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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Syracuse @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute (Saturday 10:15pm from Montreal live on HBO), Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis (Friday 10pm from Memphis live on Showtime); MISL: St. Louis Ambush @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Stars (Sunday 1pm from Syracuse, NY live on YouTube)

10. Paul Mooney (Saturday 7:30pm Howard Theatre)l Iliza Shlesinger (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Doug Stanhope (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House); Todd Glass (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Baltimore County); Enough Said“, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler“, “Riddick” and “Carrie” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit“, “The Nut Joband “Ride Along” out in theaters (Friday)

Iliza Schlesinger is both humorous and not safe for work.

I have no interest in seeing Jack Ryan, but I could use some more Keira Knightley in my life.

9. Jay-Z (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Stone Sour/Pop Evil (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rusted Root (Monday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Daddy Kane (Friday 9pm Howard Theatre); Charles Bradley (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Gipsy Kings (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Dangermuffin (Friday 8pm Gypsy Sally’s); Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes”Switchfoot “Fading West” and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Give The People What They Want” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ve seen Jay-Z a few times, probably won’t make down to DC Thursday night. But if he ever toured with The Roots there would not be a price I wouldn’t pay.

Charles Bradley > Charles Barkley > Matt Barkley > My elementary school friend Matt Besche. Actually, strike that. Matt Besche is WAY better than Matt Barkley.

Drew Forrester said the new Springsteen record isn’t a home run. Fair enough. I really like this tune though.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are example number 6,789,403 why Brooklyn is now the capital of the music world.

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Loyola welcomes Lafayette Monday night for nationally televised matchup

Posted on 12 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lafayette Leopards

Monday, January 13, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena | CBS Sports Network


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its fifth Patriot League game of the season on Monday, January 13, when it hosts Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The game will be Loyola’s first-ever on CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds finished their second week of League competition in fifth place at 2-2 with losses to two of the three teams tied for first at 4-0 (American and Army).

Loyola’s win over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon snapped a two-game losing streak The Greyhounds had their best shooting performance since Dec. 4.

At 9.36 steals per game this season, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League.

Loyola passed the halfway point of its regular-season versus Lehigh.

Last Time Out

Loyola led Lehigh University by three at halftime, 35-32, and by the same margin 1:22 into the second half before embarking on an 11-0 run that would put it up double-digits.

The Greyhounds fended off a Mountain Hawks challenge for a 72-68 Patriot League win on Saturday afternoon.

Dylon Cormier led all scorers with 25 points, while Jordan Latham and Tyler Hubbard had season-highs with 14 and 12, respectively.

Loyola had a slight advantage on the boards, outrebounding Lehigh, 33-31.

The Greyhounds turned 11 Lehigh turnovers into 17 points. Cormier led all players with three steals.

 

 

CBS Sports Network

Monday’s game will mark the first time Loyola will play a men’s basketball game on CBS Sports Network.

The game will air live nationally with Jason Knapp calling the play-by-play and Chris Spatola handling color analysis duties.

Loyola will return to the Network a week later when it plays at Boston University on Monday, January 20.

 

Series History Versus Lafayette

Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the third time in series history and the first time in 51 years, 15 days.

The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.

It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

 

Start Of A New Era

Loyola’s January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

On Target

Loyola had its best shooting performance of 2014 on Saturday when it beat Lehigh, and its best since it shot 53 percent from the field on December 4 against Catholic University of America.

The Greyhounds hit 50 percent of their shots 26-of-52 in the win over Lehigh. Loyola also posted 12 offensive rebounds, nine in the first half. It converted those boards into 17 second-chance points, 12 before halftime.

 

Better Balance

Dylon Cormier still did the bulk of the scoring for Loyola, finishing with 25 of Loyola’s 72 points, but the Greyhounds had two other players with 12 or more and two more with seven-plus.

Jordan Latham and Tyler Hubbard both recorded season-highs with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while R.J. Williams and Franz Rassman had seven and eight.

Those five players combined to shoot 23-of-44 from the field.

 

College Boards

Loyola had a narrow advantage on the boards against Lehigh, outrebounding the Mountain Hawks, 33-31, while pulling down 12 offensive rebounds.

It was a team-wide rebounding effort, as six Greyhounds had four or more rebounds. Dylon Cormier grabbed eight, and Jordan Latham had six, while R.J. Williams, Franz Rassman, Jarred Jones and Eric Laster had four each.

Loyola improved to 4-2 this season when outrebounding its opponents. It was the first time in League play that the Greyhounds outrebounded a team and won.

 

Cormier To The Glass

Dylon Cormier led, or tied for the team lead, for the eighth time this season with eight rebounds against Lehigh. Five of the Greyhounds’ seven wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.0 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and seventh overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.33 per game, a mark that is 0.8 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 90 total rebounds this year, with a 5:4 ratio (50-40) coming on the offensive end.

 

Post Production

After combining for just 10 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday night against American University in a loss, Loyola’s post players scored 23 points and 16 boards versus Lehigh.

Jordan Latham had a season-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. His four free throws made were a career-high, and he also grabbed six rebounds.

Fellow starter Franz Rassman had seven rebounds and four rebounds, three offensive.

Nick Gorski and Josh Forney provided much-needed minutes off the bench, particularly in the first half when Rassman and Latham were on the bench with two fouls each. Jarred Jones also delivered four rebounds, a basket and two blocked shots.

After the game, Head Coach G.G. Smith praised the group and their defensive efforts against the Mountain Hawks.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they had five versus Lehigh.

The 43 steals in its last four games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 9.1 per game. Through games of January 11, the Greyhounds are ranked 15th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 15 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is ninth nationally in steals per game (2.7), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.1) and 47th.

Williams posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.

Cormier now has 171 in his career, and with three against Lehigh, he moved into sole possession of third-place all-time at Loyola. With 100 in his career, Williams is tied for 17th on the career chart.

 

Williams’ Career Day

R.J. Williams had the best statistical game of his three-year Loyola career on last Sunday at Army, logging highs in points (14), field goals made and attempted (5-of-9) and steals (6).

Williams raised his 2013-14 scoring average to 7.8 per game. He has scored in double figures four times this year, one more than the number he logged in his first two seasons with the Greyhounds.

 

Back In The Win Column

Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy on January 2was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University; it was the Greyhounds’ first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.

The Greyhounds did several things statistically differently in the win that they had not in the four losses. Loyola shot 42.9 percent from the field (38.5 in four losses), held Navy to 37.5 percent (38.5), took 32 free throws (23.5), blocked seven shots (2.5) and allowed 57 points (76.2).

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its six victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.

At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

 

Overcoming Overtime

Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.

Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.

This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.

Loyola’s three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s seven victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 19.9-12.3 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 59.3 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from behind the arc.

In those 35 minutes, Loyola has committed just 11 turnovers to its opponents’ 23. Fifteen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

Add in its overtime games, and Loyola has outscored opponents 35.7-24.7 in the final five minutes plus overtime.

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.

With another block at Army moved Latham’s career total to 72. He is seventh in school history, four away from eclipsing Omari Israel’s 75 from 2006-08.

 

Second Half Revivals

Prior to the game at American, Loyola had outscored its previous seven opponents, 290-242, in the second half (and overtime of the Navy game).

In those final 20 (or 25) minutes, the Greyhounds shot 47.3 percent from the field, but their defense was the difference. The opponents were limited to just 66-of-152 (43.4 percent) from the floor during the second halves, 11-of-40 (27.5  percent) from 3-point range.

Loyola’s opponents committed 62 turnovers to Loyola’s 26 after the breaks.

 

Slow Starts

The Greyhounds’ second half rallies were necessitated by slow starts that have dug first-half holes against Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s, Miami and Navy.

In those games, Loyola allowed its foes to shot 56.4 percent (62-of-110) from the field while shooting just 32.6 percent (29-of-89) itself. The opponents made a combined 19-of-37 (.514) shots from behind the arc, as well.

Loyola has also lost the turnover differentials in the first halves of those games, coughing up the ball 36 times while forcing just 25 turnovers.

On January 2 against Navy, Loyola made just four first-half field goals.

Cumulatively, in the Greyhounds’ 15 games, Loyola has been outscored, 37.1-29.6, in the first half this season.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.5 points per game through 15. Through games of Wednesday, January 11, Cormier was seventh in the nation in scoring.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has 11 20+ point games in 15 contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Passing 1,500

In the second half at Army, Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history, and the sixth at the Division I level, to score 1,500 career points. Cormier now has 1,550 career points, and next up on the all-time scoring list is Mike Powell who scored 1,580 from 1995-98.

Cormier is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,500 points at the Division I level.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).

Through 15 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 145 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 11). His average of 9.7 free throws per game is fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 291 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 434-of-616 from the free-throw line. He is third in school history in free throws made and tied for third in attempts.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 15 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.9 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and tied for 37th in the nation.

Loyola has committed 179 turnovers to 223 even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have nearly 2:1 more turnovers (121-69).

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s eight losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their seven victories.

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.7 percent (176-of-467) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.2 points less (77.4 versus 62.2) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.0-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 9.0 points in Loyola’s first 15 contests, and he is shooting 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

From Way Back, Part 1

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

Dylon Cormier was one of five players on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
8th 1,550 points
Next Mike Powell, 1,580
Field Goals Made
13th 511 field goals made
Next Morris Cannon, 526
3-Pointers Made
13th 94 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
5th 434 free throws made
Next Kevin Green, 438

 

Assists
21st 197 assists
Next R.J. Williams (active), 196
Steals
3rd 171 steals
Next Tracy Bergan, 177

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola has a one week break before its next game. The Greyhounds will play at Boston University on Monday, January 20, in a 7:30 p.m. game that will also air on CBS Sports Network.

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Terps open Paradise Jam play Friday afternoon against Marist

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland looks to return to its winning ways this weekend as it travels to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam. It marks the program’s first trip to St. Thomas in school history. The Terps are guaranteed to play at least three games, as the field includes Northern Iowa, Loyola Marymount, Marist, Providence, Vanderbilt, Morgan State and La Salle.

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Storyline

• The Terps have played 68 in-season tournaments in their history, garnering an all-time record of 110-51 (.683) with 28 championships and 12 runner-up finishes. The program’s last in-season tournament championship came in the 2006 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Maryland defeated Michigan State in the finals, 62-60, on Nov. 17.

• Maryland dropped its first non-conference game at the Comcast Center since 2009 when it fell to Oregon State, 90-83, last Sunday with President Barack Obama in attendance. Dez Wells had a game-high 23 points in the effort, as Maryland had five scorers in double-figures.

• Junior Evan Smotrycz is averaging 13.3 ppg after posting a season-high 16 points against Oregon State. He is the first player to notch double-digit point totals in his first three games in a Maryland uniform since Alex Len. Len tallied point totals of 14, 13, 15 and 12 (13.5 ppg) over the course of those four games between Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012.

Last Time Out
The Terps fell to Oregon State in an offensive shootout last Sunday, 90-83, as President Barack Obama looked on in attendance. The total combined points (173) was the most at Comcast Center since Maryland defeated Seattle University, 105-76 (181), on November 8, 2010.
Maryland spread the ball effectively on the offensive end, as five players posted double-figure scoring totals. Dez Wells led the way with a season-high 23 points, while Evan Smotrycz had a season-high 16 points.
Trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Terrapins cut their deficit to two points, 65-63, with 9:11 remaining. The sides traded points the remainder of the game before Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson knocked down a critical jumper with 29 seconds left to give the visitors an insurmountable five point lead.

Scouting Marist
Marist is off to a slow start in 2013-14 after beginning the season on a four-game losing streak. The Red Foxes have lost by an average margin of 26.8 points, including a 45-point defeat (93-48) to Providence in its most recent outing on Nov. 16.
Chavaughn Lewis and Khallid Hart lead the Red Foxes with 15.0 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively, while Adam Kemp is averaging 6.0 rebounds. Hart totaled 21 points in Marist’s loss at Providence.
The Rod Foxes return much of their production from a side that went 10-21 last season, including 77.8 pct. of their scoring, 81.6 pct. of their minutes and 89.6 pct. of their rebounds.
Head coach Jeff Bower is in his first season with Marist after being hired on April 10, 2013. He previously spent 18 seasons in the NBA, including various roles with the Hornets franchise from 1995-2010.
A Presidential Appearance
Maryland spectators received a special treat last Sunday as President Barack Obama and his family attended the basketball game at Comcast Center against Oregon State.

Smotrycz Shines Early
Transfer Evan Smotrycz had to wait 601 days between his final game at Michigan on March 16, 2012 and his first game at Maryland on Nov. 8. His potential ability to help the Terps was well-documented, but he had yet to have a chance to prove it prior to this season.
Smotrycz has delivered in his first three games as a Terrapin, posting double-figure scoring totals in all three games (13, 11, 16). He is the first Maryland player to accomplish the feat since Alex Len had double-figures in his first four games two seasons ago.
The 6-9 redshirt junior is second on the team in both points (13.3 pg) and rebounds (6.7 pg) this season.

In-Season Tournament History
The Terrapins have a long history of participation in in-season tournaments dating back to 1953 when they took part in the All-American City Tournament in Owensboro, Ky. Maryland defeated all three opponents, including Kentucky Wesleyan in the finals, to claim the tournament crown.
Maryland is 110-51 (.683) all-time in in-season tournaments, including 28 championships and 12 runner-up finishes. The team’s last tournament crown came in 2006 when it defeated Michigan State, 62-60, in the finals of the 2KSports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Last season the Terps went 3-1 in the Barclays Center Classic, falling to Kentucky in the opening game, 72-69.

Quick Hitters
• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on Oct. 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks.
• Evan Smotrycz became the first player since Alex Len to record double-digit point totals in the first three games of his Maryland career.
• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.
• Turgeon’s win percentage of .600 (42-28) through his first two seasons is the best mark by a Maryland coach in program history. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.
• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.
• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).
• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.
• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.
• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State (Jan. 16), No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).
• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

Terps Haul in Top-5 Class
Head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland coaching staff announced the addition of a consensus top-five recruiting class Nov. 14, signing standouts 6-2 guard Romelo Trimble, 6-4 guard Dion Wiley, 6-6 forward Jared Nickens and 7-1 center Trayvon Reed for the 2014-15 season.
All four players rank among the top-100 players in the country, as both Wiley and Trimble are among the top-50 according to major recruiting outlets.
This marks the third consecutive top-20 recruiting class for Turgeon during his tenure at Maryland.

Second Half Run Sparks Terps over Abilene Christian
Maryland overcame a lackluster first half against an upstart Abilene Christian side Wednesday at Comcast Center when it finished the contest on a 29-0 run to win, 67-44.
Abilene Christian shot 12-of-30 from the field in the first half, with six of those field goals coming beyond the 3-point arc. The Wildcats’ Parker Wentz posted 13 first half points (3-4 3-pt) to guide the visiting side to a surprising 30-29 halftime advantage.
The Terps responded in the second half, however, as Charles Mitchell took advantage of his size and dominated the post to the tune of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Abilene Christian did not register a single point in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Wildcats were also held to zero free throw attempts – a feat that Maryland had not accomplished since Feb. 6, 1993 vs. Georgia Tech.

Layman Scoring in Bunches
Jake Layman’s ability to score in bunches when the Terps need a lift has become habit for the sophomore through the first two games of the season.
Maryland was shooting just 1-for-12 from 3-point range before Layman knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of 3:23 to spark the Terps’ remarkable 29-0 run. Layman was the catalyst for 14 of the first 18 points in the run. Layman also had nine points in an 11-0 run against UConn in the season opener.

Terps Fall to #19 UConn in Nail-Biter
Maryland showed incredible resiliency in its season-opener against No. 19 Connecticut last Friday at Barclays Center, climbing back from a 17-point second half deficit to earn an opportunity for a game-winning shot in the waning seconds. With six seconds remaining on the clock, Evan Smotrycz inbounded the ball to Dez Wells at the elbow, but the junior’s game-winning bid rimmed out as UConn held on for the 78-77 victory.
Junior Nick Faust had a team-high 17 points, including a critical string of consecutive baskets toward the end of the game, while Wells finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Smotrycz had 13 points and nine rebounds in his Terrapin debut, sparking Maryland with a 4-for-4 shooting start.
Varun Ram appeared in his first contest in a Maryland uniform, while freshmen Roddy Peters (18 mins., 5 pts.) andDamonte Dodd made their collegiate debuts.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 19 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios (Saturday 9pm from Macau, China live on HBO PPV); Golf: ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf (Wednesday & Thursday 9pm Friday & Saturday 8pm from Melbourne, AUS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour CME Group Titleholders (Thursday-Sunday 1:30pm from Naples, FL live on Golf Channel); Women’s College Basketball: George Washington @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland @ Towson (Saturday 8pm SECU Arena), Drexel @ Maryland (Monday 7pm Verizon Center); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator MMA (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on SpikeTV)

10. Kanye West (Thursday 7:30pm Verizon Center), P!nk (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Keith Urban (Saturday 7pm Patriot Center); India.Arie (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Gin Blossoms (Tuesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), Blues Traveler (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Slayer (Tuesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Mazzy Star (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Smash Mouth (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), ?uestlove (Friday 11pm Howard Theatre), Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Sleigh Bells (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Stephen Kellogg (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), M. Doughty (Friday 7pm 9:30 Club), Twenty One Pilots (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Amos Lee (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Elvis Costello (Friday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); Chris Cornell (Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Bela Fleck (Saturday 7pm & 9pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 7pm Carroll County Arts Center); Daughtry “Baptized”, Jake Bugg “Shangri La” and A Perfect Circle “Three Sixty” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

It’s apparently 90′s week in Annapolis. That’s not a problem.

Seriously. Not a problem ONE BIT.

I had no idea Mazzy Star was still a thing. I’m STOKED.

If you haven’t taken any of my 100 previous suggestions to go see Sister Sparrow, take this one. PLEASE.

9. D.L. Hughley (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Bob Marley (Wednesday-Sunday DC Improv); Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Delivery Man” out in theaters (Friday); We’re The Millers“, “Planes“, “The World’s End” and “2 Guns” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Elf The Musical (Friday-Sunday Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); “Dazzle Dash Weekend” (Saturday & Sunday Symphony Woods); WNST Canned Good Drive (Thursday 7pm Buffalo Wild Wings White Marsh)

We NEED your cans. No excuses.

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Navy looks to get bowl eligible Saturday against South Alabama

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 10 Navy (5-4) vs. South Alabama (3-5, 1-3 Sun Belt)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and South Alabama will meet for the first time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis.   Kickoff is set for  3:30 pm.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:15 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:04 pm.
• Navy’s 22 senior football players will be honored in a pregame ceremony starting at 3:21 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters, the Navy men’s indoor track & field team will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
•    At halftime, the senior cheerleaders will be recognized, there will be a performance by Cheerleaders of America and the Naval Academy D&B will perform.
• Between the third and fourth quarters, the men’s and women’s swimming teams will be honored for winning the 2013 Patriot League Championship.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Reynolds Has Record Day In Navy’s 42-28 Victory Over Hawai’i
•    (AP) – Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for four touchdowns, including one for 67 yards, and threw for another as the Midshipmen (5-4) kept the Rainbow Warriors winless with a 42-28 victory.
• Sean Schroeder completed 29 of 33 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns, while running back Joey Iosefa rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 35 carries for Hawai’i (0-9).
• Reynolds also finished with a career-high 226 yards on 28 carries. He now has 18 rushing touchdowns on the season, one behind Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs for most in the nation.
• With the game tied at 14, an interception by Hawaii’s John Hardy-Tuliau was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the first drive of the third quarter. Three plays later, Navy fullback Quinton Singleton made them pay with a 12-yard touchdown run.
• Reynolds then scored from 6 yards to increase the lead to 28-14 with 4:39 left in the third quarter. Hawai’i went to a no-huddle offense and put together an 18-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 6-yard run by Iosefa to pull within a touchdown.
• On the ensuing drive, however, Reynolds ran 67 yards to increase the margin back to 35-21. It was the longest play of the season for Navy.
• But Hawai’i would not go quietly and cut the margin again on a 6-yard pass from Schroeder to Clark Evans, who set a career high with nine catches. Once again, Reynolds answered with a 21-yard scoring run to put the game away with 1:36 left.
• The Rainbow Warriors concluded a 10-day road trip that covered 9,863 miles, six time zones and a 47-10 loss to Utah State. Hawai’i entered the game as one of five winless teams in the FBS.
• After Hawaii’s Donnie King Jr. fumbled a punt on his own 26, Reynolds foundGeoffrey Whiteside in the corner of the end zone on the next play for a 7-0 lead with 10:08 left in the first quarter. Hawai’i tied the game with 6:21 left in the half on a 40-yard pass from Schroeder to Keith Kirkwood.
• Navy retook the lead 14-7 on a 1-yard run by Reynolds, but the Rainbow Warriors knotted the score again on an 8-yard pass from Schroeder to Evans with 45 second left in the second quarter.
• With the victory, Navy (5-4) is just a win away from qualifying for a bowl game for the 11th time in 12 years.

Scouting South Alabama
• South Alabama enters Saturday’s game with a 3-5 record that includes victories over bowl-bound Tulane (41-39) and Western Kentucky (31-24). South Alabama also beat Kent State, 38-21.
• Incredibly, South Alabama is just 12 points away from being 8-0.  The Jags have lost to Southern Utah (22-21), Tennessee (31-24), Troy (34-33), Texas State (33-31) and Arkansas State (17-16).
•    The Jags are led by quarterback Ross Metheny, who has completed 136 of his 220 pass attempts for 1,817 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.  Metheny is also South Alabama’s second-leading rusher, running for 359 yards and eight touchdowns on 77 carries.
•    Junior running back Jay Jones leads the South Alabama rushing attack with 437 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries.
•    Junior Wes Saxton leads the South Alabama passing attack with 496 yards on 39 catches, while Shavarez Smith has 29 catches for 551 yards and two touchdowns.
•    Senior linebacker Enrique Williams leads the defense with 73 tackles, four tackles for a loss and a sack, while junior corner Qudarius Ford has 57 tackles, an interception and five pass break-ups.
•    South Alabama has lost just three fumbles on the year, which is ranked sixth in the country; allows only 17.3 yards per kickoff return, which is ranked fifth in the country; and has lost just 11 turnovers on the year, which is ranked 19th in the country.
•    Individually, T.J. Glover is ranked 16th in the country in kickoff returns (27.2), while defensive end Alex Page ranks 19th in tackles for a loss per game (1.4).

Navy vs. The Sun Belt
•    Navy is 5-2 (.714) all-time against teams from the Sun Belt.
•    The Mids have played four of the eight teams that make up the Sun Belt, having played Arkansas State (1-0), Texas State (1-0), Troy (1-1) and Western Kentucky (2-1).
•    Navy lost to Western Kentucky earlier this year, 19-7.

Navy To Celebrate Senior Day
• Navy’s 22 seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.  The Class of 2014 has compiled a 27-20 (.574) record in its four seasons in Annapolis, qualified for two bowl games and won two Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies.
• With a victory on Saturday over South Alabama, the senior class will clinch its third bowl game in four years.
• With a victory over Army on Dec. 14, the senior class will win its third Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy in four years.
• Navy has won 10 straight games on Senior Day.  The Mids’ last loss came back in 2002 when Navy lost to Connecticut in a monsoon, 38-0.
• The 22 seniors that will be honored on Saturday include:  wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken, wide receiver Casey Bolena, nose guard Travis Bridges, nose guard Barry Dabney, corner Albrey Felder, punter Justin Haan, wide receiver Brantley Horton, defensive end Michael Huf, wide receiver Shawn Lynch, guard Eric Mahler, wide receiver Hayden Maples, defensive end Evan Palelei, linebacker and co-captain Cody Peterson, safety Wave Ryder, outside linebacker DJ Sargenti, slot back Darius Staten, offensive guard Thomas Stone, slot back Marcus Thomas, linebacker Michael Tuimavave, offensive tackleMatthew Van Halanger, offensive tackle Graham Vickers and offensive tackle Sam Womack.

One More Win Sends Navy To The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
• Navy needs one more victory to become bowl eligible and to accept an invitation to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth, Texas against a team from the Mountain West Conference.
•    It would be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 years. Prior to 2003, Navy had been to nine bowl games in the previous 122 seasons.

Undefeated At Home
• A victory over South Alabama would give Navy an undefeated record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2004.
• That 2004 team, which finished 10-2 and beat New Mexico in the Emerald Bowl, went 6-0 at home with victories over Duke, Northeastern, Vanderbilt, Rice, Delaware and Rutgers.

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CBS SN to premiere 1963 Army/Navy documentary Thursday night

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT 1963 ARMY-NAVY GAME, PLAYED 15 DAYS AFTER ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

“MARCHING ON: 1963 ARMY-NAVY REMEMBERED” Debuts Thursday, Nov. 14

Josh Charles Narrates Documentary

 

CBS Sports Network presents MARCHING ON: 1963 ARMY-NAVY REMEMBERED, a documentary about the monumental football game played between Armyand Navy on Dec. 7, 1963, 15 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The one-hour documentary airs on Thursday, Nov. 14 (8:00 PM, ET), 50 years to the week after Kennedy’s death. Actor Josh Charles of THE GOOD WIFE narrates the program.

Through the lens of this historic game, the documentary explores the impact Kennedy’s death had on the nation, and the game’s role in the country’s healing process. Interviews include Senator John McCain; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, whose father was a Navy assistant coach at the time; former Navy coach Wayne Hardin and former Army coach Paul Dietzel; Navy players Roger StaubachSkip Orr and Tom Lynch; and Army players Rollie Stichweh, Dick Nowak and John Seymour; as well as Tony Verna, the game’s television producer, a number of Kennedy historians, including Robert Dallek, and many others associated with the game.

The game, which was played in front of 102,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., also had important implications on the field, as a win would put No. 2-ranked Navy into the National Championship.

Jack Ford is executive producer. Kyle Meek serves as producer. Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Original Programming, CBS Sports.  For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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Navy welcomes winless Hawaii to Annapolis Saturday

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Football Game Specifics
Game 9 Navy (4-4) vs. Hawai’i (0-8, 0-6 Mountain West)
Date and Kickoff Nov. 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and Hawai’i will meet for the third time on the gridiron when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis, Md. at 3:30 pm. Saturday’s game is presented by Navy Mutual Aid Association.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 1:15 pm with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 3:10 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters the Navy men’s indoor track & field team will be honored for winning the 2012 Patriot League Championship.
•    At halftime, the 2003 Houston Bowl team will be recognized, followed by a performance by the Drum & Bugle corps.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Scouting Hawai’i
• Hawai’i is 0-8 on the year and is coming off a 47-10 loss to Utah State. The Rainbow Warriors were put at a significant disadvantage in that game when the team did not get to Logan, Utah until 12 hours before kickoff due to the shooting at LAX, which grounded their flight from Los Angeles to Logan.
• Prior to the Utah State game, Hawai’i had been playing its best football losing close encounters with Colorado State (35-28), UNLV (39-37), San Jose State (37-27) and to undefeated Fresno State (42-37). Hawai’i has also lost to Nevada (31-9), Oregon State (33-14) and USC (30-13).
•    Hawai’i's strength is its passing game led by senior quarterback Sean Schroeder, who has completed 126 of his 224 pass attempts for 1,699 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Hawai’i is averaging 294.4 passing yards per game, which is the 22nd-best passing attack in the country.
•    Junior Scott Harding is the team’s leading receiver, with 41 catches for 429 yards, while senior Chris Gant has caught 32 passes for 610 yards and five touchdowns.
•    The Hawai’i running game is led by freshman Steven Lakalaka, who has rushed for 349 yards and three touchdowns on 90 carries.
•    The Hawai’i defense is led by senior linebackers Art Laurel (58 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and four pass break-ups) and Brenden Daley (57 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss).  Freshman safety Trayvon Henderson has intercepted three passes.  Hawai’i is averaging 9.3 tackles for a loss per game, which is the second most in the country.  Laurel is 18th in the country in tackles for a loss per game, averaging 1.4.

Navy vs. The Mountain West
•    Navy is 21-34 (.382) all-time against teams currently residing in the Mountain West Conference.
•    The Mids have played six – Air Force, Colorado State, Hawai’i, New Mexico, San Diego State, San Jose State  – of the 12 teams that make up the Mountain West.

Mids Lose A Heartbreaker At Notre Dame
•    (AP) – Navy’s triple-option offense had Notre Dame flummoxed and flailing for most of the game.
•    In need of one stop with 68 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Jaylon Smith and Eilar Hardy combined to snuff out a reverse by Navy’s Shawn Lynch on fourth-and-4 in Irish territory, and Notre Dame held on, 38-34.
• The Midshipmen ran for 331 yards, 207 in the first half. On Navy’s final drive, it ran the ball four straight plays for 18 yards and had it second-and-5 from the Notre Dame 32.
• Keenan Reynolds, who had run for three touchdowns and thrown for another, tossed a pitch just out of reach ofDeBrandon Sanders on the Mids’ final drive. Sanders fell on the ball at the 41 for a 9-yard loss. Reynolds completed a 10-yard pass to Casey Bolena to set up a fourth down.
• Reynolds pitched the ball to Lynch on a reverse and for a moment it appeared he had room, but Smith quickly closed the gap and with the help from Hardy tackled Lynch for no gain.
• Navy had no turnovers, no penalties and held the ball for 37:36 while the Irish had it just 22:24.
• Notre Dame improved to 11-1 in November in four seasons under Kelly and clinched its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time that’s happened since 1995-98.
• The bright spot for Notre Dame was the play of freshman running back Tarean Folston, who scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard plunge and rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries, with 116 yards in the second half. He had rushed for only 116 yards on 22 carries before Saturday.
• Notre Dame finished with 506 yards total offense, averaging 9 yards per play, the most for the Irish since 1998. Tommy Rees threw touchdown passes to TJ Jones and Ben Koyack, George Atkinson III scored on a 41-yard run and Cam McDaniel added a TD. Rees was 12-of-20 passing for 242 yards with two interceptions.
• Reynolds completed six of nine passes for 88 yards, including two key passes that gave Navy its final lead. First he threw an 18-yard pass to Marcus Thomas to the Notre Dame 49. After three running plays, Reynolds then found a wide open Matt Aiken for a 34-yard score.
• The Midshipmen finished with 419 yards total offense and had 27 first downs, the most ever by a Navy team against Notre dame.
• Chris Swain led Navy with 85 yards and Quinton Singleton had 77 yards.

Coaching Against The Alma Mater
• Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper will be facing their alma mater on Saturday.  It’s the second time the pair will face their alma while coaching at the Academy, as the Mids lost at Hawai’i, 24-17, in 2009.
• Niumatalolo is a 1989 graduate of Hawai’i where he lettered for three years as a quarterback and was part of the Rainbow Warriors’ first bowl team in 1989.  He was hired as a full time assistant by his alma mater in 1992 and spent three seasons coaching on the offensive side of the ball before leaving with then Hawai’i offensive coordinator Paul Johnson took the offensive coordinator job at Navy under Charlie Weatherbie.
• Jasper is a 1994 graduate of Hawai’i where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Rainbow Warriors (1991-93) at slot back and quarterback.  He helped lead Hawai’i to its first Western Athletic Conference title in 1992 as the Rainbow Warriors compiled an 11-2 record under head coach Bob Wagner, who ironically is now a resident of Annapolis.  Jasper came to Navy as a graduate assistant with Johnson and Niumatalolo in the spring of 2004.
Hawai’i Natives
• Navy has four players from the state of Hawai’i on its football roster.
• The brother tandem of senior safety Wave and sophomore center Blaze Ryder are from Kaneohe (Kamehameha High School), sophomore outside linebacker Kikau Pescaia hails from Honolulu (Kamehameha High School) and freshman kicker D.J. Grant-Johnson is from Hilo (Kamehameha-Hawai’i).

Honoring The Houston Bowl Team
• At halftime of Saturday’s game, Navy will honor the 2003 Houston Bowl team.  It is the team that jump-started Navy’s unprecendented run of nine bowl games in 10 years and eight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies in 10 years.
• Entering the 2003 season, the Mids had not been to a bowl game since 1996, had not had a winning record since 1997 and had not won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy since 1981.  The Mids were coming off a 2-10 campaign and had recorded a combined 3-30 mark over the previous three years.
• Navy posted an 8-5 record in 2003, including a memorable 28-25 victory over Air Force in Washington, D.C.  The Mids went on to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy with a 34-6 shellacking of Army.  The MIds also owned victories over VMI (37-10), Eastern Michigan (39-7), Vanderbilt (37-27), Rice (38-6), Tulane (35-17) and Central Michigan, 63-34.  The Mids lost to Texas Tech, 38-14, in the Houston Bowl.
• The team captains were Craig Candeto and Eddie Carthan.

Inside Linebackers Cleaning Up On Tackles
•    Navy senior inside linebackers DJ Sargenti and Cody Peterson have been all over the field for the Navy defense this season.
• Peterson, the Mids’ defensive captain, is No. 2 in the country in solo tackles per game, averaging 7.3 per contest, and is tied for 12th in the country in total tackles, averaging 10.5 per game.
•    Sargenti, who had never even recorded a tackle prior to this year and wasn’t moved to inside linebacker (was a QB as a freshman and OLB as a sophomore and junior) until the start of fall practice, is 57th in the country in solo tackles, averaging 5.0 per game, and is 130th in total tackles averaging 7.4 per contest.

Disciplined Football
• Navy is No. 1 in the country in fewest penalties per game (2.75) and in fewest penalty yards per game (23.13 yds/gm). Since 2008, Navy has never finished lower than second in either category.
• Navy has had zero penalties in a game seven times since 2002, including twice this year (Delaware and Notre Dame).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Loyola @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Auto Racing: NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Advocare 500 (Sunday 3pm from Avondale, AZ live on ESPN); College Soccer: Stony Brook @ UMBC (Wednesday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park); High School Soccer: MPSSAA 4A Quarterfinal-Blake vs. Perry Hall(Tuesday 4pm Honeygo Park), State Semifinals (Saturday 12pm Richard Montgomery High School); Boxing: Rocky Martinez vs. Mikey Garcia (Saturday 9:30pm from Corpus Christi, TX live on HBO)

10. John Fogerty (Wednesday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Paramore/Metric/Hellogoodbye (Saturday 7:30pm Patriot Center), Lynyrd Skynyrd (Sunday 7:30pm Patriot Center); Taking Back Sunday (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live), Less Than Jake/Anti-Flag (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live), Parachute/Plain White T’s (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); The Wild Feathers (Sunday 8pm Ottobar); Streetlight Manifesto (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Living Colour (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Reel Big Fish (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), New Found Glory/Alkaline Trio (Thursday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Toad The Wet Sprocket (Thursday 6pm 9:30 Club), J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Thursday 10pm 9:30 Club); Grouplove/Saints of Valory (Friday 8pm Bender Arena); Mavis Staples (Friday 8pm Kay Theatre); Rebirth Brass Band (Friday & Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton), Aaron Neville (Sunday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Eminem “The Marshall Mathers LP2″ and M.I.A. “Matangi” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know damn well I’ll be at The Lyric Wednesday night for Fogerty. Greatness is greatness, y’all.

I will also be at The Ottobar Sunday night to enjoy the Wild Feathers. And probably drink and try not to think about football.

J. Roddy Walston might well have the Album of the Year. I mean that.

Mavis Staples could convert you. To anything.

9. Kevin James (Wednesday 7pm Warner Theatre), John Oliver (Friday 7:30pm & 10pm Warner Theatre); Bill Burr (Thursday 7:30pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Pauly Shore (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: Dark World” out in theaters (Friday); White House Down” and “Grown Ups 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Maryland Irish Festival (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds)

You may know Thor better as “The Avenger you didn’t give a crap about but then your fiancee found out he existed”.

Oh my God-you guys remember when Pauly Shore was a thing???

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Navy hopes to bounce back Saturday with Homecoming visit from Pitt

Posted on 25 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Game 7 Navy (3-3) vs. Pitt (4-2, 2-2 ACC)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)
Television CBS Sports Network
TV Talent Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst), Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and Pitt will meet for the 39th time when the two square off on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) in Annapolis at 1:00 pm.
• Saturday is Homecoming for Navy.  The Mids are 39-24 all-time on Homecoming.  Navy snapped a two-game losing skid on Homecoming thanks to a 31-30 come-from-behind victory over Indiana a year ago. The Mids have dropped five of the last seven Homecoming games.
• Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color) and Sheehan Stanwick-Burch (sideline) on the call.

Game Day Festivities
• Pregame festivities will get underway at approximately 10:30 a.m. with the Navy Football Team Walk.  Originating at the Blue Angel in the southwest corner of the stadium, the team will make its way down the sidewalk and through NavyFest before walking up the drive to the stadium.  Fans are encouraged to line up on both sides of the sidewalk to cheer for the team.
• The March-On of the Brigade of Midshipmen will take place at 12:40 pm.
• Between the first and second quarters there will be a Verizon Wireless/Yellow Ribbon Fund recognition.
•    At halftime, the Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps will play and there will be a performance by the silent drill team.
•    The three-time defending Patriot League Champion Navy women’s basketball team will be honored between the third and fourth quarters.
• Following the game, Navy’s alma mater, the Navy Blue & Gold, will be played as the team will stand at attention in front of the Brigade of Midshipmen.  It is one of the best traditions in college sports.

Scouting Pitt
• Navy faces another talented opponent this week in the Pitt Panthers (4-2).  Pitt owns victories over New Mexico (49-27), Duke (58-55), Virginia (14-3) and Old Dominion (35-24), while its losses have come at the hands of undefeated and national championship contender No. 3-ranked Florida State (41-13) and to a one-loss Virginia Tech squad (19-9) that is ranked 19th in the country.
•    The Mids will face another terrific running back in junior Isaac Bennett, who is coming off a 30-carry, 240-yard, three-touchdown performance against Old Dominion.  Bennett, who shares time with freshman James Conner, leads the Panthers in rushing with 450 yards and five touchdowns on 77 carries (5.8 yds/carry).
•    Senior quarterback Tom Savage has completed 88 of his 155 pass attempts for 1,343 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Savage’s favorite targets are freshman Tyler Boyd (31-491, 4 TDs) and senior Devin Street (26-549, 3 TDs).  Street, with 177-career catches, is two receptions shy of the Pitt school record.
•    Junior linebacker Anthony Gonzalez paces the Panher defense with 41 tackles, three pass break-ups, 1.5 tackles for a loss and an interception, while senior strong safety Jason Hendricks has recorded 40 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one interception and one forced fumble.
• Senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald is one of the best defensive lineman in the country.  His 26.5 career sacks are the most in the country among active players and he already has an incredible eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in six games this year.
•    Pitt ranks ninth in the country in yards per completion (15.2), 19th in tackles for a loss (7.5 per game) and 23rd in fewest fumbles lost (3).
•    Individually, Donald is ranked No. 1 in sacks per game (1.3) and tackles for a loss per game (2.1), Savage is seventh in passing yards per completion (15.3), Street is 15th in receiving yards per game (109.8), Matt Yoklic is 17th in yards per punt (43.9) and Boyd ranks 24th in all-purpose yards per game (134.3).

Navy vs. THE ACC
•    Navy has played the teams currently in the ACC fairly tough, posting a 128-131-8 (.494) record overall.
•    The Mids have posted winning records against Duke, Maryland, NC State, Viriginia and Virginia Tech.
•    The Mids lost to Duke earlier this year, 35-7.

Mids Look To Avoid Three-Game Losing Streak
• Dating back to 2003, Navy has had just one losing streak longer than two games.
•    In 2011, the Mids started the year 2-0 before dropping six consecutive games (at South Carolina, Air Force, Southern Miss, at Rutgers, East Carolina and at Notre Dame).  Navy finished the year with a 5-7 record. That is the only season in the last 10 that Navy has not made a bowl game.
•    On six other occasions dating back to 2003, the Mids have lost two games in a row but found a way to win the next game.
•    In 2005, Navy started the year with losses to Maryland in Baltimore (23-20) and at home to Stanford (40-38) before winning at Duke, 28-21. That team went on to post an 8-4 record including a win over Colorado State in the Poinsettia bowl.
•    In 2006, Navy lost to Rugers (34-0) and to Notre Dame in Baltimore (38-14) in back-to-back games before winning at Duke (38-13), which spurred a four-game winning streak to end the regular season, as Navy finished 9-4 and played in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
•    In 2007, Navy had a pair of two-game losing streaks as the Mids lost at Rutgers (41-24) and to Ball State (34-31 in OT) at the start of the year before bouncing back to beat Duke at home, 46-43. Later in the year, the Mids lost at home to Wake Forest (44-24) and Delaware (59-52) before winning at Notre Dame for the first time since 1963, 46-44, in triple overtime.  That win over Notre Dame was the start of a four-game winning streak to end the regular season as Navy finished 8-5 and played Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl.
•    In 2008, Navy started 1-2 , defeating Towson 41-13 in the opener before dropping games at Ball State (35-23) and at Duke (41-31).  The Mids, however, would rally to upset a heavily-favored Rutgers squad 23-21 and went on to post an 8-5 record and a berth in the EagleBank Bowl against Wake Forest.
•    In 2012, the MIds started the year by losing to Notre Dame in Ireland (50-10) and at Penn State (34-7) before coming back to beat VMI, 41-3.  Navy finished last year with an 8-5 record and played Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Mids Lose Heartbreaker To Toledo
•    (AP) – Toledo, relying on a pair of freshmen after its top rusher went down, ran for 316 yards against Navy in a thrilling 45-44 double overtime victory.
• Terrance Owens tossed a 20-yard touchdown to Bernard Reedy — his first TD pass of the day — and Jeremiah Detmer kicked the extra point, allowing Toledo to survive after it gave up a late fourth quarter lead.
• Navy (3-3) piled up 419 yards rushing, but Toledo managed to match the Mids’ formidable triple-option time after time.
• Toledo’s David Fluellen controlled things on the ground early on and finished with 154 rushing yards on 19 carries before being taken into the locker room at the beginning of the fourth with an injured back.  Fluellen extended his streak of six straight 100-yard games.
•    Freshman Kareem Hunt took over for the Rockets in the fourth quarter. His 19-yard touchdown put Toledo up 31-21 with 12:10 to play. Hunt ended up with 128 yards rushing on 15 carries. He also scored on a 52-yard run in the third quarter.
• Navy came back in the fourth quarter with a pair of impressive drives.
• The Midshipmen put together a 96-yard drive that was capped off by Reynolds’ 3-yard touchdown run, pulling Navy within 31-28 with just under five minutes left.
• Navy got the ball quickly after forcing Toledo to punt and drove 43 yards to set up Sloan’s field goal that sent the game into overtime. The kick was a yard shy of his career long.
• Toledo freshman Damion Jones-Moore scored on a 1-yard touchdown to give Toledo a 38-31 lead in the first overtime.
• Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored on 1-yard keeper to send the game into a second overtime.
• The winning play came after Navy’s Geoffrey Whiteside scored on a 9-yard touchdown to give Navy a 44-38 lead. ButNick Sloan missed the extra point.
• Sloan had just sent the game into overtime with a 40-yard field goal on the final play in regulation.
• Owens, who had struggled much of the game, found Reedy wide open in the end zone on Toledo’s second play of the second overtime.
• Reynolds completed just 5 of 12 passes for Navy, but he ran for three short touchdowns.
• Noah Copeland led Navy on the ground with 153 yards rushing.
• Navy had little trouble moving the ball against the Rockets in the first half, but twice the Midshipmen drove inside Toledo’s 30-yard-line without getting any points. They were stopped on downs the second time they had the ball and Sloan later missed a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter.
• Toledo’s only touchdown of the first half came on a Navy turnover.
• Reynolds fumbled on a keeper and Toledo defensive end Jayrone Elliott picked it up in the middle of a pile, racing 68 yards for a touchdown to give Toledo a 10-7 lead with 13:08 left in the second quarter.

Record Setting Day    
• Despite the loss to the Rockets, the Mids set school records for total plays with 106 (previously 105 vs. Air Force in 2011, a game the Mids also lost in overtime on a missed extra-point) and rush attempts with 93 (previously 80 vs. Rice in 2009 and Air Force in 2011).
• The Mids just missed setting a school record for first downs with 35. The record of 36 was set on Nov. 11, 2000, in a loss at Tulane.

Getting The Fullbacks Going    
• The Mids finally got the fullbacks going in the Toledo game as junior Noah Copeland (153 yds) and sophomore Chris Swain (62 yds) combined for 215 yards on 41 carries.  The previous high out of the fullback position this year came against Duke when they rushed for 87 yards on 20 carries.
• Copeland had the best game of his career the Mids’ loss to the Rockets, finishing with a career-high 153 yards rushing. It was his first 100-yard day of the year and third of his career. His previous high was 126 yards set last year against VMI.
• Copeland is Navy’s first back to go over 150 yards since Gee Gee Greene rushed for 150 yards in a loss at Troy last year and it’s the most yards rushing by a Navy player since Keenan Reynolds rushed for 159 yards last year against Florida Atlantic.
• Copeland also had his first-career touchdown reception against Toledo, catching a 20-yard pass from Reynolds.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 22 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-New Zealand @ Team USA Women (Sunday 6:30pm from San Francisco live on ussoccer.com), MLS: Houston Dynamo @ DC United (Sunday 1:30pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC); Golf: PGA Tour CIMB Classic (Wednesday-Saturday 11pm from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour AT&T Championship (Friday-Sunday 3:30pm from San Antonio live on Golf Channel), Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship (Thursday-Sunday 12pm from Yang Mei, Taiwan on Golf Channel); Boxing: Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat (Saturday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Showtime)

10. Pearl Jam (Sunday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Steve Aoki/Pharrell Williams (Friday 4pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); The Maine/Anberlin (Friday 7:30pm Rams Head Live); Ballyhoo! (Friday 9pm Baltimore Soundstage), Butch Walker (Monday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); War (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); George Clinton & The P Funk All-Stars (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); John Legend (Wednesday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Fiona Apple (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); The Blind Boys of Alabama (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Brett Dennen “Smoke & Mirrors” and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “It Feels Like Christmas Time” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Not to say the other things happening this week aren’t nice, but…Pearl Jam is playing in Charm City Sunday night. Here are four PJ songs to get you hyped. The first two come from our “Totally Tubular” official scorekeeper on “The Reality Check”, Bryan Powell.

The next two are from a guy who will only be seeing Pearl Jam for the fourth time in his life Sunday night. Me.

9. Baltimore Beer Week (Tuesday-Sunday events throughout Charm City); Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival (Saturday 3:30pm Creative Alliance); Anthony Jeselnik (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Jim Gaffigan (Thursday 8pm Cole Field House); Cheech & Chong (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Janeane Garofalo (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Jeff Ross (Sunday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Tony Rock (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); The Conjuring“, “The Way, Way Back” and “The Internship” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” and “The Counselor” out in theaters (Friday)

I’m all in on Beer Week, but if no one brings me any of this (by far and away my favorite Pumpkin Beer), I’ll cancel Beer Week myself.

Oh hey look, here’s a random scene I found from the movie “The Counselor”. TOTALLY AT RANDOM!

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