Archive for October, 2013

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For the third consecutive week, Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams hauled in a touchdown pass.

Andrew Curtis‘s insight:

Williams has been a pleasant surprise. I picked him up off the waiver wire a few weeks ago and he hasn’t disappointed. Due to the production, or lack there of, from Miles Austin, who has been injury-plagued, Terrance Williams has been one of the steals of the season in terms of roster pickups.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones said he feared the worst when he injured his left knee Oct. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Andrew Curtis‘s insight:

It’s really too bad Jones has to sit out this week against a Vikings team that appears to have thrown in the towel. Aaron Rodgers is going to have a field day throwing the ball.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score Thursday night to lead the surging Carolina Panthers to a 31-13 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Andrew Curtis‘s insight:

This was a much-needed performance for Newton against a dreadful football team in Tampa Bay. My team will need Cam to get it done both in the air and on the ground like he did Thursday night if they want to have any shot at the fantasy football playoffs.

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By Andrew Curtis

The Kansas softball team has won six of seven fall ball games after prevailing 7-0 on Thursday night against Baker.

While the main season takes place in the spring semester, the Jayhawks are using the games in the fall to their advantage. Head coach Megan Smith says playing in the fall is crucial for the inexperienced players.

“We play these games to give the freshmen their first taste of college softball and see how they look out on the field,” Smith said.

Freshman catcher Harli Riding is coming into her own in the fall games, showcasing her abilities both behind the plate and while hitting. Riding was the backstop for pitcher Alicia Pille’s shutout Thursday night and had two hits that resulted in three runs batted in, including a homer and a double.

“Harli has gotten better and better with every game,” Smith said. “She had a good game at the plate and defensively.”

Riding says her biggest challenge is getting up at 5:15 every morning to go work out, then going to class and practice and finding time for homework and being social.

Despite the early wake-up calls, Riding appreciates her opportunity to play college softball and isn’t taking anything for granted.

“It is hard work, nothing is what I expected, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Riding said. “I love every single moment.”

The Jayhawks will conclude the fall season Sunday afternoon against Highland Community College before winter workouts take place to provide a springboard for the season starting in the spring semester.

By Andrew Curtis

In Thursday night’s 7-0 win over Baker, Kansas softball was able to manufacture a lot of baserunners. The Jayhawks mustered 12 hits to go with 5 Baker errors.

However, when a team gets that many hitters on base, there’s not a lot of margin for error. Kansas left 13 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th innings.

“We’ve got some work to do offensively,” head coach Megan Smith said. “We were doing a great job of getting runners on, but it’s the mentality to score the runners that we need to work on. We’ve been a little inconstent with that but that’s what the fall is for.”

Even with the offensive woes with runners on base, there were plenty of positives at the plate for the Jayhawks to build on.

Freshman Harli Riding collected two hits, including a two-run home run in the 3rd inning that extended the Kansas lead to 3 to 0.

“Lily (Behrman) got us a runner on second and I knew I needed an outside pitch to score a run,” Riding said. “I got my outside pitch and it wound up over the fence so that sparked something in me and got the team going a little bit.”

Riding didn’t just perform at the plate. She also called a shutout behind the plate and enjoys playing the catcher position as a whole.

“I love being back there and being in control of the game most of the time, just having that connection with the pitcher,” Riding said.

Junior Alicia Pille compiled a complete game shutout in which she only gave up two hits, striking out ten over the span of the full seven innings.

She gives a lot of credit to her defense for making things easier.

“It started off a little rough, but I found it in the end and my team played really well defensively, so that was exciting to see,” Pille said.

With the expected inconsistency taking place as it usually does in the fall, Kansas looks to keep improving heading into its final game of the fall season on Sunday.

“One thing we’re working on is being confident in ourselves and working with the newcomers,” Pille said. “We’re working together on being confident, especially with our hitting, and it’s all really coming together.”

By Andrew Curtis

The Kansas softball team, sporting camoflauge uniforms, jumped out to an early lead against the Baker Wildcats and hasn’t looked back.

Despite leaving seven runners on base through the first three innings, the Jayhawks gave pitcher Alicia Pille some cushion with nice run support on a comfortable night at Arrocha Ballpark.

With one run on two hits in the first inning, Kansas made things a lot easier on themselves.

In the third, Kansas tallied two runs on four hits mainly thanks to a two-run home run by catcher Harli Riding.

However, even with the power surge to the tune of three extra base hits, Kansas left the bases loaded in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, making the crowd wonder what could have been.

Kansas has yet to put Baker away, which is something the team could focus on as an area with room for improvement, especially if they let Baker back into the game.

Pille has tallied three strikeouts through four innings, with the Jayhawks looking to hold serve on a 3 to 0 lead with just nine outs to go on defense.

By Andrew Curtis

With the Kansas softball team coming off a 1-0 loss at Iowa on Saturday, the Jayhawks are looking to cure their offensive woes.

At Wednesday’s practice, the team worked on fundamentals, like tagging up and bunting. All in all, the session was designed to help the players learn how to do the little things that help create runs.

Coach Megan Smith demonstrated to the players just how to tag up from first base on a deep fly ball so they could make their outs productive and move runners into scoring position.

“Any deep fly ball to left field, you’re going to decide if you’re going to tag up or not,” Smith said to the team. “The closer the ball gets to the foul pole, you’re more likely to advance.”

Smith and the other coaches also preached that the players should keep their hands inside the ball on outside pitches in order to prevent groundouts and increase power to the opposite field. Footwork was also brought up during these lessons.

For the team to succeed, Smith reiterated that everyone must be on the same page and communicate as a team. They ended the practice by working on fielding drills and pop-up communication.

The fielding practice took place through a game called “perfect 21” in which the nine girls in the field had to correctly execute every play defensively 21 times in a row..

“We need to make sure we’re locked in on what our jobs are and constantly be thinking about that,” Smith said.

The Jayhawks will take on Baker on Thursday night in Lawrence.