Saturday Night Five: Are USC and UCLA legit(?), reassessing the non-conference slate, quirky power ratings and the Dorrell Watch

San Jose Mercury - 5 hours 38 min ago

Instant reaction to Pac-12 developments on the field …

1. The state of L.A.

The numbers don’t lie, but do they exaggerate?

UCLA is 5-0 for the first time since 2013.

USC is 5-0 for the first time since 2006 (excluding the disrupted 2020 season).

And UCLA and USC are both 5-0 for the first time since 2005.

They are the only undefeated teams left in the Pac-12. The Trojans will be in the AP top-10 again next week, and the Bruins should enter the poll.

And yet, the resumes still feel flimsy. Let’s examine the opponents.

UCLA has beaten:

— Bowling Green, a Mid-American Conference team that lost to Eastern Kentucky.
— Alabama State, an FBS team that lost to Prairie View.
— South Alabama, a Sun Belt team that had the Bruins on the ropes
— Colorado, the worst team in the Power Five
— Washington, which is better than average but not close to elite.

USC has beaten:

— Rice, which is Rice
— Stanford, which hasn’t beaten an FBS team in 364 days
— Fresno State, one of the better teams in a weak Mountain West
— Oregon State, which just got walloped at Utah
— Arizona State, which is winless against FBS teams

That’s 10 games between them, and not much meat.

The Hotline believes the Bruins and Trojans are good enough to win nine games, especially with their favorable schedules:

The Bruins have eight home games and play just one of the Pac-12’s top teams on the road (Oregon),

The Trojans have seven home games and don’t face Oregon or Washington.

Consider us slightly skeptical about either team reaching the next level, which we’ll define as 10 or more wins, a conference championship appearance and a serious run at the College Football Playoff.

We could become convinced but need to see more from both.

Fortunately, clarity is on the way.

The Trojans host Washington State next weekend, then visit Utah.

The Bruins host Utah next weekend, then (after a bye) visit Oregon.

By the close of business on Oct. 22, we’ll know whether the L.A. teams are next-level good or just better than they have been.

And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the latter.

2. September review

Results in other leagues have added context to the Pac-12’s early-season ledger, and it’s not the prettiest of pictures.

Washington State’s win at Wisconsin doesn’t seem quite as impressive. The Badgers are 0-2 in the Big Ten after losing at home to Illinois (by 24 points).

Utah’s loss at Florida has taken a darker tint. The Gators are 0-2 in the SEC.

Washington’s win over Michigan State has lost its luster. The Spartans are 0-2 in the Big Ten after lopsided losses to Minnesota and Maryland (not to be confused with Michigan and Ohio State).

Also, what once appeared to be quality wins over the Mountain West should be reconsidered.

Fresno State just lost to Connecticut — a bad result, even without quarterback Jake Haener — and both Boise State and San Diego State are in reset seasons.

3. Bowl math

While the context cited above is important, the wins matter most. And the Pac-12 should once again have four teams in the AP poll (USC, UCLA, Utah and Oregon), plus two others with 4-1 records.

The conference remains well positioned to send at least seven and perhaps nine teams to the postseason.

It’s a zero-sum game, after all. With three teams that are headed nowhere (Colorado, Stanford and ASU), there are gobs of wins available for everyone else.

For example, Oregon State is 3-2 (halfway to bowl eligibility) after back-to-back losses to USC and Utah. But the Beavers are closer to the postseason than it appears because they play all three of the bottom feeders.

The last time the Pac-12 produced nine bowl-eligible teams was 2017, which happened to be the last time there were three bad teams: Oregon State was 0-9 in conference play, while Cal and Colorado were 2-7.

Strong tops and wide middles are only attainable if there’s a big bottom.

4. Hot seat update

Another lopsided loss by Colorado (43-20, at Arizona) has the Hotline on alert for yet another in-season firing.

Last year, USC’s Clay Helton, Washington State’s Nick Rolovich and Washington’s Jimmy Lake were terminated during the regular season.

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Last month, Arizona State’s Herm Edwards relinquished his duties.

Will the CU administration dismiss third-year coach Karl Dorrell, whose team is 0-5 and has not been within three touchdowns of a victory?

The next 48 hours provide a time to act.

With the Buffaloes idle next weekend, an interim coach would have several days to settle in before preparations ramp up for the Oct. 15 home game against Cal.

We believe it’s also possible that Dorrell remains in place for the duration of the season but staff changes are announced next week (assistants and coordinator), especially on the defensive side.

5. Power ratings

Late Saturday night, the Hotline published (on Twitter) an insider’s assessment of the conference hierarchy.

For fun, we described the teams without using their actual names.

See if you can guess who’s who:

1. Come and get us
2. Georgia off our minds
3. 296 (minutes) out of 300
4. Best team in L.A.
5. USC
6. DBU? Nah, QBU
7. 21 (positions) out of 22
8. Our WRs are damn good
9. Just grinding along
10. Hello, NCAA? Please hurry
11. Glory Days, they pass you by
12. The buyout is what?

Confused?

The teams above USC are, in order: Utah, Oregon, Washington State and UCLA.

The teams below USC are, in order: Washington, Oregon State, Arizona, Cal, ASU, Stanford and Colorado

Goodnight, everyone.

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The Racial Divide Herschel Walker Couldn’t Outrun

N.Y. Times - 6 hours 26 min ago
As a teenage football prodigy, Mr. Walker was pressed to join a fight for civil rights in his hometown. His decision echoes decades later.
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Biden Will Visit Puerto Rico And Florida to Assess Storm Damage

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 23:42
Trips on Monday and Wednesday are planned to the sites of the natural disasters.
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Nobel season is here: 5 things to know about the prizes

Seattle Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 23:33

The beginning of October means Nobel Prize season.
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Police fired tear gas as fans rushed on to the field.

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 23:24
After a home team loss, fans ran onto the field and were confronted by the police, who used tear gas. In the panic that ensued, many were trampled.
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Biden Will Visit Puerto Rico And Florida to Assess Storm Damage

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 20:34
Trips on Monday and Wednesday are planned to the sites of the natural disasters.
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San Jose State kick off conference play with a road victory in Wyoming

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 20:20

The Spartans opened up conference play with a convincing 33-16 win over Wyoming on the road. San Jose State moves to 3-1 overall, their sole loss coming against Auburn in their second game of the year.

Strong chemistry between junior quarterback Chevon Cordeiro and his receivers fueled the lead in the first half. The Spartans’ strong defensive front extinguished any flicker of a Cowboys comeback in the second half.

Cordeiro had no trouble finding his receivers in wide open space and often exploited favorable man coverage match-ups against the Cowboys’ secondary.

But they had initial trouble converting in the red zone. In a first quarter drive, Cordeiro found Elijah Cooks for a 23-yard pass on third-and-21. A Wyoming hands-to-face penalty cut the distance to goal in half. But the Spartans couldn’t find the end zone, and their 26-yard field goal attempt missed wide left.

A few minutes later, the Spartans stopped Wyoming on a fourth-and-one play, a defensive stop made easier because the Cowboys started the play in shotgun formation. Cordeiro found a wide-open Cooks in the middle of the field for a 52-yard catch to put them in the red zone for a third time. Skylar Loving-Black caught an eight-yard pass for his first career touchdown and the Spartans’ first touchdown of the game to make it 12-3.

They’d found their rhythm.

The Spartans extended their lead with a drive to end the half, ending with Cordeiro’s one-yard touchdown run to make it 19-10 at the break.

After the half and still in rhythm, Cordeiro found Cooks immediately for a 26-yard pass to put them a half-yard away from the end zone. Cordeiro ran out to the slot and running back Kairee Robinson scored to make it 26-10.

Defensive lineman Cade Hall opened that second half with his first career interception to set up the touchdown; cornerback Kenyon Reed broke up a pass that left the ball hanging.

Defense and special teams set the tone before the Spartans found offensive rhythm. Early in the first quarter, Travis Benham’s punt landed within the one-yard line and the defense made it pay by blowing up Wyoming’s run play in the end zone for a safety.

The defense also suffered a loss when defensive back Noah Wright was taken off the field in a stretcher after appearing to hurt himself trying to stop a run. Wright held up up two fingers on both hands, signaling to his teammates he was OK, before he got onto the ambulance.

After the injury delay, Wyoming quarterback Andrew Beasely broke free for a 61-yard run on third down and found Parker Christensen for 13 yard touchdown. A failed two point conversion cut the Spartans’ lead to 10. But the Spartans held Wyoming scoreless the rest of the way.

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Taking advantage of an exhausted Wyoming defense, the Spartans ran run pass option with Cordeiro scampering into the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown to ice the game.

The Spartans host undefeated UNLV (3-0), off a win against New Mexico, next next Friday, Oct. 7 at CEFCU Stadium.

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Biden Will Visit Puerto Rico And Florida to Assess Storm Damage

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 19:57
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Maryland football beats Michigan State, 27-13, behind Taulia Tagovailoa to continue hot start: ‘I’ll take my hat off to that kid’

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 19:42

Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has dealt with a whirlwind of emotions over the past 48 hours.

On Thursday night, he watched his older brother Tua suffer a frightening head injury during the Miami Dolphins’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals and be taken off the field on a stretcher. The indelible moment in front of a national audience sparked immediate debate about the NFL’s concussion protocols, which allowed the star quarterback to play just four days after hitting his head in the previous game.

As Maryland football coach Mike Locksley considered the impact the scary scene had on his young quarterback, a simple FaceTime call between the brothers changed everything.

“Tua basically said, ‘Hey, I’m fine and go play. I’m looking forward to seeing you go play and win the game,’” Locksley said.

The brief conversation with his brother give Taulia the energy he needed to throw for 314 yards and a touchdown and move into third place on Maryland’s all-time passing list in the Terps’ 27-13 win over Michigan State on Saturday at SECU Stadium.

“With my background with that family, those boys are warriors,” Locksley said of the Tagovailoa brothers, who he coached when he was the offensive coordinator at Alabama. “Once he had the conversation with his brother, he was able to focus on doing his job and I thought the kid showed up and played well.”

A week after suffering a knee injury in a loss to No. 4 Michigan, Tagovailoa was efficient Saturday, completing 32 of 41 attempts to become the fastest quarterback in school history to eclipse 6,000 career passing yards and move above Boomer Esiason in the record book. The Alabama transfer connected with 10 different receivers, as redshirt senior receiver Jeshaun Jones had six catches for 60 yards and junior Rakim Jarrett, who injured his head against the Wolverines, totaled 41 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.

Tagovailoa had the hot hand from the start. During the first drive of the afternoon, he completed a 16-yard pass to senior Dontay Demus Jr. before finding running back Roman Hemby for a 20-yard catch-and-run. With the Terps facing a third-and-8, Tagovailoa threw a 21-yard pass over the middle to Florida transfer Jacob Copeland, putting Maryland (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) at the Spartans’ 28-yard line. A few plays later, redshirt freshman running back Antwain Littleton II broke left for a 15-yard touchdown run, capping a 12-play, 93-yard scoring drive.

Littleton, who rushed for 120 yards on 19 carries, including a 68-yard run in the fourth quarter, has scored a touchdown in six straight games, the longest streak by a Terp in 17 years.

“He knows we’re his brothers [and] we got him at the end of the day,” Littleton said of Tagovailoa.

After Littleton’s opening score, Michigan State (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) responded. Quarterback Peyton Thorne (27-for-44 for 221 yards and a touchdown) completed four passes for more than 10 yards, and running back Elijah Collins slipped past several Maryland defenders for a 12-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 with 9:15 left in the first quarter.

Still, the Spartans didn’t have an answer for Maryland’s offense. Tagovailoa stepped into the pocket and escaped three Michigan State defenders before throwing a deep pass to tight end Corey Dyches for a 44-yard gain. Three plays later, running back Colby McDonald scored a 2-yard touchdown to give Maryland a 14-7 lead with under six minutes left.

In the second quarter, Michigan State missed an opportunity to even the score. After Thorne’s 8-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jayden Reed with 4:24 to go, the Spartans failed to convert a fake extra-point attempt, helping Maryland maintain a 14-13 lead.

On the following drive, Tagovailoa once again marched the offense down the field before throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett, extending the lead to 21-13 with 42 seconds left.

“I’ll take my hat off to that kid,” Locksley said. “We did a good job of surrounding him, but I liked the way he was able to kind of compartmentalize and lean on his brothers, and that’s the culture we try to create.”

Maryland had a chance to break the game open when Thorne’s pass slipped off Reed’s outstretched hand before being intercepted by sophomore safety Dante Trader Jr., who ran 47 yards for a touchdown. However, Trader’s touchdown was negated due to a questionable personal foul call on sophomore defensive back Corey Cooley Jr., who hit Reed in the shoulder just after the ball arrived.

“We can’t control the referees [and] we can’t control the calls,” Locksley said. “At some point, I think we’ll earn the respect to where we are able to take advantage of calls like that.”

Michigan State didn’t take advantage of the penalty, however, as the Spartans’ 45-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by senior defensive back Jakorian Bennett as time expired.

The Terps’ offense was held in check in the second half, but one of their rising stars made sure they came away with points. After an 11-play drive stalled at the Spartans’ 25 with 8:26 left in the third quarter, kicker Chad Ryland hit a 43-yard field goal to tie the Big Ten Conference record with his 24th consecutive make. The Eastern Michigan transfer just missed breaking the record, missing a 50-yard attempt with 1:22 to go, but bounced back to nail a 51-yard try that gave Maryland a 27-13 lead with 7:54 to go in the fourth.

While Maryland failed to reach the end zone in the second half, the defense made sure the Spartans’ losing streak extended to three games. Maryland held Michigan State to 76 total yards in the second half as receivers struggled to hang on to the ball.

Locksley credited defensive coordinator Brian Williams for making much-needed adjustments, switching to Cover 2 and pressuring the quarterback a few times. Freshman linebacker Jaishawn Barham (St. Frances) had a strong game, totaling five tackles, including one for loss.

“They went tempo a lot in the first drive, and they caught us off guard a bit,” said junior cornerback Tarheeb Still, who had a team-high nine tackles. “Once we settled down, we were pretty good.”

With the victory, Maryland is now two wins away from becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season, which the program hasn’t done since 2013 and 2014. Five of Maryland’s last seven games are against winnable opponents, giving the Terps a chance to win nine games for the first time in 22 years.

Locksley said there’s still more work to do, but he feels the program is where he wants it to be in Year 4 at the helm.

“You are starting to see it come to fruition,” he said.

PURDUE@MARYLAND

Saturday, noon

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 105.7 FM

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Mets can’t give Max Scherzer much support in 4-2 loss to Braves

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 19:37

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have quite possibly one of the deepest lineups in baseball. The Mets assembled a starting pitching rotation that they believed could counter that lineup.

But if the big-game pitchers don’t get any run support then it doesn’t matter. Once again, the Mets offense failed to show up for an ace and they lost 4-2 to the Braves on Saturday night at Truist Park.

The Mets (98-60) came into the series leading the NL East by a single game. The Amazins’ are now trailing Atlanta (99-59) by a game and their chances of clinching the division are looking slimmer each day.

The Braves lineup did what it does best to win a crucial series: Pounded pitchers out of the park. The club leads the National League in home runs and they hit two of them against Max Scherzer on Saturday.

Scherzer was tagged for four runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked none. It was not his best outing, but the margin for error was thin with the way the Mets were swinging the bats.

For the second time in as many games, the Mets struck first, getting a run off Kyle Wright (21-5) in the first inning. The Braves tied the game in the fourth and a two-out rally in the top of the fifth gave the Mets a brief 2-1 lead.

But Dansby Swanson took Scherzer deep into the left-center seats for a two-run shot to put Atlanta up 4-1 in the sixth. Scherzer threw him a four-seam fastball right over the middle and he drove it 432 feet.

Matt Olson led off the sixth with a home run as well. It was the second time in as many nights Swanson and Olson homered off a Mets starter. They both took Jacob deGrom deep in the first game of the series, as did Austin Riley, who went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

The middle of the order continues to torment the Mets. It’s not surprising considering just how stacked this lineup is.

Wright was 1-4 against the Mets in seven previous starts and 0-2 this season. The Mets made him work for it in the first inning forcing him to throw 30 pitches but he settled in and limited them to just two runs on seven hits. The Braves bullpen limited the Mets to just a single base-runner through four innings and Kenley Jansen recorded his 39th save with a perfect ninth.

Scherzer and deGrom might not have had their best stuff but the bottom line is that stringing together only two runs isn’t good enough, especially when the stakes are this high.

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Half of adults have heard little or nothing about new COVID boosters, survey finds

Seattle Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 19:36

The new, redesigned COVID booster, which protects against omicron and its extremely contagious subvariants, appears to have a visibility problem.
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Rookie Sears shines, but Oakland A’s lose 5-1 to playoff-bound Seattle Mariners

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 19:36

The Oakland A’s figure to have plenty of competition for the rotation next spring, and rookie J.P. Sears made another persuasive argument to be part of that mix on Saturday in what was likely was his final appearance of the season.

The A’s lost 5-1 in Seattle, their sixth straight loss and No. 102 of the season, but Sears showed why the A’s insisted he be part of the trade that sent Frankie Montas and Lou Trevino to the Yankees, pitching six shutout inning after taking over for opener Adam Oller in the second inning.

“I thought Sears did a great job today commanding the baseball, utilizing the fastball at the top of the zone,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “His off-speed pitches got some swings and misses. …. The outing was great to end the year on.”

Sears went 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA between the Yankees and A’s. Saturday was his 10th appearance with Oakland — his first out of the bullpen — and was among his most effective. He matched his season-high for innings pitched and the six strikeouts were his second-most of the season. He struck out a season-high seven and allowed one unearned run over five innings in a Sept. 20 start against the Mariners in Oakland.

Moving forward, the A’s have to be pleased with Sears’ success against their AL West rivals. In three appearances against Seattle since Aug. 21, Sears went 2-0 and allowed one earned run over 16 innings with 16 strikeouts.

With the Mariners still buzzing hours after clinching their first postseason appearance in 21 years, A’s leadoff hitter Tony Kemp singled on Mariners starter Luis Castillo’s first pitch of the game and scored on Jordan Diaz’s RBI single.

The Mariners answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first. But Sears kept the Mariners from extending the lead after entering the game to start the second. He struck out six, walked two and gave up just two hits, both of which the A’s wiped away with double plays.

Oller came off the 15-day injured list Friday from a bout of rib costochondritis, the swelling of cartilage between the ribcage and breast bone. He gave up three runs and three hits, striking out two and walking two before yielding to Sears. Kotsay said using Oller as the opener allowed the team to manage the former starter’s work in a way he was familiar with.

Castillo kept the A’s bats quiet after the first inning, striking out eight in six innings of two-hit ball as Seattle kept pace with the Toronto Blue Jays in its bid to host an AL wild-card series.

Castillo (8-6) retired 16 in a row to help Seattle to its fourth consecutive win. The right-hander settled down after giving up two quick hits and a walk in the first inning to fall behind 1-0 — about 12 hours after most Mariners left the ballpark after clinching the club’s first playoff appearance in 21 years.

“He was really in total control of the game and I would say that was probably the most stress-free game that we’ve had here in quite some time,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I felt with him out on the mound and how the game was going, the way the crowd was into it today coming off last night, it was a nice, perfectly executed ballgame with a W behind it. So we’ll see about sweeping them tomorrow.”

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Coming off two mediocre outings, Castillo’s best move Saturday might have come in the wee hours when he celebrated briefly with his teammates before going home early and getting to bed before the day-game start.

Castillo’s next outing will be in the playoffs, the goal general manager Jerry Dipoto had in mind when the Mariners traded for the All-Star before the deadline this summer. The fact that his slider is now working well has him ready for the role.

“Confidence was the key there to be able to throw that pitch,” Castillo said through a translator. “It didn’t matter what the pitch count was.”

The Mariners rested most of their key starters a day after securing a wild-card berth, ending the longest playoff drought in major professional sports in North America. They’ve got five more games – Sunday against the A’s and four games against the Detroit Tigers next week – to catch the Blue Jays and stay ahead of Tampa Bay. The No. 1 wild card hosts a best-of-three series beginning Friday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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For 20-somethings, a confusing rite of passage: Finding health insurance

Seattle Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 19:08

Ahead of Cal Treichler’s 26th birthday in June, he faced a common challenge for 20-somethings fortunate enough to have parents with health insurance: He had to get off their plan and find his own coverage.
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More Than 100 Dead in Unrest After Indonesian Soccer Match

N.Y. Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 18:54
After a home team loss, fans rushed the field and were confronted by the police, who used tear gas. In the panic that ensued, many were trampled.
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Uganda races to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak

Seattle Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 18:32

An outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, caused by a strain for which there is no approved vaccine or treatment, is fanning fears across East Africa.
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Bay Area TV Sports Listings: What to watch Monday-Tuesday

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 18:00

Monday

College Golf

1:30 p.m. Blessings Collegiate Invitiational, first round GOLF

MLB

6:30 p.m. Giants at Padres NBCBA

6:30 p.m. Angels at A’s NBCCA

NFL

5 p.m. Rams at 49ers ABC, ESPN, ESPN2

NHL Preseason

11 a.m. Predators at SC Bern NHL

Soccer

Noon England: Nottingham Forest at Leicester City USA

Tennis

7 a.m. ATP/WTA tournaments, early round TENNIS

7 p.m. ATP/WTA tournaments, early round TENNIS

Tuesday

Golf

1:30 p.m. NCAA Blessings Collegiate Invitiational Round 2 GOLF

MLB

5 p.m. Phillies at Astros TBS

6:30 p.m. Giants at Padres NBCSN-BA

6:30 p.m. Angels at A’s NBCCA

NBA Preseason

4 p.m. Pistons at Knicks TNT

6:30 p.m. Pelicans at Bulls TNT

NHL Preseason

10:30 a.m. Sharks vs. Eisbaren Berlin NBCCA, NH:

4 p.m. PHurricanes at Sabres NHL

Soccer

11:50 a.m. UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs. Internazionale UNIV, CBSSN

4 p.m. NCAA Men: Maryland vs. Rutgers BTN

Tennis

7 a.m. Rakuten Open, Astana Open or Ostrava Open Men’s or Women’s Early Round TENNIS

7 p.m. Rakuten Open, Astana Open or Ostrava Open Men’s or Women’s Early Round TENNIS

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Cal Bears offense stalls, QB Plummer injured in 28-9 loss at Washington State

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 18:00

Seems the Cal offense hasn’t been fixed after all.

One week after scoring 49 points in a win over Arizona, the Bears managed just one touchdown against nine punts in a 28-9 loss to Washington State on Saturday at Gesa Field in Pullman, Washington.

And things could be tougher still if quarterback Jack Plummer is seriously injured. The senior transfer from Purdue, who had played every snap all season, left the field with just 5 minutes left apparently injuring his right knee.

Plummer remained in the game to begin the next drive but was back on the sideline with 3 minutes left, giving way to redshirt freshman Kai Millner in his first collegiate appearance.

The Bears have a bye next week before visiting Colorado on Oct. 15. Cal (3-2, 1-1) still hasn’t started the Pac-12 with a 2-0 record since 2015.

Freshman running back Jaydn Ott, after erupting for 274 rushing yards against Arizona, was held largely in check, limited to 69 rushing yards and 41 more on seven catches.

Setting aside its scoring outburst against Arizona, the Bears are averaging just 15.3 points in their other three games against FBS opponents.

The Cougars (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12), coming off a 44-41 loss to Oregon, used a big day by quarterback Cameron Ward, who overcame two interceptions by passing for 343 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bears trailed just 7-3 at halftime, but Ward orchestrated a more potent WSU offensive attack in the second half. He fired a 37-yard strike to Renard Bell for a 21-9 lead with 12 minutes left, then flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to Billy Reviere on a fourth-and-goal play with 6:19 left, pushing the lead to 28-9 to virtually clinch the victory.

Cal’s only touchdown of the game was a 2-yard run by Ott with 13:28 to play, following completions of 30 and 49 yards from Plummer to Jeremiah Hunter.

Plummer finished 23 for 33 for 273 yards.

Cal played turnover-free football but negotiated just 13 first downs and netted 31 rushing yards, thanks to seven WSU tackles for loss, including four sacks. The Bears were 5 for 16 on third downs.

A week after Cal (49) and WSU (41) combined for 90 points, they total 10 in the first half.

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The Cougars got on the board first when freshman Jaylen Jenkins scored on a 2-yard run with 13:18 to play in the second quarter, capping a four-play, 20-yard drive. The TD was set up by Robert Farrell’s 34-yard punt return and a personal foul against Cal’s Elijah Mojarro, who was flagged for making a block after his helmet had come off.

Cal responded on its next possession, going 51 yards in eight plays, including a 33-yard completion to J.Michael Sturdivant to the WSU 37. Ott ran 13 yards on the next play, but the Bears settled for a season-long 42-yard field goal from Dario Longhetto with 9:10 to go in the half.

Cal had 121 yards to 103 for the Cougars, who had zero rushing yards at the intermission. Plummer was 12 for 16 for 111 yards passing, but was sacked three times. Ott, coming off his monster performance against Arizona, was limited to 29 rushing yards on nine attempts and 11 more on three catches.

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British ruling pins blame on social media for teenager’s suicide

Seattle Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 17:47

Rather than classify her death a suicide, the coroner said the internet “affected her mental health in a negative way and contributed to her death in a more than minimal way.”
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Officials say 125 soccer fans and 2 police were trampled to death in Indonesia at a soccer match

San Jose Mercury - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 17:10

MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say 125 soccer fans and 2 police were trampled to death in Indonesia at a soccer match.

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Facing a dire storm forecast in Florida, officials delayed evacuation

Seattle Times - Sat, 10/01/2022 - 17:06

Emergency managers in Lee County held off on evacuations Monday, pondering whether to tell people to flee, but then deciding to see how the forecast evolved overnight.
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