Patterson: Football seeking to ‘get back on the horse’ against rival Baylor

first_imgDespite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter Colin Post TCU cornerback Tre Moehrig (7) dives for a pass defense against Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. 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A year ago, No. 13 Baylor edged out TCU 29-23 in a triple overtime thriller.This year, both teams enter the game in the midst of mediocre seasons. The Horned Frogs sit at 1-3 after the 33-14 loss to Oklahoma while Baylor is just 1-2, with only a win over 0-5 Kansas to its name.“They’re not used to losing,” Patterson said of his players. “You’re 1-3, so how do you fix that? So we’re trying to find the best ways to get back on the horse.”In light of that, here are three ways TCU can “get back on the horse” and back into the winner’s circle this Saturday:1. Establish the runLed by Terrel Bernard, Baylor’s linebacker core has wreaked havoc on opposing offenses in 2020. The Bears have three linebackers that rank in the top ten of the Big 12 in tackles per game.Bernard ranks first in that category, averaging 13.3 tackles per game (42 total). The junior has also been effective getting to the quarterback, totaling 3.5 sacks on the year.Alongside Bernard, linebackers Jalen Pitre and Dillon Doyle have combined for 16 more tackles per game.In the secondary, defensive back JT Woods has provided a safety net for the Bears, recording a conference-high two interceptions and a pass breakup thus far.The reliable nature of Baylor’s linebackers combined with Woods’s prowess in coverage have put the Bears at fourth overall in the Big 12 in total defense, giving up just 367.3 yards per game. Where they stand out is their pass defense, which ranks third in the conference. Baylor struggles to defend the run, though, allowing 154 yards on the ground per game. Coming off one of its worst rushing performances in recent history (25 carries for 75 yards), TCU will need to establish the run early to keep the Bears on their toes and open up opportunities for quarterback Max Duggan through the air.To do this, the Frogs will need to lean on running backs Kendre Miller and Darwin Barlow, who have proven to be efficient on the ground with 5.5 and 4.8 yards per carry, respectively.2. Find the end zoneScoring, especially early in games, has been a significant struggle for TCU this season. The Frogs rank second-to-last in the conference in scoring offense, putting up an average of 23.8 points per game with 12 total touchdowns scored.This struggle to put up significant points has largely been due to slow starts, as TCU has scored seven points in the first half of each of their three losses. In their one win, the Frogs nearly matched their game average with 20 points in the first half alone against No. 9 Texas.On top of that, despite the Frogs leading the nation in red zone scoring percentage (1.250), they have eight attempts this season in the red zone. “I think offensively we’ve been able to move the ball through and through, but we’ve got to play in the red zone,” Patterson said.With Baylor averaging 28 points a game in their three games played in 2020, it will be crucial for the Frogs to find the red zone earlier and more frequently if they want to leave Waco with a win.3. Prevent big playsIn each of TCU’s losses this year, a handful of specific defensive lapses significantly changed the outcome of the game.The Frogs have given up 17 plays of 32 or more yards this season.“Defensively, you’ve got to cut out the big plays. You do that, you’ve got a chance,” Patterson said. “Ninety-five percent of the time, the plays we’re playing, we’re playing really well; but you can’t give up those three to five plays a ballgame.”The electricity of running back Trestan Ebner represents a threat in this area for Baylor. In the Bears’ season opener against Kansas, the senior returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, earning Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. Ebner also scored that day on a 35-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Brewer.The Frogs will need to contain Ebner and the rest of the Bears to prevent them from gaining the momentum from big plays that their previous opponents have so often done this season.TCU and Baylor are set to face off Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m., and the game will be aired on ESPN2. Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athleticslast_img read more

Confessions of an Outdoor Dad

first_img by Jay Hardwig“I’m hot, sweaty, thirsty, and smelly, but I’m having a great time.”The pronouncement came from my eight-year-old son as we scrambled up a small summit on the Mountains-to-Sea trail late last summer. It was hardly the deep backwoods: we were a scant mile from the Folk Art Center, a fifteen-minute downhill stroll to flush toilets, station wagons, and soda pop machines. But it struck me with the force of revelation all the same. My boy loved it out here in the woods. He might grow up to run the ridges after all.I had worried it would not be so. It’s a common concern in this modern age, filled as it is with a long list of pixelated micro-diversions and other agreeable conveniences. You know the usual suspects: the Gameboys, the Leappads, the iPods, the cell phones, the boob tube, the Internet, Club Penguin, Webkinz, ToonTown. How is it possible to raise a true nature’s child in a world of instant entertainment?Easy enough, I’m starting to think. We imagine the seductions of our time to be stronger than they are. Give our kids a little credit: they know what is real and what is not. Their sturdy little souls are smart enough, even at a young age, to know that time spent staring at the sky can hatch more happiness than time spent staring at a screen; that a butterfly landing on one’s shoulder offers more enchantment than a plasticized pageant of Disney princesses; that a cold drink of water, well-earned, is more refreshing than the sugared siren call of yet another juice box.Pure bunk? Perhaps. But it is worth remembering that if my kids don’t grow up to love the trees and the dirt and the chirp of birds in spring, it is more my fault than Nickelodeon’s. When I glance out the window to spy my kids lying prone in the backyard, staring at the sky and inventing worlds of bravery, battle, and whimsy, it reminds me that any failure of imagination here is mine, not theirs.When it comes to living a more authentic outdoors existence—a life of hiking and biking, moleskin and granola—I talk a pretty good game. I keep my walking stick at the ready, trail maps in my glove box, a Whisperlite stove in good working order. I write these columns, dream of campfire nights, and speak of sore calves as a blessing and a gift. But truthfully? I don’t get around much anymore. My boots go unlaced for months at a time and my stove is (almost) always cool to the touch. I spend more time parsing online football scores than backcountry maps. My most memorable hiking experiences are a solid fifteen years in the past. My wife has told me for years that I really should be writing for Blue Ridge Indoors.What can I say? The kids are big and time is short. There’s soccer practice, PTO potlucks, and pizza palace birthday parties to navigate. Mom’s got book club, the dog needs shots, and we all know that Dad needs to hoist a few with the boys now and then. I ain’t complainin’: like Willie Dixon before me, I live the life I love and I love the life I live. But the calendar’s not quite as free as it was when I was a 25-year-old grad-school dropout bouncing around the Smokies with an ‘84 Toyota, more time than money, and a withering disdain for convention in all its forms. (My mom will hate that sentence, by the way. She’ll point out, quite correctly, that I was never quite the vagabond boho iconoclast I sometimes like to pretend I was. My pretensions in that vein have always exasperated her. But the essential point remains the same: I’ve got less free time, and perhaps less free spirit, than I once did.)Still, I know that if I put my mind to it, I could raise my kids as true lovers of the woods. If I put my mind to it, I could have them skinning rabbits right now, starting fires with flint, sniffing out rare truffles, and snapping off clean Eskimo rolls in their downtime. We could wake up each morning with grit in our teeth and bed down each night with sweat on our brow. (There are families out there like that, I know: I read about them sometimes on the Internet while sitting in my underwear and drinking canned beer.) But like so many things that I could do if I just put my mind to it–learning the accordion, flossing more thoroughly, composing dirty limericks for office dinner parties—the problem comes in putting my mind to it. I don’t put my mind to much these days, I’m afraid. My mind’s a stubborn and baleful thing, and doesn’t like to be put in places that require much in the way of effort or ambition. So it goes.But next summer, by gum, we’ll get our boots dirty. There will be more camping, more canoeing, more nights spent under the stars. It won’t be a hard sell. Eli loves to hike and ramble and talk about black holes, magicians, and time travel; Isabel could play in a mountain stream all day; they both can find the fairies in a rhododendron tangle. When we camp, they choose the primitive sites over the paved ones, and can’t wait for the campfire to start. We had a taste of the woods this summer, and the children want more. They deserve no less.And so it comes to this: after years spent thinking that I would have to push my children out of doors, I find instead they are pushing me. Keep pushing, kids. We’ll be hot, sweaty, thirsty, and smelly, and we’ll have a great time. •last_img read more

Martin claims maiden Tour stage

first_img Press Association After lighting a fire under the 100th Tour de France on Saturday, Chris Froome proved himself equally adept at putting them out as Ireland’s Dan Martin won his first Tour stage on a thrilling day on stage nine in the Pyrenees. As that squabble went on, Martin moved clear along with Jakob Fuglsang to take the long descent to Bagneres-de-Bigorre alone, with the Garmin-Sharp man winning in a short sprint to the line. Froome finished 14th, 20 seconds back, as part of a group containing rivals Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Cadel Evans. Froome’s chief lieutenant Richie Porte had been dropped as part of Sky’s troubles, eventually finishing more than 10 minutes down as Valverde moved into second place in the general classification, one minute and 25 seconds behind Froome. Belkin’s Bauke Mollema has moved up into third place overall, one minute 44 seconds back while Contador is lurking in sixth, a further seven seconds off the pace. If Froome had dazzled with the brilliant way in which he seized control of the Tour on the climb to Ax 3 Domaines on Saturday, Sunday’s ride was equally impressive as he fought a lone battle amid a pack of predators. On Saturday, Porte and Peter Kennaugh played the key roles in delivering Froome to the front but they both went missing on the first of the five categorised climbs. Kennaugh went in spectacular fashion, tumbling down an embankment after falling close to the side of the road and then emerging with extensive cuts on his arms. Porte disappeared in less dramatic but equally alarming fashion, dropped on the first climb and, despite a big push on the category one Col de Peyresourde midway through the stage, he faded badly over the final two climbs of the day. center_img Froome was left to fight a defensive battle alone after the famed Sky train came off the rails on the first of the day’s five categorised climbs. He got out of the saddle at least half a dozen times to cover attacks off the front, playing a fascinating game of cat and mouse as Movistar’s Nairo Quintana kicked out four times in the space of two kilometres on the final climb, the category one Hourquette d’Ancizan, before quickly being hauled back in each time. last_img read more

Singer Bill Withers dies at 81

first_imgHe wrote and sang a number of timeless records in the 1970s, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”According to a statement released from his family to The Associated Press, the 81-year-old died in Los Angeles from heart complications.“Lean On Me,” was performed at the presidential inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Legendary singer Bill Withers has died at the age of 81.last_img

SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES QUOTES

first_imgPETER EURTON, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “It’s been a great ride (winning four in a row). We had one little hiccup when he ran on the dirt (fourth last April 25 at Santa Anita) and he didn’t get involved. I blame myself for that, but ever since then, he’s learned how to run.“I’d like to see him go a one-turn mile down the road. He’s had some issues with tibias, shins, little things like that. The neatest thing about him is he puts himself in a good spot. He could go to the lead any time he wants to, but he saves himself by pacing himself. If the pace is slow, he’ll be on the lead; if it’s fast, he’s able to rate himself without being very far off the lead. He doesn’t have to give away a lot of ground.”MARTIN JONES, AMBITIOUS BREW, SECOND: “I was proud of him, he ran well. Bettys Bambino is pretty sharp right now and (Ambitious Brew) hasn’t run in a while. He ran a good race, though; he’s a nice horse.” TRAINER QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, BETTYS BAMBINO, WINNER: “I had a lot of horse when we crossed the dirt; I was really comfortable. I wanted a clean trip. He’s a really big horse and it’s better when I put him to the outside where he can run free; he loves the downhill.“Last time out he hurt my knee pretty good in the gate but the gate guys have done a really good job with him, they have really helped him. They make him quiet down and he broke clean today.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad; Michael Mellen (Bran Jam Stable) of Minnesota; and Joe Ciaglia of Upland.-30-last_img read more

US pushes Doing Business in Africa

first_img29 November 2012US acting secretary of commerce Rebecca Blank on Wednesday launched the Doing Business in Africa campaign, which aims to help American businesses identify and seize opportunities that will further the country’s commercial, trade and investment relationship with the continent.Blank is currently visiting South Africa to advance elements of US President Barack Obama’s “Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa”, launched in June.“Overall, the campaign is about finding new ways to form stronger partnerships for prosperity,” Blank said at Wednesday’s launch in Johannesburg.Blank, who has been acting secretary of commerce since June, said that the campaign covers the entire sub-Saharan region. “We expect to be working in many countries as we possibly can on this. There are no exclusions at all,” she said.She said US agencies would work to encourage US companies and African diaspora owned businesses to trade with and invest in Africa through expanded trade promotion programmes tailored towards Africa.Clean Energy Development and Finance CenterBlank added that the US government recognised that financing assistance was vital to increasing trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.As part of the campaign, agencies like the Overseas Private Investment Agency Corporation (OPIC) will assist with the the establishment of the US-Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center in Johannesburg.The centre aims to provide a coordinated approach to clean energy project development in the region. Specifically, the centre will also coordinate its resources with those of the US private sector, local development banks and private banks.Blank said that energy was crucial for development, and lauded the South African government for working towards universal access to electricity.The acting secretary expressed concern at the recent labour unrest in South Africa.“Any business leader will tell you that their investment and commitment to an area is very strongly related to their sense of political and economic stability in that area. South Africa has been a gateway to the rest of the continent in part because it has had a growing and stable economy.“Certainly the recent labour issues that have arisen are a great concern,” Blank said. “From my perspective, my main concern is that you want to create a sense of stability … US businesses watch these things on the news and it affects their view of whether South Africa looks like a place to bring their next investment.”Africa Growth and Opportunity ActBlank said that Obama’s administration had stated its strong support for ongoing access to Agoa to be re-signed in 2015.On a recent visit to South Africa, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said that the US had committed to include South Africa as it prepared to extend the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beyond 2015.Agoa is a unilateral trade preference programme enacted by the United States in 2000. The programme also has a Third Country Fabric Provision (TCFP) from which South Africa has been excluded since its inception.Inclusion of South Africa in the TCFP would enable South African exporters to enjoy Agoa benefits for clothing and to source clothing inputs from countries outside Africa.Blank noted, however, that re-signing Agoa in 2015 would require “not just administration support but also congressional support.“There’s no question that Congress will look to see whether American business appear to be operating on a level playing field, whether they have access to procurement and to investment opportunities the same as other businesses, and if they feel the answer to that is no, there might well be hesitations in Congress.“I have every faith that the solid investment in business opportunities will continue to unfold and we will be in a position to strongly support the renewal of Agoa come 2015.”In 2011, US exports to sub-Saharan Africa totalled $21.3-billion, while imports were $74.3-billion, an increase from $17.1-billion and $65-billion in 2010, respectively.Total trade between the US and Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 16% between 2010 and 2011, while US goods exports to Sub-Saharan Africa were up 4.6% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.SANews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

PH gold medal bet Obiena injures ACL, out of SEA Games

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses EJ Obiena has broken the national record 14 times and, at 21, looks very capable of raising the bar well beyond the 5.55 meters he achieved in a recent athletics meet in Singapore (photo).KUALA LUMPUR—Ernest John Obiena, the Italy-trained pole vaulter who is expected to deliver a gold medal for the Philippines, dropped out of the Southeast Asian Games even before he could even take the plane out of Manila.Obiena tore his anterior cruciate ligament and has to undergo surgery after a bad fall during practice at Philsports Arena Friday, one the eve of the national track and field team’s flight to this capital city.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “I don’t know why he had to still practice when he’s about to leave the next day,” said a disappointed Philippine Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico.READ: Obiena a sure gold in SEA GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Juico said he’s being taken care of and would still be qualified for Asian Games next year. “He will have surgery today,” he added.Obiena’s personal record of 5.50 meters is better than the existing SEA Games benchmark of 5.30 meters, making the 21-year-old vaulter a title favourite. “Good thing Mary Joy (Tabal) won today,” added Juico, referring to the newly minted marathon champion.READ: Ernest Obiena resets PH pole vault record in Germany tiltIt wasn’t the first time Obiena had bad luck. This year, his equipment worth $7,000 was damaged during a flight back to Rome from India.He had to ask help from friends over Facebook to buy a new set of poles and bag.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Premier League: Advantage Manchester City but fixtures favour Liverpool

first_imgManchester City have a one-point advantage over rivals Liverpool going into the final six games of the Premier League season but a tougher set of fixtures means Pep Guardiola’s side will have to be at their very best to defend their title.Liverpool’s home game with Chelsea on April 14 is their only meeting with a top-six team during the run-in and half of their games are against sides in the bottom five of the league, starting with a trip to 16th-placed Southampton on Friday.Should City, who have won their last eight games in the league, extend that run until the end of the season they will win the title again.Yet two of their fixtures stand out as absolutely crucial to deciding the outcome of what promises to be a thrilling battle.City, who play four of their last six away from home, host Spurs at the Etihad on April 20 — a game which comes after a two-legged Champions League quarter-final between the pair.City’s big test at Old Trafford on April 24Then the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on April 24 offers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side the chance to ruin the ambitions of their local rivals.It is such a tight race that even a normally acceptable result — a draw at Manchester United — could be enough to tip the balance in favour of Juergen Klopp’s side.Yet there have rarely been title run-ins without some surprises.There is an argument that playing against teams scrapping desperately against relegation is tougher, at this stage of the campaign, than taking on mid-table sides with little to motivate them.advertisementTeams such as Leicester, who City host in the penultimate game and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are at Anfield on the final day, have shown they are capable of upsetting the big boys.Another factor is the Champions League — both clubs are in the quarter-finals and if one were to be eliminated their workload would ease.Whatever happens, there will be no shortage of drama between now and May 12.Manchester City:April 14: Crystal Palace (a)April 20: Tottenham (h)April 24: Man Utd (a)April 28: Burnley (a)May 4: Leicester (h)May 12: Brighton (a)LiverpoolApril 5: Southampton (a)April 14: Chelsea (h)April 21: Cardiff (a)April 26: Huddersfield (h)May 4: Newcastle (a)May 12: Wolves (h)Also Read | Tottenham manager Pochettino says Spurs must play as per ‘World Cup’ level stadiumAlso Read | Pele hospitalised in Paris with urinary infection, condition not life-threateningAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are moving for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.It emerged this week that Luis and Atletico have agreed this will be his last season in Madrid.After having a summer move to PSG blocked, Luis has been left frustrated over his treatment by Atletico’s management.Tuttosport says Juve have been watching developments closely and are ready to take Luis on a free transfer next summer.The Bianconeri see the Brazilian as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro. last_img