+ posts Linkedin Facebook ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jack Wallace Linkedin Photo by Jack Wallace ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East TCU News Now 4/28/2021 TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Twitter 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Facebook Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ printFor their second road match of the season, No. 16 TCU men’s tennis picked up another win with a 5-2 over the UTA Mavericks.Freshman Luc Fomba won both his singles and doubles matchups today, critical for the Horned Frogs’ success.Photo by Jack WallaceJunior Alastair Gray paired up with sophomore Eduardo Roldan for the first time this year, but that did not stop them from a strong 6-3 win.Sophomore Bertus Kruger and senior Reese Stalder clinched the doubles point for the Frogs with a 6-2 win, marking another game with a swept doubles point.The freshmen duo Luc Fomba and Sander Jong were down 3-5 when the doubles were called.Alastair Gray had his first win of the season against UTA, notching it at the No. 1 singles position.Photo by Jack WallaceGray earned his first singles victory of the year as the No. 1 singles man, as his matches had remained unfinished when TCU clinched.Nationally-ranked No. 65 Kruger had a 6-2, 6-4 win to give the Frogs a 3-0 start to the day, setting up a near sweep.Stalder finished with his first loss of the year but was avenged by Fomba, who clinched the day for TCU, 7-5, 6-1.Both coaches agreed to finish out the remaining matches, and they resulted in a loss for Jong and a nail-biting win for Roldan.“It was good to see our guys being tested, pushed, and keep getting us better and better prepared for the matches coming up,” head coach David Roditi said.Up Next:TCU returns home to host the Wichita State Shockers at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. Previous articleWhere to watch Super Bowl LIII in Fort WorthNext articleMoore leads Women’s Basketball to fourth-straight victory Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Twitter
Roma director Walter Sabatini is working to bolster the wingback position and has agreed terms with Baba Abdul Rahman.Sabatini has been negotiating hard this weekend and on Sunday he reached an agreement with Ghana left back Baba Abdul Rahman. But now needs to finish terms with Augsburg.Roma have offered Baba a 5 year contract with annual wages of €2.2 million a year.The Italian giants shrugged off English Premier League champions Chelsea who were giving the Black Stars defender €1.8 million in annual wages and €15 million to Augsburg.The German club, however, is asking for €25 million plus bonuses to sell the 21 year old . While Roma waits to bridge the gap with Ausburg, the Italians have an agreement with Baba.The interest Manchester City and Arsenal are among the stellar list of clubs to have registered an interest in signing the Afcon runner up.His rise has been meteoric, as he joined Augsburg from Greuther Fürth only last summer. And a summer before was playing in Ghana.He has also been the subject of inquiries from Juventus, Internazionale and Atlético Madrid after an impressive season in the Bundesliga.But it is understood that he would favour a move to England this season, with Chelsea having contacted his representatives last month over making a potential bid. Manchester City are also keeping tabs on his situation as they search for a long-term solution to their problem left-back position, with neither Aleksandar Kolarov or Gaël Clichy having made the role his own. Despite the presence of Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal in his squad, the Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, has also been impressed by Rahman, who helped Augsburg finish fifth in the Bundesliga last season – the highest finish in the club’s history.Last week, Augsburg’s sporting director Stefan Reuter insisted they wanted to hold on to a player who still has four years of his contract remaining.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag on Facebook and Twitter is #JoySports
Southend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new bossby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Celtic and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson will not be the new manager of League One strugglers Southend United.The 48 year old had been in talks with the Shrimpers to take charge with former Celtic team-mates Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson as assistants.But Johnson, who would have been head of recruitment, has accepted an alternative offer and discussions with all three have ended.Chairman Ron Martin said all three were set to sign contracts at Roots Hall on Wednesday before Johnson pulled out. TagsFootball League OneAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
A ring isn’t the only thing Urban Meyer will be getting as a result of Ohio State’s national championship. The Buckeyes’ coach will also be getting a tattoo. Prior to his team’s game against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Meyer promised his players he would get inked up if they beat the Ducks. They did, 42-20, so the 50-year-old will be visiting a tattoo parlor at some point in the near future. Friday evening, Meyer made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. He talked about the tattoo he’ll be getting at about the 1:05 mark. While a Block O on top of his head seems like an interesting idea, odds are Meyer will probably opt to get something on his chest or back like Rick Pitino.
On June 20, 2015 celebrities, community members & LAPD will join together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.The 43rd Annual event will be hosted by actor Neal McDonough with Special Guests Dennis Quaid and Joe Mantegna who have both hosted the event in previous years. Last year, Dennis Quaid closed out the awards ceremony stating “I want to come back every year!” Over 50 celebrities participating including Jonathan Banks, Danny Masterson, Vanessa Marcil, Dennis Haysbert, C Thomas Howell, Kendall Schmidt, Adrian Pasdar, Manny Mota, Norm Nixon, Richard Burgi, Anson Williams, Galen Gering & more. LAPMF is utilizing both courses for a day of fun & support. Celebrity Tournament will run on course 1 where spectators are welcome to watch their favorite celebrity golf.Proceeds from this event benefit officers who have been killed or critically injured in the line of duty. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the LAPD employee wellness program & has granted over $15,000,000 without any direct taxpayer money.On Course 2, LAPD Central Traffic Division will host Cops for Tots Car Show & Traffic Safety Fair. Cops for Tots adopted the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Children’s Hospital LA 20 years ago. They have since adopted additional children’s charities to help support. All proceeds from the show benefit a child in need of a transplant, as well as the child’s family.This year will feature vintage & specialty vehicles, live entertainment, gourmet food vendors, LAPD specialized unit displays & a Traffic Safety Fair. The funds raised will enable them to continue financial support of the children’s charities throughout Los Angeles.Celebrity supporters have included Elton John, Jack Nicholson, Jerry West, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Wahlberg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Donald Trump, Vin Scully, Kelsey Grammer, Eddie Van Halen, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris O’Donnell, Luke Wilson, George Lopez, Tommy Lasorda, Oscar de la Hoya, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Ray Romano, Betty White, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart, Telly Savalas, Johnny Grant and James Gandolfini.Tickets can be purchased at the event. General Info: 213-847-4239 www.LAPMF.org.
New York Giants President John Mara said Tuesday that the NFL would probably not expand its postseason field from 12 to 14 teams for the 2014 season. But make no mistake, expansion is coming sooner or later. The television ratings for playoff matchups — even for early rounds — are so monstrous that it makes sense from a revenue-maximizing perspective to add postseason games.But how about from a football perspective? ESPN’s Stats & Information correctly points out that, even with 14 playoff qualifiers, only 43.7 percent of NFL teams would earn postseason berths, which is still lower than the 53.3 percent qualification rates in the NBA and NHL. Then again, both of those sports play best-of-seven series to determine who advances to the next round; the NFL’s postseason is a single-elimination tournament. (And, 2013 excepted, the NFL playoffs are trending toward less predictable outcomes as it is.)Even in a 12-team playoff format, the best team in football fails to win the Super Bowl far more often than not. But would a 14-team bracket add another layer of randomness? Using the power of Monte Carlo simulation and the theoretical distribution of true talent in the NFL, we can estimate how often a team of a given ranking in “true talent” wins the Super Bowl under both the 12-team format and the proposed 14-team arrangement. For both formats, I assigned each team a true-talent rating at random (from a normal distribution with a mean winning percentage of .500 and a standard deviation of .146) and simulated the 2013 NFL schedule 10,000 times, recording how often a team of a given talent ranking won the Super Bowl. Here are the results:As it turns out, a 14-team playoff format wouldn’t change much for the favorites’ chances of a Super Bowl victory. The No. 2 seed in each conference would be forced to play an extra game (rather than receiving a bye during the wild-card round), but that doesn’t move the needle a lot — mainly because the No. 1 seeds still get byes into the divisional round.What would really shake things up, though, would be a move to a 16-team bracket, which would give the NFL a playoff participation rate closer to the NBA and NHL (although the NFL would still be lower). If we run the same simulation process above but plug teams into a 16-team playoff format, the following probabilities emerge:Forcing the top seed in each conference to play an extra game would drastically shift the Super Bowl odds for the NFL’s three most talented teams, redistributing much of their current probabilistic advantage across the rest of the league. The move to a 16-team playoff would be a much bigger change than from 12 teams to 14.The remaining question is whether that’s a bad thing. A 16-team playoff would increase the role of chance in the NFL’s postseason — an element which has already been on the rise in recent seasons. The NFL’s landmark popularity over the past decade suggests that such parity has moved the league closer to the optimal mix of determinism and randomness. (By contrast, a system designed to turn the NFL playoffs into a science experiment always yielding the most deserving champion would be tedious and unpopular.) But it’s not clear whether there are diminishing returns to the NFL’s parity formula.
The Ohio State club football team began its inaugural season Sept. 27 with a 21-20 loss to Miami University. Despite the loss, coach Max Claman feels that the team played exceptionally well considering the circumstances.“I was surprised at how well we held up,” said Claman, a junior sports and leadership studies student. “We lost by one point despite the fact that we committed six turnovers. The Miami coaches said we played the best game by a team playing their first-ever game that they had ever seen.”Nerves were high before the game since most of the players have not stepped on a field since high school, junior safety Joe Budgake said.“I was a little nervous before the game since it was going to be the first time in three years I had stepped on a football field,” said Budgake, who is also a team captain and the club’s president.The team has had to come together in light of the fact that its original coach, Jack Solak, left to play quarterback at Florida Atlantic University.“He had a great opportunity presented to him and I can’t blame him or be mad at him for it,” Budgake said. “He got us started and still was the first club football coach. His work was greatly appreciated.”In addition to losing its coach, the team is coping with players quitting the team almost every week, leaving the team’s roster at a paltry 22. Yet the team’s chemistry is a non-issue, Claman said.“That’s the least of our problems. We’ve got great cohesion and good balance,” Claman said. “This is club football; everyone here wants to be here.”However, since it is club football, the team members are students first and players second. When a player can’t make it to practice because of homework or a job, there’s nothing the team can do.“Obviously with two practices a week we’d like to get as many guys as we can here, but we can’t do anything about it if guys don’t come,” Claman said. “Who shows up dictates what we can run in practice.”According to the team’s Web site, Budgake and juniors Marshal Carpenter and Jordan Fleischman founded the team for those who “love football” and “understand what it takes to work hard and be successful.”“I started this club and play on the team because I love playing football and because I wanted to do something big here at Ohio State,” junior wide receiver Carpenter said. “Ohio State University is the largest in the nation and we have every other club sport you could think of besides the most obvious, football.”The team conducted tryouts in the middle of April and practiced sparingly over the summer.In the team’s 2009 schedule, they will host Xavier and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, host and travel to Wright State and play West Virginia either in Morgantown or Columbus. Carpenter believes the team will excel despite its lack of experience and small numbers.“We expect to win every game and beat everyone we play. That is the attitude of the team,” said Carpenter, who is also a team captain and the club’s vice president. “We all have that same attitude and believe losing is unacceptable. With that said all of these teams are just like us; college students who love football and want to keep playing.”Claman remains cautiously optimistic about the season prospects, knowing the obstacles the team is up against.“We have to be realistic,” Claman said. “We have zero funding. Miami of Ohio’s club football team gets $12,000 a year from the university. We’re just trying to make an impact and trying to show that we’re legitimate and maybe that’ll show the university we’re legitimate.”The team hopes its unity paves a path to legitimacy, Carpenter said.“The camaraderie is amazing. All the guys get together really well. We all try to hang out outside of practice and really have a good time,” Carpenter said. “We all like to joke and have fun, but when it comes down to actually doing hard work, conditioning, or running through plays we all suck it up and get the job done.”