RAA presents three performances of ‘Peter Pan’

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Rural Alliance for the Arts will present three performances “Peter Pan” in the newly renovated Batesville high School auditorium This month.June 22 and 23 there will be shows at 7 p.m., on June 24 a 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled.Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members and $5 for students. More information is online here.last_img

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Ice accumulation leads to power outages

first_imgBatesville, In. — Power outages are being reported throughout the area.Here is a link to the Duke Energy outage map.Here is a link to the Decatur County REMC outage map.Here is a link to the Southeastern Indiana REMC outage map.Here is a link to the Whitewater Valley REMC outage map.last_img

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Breaking: Club to fly Osimhen into Nigeria in private jet

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 French Ligue 1 side, Lille, has offered to airlift Victor Osimhen to Nigeria in a private jet.Osimhen lost his father late on Saturday. The striker, who has also featured for the Super Eagles, should join his family in Nigeria once the club gets the nod of the Federal Government for a landing permit following the stoppage of flights into the country over the Coronavirus Disease.Osimhen’s elder brother, Andrew, confirmed the development.Andrew said Lille was battling to secure travel permit for his brother.He said: “We hope he will be back in the country in the next two days.“Hopefully, he should be back between now and Tuesday.” Tags: CoronavirusNigeriaSuper EaglesVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.NFL-BUCCANEERS-BRADY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONEDVirus forces postponement of Summer OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee has decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The announcement was a nod to the reality that training and qualifying schedules have been ruptured beyond repair as the coronavirus spreads.Next up for the organizers is picking a date when it might be safe again to hold such a massive event. They’ll also have to rearrange the 2021 global sports calendar.TOKYO OLYMPICS POSTPONED-ATHLETESAthletes have big adjustments to make March 24, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — It’s time for Olympic athletes to stand down, relax those diet rules and dial down the training. The 2020 Tokyo Games won’t be opening in July as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Delaying the Olympics to 2021 has come as a relief to some athletes but it also brings new challenges. Swimmer Federica Pellegrini has to delay her retirement to aim for her fifth Olympics while other athletes have concerns about how they will make ends meet financially.Qualifying is another issue. Only 57% of qualifying places for the Olympics had been decided before the pandemic started affecting sporting events around the world.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKTrack world championships could be delayed a year Six-time Super Bowl champ Brady looking forward, not behindTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady says one day he’ll have time to reflect on a historic 20-year run with the New England Patriots.Right now the six-time Super Bowl champion and newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is focused on the challenge of helping the Bucs end the NFL’s second-longest playoff drought.The 42-year-old quarterback declined during a conference call to discuss specifics about his decision to leave the Patriots. Instead he reiterated that while he cherishes what he accomplished in New England, he’s just as committed to helping Tampa Bay be successful.NFL-NEWS As expected, Panthers release NewtonCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cam Newton era is officially over in Carolina. The Panthers have released the quarterback after nine seasons.The move became a formality after the Panthers made it clear last week they were moving on from Newton, giving him permission to seek a trade before agreeing to a three-year, $63 million contract with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.In other NFL moves:— The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract with free-agent linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Reynolds played in 15 games with Cincinnati in 2019. He is expected to add depth and contribute on special teams.center_img Associated Press The Big East Conference school announced the death Tuesday without identifying a cause. The New York Post quoted former teammate and friend Lamont Middleton, linking Green’s death to the coronavirus.Green was with St. John’s from 1991 to 1994. He played his first season under Lou Carnesecca and his final two for Brian Mahoney.Green was from New York City. He was 49 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Hurricanes sign brother duoRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to entry-level contracts with brothers David and Jason Cotton. The team announced deals Tuesday with the forwards who closed college careers this season. The 22-year-old David Cotton was a sixth-round selection of the Hurricanes in 2015. He went on to play four years at Boston College. He received a two-year deal along with a signing bonus of $185,000. The 25-year-old Jason Cotton received a one-year deal with a $25,000 signing bonus. He played three seasons at Sacred Heart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER AND COACH OF THE YEARToppin, Grant bring top honors to DaytonUNDATED (AP) — Dayton’s Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant have claimed top honors from The Associated Press after leading the Flyers to a No. 3 final ranking. — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Oday Aboushi to add depth. Aboushi started two games and was a backup in five other games last season in Detroit.— The Seattle Seahawks have made a significant addition to their wide receiver group by agreeing to a one-year deal with Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett addresses another need for Seattle, providing depth and additional speed on the outside for quarterback Russell Wilson. — The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced a deal to re-sign safety Jimmie Ward to a three-year contract. The sides came to an agreement on the deal worth a reported $28.5 million last week but the team had to wait until Ward passed a physical before announcing.— Journeyman cornerback Rashaan Melvin and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $2.25 million. Melvin had 68 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 13 games for Detroit last season.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has agreed to free-agent contracts with defensive end Noah Spence and XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols. Spence was a 2016 second-round draft choice by Tampa Bay and returns to the Saints after joining New Orleans for three regular season games and one playoff game last season. — The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a one-year contract with Jordan Ta’amu, the highest-rated quarterback during the abbreviated XFL season. He will compete with veteran Chad Henne for a backup job next season.— Case Keenum has reunited in Cleveland with the coach who brought out the best in him. The veteran quarterback signed a three-year, $18 million free agent contract with the Browns. He’ll again be working with coach Kevin Stefanski. The pair spent 2017 together in Minnesota.— Receiver Isaiah McKenzie has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills. His agent made the announcement on Twitter.— The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year deals with offensive lineman Max Garcia and safety Charles Washington.NHL-HURRICANES-COTTON BROTHERS Toppin was voted the AP men’s college basketball player of the year. Grant is the AP coach of the year. They led the Flyers to a program-record 29 victories.Toppin won the player award with 34 votes from AP Top 25 poll voters. Iowa’s Luka Garza was runner-up with 24 votes.Grant won the coaching honor with 30 votes in his third season at his alma mater. Baylor’s Scott Drew was second with 13 votes.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-GREENNEW YORK (AP) — A former St. John’s basketball player has died, reportedly of the coronavirus. Lee Green was a defensive standout who played on two NCAA Tournament teams.last_img read more

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Osimhen Will ‘Ole’ AlsoTake Him?

first_imgIf reports from French publication Le10 Sport is anything to go by, Nigerian international , Victor Osimhen maybe a Red Devil next season as Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have made getting the forward’s signature one of their priorities in the next transfer window. Aside from the claim that the Premier League giants feel Osimhen has “all the qualities” to succeed in England, the Norwegian Manager may have been buoyed by the Lille of France striker’s countryman’s success at Old Trafford.With less than a year after Nigerian international Victor Osimhen joined Ligue 1 side, Lille from Belgian club Charleroi, he has been in lethal form and has been attracting interest from top European sides, with Manchester United now the front runner.The United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate for striking reinforcements after losing Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan last August, but he did manage to bolster his ranks in January with the loan addition of Odion Ighalo from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua. The ex-Watford ace has got off to a fine start at Old Trafford with four goals in eight matches, which may have inspired Solskjaer to be gunning for Oshimen.Reports also have it that European giants Real Madrid and Manchester United are already locked in a summer transfer battle to sign Nigerian international centre forward.It is claimed that Solskjaer is lining up a move for Osimhen as a replacement for Belgian hotshot Romelu Lukaku, who sealed a permanent transfer to Inter Milan last summer, while Real Madrid are said to be in the market for a striker to replace the aging Frenchman Karim Benzema and are also willing to offload Luka Jovic, who has failed to hit top form since his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, the French website has reported.However, Spanish sports daily Marca, a trusted voice on Real Madrid has identified five potential targets Los Blancos are interested in signing and Osimhen has not been named to the list of strikers.Norwegian scoring sensation Erling Haaland is their primary target ahead of Kylian Mbpappe, Lautaro Martinez, Timo Werner and Neymar.Under contract with Lille until June 2024, Osimhen has caught the eye this season with 18 goals across all competitions, meaning any interested suitors will have to cough out big to sign him.The Nigerian is also Lille’s top scorer in this campaign, with Loic Remy coming in at a distant second with six goals in the league.In the entire league, only Wissam Ben Yedder, Kylian Mbappe and Moussa Dembele have scored more goals than the young Nigerian forward.He’s tied on number of goals with PSG’s Brazilian star Neymar, but the latter has two more assists (6) than him, while both are the only non-nationals in the top five goal scorers in Ligue Un so far this season.However, suitors will have to cough up a staggering €100m if they want to sign Nigerian striker. According to Le 10 Sport, Liverpool who enquired of Osimhen’s services have been told that they will have to come up with an offer of €100m (£92.8m) if they want to sign Osimhen from Lille during this summer’s transfer window.Lille fans were left in anguish when their jewel attacker-Nicolas Pepe left the French club to join Premier League side, Arsenal. And when the Ligue 1 side signed Nigerian international they felt he was not the kind of player that could fill Pepe’s shoes but Osimhen answered with a brace in his first game.Osimhen announced his arrival in Ligue 1 with a brace for Lille against Nantes despite having trained for just five days with his new mates. The then 20-year-old Super Eagles forward showed his control and speed when he outran Molla Wague and placed his shot past Alban Lafont.Osimhen then crashed a shot from the tightest of angles with 10 minutes left on the clock to score the winner after Nantes had earlier equalised in the 51st to the relieve of Lille fans and Manager Christophe Galtier, who acquired the Nigerian for 12 million Euros.Osimhen had been expected to struggle to fill the shoes of Pepe this season but the new arrival showed no signs of any pressure with both goals and was hailed as a potential new star in French football and he did not disappoint.Osimhen has been all smiles since. “I feel very good, I have been waiting a long time since I arrived here and I felt it was important to make a successful debut. Ligue 1 is a big jump up for me, I think it’s one of the best leagues in the world.“When I get opportunities on the field, I do not want to miss them. I am not yet 100 per cent but I train hard and I know that with time I will be at the top physically,” he told reporters after the match.Osimhen was liked with several European clubs before Lille paid 12 million euro to Sporting Chaeleroi to move the Nigerian to France for a new transfer record by the Danish-based club, breaking the six million euros fee they were paid by Pyramids of Egypt to sign Cristian Benavente.Inter Milan once contacted Osimhen’s representatives about a possible deal as a replacement for former captain Mauro Icardi who was involved in a row with the club after he was stripped of the captain armband and his relationship with the management have hit rock bottom levels.The deal however, encountered some complications as Charleroi are willing to use every means available to trigger the clause of buying him permanently before selling him for a hefty profit and also a percentage of his future sale.Wolfsburg on the other hand, wanted the striker back after his loan spell but it is believed they want to trade him off as their player to recoup some of their investment in the player they signed in 2015 following his exploits at the U-17 World Youth Championship.His impressive form earned him a recall to the Super Eagles squad for 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa and he also started in 0-0 friendly draw against Uganda in Asaba.“My confidence level was very low at some point and what going out on loan to Charleroi has done for me is unexplainable,” Osimhen said.“It was tough in Germany because of the high expectations – some people started doubting me and also pushed me to start doubting myself as well.“The football in Belgium has helped, I also have a wonderful group of players around me and the coaching crew have been great with me.”Osimhen was the top scorer as Nigeria clinched a fifth Under-17 World Cup title in 2015 with 10 goals in Chile, which saw him win the Golden Boot and Silver Ball.After the tournament he decided against joining English side Arsenal, to sign with the 2009 German champions Wolfsburg in January 2016, but injuries restricted him to 16 appearances for the club in all competitions.Despite being a part of the squad for two years, his lack of games meant he missed out of the 2018 World Cup with Nigeria.On the back of his impressive performance at 2015 U-17 World Cup with the Nigerian emerging the top scorer to claim both the Golden Boot and Silver Ball, the attacker joined the former German Bundesliga champions.However, the 19-year-old failed to settle into the Wolves’ senior set-up amid injury struggles and was shipped on loan to Charleroi last summer.Since moving to Belgium, the youngster has rediscovered his form.Osimhen scored 19 goals in 34 league appearances last season, including the playoffs to finish as the highest-ranked Nigerian player in the European Golden Shoe rankings with 28.5 points.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: OL Patrick Davis becomes 3rd 2017 commit with Canadian ties

first_imgClass of 2017 offensive lineman Patrick Davis has verbally committed to Syracuse, according to multiple reports. Scout.com first reported the news.The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Davis is unranked by major recruiting services.Davis is the 17th commit overall and second offensive lineman in the class. He’s also the third commit in the class with ties to Canada, joining linebacker Tyrell Richards and wide receiver Josh Palmer.Davis attends Champlain Regional College in Lennoxville, Quebec and is listed as an offensive guard. He also had offers from Buffalo and North Dakota State, per Scout.Watch Davis’ highlights below and track Syracuse’s 2017 class, here.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Track the Class of 2017Class of 2017 linebacker Tyrell Richards commits to SyracuseClass of 2017 3-star wide receiver Joshua Palmer commits to SyracuseSyracuse football recruiting: 2017 OL Dakota Davis commits to OrangeSyracuse football recruiting: Breaking down the 7 players who committed in a 9-day flurry Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Men’s soccer edged by Dons in season opener

first_imgComing off its first NCAA tournament berth since 1995, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team opened the 2014 campaign on a tougher note with a 2-1 loss at the hands of San Francisco in front of 1,117 fans Friday night the McClimon Soccer Complex.The Dons (2-0-0 overall) jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the 13th minute on a breakaway goal by Davi Ramos, and then scored again right after halftime in the 47th minute on a free kick at the top of the box by Danny Kirkland.The Badgers (0-1-0) responded well in front of the home crowd, putting pressure on the Don’s defense and rallying over the final 25 minutes. Freshman Tom Barlow keyed the comeback with his first collegiate goal off a corner kick by Anders Kristensen in the 81st minute. However, despite the late chances, Wisconsin could not overcome the two-goal deficit.Head coach John Trask believed the combination of substitutes and the large, welcoming fan base allowed Wisconsin to wear down San Francisco over the course of 90 minutes and get back into the contest.“I’m very proud of the effort to fight back and get the one goal,” Trask said. “I thought maybe we’d get that second score, but college soccer can be cruel. The margin for error is very small.”After losing 14 players last season, Wisconsin brought in 12 freshmen, and tasked four of them with starts, and they were not able to overcome the slow start.With a bulk of new faces, Wisconsin’s lineup is still being shaped, and the coaching staff is using every opportunity to evaluate the young squad.“This is experience for our young guys,” freshman goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk said. “At the same time, we have to become tougher, we have to fight more.”The Badgers tallied six shots in the second half after recording only two in the first half. Wisconsin also won the corner kick battle 3-2.Overall, Wisconsin was outshot 11-8 by San Francisco who dominated the game for the majority of the 90 minutes. Part of the struggle for Wisconsin early on was their inability to keep possession. The Badgers slowly improved on possession as the game wore on, but it proved to be just too little, too late as time expired before the Badgers could tally their second goal.With such a young squad this year, the early setback doesn’t have too big of implications, offering an early season learning opportunity for Wisconsin as it progresses toward Big Ten play.The Badgers host Xavier Sunday night at 7 p.m. at McClimon with a chance to split the pair of weekend games.last_img read more

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Nigeria escapes FIFA ban

first_imgNigeria yesterday escaped the wrath of FIFA as Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, withdrew the suit filed against the Nigeria Football Federation by the Chris Giwa-led faction.FIFA had given Nigeria up till mid day today, to put its football house in order or be banned, which may not have been reviewed until the board meeting in May next year.Blatter and AmajuMessrs. Obinna Ogba and Yahaya Adamu of the Giwa-led faction had dragged the immediate past President of NFF, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and the NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu, to court seeking for orders to restrain Maigari (first defendant), the NFF (second defendant) and the 36 Football associations (third defendants) from conducting another election after the faction claimed that their principal was the duly elected president of the federationThe judge had fixed Thursday for the ruling on whether he has jurisdiction to hear the case following the preliminary objection raised by the NFF defence counsel, Mr. Damon Dashe, who questioned the eligibility of the court to entertain the matter. Dashe had on Monday filed a counter affidavit to the originating summons, saying that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter since the plaintiffs hearing was delayed because he was not properly served by the counsel for the plaintiff.He had told the court that it was incumbent on it to hear the preliminary objection, which would guide it on the proper path to follow, adding that the prayers contained in the preliminary objection is for the court to strike it out “because the plaintiffs have submitted themselves to the NFF statutes.”However at the sitting of the court yesterday, the judge announced the dismissal of the suit following the withdrawal of the suit by the plaintiffs.Allagoa said, “The suit is hereby dismissed as the plaintiffs have announced their intention to withdraw the case from the court.”Counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr. Ardzard Habilla, who spoke to our correspondent after the ruling said his client had to withdraw the case in the interest of Nigerian football and the appeal of well-meaning Nigerians for an end to the crisis in the Glass House. He said, “My client is well aware of the implication of another FIFA ban on Nigeria and has also listened to the appeals from well meaning Nigerians to withdraw the case from the court.”last_img read more

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Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney could skip training camp after failing to get new deal, report says

first_img Related News Jadeveon Clowney probably isn’t a happy camper.The Texans pass rusher failed to agree to a new deal with his team before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. He’ll play 2019 with a franchise tag and is expected skip a “good portion” of training camp as a result, according to a report from ESPN. He could be out as late as early September.Texans and franchised DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney officially did not reach a long-term deal before today’s 4 pm ET deadline. He now is expected to miss a good portion of training camp. Next time Texans see Clowney could be late August or early September.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2019Clowney, 26, has spent his entire career with the Texans after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft. The All-Pro defender has logged 29 career sacks en route to three consecutive Pro Bowl selections. Falcons, Grady Jarrett reach 4-year deal before franchise tag deadlinecenter_img But, now he’s missing out on a major payday, unlike other franchise tagged players like San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and Atlanta’s Grady Jarrett, who both inked four-year deals Monday.Houston was a middle-of-the-road team in terms of sacks last season but gave up the fourth-fewest point per game (19.8). If Clowney misses significant time it could hurt the Texans’ chances of defending their AFC South title, which they won with an 11-5 record last season. Bengals guard Clint Boling, 30, retires after eight seasonslast_img read more

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Oklahoma defense’s redemptive performance finally has Sooners looking like title contenders

first_img“I hope (the committee) sees the Big 12 Champions,” Riley said. “They’ve got a job to do, I get that. We’ve had a job to do as a team, which was to continue to improve throughout the year, trust the things we could and ultimately win a Big 12 championship. We’ve done that.“We will see whatever road it takes us on, but whichever one it is, we will be ready.”Thanks to finally having a defense, he could be right. Despite the efforts of all-timers like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray behind center, the best the Sooners could do in 2017 and 2018 was win the Big 12 Conference and make it to the Playoff semifinals — but no further.MORE: Big 12 championship highlights, scores, updatesThis Oklahoma team, however, looks decidedly different.On Saturday, while the Sooner offense scrapped for inches, settled for field goals and struggled to hold onto the football against a talented Baylor defense, it was the Oklahoma defense that rose up time after time to get a stop.The final result was a 30-23 overtime victory for the Sooners (12-1) in the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium. It was the Sooners’ fifth consecutive league crown, the longest title streak by a Power 5 team since Alabama in the early 1970s (which can be matched Saturday night by Clemson).Baylor (11-2), a team that averaged 36 points and nearly 450 yards per game this season, managed just two touchdowns, 265 total yards and only eight first downs against an Oklahoma defense that has been reborn out of a coaching makeover, reconstituted in the image of its new coordinator.“Whatever it takes,” Alex Grinch said afterward.Whether that’s tackling a runner by his dreadlocks, forcing six three-and-outs and an overtime stop, punishing three different Baylor quarterbacks, saving a game-winning touchdown with an all-out sprint in the closing minutes or limiting the Bears to 1.2 yards per rush, this Oklahoma defense might be the one element that finally gives the Sooners a fighting chance in the College Football Playoff.“That’s our ‘Speed D,’” said head coach Lincoln Riley, who had to part ways with Mike Stoops — his old boss’s little brother — in the middle of last season before bringing in Grinch from Ohio State. “That’s what we are. We are an effort-based defense. … Our guys have bought in.“I couldn’t be happier with our defense, the way those have played with so much new — we knew it could be done here, and our guys believed it, and our coaches believed it, and we’ve got a pretty good defense here.”The Sooners finished the regular season ranked No. 26 nationally in total defense, yielding just 336 yards per game. Forget analytics, some of which reflect OU’s massive resurgence, some of which do not — just going from 114th in the nation to 26th in the span of 11 months and from 129th nationally (dead last) in pass defense to 22nd this year shows what kind of difference Grinch has made. And that showed up Saturday.Four Baylor pass plays resulted in 221 yards. Baylor’s other 48 plays netted just 44 total yards.Despite paltry offensive production in the first half, the Bears had a 13-10 halftime lead because Jalen Hurts committed two turnovers, and because backup quarterback Gerry Bohanan came in for injured Charlie Brewer and connected on a couple of lob throws into the Sooner secondary.And despite continued struggles to move the football in the second half, Baylor seemed headed for a game-winning touchdown when third-string true freshman quarterback Jacob Zeno completed a 78-yard bomb to Chris Platt with fewer than five minutes to play.But Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown chased Platt down at the Sooner 17, and Oklahoma forced a field goal to force the game into overtime. There, after Oklahoma took a 30-23 lead on Rhamondre Stevenson’s 5-yard touchdown run. Baylor ran four plays — three incomplete passes and a sack — that netted minus-10 yards.“We brought the guys up as we went to overtime, and I told them, ‘This is fitting,’ ” Riley said. “The way we started fall camp was red zone work, and three straight days of it, and it’s fitting to start fall camp and finish the regular season championship game with that kind of overtime period.”“It’s something we’ve been prepared for,” said linebacker Kenneth Murray, who finished with 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. “It’s something that they’ve done a phenomenal job preparing us for.”Brown’s rundown was the play of the game and seems like basic Football 101. But that’s exactly the kind of thing — sheer effort, a 70-yard all-out chase — that has been missing from past Oklahoma defenses, which subverted the efforts of transformative offenses in previous seasons.“Huge. Huge,” said Grinch. “I’ll say it: It shouldn’t happen. It’s a bad play defensively. But it’s everything we talk about as a defense: Find a way — find a way. If that referee doesn’t throw two hands in the air, then we’ve got a shot — to get a takeaway, to hold ‘em to three.“It’s not exactly how you draw it up. Sometimes you gotta overcome Coach Grinch. And in that case, he did. What a great visual for running your tail to the ball and getting the ball carrier down. It was a huge, huge play in the game.”Just before, and even after Brown’s pivotal game-saving play, Riley eschewed fourth-down opportunities that showed his newfound trust in Grinch’s defense. One was a fourth-and-7 from the Baylor 44, and one was a fourth-and-3 from the Baylor 47.In past years, Riley probably tries to go for it on fourth down. This year, with a defense backing him up, he happily punted and played the field position game.“I went back and forth in my mind a few times,” Riley said. “I was confident if it got to an overtime period, we would have a chance to score — and how could you not be confident with the way our defense was playing?”MORE: Oklahoma didn’t falter in do-or-die moment vs. BaylorThere may have been some PTSD leftover from the performances of the past three or four seasons — especially from last year, which posted numerous stats reflecting the worst defense in school history. Grinch has referred those stats as “ghosts.”“Yes,” Grinch said Saturday, “you’re making strides. But it’s a performance business. So it’s one thing to say I feel really good about how things are going, and we’re climbing a ladder to being a more respected defense in the conference and on the national level.“But you’re one game away from not being that. You can get chopped down real quick. Without question, progress is being made. And these guys understand, we’re establishing a standard for how we want to play, and when you establish a standard, you’ve got to hold yourself to that.”Now the sixth-ranked Sooners await Sunday’s Playoff announcement. They got what they needed from No. 13 Oregon on Friday when the Ducks beat No. 5 Utah 37-15 in the Pac-12 championship game. They got what they wanted from No. 2 LSU, which beat No. 4 Georgia 37-10 in the SEC championship game. ARLINGTON, Texas — ­­­College football has become a game of elite quarterbacks.But at Oklahoma, elite quarterbacks could only go so far.last_img read more

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