With surgical precision, New England Patriots cause a whole lot of pain

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View comments And the rest of the NFL writhes in pain.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes NASCAR tries to end slide with push for more exciting racing No matter where football fans outside the New England base turn, however, the finish often hurts.Why?Wide receiver Chris Hogan, who has been to Super Bowls in all three of his seasons in New England, explains it well.“We have been in these situations so many times before in big games and we don’t really blink,” Hogan said. “We practice these situations, we run these situations, we know how to execute in these situations — that is what it comes down to. Four-minute drives and trying to end a football game, take care of the ball, run blocking and doing all of the fundamentals when it really counts. And we have been in this situation before and it just helps.”The Patriots have been in every position before. So when they need to rely on Brady to light up the scoreboard, they can. And if the game environment calls for grinding it out, they can.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No blowouts.They began this unprecedented run using a bruising defense that turned the Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf into a tentative outfit that at times looked intimidated 17 years ago. On Sunday night, they brought it all full circle with a masterful defensive performance that humbled the Rams once more, even more so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Patriots take down opponents in the most painful ways, whether in shootouts like against Carolina and Atlanta, or in comebacks — Atlanta again, and Seattle. While it’s always foolish to get into a tit-for-tat scoring binge with Brady, the 13-3 victory over Los Angeles proved the Pats can do the dirty work, win in the trenches and still survive.It’s maddening for the rest of the NFL. It’s maddening for so much of America that wants to see someone — anyone else — shut down this show. It leads to Patriots haters noting that one of the worst officiating errors in NFL history cost the rightful NFC champions, the Saints, a shot at New England. Or that coin tosses have handed the Patriots the ball in a Super Bowl and a conference title game overtime, and eventually they were lifting the Lombardi Trophy. In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman and Tom Brady celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — There’s something surgical about the Patriots’ dynasty that has made the rest of the NFL reel for nearly two decades.They are 6-3 in Super Bowls in Bill Belichick’s reign and with Tom Brady doing the clutch work. Yet the overall points for those games, dating to 2002, stand at 215 for New England, 201 for the opposition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES One thing they never do is back off. In their losses to the Giants and Eagles in the Super Bowl, the Patriots remained aggressive. So did the opponent, though, and New York and Philadelphia simply made more key plays. Perhaps only one more key play, but that was enough.When the Seahawks and Falcons lifted off the accelerator — or made unwise strategic moves — New England swooped in.The decisive drive in the fourth quarter Sunday night was typical of the clinical manner in which they keep winning. Sloppy, particularly on third downs, and even a tad frustrated by the 3-3 score, they put together a classic drive: five plays, four of them passes, for 69 yards, capped by rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard touchdown run.Brady went to his meal tickets and they ate up an LA defense that had been relatively staunch. An 18-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, followed by 13 yards to game MVP Julian Edelman.Then a 7-yarder to Rex Burkhead led to a play that causes every defensive coordinator to lose sleep: Gronk going deep and overpowering as well as outreaching defenders — in this case double coverage — for 29 yards to the 2.Once Michel scored, it seemed inevitable the Rams would find nothing but disappointment the rest of the way.Leave it to Gronkowski to sum up what at some points looked like a so-so season for the Patriots. Yet there they were, at the summit again.“I’ll tell you this, it was the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” said the star tight end who just might have played his last game; he’s contemplating retirement, as he did last year before returning. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now. That was our identity; wear the other team out.“We weren’t making big, flashy plays all the time … but we stuck together, we grinded, ran the ball.“Now we’re Super Bowl champions, we’re world champions.”last_img read more

25 days agoSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawal

first_imgSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawalby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admits that he is not sure why Cedric Soares pulled out of their game against Tottenham at the last minute.The right back is a key member of the Saints lineup.Jannik Vestergaard came into the team near kick off, with Cedric reportedly suffering an injury.However, Hasenhuttl has called into question that version of events with his post-match comments.He said to reporters: “It wasn’t the perfect start to the game. “You prepare for the game and then half an hour before he says he can’t train. “I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t the best preparation for the game. I haven’t spoken to him now but I will.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Braxton Miller During National Championship Celebration: “We’ve Got Another Year To Do It, So Go Bucks”

first_imgOhio State football players celebrating after a victory.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates on the field with quarterback Kenny Guiton #13 and quarterback Cardale Jones #12 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 42-41 in a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Update: Big Ten Network released video of Miller’s brief speech. As he takes the microphone, Ohio State fans loudly chanted “one more year.” Clearly, they want all three quarterbacks back for next season.Earlier: By now, everyone knows about the remarkable dilemma that Ohio State faces at the quarterback position entering 2015. While rumors have been swirling about possible transfer destinations for senior Braxton Miller for months now, he has said that he plans to return to Columbus. That doesn’t seem all that likely considering he would have to beat out J.T. Barrett and now Cardale Jones for the starting job, but during today’s national championship celebration at Ohio Stadium, he definitely made it seem like he’s all-in on OSU.Braxton Miller: “Privilege and honor to be part of this team. Guess what, we’ve got another year to do it. So go Bucks.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015The other two quarterbacks spoke up about the magical 2014 season as well.RT WEWS “RT KosichJohn: The 3 Ohio State QBs Braxton,Cardale & JT pic.twitter.com/3oqHBIf7SJ” #CLE— bobarcher (@bobarcher1) January 24, 2015J.T. Barrett: “This is what we talked about doing. Glad ya’ll were part of it.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015Meyer refers to Cardale Jones as “the final part of the magnificent three.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015Cardale Jones: “I dedicated this season and the last couple of games to these 2 guys on my left and my right.” Miller and Barrett.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) January 24, 2015We still can’t imagine that all three quarterbacks stick around, but it will be very hard to make the decision to leave Ohio State, especially after the celebrations on campus that they’re all experiencing.last_img read more

Delhis Sunday air quality best of the year so far

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites on Sunday breathed the cleanest air of the year so far, thanks to widespread rainfall in the National Capital Region over the past few days, officials said.According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index in the city on Sunday was recorded at 47, which falls in the ‘good’ category. The AQI improved from 49 on Saturday, the CPCB said. An AQI between 0 to 50 is considered ‘good’ air quality. “Sunday’s was the best AQI this year so far,” an official said, adding the air quality will remain in the ‘good’ category for the next three days. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor major part of the year, the city witnesses poor air quality. The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) attributed the improved air quality to widespread rainfall in and around the NCR. “Increased west to North rainfall activity in association with the interaction between western disturbance and monsoon low is ensuring longest spell of best air quality of the year. “It will continue for today also. Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall and isolated heavy rainfalls are also expected. Delhi Air quality is predicted to be in good category for next three days,” it said. The Delhi-NCR has received widespread intermittent rainfall over the past few days. An AQI between 51 and 100 is considered ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) was recorded at 26 and the PM10 level was recorded at 17 on Sunday, the SAFAR said.last_img read more

Barrett McMillan and others yet to decide on NFL draft Price and

OSU cornerbacks redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore (2) and redshirt junior Gareon Conley (8) embrace while redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) looks on following the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorGLENDALE, Ariz. — The six returning starters from the 2015 Ohio State football team were put on draft board to begin the season. Following Saturday night’s 31-0 loss to No. 2 Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, a few of them answered questions about their future.“It will be really hard for me to walk away when we lost 31-0,” said redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley said they will have to sit down and talk to their families and coaches about possibly leaving early for the NFL draft. However, two Buckeyes who were draft eligible declared their intentions to return to the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said they will return to the program in 2017.“We just got to get to work in the offseason,” Hubbard said. “We know what it takes now and we got to do more.”Price listed getting his degree and his performance tonight as motivators to play next season.“We’ll start off the season training, and this is going to be a burning feeling in my stomach,” he said. “I didn’t do enough to win tonight.”Having to fill a total of 16 starting spots on offense and defense opened the door for a few players to have breakout season. So good, in fact, that some of those breakout stars have to decide if they will return to Ohio State for the 2017 season.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore all echoed McMillan, Lewis and Conley.McMillan said it would be difficult to leave on a bad note.“I gave my all to this program,” he said. “I want to finish it off the right way.” read more

Ohio State Michigan State set for Big Ten tournament showdown

CHICAGO–For large stretches of the final game of the night in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament, it looked like Ohio State’s opponent in its semifinal game Saturday would be Iowa. The No. 6-seeded Hawkeyes took a 10-point lead into halftime against No. 3 seed Michigan State and held a 12-point lead 10 minutes into the second half. Paced by junior forward Adreian Payne, who scored 18 points, MSU started to chip away at the deficit. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run with 10 minutes remaining in the contest and took a 50-49 lead on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Gary Harris with 4:11 left. Play was back-and-forth from there, but MSU held on to a 59-56 victory after an Iowa 3-pointer in the waning moments clanked off the rim. Down the stretch, there were a few controversial calls that upset Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Iowa junior forward Zach McCabe was called for a foul on MSU senior forward Derrick Nix when it appeared Nix had traveled before his shot. This led to McCaffery throwing his suit jacket onto the floor. With 30 seconds to play and Iowa down, 57-56, Hawkeye sophomore forward Aaron White was called for a foul on a Harris jumper, causing McCaffery to slam his fists onto the padding of the scorer’s table. “This team deserved a better fate,” McCaffery said afterwards, indirectly but almost assuredly blaming the officials for the loss. With the victory, MSU (25-7) will face OSU (24-7) Saturday at 4 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. Let’s take a closer look at OSU’s upcoming opponent: Record: 25-7, 14-5 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 1-1 Jan. 19: MSU 59, OSU 56 in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker to the Spartans in the first matchup of the season. MSU scored the first 10 points of the game and took a 30-26 lead into halftime. OSU, trailing by three points with seven seconds remaining, settled for an errant 3-pointer by sophomore guard Shannon Scott that clanked off the backboard with three seconds left. The shot confused many, as it came with time left on the clock and junior forward Deshaun Thomas open on the wing. Feb. 24: OSU 68, MSU 60 in Columbus OSU got its revenge on the then-No. 4 ranked Spartans, led by a rarely-seen offensive-minded Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes’ junior guard–known for his defense–scored a game-high 21 points, more than he had in the previous three games combined. OSU trailed, 31-25, at halftime, but led by Craft, the Buckeyes outscored MSU by 14 in the second period. Matchup to watch: Payne vs. OSU’s big men Payne dominated OSU in the Spartans’ loss in Columbus. The Ohio-native had 12 points, 15 rebounds, a block and a steal, having his way with every forward Thad Matta put on him. With OSU’s strength on defense being its guards, the Buckeyes can expect to bottle up–to an extent–MSU junior point guard Keith Appling and Harris. If sophomore center Amir Williams or redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel can contain Payne, OSU could fare well Saturday. Saturday’s games: No. 1 seed Indiana vs. No. 4 seed Wisconsin, 1:40 p.m. No. 2 seed OSU vs. No. 3 seed MSU, 25 minutes following IU-UW read more

Less than great day for Ohio State football

“We’ll help them with the excuses,” said Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer after the team’s Tuesday practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was the team’s third practice of the spring and its first in full pads, but according to Meyer, it was “not a great day.” “First day back from spring break, full pads for the first day. It didn’t feel like a top-5 practice so we just need to get back and have one Thursday,” Meyer said. A number of developments will be facing the Buckeyes when they take to the field for their next practice. New injury for Jordan Hall Rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall sat out Tuesday’s practice with what Meyer called a “slight tug on the hamstring.” Meyer said Hall could have practiced but sat out for precautionary reasons. “He could probably practice at 80 percent,” Meyer said. “I held him out today because I want to get him someplace higher.” After sitting out the majority of last season with a torn PCL, Hall was granted a medical redshirt that will allow him to play this fall. The running back said he is excited to have another opportunity to play in the spread system and feels he can help the offense. “We have a lot of playmakers on offense and I just think I can be another one,” Hall said. “I just want to be another person the defense has to prepare for and I’m looking forward to that.” Hall, who is expected to be a versatile, hybrid-type player, might give the Buckeyes an advantage out on the edge. He said he is not sure what he will be doing in the position, but likened it to what he played in high school. “I played a little bit of slot in high school, so it’s kind of coming back,” Hall said. “It’s just different going against a college defense instead of a high school defense.” Offense operated at “60 percent” in 2012 Running backs coach Stan Drayton coached with Meyer at Florida and said he has seen a spread offense operating at its full potential. Drayton said, though, that OSU’s 2012 offense operated at “about 60 percent” of its potential, but he expects improvement in the 2013 season with the addition of Hall. “When you sit there and study our film, you see safeties sitting there at eight yards because (rising senior running back) Carlos Hyde and (rising junior quarterback) Braxton Miller are in the backfield,” Drayton said. “The moment we are able to pose a pass threat and get that balance in our offense we are hoping it to be very explosive.” Hyde taking OSU team motto to heart The Buckeyes’ 2013 season motto is “The Chase,” intended to reflect their pursuit, in part, of a conference and national championship. Hyde said the idea of “The Chase” is something he takes to heart. “‘The Chase’ means a lot. It’s not just one thing,” Hyde said. “I want to be the first running back under coach Meyer with 1,000 yards, I want to hold that crystal ball. I want it all.” Drayton said Hyde became more of a team player as last season went on. “Carlos matured, and it became more than just about him,” Drayton said. “That was the difference in his burst onto the football field last year. It is definitely the direct reason he had the success that he had.” Running back depth pushing Hyde On National Signing Day, Drayton told his running backs that his goal was to find players better than them. He said he made the comment with the intention of making the running backs work harder than they did last year. “I want to see them compete,” Drayton said. “I’m trying to create the best competitive environment in one single group in the country and I think we are getting close to that, I really do.” Drayton added that Hyde will not be receiving special treatment, despite being the starting running back last year. “Carlos Hyde needs to know that nothing is going to be given to him, and he knows that,” Drayton said. “That’s why he is out here practicing his butt off, because he knows everyone is coming after him. He can’t relax.” The Buckeyes are set to hold their fourth spring practice Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

JT Barrett Joey Bosa lead group of Ohio State football players named

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (right) hugs redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett following a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won in double-overtime, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorHeading into its second straight Big Ten Championship Game, the Ohio State football team will boast 16 players on at least one of the three all-conference lists.Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was named to the first team All-Big Ten list by the coaches and media in addition to winning the Griese-Brees Big Ten Quarterback of the Year award despite suffering a fractured ankle against Michigan, ending his 2014-15 season.Barrett finished the year with 3,772 total offensive yards and 45 total touchdowns, breaking the Big Ten record of former Purdue quarterback and current New Orleans Saint Drew Brees, whom the award is partially named after.OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was also a first team All-Big Ten selection and received the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. Bosa currently needs just one more sack to break the single-season school record of 14 set by Vernon Gholston in 2007.Other Buckeyes named to the first team All-Big Ten list were redshirt-sophomore guard Pat Elflein and senior cornerback Doran Grant who were both selections by the media.OSU selections for all three All-Big Ten teams can be seen below:Coaches’ selections all-Big Ten first team:QB J.T. Barrett, OL Pat Elflein, DL Joey Bosa, DB Doran GrantCoaches’ selections all-Big Ten second team:OL Taylor Decker, TE Jeff Heuerman, DL Michael BennettCoaches’ selections all-Big Ten honorable mention:OL Darryl Baldwin, P Cameron Johnston, LB Joshua Perry, WR Devin Smith, WR Evan SpencerMedia selections all-Big Ten first team: QB J.T. Barrett, DL Joey BosaMedia selections all-Big Ten second team: OL Pat Elflein, OL Taylor Decker, TE Jeff Heuerman, DL Michael Bennett, LB Joshua Perry, DB Doran GrantMedia selections all-Big Ten honorable mention:OL Darryl Baldwin, SAF Vonn Bell, RB Ezekiel Elliott, P Cameron Johnston, WR Devin Smith, WR Michael Thomas, DL Adolphus Washington read more