Chryst optimistic but realistic about Pitt’s path

first_imgby Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP)—Paul Chryst never said it was going to be easy.The Pitt coach knew there would be growing pains for a team in desperate need of stability. Halfway through his first season, Chryst’s players aren’t the only ones learning on the job. PRIZED FRESHMAN—Pitt’s Rushel Shell somersaults into the end zone for a two yard touchdown but it was not enough as Pitt blew a lead and lost to Louisville 45-35. (Courier Photo/William McBride) The Panthers (2-4) were trailing unbeaten Louisville by 10 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday when Pitt faced fourth-and-8 at the Louisville 22. Even though Pitt trailed by two scores and had a full complement of timeouts, Chryst opted to go for it, and the comeback attempt died shortly thereafter.Looking back, Chryst allows kicking it may have been the better option.“It’s hard to sit up here knowing the result that we didn’t get it to say that ‘Yeah, I feel great about that,’” Chryst said. “I don’t feel that’s one where you’re sitting there and say, ‘Geez, if I had to do it all over again I absolutely would do that.’”Yet Chryst is hardly despondent even though the Panthers remain winless (0-3) in their final season in the Big East. Pitt steps out of conference on Saturday to face struggling Buffalo (1-5) hoping to build some momentum that will carry them to the finish.“I’m encouraged that a lot of things that need to be fixed are fixable,” he said.Don’t mistake Chryst’s optimism for satisfaction with his team or with himself. Progress is great. Wins are better. When asked to gauge his own performance Chryst shrugged his shoulders.“Yeah I’d say it’s 2-4 so that’s 33 percent,” Chryst said. “You know I don’t get into that.The Panthers have already shown the ability to bounce back under Chryst, rebounding from an 0-2 start to stun then 13th-ranked Virginia Tech. They’ll have to do it again if they want to keep any sort of bowl hopes alive.Chryst insists there’s no magic elixir. The Panthers simply need to start playing better and eliminate the kind of mistakes that have cost them at crucial moments.The Panthers have been productive. Quarterback Tino Sunseri is on pace for one of the best seasons in school history, Dan Marino included. Sunseri leads the Big East in quarterback efficiency and has completed 74 percent of his passes with just one interception over his last four games.Freshman running back Rushel Shell continues to flourish, shaking off back spasms that sidelined him during a 14-13 loss at Syracuse to rush for 96 yards and a touchdown against Louisville while adding five receptions for 34 yards.Despite Shell’s precociousness, Chryst refuses to say Shell has supplanted senior Ray Graham as the team’s No. 1 tailback. Chryst has never felt the need to put together a defined pecking order in the past, there’s no need to start now.“When both are playing at a high level, which I think they’re both capable of playing at a high level, I think the stat line can be different, but the impact can be the same,” Chryst said.Halfway through his first season in charge, he knows time is running out.We’ve got to get things going,” Chryst said. “I still think winning is a by-product of doing everything the right way. I think we’ve got to take some steps forward.”last_img read more

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FAVORED DRESSED IN HERMES TAKES CHARGE LATE AND WINS $75,000 PASADENA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER SMITH; ARMSTRONG’S SAN LUIS REY DOWNS SHIPPER GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.71

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–A close third heading into the far turn, favored Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to a three quarter length win under Mike Smith in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by San Luis Rey Downs-based Janet Armstrong, Dressed in Hermes got a mile over a turf course labeled “good” in 1:37.71.“We vanned up early yesterday and schooled him in the paddock yesterday afternoon,” said Armstrong. “We weren’t concerned about the soft turf because he ran a good fifth in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, one mile) at Keeneland last fall against some of the best horses in the world.”A 3-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion, Hat Trick, Dressed in Hermes was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Budget Stable. Off at 2-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes, who was a non-threatening fourth on dirt in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 6, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. He now has three wins, all on turf, from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,700, his earnings are now $219,300.“He really is a nice horse to ride,” said Smith. “He has a little bit of pull, but the kind that you like. He gives you confidence the whole time. He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch, I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.“He gets a little discombobulated when he switches leads…I think if someone came up to him though, he would have fought back. I had plenty of horse left.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, English-bred It’s The Ice was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Sorryaboutnothing sat second until deep stretch and ran gamely for third money under Mario Gutierrez, finishing a neck in front of an on-coming Arcature. Off at 24-1, Sorryaboutnothing paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.40, 48.14, 1:12.78 and 1:25.25.last_img read more

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Half-time: QPR 0 Tottenham 1

first_imgHarry Kane’s 34th-minute goal left relegation-threatened QPR in danger of a second home defeat in the space of three days.Rangers, beaten by Arsenal in midweek, went close to going ahead when top scorer Charlie Austin fired against the underside of the bar after Matt Phillips had dribbled his way towards the left-hand edge of the penalty area.Earlier, Austin was unable to find a way past Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris after being gifted a sight of goal by Kyle Walker’s woeful back-header.However, for all the home side’s good work they were undone by an all-too familiar defensive lapse.Kane drifted between Nedum Onuoha and the recalled Rio Ferdinand to head home Andros Townsend’s free-kick – the striker’s 25th goal of the season. QPR (4-4-2): Green; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun; Isla, Sandro, Henry, Phillips; Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Grego-Cox, Comley. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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HSU interim athletics director Duncan Robins is out at end of June, no replacement found in recent search

first_imgThe following is a press release from Humboldt State University:Duncan Robins, who has been HSU’s Interim Athletic Director for the last two years, will conclude his service in the position at the end of June.Robins led Intercollegiate Athletics through a difficult period that included budget reductions and program changes. He has been instrumental in efforts to enhance support for intramural and club sports, as well as the Marching Lumberjacks, by incorporating them into the Athletics …last_img read more

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Wizards announce contract extension for John Wall

first_imgBoston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas (left) defends against Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) during the first quarter of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Sunday, April, 30, 2017, in Boston. (Photo by MICHAEL DWYER / AP)WASHINGTON — John Wall signed his $170 million, four-year contract extension that owner Ted Leonsis said provides the Washington Wizards with long-term stability.Team President Ernie Grunfeld announced the completion of the deal Wednesday. Wall said in a video posted on Twitter that he had agreed to the extension that begins in 2019-20 and includes a player option for 2023-24.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic hopes to imitate take-a-break Federer FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wall, a four-time Eastern Conference All-Star, is the third player this summer to get a designated player “supermax” extension, joining Houston’s James Harden and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.“John is an exceptional talent and a cornerstone for our team,” Leonsis said. “It’s John’s unique blend of skill and leadership that makes us a championship-caliber team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Wizards now have their big three locked up. Earlier this offseason they matched a $106.5 million, four-year offer sheet forward Otto Porter Jr. signed with the Brooklyn Nets and last summer signed guard Bradley Beal to a $128 million, five-year contract that goes through 2020-21.Porter was temporarily Washington’s highest-paid player, but that honor now belongs to Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft out of Kentucky who set career highs with 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals last season. Wall has averaged 18.8 points over seven NBA seasons. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Returning to the only team I’ve known in my professional career was an easy decision for me,” Wall said. “I understand my role as the leader of this franchise and I will continue to work hard to improve my game and make our team better. … I’m excited to bring them and this city continued success and a team they can be proud of.”The Wizards have made the playoffs three of the last four years. Wall averaged 27.2 points a game as Washington got to Game 7 of the second round this spring before losing to Boston.“He has constantly worked to improve and expand his game and has developed into an all-NBA player who has elevated our franchise,” Grunfeld said. “We are thrilled that he will continue to lead us through the prime years of his career and look forward to watching as he solidifies his place among the greatest players in our team’s history.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

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NTL PERMIT ANNOUNCEMENT

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association (ATA) is pleased to announce the following Constituent Bodies and Regions have been issued with a Permit to compete at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour from 2005 through to 2007. 1. Tropical Cyclones (North Queensland Touch Association) 2. Queensland Country Rustlers (CQ, South West and Suncoast Touch Associations) 3. Brisbane City Cobras 4. Gold Coast Sharks 5. NSWTA-Northern Eagles 6. NSWTA-Hunter/Western Hornets 7. NSWTA-Sydney Mets 8. NSWTA-Sydney Scorpions 9. NSWTA-Sydney Rebels 10. NSWTA-Southern Suns 11. Australian Capital Territory Touch Association 12. Crusaders (South Australia, Tasmania and Victorian Touch Associations) 13. Barbarians (Western Australia and Northern Territory) The dates for the National Touch are yet to be finalised and are due to be released by the 14 May 2004. Jon Pratt Event Manager- ATAlast_img read more

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Ohio State Made Sure To Remind Recruits Of Its National Championship At Its Biggest Recruiting Event Of The Year Last Night

first_imgOhio State National Championship banner lit up at their stadium.Ohio State Friday Night LightsThe most important recruiting night of the year took place yesterday for the Ohio State football program. The Buckeyes held “Friday Night Lights,” their annual recruiting event under Urban Meyer that brings dozens of the top recruits in the country to Ohio Stadium for a workout camp that serves as a showcase to OSU’s coaches. The night went well. Ohio State got a couple commitments – a four-star tight end and one of the country’s top kickers – and made sure to remind the high schoolers of what happened this past January. Meyer had the highlights from the inaugural College Football Playoff title game playing on OSU’s jumbotron and unveiled the “2014” championship banner. Ready for an unveiling… pic.twitter.com/L8oS6YpNCF— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) July 25, 2015More of that Urban Meyer testimony #OhioState pic.twitter.com/ycIFS8EBla— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015Hype video time https://t.co/8vaaXgAlQw— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015If you’re recruiting a prospect Ohio State wants, well, good luck.last_img read more

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Derrick Henry Took His O-Line Out For Dinner To Thank Them For Heisman Winning-Season

first_imgDerrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Jordan Jenkins #59 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 03: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Jordan Jenkins #59 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama running back Derrick Henry had a beast of a season, racking up 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries – averaging 5.9 yards per touch. For his efforts, last Saturday, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy. It looks like he’s willing to spread the wealth a bit, though.Wednesday night, Henry reportedly took his offensive line out for dinner to thank them for the season. Cam Robinson said Derrick Henry is taking Alabama’s offensive line out to dinner tonight.— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) December 17, 2015Cam Robinson said Derrick Henry is taking o-line to dinner tonite “I dont have a preference. I’m not picky” #Alabama pic.twitter.com/xAZ9GidrBk— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 17, 2015It was a solid day for the group – earlier, the unit was awarded the first-ever Joe Moore Award, given to the best offensive line in the country. Alabama’s work isn’t done, however. The Crimson Tide gets Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

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Avengers Stars Fight Child Hunger

first_imgFeeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council to launch new public service ads (PSA) designed to raise awareness about child hunger in America.Video: Hunger Prevention – Scarlett Johansson :30Featuring celebrity activists Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, who volunteered their time and talent, the PSAs call for Americans to help children facing hunger by supporting the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks.Video: Hunger Prevention – Jeremy Renner :30“My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family,” said Scarlett Johansson. “Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix. It is my hope that by joining with Feeding America, our awareness of this issue will lead to a solution.”According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – nearly 16 million children – struggle with hunger. Although food insecurity is harmful to people of all ages, it can be particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“There are children facing hunger in every community across America. That is unacceptable. These new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “We all have a role to play in making sure children have enough to eat and we are profoundly grateful for Ms. Johansson and Mr. Renner for lending their voices to raise awareness about the issue.”The new PSAs feature appeals from Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson, with information about how individuals can help solve hunger. The ads encourage audiences to visit www.FeedingAmerica.org where they can learn more about hunger in their communities, find volunteer opportunities at a food bank in their area, contact Members of Congress, donate food or funds, and more. The campaign includes new TV PSAs designed pro bono by 360i.“It is a privilege to be partnering with Feeding America and the Ad Council to support the fight to end hunger in America,” said 360i CEO Sarah Hofstetter. “This PSA campaign discusses the reality of hunger in the U.S., with the goal of getting more people involved and driving support for the largest network of food banks in America. We are looking forward to working with Feeding America to continue to promote this important cause throughout the year.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign, first launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. Through the Ad Council’s unique model, all PSAs will run during advertising time donated entirely by the media. Since the launch of the national Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have contributed more than $300 million in time and space for Feeding America’s PSAs.“We’re proud to support Feeding America in their efforts to tackle this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope that the campaign will be a catalyst for volunteers, supporters and donors to unite behind this movement, and increase access to food for the millions of children in need.”last_img read more

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JEOPARDY HOST ALEX TREBEK TALKS METOO MEETING JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND HIS RETIREMENT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, ‘My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men,’” the 78-year-old said. “I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, ‘But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.’ There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone.” Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TCM Advertisement Alex Trebek is already imagining what his final show will look like.The longtime “Jeopardy!” host sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, opening up about practically every issue under the sun.Speaking about the #MeToo movement, Trebek expressed concern for men who may have behaved badly when they were younger. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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