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Miles at a loss to explain worst loss of his LSU career

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It was one thing losing to Alabama, 21-0, on Jan. 9, 2012. The Crimson Tide was No. 2 in the nation, 11-1 on the season, had just won the 2009 national championship, and that game was for the national championship as LSU finished 13-1.LSU’s 17-0 loss at Arkansas Saturday night was similar to watch, but with far different circumstances. The Razorbacks limped in at 4-5 overall, 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference and 0-17 in the SEC since 2012.Arkansas became the first winless team in SEC play so late in a season to beat LSU since a 4-6 Mississippi State outfit that was 0-6 in the SEC defeated the Tigers, 34-22, on Nov. 17, 1990, in Jackson, Miss.But that was a dying, 4-5 and 2-4 LSU team that was coached by lame duck Mike Archer, who learned just a few days before that he would be fired after the season because word leaked from LSU’s athletic department.This was a 20th-ranked, 7-3 LSU team here Saturday that just a week prior had No. 3 Alabama beaten until the final seconds of regulation before losing, 20-13, in overtime. Just two weeks before that, LSU knocked off No. 3 Ole Miss, 10-7, to improve to 7-2 and 3-2 in the SEC. LSU found itself out of all polls Sunday.So based on record of the opponent, this was the worst loss of LSU coach Les Miles’ decade at LSU. It has been 32 years since a winning LSU team this late in a season has lost to a team with such a poor record as Arkansas. On Nov. 27, 1982, a seventh-ranked, 8-1-1 and Orange Bowl-bound LSU lost, 31-28, to a 3-7 Tulane team in Tiger Stadium.Miles was at a loss to explain the proceedings, which included the Tigers’ first shutout in a regular season game under Miles and an offense that has produced all of two touchdowns in its last 12 quarters.“I don’t know what’s going on there,” Miles said when asked about an offense that managed 36 rushing yards on 32 attempts and a second straight passing output of less than 90 yards.“Offensively, we struggled yet again,” he said.“We were unable to get anything going. Simply, we have to do better on offense. We should have moved the ball better early in the game. Certainly, we should have started to throw the ball a bit more. They were loading the box early. We were uncharacteristically out of rhythm, and I don’t know why. But it’s something we have to fix.”LSU (7-4, 3-4 SEC) gained 123 total yards – by far its lowest output of the season against a team that came in just seventh in the SEC in total defense with 364.8 yards allowed a game and seventh in rush defense with 136.8 given up a game.With the next game not until Thanksgiving night on Nov. 27 at Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4 SEC) at 6:30 on ESPN, Miles sounded like he may actually make some changes.Backup quarterback Brandon Harris has not seen significant playing time since the 41-7 loss at Auburn on Oct. 4.“I think the story is that we need to make some adjustments and fix us to finish the season strong,” Miles said. “We are not crisp to start on offense, and that continued.”Miles seemed to appreciate the passing attack of Arkansas as quarterback Brandon Allen completed 16 of 27 passes for 169 yards.“I think they threw the ball with some imagination,” Miles said.LSU was without two starters on the offensive line for much of the game as starting left guard Vadal Alexander did not make the trip because of a hand injury suffered in the Alabama loss, and center Elliott Porter injured an ankle in the first half and did not return. Senior Evan Washington replaced Alexander at left guard. Sophomore starting right guard Ethan Pocic moved to center for Porter, and seldom-used senior Hoko Fanaika took over at right guard.“I think it was difficult to have two starters out, but it’s hard for me to say that cost us the game,” Miles said.The Tigers now find themselves a loss away from matching their worst regular season under Miles at LSU – 7-5 overall and 3-5 in the SEC in 2008.“We’ve just got to stay motivated and stay confident,” said safety Ronald Martin, a part of a defense that kept LSU in the game until early in the fourth quarter when the Hogs went up 17-0.“We have to have the offense’s back,” Martin said, “no matter what’s going on.”Twitter: @LSUBeatTweetWEEK OFF TO RECOVER• The Tigers have next weekend off before playing their regular-season finale against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving. That game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in College Station and airs on ESPN.last_img read more

FEI Bureau decisions – February

first_img Tags: Home  »  General  »  FEI Bureau decisions – February FEI Bureau decisions – February THE FEI Bureau held its monthly teleconference yesterday, Thursday 13 February, and approved a revised agenda for the Extraordinary General Assembly which will take place on 29 April in Lausanne (SUI). The agenda includes two proposed changes to the FEI Statutes: the extension of the term in office of the FEI President and the creation of a new FEI body, the FEI Olympic Council. The main goal of the new Council will be to liaise on a more permanent basis between the FEI and the members of the Olympic Family with an equestrian background.The FEI Bureau also decided to postpone the ordinary FEI General Assembly 2014 until after the Extraordinary Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which will be held in Monaco on 8 and 9 December. Key decisions concerning the Olympic Programme are expected to be taken by the IOC Session. As a result, the FEI General Assembly, which was originally scheduled to take place from 3 to 6 November 2014, will now be organised from 11 to 14 December 2014. The venue for the General Assembly remains unchanged (Dubai, UAE).Other important decisions taken by the Bureau include:• the allocation of the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles 2014 to Izsak (HUN), 24-28 September;• reopening the bid for the FEI European Endurance Championship for Young Riders and Juniors 2014;• the change of dates for the FEI European Driving Championships for Young Riders.,Juniors & Children 2014, Wałbrzych (POL), from 24-27 July to 21-24 August;• the allocation of the Oceania Eventing Championships 2014 to Melbourne (AUS), 6-9 June;• the approval of the calendar and the rules of the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2014;• the creation of a permanent body between the FEI and World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH), such as an FEI & WBFSH council, to ensure cooperation between the two organisations;• seeking a Memorandum of Understanding between the FEI and the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) 14 February 2014, 09:29last_img read more

India captain Kohli no fan of four-day test concept

first_imgMUMBAI, (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli does not endorse the idea of reducing test matches to four-day affairs and yesterday warned administrators against tinkering too much with the purest format of the game. The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body of the sport, is set to reflect on the idea of making test matches four-day affairs to free up a crammed international calendar and reduce player workload.Australia have said they will seriously consider the concept, while England will back making it mandatory from 2023. The cash-rich Indian board (BCCI) are yet to declare their stance on the matter.Australia test captain Tim Paine has been joined by his team mates Travis Head and Nathan Lyon in criticising the idea. “I am not a fan,” Kohli told reporters in Guwahati on the eve of the first of the three Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.“I think the intent will not be right then because then you will speak of three-day tests, I mean where do you end? Then you will speak of test cricket disappearing. I don’t endorse that at all.“I don’t think that’s fair to the purest format of the game. How cricket started initially and five-day test matches was the highest of tests you can have at the international level. According to me, it shouldn’t be altered.” Four-day matches were given the green light by the ICC in 2017, when South Africa hosted one against Zimbabwe, while England played a four-day test against Ireland last July.With an increasing number of test matches ending prematurely, the administrators are keen to free up more space in the schedules for lucrative shorter-form matches.The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations fears the new gaps in the calendar could well be filled with more cricket. In November, India became the latest major cricket playing nation to embrace day-night tests when the Eden Gardens in Kolkata hosted Bangladesh.Kohli, one of the best batsmen of his generation, feels innovations in the longest format should end at pink-ball test matches.“I was asked about the 100-ball (in England), I said I’m not going to try myself in another format because there’s already so much going on,” he added. “Day-night cricket is the most that needs to be changed about test cricket, according to me. I mean then you’re purely going to be talking about getting the numbers in and entertainment.“Day-night is another step towards commercializing test cricket and creating excitement around it but it can’t be tinkered with too much.”last_img read more

BOXING: Wahab Eyes WBF World Title After First Home Win

first_imgNew World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental super featherweight champion Segun “The Machine” Wahab, has declared readiness to win the boxing body’s world title very soon. Wahab won the WBF Intercontinental title after defeating his Tanzanian opponent, Issa “Peche Boy” Nampepeche, at GOtv Boxing Night 17, last Friday at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. The unanimous decision victory entitles Wahab, who fought in Nigeria for the first time, to have a shot at the world title, currently held by Rwanda’s Patrick Kinigamazi. The Nigerian boxer said he was delighted at winning the vacant Intercontinental super featherweight belt, but said his attention has now shifted to winning the WBF world title. “It was great to win the title in my first fight at home, a truly remarkable moment. However, I now have to concentrate on how I can win the WBF super featherweight world title. “I am now a contender for the title, so I am intensifying my preparations to ensure I get the biggest prize in the weight division,” he said. Wahab thanked the event organisers for providing him with the opportunity to showcase his skills and win the title at home. He also thanked Nigerians for coming out en masse to support him during the fight, promising them that he would make the country proud by winning the world title.Relatedlast_img read more

Two survive after plane crashes at Olympic National Park

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Two people on board a plane that crashed into the side of a mountain at Olympic National Park in Washington state on Sunday evening have survived, federal officials told ABC News.National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Peter Knudson told ABC News the student and instructor on the single engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft crashed around 3:48 p.m. local time. The NTSB is investigating the incident.The Washington State Department of Transportation confirmed to ABC News that the pair on board the crashed plane made contact with a nearby commercial flight over an emergency frequency, but could not confirm the airline. The FAA and the Navy could not confirm this report. The FAA said the incident is under investigation.The Navy rescued the instructor and student from Jupiter Mountain at approximately 6 p.m. local time with an MH-60S helicopter. The crew members administered emergency medical care before flying them to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.The nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle says the pair are in serious condition in the intensive care unit.Photos from the Navy show rescue workers tending to the crash on the side of a snowy mountain.An FAA spokesperson told ABC News the crash occurred under unknown circumstances after departing from Everett’s Paine Field and the plane suffered substantial damage in the incident.The parachute on board the Cirrus SR-22 aircraft was not deployed during the crash, according to the FAA. Cirrus aircraft are equipped with a parachute that can be deployed in the event of an emergency.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Villas-Boas’ Marseille future in doubt as right-hand man Zubizarreta departs

first_imgThe club’s sporting director, a former Spanish international goalkeeper, still had a year on his contract to run at the French giants.“I ended up as a sports director but I started as a supporter of Marseille,” wrote Zubizarreta, thanking owner Frank McCourt, president Jacques-Henri Eyraud and Rudi Garcia, the former coach.The club said in a statement: “Olympique Marseille announces the departure, by mutual agreement, of Andoni Zubizarreta.“The recruitment of a general manager in charge of football is in progress.”Zubizarreta, 58, leaves despite Marseille having ended the truncated Ligue 1 season in second place behind Paris Saint-Germain and with a Champions League place secured.In January, Villas-Boas had publicly supported his Spanish colleague who had arrived at the club in 2016, three years before the Portuguese.However, the appointment of Englishman Paul Aldridge as “special adviser” at the club was seen as an encroachment on the Spaniard’s duties.“I came here, one, due the size of the club, and, two, for Andoni Zubizarreta. I have already said that my future is intimately linked to his future,” said Villas-Boas in January.last_img read more

Cleaves helps sponsor gift packages for families

first_imgFormer Michigan State and NBA basketball player Mateen Cleaves, right, laughs during his 1 Goal, 1 Passion: Hope for the Holidays Family Fest gift distribution party on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/The Flint, Erin Kirkland)DETROIT (AP) — Several hundred Detroit families will receive holiday gift packages through an initiative headed by former Michigan State University basketball star Mateen Cleaves.Cleaves’ “1 Goal, 1 Passion: Hope for the Holidays” will distribute the items Friday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club-SE Michigan and Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of America-Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus.Families receiving the packages were nominated by nonprofit agencies. The packages include meals, gifts, utility vouchers, and access to counseling for job searches, budgeting and financial planning.Gift packages also have been distributed in Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Lansing and Flint.“One in four families throughout the state are working hard, but still living paycheck to paycheck,” Cleaves said in a release. “With the collective efforts of our top sports, nonprofit and business organizations, we hope to again have a positive impact in our communities this season and bring some relief and joy to Michigan households during the holidays.”Cleaves led the 2000 Michigan State team to the NCAA championship. He later played for the Detroit Pistons and three other NBA teams, and now is an analyst during Pistons’ games on Fox Sports Detroit.Nominated families will get $100 gift cards from Grand Rapids-based Meijer in their packages. The retailer is presenter of the Hope for the Holidays campaign.“Michigan families deserve a joy-filled holiday season and we are honored to be a part of this community-based campaign to brighten spirits and help families,” said J. K. Symancyk, Meijer president.last_img read more

Boxing: Carl Frampton to make his return to the ring on August 18th in…

first_imgAdvertisement 8kyzxpNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2x9ubWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8zh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5fvWould you ever consider trying this?😱yahfCan your students do this? 🌚4wa1hRoller skating! Powered by Firework Carl Frampton will be making his return to the ring on August 18th in Windsor Park. Frampton will have an opportunity to fight in front of the home crowd, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Frampton defeated Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision back in April. With the victory, he picked up the interim WBO Featherweight Title. Although many were hoping he would be matched up against Josh Warrington, that doesn’t seem to be the case.Advertisement The opponent could possibly be Luke Jackson, who is currently ranked number five by the WBO. Jackson a native of Australia was last in the ring against Surachet Tongmala, a bout he won by second-round knockout. It’s still early in the process and although Jackson is the name being floated around, the bout isn’t set in stone just yet.Advertisement Also making a return after scoring a victory over Sefer Seferi this past weekend, will be none other than Tyson Fury. The former heavyweight champion made a lackluster return, winning the bout after Seferi refused to come out of his corner for the fifth round.It’s part of the process for Fury who had been out of the ring for well over two years. He is simply looking to get rounds in and work himself back into boxing shape.I don’t expect the former world champion to face a tough opponent, just yet. This is more about slowly bringing him along into contention. Fury who weighed exactly 30 pounds more for Seferi then he did when he faced Wladimir Klitschko. He has a lot of work to still do but there’s no denying he put in a lot of time in the gym to shed some pounds. Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Liverpool star player Ryan Babel to join Fulham

first_imgAdvertisement nj0bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb59dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eq8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8p6mwWould you ever consider trying this?😱9mhn6pCan your students do this? 🌚biridRoller skating! Powered by Firework Fulham have signed Ryan Babel from Besiktas in this winter transfer window to strengthen their squad for saving their relegation in the Premier League. Ryan Babel now will be with Fulham till the end of this season. The 32 year old winger is in good form for Besiktas in this season. He has also the experience of playing in the Premier League for Liverpool few seasons back. So, it will certainly help him to cope up with the new condition.Advertisement Ryan Babel was very much excited after signing for Fulham. He told,Advertisement “I definitely have faith that Fulham can stay up,”“That’s one of the reasons that I’m here.”Advertisement The co owner of Fulham, Tony Khan also welcomed Ryan Babel with good gesture. He stated,“Ryan has excelled at playing attacking football on both the club and international stage, and we welcome that experience as we build our squad for a strong second-half push.“Claudio [Ranieri] and I are confident that Ryan’s return to the Premier League here will be every bit as good for him as his addition will be good for our squad.”Ryan Babel’s inclusion will certainly make Fulham a stronger side and they will surely hope to save the relegation now.Petr Cech decides to call it a day from professional football Advertisementlast_img read more

Rodeo bucks the trend

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis THE Lang Lang Rodeo is continuing to attract accolades – this time nationwide. The event was recently…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img