Published on April 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmettus Brianna Butler – Kia Nurse Create bar chartsBrittney Sykes – Gabby WilliamsCreate bar charts AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPositional ComparisonAlexis Peterson – Moriah JeffersonCreate bar charts Isabella Slim – Morgan Tuck Create bar chartsBriana Day – Breanna StewartCreate bar chartsBig NumbersConnecticut has lost just one time in the last 1,119 days. That came on Nov. 17, 2014 to Stanford in overtime on the road.The Huskies are going for their fourth-straight NCAA title, making the senior class the first to win national championships each year.Connecticut already has a record 10 national championships. A win would give the Huskies their 11th.UConn has won all 37 of its games this season by at least 10 points. Notre Dame was the closest team to beating Connecticut when it lost by just 10 points Dec. 5. The Huskies average margin of victory is 39.9 points and its closest NCAA tournament game so far was 21 points. Comments Team ComparisonSracuse vs. Connecticut Create bar charts Overview Facebook Twitter Google+
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros OAKLAND — The injury-riddled Angels reached a new low on Friday.They placed four players on the disabled list, bringing their total to a club-record 15 players on the DL. They have only 12 players from the opening day roster left on the active roster.Garrett Richards (strained left hamstring) and Zack Cozart (left shoulder subluxation) both went on the DL with the injuries they suffered during Wednesday’s game in Seattle.They also placed Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) and Jim Johnson (lumbar strain) on the DL with injuries that had not been public. Scioscia said Johnson’s back “just locked up on him” in Seattle. It would explain why Johnson didn’t pitch in Wednesday’s game. Oliver Drake instead entered with the score tied in the ninth and gave up a walk-off homer.Tropeano had missed a start with the shoulder problem earlier this season, but there was no indication it had been bothering him since.“He had been battling this little shoulder issue,” Scioscia said. “I think we’re at a point where we don’t think it’s in Nick’s best interest to try to grind through it.”There is some good news amid all the injury updates. Simmons, who suffered a grade 2 sprained ankle last week, has been taking batting practice and running the bases for two days.“He’s doing very well,” Scioscia said. “He made a lot of progress.”Ohtani also started taking some one-handed swings, Scioscia said. They won’t have him do much baseball activity until after he’s re-evaluated.ALSODavid Fletcher was not in the lineup on Friday, a game after he had three hits in his major league debut. When asked to explain his lineup choice, Scioscia said: “David is going to get his opportunities.” It is likely that Scioscia favored the left-handed hitting Nolan Fontana at shortstop instead of the right-handed Fletcher against Oakland right-hander Chris Bassitt. The A’s are starting a lefty, Sean Manaea, on Saturday. …Catcher Martín Maldonado also did not start on Friday. Scioscia said he will play on Saturday and Sunday…The Angels announced they have signed 23 of their 40 draft picks, including eight of the top 10. One of the unsigned players is first-round pick Jordyn Adams, who said the day after the draft he agreed to terms. The only other unsigned top 10 pick is third-round selection Aaron Hernandez.UP NEXTAngels (John Lamb, 1-0, 3.44 at Triple-A) at A’s (Sean Manaea, 5-6, 3.49), Saturday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM). Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Manager Mike Scioscia had no firm timetables for any of the injured players, although none of the new injuries appeared to be that serious.“Nobody is going to feel sorry for you,” Scioscia said. “We feel we have the guys who can contribute and keep us going. If we can pitch and have our bullpen hold leads, then we’re going to be fine.”In case you lost track, the Angels are also without starting pitchers Shohei Ohtani, Matt Shoemaker, JC Ramírez and Alex Meyer; relievers Keynan Middleton and Blake Wood; infielders Andrelton Simmons, Kaleb Cowart and Jefry Marte; catcher René Rivera and outfielder Kole Calhoun.Meyer, Ramírez, Middleton and Wood are out for the season. Shoemaker is about a month from resuming his throwing program. Ohtani won’t even be re-evaluated for another two or three weeks. The others all could be back within a month. Calhoun, who is already on a rehab assignment, could be back within a week.In the short term, one of two new rotation holes will be filled by left-hander John Lamb, who will be activated to start in Tropeano’s place on Saturday. Lamb is a former top prospect who has battled back injuries. This season at Triple-A, he has a 3.44 ERA in 13 starts. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels will need another starter on Tuesday at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which would be Richards’ turn. They could use Felix Peña, who had been starting at Triple-A. Peña was one of four pitchers recalled on Friday. The Angels also called up Eduardo Paredes, Akeel Morris and Jake Jewell, who will be making his major league debut.One of the pitchers will need to go on Saturday to make room for Lamb. They’ll also need to create a spot on the 40-man roster, so someone could be designated for assignment.The flood of injuries began with Richards, whose velocity was down during his start on Wednesday. He said the hamstring tightness didn’t allow him to finish his pitches. An MRI on Thursday ruled out anything more serious.“Hamstrings are a different animal,” Scioscia said. “We feel it’s on the mild side. When this thing heals, it heals. No doubt it has to run its course.”Just after Richards left the game, Cozart dove for a ball and landed on his left shoulder. He said he felt it pop out. He said he’d suffered a similar injury before, and only missed a few days.“Once it calms down, it’s something he’s played with before,” Scioscia said. “Hopefully he won’t be out too long.”Related Articles Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Ron Rivera is still a good NFL head coach. He just wasn’t the right coach any longer for the Panthers, who fired Rivera midway through his ninth season.With the stability he brought to Carolina, his reputation around the NFL and the spike of penultimate success — leading his team to Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season — Rivera will be in play for other presumed openings that will be created on or before “Black Monday.” 4. Jacksonville JaguarsFile them under another southeast alternative for Rivera. The Jaguars have some good talent up front on their 4-3 but need reinforcements at linebacker and the secondary to reestablish the dominant defense they had just two seasons ago with Todd Wash. Gardner Minshew, D.J. Chark, Leonard Fournette and Dede Westbrook are good offensive foundation pieces, too. The Jaguars can go back to winning faster with Rivara then by sticking with Doug Marrone.5. Washington RedskinsYou can’t rule out the team that Rivera coached against in his final game for the Panthers. They also could use some defensive-minded discipline and steadfast nature after sticking with Jay Gruden for way too long with limited results. But then again, why should Rivera attach himself to Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice but with a reeling defense in an unfamiliar ownership and shaky front-office environment when the Giants are the much better job and fit for him?The odds are strongly with Rivera to land in New York, with Cleveland a relative close second, should those teams look for positive change as expected. There are plenty of teams better positioned to become big winners sooner than the rebuilding Panthers with whom Rivera would be more of an asset. Rivera’s sudden availability will get notice around the league for owners looking to make an upgrade.“I will coach again.” pic.twitter.com/YhFOJ9zWmV— Tadd Haislop (@TaddHaislop) December 4, 2019MORE: Panthers’ 11 best coaching candidates to replace Ron RiveraHere are the five landing spots that make the most sense, with two clear leaders because of direct connections to Rivera, should they move on from their current coaches.1. New York GiantsPat Shurmur is likely on his way out with the Giants on track to end the 2019 season on a 12-game losing streak. Rivera coached the Panthers to that Super Bowl four years ago, but then-Sporting News executive of the year and current Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was the architect.Daniel Jones has some promise as a young franchise quarterback and Rivera is used to having an elite all-purpose back like Saquon Barkley. He has meshed his coaching well with Mike Shula, his former Panthers offensive coordinator who’s currently in that same capacity for the Giants.Defensively, Rivera messed with the 3-4 in the Carolina for the first time as a play-caller with mixed results: A better edge pass rush but a much-worse run defense. The Giants have lost their way trying to incorporate that base alignment with James Bettcher. The Giants’ history has been about a strong front four, and that was the foundation of Rivera’s best Panthers teams. He could help re-establish that scheme to get him and the team back on track defensively.The Giants unfortunately lost rookie standout inside linebacker Ryan Connelly to a torn ACL, but he can easily be the new Luke Kuechly for Rivera’s new defense. While Jones can be molded as a top-flight QB and leader on the other side of the ball. In a copycat league, the Giants can turn the Panthers’ best winning blueprint into their own, much like the Bills and former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott have done elsewhere in New York.2. Cleveland BrownsThe Browns’ defense needs some fixing, and reuniting Rivera with Steve Wilks to fix the front and the secondary would make a ton of sense. Rivera also would bring some much-needed discipline and accountability to every part of their team, something that Freddie Kitchens has been incapable of doing.With Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, the Browns have an offense that’s ready to win big now, and Rivera can find the right man to maximize and streamline all those skill players in a better scheme, with an emphasis on bolstering the line. Rivera’s gritty mind-set as a former linebacker would be ideal to match wits with Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh in the AFC North, too.3. Atlanta FalconsThis would be weird, wouldn’t it? That’s why it’s a distant third. Geographically speaking, this wouldn’t be too big of a move, and it would come with the revenge bonus of facing the Panthers twice a season. But for now, the Falcons may end up sticking with Dan Quinn.If they don’t, you can bet Rivera’s name will come up for Arthur Blank as a one-time successful and still highly respected division rival. The Falcons, with Matt Ryan, have an offense ready to win now and a 4-3 defense in need of some fixing, with the right personnel upgrades on the defensive edge and secondary.