Texans’ season ends with playoff meltdown against Chiefs

first_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 13th January, 2020 11:41 IST Last Updated: 13th January, 2020 11:41 IST Texans’ Season Ends With Playoff Meltdown Against Chiefs Bill O’Brien figured it would take more than 24 points to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. COMMENT Associated Press Television News Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Bill O’Brien figured it would take more than 24 points to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Even when they spotted his Houston Texans a 24-0 lead.So after the Chiefs had finally reached the end zone in their divisional playoff game, and the Texans were on the verge of going three-and-out, their coach sent his punt unit onto the field. But rather than kick the ball away, they snapped directly to Justin Reid, who took off around the right side of the line and was stopped short of a first down.Given the short field, the Chiefs quickly scored again. And again. And they kept on scoring, eventually reeling off 41 consecutive points in the biggest comeback in franchise history. It not only wiped out that big Houston lead by halftime but pushed Kansas City all the way to a 51-31 victory and into a second consecutive AFC championship game.“We felt like we had to manufacture some points, manufacture some yards and it just didn’t work out,” said O’Brien, who will also take heat for kicking a short field goal on fourth-and-inches rather than going for the first down and potentially a 28-0 lead.“When you’re playing a team that is that explosive on offense,” he added, “you got to try and keep scoring.”Except the Titans didn’t do that again until it was too late.After the failed fake punt, the Titans fumbled the ball away. They missed a field goal just before halftime. They punted on their first possession of the second half before quarterback Deshaun Watson finally found the end zone again.Then they turned it over on downs three straight times as the celebration began in Kansas City.“It was a really good lead. No doubt about it,” O’Brien said, “but I do not think any lead is safe versus these guys, and that is why we felt like we needed 50 points. We weren’t able to do that.”The collapse wasn’t just due to the attempted fake punt, of course. The Texans were held to just 94 yards rushing, they were 2 of 4 in the red zone and 5 of 15 on third down. They were penalized seven times for 87 yards while their defense struggled to find an answer for Patrick Mahomes and the rest of a Chiefs offense that has been putting up big numbers for years.“It wasn’t fun. Sports are all about highs and lows. That’s really what it boils down to,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. “Today we experienced an extreme high early and then we experienced a hell of a lot of lows as the game went on.”Mahomes finished with 321 yards passing and five touchdowns. Travis Kelce became the first player in NFL history with three touchdown grabs in a single quarter, finishing with 10 catches for 134 yards. Damien Williams ran for 47 yards and two scores while catching another one. Even little-used tight end Blake Bell caught his first TD pass.It naturally raised the question of whether Romeo Crennel will return as defensive coordinator. The coach who served in the same role in Kansas City before a season as the head coach was unable to solve the Chiefs’ potent passing game.At one point, the Chiefs set an NFL postseason record by scoring touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions.“We have to coach better. We didn’t do enough to put our guys in good enough positions to make plays,” said O’Brien, who did say he expected Crennel back but that he would meet with all his coaches in the coming days.There will be much for the Texans to discuss in the coming days.They became the first team in NFL history to lead a playoff game by at least 20 points and then lose by at least 20, and the 24-point lead they squandered tied for the fourth-biggest in playoff history. The 51 points they surrendered equaled the most in a playoff game since Jacksonville pounded Miami 62-7 in January 2000, while the Texans remained winless in four postseason road games and four trips to the divisional round of the playoffs.“Every year, every team is different,” defensive tackle D.J. Reader said in a morose Texans locker room. “There’s a bunch of guys on this team going into this offseason that don’t want this taste in their mouth again.” FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Guirantes headed back to Rutgers instead of WNBA draft

first_img FOLLOW US Written By First Published: 8th April, 2020 12:03 IST Arella Guirantes is headed back to Rutgers instead of choosing to enter the WNBA draft.She was one of about a half-dozen high profile juniors who could have foregone their last season of eligibility to enter the WNBA draft. Oregon’s Satou Sabally, Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter and UConn’s Megan Walker have submitted their paperwork to enter the draft. Arizona guard Aari McDonald chose to return to school for her senior year.While its been common place for years for underclassmen to enter the NBA draft early, the WNBA has seen more eligible underclassmen players do it over the past few seasons, including last season’s No. 1 pick, Jackie Young.All were projected to be high picks in the upcoming WNBA draft that’s set for April 17 and will be done virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league postponed the start of its season on Friday for an undetermined amount of time.The NCAA said it is monitoring implications if the WNBA doesn’t end up having a season and the players decided to go back to school. In the past, once a player is drafted, they lost their remaining eligibility.Guirantes doesn’t have to worry about what the NCAA decides. She is going back to play for Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer. The redshirt junior guard averaged 20.6 points and 6.0 rebounds this season.“I have my goals written down, and I didn’t write them down for nothing,” Guirantes said. “This morning I read my bible and started reflecting. I was feeling overwhelmed and feeling anxious to get it over with. This verse stuck out to me and reminded me the process is part of the journey.”I was going to make a decision to get it over with, but this decision is what I’m supposed to be going through. What I needed to do was be faithful toward my goals. I want to be the Big Ten Player of the Year, a first team All-American and win a championship with Rutgers basketball. This is what I’m supposed to go through to be prepared for those moment.”While Guirantes is returning to school, highly touted freshman Maori Davenport has entered the transfer portal according to a person familiar with the player’s decision. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Davenport had not publicly announced her move.. Associated Press Television News LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 8th April, 2020 12:03 IST Guirantes Headed Back To Rutgers Instead Of WNBA Draft All were projected to be high picks in the upcoming WNBA draft that’s set for April 17 and will be done virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

COVID-19 lockdown: Golfer Rashid turns to martial arts to stay fit, kill boredom

first_img COMMENT Written By LIVE TV First Published: 9th April, 2020 11:51 IST FOLLOW US Press Trust Of India center_img Last Updated: 9th April, 2020 11:51 IST COVID-19 Lockdown: Golfer Rashid Turns To Martial Arts To Stay Fit, Kill Boredom A front-runner to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games, two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid Khan has taken to martial arts to keep himself fit and fight boredom during the coronavirus-forced lockdown. WATCH US LIVE A front-runner to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games, two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid Khan has taken to martial arts to keep himself fit and fight boredom during the coronavirus-forced lockdown.Rashid is ranked inside top 60 in the Olympic Golf Qualification Rankings — the cut-off for Olympics — but with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down all events globally, including India, he too has been confined to home.Rashid is nonetheless putting in the hard yards, albeit, in a new sport — martial arts.”I have started practising martial arts at home during this break. I am following Billy Blanks’ (American martial artist) videos in Youtube. This is what I can do right now, because I don’t have gym at home. It is helping me a lot to keep myself fit,” said the 29-year-old told PTI.”I do it once a day in the evening. In martial arts, you are doing a lot of things like planks, doing weight training and you have to be quick, so it is interesting. I wanted to do something different so that I don’t get bored.”I also spend a lot of time with my nephew, who is 15 months old. Besides, I watch shows on netflix and amazon, my favourite is the Big Bang Theory,” he added.But how is he sharpening his golfing skills amid this lockdown?”With golf courses out of reach, we are not getting practice at all. But I have been doing some putting practice or just swinging it in the wind, to get a feel,” said Rashid, a silver medallist at the 2010 Asian Games.Many golfers across the globe have tried out innovative ways to keep in touch with the sport.For example, S Chikkarangappa has been practising his swing by hitting the balls on a hanging cloth at his terrace, while the Chandigarh-based Aadil Bedi, who had won his maiden PGTI title at Bengal Open last month, has turned his home into a mini-golf course.Rashid said though things are manageable at the moment, their game will suffer if the lockdown is extended.”If we are not able to practice for 21 days, then it is still manageable but if it extends then it ll be a tough task. There are players who have a range in their backyard, for them it is fine but for players who are living in apartments they can’t hit the balls. So right now we can’t say anything.”I am okay since I am a feel player. I have this feeling when I know what I need to do to get back to best once there is resumption. Right now I am just chilling at home.”The inclusion of Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points in the PGTI since last year has helped the domestic player to aspire for a top-100 spot in the world and also qualify for the Olympics.Rashid, who plays mainly in PGTI and the Asian Tour, is currently ranked 54th in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Golf Ranking with June 22, 2020 supposed to be the cut-off date.But with the Olympics being postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IOC has now set June 29, 2021 as the new deadline for qualification.A total of 60 men and 60 women qualify for the showpiece event and though it is still unclear how golf might change its qualifying criteria to accommodate the additional year, Rashid seemed unfazed.”I am happy with the postponement of Olympics, as long as it is happening and not getting cancelled, it is fine. As for preparation, we will start when things get normal.”May be in a month or two, things will improve and we can start what we used to do before. This are extraordinary times,” he said.”We had 3-4 tournaments left before the cut off, now we have to see how the calender is made. I guess the way things are, play will start only next year, so I am not worried,” he signed off.Apart from Rashid, Udayan Mane is also placed inside top 60 at 57th spot.  SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Tipp gearing up for All Ireland Under 21 decider

first_imgThere’s a fierce battle for places on the Tipp Under 21 team to face Cork in the All Ireland Final.The sides meet on Sunday week at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.Having made his senior debut for Tipp against Waterford in the National League in February, Paudie Feehan will be hoping to make the starting 15 for the Under 21’s. Photo © Tipp FM The Killenaule clubman says he doesn’t care where manager Liam Cahill puts him on the pitch.last_img

Tipperary footballers take on table-toppers Donegal

first_imgTipperary senior footballers are gearing up for a crucial clash with Donegal this afternoon.The Premier have secured one point from two games so far – with the Ulster side having taken all 4 points on offer to them.The sides meet in round 3 of Division 2 of the National Football League in Semple Stadium at 2pm this afternoon. Photo courtesy of Teneo Tipp Captain Conor Sweeney says they’ve focused on a few different things ahead of this game…And we’ll have live coverage of the game here on Tipp FM, in association with Kevin O’Leary Opel Clonmel.last_img

Relief for Lahiri, gets exemption for next season in PGA Tour

first_imgOn his own preparation, Lahiri said he aims to get his form back during the coronavirus-forced lockdown period.  “For me I am hoping to get into a few events in the remainder of the season. Hopefully the lockdown situation in India allows me to get some practice time and eventually fly back in time for the season to re-start,” he said. The cancellation of numerous events added to the pressure, before the PGA Tour decided to ensure status for all players, exempt in 2019-20, to retain their status for 2020-21, too.The news came following a meeting between PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan and members of the Players Advisory Committee via a telephone conference. It means a lot of relief and peace of mind for many international members of the PGA Tour, who may be outside US in their home countries.  Though, the PGA Tour is slated to re-start in June with Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial, many of the international stars, including Lahiri, are unsure of making it back in time because of current suspension of air travel in many countries.Having lost almost three months — no event has been held since the Arnold Palmer Invitational — the season has just 13 events left in the 2019-20 season.  As many as 10 events have been cancelled and 11 events have been juggled around with new dates. The 2020-21 season starts in September with the Safeway Championship in California.With no Major having been held so far, three will be held between August and November but only the PGA Championship, tentatively set for August 9-12 in San Francisco, falling in the current season. The US Open has been pushed to September and the Masters has been moved to November, so the next season 2020-21 will have six Majors including two US Open, two Masters and one each of the PGA and The Open Championship, which was cancelled in 2020.  The current 2019-20 season is thus far scheduled to have just one Major  the PGA Championship.  COMMENT Koushik Narayanan LIVE TV Stuck at his parents place in Hyderabad without his golf clubs, India’s Anirban Lahiri heaved a sigh of relief after getting the good news that his playing status on the elite PGA Tour has been guaranteed for not only the remainder of the year but also for the 2020-21 season. “Without doubt it is a big relief and the PGA Tour has taken the right decision keeping in mind the current conditions (COVID-19 pandemic),” said Lahiri, who has been on the Tour since 2015. Lahiri, who made his card for the current season through the top-50 of Korn Ferry Tour in late 2019, has been struggling with his form in the 12 events he had played so far since the Fall when the ongoing season began.  In 12 events, he has made five cuts, withdrew once and missed the cut seven times. His best finish has been T-44 in Puerto Rico and T-45 at Sanderson Farms Championship. Lying 209th in the FedexCup standings when the Arnold Palmer Invitational was completed, Lahiri needed a strong finish in the second half.  “It makes me feel good that regardless of next couple of months, I will definitely have status on PGA tour. It helps me to plan accordingly. So, all in all, a very good policy and I am excited and happy,” he said. “I think they have done a very good job of creating a system, where everybody who has exemption this year will remain exempt next year. They are also looking at shuffling between all those exempt players who perform well in this shortened season to get advantage next season.  “I think it is a very good policy that they have come up with. Obviously there are not many tournaments on the Korn Ferry Tour to play a Korn Ferry Finals, because they will be hardly playing any events. Remember their season starts only in January, while we have had 11 events even before the calendar year started.” FOLLOW UScenter_img Written By WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 5th May, 2020 07:37 IST Relief For Lahiri, Gets Exemption For Next Season In PGA Tour India’s Anirban Lahiri heaved a sigh of relief after getting the good news that his playing status on the elite PGA Tour has been guaranteed First Published: 5th May, 2020 07:37 IST SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

WFI secretary resigns from IOA Committee; raises questions on inflated air travel bills

first_img Written By Last Updated: 31st May, 2020 17:10 IST WFI Secretary Resigns From IOA Committee; Raises Questions On Inflated Air Travel Bills Weightlifting Federation of India Secretary General Sahdev Yadav has resigned as member of IOA Finance Committee in protest against Chairman Anil Khanna WATCH US LIVE Suman Ray Weightlifting Federation of India Secretary General Sahdev Yadav has resigned as member of IOA Finance Committee in protest against the misbehaviour of Chairman Anil Khanna after he raised questions on inflated and extravagant bills of air travels by IOA members.In a letter to IOA president Narendra Batra, a copy of which is accessed by Republic TV, WFI secretary said the primary reason for tendering resignation from the post of Member, Finance Committee was the objection raised by him with the Chairman of FinanceCommittee on the inflated bills of International travel of an Office Bearer of Indian Olympic Association in the last meeting attended by him. LIVE TV First Published: 31st May, 2020 16:16 IST Read: BCCI Nominates Rohit Sharma For Khel Ratna; Ishant, Shikhar & Deepti For Arjuna Award”I have questioned and demanded clarification on the inflated and extravagant bills of air travel and why should Indian Olympic Association will bear the extravagant bills and cost of the air travel. This office-bearer misbehaved with me in front of President – Indian Olympic Association and Chairman – Finance Committee on raising the issue of extravagant bills of International air travel.This personal rancour and antipathy towards me by this office bearer of Indian Olympic Association has left with no option but to resign from the post of Member – Finance Committee to maintain my self-respect.” He further said: “It was further learnt that this office bearer then paid the bills on his own and not through IOA which meant that the questions and queries raised by me is of right nature. If the travel bills had the right justification why should the office bearer himself paid the amount and not IOA? Accordingly, I did not want to bring disgrace of personal infighting and misbehaving of a seasoned office-bearer in public forum and tendered my resignation immediately thereafter.”Read: Hockey India Office Shut For 14 Days After Two Employees Found COVID-19 PositiveRead: Anil Khanna Blamed For Rs 72.84 Lakh Loss To IOA Due To “unexplicable Delays” SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

MLB players taking visible stance on social justice

first_img Written By Last Updated: 22nd July, 2020 12:21 IST MLB Players Taking Visible Stance On Social Justice Major League Baseball hasn’t always been at the forefront of the social justice movement in recent years, with leagues like the NBA and NFL usually taking center stage. First Published: 22nd July, 2020 12:21 IST Associated Press Television News Major League Baseball hasn’t always been at the forefront of the social justice movement in recent years, with leagues like the NBA and NFL usually taking center stage.But in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis — and because of the quirks of a coronavirus-altered sports schedule — baseball is in the position of having the American sports world largely to itself for the next week.Even before Thursday’s opening day, players and coaches in the sport are taking a more active approach to supporting racial justice.Among the examples: San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler and several players kneeling during the national anthem before an exhibition game and several Dodgers — including NL MVP Cody Bellinger and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw — speaking out about racial injustice in a video message .“I wanted to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with our clear systemic racism in our country and I wanted them (players) to know that they got to make their own decisions and we would respect and support those decisions,” Kapler said after Monday’s game. “I wanted them to feel safe in speaking up.”The most recent protests during the anthem seemed to draw the ire of President Donald Trump, who wrote on social media Tuesday morning : “Looking forward to live sports, but any time I witness a player kneeling during the National Anthem, a sign of great disrespect for our Country and our Flag, the game is over for me!”Baseball’s show of support for social justice continued Tuesday.The Milwaukee Brewers posted a picture on social media of nearly 20 players and coaches wearing shirts that read “Justice, Equality, Now.” The Brewers wore the shirts during their intrasquad game.It’s a marked change for baseball, which has dealt with a slow decline in the number of Black players for several decades. In recent seasons, the percentage of Black players has hovered around 8%. For a sport that proudly recognizes Jackie Robinson — who broke MLB’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers — the decline has long been a source of frustration.Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who is Black, said that recent discussions with teammates have been encouraging.“There’s been a lot going on over the last few months, but with me and a few guys on the team, we’ve been holding Zoom calls about the issue at hand,” Cain said earlier this month. “We’re all coming together, talking about it. I’m educating them, I’m educating myself on everything that’s going on. We all just want things to change, want things to get better.”Miami Marlins pitcher Stephen Tarpley agreed that it’s something players are “actively talking about.” He said within the Marlins there “are a lot of good discussions, and a lot of open minds and open hearts.”He said the Marlins were still discussing ways to show on-the-field support.“I don’t know if we’re necessarily formulating anything huge, but little things are going to be what’s important to keep this thing rolling in the right direction,” Tarpley said. “I don’t think anything big needs to be necessarily done. Discussion is the first step. If we have everybody stand on that line and understand what the message is, that’s another step.”Kapler’s kneeling Monday was on the same field where former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell in 2017 became the first major leaguer to kneel for the anthem. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of minorities.Kaepernick and Maxwell were outliers during those days, when such actions were roundly criticized. But as baseball has shown during the past week, views have changed vastly in 2020.Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo said they’ve had several discussions at the team level about the ways it wants to support social justice. They also said organizations were in talks with MLB about ways to show league-wide unity.Hazen said any show of support shouldn’t be a one-day event.“Opening day will be another marker in that, but it’s going to continue to endure beyond that as well,” Hazen said. “The changes, in terms of highlighting systemic racism, injustice, equality, those issues are going to be here forever.”It’s on all of us to do what we should be doing to stamp those things out.”(Image credit: AP) FOLLOW UScenter_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

José Reyes, 4-time All-Star shortstop, retires at age 37

first_img José Reyes has retired from baseball, almost two years after playing his final game.The 37-year-old, a four-time All-Star shortstop for the New York Mets, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter.“A young boy growing up in the Dominican Republic, I could have never dreamed of achieving all that I have through this incredible game,” he wrote. “Mets fans, what can I say? We never got the ring we hoped we would get, but I can’t imagine playing in front of any better fans in the whole world. Your passion and energy always lifted me higher and for that I will always be grateful.”Reyes played for the Mets from 2003-11 and left as a free agent to sign a $106 million, six-year contract with the Miami Marlins. He was traded to Toronto after one season, then was dealt to Colorado in July 2015. Following a domestic violence incident involving Reyes and his wife, Reyes was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball, then suspended without pay and wound up missing 59 days.He was optioned to the minors by the Rockies and then released, and the Mets brought him back.Reyes hit .283 with 145 homers, 719 RBIs and 517 stolen bases.“José Reyes was without a doubt one of the most exciting players to ever wear a Mets uniform,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “There wasn’t a better sight for our fans than José pulling into third with a stand-up triple.”Image credits: AP COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 30th July, 2020 06:46 IST SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Last Updated: 30th July, 2020 06:46 IST José Reyes, 4-time All-Star Shortstop, Retires At Age 37 The 37-year-old, a four-time All-Star shortstop for the New York Mets, made the announcement Wednesday on Twitter Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Cahir school hope to add another trophy to their haul

first_imgColaiste Dun Iascaigh Cahir will take on St Micheal’s Loretto of Navan this Saturday in the All Ireland Junior D post primary camogie final.Colaiste Dun Iascaigh have already been crowned Munster champions having defeated Ballincollig Community School on a 5-11 to 1-09 scoreline.Tipp FM will have live updates from the All Ireland Junior D post primary camogie final from 2pm in association with Woodview Service Station, Mitchelstown Road, Cahir. Photo courtesy of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh Twitterlast_img