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Mizzou set to face Georgia in SEC East headliner

first_imgCOLUMBIA – No. 23 Missouri has a somewhat unexpected chance to seize control of the SEC East.The Tigers’ only blemish of the year was a four-point loss at home to Indiana. Missouri rebounded to beat South Carolina on the road, erasing a 13-point deficit to win its SEC opener.Missouri is the only team in the division without an SEC loss and gets a chance to take hold of the race with a home game today against No. 13 Georgia.The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 SEC) are expected to be without star running back Todd Gurley, suspended indefinitely for an alleged violation of NCAA rules.Whether they see Gurley or not — he missed last year’s loss to the Tigers with an ankle injury — Missouri (4-1, 1-0) knows it has a shot to beat the another SEC East favorite.“That’s pretty tough to overcome,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “They’d have to lose three times to give us a chance. We don’t want to think about that.”Missouri centered its game plan on slowing Gurley, who leads the SEC with 773 rushing yards for eight touchdowns.The team utilized freshman safety Tavon Ross as a running back this week in practice to mimic Gurley’s 225-pound frame, and extra drills on tackling may come in handy no matter who starts.The Tigers insist they aren’t thinking much about the implications of a win.“This is our second conference game,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “My goodness. One at a time, that’s the best way that I know how to do it.”Here are some things to know about the matchup:CHUBB IN SPOTLIGHTGeorgia’s freshman running back will likely start, entering the game with 31 carries for 224 yards this season.Similar in stature to Gurley, Nick Chubb remains an unknown quantity this early in his career.The Bulldogs rank second in the conference with 288.8 rushing yards per game, but Gurley, Keith Marshall (knee and ankle) and Sony Michel (shoulder) account for a combined 70 percent of that total.None were expected to play against Missouri.MASON LEADSHutson Mason, Georgia’s senior quarterback, is averaging 137.4 passing yards per game and will face increased scrutiny without Gurley. Freshman Brice Ramsey led one first-half series last week against Vanderbilt, but Richt ruled out a rotation at the position. Georgia ranks 12th in the SEC with 170.2 passing yards per game, and Gurley owns the team’s longest pass, a 50-yarder to tight end Jeb Blazevich against the Commodores.MISSOURI’S D-ENDSDefensive end Shane Ray leads the league with eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, while fellow end Markus Golden has four sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel has lined the duo up in various positions on the line, utilizing Ray’s speed and Golden’s strength. Missouri has allowed 144.2 rushing yards per game, though.MAUK’S DRIVESThe Missouri sophomore quarterback only completed 12 of 34 passes for 132 yards at South Carolina, but did lead two fourth-quarter touchdown drives. He’ll benefit from the expected return of seniors Jimmie Hunt (knee) and Darius White (groin), both of whom missed the Gamecocks game.No. 13 Georgia at No. 23 MissouriWhen: 11 a.m. todayWhere: ColumbiaTV/Radio: CBS, KWTO 560 AMlast_img read more

Amid slump, Garcia hopes Elasto Painters learn from setbacks

first_imgMalaysians look to Filipinos to understand basketball better Sporting an almost opposite demeanor to the now-NLEX coach, Garcia believes that the Elasto Painters are mature enough to man up to their faults as they seek to make it to the quarterfinals.“It’s just that we have to make them believe that we have a chance. We have to make them believe that we are still a good team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOnce carrying a 5-2 card, Rain or Shine suddenly finds itself at a precarious position after losses to San Miguel (107-101 in overtime), Meralco (82-72), and on Sunday, against GlobalPort (117-99).The string of losses put the Elasto Painters at an even 5-5 slate, needing a win against Alaska on Wednesday to avoid going to a knockout playoff against Blackwater. Garcia is wishing that the slump would be enough of a reality check for his wards after he said some players failed to submit to the selfless system Rain or Shine is known for. “Some players are just playing for themselves, not thinking anymore like the old Rain or Shine team who helps each other out. Now, we look disjointed. We know what the problem is and we just have to fix it. The main problem is between them. They’re no longer sharing the ball, and at times, are too gun-shy. We are not as fluid as before,” he said. “We just have to step out and must make a recovery after these losses.”Garcia is also keeping his hopes up that these struggles will serve as a blessing in disguise to toughen up this new-look Rain or Shine team.“If we have to get through this to get better, then I’ll take this,” he said. “We still have a chance to make it to the top six, depending how we play against Alaska. I’m more worried of our players on how they react and I hope they can step out of their shadows and talk to themselves and fix these problems.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDespite Rain or Shine’s three-game slump at the tailend of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, coach Caloy Garcia said that he won’t revert to the old ways of former coach Yeng Guiao.“The difference now is there’s no one to curse at (the players),” he said, talking about the ex-mentor’s ways of toughening up his squad.ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’last_img read more

Timberwolves retain Ryan Saunders, NBA’s first millennial head coach

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Though the won-loss record didn’t receive a bump, several of the players were noticeably more productive in the second half of the season under Saunders than in the first half with Thibodeau. All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns and second-leading scorer Andrew Wiggins, for example, each posted increases in shooting, scoring, rebounding and assists.“He gets guys. He connects with them, and you are willing to go that extra mile,” backup point guard Tyus Jones told reporters late in the season.Said Towns, prone to hyperbole: “He’s the greatest communicator, possibly, in the NBA. The process has been so much easier when you have a person like that. The culture is getting better every single day.”Saunders spent five seasons as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards before returning to his home state to work for his father. He was a walk-on in college at Minnesota, where Flip Saunders also played.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged Greece Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card FILE – In this March 9, 21019, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders directs his players against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. A person with knowledge of the process tells The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ryan Saunders are finalizing a contract to make the 33-year-old their permanent head coach. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, May 20, 2019, because the Timberwolves had yet to announce the decision made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS— The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach — and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA.The team announced Monday that the 33-year-old Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this past season, the role long held by his father. The widely expected decision was made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve known Ryan for many years and have always respected his approach to the game, work ethic, basketball knowledge and passion,” Rosas said in a statement.“His coaching style and philosophies are ideal for the modern NBA, and I am confident that as a partner he will get the most out of our players as we build an identity and a sustainable winning model.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWith Saunders and the 40-year-old Rosas, the Timberwolves have a leadership duo that, at the combined age of 73, is only three years older than San Antonio president and coach Gregg Popovich and 12 years older than their predecessor Tom Thibodeau.The next-youngest coach in the league behind Saunders is Sacramento’s Luke Walton, who is 39. He just missed the millennial cutoff, defined by the Pew Research Center as people with birth dates between 1981 and 1996. MOST READ When Rosas was hired earlier this month , Timberwolves chief executive officer Ethan Casson said there was no mandate from owner Glen Taylor to keep Saunders in charge on the sideline, but even Casson acknowledged Taylor’s unabashed fondness for the son of the late Flip Saunders, who was one of the most instrumental figures in the history of the 30-year-old franchise.After Thibodeau was fired on Jan. 6 , the Timberwolves finished just 17-25 under Saunders, but players unabashedly endorsed his leadership. His fifth season as an assistant coach with the team presented a most unexpected promotion to the job his father held over 11 different seasons, including a one-year return in 2014-15 before he died of cancer. Ryan Saunders, who is the 13th head coach in Timberwolves history, even has some of the same facial expressions and nervous tics on the sideline that his dad once displayed.The highlight of the season for the Timberwolves, after they started slowly during Jimmy Butler’s trade demand saga and before they faded late amid a slew of injuries, was their first win under Saunders, a 119-117 decision at Oklahoma City on Jan. 8 on the heels of the ouster of Thibodeau, who held the dual role of president and coach. Saunders was soaked with water by the players, a handful of whom being older than him, in a joyful postgame celebration in the visiting locker room .Though the Timberwolves wound up with a 36-46 record in 11th place in the Western Conference, players spoke often of an enlightened environment around the team after Saunders took over. While also showing an eagerness to experiment with more innovative on-court strategies, he developed a rapport with the majority of the roster.Much of the tension present last season traced to Butler’s dissent, before he was dealt to Philadelphia, but Thibodeau’s old-school style and in-game intensity never appeared to bring out the best in some of the team’s younger players.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more