NFL preseason 2019: 5 storylines to continue to monitor Roger Goodell says NFL can’t keep pace with international demand Bill O’Brien confirms Joe Webb III suffered a “significant foot injury” last night. #Texans.— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) August 30, 2019He has lined up at receiver in a pinch and has been a core contributor on special teams, the Houston Chronicle noted, in addition to being QB3 behind starter Deshaun Watson and backup A.J. McCarron, who missed recent weeks with his right hand in a cast after hitting it on a helmet during practice.”Great teammate,” O’Brien added of Webb. Related News Baker Mayfield on Kareem Hunt being banned from Browns’ facility: ‘It hurts him’ In 102 career games, he has completed 90 of 159 passes for 888 yards and three TDs with six interceptions. He also has rushed 50 times for 326 yards and four TDs and caught 10 passes for 74 yards.The deadline for NFL teams to reach the 53-player roster limit is 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Teams then have until noon ET Sunday to claim players placed on waivers at the final roster cutdown.The Texans, 1-3 in the preseason, kick off the regular season against the Saints in prime time Sept. 9 in New Orleans. O’Brien didn’t say whether Webb will require surgery, but acknowledged the team will explore signing another quarterback.Webb was carted off the field in the fourth quarter and was on crutches after the Texans’ final preseason game, a 22-10 home loss to the Rams.Per the Chronicle, which cited an unidentified league source not authorized to speak publicly: The injury immediately was considered serious.Before his injury, Webb, 32, was making an assertive case as the No. 3 quarterback, completing 19 of 29 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He also rushed for 30 yards on three carries.He is entering his 10th season in the NFL, having played 2018 with the Texans, after multiyear stints with the Vikings and Panthers. Carli Lloyd celebrates USWNT goal with NFL-centric ‘Fly, Eagles, Fly’; was it a hint? The Texans lost more than a third-string quarterback Thursday when Joe Webb III went down with what coach Bill O’Brien described on Friday as a “significant” injury.On the day before NFL rosters are cut to 53 players, Houston lost one of its most versatile players who can fill any number of roles while occupying only one roster spot.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Sunday named Titans batsman Aiden Markram and the Warriors duo of fast bowler Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper-batsman Sine Qeshile as new caps in the Proteas’ squad for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka which starts next week.Markram and Nortje are in the squad for all three matches while the 20-year-old Qeshile has been selected for the second and third matches only.“The first match forms part of our vision 2019 to continue exploring our options for the World Cup,” said CSA’s national selection convener Linda Zondi, “and the squad for that match consists largely of the squads that have been doing duty in the Momentum ODI Series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We would have liked to include Hashim Amla but unfortunately he remains unavailable because of his family situation.“We have used our T20 International matches in the past as the first port of call to widen the pool of talent. This has resulted in Rassie van der Dussen, Gihahn Cloete, Janneman Malan and Lutho Sipamla being brought through the pipeline with considerable success during the course of the current season.“Sine Qeshile has had an outstanding rookie season of franchise cricket and is certainly one of the form batsmen in franchise cricket at the moment. He looks a really exciting prospect.“JP Duminy will take over the captaincy for the last two matches while we give a short break to Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi who are involved across all three formats for the Proteas,” said Zondi.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
After all the disappointment, pain and sadness the Proteas have put their supporters in England through, there was at least one wonderful moment of happiness that brought back the simple joys of the game to savour for those who had made their way to Weybridge, some 25km southwest of central London.Former South African top-order batsman Gary Kirsten, who played in three World Cups between 1996 and 2003 and then coached India to their first World Cup triumph in 28 years in 2011, has turned his attention to grassroots development and the Gary Kirsten Foundation team that toured England is a shining light in terms of what can be achieved.It all started about five years ago when Chris Hani High School principal Madoda Mahlutshana was giving Kirsten a tour of the non-existent sporting facilities in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats. A shocked Kirsten immediately committed himself to building two concrete nets and supplying a full-time coach.The Gary Kirsten Foundation team of players from Khayelitsha after winning their match against Weybridge. Picture: @garykirstenFrom there, the Gary Kirsten Foundation’s involvement has just kept expanding, reflecting the hunger in the area for proper cricket facilities and opportunities. The foundation has now built five artificial net facilities around the township and there are seven full-time academy coaches working there.“These kids get the chance to play and have coaching every day after school in an area where there is no formalised school sport. Our main push is to create a proper hub for cricket, as well as teaching the kids life skills and building their personal skills. And we also want to build up the number of township coaches,” Tim Human, the business development manager of the Gary Kirsten Foundation said.Typical of the man of action Kirsten is, he then set a new goal – to take a team from Khayelitsha to England during the World Cup and for them to play a few matches against English schools.The Gary Kirsten Foundation team of township players from Khayelitsha in action in England. Picture: @garykirstenAfter five months of sourcing sponsors, organising passports and travel arrangements for 10-to-13-year-olds who have never been out of Cape Town let alone overseas, that team completed their UK tour by beating the Weybridge Cricket Club U13s, coming from one of the most wealthy areas of England (Cliff Richard lives here) and a Premier League club.It was their second win on tour, the other results being a tie and a loss, and it was completed in comfortable fashion in front of a large crowd as former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad organised a function that pleased the masses no end.“This tour was a dream from five months ago. A lot of school teams tour England because mom and dad fork out the money, but you never see a township team doing it because who pays for it? I’m very proud that we managed to raise the money because our friends and supporters came to the party. We are all about rolling out opportunity.Two of the Gary Kirsten Foundation players from Khayelitsha ready to bat at Weybridge, England. Picture: @garykirsten“I told the parents in February that we would be taking their kids to England to watch the World Cup and they said I was mad in the head. But we are stakeholders in that community and it’s taken us a long time to do this, but they trust us now. It is their programme and we are just enablers, this programme is township focused,” Kirsten said.While there have been other “development programmes” that have enjoyed time in the limelight, what sets Kirsten’s efforts apart is that they are all about the community.While he accepts that the absolute stellar talents he unearths will more than likely be snapped up by rich schools elsewhere to complete their education and earn SA Schools caps for their benefactors, Kirsten’s efforts are all about uplifting the entire community of Khayelitsha and not mining the talent from there for export to better-off schools.The Gary Kirsten Foundation team of township players meet Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis and opening batsman Quinton de Kock in England. Picture: @garykirsten“I would never try and stop a kid from getting a scholarship if they were offered one, but to put a kid through a year at an ex-Model C school probably costs R50,000 plus boarding. So that’s R250,000 per child for their whole education, so it gets steep. Of the 19 Black Africans who have gone on to represent the Proteas, only Mfuneko Ngam was fully educated in a township.“If your chances of making the national cricket side from a township are non-existent then I have a fundamental issue with that. Has our country not moved forward enough that we don’t say that you can’t make it from the townships, that you have to go to a Hilton College to make the Proteas? Sure, they can cherry-pick the best talent, but I don’t think we should be dumping any talent. I would rather see them stay in their schools and community and make sure the system works, that’s our focus,” Kirsten said.For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Tournaments in Langford in Canada, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong will not be played this year, with the men’s and women’s titles both awarded to pacesetters New Zealand.“The decision follows detailed and constructive dialogue with the host and participating unions, and has been taken with the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and the wider public as top priority,” a World Rugby statement said.Hong Kong had been due to be the final stop of the rejigged sevens calendar after it was moved from its traditional April slot because of the pandemic.The Hong Kong Sevens, which has been held every year since 1976, is an important source of revenue and prestige for the city which has also endured severe political upheaval over the past year.The colourful, three-day tournament is the signature event of the World Sevens Series and was a driving force behind rugby’s return to the Olympics in 2016.“While it is very disappointing for players, fans, organisers and everyone involved to have to cancel these events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and wider society remains the number one priority,” said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.“These difficult decisions have been taken following detailed consultation with our union partners and in line with advice from the various government and public health agencies around the world.”
If you haven’t seen the Snoop Dogg performing at Kansas midnight madness that caused Kansas to apologize… here you go.You mad if you are there or nah?pic.twitter.com/0MW4TRhFla— George Wrighster III (@georgewrighster) October 5, 2019Snoop Dogg’s concert at the university’s annual basketball kickoff event was met with controversy after the rapper took the court at Allen Fieldhouse. His 35-minute performance featured pole dancers, a money cannon that sent fake $100 bills with Snoop Dogg’s face and marijuana leaves on them into the audience and unfiltered lyrics. “When you pay for Snoop Dogg, you gonna get Snoop Dogg,” he said. Related News After the University of Kansas faced backlash for Snoop Dogg’s performance at the Jayhawks’ “Late Night at the Phog” event Friday, the rapper defended his show and said he has no regrets. “The audience enjoyed that s—,” Snoop Dogg said Tuesday on “The Howard Stern Show” (via ESPN). “I don’t know what the f— they talkin’ about.” Kansas’ Bill Self responds to notice of allegations, says ‘enforcement staff has created a false narrative’ Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski speaks out in favor of Fair Pay to Play Act California becomes first state to allow college athlete endorsement deals Snoop Dog brought a money gun. pic.twitter.com/MliY97ZlTO— Michael Swain (@mswain97) October 5, 2019Kansas athletic director Jeff Long issued an apology shortly after the show, admitting KU fell short of creating a family atmosphere. “We apologize for the Snoop Dogg performance at Late Night,” Long said in a statement. “We made it clear to the entertainers’ managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show. I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended.” Snoop Dogg admitted the apology caught him off guard, but said “he had the time of my life” in Lawrence, Kansas.”I just think it was more the publicity of what I did. They had to cover it up,” he added. “And I respect them. And I wasn’t gonna put no smut on their name and say that they did anything wrong, because they invited me to come do what I do.”The concert came just days after Kansas was hit with a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, which included lack of institutional control and failure to comply with coaching responsibility standards in regards to alleged payments Adidas representatives made to players.
The Olympics have started? Oh well, we’re still talkin’ hoops in an all-basketball edition of Monday morning musings . . .Thanks to the Utes and Cougars, the Mountain West Conference race tightened up a bit this weekend with Utah knocking off league-leading San Diego State, and BYU winning still another close one, this time over second-place UNLV. The Aztecs are still the team to beat at 9-2, but the Cougars are just two games back and with a home game against the Aztecs coming up, they have a chance to grab a piece of the title . . .As for the Utes, their hopes of another championship disappeared in that five-game losing streak last month. But they have moved up from last to a tie for sixth with Wyoming and could move into the top four if they win out. Next month’s MWC tournament in Denver is likely to be as wide open as ever, as proved by the seventh-place team upsetting the first-place team on the road Saturday . . .Saturday’s win also helped Utah’s hopes for an NIT berth, assuming they don’t win the MWC tournament and go to the NCAAs. Not that the NIT is anything to do cartwheels about, but for a young team like the Utes, a little run in the NIT could be a nice springboard to next season when nearly everyone is back . . .Sure the the MWC is down this year, but it could be really good next year. Not only will Utah be much-improved, BYU has all but one player back, Air Force has most of its players back, plus former player of the year Nick Welch, while San Diego State and UNLV have several top players back, plus some talented transfers who are sitting out. As for 5-19 TCU, it can’t possibly be any worse . . .For the first time in three years, the NCAA tournament will be back at the Huntsman Center next month. Local fans could very well see Gonzaga and Adam Morrison as a No. 2 or 3 seed. Those who were there last time will never forget the double-overtime thriller between Gonzaga and Arizona in 2003 . . .The ‘Zags are the best team in what is a very down year for the West. Gonzaga will be the only team from its league to make the NCAAs (you think the MWC is bad, seven of nine WCC teams have losing records) and the MWC and WAC could also be one-bid leagues. The Pac-10 only has a couple of ranked teams this year in UCLA and Washington with Arizona and Stanford having down years . . .Three women’s teams should be NCAA-bound from the strong MWC this year with New Mexico joining Utah and BYU . . .I’m glad I was wrong about Carlos Boozer not returning this season. If he can stay healthy, the Jazz should make the playoffs, either as the No. 3 seed (Northwest Division winners) or No. 8 seed (just a half game back right now). Or else he could get traded before the Feb. 23 deadline . . .Everybody likes to talk about how the Jazz should have taken Chris Paul instead of Deron Williams with the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft. And maybe they should have. But what about Utah unloading former first-round Kirk Snyder in the deal for Greg Ostertag. Last I looked Snyder was starting for New Orleans alongside Paul (28 points Saturday night), while Ostertag is, well, being Greg Ostertag . . . Finally, have you heard about Deb Remmerde? Not likely. She plays for Northwestern Iowa at the NAIA level of women’s basketball and last week she broke the record for consecutive free throws made at any level, men or women when she made her 127th straight free throw in competition. She eventually had the streak broken later in the week at 133. While women certainly can’t compete against men in basketball, they are generally better free throw shooters. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a 5-12 season, there are myriad problems for a basketball team. But if you had to pinpoint one problem for the Utah basketball team this season it would be the inability to defend the 3-point shot.So guess who’s coming to the Huntsman Center tonight?Just the second-best 3-point shooting team in the country, the Air Force Falcons.The Falcons are shooting threes at a 44.7 clip this year, which may not seem that great, considering the Utes have been allowing opponents to shoot 47.7 percent on the season. Heck, if the Utes can hold the Falcons to shoot 44.7 percent tonight, they might be doing cartwheels.The trouble for the Utes is the 11th-ranked Falcons, who have won 13 straight, do a lot more things well than shoot 3-pointers.Not only are they second in the nation in 3-point shooting, they are also ranked in the top 10 — incredibly — in eight other categories.The Falcons are tied for first in fewest turnovers per game (10.2), second in field goal percentage (53.9), second in win-loss percentage (94.1), fifth in scoring defense (54.6), fifth in fewest fouls per game (13.6), seventh in 3-pointers per game (10.0), eighth in scoring margin (19.4), and 10th in free throw percentage (76.3).Utah coach Ray Giacoletti knows his team has its hands full tonight.”It concerns me that they are 17-1 and are very efficient in everything they do,” he said. “They don’t beat themselves. You’ve got two obstacles with guarding them and what you need to be able to do to score.”Surprisingly, he’s more concerned about his team’s ability to score against the Falcons than to stop them.”The difficult part might be scoring,” he said. “It always used to be, ‘How are you going to defend Air Force?’ And, still, that’s a challenge, but that’s a little bit. But I think people in our league at least understand a little bit what they are trying to do offensively. It’s what you can run and how can you be effective scoring the basketball.”The Utes have been able to score for the most part this year. In fact, the Utes rank right behind the Falcons in 3-point shooting at 44.4 percent with Shaun Green leading the nation at 56.8 percent. But unless they slow down the Falcons’ offense, they have little chance of an upset.The one thing the Utes can find solace in is the fact the the Falcons have struggled to win their last three games.Last Tuesday, New Mexico, the same team the Utes took to overtime in The Pit, led the Falcons by 21 points in Colorado Springs before blowing a second-half lead. Then on Saturday, Wyoming stayed with the Falcons right down to the final buzzer when Jacob Burtschi made a layup to win by two. Before those two games, Air Force held on to beat UNLV by six at home.The Falcons are basically a five-man team with the starters often playing all 40 minutes. Only Andrew Henke (4.5 ppg), averages more than 10 minutes a game among the reserves. Next up for the Utes is Wyoming Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Huntsman Center. Related E-mail: email@example.com Utah game day
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — It’s been building all season, but after Saturday’s performance against Colorado State, you can officially refer to the Utah football team as the “Runnin”‘ Utes.In a convincing 27-3 victory over Colorado State at Hughes Stadium, Utah pounded the ball against the Rams, piling up a season-high 322 yards on the ground with two 100-yard rushers for the first time since the 2005 win over BYU.Darrell Mack had his sixth 100-yard game of the season with 151 yards and got some good help from Ray Stowers, who added 123 yards on 11 carries.”We ran the football very effectively,” said Ute coach Kyle Whittingham. “That was a nice little one-two punch there with Stowers and Darrell Mack. It was nice to get that production out of Ray to take some pressure off Darrell.”Stowers, a junior out of Honolulu, started the season ahead of Mack on the depth chart but fell behind his fellow running back after not playing well in an opening loss to Oregon State, when he had just 2 yards on 11 carries.He entered the game early in the first quarter after Mack got a “shoulder nick,” according to Whittingham, and promptly scored a touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Brian Johnson to give the Utes a 7-0 lead.”It’s about time,” said Stowers. “The coaches always tell me to be ready, and fortunately I got that opportunity on that first series. I wanted to get in there and take advantage of it.”Stowers picked up much of his yardage in the fourth quarter after the Ute offense had stalled in the third quarter. He had peeled off a 37-yard run in the third quarter that could have been longer except for a holding penalty.Then on the Utes’ last scoring drive, he matched his earlier run with another 37-yarder down to the CSU 12-yard line. After Mack rushed to the 1, Stowers pushed in for the final yard and his second touchdown of the game and the season.”The O-line came out there and did their thing, and we did ours and played as a team,” Stowers said. “It’s always a good feeling to help the team any way I can.”Mack was his usual consistent self but carried the ball only 20 times after getting 32 carries against Louisville and TCU.”That’s great to have someone else doing the same thing, moving the ball and to give me a little rest,” said Mack. “It takes some of the pressure off me, and it was fun watching my fellow teammate get some yards.”Besides Mack and Stowers, the Utes got some good runs from Elijah Wesson, a sophomore who began the year as a defensive back and is listed as a wide receiver. Wesson finished with 34 yards on four carries, including a 24-yarder midway through the second quarter. In all, the Utes had eight players rush the ball, including receivers Jereme Brooks, Marquis Wilson and Derrek Richards and quarterbacks Brian Johnson and Corbin Louks. Related E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Near-perfect mix: Mack, Stowers lead Utes’ offense, while defense stifles CSU
LAS VEGAS — Defending champion BYU was picked for second place and Utah was picked to finish fourth in Tuesday’s preseason poll for Mountain West Conference men’s basketball teams.Among the women, Utah was picked to defend its title, while BYU was predicted to finish fifth in the media polls.UNLV, which won the MWC men’s tournament, was selected No. 1 by the 24 voters, collecting 16 first-place votes and 206 points. BYU got five first-place votes and 181 points, followed by San Diego State with three first-place votes and 170 points. Utah received 148 points, ahead of New Mexico with 132. Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State and TCU rounded out the pack.BYU senior Lee Cummard was selected as the preseason co-player of the year along with UNLV’s Wink Adams. Joining those two on the preseason all-MWC team are Utah’s Luke Nevill, San Diego State’s Lorenzo Wade and Wyoming’s Brandon Ewing.On the women’s side, Utah’s Morgan Warburton was selected as the preseason player of the year and teammate Kalee Whipple joined her on the preseason all-conference team along with San Diego State’s Paris Johnson and Jene Morris and TCU’s Helena Sverrisdottir. BYU’s Kristen Riley was selected as preseason freshman of the year.The Ute women received 16 first-place votes and 206 points, ahead of San Diego State with 184 and TCU with 161. New Mexico was picked for fourth, followed by BYU, Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado State and Air Force.
Cougars down Utes Related PROVO — You can talk all about Utah’s horrendous shooting, the inexplicable way the Utes fell asleep in allowing three straight layups at the start of the second half and their overall inability to get the ball inside to Luke Nevill, but perhaps the main reason for the Utes’ 13-point loss Saturday afternoon was same old Ute bugaboo — turnovers.The Utes came into the game ranked 310th in the nation (out of 330 teams) in turnover margin and that will only get worse after the Utes turned the ball over 15 times compared to BYU’s five.Three days earlier, the Utes nearly handed the game to UNLV on a silver platter because of 20 turnovers to just seven for the Rebels.Turnovers were one of the first things Ute coach Jim Boylen addressed in his postgame interview.”We lost the turnover game,” he said. “When you lose the turnover game on the road, it’s hard to win.”After leading by two at the half, the Utes were still in the game, tied 36-36 early in the second half.Tyler Kepkay missed a layup, then the Utes couldn’t even get a single shot off for more than three minutes.First Luka Drca, who had an abysmal night with six turnovers of his own and 0-for-6 shooting from 3-point range, made one of those crazy passes headed to who-knows-where. The next time down, Carlon Brown lost the ball in a crowd in the lane. Next it was Kepkay’s turn to lose the handle. Then it was Luke Nevill, who held the ball too long inside as the shot clock expired just before he finally put up a shot.By this point it was 43-36 for BYU with 11:50 left. Soon the lead ballooned to 12 at 50-38 and although the Utes came back to cut the lead to six, they were never really in the game after the four-turnovers-in-four-possession stretch.For Drca, it marked the second time this year he’s had six turnovers in a game. However, the other time it happened, he also had nine assists. He only had one assist Saturday.”We’re about as good as how Drca plays because he’s a big part of what we do,” said Boylen who planned to talk with Drca on the bus ride home. “It wasn’t one of his better games, but I love the guy and he’ll be my guy as long as he’s here.”Boylen said he wasn’t happy with the way the Utes started the second half when BYU got back-to-back layups off inbounds plays under the basket and a layup off a fast break.”We just weren’t alert,” he said. “We’ve worked on out-of-bounds plays and I thought we did a good job on them in the first half. We were soft to start the half. We gave them three layups in the first five minutes and you can’t do that, especially on the road. It changed the complexion.””They came out the second half and just dominated us,” said Ute guard Lawrence Borha. “We didn’t come out and play with enough force and passion.” In falling to 11-3 in Mountain West Conference play, the Utes lead the league by just one game over BYU, but still have their destiny in their own hands. If they win both of their remaining games Tuesday night at New Mexico and Saturday against TCU at home, they will win the title outright. A win in one game will give them at least a tie for the title. “We would have loved to get a win today, but we need to get ready for our game at The Pit on Tuesday,” said Shaun Green. “I don’t think we’ll put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We believe in ourselves and know we’re a really good team and need to re-focus and we’ll be fine.”E-mail: email@example.com