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

Seahawks get in the win column by beating Cowboys

first_img The duo of Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott didn’t have the answers against a Seattle defense that had Thomas on the field and welcomed back Wagner after the Seahawks’ defensive leader missed Week 2 with a groin injury.Prescott was intercepted twice by Thomas, including with 3:09 remaining at the Seattle 15 on a deflected pass, with Thomas bowing to the Dallas sideline at the end of the play. It was Thomas’ way of acknowledging the Cowboys should have done more by now to try to acquire him from the Seahawks after the former All-Pro made it clear he wanted out of Seattle if a contract extension wasn’t coming.“I felt like that was just in the moment and if they were going to trade for me and extend me, they should have did it,” Thomas said of his bow that drew a 15-yard penalty.Prescott was sacked five times and Dallas (1-2) had just 58 net yards passing entering the fourth quarter. Elliott had momentary flashes, busting off a few long runs, but they were too infrequent for Dallas’ stagnant offense. Subscribe Today Meanwhile, Wilson had the kind of protection that’s been absent most of the season. After being sacked 12 times in the first two games, Wilson was 16 of 26 for 192 yards and sacked twice by Dallas’ defense that was second in the league in sacks. Despite missing starting center Justin Britt, the offensive line gave Wilson enough time for a few big plays in the passing game.Wilson’s strike to Brown gave Seattle a 7-0 lead and he took advantage of the absence of safety Jeff Heath when he found Lockett on a 52-yard TD late in the second quarter. Heath departed with a left ankle injury earlier in the drive and Wilson found Lockett streaking up the sideline. Heath’s replacement, Kavon Frazier, was late to rotate over and Lockett went untouched, high-stepping the final few yards for a 14-3 lead.Carson’s TD run was the first by a Seahawks running back since J.D. McKissic found the end zone on a 31-yard run in Week 4 of the 2017 season. Seattle went 14 games without a running back finding the end zone until Carson bulled his way in with 12:54 remaining.Carson finished with 102 yards, the first Seattle running back to top 100 yards since late in the 2016 season. “It feels like the same deal, but I have to get (evaluated) and see where I’m at,” Lee said.UP NEXTSeattle is at division rival Arizona next Sunday. Share: 10 Photos By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press 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. Thomas’ second interception was one of two turnovers forced by Seattle in the fourth quarter. Elliott broke free for a 26-yard run to the Seattle 19 earlier in the quarter, but had the ball punched free from behind by Bradley McDougald and recovered by the Seahawks.“When you’ve got that ball in your hand, that’s the team in our hand,” Elliott said. “Me being a leader on the team, I’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the ball. I mean, that cost us the game.”Prescott finished 19 of 34 for 168 yards and a 3-yard shovel pass TD to Tavon Austin with 7:11 remaining. Dallas failed to pass for 200 yards for the ninth time in the past 11 games dating to last season. Elliott had 127 yards on 16 carries.“We’ve got to find exactly our go-to in the passing game — and not necessarily am I speaking on a player,” Prescott said. “I’m just speaking on our go-to concepts or go-to beaters or whatever it may be that we didn’t get to.” Receive latest stories and local news in your email:center_img Share: Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas, left, reaches for a pass he intercepted that was intended for Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin, right, as Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner, center, looks on during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Seattle. The pick was Thomas’ second of the game. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Photo Gallery “This is the offense we claimed to be the whole offseason,” Carson said.THOMAS DRAMAFollowing a week of drama surrounding Thomas, the former All-Pro safety started and almost immediately made his presence known. Thomas missed two days of practice for personal reasons which Carroll provided only vague answers as to why, and left open the possibility Thomas wouldn’t play.He was on the field as usual, and it took less than a quarter before Thomas was making a remarkable interception, pinning a deflected pass against his shin. It was the second two-interception game of his career and the first since his rookie season in 2010.FREE POINTSSeattle was gifted three points at the end of the half when Randy Gregory was baited into a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, smacking Seattle’s Joey Hunt in the facemask. The penalty put Seattle in range for Sebastian Janikowski’s 47-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead at the half.INJURIESDallas also played a large portion of the second half without linebacker Sean Lee due to a hamstring injury. Lee said it was the same issue that had him listed as questionable on the injury report. SEATTLE — Chris Carson dished out punishing runs. Russell Wilson made smart, decisive throws at key moments. A defense led by Bobby Wagner and an unhappy Earl Thomas forced turnovers, making Dak Prescott and Dallas look meager trying to move the ball.The Seattle Seahawks returned to a familiar, old formula to avoid a dreaded 0-3 start, beating the Cowboys 24-13 on Sunday.“This is how we want to play. We couldn’t be any more specific about it,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.Wilson threw two touchdown passes in the first half, Carson added a 5-yard TD run in early in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks won their 10th straight home opener. Wilson hit Jaron Brown on an 16-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, and later hit Tyler Lockett streaking up the sideline on a 52-yard scoring pass, and Seattle (1-2) built a 17-3 halftime lead and cruised past the Cowboys. Published: September 23, 2018, 5:25pm Seahawks get in the win column by beating Cowboys Wilson throws 2 TDs, Thomas has 2 INTs in 24-13 victory in home opener GO By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Summer Travel Awaits: Silvercar Adds Audi A5 Cabriolet to its Fleet

first_imgJune 6th, 2018 – Silvercar is celebrating summer with new travel possibilities for customers. Today, the company known for offering exclusively silver Audi A4 sedans and Audi Q5 SUVs, introduces drop-top vehicles to its fleet for the first time. The Audi A5 Cabriolet can be booked starting today and hits the ground in select Silvercar cities in late June, giving travelers even more options to make their travel memorable. Now, with three fully-loaded Audi vehicles and a seamless mobile-first booking experience, Silvercar continues to deliver on its promise of premium mobility solutions and hassle-free access to personal transportation when consumers travel. The launch of the Audi A5 Cabriolet comes on the heels of an aggressive market expansion strategy. Silvercar, acquired by Audi in 2017, recently opened six locations this year in Salt Lake City, Tampa, San Diego, Orange County, Washington Dulles and most recently doubled operations in Manhattan, Silvercar has plans to open 3 more locations by the end of the year. Beginning today, Audi A5 Cabriolets can be reserved at fourteen Silvercar locations including:Los Angeles, CASan Francisco, CANewark, NJBrooklyn, NYNew York, NYOrange County, CASan Diego, CAChicago, ILWashington DullesMiami, FLDenver, COSeattle, WASalt Lake City, UT “The introduction of the Audi A5 Cabriolet follows a successful roll out of the Q5 earlier this year,” said Silvercar COO, Chris Donus.  “With a total of three Audi vehicles in our fleet as well as new locations opening monthly, Silvercar is excited to continue to provide the very best customer experience no matter where your adventure takes you.” The 2018 Audi A5 features a fully automatic soft top that opens in 15 seconds and closes in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph and has seating for up to four. Customers will also enjoy cutting-edge technology like quattro® all-wheel drive, Audi virtual cockpit with Google Earth™, Audi smartphone interface, and Audi drive select, which allows drivers to choose from five different modes to tailor their Audi A5 Cabriolet to suit their driving style. Silvercar offers customer access to new 2017 and 2018 fully-loaded Audi A4 and Q5 vehicles with onboard Wi-Fi, GPS navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio — always included at no additional cost. All Silvercar renters will continue to benefit from no fuel upcharges, no mileage restrictions, no additional fees for toll charges, and no fees for Peg Peregocar seat rentals. Prices start at $59 per day for the Audi A4, $79 per day for the Audi Q5 and $95 per day for the A5 Cabriolet.  Want to keep it longer? Silvercar offers 30% off rentals of 5 days or more using the code “WEEKLY30”.Follow Silvercar on Twitter and Instagram for the latest. Enter to win a 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet this summer: https://sweepstakes.silvercar.com/  About SilvercarSilvercar is a next-generation premium mobility company whose fleet consists entirely of Audi A4s, A5s and Q5s. With its sleek mobile app, Silvercar removes the headache of traditional car rental. No lines or counters. No paperwork. No hassles. Just the best in customer service and premium products every time. Silvercar continually earns the highest customer satisfaction and loyalty scores in the industry and with 23 locations at airports and in select urban cores, Silvercar is the largest premium mobility company in North America. The company was acquired by Audi in 2017. For more information, visit www.silvercar.comlast_img read more

Guide horse sacked for being too big will soon ride the Underground

Britain’s first ‘guide horse’, who was sacked for being too big, has found a new home with a partially sighted Office for National Statistics worker in London.Digby, who is an American Miniature horse, became Britain’s first ‘guide horse’ when he began training with BBC journalist Mohammed Salim Patel in February.But due to an unexpected growth spurt, which took Digby to the height of 33 inches, Mr Patel decided the horse was too large to guide him around his office in Salford, Greater Manchester. He said the animal had become inconvenient because it would knock items off the shelf in supermarkets and couldn’t fit under his desk at work like a guide dog could.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, Digby’s special training will no longer go to waste as partially sighted Helena Hird, who works for the ONS in London, has decided he’s not too big for her. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Eventually, it will be on a national scale. Guide horses will have to be individually assessed and accredited,” she said.“When more people come forward who want to see guide horses working and recognise the benefits of them, it could work on a greater scale.” Ms Hird, 51, told The Telegraph that she wanted a horse to help her with a genetic sight condition, rather than a guide dog, because horses live for much longer. Unlike dogs, they can live for as long as 45 years.“I’ve grown up around horses, and they’re my default animal, if you like,” she said.  Digby, Helena (left) and trainer Kate Masteic at a London awards ceremony.Credit:Caters News Agency “You’ve got to be confident you can read an animal and understand it.“But above all, they have a lot longer life. If I could have one horse that could see me out, that would be great. Guide dogs work for about five to eight years, and they either retire with you or you have to give it away. “If I do the maths and work out how many dogs I could be getting through, that’s heartbreaking.”Digby’s new duties will include travelling on the Underground and navigating escalators for the first time. He could be on the streets of central London and in the ONS’ offices by next year.Digby has already been recognised for his work. Last month, he received a judges’ special award at the Amplifon 2018 Awards for Brave Britons and attended a ceremony at London’s Army and Navy Club in Mayfair.Katy Smith, who runs KL Pony Therapy in North Yorkshire, trained Digby from a foal to help the partially sighted in their daily lives. He can press the button at pedestrian crossings, find the opening in post boxes and lie down on command. Ms Smith hopes that one day ‘guide horses’ will be as popular as guide dogs.  PIC FROM Caters News - (PICTURED: Digby arriving at the awards in London, with Kate Masteic (right) and Helen Hird (left) ) - The UKs first guide horse was the mane attraction on the streets of the capital when he was treated to a big day out at a red carpet event before winning a top prize.Two-year-old Digby, a two foot tall American miniature horse, is in training to help a blind man scared of dogs cross roads, find post boxes and activate traffic lights.SEE CATERS COPY read more