Critic and Seabass impress

first_img The Willie Mullins-trained Make Your Mark was the 4-6 market leader for his seasonal reappearance on the strength of some smart novice form last term, with Dermot Weld’s Rock Critic next best at 9-4 after winning on his hurdling bow at last year’s Galway Festival. The two disputed the running, but it was clear before the home turn that Robbie McNamara was travelling far better and Rock Critic eased clear once straightened up for home, safely negotiating the last couple of obstacles to seal victory by three-and-a-quarter lengths to make it two from two over timber. Rock Critic was an impressive winner of the Racegoer’s 25 Euros Package Hurdle at Fairyhouse as last year’s John Smith’s Grand National third Seabass made a fine return to action in second place. Ted Walsh’s Seabass ran a tremendous race on his first appearance since his superb Aintree performance last spring. The 10-year-old was predictably outpaced over this two-mile trip, but stayed on strongly in the straight to grab the runner-up spot from a rather disappointing Make Your Mark. Rock Critic was cut to 12-1 by Stan James for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, but Weld warned he was not a certain starter at Cheltenham. The trainer said: “He did what I thought he would do. He knows his job and he jumps well. He would much prefer better ground. “We’ve no definite plan – we’ll speak to the owners. He’s entered in Cheltenham but at the moment I see him as a Punchestown/Fairyhouse horse. “We didn’t plan to get there so soon, but his jumping took him there – he jumped like a stag.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Zebo shines in Munster win

Simon Zebo and Ger Slattery scored two tries apiece as Munster defeated Zebre to move back to the top of the RaboDirect PRO12. Press Association Irishman Zebo will hope his first-half brace convinces Joe Schmidt to give him an RBS 6 Nations call-up, while Slattery’s maiden PRO12 scores sandwiched Tommy O’Donnell’s 70th-minute bonus-point effort. Zebre’s first ever visit to Musgrave Park was marked by Tommaso D’Apice’s try in the 12th minute, but Munster built a 15-5 half-time lead despite a stop-start performance. Hanrahan converted and Felix Jones was called back for a forward pass from Zebo, who was on his toes throughout as he looked to impress the Irish management. There were a couple of near misses as marauding forwards Stander and Billy Holland were hauled down in the visitors’ 22, and Zebo then evaded Kameli Ratuvou’s grasp to glide over in the right corner. Hanrahan missed the difficult conversion, ending his run of 19 successful place-kicks in a row, but Munster were beginning to find some rhythm at 15-5 up. Former All Black Leonard raced into Munster territory to set up an early Palazzani penalty which closed the gap back to seven points. There were few incidents of note during a substitution-filled third quarter, and it was only after Van Schalkwyk saw yellow for infringing close to the Zebre line that Munster zoned in on the bonus point. A powerful lineout maul did the trick as Slattery was driven over in the 62nd minute and Keatley converted for a 22-8 scoreline. South African Stander, the man of the match, then took a quick tap in the 70th minute and a swift recycle from the ruck saw his back-row colleague O’Donnell squeeze in for the bonus-point try. Keatley again added the extras and his final and most difficult kick of the night was also on target, as he converted after Duncan Williams put fellow replacement Slattery over by the corner flag. A Guglielmo Palazzani penalty kept the Italians in the hunt before Munster touched down twice while Zebre captain Andries van Schalkwyk was in the sin-bin. Rob Penney’s league leaders added a fifth and final try when replacement hooker Slattery crossed in the right corner with a minute left. Munster took a while to get going and the Italians stunned the Cork crowd with a high-quality opening try. Giovanbattista Venditti, a late inclusion on the left wing, slipped past two tacklers and handed off CJ Stander before passing for hooker D’Apice to dive over in the left corner. The conversion was put wide by Palazzani, who donned the number 10 jersey due to the pre-match withdrawal of Ruggero Trevisan. Munster closed the gap to 5-3 on the quarter hour when JJ Hanrahan punished Zebre lock George Biagi for a side-entry call. Donncha O’Callaghan had an earlier-than-expected introduction on a night when he overtook Ronan O’Gara’s appearance record for the club. The lock’s 241st appearance arrived in the 18th minute when he came on for the injured David O’Callaghan. The hosts began to click into gear in the second quarter and following an Ian Keatley-inspired break in the middle, there were numbers wide on the left where Zebo spun away from Brendon Leonard to score in the corner. read more

MDI boys endure long wait, beat Ellsworth behind 3-point shooting

first_imgELLSWORTH — After a six-day wait that included a weather postponement, the Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball team was ready to play. Unfortunately, the ceiling wasn’t.It was 6:45 p.m., and MDI’s road game against Ellsworth was scheduled to be starting in 15 minutes. Instead, the custodial staff at Ellsworth High School was busy putting a giant tarp over the southeast corner of Katsiaficas Gymnasium. The ceiling was leaking water everywhere, and the junior varsity game hadn’t even started yet.All Justin Norwood’s Trojans wanted to do was take the floor. After a rough stretch in which the former Class B North leaders had lost three out of four games, MDI was desperate to show it could bounce back in time for the playoffs.It took 90 minutes of JV ball and another 20 for Ellsworth’s Senior Night ceremony, but MDI finally got its chance and made the most of it.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI shot 12 of 23 from 3-point range to beat Ellsworth 74-37 in the regular season’s final game Friday. The win gave the Trojans a season sweep of the Eagles.“The past two weeks or so, they’ve certainly challenged our team,” Norwood said. “We needed to get our step back for the playoffs, and with a crowd like this in a big rivalry game, this was the time to do it.”Riley Swanson had the hot hand for MDI (15-3) in the first quarter. The senior made three 3-pointers, and Russell Kropff, Derek Collin, Aaron Snurkowski and Graham Good also scored to give the Trojans an eight-point advantage. MDI’s Andrew Phelps and Gus Reeves scored six each for MDI in the second to help them to a 33-15 lead at the break.The second half was much of the same, though Ellsworth’s injuries caught up with it. The Eagles were already missing Trent Mahon after an ankle injury last Wednesday, and star senior Bryce Harmon, who suffered one Tuesday but was not about to miss his chance to start on Senior Night, had to sit out the second half with ice on his leg.On the court, the third and fourth quarters belonged to MDI’s Mac Shea, who scored each of his 11 points in the second half to put the game out of reach. Seven of Shea’s points came in a fourth-quarter run that saw MDI score 22 to send the green half of the gymnasium wild.Shea and Swanson both scored 11 points for MDI, and Phelps added nine. Zach Harris led Ellsworth 11 with points.Even though the Trojans had to wait five days, one additional day because of Thursday’s snowstorm and another hour and a half to get the bad taste of the previous two weeks out of their mouths, a shooting performance like this made the wait worth it.“It was a complete game from us all around, and we kept it up even as it was late in the fourth quarter,” Norwood said. “We had been ready to get back out on that court because we knew we were better than we’ve playing. The players out there, every single one of them delivered tonight.”The win gives MDI the No. 2 seed in the Class B North tournament. Depending on what happens in the preliminary round, MDI will face either Belfast or Houlton in the quarterfinals.“Both of those teams are teams who can beat us if we’re not on our game,” Norwood said. “They’re probably a bit better than their records show, and it’s the playoffs now. Everyone you face is going to give it everything they got.”Ellsworth faced Presque Isle (13-5) on the road Tuesday. Presque Isle won both games against the Eagles in the regular season. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

Linebacker EJ Carter dismissed from Syracuse football team

first_img Published on May 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm Linebacker E.J. Carter is no longer a member of the Syracuse football team, a spokesperson from SU Athletics confirmed Thursday afternoon. Though per his policy on players leaving the program, SU head coach Doug Marrone would not elaborate on the reasons for Carter’s departure, the spokesperson said.Carter, a 6-foot, 220-pounder, started eight games at outside linebacker for the Orange as a freshman in 2009. In 10 games, Carter compiled 24 tackles and 2 sacks. During spring practice, Carter was penciled in to start once again in 2010.According to a report in the Syracuse Post-Standard, Carter missed an important exit meeting with Marrone Friday morning and did not accompany the team on a mandatory event that night, prompting Marrone to dismiss the Orlando, Fla., native from the team.Per team policy, each player must meet with the coaching staff before leaving school following the spring semester. The purpose is to grade the players on their spring performance, give them work for the summer and inform them where they stand on the post-spring depth chart.The Post-Standard report said that Carter took an early flight home Friday, May 7, as opposed to staying through the weekend. As a result, he missed the mandatory meeting and team event. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCarter briefly left the team before spring practice began in late March, and had been left off the team’s spring depth chart before ultimately returning to the team. Carter was also suspended for ‘a violation of team rules’ in October, causing him to miss three weeks of practice and two games. Check dailyorange.com for further updates as they become available. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments aljohn@syr.edulast_img read more

COLUMN: Wilcox needs to step up his game

first_imgThe Sun Devils have Steve Sarkisian’s number — he’s 0-4 all-time against the program as a head coach.Historically, Arizona State has averaged almost 35 points a game against Sarkisian’s teams, both at USC and Washington. USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was only around for two of those losses.Ironically, though, the Sun Devils posted the highest amount of points (53) against a Sarkisian-coached team in one of the games where Wilcox was calling the shots on defense.Now, after dropping their Pac-12 opener to Stanford, the Trojans are forced to quickly turn around to face their first road test of the season in a hostile environment at Arizona State — a program that has not only gotten the best of USC the past couple of seasons, but also its head coach and defensive coordinator.Great timing, right.The Trojans aren’t in uncharted waters, though. The program has notched its first loss of the season in week three or earlier for each of the three past seasons — two of those losses coming in conference openers.USC came into each of these games as double-digit favorites and failed to take care of business. Looking at the glass half full, though, losing so early in the season could prove to be beneficial for Sarkisian’s team because it creates a sense of urgency for the team a little sooner than most expected.Contrary to my earlier prediction, Stanford came out to the Coliseum and not only tested the Trojans, but straight up bullied USC, while exposing holes and weaknesses in their defense in the meantime.Justin Wilcox, you are the weakest link … for now. After allowing 41 points and over 470 yards of total offense, Wilcox’s unit can’t afford to get torched this time around and, quite frankly, it shouldn’t.This year’s Sun Devils team is not the same offensive juggernaut it has been in years past, as it currently finds itself in the bottom-half of the FBS and Pac-12 in scoring — they’re averaging a little more than 28 points per game, while facing below-average opponents like Cal Poly and New Mexico. The only legitimate team they’ve faced so far was Texas A&M and the Sun Devils were only able to post 17 points against the Aggies.Last year’s Arizona State teams averaged just under 37 points per game, which was good enough for 17th overall in the FBS and third in the Pac-12.Arizona State’s offensive woes can be largely attributed to its offensive line’s struggles to protect quarterback Mike Bercovici in the pocket. Through just three games, the unit has allowed 11 sacks with nine of those coming against Texas A & M.Hopefully, Wilcox gets the memo.College football is a game of fine tuning and making adjustments week in and week out, but at face value, it doesn’t appear to be rocket science.If you’re able to get pressure on Bercovici and give him a hard time, it could be a long day for the Sun Devils. It would also take a little bit of pressure off the young USC secondary, which struggled against Stanford.Wilcox can theoretically kill two birds with one stone.But if the defense allows Bercovici time to make plays, he is capable of posting monster numbers like the 510 yards and five touchdowns he put up against USC last season — not to mention the 46-yard “Jael Marry” he threw to win the game and break the hearts of every USC fan.If USC is going to win, Wilcox needs to dial up more blitzes and pressure. We saw what happened last week when the defense couldn’t get to Hogan — they made him look like a god out there, while being unable to force any turnovers.In fact, the Trojans haven’t been able to come up with any turnovers since forcing four in their opener against Arkansas State. Going on the road for the first time, it’s paramount that USC musters up at least one turnover to gain some momentum and try to take the crowd out of the game.It’s going to be hot on Saturday night in Tempe with an expected temperature in the mid-90s around kickoff, and for Wilcox’s sake, I sure do hope that the USC defense comes out firing on all cylinders.This game not only has the potential to be a great turnaround victory for the Trojans, but it would also give Sarkisian his first ever win against Arizona State, and perhaps provide a boost to Wilcox’s morale should the defense be able to bounce back.A victory would also signify much-needed retribution for USC fans who’ve been haunted by memories of last year’s game against a school, whose acceptance rate is so high that not even Cody Kessler’s completion percentage (78.7 percent) — among the best in college football — can match it.If the Sun Devils are somehow able to post 60-plus points like it did two years ago and upset USC for the third consecutive time, however, Sarkisian should just leave Wilcox behind at the airport.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

‘When people question your honor, it hurts,’ says Ronaldo

first_img“When people question your honour, it hurts,” he said on Tuesday. “It hurts a lot mainly because I have a big family, a wife and an intelligent child who understands a lot of things.”“This is a case I’m not comfortable expressing myself on. But once again, my innocence has been proven. It makes me proud,” said the Juventus and former Manchester United and Real Madrid star. Lisbon, Portugal | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo told Portuguese television on Tuesday that “2018 was the most difficult year on a personal level.”Ronaldo had to deal with rape allegations last year after former model Kathryn Mayorga filed a complaint in September alleging she was sexually assaulted by the footballer in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.The case was dismissed in a Nevada court in June, though the filing did not say if Ronaldo had agreed a settlement.He denies the accusation, although he has reportedly acknowledged that he paid Mayorga in an earlier settlement. Cristiano Ronaldocenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Son nets quick double to hand Tottenham comfortable lead

first_imgTOTTENHAM cruised to a  4-0 win in Belgrade with Son Heung-min getting a brace.Giovani Lo Celso opened the scoring against Red Star for his first gaol for Spurs.Christian Eriksen rounded off the win at one of football’s most intimidating atmospheres.Crvena zvezda 0 Tottenham 4 FTEriksen nets the fourth with his deflected effortSouth Korean gets his second off a cross from RoseSon finishes a swift counter-attacking move to double Spurs’ leadLo Celso scores his first Tottenham goal after scramble in the boxWatch on BT Sport 2Live stream via the appEE phone customers can watch for FREE on BT Sport with three-month trialTottenham XI: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Dier, Sanchez, Rose, Ndombele, Sissoko, Dele Alli, Son, Lo Celso, KaneSubs: Vorm, Alderweireld, Davies, Sessegnon, Skipp, Eriksen, Lucas MouraEtienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:26 pmAnd that’s your lot from Red Star vs Tottenham.A fantastic night for Spurs as they got back to winning ways with a 4-0 rout in Belgrade.What was the most exciting aspect of the night? Lo Celso’s full debut performance and goal? Perhaps Son bouncing back with a brace?Or for those more defensively minded, maybe finally getting another clean sheet?Either way, an important night for Mauricio Pochettino!Goodnight.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:23 pmMauricio Pochettino has now spoken to BT Sport.“I think it’s good, we are happy, we are so pleased for the performance of the team.“It’s a very difficult place, we were talking before today the atmosphere is great.“The approach of the team is fantastic, always you have to be in a key moment to score.“We have a big squad, 28, 29, yes when you have plenty of options you have problems too.“This season is completely different to the previous season, we have to find our confidence.“We need to add three points more to try and qualify for the next stage.“Good feeling after Everton, good feeling after today.”Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:16 pmGreat away win in a very tough stadium. Congratulations @LoCelsoGiovani on your first goal. #UCL #COYS pic.twitter.com/jyIEJ2B2KX— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 6, 2019Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:15 pmAnd Eric Dier also spoke to BT Sport.“The manager emphasised before the game how difficult it would be to come here.“(On the Red Star tunnel) It’s a unique walk, something you have to try and enjoy – a brilliant atmosphere to play in.“I’m very happy to have gotten the chance to play, we have a very good squad, a lot of quality players“Every time I get the chance to play it’s enjoyable.”Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:14 pmSon has spoken to BT Sport.“I was so, so important to win this game“We had a good attitude from the start and played really, really well, it’s massive to take the confidence for the coming games.“It has been a really tough few days but with my team-mates, friends and supporters I realised how lucky I am with messages of support. I am of course really sorry about the accident. I now have to focus on the team.“I had to focus for the team, I had to keep going, keep working hard.”Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:10 pmPeter Crouch has described Son as “ruthless” with his finishing and praised the way he bounced back from the horrible Andre Gomes incident at the weekend.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:07 pmGLENN HODDLE was “baffled” by Red Star’s approach.He thinks they were too passive and let Spurs dominate.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 10:05 pm💙#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/80G8VFFeVR— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 6, 2019Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:57 pmA victory over Olympiacos next time out will see Spurs qualify with a game to spare, unless Red Star can beat Bayern Munich… which on this showing feels unlikely.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:54 pmFULL TIME: RED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 4What a pleasing result for Mauricio Pochettino on a night that they expected to be much more difficult than this.There were a few hairy moments at the back, but Spurs are now in a commanding position to qualify alongside Bayern Munich in Group B. Goals from debutant Lo Celso, Eriksen and a Son brace give Spurs a first away win since that night in Amsterdam six months ago.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:53 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 490mins: Oliver Skipp booked for a committed challenge.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:49 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 489mins: Sessegnon slips as it looked like he might play in Harry Kane. The match very much winding down now.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:45 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 485mins: Spurs have another and it’s Christian Eriksen! Lovely cross from Ryan Sessegnon after being played in behind by Danny Rose.Oliver Skipp replaces Lo Celso in the aftermath.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:42 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 383mins: Eriksen shoots tamely at Borjan after some neat passing.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:38 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 378mins: Unbelievably, a bad night for Pavkov has gotten even worse. He landed awkwardly after jumping for a cross and he is almost certainly going to be unable to continue.A pretty nasty twist of the left ankle.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:35 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 376mins: Lo Celso tamely steers a volley wise after a nice pass from Eriksen.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:35 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 375mins: Ryan Sessegnon replace two-goal Son Heung-min for Spurs. That quick fire double salvo earlier in the second rather killed any Red Star hope or momentum.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:28 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 369mins: Tanguy Ndombele lashes the ball miles over with a left footed shot from, to be fair, miles out. Spurs looking confident.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:27 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 368mins: Lo Celso blocks Marin’s free-kick and Red Star have a corner, which evades everybody and goes out for a goal kick.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:26 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 367mins: Foyth catches Marin just outside the box and Red Star have a free-kick in a dangerous position.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:24 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 365mins: Petrovic booked for a poor challenge on Danny Rose. Eriksen had out Rose in trouble with a slightly underhit pass.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:21 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 361mins: Amidst a strangely lengthy VAR check, Christian Eriksen replaces Dele Alli. The game is now back underway.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:20 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 360mins: It’s three! And that’s surely game over now. Son fires in Danny Rose’s square pass to almost certainly put the game out of sight.Harry Kane found Rose beautifully with a lovely through ball.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:18 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 257mins: A nightmare night for Pavkov got even worse as his poor pass was pounced upon by Ndombele.The Frenchman burst forward and found Alli, who slipped it agonisingly out of the defender’s reach and into Son’s path.The South Korean then smashed it into the back of the net with his left foot – showing the likes of Pavkov how it’s done.Etienne Fermie7 Nov 2019, 9:17 pmRED STAR 0 TOTTENHAM 257mins: It’s a second goal for Tottenham!Son Heung-min rifles it home after Dele Alli’s pass.Load more entries…last_img read more

El Rayo suspends the session scheduled for this Friday

first_imgThe advancement of the coronavirus has not only affected the first team. Also Ray B, Ray Women and the lower categories have been suspended from their competitions over the next two weeks, as announced by the RFEF and the RFFM just a few hours ago. The incessant trickle of news and decisions caused on Wednesday, the amount of the tickets would have to be returned to those hundreds of fans who bought them at the beginning of the week to travel to Carranza. LaLiga announced this Thursday “the postponement, at least, of the next two days” of the championship due to the coronavirus. A scenario that is affecting absolutely all clubs. Without going further, Rayo Vallecano has exercised all week behind closed doors as a precaution, thus avoiding the usual presence of the public in the sessions. It is about minimizing the risk of contagion for both amateurs and professionals.Also, this morning, the redhead entity has announced that the training scheduled for Friday is suspended and it is still to be determined if the squad will work the weekend now that they will not have to travel to Cádiz to play. The measures not only focus on what is strictly sporty. And there will be no interviews or press conferences in the next few days. Veterans stopLightning veterans have confirmed the cancellation of both training sessions and scheduled matches in the coming days by the coronavirus. This was announced on their Social Networks, also calling for social responsibility to prevent further contagion.last_img read more

Column: A Super stinker, Patriots prevail but ugliness wins

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra It was the only time all evening that either team reached the red zone.That brief burst of offense was enough to carry the Patriots to a 13-3 victory , but this game will be remembered as an unworthy finale to a thrilling season. Certainly not in the same league as that pair of captivating games we witnessed on conference championship weekend. Not even close to the Super Bowl classics that capped off the last two seasonsThose represented the NFL at its HD best.The latest Super Bowl should’ve been broadcast in black and white.It was straight out of the 1950s.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers That was then.This time, Zuerlein’s kick sailed wide left of the upright.Brady kneeled down one more time and it was over.Thankfully.Disney officials dutifully announced that Brady and MVP Julian Edelman would be visiting the Magic Kingdom on Monday.The folks at Mickey Mouse Land might want to reconsider their offer.It’s probably best to just forget this stinker of a Super Bowl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next When Adam Levine ripped off his shirt during the halftime show, it was quickly apparent that tattoos would far outnumber points in the A-T-L.Come to think of it, Maroon 5 might have benefited the most from this one.Their lame, off-key performance was probably the highlight of the night.The Rams needed until deep into the third quarter to finally surpass 100 yards, on a drive that resulted in their only points. Greg Zuerlein booted a 53-yard field goal that tied the game at 3 with just over two minutes remaining in the period, and it looked like Los Angeles might actually have a chance to pull out a game it had no business winning.After Michel’s TD, Los Angeles gave itself one more chance. Driving briskly into New England territory, the Rams had first down at the 27 when Goff lofted a pass toward the right pylon with Brandin Cooks breaking into the clear. But Patriots second-string safety Duron Harmon, in the game after Patrick Chung sustained what looked to be a broken arm, came flying over to level Cooks just as the ball was slipping through the receiver’s hands at the goal line.Cooks conceded afterward that it was a catch he should’ve made, but he was hardly alone in that category.On the very next play, Huron came at Goff on a blitz. The young quarterback flinched with the safety in his face, wobbling up a pass that was easily picked off by Stephon Gilmore.New England drove the other way for the clinching field goal.With eight seconds remaining, the Rams sent on Zuerlein to attempt a 48-yard field goal, knowing the only remote chance they had to force OT was to get three points, pull an onside kick and heave a desperation pass toward the end zone on the final play.Zuerlein was money all season, and especially in the NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints, when he tied it up with a 48-yard field goal and won the game in overtime with a booming 57-yard effort. LATEST STORIES “You’ve got to grind it out and find a way,” said Brady, delivering a drab quote that perfectly fit the occasion.Stephen Gostkowski clinched it for the Patriots, barely guiding a 41-yard field goal inside the left upright with 1:12 remaining to make it a two-score game.What a blessing.The last thing anyone needed was the Rams having any chance to send this monstrosity to overtime.Taking nothing away from a stout defensive effort by both teams, this lackluster affair seemed more the result of two offenses that never found their footing — especially the youthful Rams and their 24-year-old quarterback, Jared Goff.There were plenty of silly mistakes, the kind of plays you normally see when teams are working through the kinks coming of training camp. Both teams were flagged for having two men in motion at the same time. The Rams were penalized for a false start when lined up on second down needing less than a yard. One of their better plays was negated by a holding penalty. They even got caught with too many men on the field.“We just played bad today,” running back C.J. Anderson said.With just over a minute to go, after the Rams were called for yet another holding penalty, the press box announcer summed it up best after accidentally leaving his mic on.“Ughhhhhhh,” he moaned, snapping the assembled media out their slumber.It was the lowest-scoring game in Super Bowl history, eclipsing a 21-point snoozer in 1973 when Miami capped its perfect season with an ugly victory over Washington that had least had a bit of comic relief: kicker Garo Yepremian’s ridiculous attempt to throw a pass. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly way they won it against the stunningly inept Los Angeles Rams.An instant classic?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNo, this was instantly forgettable.The only touchdown finally came when the game was 53 minutes old, the Patriots reaching the end zone on Sony Michel’s 2-yard run after one of the few offensive highlights — Brady’s niftily threaded ball to Rob Gronkowski with three defenders around, resulting in a 29-yard play. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Reliable as ever, Patriots’ Julian Edelman wins Super Bowl MVP Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff pauses while speaking to the media after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)ATLANTA — The NFL should’ve ended the season two weeks ago.This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more