St Thomas top junior boxing champs

first_imgSt Thomas Boxing Club retained their hold on the Jamaica Boxing Board’s Youth and Junior Championships, when they came out ahead of five other gyms at the Stanley Couch Gym last Saturday night, with 12 points. Stanley Couch placed second with seven points, Savanna-la-mar had four points, Bruising Gym and Trench Town scored three each, Sugar Olympic picked up two points and Seaview Gym one point. The championship featured Junior boxers aged 14-15 and Youth Boxers 16 and 17 years. In the junior category, there was a lot of action and the St Thomas team, which is coached by AIBA 1-Star Judge Robert Napier, excelled. Lightweight Anthony Burke was their best boxer and in his bout against Shaquer Dobson from Sugar Olympic, he was dominant and won by TKO after only one minute and 56 seconds of the first round. He was voted the most outstanding junior boxer for this performance. His teammate, Reynaldo Roberts, also had a TKO victory over another boxer from Sugar Olympic Gym, Malachi Baker. The Youth division saw two excellent bouts. Menilik Russell from the Savanna-la-mar Gym won on points over Joshua Forrest Davidson from Seaview Gym, while Shavon Lindo from Bruising Gym, who is a technically sound boxer with a lot of promise, defeated Devenney Patterson from St Thomas on points. Russell was named the outstanding Youth Boxer. In other bouts, Joseph Russell defeated Michael McDonald on points. Shadine Nash defeated Kirkland Clarke on points, Javon Goldson scored a second round TKO victory over Rahmong Chung and Brandon Gordon from St Thomas scored a surprise victory over Daniel Hylton from Stanley Couch, who recently won a silver medal at a development tournament in Guyana.last_img read more

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UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test

first_imgWhat’s in store for your animal sign this year Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The news comes less than a month after he reclaimed the title from fierce adversary Daniel Cormier via a brutal knockout. The former champion recently spoke to MMAFighting about Jones’ most recent debacle.“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” he told the news outlet. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) made the news public on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) but urged the public to “let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”Despite their differences, Cormier elected to let the investigation proceed before making his assumptions. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” he said.Still, the 38-year-old former Olympian can’t help but dwell on the disappointing results of their match last July.“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day,” he said. “I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.”He also expressed gratitude to the fans who stuck with him during his tough times. “Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 in January.  AP FILE PHOTOUFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ return to glory was shortlived, as he reportedly tested positive for an anabolic steroid and would most likely receive yet another suspension.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH volleybelles in semis, eye crucial win vs Vietnam OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View commentslast_img read more

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Cuttington Lecturer Set to Win Cape Mount Senatorial By-Election

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Victor Varney Watson, the presumed winner of Grand Cape Mount October 5 Senatorial By-Election. A lecturer at Cuttington University (CU), Victor Varney Watson, is set to win the just held senatorial by-election in Grand Cape Mount County ahead of the final official results that authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) would announce in two weeks’ time.Mr. Watson who ran on the ticket of the People’s Unification Party (PUP), one of parties to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), is so far in the lead with 4,417 votes.The unofficial preliminary result was gathered from 103 of the 171 polling places across the county.Watson’s nearest contender, Simeone Taylor of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), has also obtained 3,013 votes, while Sando Wayne of the United People’s Party (UPP), Daba Varpilah of the former ruling Unity Party (UP), which is a member of the four collaborating political parties, obtained 1,802 and 1433 votes, respectively.Robertsport High School, one of the voting centers with very low turnoutThe three collaborating political parties in addition to the UP are the ANC, the All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Liberty Party (LP). They supported Mrs. Dabah Varpilah, even though Simeone Taylor of the ANC had already been registered and considered on the single ticket of the ANC.His attempt to withdraw from the race was denied by the NEC due to late application after the four collaborating political parties had agreed to support candidate Mrs. Varpilah.Meanwhile, Matthew Dablo of the Victory for Liberia Transformation (VOLT), obtained 1048 of the unofficial votes counted.Mr. Watson is said to have contested in three previous Legislative elections held in the county, but did not succeed. Now is his fourth time, the moment he is about to realize his dream of serving in a Legislative seat for his county.Even though the results so far posted at the 103 polling places will be part of the overall votes count by the NEC, they remained unofficial for now.Victor Watson hails from Cape Mount Electoral District #3, the home of the fallen Senator, Edward B. Dagoseh.Other contenders in the Senatorial By-Election were Kula Fofana, a former UP stalwart, who ran on the ticket of the Coalition for Liberia’s Transformation (CLTP), and is a lecturer at the Senje campus of the University of Liberia (UL), and Daoda V. Metzger, the lone independent candidate.Latia Town Voting CenterSenator Edward Dagoseh died at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFK) on June 1, 2019 after a period of illness, so the October 5 By-Election was held to fill in the vacancy created by his demise.The late Dagoseh was among eight senators of UP, who were suspended for the role they played in the impeachment proceedings of former Associate Justice, Kabinah Ja’neh. He remained suspended until his death, though during his funeral, some of the UP executive committee members reinstated his membership to the party posthumously.He became a member of the Liberian Senate on January 16, 2012 and remained until his death on June 1, 2019.Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount County Election Magistrate, David Armah, has informed the public that the tallying will continue in Robertsport today, October 8 for all of the polling places.High Voter Apathy As experienced in the recent by-elections held in Montserrado County and elsewhere, majority of  the eligible voters in Grand Cape Mount County deliberately refused to show up in their huge numbers to cast their ballots.The Daily Observer observed that there were no queues formed simply because voters trickled in ones and twos to vote.Polling staffs, including party agents, and independent candidate observers, could be seen chatting, virtually idling away the time as turn out was reported to have remained low throughout. the entire county.People not voting due to identity problem, othersA few cases of people not voting due to identity problems surfaced during the exercise.One of the cases was with a 28-year old woman, who showed up at the Islamic Model School down town Robertsport to vote, but was earlier denied on grounds that her Voter Registration Card was replaced during the replacement of VR cards period, though she said she never participated in such process.Musu Passawe said that she presiding officer earlier denied her at the Islamic Model School while her photo was identified and recognized on the Final Registration Roll (FRR).When engaged, the PO at the school, said he saw Musu VR card, and the photo on it matched with the photo on the FRR, but he could not allow her to vote, because he was told by his bosses not to do so.“She came here and we referred her to Robertsport High School. If she cannot vote there, then she should go to Latia,” the PO said.From the 2017 statistics of the NEC, Grand Cape Mount County has a total number of 65,800 registered voters, but it is doubted by many, who have followed the recent senatorial by-election in the county that half of the number will be accounted for in the official results to be announced by the Commission any time soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BC Solicitor General looks at Cell Phone Ban

first_imgBC’s new Solicitor-General says he will definitely look at a resolution from the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, to ban drivers from using cell phones in moving vehicles.The association passed a resolution this week, asking Victoria to change BC’s laws and for the ban to include hands-free-phones.Solicitor General Kash Heed says he’ll be reviewing the research but he wants input from all the stake-holders…. [asset|aid=1545|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=035456524c0f486735923d47d92e44ec-Heed-cellular_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Kelowna RCMP Superintendent, Bill McKinnon says, research shows cell phone use — whether hand –held or by headset — cuts a driver’s attention by roughly 50 per cent.last_img

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House votes to allow OPEC suit

first_imgBut the White House said President George W. Bush will be advised to veto the bill should it pass Congress because such suits could spawn retaliatory measures and “lead to oil supply disruptions and an escalation in the price of gasoline, natural gas, home heating oil.” global oil production.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Decrying near-record high gasoline prices, the House voted Tuesday to allow the government to sue OPEC over oil production quotas. The White House objected, saying that might disrupt supplies and lead to even higher costs at the pump. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is the cartel that accounts for 40 percent of the world’s oil production. “We don’t have to stand by and watch OPEC dictate the price of gas,” Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., the bill’s chief sponsor, declared, reflecting the frustration lawmakers have felt over their inability to address people’s worries about high summer fuel costs. The measure passed 345-72. A similar bill awaits action in the Senate. Separately, at a House hearing, lawmakers were told that crude oil prices have played a relatively minor role in the sharp increase in gasoline costs over the last three months, putting the blame on lower gasoline imports, refinery outages and continuing growth in demand from motorists. Gasoline prices “may ease somewhat,” Guy Caruso, chief of the Energy Department’s statistical agency, told the House Energy and Commerce investigations subcommittee. But he said pressure on gas prices will remain strong “with the hurricane season approaching, continued tight refinery conditions, low gas inventories and increased demand for summer travel.” Nevertheless, the House felt it was important to take on OPEC, whose member states last year agreed to cut production by 1.1 million barrels a day to counter what had been a buildup of world oil stocks. Conyers accused the OPEC engaging in a “price fixing conspiracy” that has “unfairly driven up the price” of crude oil and, in turn gasoline. His measure would change antitrust laws so that the Justice Department can sue OPEC member countries for price-fixing, and would remove the immunity given a sovereign state against such lawsuits. last_img read more

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DDTV: CELTIC BEAT HIBS IN FIRST GAME OF SPL

first_imgCeltic took all three points in their first Scottish Premier League game of the new season solid by beating Hibernian 2-0 at a Easter Road.Anthony Stokes capitalised on an error by Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack to fire Celtic in front after 14 minutes. Ki Sung-Yueng’s low left-foot strike doubled the visitors’ advantage after the break.Stack atoned for his earlier mistake when he saved Gary Hooper’s penalty but Hibs were rarely in the match.Watch video highlights by clicking play.DDTV: CELTIC BEAT HIBS IN FIRST GAME OF SPL was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2-0CelticDDTVhibernianlast_img read more

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DONEGAL MECHANIC HELPS RAIKONNEN TO FORMULA ONE VICTORY

first_imgA CO DONEGAL mechanic has helped the Formula 1 driver, Kimi Raikonnen, to victory in the opening race of the year.John Carey, who grew up in Greencastle, looks after the engine for Raikonnen’s Lotus.“I’m out in Australia at the moment doing a bit of mechanicking for Lotus Formula 1,” he told BBC Radio Foyle. “We qualified quite low down, but we pushed on and worked very hard last night and ended up winning the race.”“It’s unbelievable,” he said.“Kimi Raikonnen is a hard-working bloke.“He puts every ounce of strength into driving the car hard, and obviously we do everything too, to make the car good and reliable for him.” John Carey first worked as a mechanic in Donegal, before moving to England, where he got involved in motor racing.“I basically worked up through the ladder through British Formula 3 and World Series Renault GP2, and eventually F1. Now I’m at the pinnacle!”His job during the week is to look after the car’s engine, water system, oil system, and auxiliaries – but he also has a job during the races.“I’m the front tyre warmer,” he said in the interview. “You might see me on the grid!”But, he added, working as a mechanic on Formula 1 is far from the champagne life it might appear. He works long hours, and not just in Australia.“Tomorrow I’m flying to Malaysia and then I’ll be starting it again, flat out, doing it again, seven in the morning to nine or ten at night for the next week. Then it’s back to the UK and do a bit of pit stop practice and then we do it again.”DONEGAL MECHANIC HELPS RAIKONNEN TO FORMULA ONE VICTORY was last modified: March 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL MECHANIC HELPS RAIKONNEN TO FORMULA ONE VICTORYGreencastlelast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DANIEL DOHERTY NAMED U10 URRIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

first_imgUNDER-AGE PRESENTATIONS: Thanks to all who attended our Under-Age presentations in the Strand Hotel on Friday night, a good night was had by all.Thanks to the Strand Hotel for the lovely meal and to all who helped out on the night and the lead up to the event. Main prize winners on the night as follows:U10 Girl player of year: Cora Mc Caul.Most improved: Aoibhainn Toland.U10 Boy: Philip Devlin.M/I: Daniel Doherty.U12 Girl : Chloe Doherty.M/I: Aimee Porter.U12 A Boy: Dean Harkin.M/I: Jamie Mc Kinney.U12B: Oisin Fogarty.M/I: Conor Diver.U13 Girls: Lauren Collins.M/I: Jenna Harkin.U13 Boys Joint winners: Shane Mc Caul & Matthew Brennan.M/I: Conor O’Donnell.U14 Girls: Mary Jane Doherty.M/I: Caoimhe Doherty.U14 Boys Joint winners: Mikey Friel & Jack Doherty.M/I: Gavin Mc Daid.U16 Girls: Orla Swenney.M/I: Ciara Gill.U16 Boys: Oisin Hession.M/I: Conor Harkin.The club wishes to thank all our under age players, coaches and their parents for the great effort shown all year.MATCH”N” WIN: Match “N” Win December 3rd: No jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 3, 7, 20 & 21. €15 winners:PJ Bracken, Co Offaly.Anne Marie Mc Caul, Rooskey.Bernard mc Daid.Ciaran Ivers, Dunaff.Noreen Doherty (r), Urrismanagh.Jackpot next week €2,300. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw. CULTURAL AWARD: The club has won the “Gradam Culturtha taobh amuigh den Gaeltachta” (Outside Gaeltachta club Award) for 2015.Well Done to Shaun Mc Daid and to all from the club who take part in Scor Na nOg and Scor Sinsear and for the great effort being put in to Scor competitions. John Friel picked up this award on behalf of the club at the Donegal GAA Banquet on Friday night in Letterkenny.UNDER AGE TRAINING: U6, U8 & U10 Training: Training for U6 & U8 (2016 season) every Friday, in Clonmany Community Centre. Astro for U8 and inside for U6 at 5.30 to 6.30pm. €2 per child please contact Nichola Donaghey for more details on 0866030736.U10 Boys & Girls: Also, training for both every Saturday, at 11 am to 12 noon in the Clonmany Community Centre on astro. €2 per week. Please contact Siobhan Devlin and Danny Kelly for more details. More help is required as our numbers are very big so if anyone can spare a free hour please let any of the coaches know. U12 & U13 girls every Thursday in the Youth Club from 5-6.00pm.CHILD PROTECTION COURSE: The club is running a Child Protection Course on Friday December 11th in the clubhouse at 7.00pm. This course is very useful for all coaches, parents helping out with under age teams next year and going forward. Please contact John Friel on 0860523550 or Susan Mc Carron on 0863945954 to book a place.GREAT DUCK RACE: That time of year again, our annual Duck Race takes place on St Stephen’s Day at Binnion River at 1pm. Ducks are now on sale at €5. Ducks can be purchased from Alan Friel on 0879029672, Michael Doherty (S) on 0879975610 and Adrian Doherty on 0879810304. Ducks will be on sale at Centra, Clonmany from 8am to 5pm on Saturday coming (December 12th) BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. Please bring a family friend along. Side Prizes from now to Christmas. Bingo vouchers now available for those looking for Christmas gift ideas.GAA NEWS: DANIEL DOHERTY NAMED U10 URRIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAURRISlast_img read more

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THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC GO 23 POINTS CLEAR AS WINNING STREAK CONTINUES

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: CELTIC 1 – MOTHERWELL 0. THE Hoops march towards the SPL title continued here in Glasgow this afternoon as they overcame a stubborn and often dirty Motherwell side by a single goal, scored in the second half by Gary Hooper.Hooper’s 19th goal of the season came from a long throw in the 59th minute. Samaras, who had another good game, headed to ball down and Hooper lashed the ball past Randolf.It had been a fairly scrappy game before that, and afterwards – play constantly interrupted by Motherwell fouls. I counted 27 blatant fouls. It was just a surprise that just four yellow cards were shown – it could have been twice that. One of those was for the dive of the season by Ojamaa who threw himself to the ground so theatrically in the 70th minute, he could be contender for gold at the Olympic Games.Hooper nearly doubled the lead shortly after that but was denied by Randolph.With just under 20 minutes to play, the Motherwell goalkeeper kept his side in the game with a brilliant save from the lively James Forrest.Moments later, Fraser Forster was finally called upon for the first time when he saved from Henrik Ojamaa who was substituted shortly afterwards to jeers from the home support. The hosts were able to see out the rest of the game with relative ease to secure their 17 consecutive league victory.I’ll have reaction from Neil Lennon later.Meanwhile Rangers game with Celtic at Ibrox on March 25th – a week after the League Cup Final – will go ahead, say police.Strathclyde police had threatened to stop policing Rangers’ games after the club failed to come with police payments for last week’s game against Kilmarnock.But Rangers’ administrators have now paid up. Meanwhile the SPL confirmed that it is investigating the singing of anti-Catholic songs and chants during the defeat to Kilmarnock.THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC GO 23 POINTS CLEAR AS WINNING STREAK CONTINUES was last modified: February 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC GO 23 POINTS CLEAR AS WINNING STREAK CONTINUESlast_img read more

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Carroll,Weis match wits

first_imgThey’ve each hoisted trophies and polished rings. They once alternated Sundays at the Meadowlands and even walked the same hallways in Foxboro, Mass. and Hempstead, N.Y. So, when Pete Carroll says of Charlie Weis, “I’ve only said hi to him a couple of times. I don’t know him very much,” it’s only in the familiar sense. Said Lions guard Damien Woody, who played for Weis and Carroll in New England: “I don’t think Charlie or Pete are looking at it as a coaches’ duel, but sometimes when the new kid is getting all the attention and is all sexy like Charlie is right now, the big dog can get kind of jealous.” For the record, Weis and Carroll have been on opposite sidelines 11 times, with Carroll’s team winning six. When Carroll was coaching the Patriots and Weis the offensive coordinator with the Jets, Weis won three of four meetings. While Carroll hasn’t lined up opposite Weis since 1999, they’ve studied libraries of film on each other. In fact, the USC defensive coaches have studied more NFL film than they have Notre Dame. “We’ve gone against each other a lot more than I’ve ever played Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA – any of those teams,” Carroll said. “It feels more like when you’re in the NFL, you have all these years of playing people in the division twice. Everybody knows what everybody knows.” What everybody knows about the Patriots is that they’ve rarely played from behind. In Weis’ last two seasons, they had a streak of 20 consecutive games in which they scored first. In five games this season, Notre Dame has exhibited those same traits. It has scored on its first possession three times and on its second the other two times. This is no accident. Defensive coordinators rarely know what to expect from Weis at the start – even those who know him well. One game they may see a conventional two-back, two-receiver formation, another time mostly two tight ends, or maybe three- and four-receiver sets. And one week, they might emphasize the pass out of a particular formation and the next week the run out of the same look. “What he did was change up from week to week. You never know what type he’s going to attack you with,” said Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, who saw Weis twice a year in the AFC East. “If you look at film of four or five games, there’s a rhythm of a team where you see this is what they like to do. Charlie’s saying if you watch the film in my breakdown, you may not see what I’m going to do to you. If you don’t see it on film, it looks all new to you. That’s the difference between being caught off guard and not caught off guard.” While preparation is part of the equation, Weis also has top-of-the-charts intuition. In the last Super Bowl, the Eagles’ speed on the edges and blitzing up the middle of Tom Brady stymied New England, which didn’t pick up a first down on its first four possessions. So Weis called back-to-back screen passes to Corey Dillon, who had caught 15 passes during the regular season. They went for 13 and 16 yards and, with the Eagles defense sufficiently loosened up, the Patriots scored on four of their next six possessions and won 24-21. “He says, oh, I’m just an old football coach, but the guy is really, really bright,” said Andre Tippett, the former Patriots linebacker and now the club’s director of Football Development and Promotions. “He understands first down, third-down tendencies, but he’s not afraid to go against what the statistics say. He’ll say, ‘I don’t care. I’ve got the horses, I’ve got a good quarterback and I’m going to take a chance.’ ” Explained Weis: “Preparation comes into it for about the first quarter. After the first quarter, that’s when you have to start adapting to who you are playing against and their philosophy. There are some guys that they’ll throw a blitz at you until you have it figured out, then they’ll go to something else. There (are) other guys that have their blitzes of the day.” What Carroll notices less than the schemes or the play calling is the teaching. It’s easy to be a jack of all trades, but not so easy to master them all. “They don’t screw things up,” Carroll said. “That tells you obviously they teach really well.” Carroll can teach, too. Gray says he noticed on film how Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu, the rookie from USC, was beating veterans to the ball and how ready for the NFL recent USC defensive linemen Shaun Cody, Mike Patterson and Kenechi Udeze have been. “They’re getting that program like Miami,” Gray said. “They have good players and they’re ready to play in the NFL.” Meanwhile, one of Carroll’s trademarks at USC is how well he’s been able to make defensive adjustments on the fly. During the 27-game winning streak, the Trojans have trailed at halftime on five occasions. They’ve outscored those teams 132-14 in the second half. Last season, only UCLA scored more than seven points in the second half against the USC defense. “The guy has tremendous observation skills,” Donatell said. “He’s always been a great game coach. What Pete can diagnose, you can’t write it down, you can’t put it in a book.” No, but the story on Saturday will make for good copy. Two coaches – the New Jersey wise guy and the Marin County sophisticate – the offensive guru and the defensive scientist, who look so different, who act so different. “They couldn’t be any more different,” Woody said. Finally, they’ll meet, to settle one more difference. Billy Witz, (818) 713-3621 billy.witz@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two coaches who have existed in parallel universes, eyeing each other from afar for nearly two decades, will shake hands Saturday, then share a national stage when Carroll brings No. 1-ranked USC into South Bend, Ind., to face Weis and No. 9 Notre Dame. As much as this is about Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush versus Brady Quinn, and the Horse versus the Leprechaun, it’s also about the two men on the sidelines – Carroll, the best defensive coach in college football, versus Weis, through five games already making a case as the keenest on offense. center_img “These are two of the best minds in football, let alone college football,” said Falcons defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, who has worked for Carroll and matched wits with Weis. “They’re both at the top of the game on their side of the ball as innovative thinkers and for their body of work. They both have a very deep understanding of the game, offensively and defensively. It’s a great matchup.” While both coaches have been supremely respectful this week, there does seem to be an underlying edge to their first meeting as head coaches. Weis said he has no hard feelings about not being retained in New England in 1997, when Carroll replaced Bill Parcells. The two spoke briefly before Weis joined Parcells with the Jets. However, ESPN commentator Jim Donnan said this week that Weis said he “owned Pete Carroll” in the NFL. Meanwhile, the USC coach appeared slightly irritated Tuesday – and this is all relative for the haven’t-a-care-Carroll – with all the questions about Weis, perhaps a reminder of how their days in New England turned out: Carroll getting fired after three seasons and Weis calling plays for three Super Bowl winners. “I know the guy is extremely competitive,” said Donatell, when asked if this game carried extra meaning for Carroll. “He’ll be polite and all that, but I’m sure he loves the challenge.” last_img read more

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