Martin extends lead

first_img Martin caught out his major rivals, including Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, in a sprint finish that splintered the riders. Canada’s Francois Parisien claimed the stage win but Martin’s ninth placing ensured he increased the gap over closest challenger Joaquim Rodriguez by four seconds. Wiggins and Nairo Quintana were nine seconds off the pace, after they had opted to stay out of trouble at the end only to see Martin take his chances to increase his lead. Fourth-placed Wiggins will therefore head into Saurday’s penultimate stage 44secs behind his Irish rival, with Quintana two seconds better off. Parisien won the 156-kilometre stage, from Rialp to Lleida, after he sprinted past Stephane Poulhies in the final 75m. The race finishes in Barcelona on Sunday. Ireland’s Daniel Martin extended his overall lead of the Volta a Catalunya to 14 seconds following the fifth stage.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Coleman: Keane to be captain if fit

first_imgSeamus Coleman would happily hand the captain’s armband back to Robbie Keane for Ireland’s final World Cup qualifier. He said: “I’d say Robbie might be back, hopefully. We need our best players back, and obviously John O’Shea is back as well. “I enjoyed tonight, but if we can get the best players back, I will be more than happy to give it back.” Coleman only learned of his elevation on the afternoon of the game, and he admitted interim boss Noel King’s decision took the edge off his advancing age. The former Sligo Rovers defender said: “It was a very good birthday present. It makes the 25 not so bad – I don’t like being 25, I’m pushing on a bit. “It was a good present. Noel just called me aside and asked me how I would feel about it, and obviously I was delighted. “Obviously it’s disappointing, the result, and everyone in there is disappointed that we were beaten, but to captain your country is something I will always have and it’s a very proud moment for me.” That Coleman was unable to cap his big night with a positive result was not unexpected as the runaway Group C leaders eventually wore Ireland down, although they had to wait until injury time for Mesut Ozil to ease them clear with the visitors threatening on several occasions to drag themselves back into the game. However, there was at least no repeat of the humiliation the Irish suffered on their own pitch in October last year when Germany left Dublin having torn them apart in a 6-1 romp. Press Association The 33-year-old LA Galaxy striker missed Friday night’s 3-0 defeat by Germany in Cologne with an ankle injury, but is battling to be fit for Tuesday night’s visit of Kazakhstan to the Aviva Stadium as a difficult campaign draws to a close. Everton full-back Coleman was asked to lead the team out at the Rhein Energie Stadium on his 25th birthday, and although he was thrilled at the honour, he would welcome Keane’s return along with those of Richard Dunne and John O’Shea, who were suspended for the Germany game. Coleman said: “It was important not to come away and let the same thing happen. I know it was a 3-0 scoreline and our keeper was brilliant, but I thought we played better.” While Germany start preparations for their trip to Brazil, Ireland will continue the process of recruiting a replacement for sacked manager Giovanni Trapattoni and turn their thoughts towards the next qualifying campaign for Euro 2016. In the meantime, they will complete their fixtures against Kazakhstan at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening hoping to end a run of three successive defeats. Coleman said: “We want to finish on a win. As players playing for your country, you want to win as many games as you can, but for Noel as well. “He’s come in for two games and it would be nice to get a victory for him. “Hopefully on Tuesday night, we can show the other side of our game, how good we are on the ball at times, when we are at home to Kazakhstan.” last_img read more

We may have to settle for mid-table finish – Joe Schmidt

first_imgIreland boss Joe Schmidt believes the reigning double champions may have to settle for a mid-table RBS 6 Nations finish. Schmidt’s men can become the first side to win three successive Six Nations titles this year – but the Ireland head coach insists a “top-half finish” would represent a good return. Ireland must do without injured contingent Cian Healy, Mike Ross, Marty Moore, Iain Henderson and Peter O’Mahony from their pack alone for the opening two clashes against Wales and France. That crippling catalogue of injuries, coupled with talismanic captain Paul O’Connell’s Test retirement, has left Schmidt urging Ireland to be “realistic” with this year’s expectations. “To be as candid as I can, I think a top-half finish would be a good Six Nations for us,” said Schmidt, despite Ireland claiming the 2014 and 2015 titles. “We start with Wales and France in a six-day turnaround and then go to England. “That could put us in a very tough position before we’ve even got our feet fully rounded in going forward. “If we could be in the top half that means we’d have to be in front of three pretty good teams. “I think being realistic, our dream would be to do what no team has done before, and we’re not going to give up the dream but we’re also reasonably pragmatic and practical in what we try to deliver. “And I think it would be unfair on the players if I said the only way to be successful is to win the championship. “To be honest it’s never something that we’ve spoken about, we’ve been very much week-to-week in our focus.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dom Madonna takes over in net for SU in his final season

first_img Published on February 12, 2018 at 9:47 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+ It should have been an easy goal. The net was practically empty and the attack was closing in on the crease. He turned his body, cocked his stick back and rifled a shot for the top corner of the net. In just about any other situation, he had a goal. But this time, the attack ran into a brick wall.Liverpool (New York) High School goalie Dom Madonna had raced several yards out of the cage to scoop a loose ground ball, but he whiffed. As the opposing attack scooped the ball, Madonna sprinted back in front of the cage. Without time to plant himself and face the shot, Madonna dove cross-cage, nearly parallel to the ground, knocking the sure-fire goal out of the air.“As coaches we just looked at each other like, ‘Oh wow,’” Liverpool head coach Mike Felice said. “We were like ‘OK, here’s a goal.’ And then Dom comes flying across the cage.”Madonna made that miraculous save as a junior at Liverpool High School, just a few miles from the Carrier Dome. Now a redshirt senior, Madonna looks to do the same as the starting goalie for No. 7 Syracuse (1-0). On a roster that lost nearly 60 percent of its offense from last season, SU will need its defense to hold against top offensive powers like No. 4 Albany and No. 1 Duke. Madonna knows he will have to be the leader of that unit, and for him, earning the starting goalie position at Syracuse has been a long time coming.“That was always the dream,” Madonna said of playing at Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt 5 years old, Madonna was forced into the cage by his two uncles, Anthony and Michael Grizanti, both of whom played college lacrosse. When Madonna first stood between the pipes, he “bawled his eyes out,” he said, afraid of getting hit with the ball. To get their nephew over his fear of playing goalie, Michael and Anthony tossed the ball off of Madonna’s helmets until he stopped crying.“They were like ‘See, it doesn’t hurt,’” Madonna remembers his uncles saying. “After that was when I accepted the role of playing goalie.”And Madonna became one of the most important ones in the history of LHS. Originally from Liverpool, Madonna’s family moved to Texas for five years before returning prior to his sophomore year of high school. Liverpool, at the time, was one of the top teams in New York but could never win the elusive sectional title.“We had every single piece to win a championship except for goalie,” Felice said.Madonna proved to be the missing link.During the summer before Madonna’s sophomore year, Liverpool held summer practices for the upcoming year. Immediately Felice noticed something special in Madonna.“We were like ‘this kid is the real deal. And we have him for three years. Holy cow,’” Felice said.Madonna was one of the smartest and quickest players on the field, Felice said, with a special knack for making the saves he had no business making. That year — Madonna’s sophomore season — Liverpool fell in triple overtime in the sectional finals to a West Genesee (New York) High School team led by future Syracuse greats Dylan Donahue and Tim Barber.During Madonna’s junior year, Liverpool was a special team, Felice said, and LHS downed West Genesee en route to that elusive title. Every part of the team was strong and deep.But Madonna’s real test came the following year. Nearly the entire starting lineup had graduated, and he had to anchor an inexperienced defense with “huge holes,” Felice said.Still, Liverpool returned to the sectional semifinals, entirely on Madonna’s shoulders.“We always used to laugh and say ‘Thank God Dom came,’” Felice said.For many Division I lacrosse teams, Felice said, recruiting classes are nearly finalized by the time prospects are sophomores. Former Syracuse midfielder Jordan Evans was promised the fabled No. 22 in the eighth grade. Madonna, who didn’t return to New York until the 10th grade, didn’t have similar exposure.Instead of attending his dream school of Syracuse, Madonna wound up at Merrimack, a small, Division II lacrosse powerhouse. After a Northeast-10 All-Rookie freshman season and second-team All-American sophomore season, Madonna wanted to make a change. He didn’t mesh as well with the team as he had hoped and his mechanical engineering major was not accredited at Merrimack.“I wanted to see if I could compete at the next level,” Madonna said.Madonna returned home to central New York and found a spot on the Syracuse roster, where, after two years as a backup, he has now earned his way into the starting goalie position.In his first game as a starter against Binghamton, Madonna allowed four goals in a 21-4 blowout win to open the 2018 season. The first shot he faced sailed high toward the top right corner and Madonna snatched it out of the air before firing an outlet pass.Before Saturday, few people in Syracuse had ever seen Madonna make a save, but SU defenseman Nick Mellen sees it on a daily basis. The preseason All-American Mellen knows that if he ever gets beat by someone, that person still has to beat Madonna.“I’m always in awe every day at practice,” Mellen said. “He’s our general.” Commentslast_img read more

Football: Chryst, Badgers welcome in 2015 recruiting class

first_imgNew Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst didn’t have a whole lot of time to put together the finishing touches on the recruiting class of 2015 for Wisconsin once he was hired on Dec. 18.But now, after 49 hectic days, Chryst and the Wisconsin football team have their 2015 recruiting class set after 30 high school players – both on scholarship and as walk-ons – signed letters of intent Wednesday as part of National Signing Day to play their collegiate football careers at Wisconsin.“Today is a big day for any program, and I’m excited about the guys that are joining our team,” Chryst said. “I think in all of recruiting you’re looking for a couple of things. You’re looking for guys that add value to your team, certainly on the field, in the locker room. I think we’ve done that with this group.”Wisconsin finished National Signing Day with the 30th ranked class in 2015 and the fourth best in the Big Ten, according to The offensive side of the Badgers’ class is highlighted by three-star quarterback Austin Kafentzis from Sandy, Utah and running back Jordan Stevenson, a four-star prospect from Dallas, Texas who is ranked as the 84th overall prospect in the 2015 class by committing to Wisconsin in June of 2013, Kafentzis took an official visit to Oregon State once former head coach Gary Andersen left Wisconsin for Corvallis. But ultimately, Kafentzis stuck with the Badgers and enrolled early at Wisconsin to participate in workouts and spring practices in March and April. The 6-foot-1 quarterback owns 15 Utah state high school football records, throwing for 13,079 yards, rushing for 6,942 yards and throwing for 115 touchdowns in his high school career.Kafentzis, along with fellow early-enrollee quarterback Alex Hornibrook, joins an already-crowded quarterback position at Wisconsin. With the addition of Kafentzis and Hornibrook, the Badgers currently have seven quarterbacks on the roster, with the starting job up for grabs after the inconsistent play from redshirt juniors Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave last season.“When you have people competing, that’s going to make everyone better,” Kafentzis said. “Because if you’re already handed the job, you’re laid back, and I don’t know how everyone’s approach is to it, but when you have to compete for a job and you have to learn from the coaches and the coaching staff, all that comes together and you’re going to have a good output.”Much like Kafentzis, Chryst sees the depth at quarterback as an added advantage for the Badgers, with all seven currently in Madison.“If we’re going to be stacked at one spot, I kind of like it being at the quarterback,” Chryst said.Stevenson is the highest ranked prospect in Wisconsin’s class, according to The 5-foot-9 Dallas, Texas running back rushed for 2,530 yards and 28 touchdowns his senior season. He was named a second-team all-state selection by the Associated Press. Stevenson originally was committed to the University of Texas but committed to Wisconsin when it didn’t even have a head coach — the day after Andersen departed.Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Brown was instrumental in bringing in Stevenson to UW, along with three-star running back Bradrick Shaw out of Alabama powerhouse Hoover High School. Both could contend for playing time in their freshman season behind Corey Clement.“It was a tough battle for both those guys to get them on board,” Brown said of Stevenson and Shaw. “Obviously the tradition here attracted those guys. The program sold itself.”The Badgers also shored up their offensive line depth, adding four-star tackle Jon Dietzen — who’s enrolled early — from Black Creek, Wisconsin, along with four-star guard David Moorman from Northville, Michigan.Wisconsin added just one wide receiver, two-star prospect Andrew James as well as three-star tight ends Kyle Penniston (Orange, California) and David Edwards (Downers Grove, Illinois).Defensively, the top two high school quarterbacks in Wisconsin will make the switch from the position to linebacker for the Badgers. Three-star recruit Alec Ingold, the 2014 AP Wisconsin Player of the Year and 2014 Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year, comes to Madison from Bay Port High School in Green Bay. Not only did Ingold excel on the football field, he is also a talented wrestler, which should help as he translates to defense.Joining Ingold at linebacker will be Brown Deer High School’s Zack Baun from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Another three-star recruit, Baun was named the 2014 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Offensive Player of the Year and was a first-team all-state selection by WFCA.“You just feel confident that they’re the right kind of guys that will fit and do well here,” Chryst said of Ingold and Baun. “I think that linebacker right now is probably where you would start them at and see, but I think they both, different stories, but I think they both have a great opportunity here to be special.”Perhaps Wisconsin’s biggest pickup from National Signing Day was four-star prospect Arrington Farrar from Atlanta, Georgia. Farrar chose Wisconsin over Notre Dame on Wednesday and was a first-team Class AAAA all-state selection at defensive back in Georgia.Another early-enrollee, inside linebacker Nick Thomas, joins the Badgers and was ranked the top middle linebacker in Florida by Four-star cornerback Titus Booker from Grayslake, Ill. will add to the depth in the defensive secondary.As with any coaching change in college football, the recruiting process for Chryst and his new coaching staff brought in some new players, kept many players from former head coach Gary Andersen and lost some commits along the way in the span of less than two months.But overall, Chryst said he is happy with how the 2015 recruiting class turned out for Wisconsin despite the lack of recruiting time at UW. It’s a class that Chryst and the rest of the Badgers hope will continue to keep Wisconsin among the top of the Big Ten.“I think it is a group that can, and will, have success here, individually, and certainly help our team to have some success,” Chryst said. “I’m excited about that.”last_img read more

The Medic: Pac-12 sports are postponed, but what about the health risks for other conferences?

first_imgEven though many schools in the SEC have warmer climates and may not experience the flu as harshly, I know from experience that Kansas gets extremely cold come October, and northern ACC schools such as Pittsburgh and Boston College will be even colder. To say that a sports season is dangerous amid this epidemiological collide is an understatement.  Sure, the KU and Notre Dame infection spikes are not solely the responsibility of student-athletes, but these students who get infected at parties or other venues will inevitably come into contact with student-athletes who will compete at other schools, and so goes the transmission story. Behind every student-athlete, there are a slate of at-risk coaches, trainers, equipment managers and the like. As we have seen in the past few months, this pandemic is built on a chain reaction. So, if these conferences and schools don’t want to be liable for further community transmission, the first step they should take is to either severely limit the number of students who can enter campus in the first place or make student-athletes reside, practice and compete far away from the general student body. On top of that, as I previously stated, these student-athletes must get regularly tested and be kept in a bubble, unless they are traveling to another school to compete.   When I first decided to write this column, I was overly optimistic that our University, the Pac-12 and the NCAA would create some type of strict protocol so that student-athletes — or at least USC and Pac-12 student-athletes — would have the opportunity to play this fall. I had all sorts of ideas for my articles. But, on Aug. 11, the Pac-12 decided to postpone all athletics until spring. As a biological sciences major who is also pursuing minors in health policy and economics, I uncovered a unique intersection between the worlds of sports and medicine during this pandemic.  According to an Aug. 19 CBS News report, the South Bend, Ind. campus had at least 222 confirmed coronavirus cases two weeks into the semester resulting from off-campus parties. As a Kansas native, the closest Power 5 school to me is the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. The University is testing all students who wish to come back to campus so that no one who is infected with the coronavirus enters.  If the Big 12, SEC, ACC and other conferences resume this fall, they should keep in mind the health of those involved in collegiate athletics as well as those who reside near the universities.  Still, other conferences — most notably the SEC, Big 12 and ACC — are, for now, resuming sports for this season. Although many schools in these conferences are not located in large cities compared to the Pac-12, their decision isn’t immune to health and safety criticism.  Now, Notre Dame has switched to entirely online instruction due to this increase in cases. These seemingly isolated college towns prove that there will be severe health risks at all schools in these conferences, and we haven’t even mentioned the schools in larger cities such as Georgia Tech in Atlanta or the University of Texas in Austin.  As I hear all these other conferences planning to resume sports for the fall, another health-related danger on my mind is the approach of flu season. As you may have already heard from many health experts, the flu is going to make COVID-19 much worse.  In the interest of safety and health, the safest idea for the rest of these conferences is to follow the actions of the Pac-12 and Big Ten and postpone athletics until spring. Although I did provide some general health policies the conferences could put in place, they are still hard to achieve, especially considering the fact we’re talking about college students rather than professional athletes, making any strict or restrictive plan financially taxing. “The worst-case scenario is we have a very active flu season that overlaps with the respiratory infection of COVID-19,” Director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a recent interview with the American College of Cardiology. “That would really complicate matters from a diagnostic standpoint, from a therapeutic standpoint, and the standpoint of putting a lot of stress on the health care system.”  Although this disrupted some of my plans for this column, I believe this was a wise decision by the conference because it helped ensure the safety of its student-athletes. Many schools in the Pac-12 are located in or near large metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles (USC and UCLA), the San Francisco-Bay Area (Stanford and Cal), Seattle (Washington), and Tucson (Arizona). So, unless student-athletes were regularly tested and kept in a well-built bubble (see the NBA bubble as an example), they would potentially infect many others in these cities while traveling all over the West Coast. Though USC and other Pac-12 schools now face significant financial losses, at the end of the day, it greatly alleviates the risk of student-athletes spreading the virus in some of the country’s hotspots. Although that sounds like an effective plan at first, this will eventually fail. For instance, USC’s rival Notre Dame, which implemented a similar plan to KU, recently had an influx of cases.  Pratik Thakur is a sophomore writing about sports and its intersection with health policy during the coronavirus pandemic. His column, “The Medic,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img read more

Fears over Will Keane injury

first_imgHe joined from Manchester United in the summer. Hull striker Will Keane could be out of action for a year after the club confirmed he has knee ligament damage.He’s having surgery today.Keane was forced off with the serious injury during the recent Premier League win over Southampton.last_img

Guardiola Returns to Camp Nou against Barca’s MSN

first_imgPep Guardiola’s formidable managerial skills will be put to the test again when his stuttering Manchester City side visits his former club Barcelona in a top-of-the-bill Champions League clash tonight.Former Barca captain Guardiola, the Catalan club’s most decorated coach with 14 trophies in a scintillating four-year spell, is set for his latest emotional return to the Nou Camp.He has been there as a visiting coach before when his Bayern Munich side lost 3-0 in a Champions League semifinal last year and now he faces an equally daunting task with City. Guardiola’s brilliant start in England which saw him oversee 10 consecutive wins in all competitions has given way to a run of three games without victory, the latest seeing City miss two penalties in a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Saturday.The Premier League leaders trail Group C pacesetters Barca by two points following a thrilling 3-3 draw at Celtic in their last Champions League outing but Guardiola said he would not settle for another draw against his former club.“We have four games left and we need to win two of them, make six points, to be in the next round. And we are going to try to win the first points in our next game for sure,” Guardiola said on Saturday.The Catalans are unbeaten at the Nou Camp in the Champions League since 2013 but attacking idealogue Guardiola said his team would not stray from their usual style of play.“We are going to play like we are. I know the way we want to play but, of course, we have to know exactly against which team we’re going to play. Not too many teams win there in recent years,” he added.Barcelona are fourth in La Liga and cruised to a 4-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, with substitute Lionel Messi scoring on his return from a groin injury that had kept him out for over three weeks.“He will be difficult to stop, I know that from experience,” said City striker Sergio Aguero, Messi’s international teammate with Argentina.“All we can hope is that he has a bad day and our defence plays the game of its life. It’s that difficult because Leo is the best in the world.”Barca coach Luis Enrique has also been boosted by the return of fullbacks Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba to training, while Guardiola’s only major absence is Bacary Sagna.Group ATeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsArsenal 2 1 1 0 3 1 2 4P S G 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 4FC Basel 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1Ludogorets 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1Group BTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsNapoli 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 6Besiktas 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2Benfica 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 1D’Kyiv 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1Group CTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsBarcelona 2 2 0 0 9 1 8 6Man City 2 1 1 0 7 3 4 4Celtic 2 0 1 1 3 10 -7 1M’gladbach 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0Group DTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsAtlético 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 6Bayern 2 1 0 1 5 1 4 3FC Rostov 2 0 1 1 2 7 -5 1PSV 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1CHAMPIONS LEAGUE(Today)Napoli vs BesiktasD’Kyiv vs BenficaPSG vs FC BaselCeltic vs M’gladbachBarca vs Man CityFC Rostov vs AtléticoBayern vs PSVArsenal vs LudogoretsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic secures year-end number one ranking with win over Tomas Berdych

first_imgNovak Djokovic has secured his number one position in the world rankings for the start of next year after a straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych at the O2 Arena in London this afternoon.The two-time defending champion wrapped up the 6-2 6-2 win in just 68 minutes for his 30th consecutive indoor victory.Djokovic broke Berdych in the first game of the first set and from then on it felt almost inevitable that the Serbian would win.He told reporters: “I’m aware that being number one in the world is one of the biggest challenges a tennis player can have. It’s an incredible feeling and I’m very happy.”Djokovic now progresses onto a semi-final with Kei Nishikori on Saturday, who defeated him at the US Open earlier this year.last_img read more

‘Last Chance U’ Season 4: Catching up with Jason Brown, ICC football and a disastrous 2018 season

first_imgSeason 4 of “Last Chance U” is back. Netflix’s wildly popular look inside the world of junior college football will once again return to Independence, Kan., to focus on Independence Community College.The fourth season focuses on the Pirates’ 2018 campaign, but those hoping to watch ICC continue its upward trajectory under coach Jason Brown will come away disappointed: It was an unmitigated disaster on and off the football field, culminating with Brown’s resignation after the season — and not because of the Pirates’ record. Here’s everything you need to catch up, and what you need to know about what should be a wild fourth season of “Last Chance U” — perhaps the last one we’ll see at Independence Community College.MORE: Where are the stars of Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’ now?When does “Last Chance U” Season 4 premiere?Season 4 of “Last Chance U” premiered on Friday. The latest installment centers around Brown and the Pirates’ 2018 football season, where the majority of the footage was presumably shot. If you haven’t seen it yet, the trailer hints at the tumultuous nature of their season.What was ICC’s record in 2018?The Pirates finished as the No. 5 team in the junior college ranks in 2017 after a 9-2 season that featured wins over Garden City and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, which finished No. 13 and No. 8, respectively, in the final NJCAA top 20 poll.The Pirates’ 2018 campaign was … less successful. ICC managed to beat Dodge City Community College 38-20 in its opener, but lost eight straight games en route to a 2-8 season. The Pirates’ only other win last year was in the finale, a 21-15 overtime victory against Ellsworth Community College on Nov. 10.Their full results:DateOpponentResultRecordAug. 23at Dodge City Community CollegeW, 38-201-0Sept. 1Hutchinson Community CollegeL, 37-271-1Sept. 15Garden City Community CollegeL, 28-211-2Sept. 22Fort Scott Community CollegeL, 33-01-3Oct. 6at Butler Community CollegeL, 17-141-4Oct. 13at Iowa Western Community CollegeL, 44-211-5Oct. 20Coffeyville Community CollegeL, 21-161-6Oct. 27Iowa Central Community CollegeL, 20-191-7Nov. 3at Highland Community CollegeL, 24-211-8Nov. 10Ellsworth Community CollegeW, 21-15 (OT)2-8Some notable lowlights include a 33-0 drubbing against unranked Fort Scott, a 44-21 loss to Iowa Western — that saw Brown ejected and later suspended (more on that in a minute) — and three straight losses by five points or fewer.Needless to say, it’s unlikely ICC will open the 2019 season anywhere near the top 20.Why did Jason Brown resign at ICC?Brown’s mercurial personality was one of the main draws of “Last Chance U” in Season 3. It ended up costing him both during and after Season 4.As previously mentioned, Brown was ejected from ICC’s game against Iowa Western, for arguing with officials’ rulings. The final straw was when Iowa Western’s Michael Zachary returned an ICC punt for 32 yards. Brown argued Zachary had made a fair catch, eventually resulting in his ejection with 10:37 remaining in the game. Brown later tweeted out an apology for his behavior.It wouldn’t be the last time his temper landed him in hot water.He resigned from his position at ICC in February after redshirt freshman Alexandros Alexiou — who is of German descent — tweeted a text he received from Brown. In said exchange, Brown referred to Alexiou as “u German f—” (it remains unclear what epithet he used) and referred to himself as Alexiou’s “new Hitler.”In an attempt to defend himself, Brown released a statement saying Alexiou used “Hitler” as a nickname, often gave the sieg heil salute and posted a picture of Hitler’s book, “Mein Kampf,” explaining why he used that moniker. Regardless, Brown announced his resignation Feb. 25, saying the Montgomery County (Kan.) Chronicle — which covered the incident — “greatly diminished my ability to successfully do my job.”Brown’s feud with the Chronicle didn’t end there. According to a June report from the Parson (Kan.) Sun, Brown now faces four felony counts of blackmail, four felony counts of identity theft and two misdemeanor counts of criminal false communication for allegedly stealing the identity of a lawyer in an attempt to silence the Chronicle.According to the Sun, Brown is alleged to have impersonated an attorney from California-based Cochran Law Firm in October, ordering a cease-and-desist via a Yahoo! email address after the Chronicle wrote an editorial regarding a fight between ICC and Garden City. He allegedly issued similar correspondence to the Independence (Kan.) Daily Reporter.In less depressing news, Brown also announced the release of his book, titled “Hate Me Now, Love Me Later,” which should offer a fascinating glimpse into the mind of the former ICC coach.What happened to ICC players featured on Season 3 of “Last Chance U”?Malik Henry, QBSeveral players used their showing at Independence to transfer to Div. I schools following the 2017 season. Henry, arguably the most talented player on the team, was not one of them. Despite fulfilling his junior college requirements in 2017, Henry never picked up an offer from a Power 5 school. He returned to ICC in 2018, playing in only two games and completing 19 of 43 passes for 247 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He transferred to Nevada as a walk-on in January and is listed as a junior on the team’s official 2019 roster.Bobby Bruce, LBFan favorite Bobby Bruce ended Season 3 on an ominous note. He was arrested in June 2018 and charged with robbery in connection with an incident the previous May, though prosecutors dropped the charges against Bruce in December. Bruce returned to play for ICC in 2018 but was cut from the team. He reportedly signed with Arena Football team Manatee Neptunes in April.Kingston Davis, RBDavis transferred to UAB in 2018, recording 22 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns in three games that season. He was removed from the team’s roster in November after previously serving a suspension after a student-conduct issue in September. He was arrested in December for the same incident, reportedly facing charges of domestic violence and strangulation.Kerry Buckmaster, OLOne of the sadder stories in Season 3, Buckmaster attended Independence as an attempt to escape a difficult home life. He transferred to Division II West Texas A&M, where he is listed on the team’s 2019 roster.Carlos Thompson, WRThompson, who led ICC with 48 receptions for 544 yards and three touchdowns in 2017, transferred to Division II Missouri Western State. He finished the 2018 season third on the team with 17 receptions and 261 yards receiving. He also returned 10 punts for 183 yards and 14 kickoffs for 240 yards. He decided to forgo his senior season to prepare for a jump to the NFL.Rakeem Boyd, RB Boyd made an instant impact after transferring to Arkansas in 2018. He played in 12 games, starting eight, and finished the season with 734 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 165 yards. He is listed as a junior on Arkansas’ 2019 roster.Emmitt Gooden, DLGooden transferred to Tennessee in 2018, playing in all 12 games and recording one start. He finished the season with 33 tackles and seven tackles for loss (third-most on the team). He is listed as a senior on Tennessee’s 2019 roster.Other notable signings from “Last Chance U” Season 3 playersPlayerPositionCareer ICC statsTransfer destinationCalvin Jackson Jr.WR25 receptions, 381 yards, 4 TDsWashington StateBrandon BeaQB60.9 completion percentage, 353 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTsBoise State (walk-on)Tramonda MooreOLThree games playedOklahoma (later dismissed)DJ WilliamsDB56 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FRUtah StateDelrick AbramsDB60 tackles, 3 INTs, 1 FRColoradoRay BufordDB18 tackles, 2 FFs, 6 PBUsNew Mexico StateJamal ScottRB79 attempts, 363 yards, 7 TDsEastern Illinoislast_img read more