On Friday, St. Petersburg had to go on the road for the second time in the playoffs, this time traveling to Fort Myers to play Riverdale in the Class 8A region final.No matter. The Green Devils are accustomed to playing big games in all kinds of venues. After all, this was their eighth straight region final appearance.The Raiders, meanwhile, were playing in their first region final, one season after winning just two games.The difference in postseason experience showed.St. Petersburg used that edge to their advantage, beating Riverdale 52-42."We've been in these situations before so we know what to expect," Green Devils coach Chris Blackwell said. "We've got some veteran guards on this team and they did what they needed to do."This season, Serrel Smith and Tai Strickland joined forces, giving St. Petersburg one of the best backcourts in the state. Smith has played on varsity for the Green Devils for four years and was playing in his fourth straight region final.Strickland, a transfer … [Read more...] about Veteran guards key St. Petersburg win in region final
AMERICAN FOOTBALL (NFL unless stated) JAN 1 Regular season ends. 7-8 Play-offs begin, wild card round. 9 US College Play-off National Ch’ship (Tampa, Florida). 14-15 Divisional play-offs. 22 AFC & NFC Ch’ship games. 29 Pro Bowl (Orlando, Florida). FEB 5 Super Bowl LI (Houston, Texas). APRIL 27-29 Draft (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). JUNE 10/11 (tbc) Big6 EuroBowl XXXI (tbc); EFL Bowl IV (tbc). SEPT 7 2017-18 season starts. 24 or OCT 1 Jacksonville v Baltimore (Wembley), Miami v New Orleans (Wembley). OCT 22 or 29 Cleveland v Minnesota (Twickenham), Los Angeles v Arizona (Twickenham). AQUATICS DIVING FEB 3-5 British National Cup (Plymouth). 24-26 Grand Prix (Rostock, Germany). MARCH 3-5 World Series (Beijing). 23-25 World Series (Dubai). 31-APRIL 2 World Series (Windsor, Canada). APRIL 6-9 Grand Prix (Gatineau, Canada). 9-12 British Elite Junior Ch’ships (Plymouth). 21-23 World Series (Kazan, Russia). MAY 4-7 Grand Prix (San Juan, Puerto … [Read more...] about 2017 Sporting Calendar: key dates and event planner
The cast of “Friends! The Musical Parody” will be there for you … as long as you keep showing up to see them at Manhattan’s St. Luke’s Theater. The Tobly and Bob McSmith-created musical -- which packs 10 seasons of whiny drama into two hours -- celebrated its 100th show Thursday night, one week after announcing its run was extended through September. In honor of the million-dollar milestone, six New York City pals who consider themselves a real-life “Friends” cast of sorts won tickets to the production and a private after-party after entering an Instagram contest. Winner Michelle Meditz, 22, said she’s a serious fan of the sitcom and was impressed by the musical’s mockery. “I’ve watched it on Netflix like four times,” she said. (Haven’t we all?) “They did all the mannerisms and the accents so true to the story and put an entire song into my favorite ‘Friends’ moment (Pivot!).” The … [Read more...] about ‘Friends’ parody cast shares key to playing ‘90s faves
The Raiders officially applied for relocation on Monday, which was expected. The St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers also submitted official papers to seek a move to Los Angeles. Next week in Houston, the NFL owners will meet and decide whether to move two teams, one team or zero teams to LA for the 2016 season and beyond.An Oakland Raiders fan holds up a sign during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers in the first half at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Oakland fans and citizens will naturally be following those meetings with great interest. But here’s what they might not realize: The 49ers and owner Jed York could play a significant role in how the owners’ choice plays out. To Bay Area fans, York is the 49ers’ owner who made a wrong decision in facilitating Harbaugh’s exit as head coach and bungled the hire of Jim Tomsula. But among his NFL ownership peers, he is seen as the … [Read more...] about The Raiders and LA Relocation: Why the 49ers and Jed York could play a key part in the drama.
(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) The Sharks’ power play has gotten a fair amount of attention over the last few weeks with the way it’s performed so far in the playoffs. But St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wants everyone to know that they’ve been pretty good with the man advantage as well. Of the teams still playing, the Sharks have the top ranked power play, as they’ve capitalized on 13 of 42 chances (31 percent) in 12 games. But the Blues have been almost as good, scoring on 11 of 40 chances (27.5 percent) in 14 games, as they feature two distinct units that have given opposing teams problems. Of all 16 playoff teams, the Blues rank third, right behind the Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks (31.6 percent). The Blues’ first unit features Jaden Schwartz, David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko up front and center Alex Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk on the blue line. The second unit has Robby Fabbri and Troy Brouwer on the wings with Paul Stastny in the middle … [Read more...] about With St. Louis Blues’ power play performing well, Sharks need to stay disciplined