions are vs. George Mason and at Miami, when just seven players scored.


Rare Performance

• When freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman both reached the 20-point plateau against Virginia Tech, it marked a rare performance. Prior to Allen and Layman’s performances, a freshman had scored 20 or more points in a game just 10 times since 1994-95 – with none of those occurring in the same game. In fact, the last time two different freshmen scored 20 or more points in a game in the same season was 1992-93 when Exree Hipp and Johnny Rhodes did it.


Field-goal Percentage Defense

• Maryland leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in field goal percentage defense at .351. The Terps have held 11 of the last 13 opponents under 40 percent shooting, with Stony Brook and IUPUI being the exceptions. Maryland has held each of its four ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting, and the opponent field goal percentage has decreased in each of the four league games (VT – .373; FSU – .367; Miami – .349; NC State – .311).

• Since 2000, five Terrapin teams have held the opponent under 40 percent shooting. Of those five, four went on to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


Hot Shooting

• Though Maryland’s shooting has cooled off the last three games – the Terps have shot under 40 percent in each of the past three contests – they rank second in the ACC behind NC State in field goal percentage with a .474 mark. Maryland has shot above 40 percent in 12 of 17 games this year and above 50 percent in nine games.

• The last time a Maryland team shot better than 48 percent on the season was 2001-02, when the Terps connected at a .482 mark. Since the 1990-91 season, just four teams have done it: (also 1994-95, .498; 1998-99, .495; and 2001-01, .484).


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in 15 of 17 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 454-185 (26.7 to 10.9 per game) advantage over the opponent. Most recently, Maryland’s bench outscored NC State’s 14-0.

• Though he has started three games, Seth Allen has been the biggest contributor by averaging 8.5 points per game when he doesn’t start.

• Logan Aronhalt has also been a consistent contributor as a long-range specialist. He is six 3-point field goals made shy of qualifying for the ACC lead, but his .509 mark from beyond the arc would lead the league. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 14 of 17 games this season.

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Maryland wraps football season Saturday at North Carolina

Posted on 23 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland closes out its 2012 campaign when it visits North Carolina this Saturday at 3 p.m. for the first meeting between the schools since 2008. The Terps have won five of the last six in the series, though the Tar Heels hold a 36-21-1 all-time edge, including a 20-14-1 advantage in Chapel Hill.

First-and-10

• The Terps have lost five straight after a rash of injuries has taken its toll on both sides of the ball. Ten Terrapins have been lost to season-ending injuries, all of them potential starters. Of the 10 starters lost, four are quarterbacks, leaving freshman Shawn Petty, a former linebacker, as the team’s starter. Maryland has been without leading rusher Wes Brown and leading tackler Demetrius Hartsfieldthe past two weeks, both of whom suffered season-ending injuries. Combined with Perry Hills’ season-ending injury in October, that meant the Terps were without their leading passer (Hills), rusher (Brown) and tackler (Hartsfield) the last three games of the year.

• Hartsfield, who suffered a torn ACL during the Georgia Tech game, had been the leader of a defense that ranked in the top-10 nationally for the first eight games of the season. One of four team captains, Hartsfield has remained Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 15th in school history with 338 in his career.

• The toughest part of Maryland’s schedule has coincided with Maryland’s ills. The Terps faced the top four offenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference in November – Clemson ranks first, Florida State second, North Carolina third and Georgia Tech fourth. Still, the Terps possess a top 15 defense. Maryland ranks 15th nationally in total defense (322.5 ypg), 20th in rushing defense (123.9 ypg) and 27th in passing defense (198.6 ypg). In 11 games, Maryland has held its opponent under 100 rushing yards five times, and under 55 yards four times.

• Maryland has an experienced front seven highlighted by senior defensive linemen Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis, and senior linebackers Kenneth Tate and Darin Drakeford. Maryland’s 6.6 tackles for loss per game rank 29th in the FBS and its 2.55 sacks per game are tied for 25th. Vellano, who has played through an ankle injury for much of the year, is fourth in the ACC and is tied for 30th nationally with 1.27 tackles for loss per game. Vellano and Drakeford are tied for fifth in the conference with 6.0 sacks, and Cole Farrand has also provided solid play, with his 71 tackles ranking second on the team behind the injured Hartsfield. Against Florida State, Tate became the first Terrapin to record 3.0 sacks in a game since Shawne Merriman on Nov. 2, 2002.

• Petty took the reins at QB against Georgia Tech and has started the past three games. Petty starred on both sides of the ball and was an All-Met selection at Eleanor Roosevelt HS in Greenbelt, Md. As a quarterback, he threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs, and ran for 550 yards and 10 TDs. In his two games, Petty has completed 23 of 49 passes for 292 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Against Florida State, Petty hit senior wide receiver Kevin Dorsey for a pair of scores as Dorsey surpassed 1,000 career receiving yards.

• Against Clemson, Brandon Ross took over starting duties at running back for the injured Brown and responded with the best game of his young career. Ross ran 16 times for 100 yards, an average of 6.25 yards per carry, and had a 44-yard run which is the longest by a Terrapin this season.

• Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been Maryland’s most dynamic playmaker this season. His 766 receiving yards rank 10th on Maryland’s single-season list, while his 1,648 all-purpose yards rank fifth. Against Virginia, the freshman returned the game’s opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and vs. Boston College he had a career-high 11 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a pair of touchdown catches against Georgia Tech and over his last seven games is averaging 88.6 receiving yards per game. Diggs has earned ACC weekly honors four times this season: he received Rookie of the Week honors against West Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College; and Specialist of the Week honors against Virginia.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland is one of seven schools to have started three different players at quarterback this season (also Southern Miss – 4; and Colorado State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tulane and Utah – 3).

• The combination of a talented 2012 recruiting class and a number of injuries has led Maryland to play 15 true freshmen this season. That’s tied for the third most in the FBS, behind only Texas and TCU who have each played 16.

• The quarterback position has been hit hardest by injuries, leaving the Terps in what seems to be uncharted territory. Four Maryland QBs have suffered season-ending injuries this year: C.J. Brown was lost in August with a torn ACL; Perry Hills was lost in the NC State game with a torn ACL; Devin Burns was lost after replacing Hills in the NC State game with a Lisfranc (foot); and Caleb Rowe was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the Boston College game. An inquiry among FBS media relations contacts turned up no results of any school having a similar injury situation at quarterback this season or in the past.

• Perry Hills, Caleb Rowe and Shawn Petty have all started at QB this season. It’s been nearly 30 years since Maryland last started three quarterbacks in one season. The last time was 1973, when Ben Kinard started six games, Bob Avellini started three games and Al Neville started two games.

• Maryland has lost 10 players to season-ending injuries this year, four of which are quarterbacks. QB C.J. Brown (knee), WRKerry Boykins (hip), RB Wes Brown, QB Devin Burns (foot), PK/P Nick Ferrara (hip), LB Demetrius Hartsfield (knee), QB Perry Hills (knee), WR Marcus Leak (toe), DL Andre Monroe (knee) and QB Caleb Rowe (knee) have all been lost for the year.

• Stefon Diggs has earned ACC Player of the Week honors four times this year. Diggs won Rookie of the Week for his play against West Virginia (9/22), Wake Forest (10/6) and Boston College (10/27), and Specialist of the Week against Virginia (10/13).

• Diggs ranks fifth in the conference and first among freshmen with 76.6 receiving yards per game. Diggs, who has 46 catches for 766 yards, already ranks 10th on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list (see list page 6).

• Diggs is the only Maryland freshman to record back-to-back 100-yard receiving games (vs. West Virginia and Wake Forest) since at least 1985, the earliest game-by-game statistics were recorded at the school.

• Maryland allowed Wake Forest to complete just 32.4 percent of its passes (13 of 38). That is the lowest percentage by an opponent with at least 30 passing attempts since Duke went 13 of 42 (30.9%) on Nov. 14, 1998.

• Joe Vellano’s father, Paul Vellano, was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. The elder Vellano was a first team All-American in 1973, while Joe was a second team All-American in 2011. The father-son combo represent one of four known father-son All-America combos to attend the same FBS school (also Lee and Travis McGriff at Florida; Kevin and Drew Butler at Georgia; Archie and Eli Manning at Ole Miss).

• Fourteen players saw their first career action for Maryland against William & Mary, and 27 players have seen their first career action for Maryland at some point this season (15 true freshmen, eight redshirt freshmen, one sophomore, two juniors, one senior).

• The Terps are holding opponents to 3.34 yards per carry, which is ranks 14th nationally. Of the opponents’ 408 rushing attempts this season, 246 (60.3%) have been for three yards or less (28 of 41 vs. William & Mary; 28 of 39 vs. Temple; 25 of 40 vs. Connecticut; 20 of 25 vs. West Virginia; 21 of 29 vs. Wake Forest; 25 of 42 vs. Virginia; 18 of 26 vs. NC State; 21 of 27 vs. Boston College; 18 of 56 vs. Georgia Tech; 26 of 42 vs. Clemson; 16 of 51 vs. Florida State).

• The Terps have done a good job controlling the clock. In 11 games, Maryland has had the ball for an average of 31:10 to 28:50 for the opponent. That’s a major upgrade compared to 2011, when Maryland averaged just 25:16 a game to 34:44 for the opponent.


Maryland-North Carolina Series History

• Saturday’s game will mark the 70th meeting between the Terrapins and Tar Heels. North Carolina owns a 36-32-1 edge in the all-time series. The two schools first met back in 1920 when Maryland blanked Carolina 13-0. Maryland is 14-20-1 against North Carolina in games played in Chapel Hill.

• The teams last met in 2008 in College Park, a 17-15 Maryland victory. The Terps have won five of the last six in the series.

• The Tar Heels have won four of the last six meetings in Chapel Hill. The last meeting in Chapel Hill was in 2007, a 16-13 North Carolina victory.

 

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Drakeford out, Vellano doubtful for Terps Saturday at UNC

Posted on 22 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Football Injury Report

at North Carolina

Position

Name

Injury

Status

WR Kerry Boykins Hip Out for the season
QB C.J. Brown Knee Out for the season
RB Wes Brown Shoulder Out for the season
QB Devin Burns Foot Out for the season
PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip Out for the season
LB Demetrius Hartsfield Knee Out for the season
QB Perry Hills Knee Out for the season
WR Levern Jacobs Shoulder Out for the season
WR Marcus Leak Toe Out for the season
DL Andre Monroe Knee Out for the season
QB Caleb Rowe Knee Out for the season
LB Darin Drakeford Head Out
DL Joe Vellano Ankle Doubtful
WR James Bowman Ankle Probable
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Neck Probable
WR Stefon Diggs Ankle Probable
DL A.J. Francis Shoulder Probable
TE Matt Furstenburg Shoulder Probable
OL Justin Gilbert Knee Probable
QB Shawn Petty Shoulder Probable
TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee Probable
LB Kenneth Tate Knee Probable
LB Marcus Whitfield Shoulder Probable

Filed: 11/22/12

 

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Edsall says Maryland players excited about move to Big Ten

Posted on 20 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

Opening Statement:

“Before I begin I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This weekend we play North Carolina, which is a team with a very fast paced offense. When you take a look at it, there are a lot of similarities between their offense and our offense, and same thing on defense. They are terrific offensively and they have an outstanding quarterback. Another guy, who you don’t really hear about, is their left guard Jonathan Cooper, who is outstanding and is one of the best. They have been able to generate a lot of points, so we have a tremendous challenge defensively. They also have a defense that will bring pressure and they have a lot of good athletes. Going to their place is also a challenge because they have a very good environment but our guys are going to be ready to go. It is the last time that our 17 seniors get to put on a Maryland uniform so we want to make sure that we can go down there and finish on a high note and go into the off-season with a good taste in our mouths.”

On the reaction of the team to Maryland joining the Big Ten and if it was a distraction:

“They good thing for us was that the announcement came on our day off, so there was no distraction from our normal routine. The team was really excited about it, but all of that has now been decided and is done and over with. All of our attention today is focused on North Carolina so we just have to go to the practice field and take care of our preparations. Everything is pretty much normal for us, which how we need to have it.”

On what he is thankful for this season:

“I am thankful for these players, our seniors, and everybody else. All of the things that we want to do as a program are growing and getting better. I am thankful for the kids we were able to redshirt. I saw some numbers the other day of where they were in September and where they are now here in November in terms of the weight that they have put on and the strength that they have gained. I just know that everything is headed in the right direction. The players know it, the coaches know it, the recruits know it, and it is just unfortunate that we were beset with the injuries, but the will and the spirit of these guys has never wavered. They continue to do all of the things that are expected of them to be outstanding players in an outstanding program.”

On if he has seen the same sort of focus from the seniors this week:

“Yes I have. Statistics tell you that this will be the last time that [many of them] will play, not only for Maryland, but also for their careers. The one thing that I try to instill in our guys is to never have any regrets. I know that none of our players are going to have any regrets about not giving everything that they have. When you walk off that field, it is over for at least another year. For our seniors it could be over for good. I think what you always want to do is when you are ending the season or ending your college career you want to be able to walk off the field knowing that you gave everything that you had to help your team win. I know that all of our guys will do that.” 

On his own memories and thoughts from the last game he played in his college career:

“I do have some memories. It was a bowl game and it was a great experience. For me, I knew it was the last time I was ever going to put the uniform on and play so it is all about going out there and helping your team win and to know that you are part of something special. They are all winners regardless, but what you want to do is make sure that you can walk off winning on the scoreboard.”

On if he thinks Maryland can compete in the Big Ten:

“I don’t think there is any doubt. There is no doubt we can compete and do well in the Big Ten. That is all due to recruiting, developing players, and players understanding what the expectations are. People will always have their opinion. But the only opinions that really matter to me are the ones in the building that are going out there each and every day and doing the things necessary in order to win. We will be fine. We will have the right people here, we will have talent, and we will develop talent in order to ensure that we are going to be competitive and win.”

On if he touched base with the recruits:

“Yes we did. There are no issues. Monday is the big night for us, with regards to recruiting, so we were able to touch base with them and tell them exactly what went on. Just like with everyone else, these kids react to the news, but when you get a chance to talk it through with them we can clear the whole thing up. We do not have any issues with recruiting due to the change in conferences.”

On his initial reaction to joining the Big Ten:

“I was ecstatic. I thought it was a home run for the university and I thought it was great for the athletic department. I really wanted to commend our leadership for making the tough call. It takes a lot of guts to do that. If you take everything and look at it, this was a decision where there was no way they could pass up this opportunity. It really enhances this university academically and financially, and it helps the student-athletes in a big way. It will allow the athletic department to better serve and better fund the student athletes and their programs in terms of what they need. I think the academic affiliation also helps our professors and gives them better resources so be able to go and be better. When you have a situation where you are given an opportunity to enhance that many constituents, you really cannot walk away. In the ever-changing world of college athletics, it is great to be involved with forward thinkers who see where everything is going to go so that you do not get left behind. I was just happy for everybody and it made this institution that much better and that much stronger and it will make this athletic department that much better.”

 

– Terps –

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The 15-7-0 has something like a .12 blood pecan pie level

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The 15-7-0 has something like a .12 blood pecan pie level

Posted on 12 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The Elite 15″…

1. Stop dancing around it. A freshman who wasn’t in the Top 5 a week ago is now your frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

Not a joke. Geno Smith and Matt Barkley have been done for weeks…no one is excited about Collin Klein…and Kenjon Barner played at midnight the other night. Meanwhile Johnny Football was throwing touchdowns even on plays where he fumbled…

Hey Nick Saban-where are you in the polls now???

Elsewhere in the SEC, Auburn fans are looking forward to when coach Gene Chizik gets “Dooley-ed”…

2. So as it turns out, AJ Green was absolutely accurate.

He said he thought the Giants’ defense had some holes. He was right…

And does Eli Manning think he plays for the Jets???

3. Everyone in the Broncos-Panthers game was doing “the Superman”…except Cam Newton.

But you know, no one more than Von Miller…

I mean…why wouldn’t Cam have hit the Superman after this gem?

Remember the time Trindon Holliday scored a touchdown but never actually got the ball in the endzone?

Here’s Von Miller wiggling…

4. At Oregon, the backups to the backups can run 4.4 in the forty and could beat most Pac-12 teams.

Am I supposed to be MF-ing the guy in this circle wearing black and white, too?

Elsewhere in the Pac-12…Marqise Lee!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux_FdS_ogMw

5. The Texas wishbone-throwback-throw again-whatever else it was play was the absolute best of the weekend.

Darrell Royal doesn’t mean a thing to me, but I do know this is completely freaking kickass…

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Maryland beats North Carolina for ACC soccer title

Posted on 11 November 2012 by WNST Staff

GERMANTOWN, Md. – Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 2 North Carolina 2-1 to win its third title in five seasons Sunday afternoon at the 2012 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.

The Terps (17-1-2) picked up goals from freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma to win their fifth overall conference tournament crown (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012) in front of 9,341 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Edwards, after a subpar semifinal match, rose to the occasion in the title contest, notching Maryland’s opening score in the 11th minute. The defender grabbed a corner kick from Dan Metzger and muscled his way to a goal to the lower left from two yards. It was the first goal North Carolina (15-3-2) had surrendered since Tshuma tallied the game-winner in overtime in the earlier meeting between the two teams on Oct. 19 in College Park.

Maryland would continue to put the defending national champions on their heels throughout the first half, winning the shot battle 6-1.

Tshuma put the Terps on top 2-0 in the 62nd minute with an incredibly angled strike from the near sideline off a throw-in from Mikey Ambrose. It was the rookie’s eighth goal in 2012.

UNC forward Rob Lovejoy sliced the lead in half with 4:32 remaining but a calm and collected defensive effort held on for the win.

“I’ll cherish this one forever and I think our alumni and fans will as well,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Today we played a great game, our best of the game of the year. I thought today we were very sharp in all phases of the game and deserved the victory against one of the great teams in soccer and certainly the best defensive team we’ve seen in the nation.”

2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mullins was tabbed the ACC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament squad by John Stertzer, London Woodberry, Tshuma and Edwards.

Maryland will find out its NCAA tournament destiny Monday at 5:30 p.m. when the bracket is announced on NCAA.com

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Kentucky, home and homes with UNC & Duke headline Maryland hoops schedule

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Kentucky, home and homes with UNC & Duke headline Maryland hoops schedule

Posted on 22 August 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland opens conference schedule Jan. 5, 2013 vs. Virginia Tech

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Maryland men’s basketball team on Wednesday released its 2012-13 schedule, which is highlighted by a season-opener against defending national champion Kentucky and a home-and-home series with Duke and North Carolina.

For the first time the Terps will play an 18-game Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, and in that format will play a home-and-home with Boston College, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Maryland will face Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina State once, with the contests against the Tigers and Wolfpack taking place in College Park, Md.

The Terps also have 11 games on the schedule against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, including the season opener against the Wildcats. Maryland and Kentucky will tip off the first college basketball game in the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 8:30 on Nov. 9.

“We have a very exciting and competitive schedule this season,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “Our non-conference schedule features teams from some of the top conferences in the country, including our first game against Kentucky, the defending national champion. We are focused on building upon what we started last season and look forward to the challenge of the start of our very competitive ACC schedule.”

The Terrapins will hold Maryland Madness on Friday, Oct. 12, and play an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 2 against Indiana University of Pennsylvania in advance of the regular-season home opener against Morehead State on Nov. 12.

In addition to the Kentucky game, the Terps have a busy non-conference schedule in November. Maryland has four home games that month and plays at Northwestern as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27.

After taking on George Mason at the Verizon Center on Dec. 2, Maryland will play eight straight home games. The homestand stretches into the start of conference play, when Virginia Tech visits Comcast Center on Jan. 5, 2013.

Later in January, the Terps will face a difficult road stretch when they play at North Carolina on Jan. 19, at Duke on Jan. 26 and at Florida State on Jan. 30. The Tar Heels make their return trip to Comcast Center on March 6, while the Blue Devils will visit College Park on Feb. 16.

Regional broadcast selections and times for non-conference games will be announced at a later date.

Season tickets are available for sale. Season tickets in Terrapin Club seating areas are priced at $619. A discounted season option is on sale for $469 and flexible payment methods are available. For more information, fans can contact the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

2012-13 MARYLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

 

Day     Date                Opponent                                                                                  Time                   Television

Fri.      Nov. 2             IUP (Exhibition)                                                                        TBA                   

Fri.       Nov. 9              vs. Kentucky (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)                           8:30                     ESPN

Mon.   Nov. 12           MOREHEAD STATE                                                                  TBA                   

Fri.      Nov. 16           LIU-BROOKLYN                                                                        TBA                   

Tue.    Nov. 20           LAFAYETTE                                                                              TBA                   

Sat.     Nov. 24           GEORGIA SOUTHERN                                                              TBA                   

Tue.     Nov. 27            at Northwestern                                                                          9:15                     ESPN2

 

Sun.     Dec. 2              vs. George Mason (Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.)             TBA

Wed.   Dec. 5             MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE                                               TBA                   

Sat.     Dec. 8             SOUTH CAROLINA STATE                                                      TBA                   

Wed.   Dec. 12           MONMOUTH                                                                              TBA                   

Fri.      Dec. 21           STONY BROOK                                                                         TBA                   

Sat.     Dec. 29           DELAWARE STATE                                                                  TBA                   

 

Tue.    Jan. 1              IUPUI                                                                                          TBA                   

Sat.     Jan. 5              VIRGINIA TECH*                                                                        Noon                  ACCN

Wed.   Jan. 9              FLORIDA STATE*                                                                     8:00                     ACCN

Sun.     Jan. 13            at Miami*                                                                                     8:00                     ESPNU

Wed.   Jan. 16            NC STATE*                                                                                7:00                     ESPN2

Sat.      Jan. 19            at North Carolina*                                                                       Noon                   ESPN

Tue.    Jan. 22            BOSTON COLLEGE*                                                                 9:00                     ESPNU

Sat.      Jan. 26            at Duke*                                                                                      1:00                     CBS

Wed.    Jan. 30            at Florida State*                                                                          8:00                     ACCN

 

Sat.     Feb. 2             WAKE FOREST*                                                                        2:00                     RSN   

Thur.   Feb. 7              at Virginia Tech*                                                                          9:00                     ACCN

Sun.    Feb. 10           VIRGINIA*                                                                                   1:00                     ACCN

Sat.     Feb. 16           DUKE*                                                                                        6:00                     ESPN/ESPN2

Tue.     Feb. 19            at Boston College*                                                                       9:00                     ACCN

Sat.     Feb. 23           CLEMSON*                                                                                 Noon                  ESPN2

Wed.    Feb. 27            at Georgia Tech*                                                                         8:00                     ACCN

 

Sat.      March 2           at Wake Forest*                                                                          Noon                   ACCN

Wed.   March 6          NORTH CAROLINA*                                                                 7:00                     ESPN/ESPN2

Sun.     March 10         at Virginia*                                                                                   6:00                     ESPNU

 

March 14-17                at ACC Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.)

 

March 19 & 20             at NCAA First Round (Dayton)

March 21 & 23             at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Auburn Hills, Lexington, Salt Lake City, San Jose)

March 22 & 24             at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Austin, Dayton, Kansas City, Philadelphia)

March 28 & 30             at NCAA Regionals (Washington, D.C., Los Angeles)

March 29 & 31             at NCAA Regionals (Arlington, Indianapolis)

Apr. 6 & 8                    at NCAA Final Four (Atlanta)

* – Atlantic Coast Conference game

All times and dates subject to change (times for non-conference home games subject to change with regional TV selections);

All times Eastern; Home games played at Comcast Center (17,950) listed in BOLD CAPS

TV Key – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU – national broadcasts; ACC Network (ACCN), Regional Sports Network (RSN), Comcast SportsNet (CSN); Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) – regional broadcasts. TerpsTV available via live stream on www.umterps.com

 

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Future Terp Layman helps Team USA to win

Posted on 16 June 2012 by WNST Staff

Behind Shaq Goodwin’s (Southwest DeKalb H.S./Decatur, Ga.) 30 points that came on flawless 12-of-12 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 marksmanship from the foul line, the USA’s Men’s U18 Team opened 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship preliminary play Saturday afternoon with a high scoring, 105-42 pounding of U.S. Virgin Islands (0-1) in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.

“I thought we got much better in the second half. I thought we took advantage of our frontcourt players,” said USA and University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan. “In the first half we turned it over a little too much, but we did a great job getting to the free throw line, we went to the free throw line 33 times in the first half. The problem was we only converted 16-of-33, we left a lot of points out there. But I thought as the game started to unfold we did a better job of recognizing that we had a huge advantage up front and I thought Shaq Goodwin, Jarnell Stokes, Montrezl (Harrell), all those guys did a nice job finishing around the basket.”

Goodwin’s 30-point outpouring was the third highest single game scoring effort in USA Basketball U18 Championship history. His 12-12 shooting set a U.S. mark for highest field goal percentage in a U18 game.

“I think the chemistry really just built up towards the second half. I knew our guards we’re going to push it so I basically just had to run the floor and they put me in the best position to score,” said Goodwin. “I’ve never had a game like that before and I didn’t realize (perfect shooting) it (tonight). I was just playing basketball, I don’t know, I was just at the right place at the right time.”

Never trailing in the contest, the USA showed it was stronger, deeper and more talented than the undermanned U.S. Virgin Islands squad.

Pressing from the opening tip, the U.S. jumped out to a 6-0 lead with all of its points coming from the charity line. Just inside the halfway point of the opening quarter, following a Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas) 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C.), the Americans were firmly in control, owning a 15-3 lead.

Sinking just 10 of its 23 free throw attempts in the game’s first 10 minutes, the USA’s Jake Layman (King Phillip Regional H.S./Wrentham, Mass.) scored off an offensive rebound just before the horn for the quarter sounded, and the U.S. led 26-13.

U.S. Virgin Islands cut the U.S. advantage to 28-19 to start the second quarter, but Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas) scored four consecutive points and the USA closed out the first half comfortably ahead 48-24.

Outscoring U.S. Virgin Islands 28-8 in the third stanza, the USA closed the contest strong, outscoring the islanders 20-10 to take the 105-42 decision.

“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. We’ve been working out really hard. W started a little bit slow, but once we got into the groove we just really started having fun out there. We were executing all the coaches’ plans, and we had a lot and I thought we did really well,” stated Sulaimon.

Further aiding the USA cause was Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.) who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Randle finished with 12 points and eight boards, and Sulaimon tossed in 12 points.

The USA dominated the glass 64-30, and Layman led the USA rebounding effort with 10. Nathaniel Britt, II (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md.) and James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md.) shared high assist honors, as each handed out five assists.

The Americans shot just 32-56 from the foul line, but U.S. Virgin Islands, which managed to shoot just 15.5 percent from the field (11-71 FGs), made 16 fewer free throws, shooting 16-of-24.

The 2012 USA U18 National Team is being led by a trio of experienced and successful college coaches, including USA head coach Billy Donovan of the University of Florida). Assisting Donovan along the sidelines are Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth University.

In the opening day’s second game, Canada (1-0) handled Puerto Rico (0-1) 77-51. The day’s final two games feature host Brazil facing Mexico, while Argentina tangles against Colombia.

Eight teams are competing in the 2012 U18 Americas zone qualifier, including the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The top four finishing teams in the tournament will qualify for next summer’s 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The USA continues preliminary round against Mexico on Sunday (1 p.m. EDT), then finishes off Group A preliminary round action against host Brazil on June 18 (5 p.m. EDT). The top two teams from Group A and Group B will advance to play for 1st-4th place, while the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked teams play out for 5th-8th place. The semifinals will be played on June 19, and the final round games will be contested on June 20.

In the hunt for a sixth gold medal, USA men’s teams are 38-2 overall in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship (formerly known as the Junior World Championship Qualifier), and have captured gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010, while winning a silver in 2008 and a bronze medal in 2002.

Serving as USA assistant coaches are Gonzaga head coach Mark Few and Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Panthers sign former Morgan TE Bryant

Posted on 12 June 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Morgan State tight end Lamont Bryant has been signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Carolina Panthers and will take part in Carolina’s minicamp that begins today.
The 6-5, 225-pound Bryant started 11 games in 2012 and ranked as the team’s leading receiver with 21 receptions (371 yards) and two TDs. He capped the season by being selected to the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference First-Team.
Bryant’s stock rose on draft boards with a standout performance at the Morgan State Pro Day held in March. Bryant measured in at 6’5, 225, had an 80 1/4″ wingspan, ran the 40 in 4.45 and put up 19 reps on bench. He also registered a 10’3″ broad jump, a ridiculous 43″ vertical jump, and ran the short shuttle in 4.38.
In 2010, he recorded five catches for 55 yards (11.0 avg) in eight games. In ’09, he caught 18 passes for 251 yards (13.9-yard average) and two touchdowns on his way to first-team all-conference honors in 10 games.
The Newport News, Va., native was moved from quarterback to tight end in ’08 and saw action in five games on special teams, where he blocked two punts.
The last MSU tight end to enter the NFL was Visanthe Shiancoe who was drafted in the third round (91st overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and currently plays for the Minnesota Vikings.

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