Pac-12 Preview: Huskies lead favorites in search of league redemption

first_img Share: But in truth, the entire Pac-12 could be excused for taking a bit of Petersen’s mentality into this fall. The league’s reputation is still smarting from its 1-8 record in bowl games last winter, followed by an offseason of heavy coaching turnover featuring five schools turning to new leaders. The Pac-12 returns with its usual wealth of talent, but uncertainty at many programs.Washington has little uncertainty anywhere, and that’s why Petersen’s team is the consensus pick to win the West. The Huskies’ season-opening showdown with Auburn in Atlanta is a chance to show the sport that the Pac-12 is back — or it could just be another game on a long road of redemption.“I’ve been hearing that a lot, that we have to represent the Pac-12, but we’re just going out there looking to beat Auburn,” said Washington safety JoJo McIntosh, one of five returning starters in the Huskies’ secondary. “Just go out there and compete, and win, and they’ll notice you.”Here are more things to watch in the eighth season of the conference’s current 12-team configuration: By GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press Pac-12 Preview: Huskies lead favorites in search of league redemption Conference still smarting from 1-8 record in bowl games last season Published: August 13, 2018, 5:06pm WILDCAT STRIKEIn his first season at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin coached a relatively unsung, athletic quarterback to a surprising Heisman Trophy. Six years after Johnny Manziel did the improbable, Sumlin is taking over at Arizona with the chance to make a star out of Khalil Tate, the dual-threat QB who passed for 1,591 yards and rushed for 1,411 more while starting just nine games last season. The Wildcats are a popular pick to challenge USC for the Pac-12 South title largely on the strength of their coach-passer duo.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 LOS ANGELES — Chris Petersen spent the past half-decade building a powerhouse at Washington, and his latest group is the strong favorite to win the Pac-12 title while leading the league’s quest to regain national respectability.So why was Petersen so disappointed when a preseason media poll simply confirmed what everyone already knows by anointing the Huskies as the Pac-12 favorites?“I like to be on a different team than you guys are on,” Petersen said to reporters at Pac-12 media day. “I’d rather prove you wrong than to prove you right. Now we’re working to prove you right rather than prove you wrong.”Apparently you can take the coach out of Boise, but you can’t take the Boise out of the coach. Petersen just won’t ditch his underdog worldview, even with quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin leading a Huskies roster stacked deep with NFL-caliber talent and chasing its second playoff berth in three years. Share: GO CHIP PART 2Chip Kelly led the speed-based revolution in college football and won three Pac-12 titles during his four-year tenure as Oregon’s head coach. After two stints in the NFL and a year as a broadcaster, Kelly was enticed back to the college game by UCLA and its deep-pocketed boosters, who are determined to put the Bruins on equal footing with crosstown rival Southern California. Kelly could start slowly with a mixed bag of talent, including no standout starting quarterback and little experience at receiver. He isn’t saying much about his plans, naturally. But the entire sport is waiting to see what Kelly can conjure in Westwood.LOVE ON THE FARMHeisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love defied most predictions and the conventional wisdom around tailbacks by returning to Stanford for his senior season. The human biology major is determined to graduate in December to protect his dream of going to medical school, but his return also sets up the Cardinal for another season of their punishing ground game with Love running behind four returning starters on the offensive line. Stanford also has four returning receivers for K.J. Costello or whichever quarterback claims the starting job. While Washington is the favorite, the Cardinal are a strong contender in the Pac-12 North.HERM’S HEADAside from Kelly’s return, the most intriguing new hire among the league’s five new coaches is Herm Edwards. The veteran NFL boss is also the biggest risk: Although he enjoyed modest success with the Jets and Chiefs, Edwards hasn’t coached anywhere since 2008, and he hasn’t been a college coach since his three-year stint as San Jose State’s defensive backs coach in the 1980s. Edwards’ progress in his new job should be fascinating to watch, but the rebuilding Sun Devils are projected to finish last in the South division. “We don’t go by polls,” Edwards said. “We’ve got our own aspirations. We’re trying to win a Pac-12 championship. So whatever people write, they can write what they want. That’s good. Hopefully no players are listening to that, because no coaches are listening to it.”USC’S NEXT QBSam Darnold has left USC for the New York Jets after one Rose Bowl victory and one Pac-12 title. He also left a void behind center for the Trojans, and three young passers are competing in camp to become the next passer in their school’s enviable lineage. Jack Sears and Matt Fink have advantages in experience, but touted freshman J.T. Daniels is making early strides. Coach Clay Helton is likely to wait to make his decision until USC is close to its season opener. The Trojans are the preseason favorites to repeat in the Pac-12 South, but their ability to stay afloat during their usual daunting September schedule could depend on quickly finding a standout quarterback. Follow The Columbian on Instagram Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow Washington head coach Chris Petersen has his Huskies as the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 with their roster full of NFL-caliber talent, but the entire league is looking for an improved season after going 1-8 in bowl games last winter. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile

first_img Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: Subscribe Today Joel Rosario rides Game Winner to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile horse race at Churchill Downs, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Ridden by Joel Rosario, Game Winner covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.67 and paid $4, $3.20 and $2.80. Knicks Go returned $21.40 and $11.20, and Signalman paid $15.80.“He broke fine, but it looked like they took my spot and I had to go wide,” said Rosario, who has eight Breeders’ Cup titles after winning twice on Friday. He also rode Jaywalk to a wire-to-wire victory by 5 1/2 lengths in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies.“He seemed like he didn’t mind that. … Turning for home, the more I rode him the more he gave it to me.”Game Winner’s victory provided some irony for Baffert, who didn’t race Justify as a 2-year-old but struck gold last spring when the colt went on to become racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. An ankle issue forced Justify to retire unbeaten in July, leaving Saturday’s marquee Breeders’ Cup Classic without the sport’s most notable horse. “Any other horse, he would’ve been done. That’s how good a horse he is.”The race favorite was bumped after breaking from the No. 9 post and lagged in the middle of the 13-horse field before pushing forward on the outside and into contention at the top of the stretch. Game Winner and Knicks Go brushed before the horse broke away for the win to improve to 4-0 lifetime. Signalman was a length back in third.“He likes Churchill Downs, and that’s a good sign,” Baffert told NBCSN. “These races are hard to win. I have a great crew and a great team and we got it done.”The thrilling finish in the $2 million, Grade 1 race capped a first day devoted to 2-year-olds at the season-ending world championships. Game Winner also emerged as one of the year’s top Juveniles. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. GOcenter_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Published: November 2, 2018, 3:55pm • Newspaperofrecord rolled to another dominant victory, pulling away down the stretch for a 6 3/4 -length win over East in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Irish bred improved to 3-0 lifetime, winning each time by at least six lengths.• Bulletin opened the Breeders’ Cup by pulling away to a 2 3/4 -length victory over Chelsea Cloisters in the $1 million inaugural Juvenile Turf Sprint, earning a graded stakes win in just his second career start. It gave co-owners Winstar Farm and China Horse Farm another significant win six months after claiming the Derby with Justify. By GARY B. GRAVES, Associated Press Going forward, Game Winner’s name is in the mix as the next possible star.His third Grade 1 victory comes just over a month since winning the American Pharoah, named for the 2015 Triple Crown winner that Baffert also trained. This one required more work before 42,249 on a brisk, overcast day on a track that was fast after two days of heavy rain.Baffert seeks his fourth Cup Classic win in five years Saturday with West Coast and McKinzie in the marquee of nine stakes races.Other Breeders’ Cup winners:• Line of Duty survived a lengthy postrace review before stewards upheld his half-length victory over Uncle Benny in the $1 million Juvenile Turf. Line of Duty charged from outside down the stretch to pass Somelikeithotbrown and hold off Uncle Benny in a three-wide finish, giving the Irish colt his third consecutive win after two seconds. Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile Baffert has early Kentucky Derby favorite LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Game Winner’s latest triumph included bumps along the way.The colt shook them off before shaking the field to remain perfect and make his case as the year’s best 2-year-old.Game Winner overcame an early bump to surge down the stretch, then pulled away from long shot Knicks Go after another nudge to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by 2 1/4 lengths Friday at Churchill Downs. That gave trainer Bob Baffert an early Kentucky Derby favorite just five months after winning his second Triple Crown with Justify.But not without some anxious moments for the Hall of Fame trainer and co-owners Gary and Mary West.“This is a huge win for me,” said Baffert, who second-guessed himself during Game Winner’s rough start before his pupil recovered.last_img read more

Government says UN failed during war

The report handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last week by the panel tasked to review the UN’s role during the war in Sri Lanka, said that there can be no lasting peace and stability in Sri Lanka without dealing with the most serious past violations and without a political response to the aspirations of Sri Lanka’s communities.“The UN cannot fulfill its post-conflict and development responsibilities in Sri Lanka without addressing these fundamental concerns, and the UN should continue to support implementation of the recommendations of the Panel of Experts on Accountability,” the report said. The report also said the UN had a generally difficult relationship with the Government, which used its control of visas, as well as harsh and even defamatory articles in the domestic media, as a means to pressure and intimidate any staff perceived as critical of the State.Several Resident Coordinators (RCs) were declared persona non grata (PNG) and a number of senior staff were withdrawn by the UN before they suffered the same fate. Candidates proposed to replace them were apparently rejected because of past experience in conflict situations.“Many international staff felt intimidated by the Government. National staff were sometimes arrested and detained by the authorities and later, in 2009, two staff were abducted and tortured by Government agents,” the report said. In the wake of the release of the UN internal review report, the government last week conceded that the UN had “failed” in its actions during the war.External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that the government will not officially respond to the report as it was an internal review document of the UN. At least 19 high-level visits were conducted from January 2007 to December 2009, including by the Secretary-General, Chef de Cabinet (2 times), USG-Humanitarian Affairs (5 times), USG-Political Affairs (3 times), USG-Human Rights, the RSG-IDPs (4 times), the USGUNHCR, two special envoys of the SRSG-CAAC, and an ASG-DPA. Each visit was oriented towards a particular mandate – humanitarian, political, human rights, IDPs, children, etc.However the report said that by the end of the conflict it would be apparent that commitments made by the Government and the LTTE to the UN, including during the high-level visits, were repeatedly broken. (Courtesy The Sunday Leader) However he said the UN had failed to take action when the LTTE used civilians as human shields during the war and so in that sense the UN had not done enough. “The UN did not carry out its role properly. However we do not agree with the conclusion that the government had put pressure on the UN during the war,” he told The Sunday Leader. The report also said that while national staff were reportedly abused by LTTE cadres, the Government’s treatment of staff affected UN policy decisions and discouraged the UN from responding publicly or more firmly to reports of Government violations. read more