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Pago A, Jets play to a 1-1 draw in Cup Challenge
(FFAS MEDIA) - PAGO PAGO -- The Tafuna Jets rose to the occasion of challenging for the Division 1’s FFAS National Cup by putting up one of their best performances in drawing 1-1 against holders Pago Youth A on Sept. 15, 2012. In other Division 1 matches it was Vaitogi United 4, Utulei Youth 2; Black Roses 3, Kiwi Soccers 0 and Pago Youth B 1, Lion Heart A 1. PAGO A 1, TAFUNA JETS 1 (CUP CHALLENGE) Both teams walked away shaking their heads as they both had their chances at winning the match. The Jets’ goalie Su’e Tonise made a great save on a penalty kick in the second half but was unlucky in stopping a shot from distance by Alatina Vaiali’i that hit the near post before going into the back of the net. Pago A goalie Moimoi Tualaulelei was also put to work as he showed his worth by making a few point blank saves and recovering in time to stop the rebound shots. Pago A dove correctly but just missed stopping a great left-footed shot into the far post by the Jets’ Matthew Mariota for the equalizer. The score put life into the Jets as they played with more energy but Pago A managed to hold on to the draw that allows them to hold on to the cup for another week. VAITOGI UNITED 4, UTULEI YOUTU 2 Vaitogi United bounced back strong after losing to Pago A a week earlier in their cup challenge by taking it out on Utulei with a dominating first half. The ball was their friend as they were quicker to it with excellent passes to their wings for inside runs that had Utulei scrambling to defend against. By the end of a strong first half they were up 3-0. They let up in the second half with Utulei closing to within a goal but Vaitogi managed to push for another goal that saw them win 4-2. BLACK ROSES 3, KIWI SOCCERS 0 Ino Lemana scored two goals in a one-minute span in the second half to put the game out of reach for Black Roses after a close half saw the score at 1-0. LION HEART A 1, PAGO YOUTH B 1 Lion Heart A scored first but could not add to their total or hold back a strong performance by their younger opponent, Pago Youth B. The tie gives Pago B their first points of the competition after losing their previous four matches since the league kicked off.
Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Girls Softball Team this past Thursday during American Samoa High School Athletic Association League action. They were able to pull out their first win of the season when they defeated the Faga’itua Vikings by a score 17-16. Because of the win, they now have a chance [photo: Jeff Hayner] to make the playoffs seeded in the #4 spot.
Wildcats down Faga’itua Vikings in Softball League
By Jeff Hayner Samoa News Reporter
The Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats have finally made a mark in the win column, as they were able to down the Faga’itua Vikings, 17-16, in the American Samoa High School Athletic Association Girls Softball League action this past Thursday. They came into the game, the only two teams without any wins and at the bottom of the pack. With only one week left in the regular season, neither team wanted to go into this last week of the regular season without any wins. The Wildcats had a chance to win their first game this past Wednesday when they played the Fa’asao Marist Cougars in a makeup game, but were denied the win, defeated by a score of 24-2. In the highly anticipated game on Thursday between the Tafuna Warriors and the Leone Lions, who are currently the top two teams since the beginning of the season. The Lions took the lead at the start the game, but the high powered team of the Warriors did not stay down for long as they came back and overtook the Lions, never looking back as they cruised to an easy victory, 16-6. This was the second loss for the Lions this season and both were at the hands of the Warriors. The only loss the Warriors had was against the Cougars. With the playoffs set for September 29, the #1 seeded team will be playing the #4 seeded team and the #2 seeded team will be playing #3.
The Lions are seeded at #2 at this time with the Cougars at #3. The Lions have 2 games left to play before the playoffs, with their next game being against the Samoana Sharks and their last one against the Cougars. If they can pull off both of these wins, they will stay at the #2 seeded spot and will most likely play the Cougars who will probably go into the playoffs still seeded at #3, with the Sharks at #4. But you still cannot count out the Wildcats who are still in play for the playoffs, with an easier remaining schedule left in the regular season than the Sharks. The Warriors have two games left in the regular season and they are against the Wildcats and Vikings and by the way the Warriors have been playing, they will go into the playoffs seeded #1, with the rest of the teams battling for the remaining seeds. In today’s match ups, the Cougars will face the Vikings at 8am. Immediately following that game, the Sharks will face the Lions. All games are played at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field. Here are the latest standings: TEAM W L Tafuna Warriors 7 1 Leone Lions 6 2 Fa’asao Cougars 5 2 Samoana Sharks 2 4 Nu’uuli Wildcats 1 6 Faga’itua Vikings 0 6 Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com
Pago Youth A goalie Moimoi Tualaulelei plays the ball during their Division 1 FFAS National Cup defense against the Tafuna Jets on Sept. 15, 2012 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. [FFAS MEDIA]
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Steelers, Raiders search for their running games
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers spent the offseason implementing new offenses designed to rely heavily on running games that could take a little pressure off their passers. Two weeks into the season, neither running game has gotten off the ground. Despite having a healthy Darren McFadden for a change, the Raiders (0-2) go into Sunday’s game against the Steelers (1-1) with the league’s second worst rushing attack. “You don’t let it frustrate you. The saving grace is, you know McFadden is back there,” Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer said. “He’s one arm tackle away from breaking off a 40-, 50-yarder. He’s got that potential, he’s got that ability, he’s done it before. We’re going to stick with it. We’re not frustrated. We’re disappointed in ourselves for not executing it better but we’re not going to let it frustrate us, we’re not going to let it deter it from our goal.” The Steelers haven’t had much better luck running the ball so far this season in new coordinator Todd Haley’s offense. Pittsburgh has rushed for just 141 yards the first two weeks and averaged a paltry 2.6 yards per carry, putting more pressure on Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game to get things going. “It’s obviously been a little frustrating because that was the emphasis of the offseason, getting a new coordinator, is running the ball and being able to pound it,” Roethlisberger said. “But it’s not working quite this minute and things aren’t going well.” The Raiders have been much worse with just 68 yards rushing per game in losses to San Diego and Miami. For a team that has stressed being a run-first offense under coordinator Greg Knapp, it’s not hard to figure why the offense has sputtered so much with a running game that can’t get going. McFadden, who missed the final nine games last season with a foot injury, is healthy but not productive. He has 54 yards on 26 carries as he once again has struggled while playing in a zone blocking system. Knapp brought back the system the Raiders used in McFadden’s first two seasons, which were filled with disappointments. McFadden emerged as one of the league’s top backs once Hue Jackson brought his offense to Oakland that stressed more power running. McFadden averaged 5.3 yards per carry under Jackson, compared to 3.7 in the other systems. The main difference has been the lack of big plays. He has also gone from having one of every 15 runs go for at least 20 yards to one of every 49. “I just feel like going with the zone system is one of those situations where you’re going to have to keep hitting it until you get going,” McFadden said. “It’s going to be 1 yard here or 2 yards there, but eventually it’s going to start popping.” The Steelers hope it’s not this week. “We know he’s an explosive back and can go off at any time,” defensive lineman Casey Hampton said. “We know that. We’re very aware. We’re not taking it for granted.” Facing the Steelers stout defense has not usually been the tonic to cure struggling running games over the years. Pittsburgh has allowed the fewest yards rushing per game over the past 10 seasons because of its physical front and sure-tackling secondary. In two games against the Steelers, McFadden has 39 yards on 19 carries. “It’s going to be a rough, tough fist fight out there,” he said. “They are going to come in here with a hard-nose defense, and you know that’s something you expect from the Steelers. We just have to go out there, and play our game, and stay on schedule.” Roethlisberger has made up for the deficiencies in Pittsburgh’s running game with sterling play on third downs. He has completed 19 of 25 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 146.8 on third down, allowing Pittsburgh to overcome the long yardage situations created by the lack of a running game. The Steelers had been hoping to get a boost Sunday with the possible return of starter Rashard Mendenhall, who had his practice workload increase throughout the week. But he was eventually ruled out against the Raiders. He hasn’t played since injuring his right knee in last season’s finale against Cleveland. With Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman sharing the load, the Steelers have had a league-worst 18.5 percent of their runs go for negative yards. A boost could come from playing a Raiders team that allowed 263 yards rushing last week to Miami, including 190 in the second half. “It would probably help if we had Reggie Bush, but we don’t,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “They played to their strengths and did it well and were able to get the things done that they desired to do, but obviously we have our personality and we’re going to try to stay within that and play to that.”
New York Yankees’ Russell Martin receives a hug from catcher Chris Stewart after Martin hit a solo home run off Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle in th e10th inning of a baseball game to give the Yankees a 2-1 win Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo)
Martin gives Yankees victory in 10th inning
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Martin homered in the 10th inning against Sean Doolittle, and the AL East-leading New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night for their sixth straight win. Brandon Moss hit a towering drive to right off Rafael Soriano with one out in the ninth to spoil a dominant three-hit outing by Yankees ace CC Sabathia, stunning the boisterous crowd of 40,759. It was Soriano’s fourth blown save in 46 chances. New York maintained its one-game lead over second-place Baltimore, which won 4-2 at Boston. The A’s, losers of four of five, dropped one game behind the Orioles for the top spot in the wild-card standings. Yankees slugger Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and Ichiro Suzuki continued his torrid pace with two more hits — one getting caught in Jarrod Parker’s jersey. Martin’s second game-ending homer this season gave the Yankees their ninth win in 11 games. David Robertson (2-7) tossed a perfect 10th for the victory. Doolittle (1-1) pitched the ninth before giving up Martin’s homer on an 0-1 pitch. ANGELS 6, WHITE SOX 2 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ervin Santana struck out 11 while pitching seven innings of two-hit ball and the Angels gained ground in the playoff race. Mike Trout and Kendrys Morales homered for Los Angeles, which pulled within 3½ games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. Chicago’s lead in the AL Central was trimmed to 1½ games over second-place Detroit, which had its series opener against Minnesota postponed by rain. White Sox starter Jake Peavy (11-12) gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. Alejandro De Aza got the White Sox off to a fast start with a leadoff homer in the first, but Santana (9-12) quickly recovered and retired 21 of his final 23 batters. Ramirez’s 11 strikeouts matched a career high and he only walked one while throwing 108 pitches.
ORIOLES 4, RED SOX 2 BOSTON (AP) — Matt Wieters drove in three runs, Miguel Gonzalez pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Orioles remained one game behind the Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles also moved one game ahead of Oakland for the top wild-card spot. Jon Lester (9-13) lost for the first time in his 21 career starts against Baltimore. He had been 14-0, the longest winning streak against the Orioles franchise for a pitcher at the start of his career since at least 1901. It had been the longest current winning streak by an active pitcher against any team. But he’s 0-1 in his last four starts against them, all Orioles victories. Gonzalez (7-4) allowed two runs and seven hits as the Orioles improved to 6-1 this season at Fenway Park. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his club-record 46th save. RAYS 12, BLUE JAYS 1 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — James Shields pitched seven shutout innings and Tampa Bay’s suddenly potent offense scored runs in bunches to help the Rays continue an uphill battle to remain in playoff contention. Ben Zobrist and Jose Molina homered in support of Shields (15-9), who limited the Blue Jays to six singles and struck out nine to reach 200 for the second straight year. He fanned J.P. Arencibia leading off the second inning, giving the Rays the American League single-season record for strikeouts. Luke Scott drove in four runs with a pair of doubles for the Rays, who moved within 4½ games of Oakland for the second AL wild card. Zobrist hit a solo homer in the first and Molina had a two-run shot in the second against Carlos Villanueva (7-6), who allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings. mARINERS 6, RANGERS 3 SEATTLE (AP) — Miguel Olivo hit a tworun homer in the eighth inning to help Seattle stop a four-game slide. Justin Smoak had three hits and scored two runs for the Mariners, who had dropped six of seven overall. Carlos Triunfel hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fourth and eventually came around to score on an error by third baseman Michael Young. Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (7-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Tom
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Clay Matthews has that fierce look again. With six sacks in the Green Bay Packers’ first two games, Matthews has equaled his total from the entire 2011 season. And if Matthews has rediscovered the ferocious pass rush production that made him such a force when he came into the league, the Packers’ plans to put some teeth back into their defense suddenly look a lot more realistic. After switching back to the right side of Dom Capers’ defense, and now surrounded by more promising young talent than he was last season, Matthews appears poised for a big year. He went through an extended lull in his pass rush that began in the middle of the 2010 season. “Fortunately, I’ve got a group of young talent that’s come in here and really wants to be good — and wants it bad,” Matthews said. Matthews isn’t worried about facing a steady stream of doubleteams the rest of the season, because he now sees teammates who can make opponents pay. “We’ve got some talent now,” Matthews said. “It’s going to be harder to double just one guy and leave others single-blocked. If that’s the case, then so be it. But otherwise, we’ve got some talent now to get after the quarterback, and hopefully that’ll continue to stay.” Veteran defensive back Charles Woodson said after last Thursday’s win over Chicago that he isn’t surprised Matthews is back to his old tricks. “There’s not a guy in the league tackle-wise or lineman-wise that can block him,” Woodson said. “His motor is so high and it’s always going. Surprised? No. if we just let him go, he’d probably have had more.” Woodson called on Capers to keep turning Matthews loose. “Nobody can block Clay,” Woodson said. “That’s a fact. I wish he could just have free rush every time. Nobody can block him. But when him and the rest of the guys are getting through and have an offensive line on their heels like they did (against Chicago), and having the quarterback moving around in the pocket, it makes a huge difference for us.” Matthews was unblockable for much of his first two pro seasons. He had 10 sacks as a rookie, 13 1-2 the next season, when Green Bay won the Super Bowl. But somewhere, he lost the touch, and the defense lost its stinginess. The Packers gave up more yards than any defense in the league last season, averaging 411.6 per game. An inconsistent pass rush was one of their major problems, as opposing quarterbacks had too much time to pick apart a shaky secondary. The Packers had 29 sacks last season, tying them for 27th in the league. Matthews had only six sacks last year, continuing a slump that began in the second half of the 2010 season. Matthews faced frequent double-teams and the Packers didn’t have anybody to pick up the slack. “It’s about opportunities,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s what the coaching staff sits around and game-plans for and spends extra time. It’s always trying to create as many opportunities for your players as possible, particularly your playmakers. So it’s part of every game-plan decision, discussion that eventually comes down to matchups. They’re going to react to Clay, and how are we going to react to their reaction and be proactive with our schemes to try to combat, whether they’re chipping or doubleteaming or sliding, whatever their reaction’s going to be.” Rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy wasn’t around during Matthews’ lull. He just knows what he sees right now. “In the middle of a play, protection looks like it’s holding up good, and then next thing you know, you see 52 sliding in there for a tackle and it’s just like, ‘Wow,’” Worthy said. “It’s motivation, because you feel like you’re not working hard enough and you want to get that extra gear when you see a guy out there laying it all on the line and enjoying what he does. Every time he comes back to the huddle, he’s smiling and he’s joking and he enjoys the game. You take bits and pieces of that and try to feed off of that.” Worthy figures Matthews is out to prove a point this season. “Any time a player has a down year, they’re going to come back out with that fire and try to prove people wrong,” Worthy said. “I think we’re playing a lot better defensively coveragewise, and he’s getting home with some coverage sacks, and he’s getting home with his own effort. At the same time, I think the defense is playing a lot better and we’re trying to get better up front to help out those guys in the back.” And if Matthews keeps pressure on the passer, it will help a secondary that is still sorting itself out. The Packers sacked Jay Cutler seven times last Thursday, forcing him into four interceptions. “Even if you have a breakdown in the secondary, if you have guys getting after the quarterback, you don’t get hurt,” Woodson said. “This is a great game, but there’s still a lot of things that we’re going to look at from this film and say, ‘Hey, those are things we can’t do in the back end.’ But when you have a Clay coming after the quarterback and other guys joining in and getting sacks, it makes our job a lot easier.”
Matthews adds teeth to Packers’ new-look defense
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Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, right, talks with former Cleveland Browns’ Jamie Caleb Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Avon, Ohio. Caleb played for the Browns in 1960 and 1965. After a two-year split, Brown wants to be back with the Cleveland Browns. The Hall of Fame running back, who had been estranged from the organization after he was relieved of his duties as a senior advisor, attended an alumni golf outing Friday and said he hopes (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) to have a new role with the team.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kevin Frandsen hit one of Philadelphia’s four solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick, and the Phillies inched closer in the NL playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley also went deep for the resurgent Phillies, who pulled within three games of St. Louis for the league’s second wild-card spot with their fourth straight win. Milwaukee and Los Angeles also stand in Philadelphia’s way with 11 games remaining. Despite the loss, the Braves are in excellent position to secure a postseason berth. Their magic number for clinching a spot was five, pending the outcome of the Milwaukee-Washington game. Kendrick (10-11) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six. He is 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA since Aug. 14. DODGERS 3, REDS 1, 10 INNINGS CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Kemp’s twoout single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning sent the Dodgers to a victory that denied the Reds’ first chance to clinch the NL Central. The Dodgers won for only the fifth time in 15 games, moving two games behind St. Louis for the final NL wild card. They also trail Milwaukee by a half-game. Cincinnati was trying to lock up its second division title in three years without manager Dusty Baker, still in a Chicago hospital with an irregular heartbeat. The Dodgers loaded the bases off Sam LeCure (3-3). Sean Marshall got ahead 0-2 in the count to Kemp, who singled to right for his third hit. Ronald Belisario (8-1) pitched two perfect innings for Los Angeles, fanning five. BREWERS 4, NATIONALS 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez had consecutive RBI hits in the ninth inning off Nationals closer Tyler Clippard and the Brewers extended their seasonhigh winning streak to six games with a win over the Nationals. The victory combined with a St. Louis loss moved the Brewers within 1 1-2 games of the Cardinals for the final wild card berth in the National League. Held to one run over eight innings against Nationals starter Edwin Jackson, the Brewers scored three against Clippard (2-6). Norichika Aoki led off with bunt single, took second on a passed ball by catcher Jesus Flores and moved to third on Rickie Weeks’ fly ball out.
Kendrick pitches Phillies to win over Braves
Braun followed with a single to left, scoring Aoki. He then stole second and came around to score the go-ahead run on Ramirez’s double to left. Ramirez scored on Travis Ishikawa’s infield single. Jose Veras (5-4) worked one inning in relief and John Axford pitched the ninth for his 32nd save. CUBS 5, CARDINALS 4, 11 INNINGS CHICAGO (AP) — Darwin Barney spoiled Chris Carpenter’s season debut with a two-run, game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and David DeJesus hit a game-ending single in the 11th to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals. DeJesus hit an 0-2 pitch off of Joe Kelly (5-6) to right field to score pinch-runner Brett Jackson. Alberto Cabrera (1-1) struck out two in a perfect 11th to earn his first career victory. Carpenter allowed two runs over five innings and was in line for the win before Barney’s late home run. mETS 7, mARLINS 3 NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets managed to avoid falling into last place in the NL East, beating the cellar-dwelling Marlins behind a big game by Scott Hairston. New York, which also got a solo homer from Ike Davis, had lost nine straight at home since beating Houston on Aug. 26. The Mets won for only the fifth time in their last 30 games at Citi Field and ended a team-record streak of 16 home games without scoring more than three runs. Hairston hit a two-run homer and an RBI triple. Jonathon Niese (12-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings as New York won for just the second time in 12 games overall. Jacob Turner (1-3) gave up six runs — three earned — and eight hits in five innings. ASTROS 7, PIRATES 1 HOUSTON (AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a threerun homer and Justin Maxwell and Brett Wallace added solo shots to help the Astros coast to a win over Pittsburgh, further dampening the Pirates already dim postseason hopes. The Pirates couldn’t find much offense as they lost their fourth straight game to fall to six games back for the second NL wild card spot. They’ve lost 16 of their last 20 games in this late-season swoon to fall to 74-76. Houston starter Edgar Gonzalez lasted just 1 2-3 innings before leaving with a strained right hamstring. That forced the Astros to use six different relievers to cobble together the rest of the
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Tampa Bay Rays’ Luke Scott, center, heads for home to score on a triple by Carlos Pena, in the background, as Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva moves to cover third base during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo)
For rebuilding Vikings, the mighty 49ers offer example
game. The bullpen combined to fan 11 and allow six hits. Fernando Rodriguez (2-10) struck out four in 3 1-3 innings for the win. Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke (0-2) yielded three hits and three runs with a career-high eight strikeouts in five innings. He is 0-5 in eight career major league starts. DIAmONDBACKS 15, ROCKIES 5 DENVER (AP) — Rookie Wade Miley tossed six innings for his 16th win, Chris Johnson homered among his three hits and drove in three runs, and the Diamondbacks beat the slumping Rockies. Miguel Montero had three hits and three RBIs, and Adam Eaton added a home run for the Diamondbacks, who set season-highs with 15 runs and 19 hits. Wilin Rosario had two hits for the Rockies, who have lost seven straight. Colorado needs to win five of its remaining 12 games to avoid losing 100 games for the first time in the franchise’s 20-year history. Miley (16-10) is the second rookie NL pitcher since 1986 to win 16 games, according to the Diamondbacks. Jason Jennings also won 16 for Colorado in 2002 when he was named the NL Rookie of the Year. GIANTS 5, PADRES 1 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey hit a tiebreaking RBI single on the night he received a prestigious award and the Giants reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West to two with a victory over the Padres. Posey was honored in a pregame ceremony with the “Willie Mac” award as the most inspirational player on the team. He then delivered another big hit when he drove in Marco Scutaro with a single off Casey Kelly (2-2) that gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. That helped Ryan Vogelsong (13-9) match his career high in wins and put the Giants in position to clinch a division title as early as Saturday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are in the early stage of their plan to return to perennial playoff contention with a team supporting a power running game with smart, productive passes and backs that up with a stingy, turnover-forcing defense. The template is coming to town this weekend. The blueprint is labeled “San Francisco 49ers.” “That’s something that we can relate to here, just seeing what they’re doing on offense and defense and even their special teams,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “They play well. They’re a very physical group.” The 49ers, kept from reaching the last Super Bowl by a few fluke mistakes in the NFC championship game, have stayed on last year’s 13-3 pace with commanding victories over Green Bay and Detroit to start this season. The eightpoint winning margins in each matchup against those 2011 playoff qualifiers were closer than the games really were. Now the 49ers continue their September tour around the NFC North with a trip to Minnesota, where the postseason is both a painful, distant memory and a future goal. The Vikings, who beat Jacksonville in their opener to get within one-third of last year’s victory total, are well aware of what the 49ers have to offer Sunday. This is a significant challenge, for one, a chance to gauge just how far their offseason improvements have gone. Then there’s the example and the hope the 49ers embody, a confident, homegrown team winning without the type of high-scoring, throw-it-40-times-pergame offense so much of the NFL has taken to. Of the 22 starters comprising their standard lineups on each side of the ball, the 49ers drafted 15 of them. That includes inside linebacker Patrick Willis, the heart of the hard-hitting group that has given up the fewest yards per carry in the league (3.52) since 2009. “Anytime we’re playing a top-rated defense or a stop-the-run defense, I’m even more stoked,” said Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, whose longest gain over two games in his return from reconstructive left knee surgery is 19 yards. “We’re looking forward to the challenge, man. I don’t think they’ve faced a run-type offense like we have, so I think that can switch things up.” The 49ers play next at the New York Jets, so to avoid two long pregame flights they’ll spend the upcoming week in Youngstown, Ohio, rather than returning to Northern California. So coach Jim Harbaugh, whose team is 7-2 on the road since he took over last year, is obviously wary of taking the rebuilding Vikings lightly. “Can’t have a letdown or let up,” Harbaugh said. “Got a good team. If you aspire to be a good team in this league then you’ve got to come back
every single week and prove it again. You’re not better than anybody else unless you prove it.” At least one of his players is bound to be plenty motivated to “prove it” to the Vikings. Thirtyfive-year-old Randy Moss, back from a one-year hiatus from the NFL in a complementary role to emerging wide receiver Michael Crabtree and star tight end Vernon Davis, will play his first regular-season game against the team that drafted him in 1998 and watched him become one of the league’s most enigmatic but entertaining players. Moss was traded by the Vikings in 2005 and abruptly released in 2010 after his second, tumultuous stint lasted all of one month. He’s never been one to forget perceived slights, so Moss -still beloved by many in Minnesota -- is surely eager to show the Vikings what he’s still got. Even if he shrugged off the significance of his return this week. “I think my Minnesota Viking days are over. Just going in as a 49er, just have some success and have a good game. That’s all I plan to do,” Moss said. He’s not the same electric threat to catch a long pass at any time that he was with the Vikings as a young guy, but that’s not what the 49ers do much. Frank Gore is where the offense starts, on the ground, and Alex Smith is the patient, accurate passer who balances the attack by throwing the ball to Davis, Crabtree, Moss or Mario Manningham. For Gore, in his eighth year after a bunch of rough ones earlier in this career, the depth of talent and the winning attitude surrounding this team has been a fun transition. “It does feel a lot different, even just coming to the game knowing that we’ve got a good team,” Gore said. “We’re not cocky because we work hard all during the week. Our swagger is totally different.” The Vikings had that kind of moxie a few years ago, though the 2009 team that came within a field goal of the Super Bowl seems much further removed from the present than a mere three seasons. The feeling began growing rapidly one late September Sunday afternoon, the third game on the schedule like this one, when Brett Favre found Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone from 32 yards out with two seconds left to beat the 49ers 27-24. The roles are reversed this time, but the Vikings who remain from that year can at least lean on the memory of victory for more motivation against this formidable foe. “They’re a good football team and everyone has them penned to win the Super Bowl. We’re going out there to try and prove to everybody, ‘Listen, it’s football. On any given day, anybody can win,’” defensive end Jared Allen said. “We’re going to go to work and we’re going to bring our hard hats and we’re coming out to play football too.”
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Wilhelmsen worked the ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances. David Murphy had three hits and drove in three runs for Texas, which remained four games ahead of Oakland in the AL West. Rangers starter Martin Perez (1-2) gave up three runs and six hits in four innings. ROYALS 6, INDIANS 3 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luis Mendoza pitched into the seventh inning in his first start since a bout with strep throat, leading Kansas City to the victory. Mike Moustakas and Brayan Pena each drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won three straight and four of six. Mendoza wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. The Indians have lost 40 of 52 games since July 26 when they were 50-49 and trailed AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox by 3½ games. They have lost six straight against Kansas City and eight of nine overall in the season series. Mendoza (8-9), who was scratched from a Wednesday start with the illness, struck out three and walked two. Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities. Justin Masterson (11-15) lost his third straight start. He was charged with four runs and seven hits in six innings.
4 LIU basketball players suspended after brawl
NEW YORK (AP) — The star of the Long Island University Brooklyn basketball team and three other players were suspended Friday after they were arrested on assault charges following a campus brawl. Julian Boyd, a forward named the Northeast Conference player of the year last year, high scorers Jamal Olasewere and Troy Joseph, and a fourth player, C.J. Garner, were arrested Thursday. They were arraigned on charges of assault and harassment Friday and released on their own recognizance. Boyd, 22, who was out for a season with a heart ailment, and Olasewere, 21, were the soul of the Blackbirds — high-scorers and tough performers in a team that is a melting-pot of players from all over the country who typified New York’s street smarts and swagger. Olasewere was an NEC all-conference selection last year. The fight broke out during a welcome-back party for students at the Brooklyn campus last weekend. Initially, there was an altercation between members of the basketball and track teams. Then, a second fight broke out between basketball players and other students, including a DJ at the party. Police say the four players were arrested after five students filed complaints. Those students were not seriously injured but three were taken to a hospital. A call to the players’ attorney was not immediately returned. LIU Brooklyn Provost Gale Stevens Haynes said in a statement that an investigation revealed the students violated the university student code of conduct and that no other students were implicated in the altercation Sept. 15.
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Edited by Timothy E. Parker September 22, 2012 state 48 Sue Grafton’s “___ for Lawless” 49 Rushmore carving, familiarly 50 Sinuous shocker 52 What nearby stores may be “within” 61 UAE ruler 62 Clairvoyant’s card deck 63 Peruse 64 “Little Caesar” role 65 Put in high spirits 66 Turf defenders 67 Eve’s first home 68 “A ___ the Races” 69 Scot’s tongue DOWN 1 Off yonder 2 Lake Titicaca is partly in it 3 Witnessed 4 African antelope with twisted horns 5 Mr. X, for one 6 Bad sound at a talent show 7 Crawling colonists 8 Blue Jays, Orioles or Ravens 9 Hockey’s Phil 10 Brooklyn’s ___ Institute 11 Nessie’s home, e.g. 12 Lady’s man 13 Squirrel’s nest 21 Emerald Isle folk 22 Slick material? 25 Hercules types 26 Troops’ campsite 27 Blender setting 29 Like windows 30 Baylor of basketball fame 31 Winchester weapon 32 Correspondence sans stamp, say 33 “Aida” composer 34 Llamas’ locale 36 Swelling reducer 38 Shoemaker’s hole punch 40 Started a paragraph, perhaps Put to zero It’s a cinch in Japan Last six lines of a sonnet City known for rubber products Jumbo “___ No. 1!” In the center of Pet pests Joyous celebration Low, heavy cart Itsy-bitsy bit Come closer to Food bank containers Cutting-___ (like the latest technology)
ACROSS 1 Recess at St. Peter’s 5 Colorful quartz in many marbles 10 Said “no contest,” e.g. 14 Perceive by touch 15 Fifth of the seven canonical hours 16 Surf sound 17 Twodimensional calculation 18 Waiting to be poured 19 Part of the back 40 20 Purring, as an engine 23 Martini preference 24 Watch the kids 25 Like a cool cat of the ’40s 28 Put at risk 32 Actress Longoria 35 Notions cases 37 Came down, as on a perch 38 Cry from the pews 39 Putting the past behind 42 Fencer’s weapon 43 First first name on the moon 44 Skip over 45 Once surnamed 46 Peculiar
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MOVING ALONG By Milton J. Ruff
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Communication, education and expanding your cultural and philosophical interests should be scheduled in this year. Take care of emotional matters and you will resolve issues that have been holding you back. Let charm and insight guide you to a better future. Your progress will be directly linked to how well you utilize your talents in order to gain greater stability. Your numbers are 6, 13, 16, 20, 31, 39, 48. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Engage in something you feel passionate about, and do something that will boost your appeal and your confidence. Shopping will be costly if you are impulsive, but if you shop for a bargain you will find exactly what you want. ✸✸ TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Learn from past experience or sign up for a seminar that can enrich your outlook. Don’t get angry with someone for not wanting to do things your way. Compromise will help smooth things over and help you find common ground for future projects. ✸✸✸✸✸ GEmINI (May 21-June 20): Take one step at a time. Don’t rush anything or anyone if you want things to turn out well. Too much of anything will lead to trouble. Focus on networking, sharing and finding ways to save money by lowering your overhead. ✸✸✸ CANCER (June 21-July 22): Focus on what you can accomplish, not on making complaints or being negative. It’s important that you show others that you can see the positive in any situation you face. Progressive action will bring stellar results and improve your image and popularity. ✸✸✸ LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your energetic approach can bring about different reactions. Lending a helping hand will bring favorable returns, but using force or anger to get your way will backfire. Diplomacy coupled with a humanitarian attitude will bring good results. Love is highlighted. ✸✸✸✸✸ VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Focus on friendship and family ties. Make plans that please others and
you will gain approval. Keep life simple and moderate, especially when dealing with emotional or domestic matters. Avoid impulsive purchases or decisions that can lead to a loss. ✸✸ LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Join in and have some fun. Your outgoing approach to whatever is happening around you will result in added respect and interest in what you are trying to accomplish in other areas of your life. Love is in the stars. ✸✸✸✸ SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Find a way to lower your overhead. Think outside the box when it comes to your home and what you can live without in order to cut costs. Your effort to save will result in greater freedom. Generosity won’t buy love. ✸✸✸ SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t exaggerate or jump to conclusions. You will make wise choices regarding partnerships if you do your homework and check out the authenticity of the people you are dealing with. Love is highlighted.
✸✸✸ CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t make assumptions. Be skeptical and question whatever is said. You are likely to end up disappointed if you trust in someone else’s judgment. Consistency will be necessary to get good results. Do the work and reap the rewards. ✸✸✸ AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Get involved in events that can make a difference to your surroundings. Your concern and effort will impress someone you want to spend more time with. Love is in the stars. A partnership can help you out emotionally and financially. ✸✸✸✸ PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Focus on personal health, finance and emotional wellness. Don’t overindulge or take on too much. Joint efforts will bring better results. Make observations before you promise to take part in something you know little about or take on responsibilities you haven’t got time for. ✸✸ BIRTHDAY BABY: You are popular, entertaining and helpful. You are emotionally aggressive.
Dear Abby
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TEENS PLAY THE SAmE NOTES, BUT AREN’T mAKING mUSIC TOGETHER
DEAR ABBY: I’m 15 and I really like this boy, but I can’t find the courage to ask him out. I’m pretty sure he likes me, too, because whenever we’re together he holds my hand or puts his arms around me. He has a great smile and personality. We have many things in common, such as we both play an instrument, we make each other laugh and we’re both close with our families. What I don’t understand is why he hasn’t made a move yet to ask me out. -- NEEDS LOVE HELP DEAR NEEDS LOVE HELP: I can think of a few reasons, and none of them have anything to do with how much he likes you. He may not be able to afford to ask you out, he may feel shy, he may not feel ready to date, or his parents may prefer that he concentrate on something other than romance. Some teens get around this by socializing in groups, so instead of asking him “out,” consider asking if he’d like to join you and a group of your friends sometime. DEAR ABBY: I’m an 18-year-old woman who lives at home with my parents. I have been seeing an amazing person for a while now. There is just one problem. My mother has decided to put “rules” on our relationship. By rules, I mean: a curfew, how often I see him, where I am to be with him and various other things. Also, she randomly blurts out that I am “never to move in with him until I am married.” I don’t plan on moving in with him until we both have our college degrees. I am technically an adult, which means to me that I can make my own decisions and suffer the consequences if there are any. I know I live in my parents’ home. I follow their rules and respect their wishes -- but this is a bit extreme, don’t you think? Abby, please advise me on how to explain to my mom that I’m an adult and not a newborn baby as she regards me? -- NOT A CHILD ANYMORE IN OHIO DEAR NOT A CHILD: Although you may be an adult in the eyes of the law in Ohio, you are not INDEPENDENT. As long as you are dependent upon your parents for shelter, food or anything else there is a price you will have to pay. In this case, the price you are paying is your mother’s loving but hawklike supervision. And if you think you or I can talk her out of it, you’re dreaming. DEAR ABBY: My wife and I were invited to my brother’s wedding, and we accepted. Later, my brother asked me to be a groomsman. My wife is upset because I didn’t ask her if she minded that I’ll be in the wedding and I will walk down the aisle with one of the bridesmaids. She feels that my walking with another woman is a “date” and disrespectful to her. Is it proper wedding etiquette to accept an invitation to be in a wedding if you are married? -- GROOMSMAN IN THE SOUTH DEAR GROOmSmAN: It is very common for the brother of the groom to be in his wedding party -- and marital status has nothing to do with it. Escorting an assigned bridesmaid to and from the altar is NOT a “date,” nor is it disrespectful to your wife, who may really be upset because she wasn’t also asked to be part of the wedding party.
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Former women’s pro baseball players together again
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When Delores “Dolly” Brumfield started dating her future husband, Joe White, in the 1970s, she never bothered to tell him about her youth — when she played in a league of her own. “I really didn’t tell that many people about it. For one thing, they wouldn’t have believed me,” Brumfield, now 80, said, recalling her playing days as a teen-ager in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. “That was the biggest thing. If you say, ‘Oh, I played professional baseball,’ there ain’t no such thing, not in the South anyway. They didn’t have any idea at all. “I just didn’t talk about it that much.” Brumfield is more than willing to talk about it these days, especially this weekend as 47 former players of the AAGPBL reunite for the 20th anniversary of “A League of Their Own,” the movie that popularized what Brumfield and more than 500 other women accomplished from 1943-54. A new Blu-ray release from Sony Pictures that includes deleted scenes from the movie will be released in mid-October to celebrate the anniversary. “I think we were pioneers,” said Brumfield, a native of Prichard, Ala. “We showed that we could participate in sports. We could compete in sports.” According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the history of women playing baseball dates back to at least the 1860s, when Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. fielded a team. The AAGPBL is considered the first formal women’s professional baseball league and was formed when World War II was in full swing. The so-called “lipstick league” was the brainchild of Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley, who wanted to keep ballparks busy during the war if baseball was adversely affected by players being called to serve their country. The league’s first tryouts were held in Chicago in the spring of 1943 and drew almost 300 women from across the United States and Canada. Four teams from the Midwest — the Rockford Peaches, South Bend Blue Sox, Racine Belles and Kenosha Comets — were formed and played a 54-game season that year. The league also at times included the Fort Wayne Daisies, Minneapolis Millerettes, Kalamazoo Lassies, Muskegon Lassies, Grand Rapids Chicks, Peoria Redwings, Milwaukee Chicks, Chicago Colleens and Springfield Sallies. Wrigley deemed femininity a high priority and contracted with Helena Rubenstein’s Beauty Salon to meet with the players at spring training. Proper etiquette was taught and each player received a beauty kit with instructions. It seems like only yesterday for 93-year-old Mary Pratt of Quincy, Mass. “We were going to look like ladies, dress like ladies and act like ladies. I lived the life,” said Pratt, a lefthanded pitcher who played in the league for five years when she wasn’t teaching. “I was there when Helena Rubenstein came in and we put the books on our heads and we learned to walk like ladies. This is the crux of why this was so successful. I just thought this was so wonderful.” So, too, did Brumfield, who grew up on the outskirts of Mobile, Ala. She learned to play baseball on the elementary school and junior high school fields close to her home. “I was the local tomboy. I wanted to be out there playing. At that time in Alabama, there were no girls sports in the high schools,” Brumfield said. “The men from the shipyards and paper mills in Mobile during World War II would come to those playgrounds to play ball. I was out there just wanting to play when they would come. If there was somebody missing, they’d let me fill in.” When the AAGPBL conducted spring training in April 1946 at Pascagoula, Miss., about 60 miles from Brumfield’s childhood home, her mom took her out of school and drove her there in a beat-up Chevrolet. She quickly caught the eye of league president Max Carey, a former Pittsburgh Pirates star and future Hall of Famer. “He had me hit, run, throw,” Brumfield said. “Afterwards, he asked me how old I was. I said, ‘Well, I’m 13, but I’m soon going to be 14.’ So, he went to my mother and said, ‘Mrs. Brumfield, we don’t take girls this young.’ My mom said, ‘I don’t want you to take her. I only wanted to know what you thought.’ “ A lot, apparently. Brumfield was invited to spring training the next year and her mom let her go — by train to Miami and by plane to Havana, Cuba. “I think my mom was proud. She encouraged me,” said Brumfield, whose first contract was for $55 a week. “Just the idea that you’re doing something you really love to do and were getting to travel was great. It was our part of history. It’s our part of women’s history, it’s our part of baseball history at that particular time. The war changed a lot of lives in many different ways.” That the experience had a profound effect on the women who played is easy to see. Strike up a conversation with Pratt and she’ll more than likely sing the Rockford theme without skipping a beat. Oh, we hail from Rockford, Illinois, it’s just across the line … We’re not too young, we’re not too old, in fact we’re in our prime… Oh, we hit the ball with might and main, in fielding we are fast… We are the Rockford ballclub, we always dress in class…Oh, we never kick the gang around, we’re always on our toes,…Not only in the ballpark, but when we’re with our beaux Oh, we’re all in bed by 10 o’clock, that is a dirty lie We are the Rockford ballclub, our motto do or die. Carol Sheldon was born the year after the women’s league folded, and though she went to college in Kalamazoo, she never knew about the girls of summer until she saw the movie. “It’s the only movie I ever went to that had a standing ovation at the end,” said Sheldon, who grew up in Detroit and didn’t start playing baseball until age 42. “I walked out of that theater going, ‘How do I not know about this?’ The only women athletes that I could idolize as an athlete were tennis players, golfers, gymnasts, because there was no pro softball. It would have been nice to have a role model.” The last scene of the movie is a reunion of the team as old women at the National Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit on their exploits. That happened when the Hall of Fame exhibit opened in 1988, and it happened again on Friday when the women revisited Cooperstown. The reunion ends on Saturday with a softball game at Syracuse’s Alliance Bank Stadium, and 11-year-old Nadia Diaz will throw out the first pitch. Diaz has dreams of playing baseball, too, for a long time and seems right on track. With her blazing fastball and tantalizing changeup, she struck out 19 batters in a 1-0 win in a sixinning Little League championship game here in June. “When I see what has evolved out of it, with all of us willing to come back, we’re coming at a time where there is that big push to think that girls should get that opportunity that’s offered through sports,” Pratt said. “I’m so honored that at the age of 93 that I’m able to help the girls that are coming after and tell ‘em to persevere.”
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