Women of Troy can’t stop late CU rally

first_imgThe scene was all too familiar for the Women of Troy.Four days after falling to Oregon State in a game that featured 25 lead changes and culminated in a narrow Beavers win in overtime, USC (10-8, 5-3) found itself in yet another tight basketball game that nearly went into overtime.Instead, Colorado (15-4, 4-4) pieced together a final 5-2 push in the last minute to give the Buffaloes a 69-67 win at home. The loss leaves the Women of Troy in a two-game skid and keeps them at third in the Pac-12 standings.Colorado guard Chucky Jeffery sank two free throws with four seconds remaining to give the Buffaloes the final lead. USC had a chance to answer, but turned over the ball to seal its fate.With 48 seconds remaining and the game tied at 65 apiece, USC senior guard Briana Gilbreath found sophomore forward Cassie Harberts open for a layup to give the Women of Troy their last bucket and lead of the game.Colorado forward Jen Reese responded with a jumper following a timeout by the Buffaloes. Harberts then turned it over, leading to Jeffery’s game-winning free throws.Guard Brittany Wilson led the Buffaloes with 21 points alongside Jeffery’s 19. In the game, Colorado shot 44.1 percent from the field compared to USC’s 49.1 percent but held an eight free throw advantage over the Women of Troy.USC had a balanced offensive attack led by junior forward Christina Marinacci with 17 and Gilbreath with 15, but several runs by the Buffaloes in the latter 20 minutes dispelled USC’s efforts.Marinacci started off the second half with four consecutive baskets, stretching the Women of Troy’s lead to eight, before forcing Colorado to call a timeout.She finally missed on her fifth attempt of the half, but not before scoring USC’s first 10 points after halftime. To counter her burst, the Buffaloes chained an 8-3 run to pull the game within a point.After USC senior guard Ashley Corral assisted another bucket by Marinacci and a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Desireé Bradley to stretch the lead to six, Colorado went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead by one.In the remaining 10 minutes, the teams traded leads eight times and tied twice before Colorado pulled away for the victory.USC began the game shooting 55.6 percent in the first half, led by Gilbreath with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting in the first 20 minutes. She cooled off in the second half, only scoring again on a free throw to finish with 15.The last time the two sides met, USC defeated Colorado 87-70 in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals last March. Leading the Women of Troy was Corral, who made seven of her eight 3-pointers for a career-high 32 points.This game, the Buffaloes shut her down, holding Corral to 2-for-8 shooting for seven points.The Women of Troy will wrap up their two-game road trip and will try to end their skid on Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Utah Utes (9-10, 2-6), who hold the worst conference record in the Pac-12.last_img read more

Wanted for TV: A Tony Romo-like defensive mind for NFL broadcasts

first_imgFox loosened the reins for on-air talent, inviting personalities like Doug Gottlieb known more for their expertise outside football to work as NFL sideline reporters. Former safety Adam Archuleta of CBS is viewed as an up-and-coming talent who could eventually grow into a lead analyst role.The question now is whether TV networks will follow the Romo playbook. Or call an audible and get creative with a defensive-minded TV talent.Romo may be so original, there may not be another Romo out there. So maybe it’s time for networks to zig when everybody else zags. But what if these networks are missing the forest for the trees? If the Patriots’ suffocating 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl 53 proved anything, it’s defense still wins championships.Instead of finding another Romo, maybe networks should hire, or promote, a former defensive player/coach who can better explain what’s happening on the other side of the ball next season.MORE: Why Witten is leaving broadcastingThere’s no debate 2018 was the Year of the Quarterback, with NFL passers setting all-time records for touchdown passes (847), passer rating (92.9) and completion percentage (64.9). Romo was the perfect guy to ride this offensive explosion. He and partner Jim Nantz called a perfect game during the Pats’ wild 37-31 AFC championship game win over the Chiefs, with league insiders and fans marveling at Romo’s ability to predict plays pre-snap.But guess what? Despite all the offensive fireworks, the 2018 season still culminated in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. The 16 combined points eked out by the Patriots and Rams in Super Bowl 53 were even fewer than the 21 points scored by Dolphins-Redskins in the Jurassic era of 1973’s Super Bowl VII. Watching CBS’ telecast, viewers were often left to wonder how and why the Patriots were able to throttle the Rams, the second-highest scoring team during the regular season at 32.9 points per game.MORE: CBS’s coverage risks with Tony Romo paid offWhat were they doing that made Rams QB Jared Goff look like a scared, confused kid? What happened during the game that led Sean McVay, the Rams’ 33-year-old whiz kid, to admit he was “outcoached” by 66-year old Bill Belichick?The ebullient Romo did the best he could during a nearly unwatchable game. In the fourth quarter, he instantly dissected the Pats’ blitz that forced a nervous Goff to heave a wounded duck off his back foot, leading to an easy pick by Pats cornerback Stephon Gilmore.”They went all-out pressure. Belichick waited the whole game to send it,” Romo said. “And Gilmore wasn’t going to get beat deep. Waiting for the big-time interception.”I also liked Romo’s insta-analysis of Brady’s interception on his first pass attempt. Wily Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips fooled Brady by showing man coverage when the Rams were actually playing zone. Even 41-year-old Tom Terrific makes makes mistakes.WATCH: Tony Romo’s best calls of the 2018 season”Brady, right at the end, knew he was making a poor decision,” Romo noted.Still, Romo was out of his element, calling a static, defensive struggle, according to David J. Halberstam’s “Sports Broadcast Journal.””Because Romo is an experienced offensive player, he took a slight step back because of his limited expertise from a defensive perspective,” Dan Mason wrote in his Super Bowl review. “Due to limited scoring opportunities, Tony couldn’t really get into the kind of groove that drew him great praise in the AFC championship game. Being unable to thoroughly break down the defenses might have exposed Romo a bit.”I talked to another industry source who was not impressed with Romo’s performance on the Super Bowl broadcast stage. Yes, Romo had some nice moments. But there was not enough analysis, he thought, of a Patriots defensive gameplan that may turn out be Belichick’s masterpiece.MORE: Seven steps to fix ‘Monday Night Football'”We need to find a Romo for defense,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. “Maybe (NFL TV networks) figure viewers don’t care about the difference between Cover 2 and Cover 3? Well, then we should show them. We have 100 cameras out there for every frigging game. Let’s use them.”This is not to pick on Romo or CBS. If the NFL is an offense-driven league, so is the TV coverage. In 2018, the four lead game analysts for CBS (Romo), ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” (Witten), NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” (Cris Collinsworth) and Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” and Sunday afternoon coverage (Troy Aikman) were all offensive stars in the NFL.Lo and behold, the league’s TV partners employed roughly three times the number of ex-QBs, receivers, running backs and former offensive coordinators as game analysts this season than they did former D-linemen, cornerbacks/safeties, linebackers or defensive coordinators.Here’s a breakdown of network NFL game analysts in 2018 season, along with their former player positions/coaching roles:OffenseNBC: Collinsworth (WR)ESPN: Witten (TE); Brian Griese (QB)CBS: Romo, Dan Fouts, Trent Green, Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein (QBs); James Lofton (WR); Jay Feely (K); Bruce Arians (HC/OC)Fox: Aikman, Brady Quinn (QB); Daryl Johnston (RB); Mark Schlereth (OL); Cris Carter; Greg Jennings (WR)DefenseESPN: Booger McFarland (DL)CBS: Adam Archuleta (DB)Fox: Charles Davis, Ronde Barber (DB); Chris Spielman (LB); Jeff Fisher (HC/DC)With Jon Gruden leaving ESPN for the Raiders last year, and Arians returning to the sidelines to coach the Buccaneers this year after only one season with CBS, there’s a shortage of ex-coaches calling games.That’s surprising given that John Madden is still viewed as the gold standard for color analysts. But ex-coaches turned TV talkers like Bill Cowher (CBS), Rex Ryan and John Fox (ESPN) and Jimmy Johnson (Fox) tend to prefer the studio to games due to the lighter workload and easier travel schedule.STEELE: Remembering the glory days of Cosell, Meredith and GiffordBut things could be changing in network TV booths. ESPN made McFarland, a Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle, a co-equal with Witten. Front office insider Louis Riddick nearly won the lead “Monday Night Football” analyst job that went to Witten. Wanted for TV: The Tony Romo of defensive game analysts, somebody who can analyze defenses as well as Romo does offenses.The former Cowboys quarterback turned CBS lead game analyst has taken sports television by storm, uncannily predicting plays before they happen. The NFL is a copycat league, and there’s been a gold rush by its TV partners to find the “next” Romo. Consider ESPN hiring ex-Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (Romo’s former road roommate) as “Monday Night Football” lead analyst for 2018 before he left the broadcast booth to return to the field in 2019.last_img read more

Year in Review – Part 1 – January – February 2009

first_imgPhotos from Chetwynd AvalancheBody recovered after Chetwynd Avalanche Problem at Gas Plant closes Alaska HighwayH2S Leak at Spectra Facility Women’s illegal pyramid scheme in FSJ- Advertisement -The top story from January and February of 2009 was the pyramid scheme that was reported to be operating in Fort St.  John.  It’s still unclear if the pyramid scheme is still running in the community.  The links below provide more information. EnCana Bombings case has cost the RCMP over $1 million New Airline arrives in Fort St. JohnOn Monday February 16th, 2009, Fort St. John welcomed a new airline to the North Peace Airport.  The Airline started off by offering flights from Fort St. John to Fort Nelson, Grande Prairie and Calgary.  For more on this story, click on the link below.Advertisement Spectra Energy February gas leak update RCMP release name of Chetwynd avalanche victimAvalanche near Tumbler Ridge, BC – one person is dead RCMP says FSJ pyramid scheme is a scam Update: Highway Open; Spectra H2S Leak isolatedPhotos from Spectra Pipeline Incident Another bombing near Tomslake EnCana let go security companies before latest bombing RCMP on fourth Encana pipeline bombing  RCMP have identified all 8 people in EnCana case center_img Investigations continue into FSJ pyramid scheme Group of Snowmobilers caught in Avalanche near Chetwynd, BC; One deadFriends tried to save avalanche victim near Chetwynd, BC Tumbler Ridge avalanche victim from Hythe Alberta Women’s illegal pyramid scheme in FSJ H2S Leak at Spectra FacilityOn Friday February 29th, 2009 a H2S leak at a Spectra Facility at Mile 111 of the Alaska Highway caused the road to be closed for several hours and two men were taken to hospital.  For more on this story view any of the stories below. Over the next week, Energeticcity.ca will be posting a series of stories showcasing the biggest news stories in the BC Peace from 2009.  This list has been put together based on the total number of views a story received on Energeticcity.ca.Below are the top 5 news stories from January and February 2009 in the BC Peace Two deadly Avalanches in the Peace RegionEarly 2009 saw several deadly avalanches across the province, including two in the BC Peace region.  The first occurred on January 11th, 2009 near Chetwynd and killed a man from Rycroft Alberta.  The second happened only a few days later on January 17th, 2009 near Tumbler Ridge and took the life of a man from Hythe Alberta.  For more on these avalanches click on the stories below. Advertisement Up to $500,000 Reward offered in EnCana Bombing Case  Another bombing near TomslakeOn January 4th, 2009 the EnCana Bomber set off the fourth bomb in the Tomslake area.  To date there have been 6 attacks in the area and the RCMP are still searching for the bomber.  This summer the bomber threatened to increase his attacks after a 3 month break.  So far there have not been any more attacks.  For more on the fourth bombing and the investigation during January and February of 2009, see the stories below. Local airport welcomes new airlinelast_img read more