Michigan still only halfway there under Jim Harbaugh heading into next decade

first_imgHarbaugh was brought on in 2015 to compete with the Buckeyes and the SEC powerhouses, and that was amplified with the satellite camp tour after he arrived. This marks three straight bowl losses to the SEC, and Ohio State will be favored to win the Big Ten again in 2020.As for Harbaugh and Michigan, those questions will continue. Harbaugh isn’t going to get fired, but with each season it’s fair to wonder if he can finally close that second half. That makes the 2020 season a pivotal one under Harbaugh. The Wolverines open at Washington and host Wisconsin in the final week of September. Penn State, Minnesota and Michigan State are on the October schedule before the season-ending game against Ohio State.The Wolverines haven’t won in Columbus since 2000, when Drew Henson was the starting quarterback. That’s a 20-year drought that will be the leading question about Michigan in 2020 — and whether Harbaugh will ever take the Wolverines the rest of the way. MORE: Breaking down Alabama’s Citrus Bowl win over MichiganThe lead criticism will not change: Michigan is now 1-4 in bowl games and 0-5 against rival Ohio State — twin albatrosses that grow larger with each season — and with each big game.Michigan (9-4) showed up for a half against the Crimson Tide. The Wolverines averaged 5.0 yards per carry, piled up 135 yards and took a 16-14 lead on a 57-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin. You can’t say Harbaugh didn’t have the Wolverines ready to play for this one.Alabama (11-2), however, made the necessary halftime adjustments. Michigan was limited to 27 rushing yards in the second half, and the Crimson Tide exposed those attributes that separate the first-class programs from everyone else — including the Wolverines.Like wide receiverJerry Jeudy. The future top-10 pick scored with an 85-yard touchdown on Alabama’s first play from scrimmage and notched a 58-yard catch that set up a touchdown to stretch Alabama’s lead to two scores. He finished with six catches for 204 yards. Or Najee Harris, who chose Alabama over Michigan and rushed for 136 yards and two TDs against the Wolverines. They are the skill position difference-makers Harbaugh hasn’t been able to bring to Ann Arbor.There’s quarterback. This wasn’t even Tua Tagovailoa, but backup quarterback Mac Jones (16 of 25, 327 yards, three touchdowns) made the big throws while Shea Patterson (17 of 37, 233 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) missed with seven overthrows on deep shots downfield. Harbaugh still hasn’t been able to develop that field-tilting quarterback. That will be on Dylan McCaffrey or Joe Milton to change as a first-time starter in 2020.Then there’s the philosophical question that continues to revolve around defensive coordinator Don Brown’s aggressive scheme. In the two regular-season losses to Ohio State and the bowl game losses to Florida and Alabama, the Wolverines have allowed an average of 48.8 points and 513 yards per game.That is the last quarter-and-a-half between College Football Playoff contender and top-10 purgatory in which Michigan continues to find itself. Yes, Michigan is a top-10 program. Here are the top 15 Power 5 programs by record since Harbaugh took over in 2015:RankTeamWLPct.1Clemson694.9452Alabama666.9173Ohio State617.8974Oklahoma5810.8535LSU5014.7816Georgia5315.7797Wisconsin5215.7768Penn State4917.7429Notre Dame4717.73410Michigan4718.72311Iowa4719.71212Washington4720.70113Oklahoma State4520.69214Florida4420.68815Utah4621.687MORE: Alabama tacks on unnecessary touchdown late in Citrus Bowl winThat is Playoff purgatory. The top three schools (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State) have won national titles in the Playoff era, and are built to do that every year. The next three (Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia) are built to make the Playoff every year. The next three (Wisconsin, Penn State, Notre Dame) are the ones Michigan is closest to; Harbaugh is a combined 6-5 against the Badgers, Nittany Lions and Irish. Nobody cares about that, or the 3-2 record against in-state rival Michigan State. No. 17 Michigan’s 35-16 loss to No. 9 Alabama in the Citrus Bowl served as the familiar referendum on the Wolverines after five years under coach Jim Harbaugh.The Wolverines are a little more than halfway there, but that second half continues to elude a program desperate to join college football’s first class. That was true against the Crimson Tide for one game, and it will be the narrative again heading into the 2020 season and beyond.last_img read more

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Masks mandatory to ride on Mason City city buses starting today

first_imgMASON CITY — Today is  the first day that passengers of the Mason City Transit system are required to wear a face mask or alternative protective face covering. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the city wants to protect their drivers from the risk of coronavirus.   “This is a very important service to make sure that people are able to move around our community and get to whatever appointments or whatever essential actions they need to do. Many people are still reporting to work and transit is an important component of that. Obviously we can’t have transit operate without drivers, and the most important thing is keeping them healthy and keeping each other safe through using that resource for our community. By making sure everyone is wearing masks, we just add that layer of protection to ensure that service can continue through this pandemic.” Burnett says people will need to provide their own masks to ride on the bus.   “If they aren’t able to get that resource, we’d encourage them to reach out to the city, we’d be happy to try and find them a mask and try to put them in touch with somebody, or reach out to public health and I think they’ll be happy to put them in touch with somebody else.” Burnett made his comments on Mayor Bill Schickel’s weekly social media update. For other questions about the Mason City Transit system, you can call 421-3616.last_img read more

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GRADE I WINNER HOPPERTUNITY & BIG CAZANOVA HEAD FIELD OF 11 IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN PASQUAL AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2015) – Grade I winner Hoppertunity returns to Santa Anita and makes his 4-year-old debut as he heads a field of 11 older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes going 1 1/16 miles.Winner of the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 15, the former 3-year-old sensation ran second to the now Eclipse nominated California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby April 5. Trainer Bob Baffert scratched Hoppertunity from the Kentucky Derby just days before the race citing a foot issue and was off until Oct. 29 when he returned and ran second in an allowance race here at Santa Anita.The colt by Any Given Saturday went on to win the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 28, thus putting to rest any doubts of his ability as he garnered a career best Beyer speed figure of 104.The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old owned by Karl Watson, Michael Pegram and Paul Weitman is 7-3-2-0 overall with $950,675 in earnings.Trainer Peter Miller sends out Big Cazanova, who was placed seventh through the disqualification of Moreno (who cut off Wicked Strong during the race resulting in him clipping heels and dropping rider Rajiv Maragh) in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Sept. 27.Big Cazanova went on to run fifth in the Grade II Las Vegas Marathon Stakes Oct. 31 before winning the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at 1 1/8 at Del Mar Nov. 29.The Argentine-bred ridgling by Giant’s Causeway has only run in the U.S. since April, 2014 and trains at San Luis Rey Downs.Owned by Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, Brous Stable and Dona Licha the 6-year-old chestnut is 20-4-6-6 overall with earnings of $393,692.Trainer Sean McCarthy sends out Majestic Harbor who last ran in the $1 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 1. Thirteenth, behind Bayern, California Chrome and Shared Belief, Majestic Harbor “Had a fine trip, but he just didn’t have that much to keep up,” said jockey Tyler Baze following the Grade I attempt.Winner of the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 28, the 7-year-old by Rockport Harbor will attempt to return to form in Saturday’s San Pasqual. Owned by Gallant Stable, he is 26-6-6-4 overall with earnings of $674,014.Trainer Jorge Inda will send out Bronzo for just the second time in his U.S. career Saturday. Fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Oct. 31, Bronzo has been training consistently at Santa Anita and will stretch out in the San Pasqual with new rider, Hall-of-Famer Gary Stevens.The Chilean-bred 6-year-old gelding by Fusaichi Pegasus is owned by Don Alberto Stable and is 20-11-1-4 overall with earnings of $272,752.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Tonito M. comes off a second in the Zia Park Derby Nov. 26 and won the Grade III Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park Sept. 28. The 4-year-old colt by Rock Hard Ten will break from the far outside and will retain the services of current leading rider, Rafael Bejarano.Owned by M Racing Group, he is 14-7-3-2 overall with earnings of $491,812.The complete field for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Quadrivium, Mike Smith, 118; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 123; Majestic Harbor, Tyler Baze, 120; Big Cazanova, Elvis Trujillo, 118; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 118; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 120; Salto Dl Indio, Joe Talamo, 118; Mr. Commons, Brice Blanc, 118; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Appealing Tale, Victor Espinoza, 118; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 120.                 First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Sand Creek beauty wins Miss Rupununi Rodeo 2018 title

first_imgSeventeen-year-old Shanelle Thomas of Sand Creek, South Rupununi, one of six beauties vying for the annual Miss Rodeo Queen title, has been crowned Miss Rupununi Rodeo 2018.(From left to right) First runner-up Samara Melville; Miss Rupununi Rodeo 2018, Shanelle Thomas; and second runner-up Subrina Albert.An aspiring nurse, Thomas won the rodeo pageant on Friday evening at the Takutu Hotel in Lethem, Region Nine, in front of hundreds of patrons who had gathered to witness the annual event which forms part of the Rupununi Ranchers’ Rodeo festivity.Miss Sand Creek won the hearts of the audience with her confidence and eloquence even from the introduction segment of the pageant, as she strutted out in her long booths and cowgirl hat. This Sand Creek resident is fluent in Wapishana, enjoys bird watching and horse riding, and loves to eat fried tasso (beef) and farine.Miss Rodeo Queen 2018, Shanelle ThomasThe highlight of Friday night’s event was the ‘cowgirl wear’ segment, wherein the young ladies displayed their vaquero outfits. Samara Melville of Parishara and Subrina Albert of Karasabai, respectively first and second runners-up, dominated this segment with their stunning ensembles.The other contestants represented Annai Village in the North Rupununi; Rokomuto, South Pakaraima; and Central Lethem.The event was sponsored by Banks DIH, the Guyana Oil Company, Shantel’s Exotic Creations, and Trophy Stall.last_img read more

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Ambaka, Matasi lead chase for top SOYA gong

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi celebrates the win against Ethiopia during the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – Kenya Sevens star William Ambaka and Harambee Stars keeper Peter Matasi will battle three athletics celebrities for the Sportsmen of the Year accolades during the 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Award (SOYA) gala in Mombasa on Friday.Ambaka and Matasi will be eying to become among the few sportsmen from other disciplines other than athletics to win the coveted during the Soya Gala planned for the iconic Fort Jesus in Mombasa. Some of the other the sportsmen to have won the gong away from athletics are swimmer Jason Dunford (2007) and another Kenya Sevens rugby star Collins Injera (2009).But whether the duo will floor World marathon record –breaking Eliud Kipchoge and compatriots Commonwealth and Africa champions Elijah Manangoi (1,500m) and Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase) is left to be known.Kenya’s William Ambaka races away for a try against Spain on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on 3rd June, 2018. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyAmbaka was Kenya’s top try scorer this season with 31 tries from 155 points in 54 matches, feat that guided Shujaa to break the half-a-century-mark for the first time for 104 points. That saw Shujaa finish eighth in the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series.Ambaka made his first Cap for the Kenya 15 rugby team, the Simbas this season, when he was named in Africa Gold Cup/ World Cup Qualifier squad to face Tunisia and he scored a brace as the Simbas mauled Tunisia 67-0 at RFUEA Grounds.Ambaka also scored two tries despite Kenya Simbas going down 53-28 loss in the Africa Gold Cup decider. He also feature for Kenya Simbas at the other World Cup qualifier at Repechage in France.Matasi kept a clean sheet against Ethiopia in Africa Cup of Nations qualifier which helped Kenya book their ticket to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years.In the Kenyan Premier League, playing for Posta Rangers before moving to Tusker in mid-season, he kept clean run in 29 matches and saved three penalties.Matasi’s performance attracted the eyes of scouts, signing a three-year deal with Ethiopian top tier side St. Georges.Eliud Kipchoge receives his 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Award from president Seb Coe. PHOTO/NN RunningKipchoge, who is the Olympic Marathon champion, started the year strongly with victory at London Marathon in 2 hours, 04 minutes and 17 seconds on April 22, which was the 15th fastest time over the distance, having won at the same course in 2015 in 2:04:42 and 2016 in 2:03:05, missing the world record by eight seconds.Then Kipchoge went for Berlin Marathon victory with a World Record feat of 2:01:39 in September 16 the Germany Capital City. He downed the previous record by one minute and 18 seconds, setting news timeOn his way to the WR and his third Berlin Marathon title, Kipchoge also broke the 30km World Record setting new times of 1:26:45.Despite finishing second at the Kent an trials, Manangoi, the World 1,500m champion, went on to win his maiden Commonwealth Games title in Gold Coast, Australia, clocking 3:34.78 on April 14.Manangoi followed it up with his first African title clocking a Championship Record time of 3:35.20 in Asaba, Nigeria on August 5. Manangoi would end his season in style, winning his maiden World Cup also known as the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech on September 9.The 23-year-old Kipruto has been on a roller-coaster since winning the Olympic 3,000m steeplechase title in Rio in 2016 and World title in 2017 London. Kiprutp won Commonwealth Games gold in Gold Coast before going for the Africa title in Asaba, Nigeria.Kipruto then retained his Diamond League for his third trophy in style, clocking 8:10.15 while running with one shoe in Zurich on August 30. Kipruto has also won in Rome and Birmingham.Kipruto would finish the season in style, winning his first World Cup (IAAF Continental Cup) in Czech in 8:22.55 on September 8.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Is Mohamed Salah fit? Will the Egypt and Liverpool man start against Russia?

first_img You’re the one ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Next up are the hosts and Salah is set to be vital for the chances of Hector Cuper’s team but he’s admitted the player will face fitness tests ahead of the clash.He is, though, confident about the forward’s chances of playing. LU BEAUTY Mohamed Salah was left on the bench during Egypt’s opening game defeat to Uruguay. 3 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers diamond geezer Cuper has also insisted Egypt are a big threat even without Salah.He added: Salah brings a lot to our national team.“He is important to us and to the opponent too, because they worry about him.“But it’s not as if we don’t have other players [for opponents] to worry about besides Salah.“Our team has a style. I won’t say philosophy, because it’s a very general term.“But we have a style and if Salah is playing, he adds to it. No one can deny that. Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? 3 Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings “Most likely he will play against Russia and I think this motivates us, of course it does.“We trust him because we know he can make things happen.” If Egypt are to get out of Group A at World Cup 2018, they will need Mohamed Salah to be at his best against Russia.The Pharaohs lost their opening match with Uruguay 1-0 with the Liverpool superstar remaining on the bench despite his manager suggesting he was fit at his pre-match press conference. Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song Latest World Cup newscenter_img NO JOY Shy guy Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Fallon d’Floor SUPERSTITION Pure class 3 Good times Mohamed Salah trains with Egypt ahead of their clash with World Cup 2018 hosts Russia. Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter misery Will Salah get the thumbs up to start for Egypt from medical staff. Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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Chelsea confirm signing of Italy midfielder Jorginho from Napoli

first_img 1 Chelsea have announced the signing of Italy international midfielder Jorginho from Napoli. Playmaker Jorginho was wanted by several clubs this summer – but Chelsea have won the race to sign him The 26-year-old Brazil-born star has signed a five-year contract with the Blues and will wear the number five shirt.Jorginho follows Maurizio Sarri from Naples to Stamford Bridge, after the Italian boss was appointed the new Chelsea manager on Saturday morning.While the London club have not disclosed the fee, it is claimed the Premier League side have paid £50million, rising to a potential £57million, for the in-demand midfielder.Jorginho reportedly passed up the chance to sign for Premier League champions Manchester City to join the Blues.Speaking to the club’s official website, the new arrival said: “I am absolutely ecstatic to be here at Chelsea.“It is not easy to become part of such a big team so I am very, very happy. I am excited to play in such an intense league, for a team that gives everything to play and win.” Welcome to London, and welcome to Chelsea, Jorginho! 👊#WelcomeJorginhohttps://t.co/BnAsrtOA4I— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 14, 2018Club director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are delighted Jorginho has chosen to join Chelsea.“He was one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe and will become an important member of the playing squad.He has demonstrated his quality working under Maurizio Sarri and we are convinced his signing will help bring further success to Stamford Bridge.”last_img read more

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LYIT CHARITY CYCLE WHEELS OUT THE CASH!

first_imgFrom left to right: Sean Grant, LYIT; Alastair McKinney and Julie Mundy from the Alzheimer Society (Donegal Branch); Sheila King, Alfie O’Doherty and Maeve Carr from LYIT; and Diarmuid Ó Donnabhain and Laurence Dempsey from the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team. Team members missing from the photo include Una Cronin, Martina Quinn, Austin Sammon and Tommy Doherty.They came, they cycled and the raised a bundle of money!Over €4,260 was raised in aid of the Alzheimer Society (Donegal) and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team from the annual LYIT Charity Cycle from Letterkenny to Killybegs.This year, over 100 people took part in the cycle over Meenaroy. Pictured at LYIT Letterkenny campus are the organisers and representatives of the two charities.   LYIT CHARITY CYCLE WHEELS OUT THE CASH! was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mrs Rosaleen Harte receives PEACE IV tribute to the late Paddy Harte Snr

first_imgMrs Rosaleen Harte was last week presented with a certificate in honour of the work of her late husband and former Donegal politician Paddy Harte Snr.The event was a celebration of the successful Peace IV (Case) Project 2017/2018 collaboration between Deele College and Raphoe Royal & Prior Comprehensive School.CASE – PEACE IV is a shared education project which included Music, Art, Citizenship, Heritage Studies, Environmental Education, Sport and Mindfulness. The project included 115 students from Transition Year in both schools , staff and several outside agencies. On March 13th, students from both schools were presented with certificates Programme Managers From Léargas and the Education Authority of Northern Ireland.The event paid tribute to the Peace and Reconciliation work of Raphoe’s Paddy Harte, who passed away in January of this year. Mrs Rosaleen Harte was the honoured guest at the evening event, where a special presentation was made to acknowledge the lifelong work of Mr Harte.Mr Joe Boyle, Principal, Deele College, Mrs Rosaleen Harte, Ms Noelle Ryan ( Peace IV Project Co-ordinator) and Dr. Howard Welch, Principal, Raphoe Royal & Prior Comprehensive SchoolStudents from both schools and Mr Joe Boyle, Dr Martin Gormley ETB, Ms Frances Donnelly, Ms Marie Heraughty( Peace IV Managers), Ms Mary Gibbons, Dr Howard Welch, Ms Cabrini Friel and Ms Liz Mc Laughlin.The Music Ensemble with Wall2Wall Facilitators, Ms Sarah Murphy, Mr Ferguson Murphy and Mr Seamus Devenney .Mrs Rosaleen Harte receives PEACE IV tribute to the late Paddy Harte Snr was last modified: March 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deele collegemr paddy hartemrs rosaleen hartepeace IVPresentationRaphoe Royal and Priorlast_img read more

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