Green, White, And Bays

first_imgIt was green, white, gold . . . and bays all over on Saturday.Spectators turned out in full force along Ponquogue Avenue and Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays for the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Longtime Hibernian and County Laois Irishman Grand Marshal Fergus Scully kicked off the festivities. The parade featured mainstays such as the Eastern Long Island Police Pipe and Drum Band of Southampton, as well as local dancing schools, community groups, and even a politician or two. Sharelast_img read more

Filipina spikers bow to Aussies in Thailand tourney

first_imgAlyssa Valdez of the Philippines drills the ball past two Australian defenders during their 2018 Asian Volleyball Confederation Women Seniors Cup game on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Thailand. AVC MANILA – The Philippines failed to sustain its strong start to suffer a 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 16-25, 10-15 defeat to Australia in the 2018 Asian Volleyball Confederation Women Seniors Cup in Thailand.Sunday night’s defeat was heartbreaking for the Filipina spikers, who won the first two sets and nearly finishing off the Australians in the third before fading in the fourth and fifth sets.The Philippines got into a tight exchange with Australia in the first set as it trailed 17-19 before Cha Cruz, Alyssa Valdez and Mylene Paat conspired in the next 8 points to turn things around.Australia had a strong start in the second frame 6-2 but the Philippines kept it close and forced deadlocks 11-all and 21-all before draining 4 straight points from Cruz and Paat for a 2-0 set edge. The Philippines struggled in the third set and fell behind 12-18 before mounting a huge fight-back behind Valdez and Paat to tie the scores 24-all. But it conceded two goals to the Aussies.In the fourth set the Philippines had a flat start and fell behind by double-digits as Australia’s Rachel Rourke anchored the offense and dragged the Filipinas to a fifth and deciding set.The Philippines barely hung on to an 8-6 advantage after a slow start in the fifth frame. Rourke pounded on the defense of Cruz to take an 11-8 edge before completing Australia’s fight-back for good.Rourke led Australia’s scoring with 33 points while Valdez and Paat finished with 25 and 17 points, respectively, for the Philippines./PNlast_img read more

LSU finds rhythm in time for Ole Miss

first_imgBATON ROUGE – LSU may not be back in the mix, but at least it is in the bowl.The Tigers got bowl eligible with a dominating, 41-3 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night for their sixth win and returned to the national polls on Sunday afternoon just in time for No. 3 Ole Miss and ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday.LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) was ranked No. 23 in the USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press media poll after falling out of the polls with a 41-7 loss at Auburn on Oct. 4.“I think what is happening is this football team is coming together,” LSU coach Les Miles said after his team won its second straight game. “We are improving. We are in a position to play better, and I think this football team is looking forward to that. I think the timing is right.”The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 SEC), who are off to their best start since their only perfect season in 1962 at 10-0, will play LSU in Tiger Stadium at 6:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN, and ESPN’s College GameDay pregame show decided late Saturday to broadcast on Saturday from the Parade Grounds on the LSU campus from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.LSU was chosen for GameDay’s broadcast site for the 10th time since 1996 and first time since Nov. 3, 2012, when the No. 5 Tigers lost, 21-17, to No. 1 Alabama in the final moments.LSU is 5-4 at home with GameDay, which began in ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1987 before moving to on-campus sites in 1993. The Tigers have been the visiting team when GameDay is in town another six times and won four of those, including over Alabama in Tuscaloosa 2005 and in 2011. In neutral site appearances for national championship games and season openers, LSU is 5-1. Overall, the Tigers are 14-7 with GameDay in town.The Tigers have never hosted Ole Miss for GameDay, but it has been a special season so far for the Rebels, who defeated No. 1 Alabama, 23-17, on Oct. 4 for the first time since 2003. Ole Miss will bring to Tiger Stadium its best-ever overall and SEC records. The Rebels will also enter Tiger Stadium with their highest ranking since also being No. 3 in 1963 when it was 4-0-1 on the season and beat LSU, 37-3. Saturday’s game will be the first LSU-Ole Miss pairing in which the Rebels are the higher ranked team since 1999 when No. 25 Ole Miss beat unranked LSU, 42-23, in Tiger Stadium.Ole Miss, which held Tennessee to zero rushing yards in a 34-3 win Saturday in Oxford, Miss., is No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense with 10.6 points allowed a game and is No. 8 in the in nation in total defense with 290 yards allowed a game. The Rebels are fifth in the nation in turnover margin at plus-10 and are tied for first nationally with 15 interceptions. Senior cornerback Senquez Golson is second in the nation with seven interceptions. Ole Miss is also sixth in the nation in rush defense with 97.1 yards allowed a game.“They’re phenomenal,” Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said of his team’s defense after the Tennessee game. “They’re fun to watch. Before the season, I knew they were good. I didn’t know they were this good. All I have to do is take care of the ball.”Wallace has done just that as he has not turned the ball over in four SEC games and is No. 9 in the nation in passing efficiency at 163.0 on 137-of-209 passing for 1,899 yards and 17 touchdowns against six interceptions.“I’m looking forward to it. They have a spread offense and some pretty good receivers, and they’re going to compete,” LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson said.Rickey JeffersonRickey Jefferson“We have to get over this win because how we practice is going to be how we play against Ole Miss,” said safety Jamal Adams.Jamal AdamsJamal AdamsLSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, who improved to 7-1 as a starter, is 60th in the nation in passing efficiency at 132.1 on 64-of-128 passing for 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns against three interceptions. He has not turned the ball over in his last three games and was 7 of 14 for 120 yards with a 32-yard touchdown to wide receiver Travin Dural Saturday.Anthony JenningsAnthony Jennings“Every game we get more and more comfortable with the offense and the guys around us,” Jennings said. “This game was a building step to getting better each week. We have to get better and get prepared for Ole Miss.”Connect with Glenn on Twitter @LSUBeatTweetlast_img read more