What inspired 49ers’ Garoppolo to rally in rain at Washington?

first_imgLANDOVER, MD – OCTOBER 20: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Montez Sweat #90 of the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField on October 20, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)Garoppolo finished 12-of-21 for 151 yards. He got sacked twice, and his overall touchdown-to-interception ratio is now 7:6 for the season.Said coach Kyle Shanahan: “You’re never too comfortable when you’re playing in all the sleet and mud, but he made big throws when he had to. I know he wants to take that interception back, just not holding the safety enough. But he also made big plays scrambling with his legs.”Now 12-2 all-time as the 49ers’ starter, Garoppolo ran four times for 20 yards on the first two drives, twice converting on third down.“Whatever you’ve got to do to get the job done,” Garoppolo said.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. LANDOVER, Md. — Jimmy Garoppolo said he was “upset” he missed the 49ers’ muddy, postgame belly slides that celebrated Sunday’s 9-0 win and 6-0 record.That is about all he missed after a rueful interception early in the second half.Garoppolo completed all eight of his ensuing passes and led the 49ers on three field-goal drives.Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers attempts a pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedExField on October 20, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)“Just kind of got in a good rhythm there,” Garoppolo said. “I was upset about the interception; that one’s on me. But the guys responded very well throughout the entire game.” His passer rating finished at a season-low 59.8, but that looks a ton better than 8.2, which is what he had following the fourth-down interception at Washington’s 14-yard line. Garoppolo said he simply failed to stymie Washington safety Troy Apke on his throw toward Dante Pettis, so Apke easily nabbed it and returned it to near midfield.How much of a factor was the constant rain?“You’ve got to take it into account but not let it get in your head,” Garoppolo said. “It made the ball heavier. But you practice it, and I’ve played in rain my whole life so it wasn’t anything crazy.”A Chicago-area native who spent his first four NFL seasons in the New England elements, Garoppolo still had passes flutter, and a 40-yard reception by Richie James actually came on a 10-yard route.“Growing up in Chicago you play in the rain all the time playing football. But I haven’t had one on the grass like this in a long time,” Garpopolo said. “It was fun out there. Just running, you’re soaking wet. So it was a good time.”last_img read more

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BJP now mulls offering two key portfolios to Sena

first_imgUnable to form a new government in Maharashtra 11 days after emerging as the single largest party in the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may now offer two of the four important portfolios to ally Shiv Sena in a bid to at least bring the party to the discussion table.BJP sources had initially said that all talks with the Sena regarding the share in State Cabinet would exclude these portfolios, namely, home, revenue, finance and urban development. However, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who has been reminding the BJP of its pre-poll promise of sharing power equally, showed no interest in the proposal.According to sources in the BJP, the Sena’s firm stand and the resultant deadlock in government formation has prompted the BJP to take a step backwards and come up with a new offer. “We can discuss the exchange of finance and revenue portfolios,” a senior BJP minister privy to the discussions said. While Mr. Fadnavis and Mr. Thackeray are not talking directly, the BJP leader said negotiations through other channels have been under way since the day the results were announced.The BJP’s new offer, however, does not mention anything about the chief minister’s post. Sena leaders have been insisting that equal power shares also mean the CM post being shared for two-and-a-half years. Mr. Thackeray has said he has received no word from the BJP camp on government formation.The desperation of the BJP leaders, especially Mr. Fadnavis, was visible on Sunday during his tour to Akola in Vidarbha to inspect crop losses due to excessive rain. “The problems in forming the government will be resolved soon. The government should be formed soon, which will be good for the State as there are limitations to the financial aid that an interim government can announce for farmers,” he said while speaking to reporters. This is the first time any BJP leader has admitted to problems in forming the government.Mr. Fadnavis will meet BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi on Monday, sources in the party said. Contrary to Haryana, where the BJP’s central leadership swung into action to form a government, in Maharashtra, Mr. Fadnavis appears to be fighting a lone battle. The BJP has rejected this perception, and said the central leadership will be in the picture once the Sena joins the discussion table. “There needs to be some basis to start discussions. The Sena leadership is not agreeing to negotiate. How can our central leaders intervene?” one leader said.Mr. Fadnavis’s visit to the Capital will coincide with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The two are likely to discuss the Opposition’s strategy in case the BJP and Sena fail to reach a consensus. Senior Congress leaders from the State have already met Ms. Gandhi regarding the political situation. According to State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, she has neither given her consent nor disapproved the move to extend support to the Sena if needed.last_img read more

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Ashley Argota Adopt Your New Best Friend

first_imgAshley Argota has a special costar in her new campaign for peta2, PETA’s youth division: her beloved rescued dog, Annie, who appears with a beaming Ashley in a new poster above the words “Adopt Your New Best Friend.”Ashley Argota PETA PSAThe True Jackson, VP and Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures star’s ad goes on to stress the importance of always adopting dogs and cats from animal shelters and never buying them from pet stores or breeders.“Annie became a member of my family when I was 13. I really, really wanted a dog,” she says. “I told my mom — I was like, ‘I don’t want a party. I don’t need to hang out with my friends. I just really want to adopt a dog.’”Although every moment with Annie has been rewarding — as Ashley says, “No matter what, at the end of the day I know that I’m gonna go home and she’s just gonna show me so much love”—Ashley reminds her young fans that taking care of a dog is a big responsibility. “You have to take them to the vet. You have to get them groomed, feed them, give them water — it’s a lot of work. Just make sure that when you get a dog, that you’re ready for the responsibility.”Not all homeless animals are as lucky as Annie was: Every year in the U.S., 6 to 8 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter animal shelters, and more than half of them must be euthanized because there are not enough good homes for them. Every dog or cat purchased from a pet store or breeder takes away a home from an adoptable animal—meaning that one more animal in a shelter will die.Ashley joins a long list of celebrities — including Justin Bieber, Kellan Lutz, Sierra McCormick, Boo Boo Stewart, Daniella Monet, Ke$ha, Pink, and Cody Simpson — who have teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.Source:PETAlast_img read more

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OSU snaps losing skid beats Big Tenleading Michigan State

Down a starting player and facing a top-10 nationally ranked opponent, the No. 24 Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-6, 2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak when it knocked off No. 9 Michigan State (16-2, 4-1), 67-53, Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes took a 33-29 lead into halftime after playing a closely contested half with the Spartans in which neither team extended a lead past six points. Five minutes into the half, OSU found itself without starting forward Sarah Schulze, who left the game, suffering what appeared to be a knee injury. OSU coach Jim Foster said he was not sure of her diagnosis. “Doctors will have to talk to you about that,” he said. “I’m not very optimistic.” The Buckeyes ratcheted up their defense in the second half, holding the Spartans to 25 percent shooting as they stretched their lead to double digits on a Brittany Johnson 3-pointer with 17 minutes remaining. The Spartans struggled to fight back, as the Buckeyes led by as many as 17 points in the second half. For the game, MSU connected on 20 of its 69 shot attempts, good for a 29 percent shooting percentage. “We played really hard on defense,” OSU center Jantel Lavender said. “It just created a better offense. We could transition a little bit better to get in our sets, and we got them a little frustrated.” Lavender led all scorers with 24 points and Tayler Hill added 17 for a Buckeye team that was in much need of a win. Prior to Sunday’s game, OSU had lost six of its last nine games. “We were desperate for a win, by any means necessary,” Lavender said. “We know how we have to play from now on.” Sunday’s victory gave the Buckeyes their second conference win of the season and handed the Big Ten-leading Spartans their first conference loss of the year. The Buckeyes play at 8 p.m. Thursday at Illinois, where they’ll attempt to pick up their first road win of the Big Ten season. “I just really want us to get after it on the road and not let other people’s crowds get into the game,” Lavender said. “We just got to come out and play hard every game, like we did tonight. It can’t just be at home.” read more

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Softball No 21 Ohio State remains on road for Texas Invitational

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternAfter returning home with three of four possible wins in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, North Carolina, the No. 21 Ohio State softball team will hit the road again when it heads to Austin, Texas, for four games in the Texas Invitational. The Buckeyes will take on Wichita State, Virginia Tech and Texas.Ohio State enters as the team with the best record (8-1) with Texas sitting at 4-4, Wichita State at 5-4 and Virginia Tech at 6-2. Despite the early success, neither the team nor head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly are reading into these records too much.“As much as we will talk about the opponents, we try not to focus on the opponents,” Kovach Schoenly said, “Regardless of their record, they’re going to come out and try to beat Ohio State.”This weekend will be another full one with four games. The Buckeyes have already played four extra-inning games this season, three of which took place last weekend. Ohio State won two of those extra-inning games.“I just think it shows what we’ll be able to do throughout the season,” sophomore outfielder Spencer Sansom said. “It shows our energy. We want to compete, we want to be out there. We never give up.”The Buckeyes found success over the weekend based on contributions from all members of their team stepping up. Knowing that another long weekend lies ahead, Ohio State needs to have that happen again to come away with four wins.“The whole weekend, it was a new person every single time that stepped up and I think that’s what our advantage is,” junior catcher Emily Clark said. “We have a strong lineup, a strong nine.” Kovach Schoenly said Ohio State must watch out for Virginia Tech’s pitchers. Not only do they possess high strikeout rates, but she said they are also great hitters. As a team, Virginia Tech has struck out 58 batters in 54.1 innings. The team’s second-most effective pitcher, Carrie Eberle, also has been a potent hitter, batting .313 with one home run in seven games.The Buckeyes also will face a Texas team playing in front of its home crowd, one that Kovach Schoenly said can get the stands filled and create quite an atmosphere. But she thinks her team is ready and excited to spoil the game for the Longhorn fans. The only team Ohio State plays twice this weekend is Wichita State. The Shockers have struggled offensively, but has won five games on the strength of their pitching staff. The Shockers have been shut out in three losses — all to the only ranked opponents they have faced this season  — but have held opponents to just 10 combined runs in the five wins. Wichita State is hitting just .222 as a team, but has a team ERA of 3.66.Ohio State opens the series against Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. Friday before playing Wichita State at 3 p.m. later that day. It will play Texas at 6:30 p.m. and Wichita State at 9 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Jorginho Chelsea will achieve a lot under Sarri

first_imgChelsea midfielder Jorginho has seen enough quality in his team to believe they can achieve a lot under Maurizio Sarri’ and claimed it is ‘impossible not to love’ playing for the club.Jorginho has played a key role in helping Chelsea maintain an unbeaten run in the League since his move from Napoli. And he recently opened up on what it feels like playing for Sarri.“Maurizio Sarri is great. It’s great playing with him,” the Italy midfielder told Football Italia via Metro.“He is someone who gives you the opportunity to play with the ball and do what all footballers love to do. We have fun with the coach and that means we can play to a much higher level.“Obviously, you can always improve and you have to want to improve, which is something we are all striving towards here.“It is a privilege to come here and to play alongside them. I think anyone who plays at Chelsea is a big name player.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“They are also great people. I am loving it here. I love the club, I love the city. It would be impossible not to love it here.“My role is to give rhythm to our play. To help both the attackers and the defenders and bring a sense of balance to how we play.“A team like Chelsea has to want to win every game they play in. No matter what competition we are playing in, we want to win every game.“If we aim to do this, there are no limits to what we can achieve and I hope to have a couple of medals at the end of the season.“I love London. It is a wonderful city. There is so much to see and do — the only problem is it is a little colder than I am used to, but that’s life!“Andrea Pirlo and Xavi were the players that I try and model my game on. They were next level.”last_img read more

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Ranieri Fulham fans love my playing style

first_imgClaudio Ranieri is certain he has the Fulham supporter’s confidence with his new style of football, despite his low-key start at the clubThe Italian coach was brought in to replace Slavisa Jokanovic in the dugout following a dreadful start to life back in the Premier League for Fulham.Under Jokanovic, the Cottagers had only managed a single win and were on a seven-match losing streak at the time of his dismissal.The Serbian’s attacking possessive style of football had served them well in gaining promotion to the English top-flight, but club owner Shahid Khan felt that it just wasn’t enough anymore.So in came Ranieri, who famously led underdogs Leicester City to the 2015/16 Premier League title with his counter-attacking style of football that emphasised more on the defensive side of things compared to Jokanovic’s.Although, with just one win in seven matches so far, results suggest that things at Craven Cottage haven’t really changed.But Ranieri is certain that his methods will help Fulham.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think they love this kind of football,” he told Sky Sports on what Fulham fans think of his playing style.“To stay together, to stay tight and try to make our [attacks] when we get the ball.“I am always happy and satisfied. I think this system [five at the back] is much better for my players.“Yes, I think [I am settled on it]. But, of course, we can change during the match. It’s important the players understand the shape, the system and what we have to do.“I think we have to improve our fitness. Because now we are used to pressing, which means you need a high level of fitness.“I have my style of training. My assistant Scott Parker follows me. In Scott, I’ve met a very good friend, a very good assistant.”Fulham will take on bottom-placed Huddersfield Town on Saturday hoping to kick-start their bid to move out of the relegation zone with victory.last_img read more

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Pochettino fumes at Spurs lack of transfer activity

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has thrown shades at the club’s lack of transfer activity comparing it to Formula One team, McLaren.Spurs failed to sign a player in January making it one calendar year without any reinforcements.Disappointed with the lack of transfer business, Pochettino used an F1 analogy to discuss Tottenham’s battle for silverware via FourFourTwo.Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino with one of his best pre-match press conferences so far during his tenure at Spurs.Putting the media now firmly in their place, at long last, so proud to call this man our manager. 👏🏻[@ShelleyJ89]#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/9AHOq45OdK— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) February 1, 2019“We were waiting for different situations that maybe happen or don’t like every transfer window,” Pochettino said ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to Newcastle United, with Spurs third and seven points behind leaders Liverpool.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we cannot sign, I need to stick with the project of the club. If you see the [Premier League] table, we are there, a lot can happen.”Pochettino added: “When you work in football, it’s because you want to win. It’s easy to be passionate and shout ‘I am a winner’ but if you don’t have the tools to win, it’s difficult.“Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the best drivers in Formula One. But if you put Hamilton in McLaren last season and Alonso in Mercedes, it’s the same story, Hamilton on the bottom and Alonso on the top. That’s the reality.“I follow Formula One. I love McLaren. But it wasn’t competitive last season. That’s the reality, no? But do you think that’s a problem with Alonso or a problem with the car?“Also, you can have an amazing car but you can crash after the first bend. You can crash with an amazing car and not win.”🗣️ “The mentality is to keep pushing, believe that you can score and win. Never give up.”#COYS pic.twitter.com/3ryIoaSfJI— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 1, 2019last_img read more

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