He is now expected to take in Sunday’s Premiership match against Celtic from the stands, with Graeme Murty in the dugout as caretaker manager, before formally beginning work on Monday.Caixinha was a goalkeeper during his playing career but moved into coaching at the age of 29.He worked mainly as an assistant until taking charge of Portuguese side União de Leiria in 2010.Caixinha managed Nacional and Mexican side Santos Laguna before moving to the Middle East. Pedro Caixinha has arrived in Glasgow to put the finishing touches on a deal that will make him the new manager of Rangers.The 46-year old flew in from Dubai on Saturday morning after agreement was reached for him to swap Qatari-side Al Gharafa for the Ibrox club. The Portuguese coach left Glasgow Airport via a side exit, avoiding media and fans.Caixinha had been identified as Rangers’ preferred candidate to succeed Mark Warburton after the Englishman left the club four weeks ago.
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford boys basketball team closed out its regular-season schedule with a dominating performance as it whipped Prentice 67-40 in the fifth-place game of the Marawood Conference crossovers on Thursday night at Stratford High School.The Tigers (14-8) led 18-13 after one quarter and pulled away for good by outscoring Prentice (11-11) 37-17 in the second half.Stratford shot 55 percent from the field (29 of 52). Michael Bargender led the way for the Tigers, making 7 of 8 shots and scoring a game-high 18 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds.Derek Schmidt added 10 points, and Jake Schmitt had eight points and eight rebounds for Stratford.Dalton Rohde led Prentice with 16 points.Stratford plays at Edgar in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal Tuesday at 7 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 67, Buccaneers 40Prentice 13 10 8 9 – 40Stratford 18 12 18 19 – 67PRENTICE (40): Drew Rohde 3 3-8 10, Joe Jast 0 0-0 0, Brant Johnson 0 0-0 0, Cody Esterholm 0 0-0 0, Alex Urich 0 0-2 0, Taylor Brayton 2 0-0 6, Troy Komarek 0 3-4 3, Dalton Rohde 7 2-6 16, Beau Merriman 2 0-0 5. FG: 14. FT: 8-20. 3-pointers: 4 (Brayton 2, Merriman 1, D. Rohde 1). Fouls: 15. Fouled out: D. Rohde. Record: 11-11.STRATFORD (67): Dawson Gebelein 4-9 0-0 8, Nick Stoflet 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Bargender 7-8 4-5 18, Ethan Nagel 2-4 0-0 5, Derek Schmidt 4-7 1-2 10, Jake Reif 4-11 0-0 9, Mitch Guralski 1-1 1-1 3, Jake Schmitt 4-6 0-0 8, Tanner Weinfurtner 3-4 0-2 6, Brenden Fecker 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 29-52. FT: 6-10. 3-pointers: 3-11 (Schmidt 1-2, Reif 1-3, Nagel 1-3, Stoflet 0-1, Gebelein 0-2). Rebounds: 31 (Schmitt 8), Assists: 14 (Schmitt 4, Reif 4). Record: 14-8.
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(Missourinet) A mid-Missouri lawmaker is praising Governor Mike Parson’s state government restructuring plan, saying it will allow the state Department of Economic Development (DED) to focus exclusively on economic development. The Missouri state government reorganization plan, courtesy of DEDThe restructuring plan involves four state agencies, primarily DED. Governor Parson says the plan highlights his commitment to fundamentally reshaping state government, while demanding greater efficiency and improving customer service.State Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, supports the plan, saying it will allow DED to focus on its core mission.“My first term in the Legislature (2015-2016), there wasn’t a real focus from the Department of Economic Development,” Fitzwater says. “It was actually quite frustrating to see a large bureaucracy that basically tried to do everything and be all things to all people.”DED has 865 full-time employees, which is more than any of its Midwest competitors. Governor Parson says Missouri ranks 14th among its Midwest peer states in gross domestic product (GDP).“I mean the numbers, when you look at the amount of employees in DED compared to other states, it’s overwhelmingly larger here. When you look at the focus areas of our Department of Economic Development, it’s overwhelmingly larger than the states surrounding us,” says Fitzwater.Governor Parson has said Missouri ranks ninth among its Midwest peer states in job growth and eighth in wage growth.The governor’s plan involves moving DED’s Division of Workforce Development to the Department of Higher Education and returning the Division of Energy from DED to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).It also will move the Office of Public Counsel and the Public Service Commission (PSC) to the newly-named Department of Commerce and Insurance. It would also make the Missouri Arts Council part of the Lieutenant Governor’s office.Governor Parson says the restructuring plan will take effect on August 28.“Missourians deserve the best and on August 28th, when the transition period concludes and the reorganization fully takes effect, that’s what we will deliver,” Parson says.The governor says DED has had seven directors in the past decade. He also says that DED will shift to have staff based across Missouri, to better meet the specific needs in each region.
Roma director Gianluca Petrachi praised Paulo Fonseca for helping to “rediscover” Javier Pastore ahead of today’s trip to Parma. It kicks off at 17.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. They need a victory to recapture third place after Lazio and Cagliari victories, but are tired after Thursday’s contentious Europa League defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach. “We had played very well, especially the second half, and unfortunately that late goal was very damaging and left a bitter feeling in the mouth,” the director of sport told Sky Sport Italia. “It taught us we still need to give a little bit more right to the final whistle.” Pastore has been a revelation this season, finally playing regularly and performing to a high level for long periods. “A lot of credit goes to Fonseca for the way he has been working with him, as there have been a lot of separate training sessions, personalised schedules. “When he asked us to remain, we said fine, but he needed to give more and earn his place by putting in more consistent performances worthy of his salary. I think it worked and Pastore is a rediscovered player.” Fonseca is doing remarkably well in Serie A, considering this is his first Serie A season and the injuries are piling up. “I saw three Shakhtar Donetsk games and it was a well-drilled team that always played the same way, clearly had organisation and kept tight. I started tracking him from there. “We had a meeting, he brought his iPad along and showed how he developed his passing game, so really won us over. We also found a great professional and a good man.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is providing information to interested referees regarding the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup. While FIT are yet to release specific information for the referees for the tournament, TFA will endeavour to provide you with as much information as we can in the lead up, to ensure the Australian Referee contingent are prepared.Please find attached a document which outlines the nomination process for selection of the Australian World Cup Referee Squads for the 2015 World Cup.Related Files2015_world_cup_referee_nominations-pdfRelated LinksWorld Cup Ref Nominations
PITTSBURGH, PA – JANUARY 14: Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On running back L.J. Scott’s monster one-yard touchdown run, Michigan State won a conference title and likely clinched a spot in the College Football Playoff. Former MSU superstar Le’Veon Bell is a very active support of his alma mater on Instagram, and just minutes after the game went final, he recorded a video congratulating the Spartans, and specifically, Scott.The Spartans deserve all the congratulations they get. What a phenomenal effort by the offense on that final, 22-play drive.
Anderson played five more full seasons and parts of three more, gaining 100 or more yards in a game seven more times in his career, but never coming close to matching his performance in the Superdome. Then again, few have. Since November 1989, Terrell Owens (283), John Taylor (286), Jerry Rice (289), Jimmy Smith (291) and Johnson (329) all approached 336, but the record still belongs to Flipper.These days, he lives in the Atlanta area, coaches youth football, and follows his son Dres’s career. The University of Utah senior receiver, who recently suffered a season-ending knee injury, is an NFL prospect. If there’s one person Anderson would like to see rewrite the family history, it’s Dres. “It’s waiting there for you,” he’s told him. “Go get it.” The tape? It’s been a while since Anderson, now 49 and long retired from football, has seen it. There’s a VHS copy buried somewhere in his house, but like most of us, he no longer owns a VCR. Still, sharp memories remain. “Everything that was thrown to me,” Anderson said, “I just caught.” He recalled thinking afterward: This is what Michael Jordan must feel like.Until then, nobody would’ve dared compare him to MJ. Dubbed “Flipper”4From Richard Hoffer’s 1990 Sports Illustrated profile of Anderson and Henry Ellard: “Flipper, raised by grandparents in a stew of seven uncles, considers it all to be as ordinary as Ozzie and Harriet. For the record, none of these people nicknamed him Flipper. That was done by Aunt Pearl, a distant cousin of Flipper’s, who thought his crying sounded just like the critter then popular on TV.” as a baby by a relative who thought his crying made him sound like the famous dolphin, Anderson grew up in South Jersey and eventually became one of Troy Aikman’s favorite targets at UCLA. The Los Angeles Rams5The Rams moved to St. Louis before the 1995 season. took the receiver in the second round of the 1988 NFL draft, but he caught only 11 passes his rookie season. Anderson entered his second year third on the depth chart behind Aaron Cox (a first-round pick in ’88) and Ellard (a two-time first-team All-Pro). Then came an opening.At practice two days before the Rams faced the Saints that November, Ellard strained his right hamstring. This led to what seemed like an unsolvable problem. He led the NFL in receiving yards — nobody could fill his role. With Ellard on the Superdome sidelines in a blue Rams sweatshirt and a baseball cap, Anderson slid into the injured star’s spot. “Most of the time during the game it was kind of tough getting our timing down,” Everett said.Flipper was a fill-in, but unbeknownst to many, he already had proven himself capable of producing highlight-reel material. Over the first 11 games of the 1989 season, he only had 19 receptions, but averaged a league best 30.7 yards per catch. Generously listed at 6 feet and 172 pounds, Anderson could fly. “From the minute he got there until the minute he left,” said Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater, his Rams teammate from 1988 to 1994, “our DBs used to say, ‘If I can cover Flipper Anderson on a go [route], I can cover anybody.’”The Rams (7-4) needed something out of him while facing an NFC West rival that sat one game behind them in the standings. The Saints were ferocious. They boasted four Pro Bowl linebackers: Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, Pat Swilling, and future Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson. “They were just ass kickers,” said Rams kicker Mike Lansford, whose bare right foot6In the ’70s and ’80s, Lansford was one of a handful of barefoot NFL place kickers. In his book “A Few Seconds of Panic”, kicking enthusiast Stefan Fatsis explained the fad: “As long as it didn’t hurt, the theory went, kicking sockless and shoeless eliminated the energy-absorbing and -dissipating layers of fabric and leather.” ended up heavily factoring into the proceedings.“Our weakness,” said former Saints cornerback Robert Massey, “was in the secondary.” Through 11 weeks, the Saints had the top-ranked run defense in the NFL. On the other hand, their pass defense ranked 22nd.ESPN aired Sunday night NFL games at the time, and before kickoff, analyst Joe Theismann explained to the audience that in Ellard’s place “Cox can do a real good job” and that if L.A. used a four-receiver set, tight end Pete Holohan would be split out wide. Theismann never mentioned Anderson. To those involved, processing the events of that evening 25 years ago still requires some suspension of disbelief. Anderson’s 336 receiving yards made up 29 percent of his season total.“You would think — 13 catches, over 300 yards — that during the game, you’d be like, ‘Man, this guy’s ballin’,” Cook said. “But it wasn’t that way. He was workmanlike. It wasn’t like he would get up and call attention to himself. It did not feel like 336 yards.”Anderson’s performance may have seemed workmanlike, but it was anything but. “There was no one better than Flipper that night,” said Everett, who in that game8Despite getting sacked six times in that game, Everett passed for a career high 454 yards. targeted the receiver 20 times. The numbers are still staggering: 13 of Anderson’s 15 catches produced a first down or a touchdown, and the ones that didn’t were still important: one went for 16 yards on second-and-20, and another went for 26 yards on second-and-32. For the most part, Anderson wasn’t simply turning short throws into big gains. By my count, 107 of his 336 yards came after the catch. In today’s NFL, where quick passing has all but replaced the running game, his screw-it-I’m-going-deep style would be rare. His 20.1 career yards per reception still ranks fourth in league history.Amazingly, Anderson’s 336-yard game wasn’t his most memorable accomplishment of that season. On Jan. 7, 1990, in overtime of a divisional playoff game against the Giants at the Meadowlands, he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass, and without breaking stride, ran into the tunnel and into the visitors’ locker room.9Anderson said it was Cox’s idea. “When the game went to overtime, he brought it up first. He said, ‘If I catch it, I’m going to the tunnel.’ I said, “Ooh, if I catch it, I’m going to the tunnel, too.’” On Oct. 27, 2013, Dres Anderson’s cell phone began lighting up with text messages from friends imploring him to turn on the Cowboys-Lions game. Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson, they explained, was having an impossibly prolific day. By late in the fourth quarter, the All-Pro had gained 290 receiving yards.To Anderson, this more or less constituted a family emergency. After all, his father was Willie “Flipper” Anderson, the former Rams wideout who had set the record Johnson was chasing. In a primetime clash against the Saints on Nov. 26, 1989, Flipper had piled up 336 receiving yards, eclipsing the single-game NFL record of 309.Almost a quarter-century later, Flipper’s record was on the verge of being broken. “I’ve never rooted for the Cowboys in my life,” Dres tweeted that afternoon last fall, “but I pray they hold down Megatron for these last two minutes!!!”His prayers were answered. Despite hauling in two long passes during his team’s final, game-winning drive, Johnson finished with 329 yards, seven short of Flipper’s mark. “I thought it was going down,” Dres said recently. “Thankfully it didn’t.”It’s been 25 years since his historic night, and since then Flipper Anderson has become a piece of obscure sports trivia. He once even popped up as the answer to the $125,000 question — “What NFL player holds the record for most receiving yards gained in a single game?” — on a Super Bowl week episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”1The choices were: A. Randy Moss, B. Jerry Rice, C. Flipper Anderson, and D. Stephone Paige. After asking the audience, the majority of which guessed Rice, the contestant decided not to answer, instead walking away with a $64,000 prize. But reducing the accomplishment to game show fodder undersells its brilliance. Before defense-hindering rule changes and sophisticated scoring strategies led to the arcadization of offensive statistics, Anderson made “Tecmo Bowl” come to life.“Those weren’t short easy passes,” said then Rams quarterback Jim Everett. “He was going up in traffic, pulling them down and beating the corner. He had a special night.”How special? In 1989, Anderson’s teammate Henry Ellard averaged an NFL-best 98.7 receiving yards per game. In games where pass catchers had at least one reception, those catchers averaged 34.6 receiving yards.2While the NFL has become more pass happy, that figure actually hasn’t changed much. In 2013, pass catchers averaged 35.9 receiving yards in games where they had at least one reception. Anderson’s night was 9.0 standard deviations from the average.Football Outsiders editor-in-chief Aaron Schatz, whose site has compiled extensive data from every NFL season going back to 1989, said Anderson had “the best game of any receiver in our advanced stats. Period. By a significant amount.” To measure individual offensive output, FO uses a metric called Defense-Adjusted Yards Above Replacement. That evening in New Orleans, Anderson racked up 160 receiving DYAR, the most in at least the last 25 years. Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith’s 141 DYAR in Week 2 of the 2000 season is the second-best total. The gap between those two performances is almost the difference between Smith’s and the list’s 10th best.3The seventh best, you’ll notice, is Anderson’s teammate, Ellard. Everett could sling it. As Schatz reminded me: “That’s a big gap.”The numbers show how impressive Anderson’s record was, but they don’t show the spectacular way he set it. For that, let’s go to the tape. For most of the night, the Rams looked hopeless. They piled up penalties, committed turnovers, and allowed Everett to take some nauseatingly vicious hits. With the Saints leading 17-3 in the fourth quarter, New Orleans defensive lineman Jumpy Geathers recovered Rams running back Greg Bell’s fumble. Everett said that across the country “you could hear every television click off.”If the game had ended at that moment, it still would’ve been a special night for Anderson. In 55 minutes of action, he had tallied career highs in catches (8) and yards (171). But then he caught a 46-yard pass and the Rams soon scored, making it 17-10. On the next Rams possession, Everett threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anderson and it was tied.When the game reached overtime, L.A. simplified its strategy. “I didn’t care if they had two guys over there,” Everett said, “I’m finding a way to get it to Flipper.” By then, Anderson had 13 catches for 296 yards.During the Rams’ first overtime drive,7On that drive, Anderson also drew a 36-yard pass interference penalty. Anderson caught a short pass on a crossing route, shook trailing Saints cornerback Toi Cook, and sprinted toward the sideline for a 14-yard gain. ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick quickly perked up. “Flipper Anderson has just set an NFL record: 310 yards receiving,” he said. “What a marvelous night.” Anderson erased a mark made by his friend, Chiefs receiver Stephone Paige, who in 1985 racked up 309 receiving yards in a game against the Chargers. But Flipper wasn’t finished.On third-and-11 from the Saints’ 40, Anderson lined up outside. After the snap, he made a quick inside move to gain a step on cornerback Milton Mack then ran straight ahead. Everett’s throw came high and fast, so he jumped up to corral it. With legs splayed and arms fully extended, the bare-handed Anderson made a fingertip grab. It was his best catch of the night.Saints defensive backs Mack and Dave Waymer tackled Anderson, but not before he reached the 14 yard line. At that moment, Anderson rolled over on his back and looked up at Waymer, who was standing over him. “I was just done,” Anderson said. “They had to come get me off the field.”He eventually made it to the bench, where cameras caught Ellard congratulating him. On the very next play, Lansford hit a 31-yard field goal to give the Rams a 20-17 victory. What you don’t see in the above clip is the way ESPN closed the broadcast. It being 1989, the network cut to a quick shot of Anderson flashing the “I’m number one!” sign followed by a freeze frame of the record-setting receiver and teammate Aaron Cox leaping together for a giant high-five.
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann speaks to the media after an event titled “An Evening With Coach Holtmann” on Aug. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State fan base caught its first glimpse of its new men’s basketball coach, Chris Holtmann, when the coach was introduced with 10:16 remaining in the first quarter of Ohio State’s home opener against Oklahoma.Holtmann comes to Ohio State after three seasons at Butler, spent from 2014-17. The Bulldogs posted a 70-31 record and made an NCAA appearance every season. He was named the John McLendon Coach of the Year and Big East Coach of the Year at the end of last season.Holtmann previously held a season-ticket holder event at the Schottenstein Center on Aug. 1.What a tremendous welcome Buckeye Nation! Go Bucks! pic.twitter.com/Msh3iNTSeg— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) September 10, 2017