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Morgan Hosts Norfolk State Saturday Amidst Controversy

Posted on 14 January 2012 by WNST Staff

BEARS RETURN HOME TO FACE CONFERENCE LEADER NORFOLK STATE ON SATURDAY

2011-12 MORGAN STATE BASKETBALL
Game 14
Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 4 p.m. (EST)
Morgan State (3-10, 1-1 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State (12-5, 4-0 MEAC)
Baltimore, Md. – Hill Field House
BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
Alma Mater/Year: Rhode Island/1986
Record at MSU/Year: 105-75/6th
Career Record: 140-137  
Basketball SID:  Leonard L. Haynes IV
GAME TIME
• Morgan State returns from a four-game road swing to face the conference-leader Norfolk State Spartans. The contest will tip-off at Hill Field House on Saturday, Jan. 16th at 4 p.m. (ET). It will be MSU’s first of a four-game homestand, and will mark just the third home game of the season.
BEAR BITS
NSU will enter Hill Field House riding a 5-game winning streak, including a 68-48 win against Howard on Monday night in Echols Hall.
 
DeWayne Jackson scored a game-high 23 points, but a Rashad Hassan dunk in the final minute turned out to be the game winner as the Tigers held on to a 57-55 victory over the Bears on Monday night.
MSU played without head coach Todd Bozeman, who was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation stemming from an incident that apparently occurred near the conclusion of the Bears contest at South Carolina State last Saturday. Asst. Coach Kevin McClain assumed coaching responsibilities for the team in the interim.
 
The Bears will look to rebound from last year’s fourth place MEAC finish and reclaim the conference title for the fourth time in five years.
 
The Bears completed the 2010-11 season with a 17-14 mark and posted a 10-6 MEAC record.
• MSU has played teams tough with losses to then-No. 14/15 Xavier, Southern California, Cal Poly, Ohio and Savannah State — all on the road by nine points or fewer.
 Kevin Thompson leads the Bears and ranks among the MEAC leaders in scoring (ranked 8th – 13.6 ppg), rebounding (ranked 3rd – 8.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (ranked 5th – .544).
Kevin Thompson has scored in double-digits in nine of 13 games, and has posted four double-doubles (pts & rebs) so far this season.
Senior point guard Larry Bastfield is the only Bear to have started in every game (31) last season…currently he has started in 44 straight games.
Kevin Thompson’s 11 rebound performance at Southern Cal gave him 1,005 rebounds for his career, making him the No. 3 leading rebounder in school history and only the third Morgan State player to post 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in school history.  He currently has 1,342 points and 1,069 rebounds in his career.
 
Morgan State was selected to win the MEAC Regular Season Title, edging out last year’s MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton. The Bears received eight (8) first place votes and a totaled 616 points to take hold of the conference’s top spot going into the season.
Redshirt sophomore Ian Chiles (7-foot-2) is the first 7-footer since MSU legend Marvin Webster to grace the campus of Morgan State University … Chiles, a Cliffside Park, N.J. product, is currently averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks so far this season.
A BEARS WIN WOULD…
 Give the Bears a 2-1 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
•  Give Todd Bozeman his 106th win as MSU’s head coach.
•   Give the Bears its third road victory of the season.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s overall record to 141 career wins.
•   Improve Todd Bozeman’s regular season conference record to 64-20 (.761) since joining the Bears in 2006.
•  Give the Bears its first victory against Norfolk State since an 88-87 double-overtime victory against the Spartans on February 27, 2010 at Hill Field House.
CHASING 1,000
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Junior forward DeWayne Jackson has 973 points, and needs 27 more to become the 21st member of the 1,000-point club at Morgan State.
NOTE ON THE SPARTANS
• The Spartans hold a 28-11 all-time record against MSU since the series began during the 1959-60 season.
 
• NSU swept the series last year by defeating the Bears 76-74 during an ESPNU televised game at Hill Field House, and on the road (69-63) at Echols Hall … The Spartans’ standout center Kyle O’Quinn averaged 23.5 ppg against the Bears.
 
•  NSU is ranked first place in the MEAC following its win over Howard and losses by B-CU and Morgan State.
TIGERS LAST GAME OUT
Chris McEachin and Pendarvis Williams scored 16 points apiece and the Norfolk State defense turned in one of its finest efforts of the season in the Spartans’ fifth straight win, a 68-48 decision over Howard on Monday night at Echols Hall. The win helps the Spartans improve to 12-5 overall, 4-0 in the MEAC, their best MEAC start since 2004-05. NSU hounded Howard (4-14, 1-4) into 27 percent shooting and forced 18 Bison turnovers.
BLACK OUT            
Morgan State sophomore guard Justin Black will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle. Black has not played since the Bears’ home-opener against Murray State on Nov. 24th, in which he scored seven points with three rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  Black’s absence, by the numbers, has been missed in the backcourt. The 6-2 sophomore averaged 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 25.5 minutes in his first two games of the season.
LOOKING AHEAD
MSU will host Hampton in an ESPNU nationally televised game conference on Monday, January 16.

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Towson’s Ambrose Wins Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) – Before the season started, Towson was picked to finish last in CAA Football.

However, the Tigers turned the standings upside down this season, putting together a 9-3 record, winning an outright CAA title and hosting a game in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

Having guided his team to new heights, Towson coach Rob Ambrose was honored as the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award recipient, given annually to the FCS Coach of the Year. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.

Ambrose is the 25th recipient of the award, which is named for legendary Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson, the second- winningest coach in Division I history with 408 victories.

Now in his third season as a head coach, it was rocky at first for Ambrose, a Towson alumnus, as his teams struggled to 2-9 and 1-10 finishes in his first two seasons.

“You have to get to a point where you can actually discuss winning, and it took two years before that could even be a conversation,” Ambrose said. “The first time I walked out on the field against a CAA team and looked at my guys versus another CAA team, we looked like a JV team, and I’m thinking ‘My gosh, this is terrible.'”

This season, winning was finally part of the discussion, as the Tigers went 5-2 against teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 and reeled off three different three-game winning streaks. Towson hadn’t had a three-game winning streak since 2006.

Ambrose appeared on 110 of the 132 ballots and received 59 first-place votes, edging out Sam Houston State’s Willie Fritz.

Ambrose is the fourth coach from the CAA (formerly the Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference) to win the Eddie Robinson Award, and the first since James Madison coach Mickey Matthews was honored in 2008.

Eddie Robinson Award Voting……..1st….2nd….3rd….4th….5th….Total

1. Rob Ambrose, Towson………….59…..25……9…..14……3…..453

2. Willie Fritz, Sam Houston St….40…..29…..25…..13……7…..424

3. Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion…….7…..15…..24…..13…..17…..210

4. Craig Bohl, North Dakota State…2…..13……9…..11…..16…..127

5. Pete Adrian, Norfolk State…….7……5……6……9…..14…..105

6. Andy Coen, Lehigh…………….3……7…..10…..10……3……96

7. Kevin Kelly, Georgetown……….2……8……7…..12……8……95

8. Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern….2……5……9…..11……7……86

9. Watson Brown, Tennessee Tech…..4……5……4……8……9……77

10. Tim Murphy, Harvard…………..1……6……5……0……9……53

11. Chuck Priore, Stony Brook……..0……2……4……7……7……41

12. Anthony Jones, Alabama A&M…….2……2……2……4……4……36

13. Bob Ford, Albany……………..1……2……4……4……2……35

14. Nigel Burton, Portland State…..0……1……4……4……2……26

15. Robin Pflugrad, Montana……….1……1……2……3……4……25

16. Chris Mussman, North Dakota……0……1……2……1…..10……22

17. Gary Harrell, Howard………….0……3……0……3……2……20

18. Clint Conque, Central Arkansas…0……1……1……3……4……17

19. Ron Garagher, San Diego……….1……1……2……0……1……16

20. Chris Creighton, Drake………..0……0……3……1……3……14

21. *Jack Cosgrove, Maine…………0……0……0……1……0…….2

* – Write-in vote.

Voting points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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Towson RB West Named Jerry Rice Award Winner

Posted on 05 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) – It was a season that almost wasn’t for Towson freshman running back Terrance West, as he nearly redshirted and sat out the first game of the season.

But, after his redshirt was lifted, teams couldn’t keep the 5-foot-11, 222-pound freshman out of the end zone. West rushed for 27 touchdowns in the regular season, ranking No. 1 in the FCS.

West was honored with the inaugural Jerry Rice Award, which is awarded to the outstanding freshman in the FCS. The Sports Network presents and Fathead.com sponsors the award.

“It feels very good to be going to the Jerry Rice Award (presentation),” West said.

A Baltimore native, West didn’t earn a scholarship until halfway through his superb season and before that the talented freshman struggled to even find a place to play, at times nearly going to Clemson, Maryland and Morgan State.

“We got him in the door and all he wanted was an opportunity,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose said. “He wasn’t on scholarship, he was here all spring and most of this semester not on scholarship. I told him, ‘I’m going to give you the same deal I give everybody else, you’ll get what you earn.'”

West made his season debut the second week of the season and rushed for two touchdowns in a win against Villanova. It was the first of nine multi- touchdown games for West (he finished with 29 total scores after a playoff loss to Lehigh).

Setting the Towson record for touchdown runs in a season, West had three four-touchdown games and helped the Tigers to a CAA Football title, the first in program history.

The Jerry Rice Award is named after the NFL Hall of Famer, who had an All-America career at Mississippi Valley State.

West was a runaway winner of the award, receiving 89 of the 132 first- place votes, 74 more than Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who finished second in the balloting.

In addition to West winning the Jerry Rice Award, his head coach, Rob Ambrose, was honored as the Eddie Robinson Award winner, presented to the FCS Coach of The Year.

Jerry Rice Award Voting…………1st….2nd….3rd….4th….5th….Total

1. Terrance West, Towson………..89…..14……6……6……2…..533

2. Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion…15…..51…..17…..11……7…..359

3. Austin Sumner, South Dakota St…8…..21…..16…..20……9…..221

4. David Johnson, Northern Iowa…..2……4…..23…..16…..13…..140

5. Chuck Diblio, Princeton……….3……5…..17…..13…..17…..129

6. Christian Bryan, Youngstown St…6……6…..10……8…..15…..115

7. Michael German, Tennessee St…..4……5……5…..10……7……82

8. D’Vonte Grant, No Carolina A&T…2……4……5…..14……3……72

9. Dillon Lucas, Villanova……….0……1…..10……6…..10……56

10T.Jordan Wells, SE Louisiana…….1……6……2……4……6……49

10T.Greg McGhee, Howard…………..1……5……4……2……8……49

12. Neal Stirling, Monmouth……….1……2……5……4…..11……47

13. Will Whitman, Harvard…………0……1……5……5……8……37

14. Mike Crutcher, Missouri State….0……3……0……4……4……24

15. R.J. Harris, New Hampshire…….0……2……1……2……3……18

16. Brady Measom, Southern Utah……0……1……2……1……1……13

17. Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette…….0……1……1……0……4……11

18. Brandon White, San Diego………0……0……1……2……1…….8

19. Julian Hayes, Monmouth………..0……0……0……2……3…….7

20. Jake Miller, Eastern Washington..0……0……1……1……0…….5

21. *Terrell Robinson, Chattanooga…0……0……1……0……0…….3

22. *Dominique Swope, Ga. Southern…0……0……0……1……0…….2

* – Write-in vote.

Voting points on 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

 

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UMBC Visits Rider Thursday Night

Posted on 22 December 2011 by WNST Staff

UMBC faces its first nationally-ranked opponent in over a year when the Retrievers meet Indiana for the first time at famed Assembly Hall on Thursday, Dec. 22. UMBC’s took on 2011 national champion Connecticut on Dec. 3, 2010, falling, 94-61, to the Huskies.  Tip-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with Steve Andress and Perry Clark on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC staged a furious rally, coming back from 14 points down and seven minutes to play and took visiting Rider to overtime on Dec. 17, but the Broncs prevailed, 73-66 in extra time. In a pair of home losses last week, UMBC amassed 51 offensive rebounds, but shot less than 32 percent from the floor in both setbacks. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (14.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg) has recorded three consecutive double-doubles and was named America East Conference Player of the Week.

HOOSIER UPDATE:  No. 17/18 Indiana (11-0) has been dominant, opening with a 96-66 win over America East member Stony Brook and, most recently, pounding Howard, 107-50 on Dec. 19. In between, they have wins over N.C. State , Notre Dame and No. 1 Kentucky (73-72). Five Hoosiers average in double figures, led by 6’11” freshman post Cody Zeller at 15.3 ppg.  He is shooting 65.6% (61-of-93) from the floor, while junior guard Jordan Hulls (11.7 ppg) is hitting 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next:  UMBC completes the 2011 portion of the schedule at Niagara University on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

UMBC vs. the big ten: The Retrievers are 1-11 against the current membership of the Big Ten, with the lone win occurring at new member Nebraska in December of 2008.

The 66-64 win over the Cornhuskers on Dec.23, 2008 snapped the nation’s eighth-longest non-conference winning streak at the time.  It still stands as UMBC’s top victory from an RPI perspective, as NU was ranked No. 53 at the time.

UMBC’s most recent contest vs. a Big Ten foe occurred in the 2009-10 season, when they fell at Penn State, 58-42.

* Sophomore Quentin Jones is expected to start his eighth consecutive game at Indiana. The local product (Mount St. Joseph) and junior college transfer (Wallace State-Ala.) is a walk-on to the program and started the season at No. 4 on the depth chart at point guard. But with injuries to freshmen  Jarrel Lane (has not played in eight games to date) and Joey Getz (injured in game No. 3 vs. Loyola) and the departure of De La Rosa, Jones continues to quarterback the team and has produced 4.6 points per game.

* UMBC dropped its third consecutive season opener in the 59-45 loss to Penn on Nov. 11, 2011.

* UMBC did not hit a 3-point field goal vs. Penn, going without a trey for the ninth time in school history. The last time UMBC did not convert from behind the arc was Dec. 30, 2008 at Saint Louis.

* UMBC’s win at Towson on Dec. 10 snapped a 13-game slide dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.  The last victory was a 84-79  decision at Maine on Feb. 6, 2011.  The Retrievers are looking to break a seven-game home losing streak which extends back to a Feb. 3, 2011 victory over visiting Binghamton.

* UMBC has outrebounded eight of its first ten opponents. The Retrievers have collected 156 offensive rebounds through ten games, posting double figures in each.  However, UMBC has only 114 second-chance points off of the extra 156 possessions. UMBC’s +3.9 rebound margin is 31st in the nation entering the week and the 40.4 rebuonds per game is tied with Florida and UCSB for 21st place.

*  The young lineup is taking its toll on UMBC, as the Retrievers committed a season-high 21 turnovers vs. Loyola, exceeding the 20-turnover margin for the third consecutive game. They have 20 or more miscues in four of ten games to date, but did post a season-low eight vs. Morgan State Dec. 14.

*  The Retriever increased their scoring output in each of the first four games, going from 45 to 59 to 63 to 79, but have not reached the 70-point plateau since the 84-79 setback at VMI.

*  UMBC’s 53.8 percent marksmanship from the floor at VMI was its best since hitting 32 of 58 (55.2%) at New Hampshire on Feb. 24, 2010.

*  UMBC was tied with both VMI and Central Connecticut State with 10:00 on the second-half clock, but failed to produce a victory in either contest.

* The combined record of UMBC’s first seven opponents through Dec. 6 was 33-23 (.589).

* The win over Towson snapped a four-game slide to the Tigers in the 53rd meeting between the schools… It also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive losses to Baltimore-area Division I schools dating back to a Nov. 29, 2007 victory over Morgan State.

* UMBC snared a season high 11 steals vs. Morgan State on Dec. 14. It is the most steals in a game for a Retriever team since capturing 13 vs. Goucher on Dec. 8, 2007.

* The 53 rebounds recorded by the Retrievers vs. Rider was the most by a UMBC team since they corralled 55 vs. Monmouth on Jan. 26, 2002.

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UMBC Hoops Continues Road Swing Thursday Night at American

Posted on 01 December 2011 by WNST Staff

UMBC will face American for the fifth consecutive season on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Bender Arena and the Retrievers hope the home court disadvantage trend continues. The road team has won the last four meetings, including an Eagle 66-53 victory at the RAC Arena last season. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live by Comcast Sports Net-Plus; check local listings for broadcast outlets.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC dropped to 0-6 as a hot-shooting Rutgers team handed the Retrievers a 94-56 defeat in Piscataway, N.J. on Monday evening. The young Retrievers’ margin of defeat has been -30.5 vs. two Big East opponents and -9.3 in the other four contests. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer posted his fifth game in double figures with 11 points at Rutgers and junior guard Ryan Cook debuted with 11 points in a reserve role. 

EAGLE UPDATE:  American (5-2) has won five consecutive games,  surviving a few close calls before a 77-66 victory over visiting Howard on Tuesday. The Eagles margin of victory in wins over Florida Atlantic, Columbia, Quinnipiac and Cornell was 4.3 points per game. Senior forward Charles Hinkle leads the Eagle attack with 23.0 points per game and has gotten to the free throw line a stunning 81 times (69 of 81, 85.2%) through seven games. Frontcourt mate Riley Grafft led AU with 21 points in 20 minutes vs. Howard.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC is off until Dec. 10 when they travel across the beltway to face Towson (7:00 p.m.).

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 September 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: High School Football-Milford Mill @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), Glen Burnie @ Broadneck (Friday 6:30pm), Coolidge (DC) @ Calvert Hall (Saturday 1pm); Rugby World Cup: Team USA vs. Australia (Friday 4:15am from Wellington, New Zealand live on Universal Sports); Lingerie Football League: Baltimore Charm @ Cleveland Crush (Friday 10pm from Cleveland live on MTV2); Canadian Football League: Montreal Alouettes @ Edmonton Eskimos (Friday 9pm from Edmonton live on NFL Network), BC Lions @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday 4pm from Saskatchewan live on NFL Network)

10. John Prine (Friday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Fleet Foxes/The Walkmen (Friday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Jason Mraz (Saturday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Wilco (Sunday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Brad Paisley/Blake Shelton (Saturday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live); Anberlin (Saturday 7pm Recher Theatre); Stryper (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Pepper (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Head and The Heart (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Foster The People (Monday 6pm & 9:30pm 9:30 Club); Blondie (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Darius Rucker (Thursday 7:30pm Frederick Fairgrounds-Great Frederick Fair); Moby (Thursday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center/Hippodrome); Living Classrooms “Maritime Magic” feat. The Bridge (Friday 7pm Frederick Douglass-Isaac Maritime Park)

I really dig Anberlin actually. They did a cool cover of New Order’s “True Faith”, but I think I enjoyed “Feel Good Drag” even more…

If it’s particularly feminine that I enjoy The Head and the Heart, I’m particularly feminine. Yeah, I just said that.

Darius Rucker effing RULES. It’s still a LITTLE odd hearing him put together country versions of Hootie & The Blowfish tunes though…

It bothers me greatly that The Bridge is breaking up. Ugh. I can’t wait to see them Friday night AND help support Living Classrooms…

9. Baltimore Book Festival (Friday-Sunday Mt. Vernon Place); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds Crownsville); Second City: Charmed & Dangerous (Tuesday-Sunday Center Stage); “Bridesmaids” and “Modern Family” Season 2 available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday); Season Premieres: “The Office” (Thursday 9pm NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (Thursday 8:30pm NBC), “Modern Family” (Wednesday 9pm ABC), “Saturday Night Live”-Alec Baldwin hosts (Saturday 11:30pm NBC), “Family Guy” (Sunday 9pm FOX), “American Dad” (Sunday 9:30pm FOX), “Cleveland Show” (Sunday 8:30pm FOX), “The Simpsons” (Sunday 8pm FOX)

These are television programs that I enjoy. If you enjoy chuckling, I feel as though you would do.

If you were listening to Monday’s edition of “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net, you would have heard me chatting with “Moneyball” star Chris Pratt. He plays Andy Dwyer the show Parks and Recreation. I find him to be humorous…


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Wings End Caps Win Streak at 9

Posted on 16 March 2011 by Ed Frankovic

For nearly 50 minutes, the Washington Capitals played a very solid road game in pursuit of their 10th straight victory. But then Mike Knuble took a bad penalty in the offensive zone and Henrik Zetterberg scored shortside on Michal Neuvirth from a bad angle and Detroit went on to win, 3-2. The Capitals once again dressed a depleted lineup without their top two injured centers in Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Arnott as well as their top defenseman, Mike Green. With Eric Fehr also out of the lineup due to an upper body injury suffered the previous night in Montreal, DJ King dressed for Washington. The loss drops the Caps record to 41-21-10.

Here are the highlights and analysis of a game in which the Caps had a good chance to steal at least a point up until the infraction by Knuble:

– After a dominant performance in Montreal on Tuesday night it was clear the Caps were extremely tired in Motown. The Wings routinely beat them to the puck and that translated into Detroit dominance on the shot board (35-28). Detroit took advantage of a fatigued Caps club on the rush all night by backing the Washington defenseman up and then finding the late guy in the slot for quality chances. The Capitals forwards did not back check nor apply pressure well and the Wings made them pay. Both of the first two Detroit tallies were the result of players being found in the slot for shots or a via a tip in.

– Neuvirth (32 saves) had a mixed bag of a game but a lot of that was on the guys in front of him who didn’t allow him to see the puck a whole lot in this tilt. Detroit did a great job of getting traffic and if they could have hit the net more this game might have been more lopsided on the scoreboard. For most of the contest #30 did not give up many rebounds and he froze the biscuit often in an attempt to slow the game down and his give club some rest. However, on the game winner by Zetterberg (2 goals), he went down too soon, gave up the near post and the crafty Swedish veteran made the young goalie pay. So the combination of a really bad and lazy penalty by #22 and a goaltending mistake cost Washington success in the Motor city.

– In order for Washington to win they were going to need their star players and their goalie to deliver big performances. Neuvirth did his job for nearly 50 minutes but the Great #8 (26:01 of ice time) and Semin didn’t get it done, especially #28. Ovechkin did have a nice goal after a decent feed from Semin, but the team did not get enough rubber on Jimmy Howard (26 saves), who is not known as one of the better goalies in the league, because he is not. Semin only had two shots on net and he has not looked good now in two straight games with #44 out of the lineup. He was a definite passenger on Wednesday night despite hitting the post very late in the contest. Ovechkin ended with seven shots on goal but he had 0 until his 29th goal of the season came over 25 minutes into the game.

– With Arnott and Green out, the Capitals power play looked more anemic than usual. Ovechkin saw more time at the point and he was awful. In his defense, none of the other power play guys were any good either. Every Cap held onto the biscuit too long, didn’t move enough, and failed to shoot the puck. In four man advantage attempts, the Capitals only had five shots on net, that is downright terrible.

– In summary, you could see this loss coming given all of the injuries but Washington had a chance in the third period in a tie game to keep things rolling but a couple of mental mistakes cost them. Next up are the red hot New Jersey Devils on Friday night on the third game of this grueling road trip with likely the same depleted lineup, that one will be a tough win as well.

Notes: Brian Rafalski (3 assists, +2) was the best player on the ice tonight. The Detroit d-man is really good…the Wings smoked the Caps on face-offs 35-21 with Brooks Laich going 4-15…Dennis Wideman led the Caps in ice time with 27:54. #6 got hit with the puck at least twice and also was shoved in the back of the head behind the Washington net by a Red Wing early on. That guy is as tough as advertised…Matt Hendricks was -2 and was one of the forwards who really struggled with coverage in the Caps zone.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 March 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NBA-Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Los Angeles Clippers @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Oklahoma City Thunder @ Washington Wizards (Monday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Soccer: MISL-Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Sunday 5:05pm 1st Mariner Arena); Mixed Martial Arts: Bellator Fighting Championships 36 (Saturday 9pm from Shreveport, LA live on MTV2); Tennis-ATP Tour & WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Saturday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel); Arena Football: AFL-Philadelphia Soul @ Pittsburgh Power (Friday 8pm from Pittsburgh live on NFL Network); Women’s College Basketball: Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN)

10. Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live); Boyz II Men (Monday 7pm Bourbon Street); America (Monday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Apocalyptica (Sunday 10pm 9:30 Club), Pete Yorn (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Shamrockfest feat. Dropkick Murphys and Carbon Leaf (Saturday RFK Stadium); Lupe Fiasco “Lasers”, R.E.M. “Collapse Into Now”, Billy Joel “Live at Shea Stadium” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday); Jackass 3 available on Blu-Ray & DVD (Tuesday)

Kind of a weaksauce week for live music, but there’s some decent stuff mixed in. I mean, what…IN THE WORLD…is better than CooleyHighHarmony???

I’m a fan of Grace Potter…

There’s few better ways to prepare for St. Patty’s Day than Dropkick Murphys…

and I freaking LOVE Carbon Leaf…

And since I’m on a role, it’s about time Lupe Fiasco’s disc finally came out. This song was one of the best of 2010…

9. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Downtown Baltimore), Shamrock 5K (Sunday 1:15pm Downtown Baltimore)

A 5k run is a surprising place to bump into Rex Ryan…

Not a surprising place to bump into Rex Ryan? The place where we bumped into him in Indianapolis during NFL Scouting Combine weekend…

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8. Golf: WGC Cadillac Championship (Thursday & Friday 2pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday 2pm Sunday 3m live on NBC. All golf from Doral, FL); PGA Tour Puerto Rico Open (Thursday 6:30pm, Friday 11:30am, Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7:30pm from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Golf Channel); Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm, Saturday 9:30pm, Sunday 10:30pm from Newport Beach, CA on Golf Channel)

Yeah…I looked up to find out that Rory Sabbatini won the most recent golf event. I honest to God couldn’t tell you anything else going on in the sport, it is what it is.

So I wandered over to some golf blog page for more information about what was going on in golf. Holy hell was that terrible. There was actually information on how to tell two different types of golf balls apart. WHAT THE EFF? They’re golf balls. Hopefully someone put their initials on one of them or something.

Anyway, one of the blogs had an ad for something involving Izabel Goulart. I don’t know what it was, but I don’t care. It was the first interesting thing that happened during my quest for golf information.

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7. NHL: Edmonton Oilers @ Washington Capitals (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Carolina Hurricanes @ Washington Capitals (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Chicago Blackhawks @ Washington Capitals (Sunday 12:30pm from Verizon Center live on NBC)

In hockey news, the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL wore these jerseys for a “Fight Night” promotion this weekend. (Thanks Puck Daddy!)

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If the Caps would wear something like this, I might actually have a reason to give a hoot about them for a second or two.

6. Pro Wrestling: TNA Victory Road (Sunday 8pm from Orlando live on Pay-Per-View)

I guess TNA is supposed to be interesting now because 1-Sting is their champion, 2-Bart Scott has joined the fray…

3-Angelina from Jersey Shore is now part of TNA…

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Nope. Still not really all that interested.

5. Boxing: Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Sergio Martinez vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk (Saturday 10:30pm from Mashantucket, CT live on HBO); Jimmy Lange vs. Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes (Saturday 7pm Patriot Center)

The Cotto-Mayorga card is a pretty big deal all around, as both Joshua Clottey and Yuri Foreman are on the undercard.

The reason why Cotto-Mayorga is a big deal in Charm City however is because Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is fighting on the undercard. We don’t know who he’s fighting, but whoever it is HAS to perform better than Robert Bell did five years ago at Madison Square Garden, right?

By the way, “Rudy” was on Encore Sunday-right after Little Giants. Raise your hand if you ALWAYS hate Notre Dame…right up until the point where Jon Favreau and the folks in South Bend start chanting Rudy’s name.

For the record, as soon as they finish carrying him off the Notre Dame Stadium field, I start hating Notre Dame again.

4. High School Basketball: MPSSAA Semifinals-4A: Eleanor Roosevelt vs. Patterson (Thursday 7pm), Magruder vs. North Point (Thursday 9pm); 3A: Milford Mill vs. Friendly (Thursday 3pm), South Hagerstown vs. Centennial (Thursday 5pm); 2A: Gwynn Park vs. Digital Harbor (Friday 7pm), South Carroll vs. Easton (Friday 9pm); Dunbar vs. Owings Mills (Friday 3pm), Williamsport vs. Pocomoke (Friday 5pm); Finals all day Saturday (All games at Comcast Center)

Unfortunately Monique Bassett couldn’t will my Perry Hall Gators all the way to College Park, but I’ll give her a pass in her first season.

My picks to win the state titles are Patterson, Milford Mill, Digital Harbor and Dunbar-but I don’t really know anything about the subject.

It’s not the only subject I don’t know much about but comment on anyway. For example, I don’t really know much of anything about women’s fashion, but I’d like to note that I approve of what Samara Weaving is wearing here. (Thanks Busted Coverage!)

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3. Ed Block Courage Awards (Tuesday 5:30pm Martin’s West); Anquan Boldin “Chalk Talk” (Thursday 5pm Hill Field House-Morgan State)

Kinda tough to weave my way from Samara Weaving to the Ed Block Courage Awards, huh?

I won’t bother trying to be clever or funny here, and I definitely won’t bother trying to post a picture of an attractive gal. Instead I’ll channel Lance Storm and “be serious for a moment.”

If you didn’t read our own Nestor Aparicio’s column about Michael Vick’s night in Baltimore last year, I REALLY encourage you to do so. It will help explain this video…

2. College Basketball: ACC Tournament-Maryland vs. North Carolina State (Thursday 7pm from Greensboro, NC live on ESPN2), MEAC Tournament-Morgan State vs. North Carolina A&T (Thursday 8pm from Winston-Salem, NC streamed live at MEACHoops.com), Coppin State vs. Norfolk State/Howard winner (Thursday 6pm from Winston-Salem, NC streamed at MEACHoops.com); Selection Sunday (Sunday 6pm CBS)

Just a year ago, I was sitting outside the Greensboro Coliseum on a Friday afternoon thinking about a weekend that would either involve watching the Terps make a run towards an ACC Championship or watching the Morgan Bears try to clinch their second straight March Madness berth.

The Terrapins didn’t keep their end of the bargain, but Todd Bozeman’s Bears certainly did-and my weekend in the Triangle was OUTSTANDING.

This year…I think I’m gonna stick in the mid-atlantic.

Hey, Fang Mitchell’s Eagles still have a real chance of making the Tournament-but I’m not holding my breath that I’ll be needing to do another Selection Sunday special Sunday night on AM1570 WNST.

But if you have any interest in heading to Carolina for the weekend, I’d still encourage it. Just make sure you do these three things…

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1. College Lacrosse: Maryland @ Towson (Saturday 11am from Unitas Stadium live on ESPN3.com), Loyola @ Duke (Friday 7pm from Durham, NC live on AM1570 WNST), Lafayette @ Navy (Saturday 12pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), Lynchburg @ Stevenson (Saturday 1pm Caves Athletic Complex); Inside Lacrosse Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic: Syracuse vs. Georgetown (Saturday 11am) Cornell vs. Virginia (Saturday 1:30pm), Johns Hopkins vs. UMBC (Saturday 4pm) All games from M&T Bank Stadium live on ESPNU

So before we start filling out our NIT brackets in Baltimore, there’s a damn good day of lacrosse Saturday.

I’ll be at Maryland/Towson and Hopkins/UMBC Saturday for sure, and might try to poke in over in Owings Mills in between.

It’s a shame there’s so much going on in town Saturday, because if there wasn’t I would have gone down to Duke with the Greyhounds Friday night and then stuck around for the ACC or MEAC title games Saturday.

Instead, the Glenn Clark household will be torn over a battle of alma maters when the Terps face the Tigers Saturday morning. I want you to look closely at this picture before you decide whose side you’re going to support…

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The great part is…I might have her so brainwashed that she mistakenly roots for Maryland on Saturday. HAHAHA!!!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Morning Reaction Friday Football Picks And Comment

Posted on 07 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

Here are this weekend’s NFL Wild Card playoff (and BCS Championship Game, Local College Basketball) picks. During the 17 weeks of the regular season, Drew Forrester finished 148-104 and Glenn Clark finished 161-91…

Saints/Seahawks: 31-17 New Orleans (Drew), 34-13 New Orleans (Glenn)
Jets/Colts: 27-23 New York (Drew), 27-21 Indianapolis (Glenn)
Ravens/Chiefs: 27-13 Baltimore (Drew), 23-16 Baltimore (Glenn)
Packers/Eagles: 17-10 Green Bay (Drew), 24-20 Philadelphia (Glenn)
Oregon/Auburn: 38-27 Tigers (Drew), 35-31 Tigers (Glenn)
Maryland/Duke: 83-70 Blue Devils (Drew), 87-63 Blue Devils (Glenn)
Howard/Morgan State: 74-64 Bears (Drew), 72-69 Bears (Glenn)
Hampton/Coppin State: 67-62 Pirates (Drew), 65-59 Pirates (Glenn)
Towson/Georgia State: 80-67 Panthers (Drew), 71-68 Panthers (Glenn)
Maine/UMBC: 70-53 Black Bears (Drew), 54-50 Black Bears (Glenn)
Loyola/Manhattan: 57-52 Greyhounds (Drew), 71-61 Jaspers (Glenn)

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If you missed the explanations during our “Picks and Comment” segment Friday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST, visit the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net!

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 03 January 2011 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Convention (Thursday-Sunday, Baltimore Convention Center); Soccer: MISL-Milwaukee Wave @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm 1st Mariner Arena); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Patapsco (Wednesday 6:30pm), Woodlawn @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm)

10. Lovin’ Spoonful (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage), Gregg Allman (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head On Stage); Pietasters (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Sarah MacLachlan (Monday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Dinner For Schmucks” and “Machete” available on DVD/Blu-Ray (Tuesday)

Yeah, that’s about it this week. Wish I could give you something better. Either way, this song is GREAT…

As is this song…

And this song…

And when she’s not forcing me to look at pictures of injured animals, Sarah MacLachlan can even be bearable…

But yeah, it’s disappointing…

9. Bull Riding-PBR Touring Pro Division (Friday-Saturday Patriot Center)

Apparently this event isn’t the event they show on TV, so it’s not that big of a deal.

But if Johnny Knoxville were to show up, it WOULD be a big deal…because it would be awesome…

8. Mixed Martial Arts: Strikeforce Challengers (Friday 11pm from Nashville live on Showtime)

So I sat down and watched some MMA for the first time in MONTHS Saturday, checking out UFC 125 after the Winter Classic.

I was reminded of how awesome the sport can sometimes be…

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Brandon Vera’s face was completely rearranged by Thiago Alves. His nose is now hanging out somewhere near his right ear.

Yet he was smiling.

Awesome.

7. NBA: Washington Wizards @ Philadelphia 76ers (Wednesday 7pm from Philadelphia live on Comcast SportsNet), New Jersey Nets @ Washington Wizards (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats (Saturday 7pm from Charlotte live on Comcast SportsNet PLUS)

Did the ‘Zards know Gilbert Arenas could do THIS before they traded him to the Orlando Magic???

6. Pro Wrestling: TNA Genesis (Sunday 8pm from Orlando live on Pay-Per-View)

As always, I like to try to provide compelling reasons to view PPV events when I include them on the list. This week’s compelling reason is named Taylor Wilde…

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She’s reportedly a wrestler. Like you care.

5. Golf: PGA Tour Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Thursday-Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 6pm from Kapalua, HI live on Golf Channel)

Oh thank God golf is back. Absolutely no one* had missed it.

(*No one not named Drew Forrester that is.)

My pick to win the golf tour this year? Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Hey, why change now?

In other golf news, former Tiger Woods mistress Loredana Jolie did something recently. Unless it’s taking another picture with her clothes off, you wouldn’t care.

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4. NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Washington Capitals (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Florida Panthers @ Washington Capitals (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

Look, I’m not a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins OR the Washington Capitals, so I don’t have a dog in the hunt. The Pens may have lost on the ice at Heinz Field Saturday; but there was one area where they DIDN’T lose…

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Bruce Boudreau won the game…but Dan Bylsma looked AMAZING.

Can’t win ’em all, Caps fans.

3. College Basketball: Colgate @ Maryland (Tuesday 8pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ Duke (Sunday 8pm from Durham, NC live on Fox Sports Net nationally, CSN locally); Howard @ Morgan State (Saturday 4pm Hill Field House); Maine @ UMBC (Saturday 2pm RAC Arena); Hampton @ Coppin State (Saturday 4pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex), Howard @ Coppin State (Monday 7:30pm Coppin State Physical Education Complex); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Duke (Thursday 7pm from Durham, NC live on Comcast SportsNet)

Eff Duke.

Does this picture ever get old?

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And while we’re at it, how ’bout we throw this Greivis Vasquez classic in there too?

And since the women are playing this week too, here’s Kristi Toliver…

Look, I don’t think the Terrapins are going to beat the Blue Devils Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium-but it doesn’t change how I feel. Just let me have this.

2. College Football: BCS Championship Game-Auburn vs. Oregon (Monday 8:30pm from Glendale, AZ live on ESPN), Sugar Bowl-Ohio State vs. Arkansas (Tuesday 8:30pm from New Orleans live on ESPN), Cotton Bowl-LSU vs. Texas A&M (Friday 8pm from Arlington, TX live on FOX), GoDaddy.com Bowl-Miami (Ohio) vs. Middle Tennessee (Thursday 8pm from Mobile, AL live on ESPN), BBVA Compass Bowl-Pitt vs. Kentucky (Saturday 12pm from Birmingham, AL live on ESPN), Fight Hunger Bowl-Boston College vs. Nevada (Sunday 9pm from San Francisco live on ESPN); NCAA FCS Championship Game: Delaware vs. Eastern Washington (Friday 7pm from Frisco, TX live on ESPN2)

Which Cam Newton joke do you want to go with?

I’ll admit this much. I’m going to be rooting AGAINST the Tigers on Monday night.

I think it’s just probably better for everyone if Newton DOESN’T win the National Championship. Of course, we said the same thing about the Heisman Trophy but that was already decided.

As far as the FCS title is concerned, I’m assuming Delaware wins-right? I mean, there’s NO WAY a team that plays on a field that looks like this can win……can they???

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1. NFL Playoffs: AFC Wild Card Round-Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday 1pm from Kansas City live on CBS), New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts (Saturday 8pm from Indianapolis live on NBC); NFC Wild Card Round-New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks (Saturday 4:30pm from Seattle live on NBC), Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday 4:30pm from Philadelphia live on FOX)

The only issue I have here is that I don’t have quite the hate built up for KC that I did for Indy.

If we had been headed out to LucasOil Stadium this weekend, I would have had PLENTY of hate stored up. I don’t know how much hate I can have stored up in a trip to Arrowhead Stadium.

Of course, there IS good news about a trip to Kansas City…

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Yeah…if I were you, I’d think about getting on the bus.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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