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MEC Announces Football And Soccer Weekly Honors

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MEC Announces Week 3 Football Award Winners

Tyson Bagent (Shepherd), Kahzin Daniels (Charleston), Buster Henderson (UVa-Wise) and Lyrics Klugh (Fairmont State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the third week of the season.

Bagent, a freshman from Martinsburg, WV, is the MEC Offensive Player of the Week after connecting on 32-of-41 passes for 378 yards as Shepherd downed Glenville State, 41-21. He threw for three scores and rushed for another in the win over the Pioneers. Bagent leads the country in passing yards per game (448) and total offense (454) through three weeks of the season.
Charleston’s Daniels and UVa-Wise’s Henderson share Defensive Player of the Week honors for their roles in wins last week. Daniels was in on 10 stops last week as the Golden Eagles held West Liberty to -35 yards rushing and 157 yards of total offense, and had two solo sacks and assisted on another two. Henderson helped stifle Concord’s offense with 4.5 tackles for a loss in the game (four solo), and notched seven total tackles.

Klugh, a senior from Lyman, S.C., is the Special Teams Player of the Week for a second-straight week as the Falcons got past West Virginia Wesleyan, 44-41. Klugh returned a punt for a touchdown for the second time in as many games, taking this one back 68 yards in the third quarter. He finished the game with 164 all-purpose yards.


Charalambous, Dupuis Earn Men’s Soccer Honors

The University of Charleston’s Christo Charalambous is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while West Liberty’s Florian Dupuis is the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Charalambous, a sophomore from Nicosia, Cyprus, had a part on all three goals in a 3-0 win over Urbana. He scored the first goal, which would turn out to be the game-winner, and then assisted on the final two goals in the game. He also came off the bench and logged important minutes in the midfield as the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles knocked off Notre Dame, 3-0, on Sunday.

Dupuis, a senior from Chateaubriant, France, posted a pair of shutouts in a historic week for West Liberty that saw the Hilltoppers record their first NCAA and MEC wins. He had one save as WLU defeated Shepherd for the program’s first win, and then stopped eight shots, including one in the 89th minute, to secure the win over West Virginia Wesleyan.


Prater, Vaccari Earn Women’s Soccer Nod

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Natalie Prater is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while Fairmont State’s Isabelle Vaccari is league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Tucker, a freshman from Salem, W.Va., provided a brace in WVWC’s only game last week—a 2-0 win over Charleston. She provided the first goal of her collegiate career in the 61st minute to break a scoreless tie, and then added another insurance goal less than a minute later to propel the Bobcats to the conference victory.

Vaccari, a freshman from Dublin, Ohio, had a pair of shutouts in a 1-0-1 week that included a key MEC North win over Notre Dame. She made five stops against NDC to preserve the 1-0 win, and then saved all four shots she faced in a 0-0 draw against West Liberty.

MEC Announces Weekly Football And Soccer Honors

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Weekly Football Honors

Jaleel McLaughlin (Notre Dame), Stephen Turner (Fairmont State) and Lyrics Klugh (Fairmont State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the second week of the season.

McLaughlin is the MEC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks after helping Notre Dame to a 27-17 win on the road at Glenville State. He rushed 23 times for 176 yards averaging 7.7 yards per carry. His 73-yard touchdown scamper against the Pioneers was his third TD of the season, all of which have come from over 70 yards. The freshman from Marshville, N.C., leads the country in rushing with 478 and is the only running back in the country averaging more than 200 yards per game on the ground (239.0).
Turner, a senior defensive back from Clinton, MD, is the MEC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Falcons on defense in a 45-7 win over Urbana. Turner was in on six tackles, including one for a loss, while also forcing a fumble and recording his ninth career interception. He also returned a blocked field goal in the first quarter that helped set up a Fairmont State score.

Klugh, a senior from Lyman, S.C., had 99 yards on three returns with one touchdown for Fairmont State on Saturday. He had a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown—FSU’s first punt return for a TD since 2012, and also had one kick return for 28 yards. As a defensive back, Klugh had two solo tackles.


Engelking, Norvock Earn Men’s Soccer Awards

The University of Charleston’s Nico Engelking is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while Notre Dame’s Lewis Norvock is the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Engelking, a sophomore from Veitschoecheim, Germany, played a role in all three UC goals last week as the Golden Eagles went 2-0. He had a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over West Liberty to open the week, and then provided the game-winning assist as UC got past West Virginia Wesleyan in overtime on Sunday night. 

Norvock, a junior from Cleethorpes, England, helped guide the sixth-ranked Falcons to a pair of shutout wins last week. In a 2-0 win over West Virginia Wesleyan, Norvock provided a score in the 82nd minute off a corner kick. He then helped shut down West Liberty preventing the Hilltoppers from recording a shot on goal in a 4-0 win over WLU.


Tucker, Wightman Earn Women’s Soccer Accolades

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Makatlyn Tucker is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while Concord’s Leigh Wightman is league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Tucker, a freshman from Salem, WV, provided a brace in WVWC’s only game last week—a 2-0 win over Charleston. She provided the first goal of her collegiate career in the 61st minute to break a scoreless tie, and then added another insurance goal less than a minute later to propel the Bobcats to the conference victory.

Wightman, a freshman from Woodley, England, had two assists off the back line last week to help Concord notch a win and a draw. After helping the squad to a 1-1 draw on the road at Wingate, she stepped forward to provide two assists and helped the Mountain Lions to a shutout win over Shepherd.

World Cup: No Russian? No Problem. There’s an app for that

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Randall Garcia and his wife were on a bus in the Russian city of Samara when a local resident stared at the couple and pointed his phone at them. The screen read: “Good luck Costa Rica!”

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Neymar may be the stars of the World Cup. But Google Translate has been the Most Valuable Player for many fans to leap over the language barrier in Russia. They have used the mobile app version to order food, change money and meet new people, especially in cities like Samara, where most people only speak Russian.

“Google Translate has been a fundamental tool,” Garcia said, wearing the red jersey of Costa Rica’s national team.

“In a country where people are going out of their way to try to understand us, it’s key,” he said. “We thought there was going to be a language barrier, but it wasn’t like that.”

Before hundreds of thousands of fans descended on Russia, many of them studied phrases or took lessons to learn the basics of the language and the Cyrillic alphabet in time for the tournament that kicked off on June 14.

“It’s really hard, My partner has been learning a little bit of Russian, but other than that we use Google Translate,” said Ruth Morris from Queensland, Australia. She who wore a yellow t-shirt in the colors of the national team emblazoned with green kangaroos that read: “Aussie, Aussie Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!”

The day that she arrived to Moscow with her husband, they struck up conversation with a group of local residents at a bar.

“We managed to communicate and make friends using a mix of Google Translate, sign language and - piba!” Brian Mckinley said, using the Russian word for beer.

These days, one scene has been repeated thousands of times in cities across Russia: A person types a sentence on a phone or taps into the microphone and waits until the other one reads it or hears the words, nods, and responds.

“In many ways Google Translate is remarkable. If your intent is to have basic straightforward communication, then Google Translate can serve you adequately,” said Andrew Cohen, professor emeritus in second language studies from the University of Minnesota.

Cohen has been using Google translate to assist him with Mandarin Chinese, his 13th language. But he said the offerings are sometimes wrong.

“There are several reasons for this: One is that GT does not have a brain and so it really cannot deal effectively with connotations of word meanings, nor with various collocations of words with other words,” he said. Then, there’s the issue of pragmatics, since it can’t interpret the intentions of the person trying to communicate.

It “may have considerable difficulty translating humor, sarcasm, subtle forms of criticism, curses, apologies so that they work, even requests in a way that they are appropriately mitigated rather than bossy sounding,” he said.

“This is where Google Translate still has lots of work to do.”

Translate was launched in 2006 and has grown into one of Google’s most popular services with more than 500 million monthly users and more than 100 billion words translated each day, according to the company. Russian is one of the most used out of more than 100 languages that range from Afrikaans to Yiddish. They can be used on websites, with speech recognition and as an app on mobile phones, even if there is no connection. Others use one of its features to recognize and translate the writing on billboards, menus and street signs.

“The Russian Cyrillic is unlike any word in our alphabet,” said Marilyn Mattos, 30, a Colombian fan who wore earrings in the yellow, blue and red colors of the national flag.

“But we used Google Translator to take pictures, select the text and translate it into Spanish without a problem.”

It has even been used to break the ice between journalists and players. During a recent press conference with Antoine Griezmann that only allowed questions in French, a Spanish journalist put the microphone on his phone and used Google Translate to ask, drawing a wide grin from the French striker who plays professionally in Madrid and speaks Spanish.

And it has also been used for safety tips to reduce accidents. Marat Gurjan, a 15-year-old lifeguard whose favorite player is Neymar, uses the app to help communicate on a Volga River beach.

“The World Cup is a great honor,” the screen on his phone read in English after he typed a sentence in Russian. “For our country, and especially for Samara.”

USA! USA! Wait, We Didn’t Make The World Cup?

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U.S. Men’s National Team great Landon Donovan tells “PodcastOne Sports Now” co-host Jim Litke as the tournament begins that without the U.S. team in the World Cup, he’s rooting for Mexico and fellow CONCACAF members Costa Rica and Panama.

But the leading scorer and most-capped player ever to don a U.S. jersey also worries that the failure to qualify could mean a generation of American kids may decide not give soccer a second look.

Also on the show: co-host Tim Dahlberg joins Litke and Associated Press golf writer Doug Fergsuon to preview the U.S. Open golf tournament and tries to answer the question on everyone’s mind — how will Tiger Woods fare? On the menu: scavenging the food stands at Heathrow airport.

U.S. jury set to resume deliberations in FIFA bribery case

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After convicting two former South American soccer officials of bribery, a U.S. jury is set to return to court on Tuesday to decide the fate of a third official charged in the FIFA scandal.

Jurors found Juan Napout, of Paraguay, and Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil, guilty on multiple conspiracy charges after a week of deliberations in federal court in Brooklyn. But they told U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen that they were divided over a verdict for Manuel Burga, of Peru, on his single racketeering charge. Chen told them to come back and try again after the holiday weekend.

The judge immediately jailed Marin, 85, and Napout, 59, agreeing with prosecutors that if left free, the men had enough connections and wealth to flee the U.S. to avoid prison terms, which she said could be more than 10 years on the top charge alone.

Burga, 60, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation, was allowed to remain free on bail pending the outcome of his case. His lawyer, Bruce Udolf, said his client was hopeful that the jury would clear him.

Marin, Burga and Napout had been arrested in 2015. Prosecutors accused them of agreeing to take millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen seeking to lock up lucrative media rights or influence hosting rights for the World Cup and other major tournaments controlled by FIFA.

The three were among more than 40 people and entities in the world of global soccer charged in the U.S. in connection with an investigation that uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Many of the other defendants pleaded guilty.

During the trial, the defense argued that the men were innocent bystanders framed by untrustworthy cooperators angling for leniency in their own cases. Burga’s lawyer claimed there was no proof he took bribes.

“I would submit to you that never has more been made of less evidence,“ Udolf said.

Burga got some unwanted attention early in the trial when prosecutors claimed he unnerved the government’s star witness, a former marketing executive from Argentina, Alejandro Burzaco, by directing a threatening gesture at him — running his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion. The lawyer claimed his client was merely scratching his throat, but the judge took the incident seriously enough to tighten Burga’s house arrest conditions.

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►  MEC Football

#2 Shepherd 63 UVa-Wise 35

Second-ranked Shepherd capped off the regular season with a 63-35 win over UVa-Wise. The victory marks the 30th consecutive MEC win for the Rams, who clinched the conference title outright last week.
Shepherd (10-0, 10-0) piled up 567 offensive yards in the contest while holding UVa-Wise (5-6, 4-6) to 252 yards over the course of the day and just 43 yards on the ground.
Connor Jessop accounted for five touchdowns on the day. He completed 25 of 45 pass attempts for 386 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 38 yards with a score.  He connected with five different receivers in the with including Ryan Feiss 12 times for 173 yards and one touchdown and Wanya Allen eight times for 118 yards and two scores. Duron Norris recorded two receptions for 21 yards and one touchdown.
Jabre Lolley tallied 99 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Rams.
Jake Sturgill was 14-of-33 for 144 yards and two touchdowns for the Cavaliers. Kaian Duverger hauled in five passes for 61 yards for two scores while Victor Mitchell led UVa-Wise on the ground with 34 yards on seven carries. Javonte Latney and Devontae Jordan both notched touchdowns in the loss.
Defensively, DeJuan Neal recorded eight tackles (six solo) for Shepherd while Chrys Lane, Jared Austin and Myles Humphrey all notched seven stops on the day. Humphrey recorded two sacks on the day.
Kwadwo Diawuo led all players in the game with 11 tackles for the Cavaliers.

Urbana 35, Concord 15

Tajuan Green rushed for 186 yards and threw for 199 more to help lead Urbana to a 35-15 win over Concord on Saturday afternoon at UU Stadium. Trevon Saunders had six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

The Blue Knights (5-6, 4-6) rushed for 320 yards as a team and finished with 519 yards of total offense averaging 8.4 yards per play. Trevon Saunders had six catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Saunders started the scoring with a 71-yard TD reception from Green. The Mountain Lions (2-9, 1-9) answered early in the second quarter with a touchdown run from Jamal Petty, who finished the game with 164 yards on just 16 carries. The Blue Knights were able to pull away with two late second quarter touchdowns, including one as time expired from Green to Saunders from 34 yards out.

Neither team was able to get points in the third quarter, and Concord pulled to within one score after Petty’s second touchdown run of the day. Urbana was able to close things out on a two-yard plunge from Trey McFadden and then a 51-yard scamper with less than two minutes to play to seal the victory.

Josh Dillard led UU with a game-high 16 tackles. Isaiah Turner had 1.5 sacks in the game, L.A. Kelly had seven tackles and an interception for the Blue Knights.

Concord was led defensively by Zach Malone who finished with 10 tackles. Ke’Shawn Hall had seven tackles, including a TFL and a fumble recovery. Jeremiah Johnson picked off a pass for CU in the loss.


West Virginia State 45, West Virginia Wesleyan 28

West Virginia Wesleyan pulled within three points early in the second half, but West Virginia State responded with 21 of the game’s next 28 points to close out the season with a 45-28 win over the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets (6-5, 5-5) were able to win despite giving up 310 yards rushing to Devin Montgomery. Montgomery needed just 24 yards to rack up 310 yards in the game—just the second 300-yard rushing game in MEC and school history. The 310 yards is the third-most rushing yards in NCAA Division II this year (as of games through November 10).

The Yellow Jackets led 24-7 in the second quarter, but touchdown runs by Tra Jackson at the end of the first half and another to open the third quarter pulled West Virginia Wesleyan (5-6, 5-5) to within a field goal at 24-21 with 12:52 left in the period.

WVSU had to punt on its next possession, but got a three-and-out on defense and took back over at the Wesleyan 44-yard line. West Virginia State needed just six plays to go the 44 yards and the drive was capped by a 19-yard reception by Calil Wilkins from Matt Kinnick.

The Yellow Jackets then blocked a field goal by WVWC on its next possession, and would later add another TD pass from Kinnick as he found Gray from two yards out to make it 38-21 early in the fourth quarter. Dante Satcher had a 48-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Deal for the Bobcats, and Kinnick added his fourth TD pass of the day to AJ Barnette to close out the scoring.

Kinnick finished 21-of-29 for 269 yards and the four TDs. Dylan Lucas added 100 yards on the ground with a score, and Wilkins had 93 yards rushing and 29 yards receiving. Gray totaled five receptions for 59 yards and two scores.

In addition to Montgomery’s 310 yards rushing, Jackson ended with 86 on the ground and WVWC had 426 as a team. Ryan Deal was 9-of-17 for 109 yards and had two touchdowns but was picked three times.

WVSU’s Moises Valcarcel had 13 solo stops, forced two fumbles and recovered one, and also picked off two passes. Trent Williamson had 11 tackles (nine solo), including 2.5 for a loss. Robert Branch was also in on a pair of TFL.

Brandon Grayson had 12 tackles (10 solo) for WVWC. A.C. Caldera had five tackles and broke up three passes. 


#10 Indianapolis 42, Notre Dame 27

enth-ranked Indianapolis held off Notre Dame late and pulled away from the Falcons to take a 42-27 win.

The Greyhounds (11-0) out-gained the Falcons (8-3) by a 546-425 margin. The Falcons had the edge in first downs, 29-25, but Indianapolis was able to hold Notre Dame’s rushing attack to just 120 yards on 36 carries (3.3 yards per carry).

The game was tied 14-14 after the first quarter, but quarterback Jake Purichia had a pair of touchdown passes in the second quarter to stake UIndy to the 28-14 lead at the break. The Greyhounds were able to push the lead to 35-24 with a TD on their first possession in the third quarter, but NDC did not go away. Brian Walker opened the fourth quarter with a two-yard scoring run, and Tay Johnson added 25-yard touchdown reception to make it 35-27 with still 9:31 to play.

The Falcons got the stop it needed on UIndy’s next possession, but was stopped on 4th-and-4 at the Greyhounds 43. Just three plays later on 3rd-and-10, Indianapolis responded with the score that put the game away as Purichia had a 50-yard touchdown pass to Malik Higgins. 

Notre Dame quarterback Malik Grove was 28-of-49 for 305 yards and two touchdowns against one interception, and also added 41 yards on the ground with a score. Walker finished with 58 rushing yards and a score. Conner Henry had seven catches for 102 yards, and Darius Johnson also had seven catches for 91 yards and a score. Johnson’s four catches for 72 yards and one TD.

For Indianapolis, Purichia was 22-of-31 for 348 and five TDs. Higgins had nine grabs for 197 yards and two scores. Tyre Lee had 18 carries for 121 yards.

On defense, NDC was led by R.J. Goodwin was in on seven tackles, including two for a loss with a sack. Davion Johnson had six tackles and forced a fumble, Curtis Collins was also in on six tackles.

Indianapolis’ Joe Lambright had 12 tackles and broke up two passes, while Jacob Schmatz had 10 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks.


Charleston 28, Glenville State 14

Charleston closed the regular season out with a 28-14 win over Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at UC Stadium.

The Golden Eagles close the season with a record of 4-6 (4-6 MEC), while Glenville State falls to 4-7 (3-7 MEC).

After a scoreless first quarter, Glenville State managed to get on the board first with a D.J. Williams touchdown reception from Jaylen McNair.

UC’s Tevion Cappe tied things up shortly after that going in from four yards out. Vernard Roberts put the Golden Eagles up 14-7 just before halftime with a one-yard touchdown plunge.

Early in the third quarter, James Bryant caught a hook from Mason Olszewski, broke a tackle and went the rest of the way for the 37-yard touchdown catch to make it 21-7.

Glenville State got a key stop forcing and recovering a fumble just as UC looked to go in for the score at the three-yard line. However, on the next play, McNair’s pass was batted into the air where Keon Mabin snagged it and went in for the touchdown.

After a UC turnover, McNair and Williams hooked up again on a quick slant pass to cut the Golden Eagles lead to 28-14. However, neither team was able to manage a score in the fourth as Charleston picked up the victory.


►  UC Edges WVWC, 1-0, In NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament

Charleston’s Robin Lapert headed in a corner cross from Kieran Bywater in the 36th minute, and the Golden Eagles made the goal stand up the rest of the way as they defeated West Virginia Wesleyan, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament.

The Golden Eagles (17-1-2) will play host to the next two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, including a matchup against West Chester next week. Game dates and times will be announced later next week. West Virginia Wesleyan concludes its season with a record of 12-6-3.

The game was played mostly in the midfield and looked destined to go into the half scoreless before UC’s first corner kick of the game in the 36th minute. Bywater served the ball high towards the near post, and Lapert beat his defender to get to the ball and put it in the back of the net. Lapert scored on a similar goal last week against the Bobcats in the MEC Tournament championship match.

West Virginia Wesleyan looked for the equalizer but could not break through, and then got a bit of a break when UC keeper Paulo Pita left the game with an injury. Ewen Le Gallo came in and played the final 30 minutes and made three saves to preserve the shutout.

Alessandro Armenia made eight saves on the night to help keep WVWC in the match. The Bobcats were limited to just five shots in the match, two of which came from Juwon Akintunde.


►  Pioneers Come Up Short in Season Opener Against Slippery Rock

The Glenville State Pioneer men’s basketball squad came up short in their season opener against Slippery Rock 75-64 in the Jakobi’s Journey Basketball Classic on Saturday evening at the Waco Center.

Glenville State (0-1) shot 38 percent on the night and just 20 percent from deep while Slippery Rock (1-0) finished the night shooting 41 percent from the floor and 28 percent from deep.

Slippery Rock held a big advantage on the boards as they out rebounded GSC 52 to 36. The Pioneers also got outscored in the paint 42 to 30.

Glenville State got a great performance from sophomore guard Darhius Nunn as he scored a game high 21 points as he went 10-of-22 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. Jon Dunmyer and Elisha Mayberry each scored nine points in the ball game with Brooks Ely chipping in with eight points.

Slippery Rock had three players score in double figures with Micah Till leading the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Brandon Simmons scored 15 points off the bench while Aaron McDonald chipped in with 13 points.

Glenville State (0-1) will return to action tomorrow Sunday, November 12th in Jakobi’s Journey Basketball Classic as they take on California PA at 4 p.m. following the Slippery Rock vs. West Virginia Wesleyan game.


►  McLeod Leads Lady Pioneers Past Bloomsburg in Season Opener

Glenville State’s Paris McLeod scored a high 22 points as she helped the Lady Pioneers pickup their first victory of the season over Bloomsburg University, 73-69.

Glenville State (1-0) forced Bloomsburg University (0-1) into 32 turnovers and scored 28 points off of them on the night. However the Huskies outscored the Lady Pioneers in the paint 32-30 but GSC had 24 second chance points while BU finished just nine.

GSC had a tough night shooting the ball as they went 24-of-85 for 28 percent and finished 7-of-32 from deep for just 21 percent. Bloomsburg went 29-of-63 for 46 percent and went 5-of-16 from behind the three-point line for 31 percent.

Paris McLeod was the only GSC player in double figures as she scored a game high 22 points to go with eight rebounds and four steals. Erika Toney scored nine points off the bench while Emily Stoller, Courtney Davis, and Julie Bishop all chipped in with eight points each. Davis also grabbed a game-high of 13 rebounds.

Bloomsburg had four players in double figures with Alyssa Mack leading the way with 14 points while Meghan Corridoni scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Glenville State (1-0) will play West Chester tomorrow Sunday, November 12th at 3 p.m. in the Carol Eckman Memorial Tournament.


►  College Football Rankings: Associated Press Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Oklahoma
4. Clemson
5. Wisconsin
6. Auburn
7. Georgia
8. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
10. Oklahoma State
11. TCU
12. Southern California
13. Penn State
14. UCF
15. Washington State
16. Washington
17. Mississippi State
18. Memphis
19. Michigan
20. Stanford
21. LSU
22. Michigan State
23. South Florida
24. West Virginia
25. NC State


►  College Football Rankings: Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Clemson
4. Wisconsin
5. Oklahoma
6. Auburn
7. Georgia
8. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
10. Southern California
11. Penn State
12. UCF
13. Oklahoma State
14. TCU
15. Washington
16. Washington State
17. Memphis
18. Michigan
19. Mississippi State
20. South Florida
21. LSU
22. NC State
23. Stanford
24. Michigan State
25. West Virginia

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►  WVWC, NDC Advance In Women’s Soccer Tournament

West Virginia Wesleyan and Notre Dame College each won in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. The Bobcats blanked Gannon, 2-0, while the Falcons overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with a pair of goals in the second half to claim their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.

Notre Dame advances to take on top-seeded West Chester on Sunday at noon. West Virginia Wesleyan will play second-seeded East Stroudsburg at 2 p.m.


#5 Notre Dame 2, #4 Kutztown 1

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Notre Dame College women’s soccer team came out strong in the second 45 minutes to win 2-1 against Kutztown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This is the first NCAA postseason win for the NDC program.

Within the first minute of the second half, MEC Offensive Player of the Year, Alexis Manoa scored on a corner kick, curving the ball into the net.

Less than 10 later, fellow senior Jackie Corrigan scored on a header, which was assisted by Manoa.

Manoa and Corrigan both lead the team with nine goals apiece this season after defeating the No. 4 seeded Golden Bears.

“We needed big performances today and we got them,” said head coach Mike Shiels. “I’m so proud of the team and what they have accomplished so far. Kutztown is a very good team and to get a result against them was fantastic.”

Part of those big performances was freshman goalkeeper Kyra McDowell who matched her career best six saves. McDowell faced 12 shots and seven corner kicks to earn her 13th win in her debut season. The Ogden, Utah native tied the NDC single-season wins record with this Tournament victory.

The Falcons pressured the Golden Bear defense in the second half to earn three corner kicks after attempting none in the first half. Both goals were results of corner kicks as Notre Dame was able to take advantage of their positioning on the field.

NDC relied heavily on their starters, like many of their games this season, as their three midfielders and four defenders played all 90 minutes of the contest.

Notre Dame advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will play #18 West Chester on Sunday, November 12, at noon.


West Virginia Wesleyan 2, Gannon 0

West Virginia Wesleyan scored a goal in each half and posted its 16th shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Gannon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Natalie Prater’s free kick from 30 yards out in the 24th minute of the game provided the Bobcats (18-2-1) a lead it would not relinquish. Despite pressure from Gannon (13-5-2) in the second half, WVWC got an insurance goal as Carolyn Saulle chipped the goalkeeper from the edge of the box after taking a feed from Kelsie Hibbs.

Ashlee Schumacher and Chelsea Hubner shared time in goal on Friday with Schumacher playing the first half and Hubner playing the second. Schumacher made three saves, while Hubner made four stops and was under pressure in the second half and also stopped a penalty kick shortly after WVWC went up 2-0. Gannon outshot the Bobcats, 16-7 in the game, including 11-2 in the second half. The Knights also had six corner kicks compared to just one for West Virginia Wesleyan.

The Bobcats will now take on second-seeded East Stroudsburg on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the the Warriors home field.

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►  MEC: Men’s Soccer: UC, WVWC To Meet In NCAA Tournament

The University of Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan each earned berths into the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament.

The Golden Eagles (16-1-2) are the top seed in Atlantic Region and automatically have a spot in the second round where they will face the fourth-seeded Bobcats (11-5-3).

This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams this season, with each team winning a game and one ending in a draw. WVWC defeated Charleston on Sunday in the MEC Tournament final to earn the MEC’s automatic berth into the tournament.


►  MEC: Women’s Soccer: Bobcats, Falcons Earn NCAA Tournament Berths

West Virginia Wesleyan and Notre Dame College will both represent the Mountain East Conference in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Tournament.

The Bobcats (17-2-1) are the third seed in the Atlantic Region and are coming off their MEC Tournament victory. West Virginia Wesleyan will face sixth-seeded Gannon (13-4-2) on Friday, November 10, at 2 p.m. The game will be played at East Stroudsburg and the winner of that matchup will get the second-seeded Warriors on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Falcons (13-4-2) are the fifth seed in the tournament and have drawn fourth-seeded Kutztown (16-3-1). Notre Dame and the Golden Bears will play on Friday, November 10, at noon, and the winner of that match will get West Chester (16-3-1), the top seed in the region, on Sunday at noon. 


►  MEC Announces Weekly Football Honors

Tajuan Green (Urbana), Brandon Grayson (West Virginia Wesleyan) and Anton Vrebac (Notre Dame) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the tenth week of the season.

Green, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, is the Offensive Player of the Week for helping guide Urbana to its largest comeback in school history. Green had 366 yards of total offense on the day with 143 rushing yards and 223 through the air. Green was 9-of-12 with four touchdowns in just the fourth quarter alone as UU out-scored 30-7 in the quarter. He also had 82 rushing yards in the final 15 minutes, including a 20-yard scamper on fourth down to set up the game-winning touchdown.

Grayson, a senior from Middleburg, Va., is the Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in helping West Virginia Wesleyan get past Glenville State, 27-20. Grayson had eight tackles on the day, including one for a loss, and also had an interception. He helped lead a defense that held the Pioneers to under

Vrebac, a senior from Willowick, Ohio, is the Special Teams Player of the Week as the Falcons edged UVa-Wise. He punted five times for 36.6 yards with a long of 50 and three of those landing inside the 20 and another at the 21-yard line. He also converted on 4th and 13 on a fake punt rushing for 39 yards and leading to a NDC touchdown on the next play.

Other Top Performances

Offense: Connor Jessop (SU) completed 25 of 39 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns and rushed six times for 67 yards and a score to lead the Rams to the MEC title…Dominique Gibson (GSC) rushed for a game-high 119 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns in a 27-20 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan, marking his second consecutive 100 yard outing…Terell Charles (FSU) turned in his second-straight 100 yard rushing performance with 134 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown in a shutout win over Concord…Matt Kinnick (WVSU) completed 27 of 28 pass attempts for 307 yards and five touchdowns against Urbana…Darius Johnson (NDC) caught three passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns against UVa-Wise.

Defense:   Cory Roberts (GSC) paced the Pioneer defense with nine total tackles and ranks 6th in the country in solo stops with 66 on the year…Zach Malone (CU) climbed in the top 10 all-time at Concord in career tackles (220) after recording 12 stops against Fairmont State…Marcus Porter (FSU) led the Falcons to their first shutout of the season with eight tackles (seven solo) and a pass breakup…Tavon Hooks (NDC) totaled five solo tackles, one tackle for loss, four pass breakups and an interception in Saturday’s win over UVa-Wise…L.A. Kelly (UU) paced the Blue Knights defensively with 10 tackles and a key stop in West Virginia State’s last drive.

Special Teams: Kelvin Flores (GSC) kicked two field goals, one for 24-yards and one for 21-yards, in a 27-20 loss to West Virginia Wesleyan.

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►  Colin Kaepernick’s lawyers seek to depose NFL owners in collusion grievance case

Attorneys for quarterback Colin Kaepernick have notified the NFL that they are requesting that several owners of teams, including the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and the Houston Texans’ Robert McNair, participate in depositions as part of Kaepernick’s grievance accusing owners and teams of colluding to keep him out of the league, a person familiar with the case said Friday.

The request also seeks access to electronic communications, including emails and text messages, involving several teams that were linked to Kaepernick, according to that person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Kaepernick’s grievance remains pending.

The NFL declined to comment. The teams involved either declined to comment or did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kaepernick has remained unsigned since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following last season. He began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem while with the 49ers last season. He is being represented in his collusion grievance by Los Angeles-based attorney Mark Geragos, with support being offered by the NFL Players Association.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFLPA, Kaepernick must prove that teams conspired with each other or with the league. The fact that he remains unsigned, in comparison to players who have been signed and are on rosters, does not by itself prove collusion, under the CBA.

Jones has said he would bench any Cowboys player who protests during the anthem. McNair created a controversy when he reportedly said during a recent owners’ meeting that the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison.“

The request by Kaepernick’s legal team was previously reported by other media outlets, including CBS and ESPN. Those reports also mentioned Jed York of the 49ers, Paul Allen of the Seattle Seahawks and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots among the owners who could be deposed, and the Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens among the teams from which electronic communications are being sought.


►  WVSSAC High school soccer state championship scores

The high school soccer state championships wrapped up on Saturday as Hurricane, Cabell Midland, Robert C. Byrd and Nitro all won titles.

CLASS AAA BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Hurricane 2, Wheeling Park 0

CLASS AAA GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Cabell Midland 1, University 0

CLASS AA-A BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Nitro 2, Robert C. Byrd 1

CLASS AA-A GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Robert C. Byrd 3, Charleston Catholic 2 (OT)


►  WVSSAC Women Cross Country: Pineault, Chambers Qualify For NCAA Championships

West Virginia Wesleyan’s Sydney Pineault and Wheeling Jesuit’s Kelsey Chambers each qualified for the NCAA Championships after their finish at the Atlantic Regional Championships on Saturday at West Branch Cross Country Course in Lock Haven, Pa.

A large pack came in behind winner Julie Friend of California (Pa.), and Pineault emerged as the runner-up with a time of 21:17.4 on the 6,000-meter course. Summer Hill of Cal was next at 21:18.2, Edinboro’s Stefanie Parsons was fourth with a time of 21:19.3 and Chambers was fifth with a time of 21:20.7. WJU’s Kaitlyn Workman was next with a time of 21:24.1

With California, Shippensburg and Edinboro earning berths into the NCAA Championships by finishing in the top three, the next two individuals from non-qualifying teams earned berths to the NCAA Championships in Evansville, Ind., on November 18. Those two spots went to Pineault and Chambers, and Workman will be in the pool of individuals up for an at-large berth when the entire team and individual field is announced on Monday.

West Virginia Wesleyan finished ninth with a score of 243 points, and Wheeling Jesuit was next with 249. Concord was 15th (359), Charleston was 19th (535), Fairmont State was 21st (630) and West Liberty was 22nd (690).


►  WVSSAC Men Cross Country:  Weitzel, Concord Lead MEC Teams

Concord led all Mountain East Conference teams with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships at West Branch Cross Country Course in Lock Haven, Pa.

CU just missed an automatic spot to the NCAA Championships for a second-straight year as the top three teams qualify. The Mountain Lions will be in the pool of teams up for an at-large berth as the complete field is announced on Monday. The NCAA Championships will be held Nov. 18 in Evansville, Ind.

Concord was fourth with 138 points. Charleston had an impressive eighth-place finish with 240 points. West Virginia Wesleyan was 11th (277) and Wheeling Jesuit was 15th (409) and West Liberty was 18th (512).

CU’s Jason Weitzel became the first MEC athlete to earn an individual berth into the NCAA Championships by virtue of his eighth place finish on Saturday. He completed the 10,000-meter course with a time of 31:20. He was seconds ahead of teammate Justin Snyder (31:26) who was ninth. Snyder, along with West Virginia Wesleyan’s Matt Dearth, are up for individual berths into the championship. Dearth was 11th in the race with a time of 31:46.

Wetizel, Snyder, Dearth, along with Concord’s Tyler Kosut (13th, 31:51) and Charleston’s David Cecchi (24th, 32:22), earned All-Atlantic Region honors by virtue of their top 25 finish.

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►  MEC Announces Football Week 8 Awards

Connor Jessop (Shepherd), John Cominsky (Charleston) and Sam Keil (Fairmont State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the eighth week of the season.

Jessop, a senior from Ashburn, Va., is the Offensive Player Of The Week after directing the No. 2 Shepherd Rams to a 48-14 win over Urbana. In addition to throwing for 259 yards and four touchdowns, he also rushed for 45 yards for a score and caught a TD pass from six yards out. Jessop had a role in all six SU touchdowns on the day.

Cominsky, a junior from Barberton, Ohio, is the league’s Defensive Player Of The Week for helping the Golden Eagles get past UVa-Wise last week. He helped the UC defense hold the Cavs to just 52 yards rushing and 229 yards of total offense. He was in on nine tackles in the game, including four for a loss and one sack, and also batted down a pair of passes. Cominsky is second in the country in tackles for a loss this season with 16.5

Keil, a senior from Carmichael, Calif., is the Special Teams Player Of The Week after providing all the scoring for Fairmont State in an 18-15 overtime win over Glenville State. He tied an NCAA Division II record with six field goals in the game hitting from 20, 46, 25, 37 and 34 yards out. Keil’s made 15 field goals so far this season, tied for the most at FSU in a single season, and has hit three decisive field goals to win games this year for FSU.


Other Top Performances

Offense: Juawan Etheredge (WVSU) needed just 14 carries to rack up 111 yards and scored two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime against West Liberty ... Jamal Petty (CU) had 167 all-purpose yards with 120 rushing with a touchdown and 47 receveiving with another score ... Jeremiah Ortiz (WLU) led all rushers last week with 179 yards on 30 carries ... Trevon Saunders (UU) notched his 29th career touchdown reception against Shepherd ... Tra Jackson (WVWC) had 106 yards rushing and his first career touchdown ... Tevion Cappe (UC) had 109 yards on the ground with a score ... Jaylen McNair (GSC) was 16-of-30 for 202 yards vs. Fairmont State.

Defense: Cody Goode (WVWC) had 12 tackles with two for a loss and a sack in the Bobcats win over Notre Dame ... Jonathan Roebuck (CU) had a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Mountain Lions non-conference win over UNC Pembroke ... Stephen Turner (FSU) had six tackles and an interception for the Falcons ... Darius Goode (WVSU) recorded 15 tackles (seven solo) ... Andre Dalton (GSC) had 12 solo tackles and broke up two passes ... Logan Deri (WLU) posted a career-high 14 tackles, including two for a loss ... L.A. Kelly (UU) had nine tackles and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown against Shepherd.

Special Teams: Zach Wise (SU) made two field goals and all six of his PAT ... Zack Keaton (CU) made three field goals for the Mountain Lions in a win over UNC Pembroke ... Aaron Ball (WVSU) went 4-for-4 on field goal tries in a 39-33 win over West Liberty ... Kelvin Flores (GSC) had three field goals for the Pioneers.


►  Shepherd, Notre Dame In Region Rankings

Two teams from the Mountain East Conference are in the first edition of the NCAA Super Region 1 football rankings.

The Shepherd Rams came in at No. 3 in the rankings, while Notre Dame College was No. 8. The top seven teams in the final regional rankings will earn a berth in the playoffs.

Super Region 1 includes the MEC, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the Northeast 10.

Indiana (Pa.) is first in the rankings, followed by Assumption.

After Shepherd, Findlay was fourth, followed by Slippery Rock, West Chester and Kutztown. The Falcons were eighth, while Shippensburg and LIU Post rounded out the rankings.


►  Falcons Sweep Men’s Soccer Awards Again

For the second-straight week, Notre Dame has swept the weeky honors for men’s soccer in the Mountain East Conference with Guilherme Gloria Albuquerque earning Offensive Player of the Week honors, while teammate Daniele De Angelis is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for the second-straight time.

Albuquerque, a sophomore from Santo Andre, Brazil, tallied three goals in two games last week for the Falcons. He opened the week with a brace in a 4-0 win over Shepherd, and then scored the lone goal in a key MEC win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday.

De Angelis, a sophomore from Parma, Italy, continued his strong play between the pipes adding two more clean sheets to his total last week. The Falcons blanked Shepherd and West Virginia Wesleyan last week with De Angelis coming up with five saves in the win over the Bobcats.


►  Elias, McDowell Earn Women’s Soccer Honors

Concord’s Pilar Elias is the Mountain East Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Notre Dame’s Kyra McDowell is the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Elias, a junior from Waterville, Maine, produced a hat trick in a come-from-behind win against Wheeling Jesuit. She put CU up early, and then had an equalizing goal, and her third score proved to be the difference in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals. She also had three shots in a win over Fairmont State, a victory that clinched an MEC Tournament berth for the Mountain Lions.

McDowell, a freshman from Ogden, Utah, had two shutouts last week for the Falcons. After making two saves in a 4-0 win over Shepherd, she made five saves to help preserve a 2-0 win over No. 10 West Virginia Wesleyan.

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