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“The Reality Check” Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 04 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Houston Texans (Last Week 32)

So nothing’s changed.

31. Washington Redskins (29)

I stand by it.

30. Oakland Raiders (27)

But at least there’s nothing.

29. Atlanta Falcons (31)

Mike Smith needed a win. He got it. Nothing more to see here.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

I have to talk about them for another month?

27. Cleveland Browns (25)

Caleb.Hanie.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)

RED HOT.

25. Buffalo Bills (23)

They beat the Ravens. They BEAT THE RAVENS.

24. New York Jets (22)

They’re going to finish the season 32nd. I think.

23. Minnesota Vikings (28)

Looking forward to Matt Pondman starting at QB Sunday.

22. Green Bay Packers (21)

Just…Tebow.

21. St. Louis Rams (20)

Back to not being interesting.

20. New York Giants (24)

Honorary “best of the crappy teams”.

19. Tennessee Titans (18)

But if the Indianapolis Colts can’t fulfill their duties as AFC South champions.

18. Chicago Bears (15)

Nice run defense.

17. San Diego Chargers (16)

Not dead yet.

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Backstrom, Neuvirth Get Caps Back to .500

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Backstrom, Neuvirth Get Caps Back to .500

Posted on 02 November 2013 by Ed Frankovic

Coming off of a huge and emotional win in Filthadelphia on Friday night, the Caps were back at home to take on the Florida Panthers at the Verizon Center on Saturday evening. As one might expect, Washington had a bit of a letdown and didn’t play a very good game overall. However, thanks to a super performance from Michal Neuvirth (31 saves) and a dominating effort from Nicklas Backstrom, the Caps somehow managed to get two points by beating the Cats, 3-2, in a shootout.

The victory, while pretty ugly, is an important one this early in the season. It moves the Capitals to 7-7 overall and they managed to win again without injured captain Alexander Ovechkin (upper body injury).

The biggest problem for the Caps on this night was something they’ve struggled with most of the season: effort. Simply put, the Capitals are not skating hard enough throughout games. There is too much puck watching and gliding going on and as a result the other team is owning the puck more. In addition, by not skating well, the Caps have opened themselves up to taking more penalties. Florida had six power plays on the night and it wasn’t until they scored on a 4 on 3 with just over two minutes left that they were finally able to beat a Capitals PK unit that had killed 30+ straight man advantages situations. Washington’s penalty killing has been outstanding, but six minors is far too many and the last one was just a terrible retaliation move by Steve Oleksy so late in a one goal game. #61 has to learn you have to keep your head when points are on the line.

Washington’s power play also struggled without Ovechkin, going 0 for 3 on the night. Playing against a below average goalie in Scott Clemmensen the Caps should have simplified things and focused on getting pucks and bodies to the cage, instead there was far too much perimeter passing. The Caps were minus one on the evening in the special teams department and when you aren’t playing well, that is difficult to overcome.

But the Caps did do enough good things to prevail. Backstrom was by far the best player on the ice and he has such a good shot that he needs to keep using, even when the Gr8 returns to the lineup. Eric Fehr played well again with Martin Erat on that top unit. I also liked, despite only getting about six minutes of ice time, the way the fourth line of Michael Latta, Tom Wilson, and Aaron Volpatti played. Latta earned his first NHL point with a sweet cross ice feed to John Carlson in the second period that Captain America buried with a nice shot. Carlson was also one of Washington’s better players, along with Karl Alzner.

The Caps red hot trio of Mikhail Grabovski, Joel Ward, and Jason Chimera struggled, primarily because those guys didn’t move their feet. Grabovski did have a nice goal in the shootout, along with Brooks Laich (scored despite fanning on his move) and Backstrom in the gimmick. Laich does not look himself on five on five right now. He’s been super on the PK but he hasn’t developed any chemistry with any linemates this season so far. Brooksie needs to get his legs churning too, I see too much hesitation from him, especially coming out of his own zone.

On the back end, Mike Green still isn’t playing near peak performance. He’s making far too many turnovers in his own end and in the neutral zone. Washington will need #52 performing at a high level when they play the better teams in the league.

On Saturday the Caps showed up and managed to just do enough to win against a weak Florida team. There was far too much lollygagging for my liking again, but a bit understandable given Friday night’s events. The team got the victory and now have a day off on Sunday to rest.

Coming up though, the schedule will get tougher so it’s important that the Caps get their effort up, especially on Tuesday against a New York Islanders club that gave them fits last season.

Notes: Shots were 33-23 in favor of Florida…Washington won the faceoff battle, 35-31…Carlson led the Caps in ice time with 26:15. Green played 25:47…Fehr had four shots on net and led all forwards in that department.

 

 

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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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Edsall remains perfect in season openers at Maryland

Posted on 01 September 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Kicking It Off: Maryland opened the 2013 season with a 43-10 win over FIU. It is Maryland’s fourth straight season opening victory as the Terps improved to 4-0 all-time against the Panthers.

Starting Strong: Brad Craddock’s 20-yard field goal on Maryland’s opening drive marked the first time the Terps scored on an opening possession since Stefon Diggs returned the opening kickoff 100 yards at Virginia on Oct. 13, 2012, and the first time they scored on the opening possession of a season opener since Sept. 5, 2011 against Miami.

Offensive Outburst: The Terrapin offense racked up 520 yards of total offense and scored 43 points with 40 points coming in the first half. Against Morgan State on Sept. 11, 2010, the Terps scored 45 marking the last time Maryland scored 40 or more points in the first half. The Terps’ 520 total yards marks the first time Maryland has eclipsed the 500 yards of offense since posting 524 yards at North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005.

Welcome Back: After missing the 2012 season with an ACL injury, C.J. Brown completed 20-of-23 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 105 yards and two scores. The five touchdowns he accounted for is the most by a Maryland player since Scott McBrien accounted for six against North Carolina on Nov. 1, 2003.

Do It All: Brown led the team in passing and rushing. The last time a Maryland quarterback led in both categories came at the 2002 Orange Bowl (Jan. 2) against Florida. Shaun Hill threw for 257 yards and rushed for 31 yards.

Long Time: Deon Long made his debut with the Terps by catching nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Long is the first Maryland receiver to go over 100 yards receiving since Stefon Diggs finished with 152 at Boston College on Oct. 27, 2012.

Picking Up Where He Left Off: After a record-setting freshman season, Stefon Diggs started the 2013 season on a strong note. Diggs caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. On the score, C.J. Brown found the wideout wide open down field for a 66-yard score tying his career long. Caleb Rowe hooked up with Diggs for a 66-yard touchdown at Boston College on Oct. 27, 2012.

Back in Action: C.J. Brown raced 29 yards for Maryland’s first touchdown of the season. It was Brown’s sixth career rushing touchdown and first since he rushed for two scores at NC State on Nov. 26, 2011.

Brown to Long: C.J. Brown found Deon Long in the end zone for a 25-yard score for the Terps first passing touchdown of the season. It was Brown’s eighth career passing touchdown and Long’s first receiving touchdown as a Terrapin.

First Four Possessions: Maryland scored on its first four possessions of the game. The last time the Terps accomplished the feat came at home against Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010. Maryland hit a field goal on its opening possession and followed it up with three consecutive touchdowns.

A First for Goins: Kenneth Goins, Jr., caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Brown for Maryland’s fifth score of the afternoon marking the redshirt freshman’s first collegiate touchdown.

Defensive Notes: L.A. Goree led the team in tackles with 10 marking the fourth straight game dating back to last season that he led or tied for the team high in tackles. Cole Farrand, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil  and Quinton Jefferson all had seven tackles. Cudjoe-Virgil and Jefferson combined on a sack, while Marcus Whitfield finished with 1.5. Isaac Goins recovered a fumble off of a hit delivered by Alex Twine and Abner Logan. With a juggling third quarter interception, Dexter McDougle raised his career INT total to four. Darius Kilgo and Roman Braglio added sacks, while Andre Monroe finished with 0.5 sack.

– Maryland –

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Maryland opens season Saturday against Florida International

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland football team kicks off the 2013 season against Florida International Saturday at 12:30 p.m. inside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins, under the direction of third-year head coach Randy Edsall, are opening football season No. 121. Saturday’s game will be broadcasted live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally, as well as being broadcasted on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network.

LIVE Coverage on the Comcast SportsNet
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic locally at 12:30 p.m. Wes Dunham (pbp), Brian Stann (color) and Jenn Hildreth (sidelines) will call the action. It can also be heard on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (pbp), Tim Strachan (color) and Scott McBrien (sideline) have the call.

First-and-10

• Entering preseason camp, Maryland welcomed back 37 letterwinners from the 2012 season including 18 on offense and six starters. Sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a second-team All-ACC selection as a specialist last season, leads a talented receiving corp that includes returning starter Nigel King and junior-college transfer Deon Long. Diggs’ 848 receiving yards were the third-most by an ACC rookie all-time and his 1,896 all-purpose yards are the sixth-highest total among active players in the conference. Long posted impressive numbers at Iowa Western leading the NJCAA in receptions (100), recieving yards (1,625), and touchdowns (25) en route to first team All-American honors. Running backs Albert Reid and Brandon Ross return in the backfield. Ross led the Terps in rushing with 390 yards (4.6 avg.) last season and topped 100 yards in two of the last three games including a career-best 141-yard performance at North Carolina to close the season.

• On the other side of the ball, the Terps will be tasked with replacing six starters on defense from a unit that ranked in the top-25 nationally under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart’s tutelage, but returns several playmakers particularly in the secondary. Senior defensive back Dexter McDougle will pair with Jeremiah Johnson to form an experienced duo. McDougle and Johnson have 36 starts combined. They will be joined by safety Anthony Nixon, who played in all 12 games last season and started five. McDougle led the team in solo tackles (58), tied for third in pass breakups (5) and tallied three tackles for a loss. Meanwhile, Johnson led the squad with eight pass breakups, while Nixon finsihed with 41 tackles, three pass breakips and an interception. The Terps will also welcome back linebackers Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree along with defensive lineman Darius Kilgo. Farrand tied for the team lead with 78 tackles and recorded 6.0 TFL. After appearing in five of the first nine games, Goree, a honorable mention freshman All-American in 2011, started the final three contests and tied or led the team in tackles each game, including a career-high 14 against North Carolina in the season finale. Kilgo started 11 of 12 games and finished with 40 tackles, 5.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks.

• After tearing his ACL in fall camp prior to the start of the 2012 season, quarterback C.J. Brown is back under center for the Terps. Brown had a breakout season in 2011, setting a Maryland single-season rushing yards record (574) for a quarterback and throwing for 842 yards in 10 games (five starts). Brown holds three of the top 10 rushing performances by a quarterback in Maryland history and set the record with 162 yards against Clemson (10/15/11). Brown spent last season learning offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s offensive system and his ability to run and make plays with his arm should suit Locksley’s pro-style/spread offense well.

• After turning to several unproven players last season, the Terps return all of their special teams performers for 2013. Sophomore Brad Craddock will handle the place-kicking amd kickoff duties, and Nathan Renfro will handle the punting duties. Stefon Diggs was a constant threat in the return game last season, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaging 10 yards per punt return.


Quick Hitters

• Brandon Ross peaked in the final third of the season last year eclipsing 100 yards rushing in two of the Terps’ final three games. Against Clemson on Nov. 10, Ross hit 100 yards on 16 carries marking just the 14th time in school history that a freshman rushed for 100 yards in a game. Two weeks later, Ross ran for 141 yards at North Carolina, including a season-long 71-yard run. The 141-yard performance was the most rushing yards by a Maryland running back since Da’Rel Scott rushed for 200 yards against East Carolina in the 2010 Military Bowl (12/29/10).

• The Maryland defense will have to replace six starters from a unit that finished the season ranked 21st nationally and third in the ACC. It returns five starters along with several other players with starting experience. Though they aren’t listed as returning starters, LB Matt Robinson, LB Alex Twine, LB L.A. Goree, LB Bradley Johnson, DB Sean Davis, DB Isaac Goins, DB A.J. Hendy, DL Andre Monroe, DL Keith Bowers and LB Marcus Whitfield have all started in their career.

• The Terps should benefit from consistentcy in the coaching staff this fall. With offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and special teams coordinator Andre Powell, Maryland is one of just 18 FBS programs to retain its entire coaching staff from last season.

• Maryland’s two-deep includes 32 underclassmen (freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores, and sophomores) and features 11 sophomore starters.

•Seven of the top 13 tacklers from 2012 are back this season, including linebacker Cole Farrand, who had 78 stops tying for the team lead, and defensive back Dexter McDougle, who had a team-high 58 solo tackles.


Terp Notes

Scout Team Players of the Week: Each Thursday during the season Edsall will announce the scout team players of the week. This week’s scout team players of the week are defensive back Tony Perry (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense), and defensive back Rashid Contee (special teams).

Flag Bearers: Offensive lineman De’Onte Arnett will carry the American Flag, and defensive back Dexter McDougle will carry the Maryland flag during Saturday’s introductions.

Game Captains: With the establishment of the leadship council for this season, Edsall will name game captains prior to each contest. The captains for the FIU game are running back Albert Reid (offense), linebacker L.A. Goree (defense), and defensive back Jeremiah Johnson (special teams).


Maryland-Florida International Series History

• The Terrapins and Panthers have met three times previously in school history, with the Terps emerging victorious in all three matchups. Maryland won the first-ever game between the two teams in 2006, 14-10 in College Park. In 2007, Maryland won the return meeting in Miami, 26-10. The last meeting came in College Park on Sept. 25, 2010, a 42-28 Maryland win.


Closed Captioning

Closed captioning of the game announcements will be available through an internet website that will be available on game day. The website can be accessed via any smart phone device or tablet device. A tablet device may be made available on a first come first serve basis for those wishing to utilize one during the game.

To receive the captioning website information contact 301-314-7126 in advance or upon arrival request the information at any Fan Assistance location. To check out a tablet device to be used for captioning proceed to the Stroller Check-Out located on the South side of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, adjacent to Gate H.

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Ravens-Panthers: Inactives and notes

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Ravens-Panthers: Inactives and notes

Posted on 22 August 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — With what will likely be their final opportunity to showcase their final units this summer, the Ravens hope to prove they’re on track for the start of season with their opener in Denver only two weeks away.

Coach John Harbaugh intends to play most starters the entire first half against the Carolina Panthers, with certain veteran likely being removed late in the first half and others potentially playing into the third quarter. If the last few years are any evidence, the Ravens will not play most of their starters in next week’s preseason finale in St. Louis.

Many eyes will be veterans Brandon Stokley and Dallas Clark, who are expected to receive extensive playing time against the Panthers after signing one-year deals with Baltimore following the first preseason game. The wide receiver position will be of special interest with as many as six healthy wide receivers taking extensive reps with the first-team offense over the last week of practice.

Right guard Marshal Yanda and cornerback Lardarius Webb were both active and were expected to receive their first preseason action of the summer. According to CBS Sports, Webb was only expected to see playing time in a limited capacity. Both linebacker Elvis Dumervil and defensive tackle Marcus Spears were suited up and going through warmups after returning to the practice field earlier in the week.

A surprise inactive was outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, who practiced all week and hadn’t appeared to be dealing with any specific injury.

Running back Delone Carter was inactive a day after being acquired from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for wide receiver David Reed.

Thursday marks the sixth time the Ravens and Panthers have met in preseason action with Baltimore holding a 4-1 advantage. These teams last met at M&T Bank Stadium in 2006, which was a 23-21 victory for Carolina thanks to a big day by current Panthers receiver Steve Smith.

The Ravens will wear purple jerseys with white pants Thursday night while Carolina will wear white jerseys and white pants for the third preseason game of the summer.

Here are Thursday night’s inactives:

BALTIMORE
RB Delone Carter
TE Ed Dickson
TE Dennis Pitta
WR Deonte Thompson
OL Ryan Jensen
LB Jameel McClain
LB Pernell McPhee
DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

CAROLINA
WR Armanti Edwards
WR Joe Adams
RB Jonathan Stewart
FB Mike Tolbert
FB Michael Zordich
G Edmund Kugbila
OT Bruce Campbell
TE Ben Hartsock
WR Domenik Hixon
DE Mario Addison
DT Frank Kearse

Be sure to follow WNST on Twitter throughout the evening as Glenn Clark, Nestor Aparicio, and I bring live coverage from M&T Bank Stadium.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez (Saturday 10:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); Soccer: Exhibition College Soccer-St. John’s @ Maryland (Saturday 7pm Ludwig Field), American @ UMBC (Friday 3pm Retriever Soccer Park); MLS: Toronto FC @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); WNBA: Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network)

10. Toni Braxton (Wednesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Gladys Knight/the O’Jays (Thursday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Styx/REO Speedwagon (Friday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Cheap Trick/Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (Tuesday 7:30pm Wolf Trap); Shawn Mullins (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Modern English (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); The Cult (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Goodie Mob (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Dru Hill (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Eve (Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); Lupe Fiasco/Travis Porter (Saturday 9pm Bender Arena); Carly Rae Jepsen/The Wanted (Sunday 7:30pm Timonium Fairgrounds); Tedeschi Trucks Band “Made Up Mind“, John Mayer “Paradise Valley” and Jimmy Buffett “Songs From St. Somewhere” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

One-Toni Braxton is the most important thing to ever come out of Anne Arundel County. Two-the “You’re Making Me High” video taught 13 year old Glenn Clark things about sex he probably would have otherwise never learned.

I wouldn’t pay for tickets, but if someone wanted to offer me free tickets to Modern English, I’d honestly go.

Carly Rae Jepsen isn’t actually a thing anymore, but her return allows me the opportunity to post this amazing Third Eye Blind mix again…

There is no partnership more significant…in the world…than that of Tedeschi and Trucks.

9. Maryland State Fair (Friday-Monday Timonium Fairgrounds); Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Tracy Morgan (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Ian Bagg (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Epic” and “Scary Movie 5” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); The World’s End” out in theaters (Friday)

Tracy Morgan will never jump the shark. Week.

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Ravens’ preseason schedule dates and times finalized

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Ravens’ preseason schedule dates and times finalized

Posted on 17 April 2013 by Luke Jones

The NFL released its 2013 preseason schedule earlier this month and will feature a nationally-televised preseason game for the Super Bowl XLVII champion Ravens.

Game dates and times were finalized on Tuesday.

Baltimore will host the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 22, a game that will be shown on ESPN at 8 p.m. The Ravens will also play a home game against the Atlanta Falcons in the second week of the preseason on Aug. 15.

Coach John Harbaugh will take his team to Tampa Bay for the opener on Aug. 8. The Ravens have never played the Buccaneers in the preseason and have made only one trip to Tampa in regular-season history, a win in the 2006 season opener.

The Ravens will conclude the 2013 preseason with a road game against the St. Louis Rams, which is set to be played on Thursday, Aug. 29.

In the Harbaugh era beginning in 2008, the Ravens have compiled a 13-7 record in the preseason. Baltimore has a 40-27 all-time preseason mark. In their history, the Ravens are 6-3 vs. Atlanta, 4-1 against Carolina, and 0-3 against St. Louis in preseason affairs.

Ravens 2013 Preseason Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 8           at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15         vs. Atlanta Falcons 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22         vs. Carolina Panthers (National ESPN Telecast) 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29         at St. Louis Rams 8:00 p.m.

 

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Ovechkin Hat Trick Propels Caps over Cats

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Ovechkin Hat Trick Propels Caps over Cats

Posted on 06 April 2013 by Ed Frankovic

Alexander Ovechkin is on fire and all of the national media critics who trashed him this year have egg all over their faces right now, especially Mike Milbury and PJ Stock. The Gr8 poured in three goals and added an assist as the Caps raced out to a 4-0 lead before giving up a tally with 32 seconds left to hang on 4-3 against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Saturday night.

Ovechkin now has 23 goals and 18 points in 38 games (tied for 7th in NHL scoring). He is second to Steven Stamkos (25 goals) in the NHL goal scoring race and in an 82 game season his goal total projects to just under 50. Yeah, he’s washed up and the team shouldn’t give him the puck.

The victory over a Florida squad that had won three in a row coming in pushes the Caps to 19-17-2 with 10 games left. Washington has 40 points, as does Winnipeg, but the Jets only have eight games to go.

Piece of cake for the Capitals to win the Southeast division, right?

Not so fast. For all of the good that happened in this one, there was one big bit of bad news. Trade deadline acquisition Martin Erat had to be helped to the dressing room after Panthers defensemen Erik Gudbranson boarded #10. The result was a five minute major and game misconduct for the Florida player but for Washington, it could be worse as Erat looked like he was in pain and the injury could be more than just a minor one. This comes on the heels of Brooks Laich missing Saturday’s contest.

So just when it seemed that Washington had a really solid forward lineup with balance, injuries to Erat and Laich have thrust that into turmoil once again. It’s no coincidence that Ovechkin’s hot streak (13 goals in 13 games) occurred once the Caps overall team started returning to health. Opponents could not totally focus on the Gr8 when Adam Oates had a full lineup but if 21 and 10 are out awhile, it will make it easier for opposing head coaches to do that now.

But before getting discouraged, Mike Green’s great play, after returning to 100%, is as big a factor as any of this as #52 is such a key in Washington’s breakout and he is superb at the point on the power play. The Caps had three PP goals in this one, two of which were by Ovechkin. The Gr8 has 14 PPG’s this season to lead the NHL and noone else even has 10.

In addition, you can’t discount the play of Marcus Johansson, who once healthy, has been a different player. MJ90 once again looks like the guy who showed such promise in the spring of 2011. He is a great skater and is a good passer, but he doesn’t have a great shot and he doesn’t always look to shoot. If he can keep playing at this level, and that is asking an awfully lot of him, then Washington should be able to hold off the Jets in the division race.

But the Caps can’t afford another big injury. They also need to tighten up their defensive zone when leading. Too many times they are giving up goals in front when they have players in position to make a play. In fairness, the team let down a bit after being up four pucks and Braden Holtby will likely tell you the first and third goals were on him.

Still, the Capitals top line is rolling. Nicklas Backstrom had three more assists and he has six goals and 33 assists for 39 points (tied for 11th in NHL) in 38 games. #19 has looked more comfortable and back to his usual dominant self since being reunited with Ovechkin a few weeks ago.

So there is still a lot to be positive about with this Capitals team despite the concern once again at left wing due to injuries. But Washington doesn’t have much margin for error due to their poor 2-8-1 start. They’ll need to keep the hammer down and ride the hot hand of Ovechkin down the stretch.

Where’s Milbury?! Hahahahaha

Notes: Oates was able to spread out the ice time with the big lead which should help Washington in their last back to back game of 2013, Sunday night at 7pm at the Verizon Center against Tampa…Green led the team in ice time with just 22:32…the Caps were 3 for 5 on the power play while Florida was 1 for 2…Washington outshot the Cats, 31-30, but Florida had a 16-5 third period edge when the game was pretty much over…shot attempts for the game were 58-45 in favor of the Caps…the face off battle was won by Washington, 29-26.

 

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Lewnes leads way as UMBC downs High Point

Posted on 16 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC freshman attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) tallied a team season-best six points and sophomore netminder Wes DiRito  (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) collected 15 saves in his first home start as the host Retrievers defeated High Point, 16-11, at UMBC Stadium.

UMBC improved to 2-4 on the season, including 2-0 at home, while High Point, in its first year of NCAA Division I varsity competition, fell to 2-6.

UMBC’s special teams were outstanding as the Retrievers scored on all four of its extra-man chances, while denying High Point on all six of the Panthers’ opportunities.

Lewnes scored two goals and added four assists to pace the attack for UMBC. Senior attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C./Terry Fox) scored three goals for the Retrievers and added a pair of assists. Four Retrievers- freshman Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.), junior Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s), senior Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) and junior David Campbell (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park)- each scored two goals for UMBC.

High Point freshman attackmen Dan Lomas and Adam Seal each scored three goals.

The Retrievers had not scored the game’s first goal in 2013, but burst from the gates and took a 4-0 advantage by the 9:03 mark of the first quarter. Campbell opened the scoring on an unassisted goal 4:14 into the proceedings ,getting to the inside and beating HPU netminder Austin Geisler. Lewnes made it 2-0, converting a Zach Linkous feed at the 5:39 mark and Retriever junior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) won the ensuing draw and scored six seconds later to push the margin to 3-0. Young capped the run before Panther sophomore attackman Matt Thistle closed the scoring for the quarter with 1:35 remaining.

Thistle’s goal started a 5-2 response by High Point as the visitors cut the Retriever advantage to 6-5 on Lomas’ 20th goal of the season
at the 8:43 mark of the second stanza. But UMBC answered with a 3-0 surge in a span of 2:04 on goals by Campbell, Linkous and Gregoire to take a 9-5 advantage. Lomas scored the final goal of the half with 1:51 to play in the quarter and UMBC took  a9-6 advantage to the locker room .

The Panthers closed to within a pair of goals twice in the third quarter, outscoring the Retrievers, 3-2, in the stanza.

UMBC led, 11-9, after 45 minutes, but scored twice in the first 3:24 of the fourth quarter and added two more in a 34-second span in the
middle of the stanza to take control. Senior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) caught the High Point defense off-guard and came from behind the net to score a man-up goal 73 seconds into the quarter to give the Retrievers a 12-9 advantage and Jones finished a Young feed to push the advantage to 13-9. Gregoire, Linkous  and Young recorded the final three scores for the Retrievers as the team tallied a season-high in goals.

DiRito made 10 of his 15 saves in the second and fourth quarters. Geisler stopped 10 UMBC shots as the visitors outshot the hosts,
41-35.

Jones scored three or more goals in a game for the 15th time in his career.

UMBC continues its three-game homestand when the squad welcomes Towson to UMBC Stadium on Tuesday evening. The opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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