Bees Buzz Vegas

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Luis Rengifo and Eric Young Junior each had three hits and drove in two runs as the Bees drubbed the Las Vegas 51s 10-5 at Smith’s Ballpark.Michael Hermosillo and Jared Walsh each contributed two hits and a pair of RBIs.The two teams will meet again tonight for the second game of the four-game series. Written by July 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Buzz Vegas Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees Robert Lovelllast_img

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Joe Biden wins Alaska primary

first_imgJoe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was declared winner of the Alaska primary late Saturday after the state shifted to postal voting due to the coronavirus pandemic.The state’s ballots were sent out before Biden’s rival Bernie Sanders pulled out of the race last week, meaning the Vermont senator also took a proportion of the vote.However Biden emerged as the clear winner with 55.3 percent of the vote and nine of the state’s 15 delegates, Alaska Democrats tweeted from the party’s official account. Sanders took 44.7 percent of the votes and eight delegates, according to the tweet.He has stressed he will remain on the ballot and seek to gain as many delegates as possible in order to “exert significant influence” over the direction of the party.Biden, like most Americans, is under stay-at-home orders due to the global coronavirus pandemic, and has marked becoming the de facto 2020 nominee with press releases and comments broadcast online from his basement.He has urged Sanders supporters to join his campaign, which already has the backing of nearly all other ex-rivals in the race including senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, and former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg.Topics :last_img read more

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Salve Regina nips MMA 21-19 in football

first_imgMIDDLETOWN, R.I. — The Salve Regina Seahawks withstood a last-ditch scoring effort by Maine Maritime Academy to nip the Mariners 21-19 in New England Football Conference action Saturday.The Seahawks got a sack from senior defensive lineman Luke Gambale on fourth-and-11 for the Mariners with 59 seconds left in the game.MMA had earlier converted a fourth-and-one play for what would have been a go-ahead eight-yard touchdown run by freshman Jacob Doolan.But the Mariners were flagged for holding to move the ball back 10 yards to the Salve Regina 18, and the sack followed to dash hopes for a game-winning rallyThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSalve Regina jumped out to an 8-0 lead when Sam Pascale ran the ball in from 17 yards to cap a 48-yard drive for the Seahawks on their opening possession, with Mitch Graziano scoring the two-point conversion.The Seahawks fumbled on their next two possessions but the Mariners could not capitalize on those early mistakes.The Mariners got on the scoreboard in the second quarter after a Seahawk punt.Michael Fahey ran the ball six yards for the touchdown, andme on the board, and Doolan ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to tie the game 8-8.The Mariners took the 11-8 lead with a little under a minute remaining in the first half when Johnny Weymouth booted a 41-yard field goal. Weymouth’s field goal was the second longest field goal in Maine MMA history and is the longest Mariner field goal since 1996 when David McQuilkin booted a 41-yarder against Westfield State.The MMA lead proved to be brief.Alex Hulme of the Seahawks returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards to the Mariner 20.Four plays later, Pascale took the ball into the end zone from two yards out for his fifth touchdown of the season, and Jackie Hurley’s kick gave the Seahawks a 15-11 lead.MMA reclaimed the lead early in the fourth quarter when Fahey rushed 18 yards for a touchdown that put the Mariners up 17-15.But the Seahawks answered right back with a 47-yard pass completion from quarterback Steven Wilken to Matthew Traynor that set up a five-yard touchdown pass to Hulme for a 21-17 Salve Regina lead.The Mariners got the ball back with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game, and drove 64 yards before committing a costly fumble at the Seahawks’ nine-yard line.Maine Maritime’s defense held Salve Regina to another three and out, and blocked the punt to reclaim the ball at the Seahawks’ 27-yard line with four minutes remaining in the game.James Ferrar rushed for a first down, putting the Mariners at the 17, but the Seahawk defense held abd forced the Mariners to turn the ball over on downs.Three straight kneel-downs for Salve Regina exhausted the remaining timeouts for the Mariners, but still left five seconds on the clock for a fourth-down play.Wilken took the snap and retreated to his own end zone before being downed for a safety, adding the final two points for the Mariners.Fahey had 164 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns and Ferrar had 99 yards on 26 carries for the Mariners, who rushed for 343 yards.Defensively, John Doyon recorded six tackles, and picked up a fumble recovery for the Mariners, whose record dipped to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.The Mariners will be at home Saturday to host MIT at noon on Ritchie Field.last_img read more

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Defense, not offense, the key cog in Syracuse improvement

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Forget up-tempo, high-powered offense. Syracuse’s defense is the new fast.Though Syracuse hired head coach Dino Babers for his offensive genius, the Syracuse defense deserves the bulk of the credit for the Orange’s (4-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) resurgence. It has fueled what’s shaping up to be Syracuse’s best season in four years, disrupting opponents’ offenses and allowing its own the time it needs to click.The upset over then-No. 2 Clemson Friday offered a showcase of just how far this defense has come. On the biggest stage in recent program history, the SU defense harassed Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant before knocking him out of the game. It held the defending national champion’s run game to less than half of its season average yards per game. As Syracuse’s offenses continues to put up strong numbers in Year 2 under Babers, it is clear the defense has found the right ingredients to slow down opponents.“We’re just a completely different unit top to bottom,” said senior linebacker and captain Zaire Franklin. “I’m not just saying that. Parris (Bennett) is not the same player he was last year. We all just got better and I think at times we played great but other times we underachieve and that’s disappointing.”“When we take that next step,” Franklin said last month, “we’re really going to be something.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe thing is, Syracuse has already taken that step. Backed by a strong defense, the Orange is a win over No. 8 Miami away from its first stretch of three consecutive conference victories in 16 years. Sixteen years. Yet Syracuse is without safety Antwan Cordy and defensive linemen Kendall Coleman and Josh Black. Graduate transfer Jordan Martin was forced to move to safety, where he has thrived.Yes, the Orange still needs two wins to be bowl eligible for the first time in four years, so don’t get overly excited with five more games — three against Preseason Top 25 teams — remaining on the schedule. But with a chance to upset a second straight Top 10 team and a bye week forthcoming, it’s hard not to imagine the possibilities.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorBabers arrived at Syracuse with the promise of a big-time offense. That came in Year 1 and has continued this year. A quick look at this year’s defense shows it’s one of the most improved in college football. Considering the strength of Syracuse’s schedule, SU may have the most-improved defense in the country. In 2016, SU finished 122nd out of 128 FBS teams in total defense. The year prior, Syracuse finished 99th.In the second year of its Tampa 2 system, Syracuse has bucked the trend, placing 38th in both total and rushing defense. Offensively innovative and defensive-minded, the Orange has allowed 35 or more points only once this season. That happened six times a year ago under defensive coordinator Brian Ward’s scheme.“The determination they all have has been ridiculous,” senior offensive lineman Jamar McGloster said. “They’re playing harder than I’ve ever seen them play.”The quick turnaround starts with the defensive line, which takes away pressure from the linebackers and has stymied, punished and befuddled opposing quarterbacks. The unit has forced four starting QBs to leave a game. Syracuse’s front has proved to be the heart of the defense and foundation for strong coverage.The defensive line is much bigger and stronger, led by Chris Slayton and Kayton Samuels, said Julian Whigham, a former Syracuse cornerback and ESPN Syracuse analyst. Last year, highlight reels too often showed SU defensive backs running down field at receivers who had beaten them. This year, big plays are rare. They have molded to the Tampa 2, a zone coverage scheme designed to prevent big plays, and have kept most players in front.On Sept. 30 against N.C. State, the Orange allowed 26 first-half points because it could not defend on the edge. Poor containment and tackling allowed Wolfpack outside runs to routinely stretch for 10 or more yards, though it’s worth mentioning that SU held NCSU to only seven second-half points. Against the Wolfpack, Pittsburgh and Clemson, the big plays came on runs. Those suck the air out of a team. When Syracuse buckles down to limit big plays, it pilots the offense, buying it more possessions and time to shine.“They re-energized themselves to come out this year and prove to everyone else that not only are there good coaches,” Babers said, “but there are good players on that side of the football as well.”Before the season, Babers said SU would have to play better defense to make a bowl. Then, SU would have to lock down in the red zone, get more turnovers and stop teams on third downs. Through seven games, Syracuse owns the country’s third-best third-down defense and 23rd-best red zone defense.“We’re playing a lot faster, a lot smarter,” Franklin said. “I can’t wait to see the finished product.”Look out, because it’s unfolding before our eyes. Comments Published on October 18, 2017 at 9:44 pmlast_img read more

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