Gameday celebrates seniors

first_imgIn less than 24 hours, a 38-0 walloping of Wake Forest on Senior Day and losses by the top-2 football teams in the country led the Irish to a perfect 11-0 record and their first No. 1 national ranking in the BCS era. All this excitement combined with unseasonably warm weather made for “an incredible weekend,” said Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations. “The perfect weather, Senior Day and the undefeated record all contributed to it being one of the best home football weekends anyone can remember,” he said. “It was a wonderful opportunity for the Notre Dame family to celebrate both the seniors and the special season we have been experiencing.” Seamon said this was one of the most special Senior Day celebrations in recent memory due to strong student support for the football team and its seniors. “It was evident that the student body shares a mutual, special affinity for the team, and vice versa,” he said. “Couple that with an undefeated record, and it made for a particularly special and memorable day in Notre Dame history.” The ideal conditions brought a perfect storm of about 115,000 fans to campus on gameday, Seamon said, and pregame attractions on campus also drew in large numbers of visitors Friday and Saturday. “The Friday tunnel tour had a season high of more than 5,300 visitors, and the pep rally was standing-room only,” he said. “The player walk on Saturday was absolutely packed the entire way from the Guglielmino [Athletics Complex] to the Stadium.” Seamon said the lopsided final score helped minimize traffic on campus. “Post-game traffic was much better and more manageable this weekend given that the game was clearly decided early on in the contest,” he said. According to a press release, the Indiana State Excise Police arrested 36 people on 49 charges this weekend. Officers apprehended 32 minors on 39 charges, including illegal possession or consumption of alcohol and the possession of a false form of identification. Two men were arrested after a large fight broke out in the C1 parking lot. The men were preliminarily charged with battery, public intoxication, battery on law enforcement and resisting law enforcement.  According to the press release, one Excise Police officer was injured while breaking up the fight. Officers also arrested two adults on drug possession and paraphernalia charges. Arrest statistics from Notre Dame Security Police were unavailable at press time. Now, as the stadium moves into its offseason, Seamon said he and his Game Day Operations team will work to make the Notre Dame football experience even better for next year. “As has been our typical practice the past few years, we will spend the next several weeks reviewing the season from several different angles and will identify how we can build upon the program for next season,” he said. To provide feedback on the game day experience or suggestions and comments for next season, fans can visit gameday.nd.edu. Contact Anna Boarini at aboari01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

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Olympic Eagles Draw South Africa, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire

first_imgUNDER-23 AFCONCup holders Nigeria will battle South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia at the group stage of the 3rd Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt next month, following the draw held in Alexandria last night.All Group B matches will hold at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo – one of the venues for last summer’s 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals. Host nation Egypt will be up against Ghana, Cameroon and Mali in a hard-as-nails Group A with matches at the Cairo International Stadium.The Olympic Eagles will play their first game against Cote d’Ivoire, before further matches against Zambia and South Africa in the group stage. Only the top three teams at the tournament will qualify to represent Africa at the men’s football tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Coach of South Africa, David Notone, said after the draw: “The truth is that whatever group you fall into would always be tough. We have eight very strong teams here and any team could have fallen anywhere, except Egypt and Nigeria that headed the groups.“I call Group B a pool of derbies, with two West African teams and two Southern African teams. Group A is the pool of death, no doubt about it. It is going to be fight-to-finish in both groups.Former Ghanaian international midfielder Ibrahim Tanko, who is coach of Ghana and whose team shocked bookmakers by defeating Algeria away after both teams drew 1-1 in Ghana in the final qualifying round, said: “Everyone is saying it is tough, but I think it is impressive. This simply means that you have to prepare very hard, play each match like the final and take your chances.“Any team having illusions of recovering after a false start will be sorely disappointed. I think we are going to have tough, spectacular games all the way in the tournament.”The draw was conducted by CAF’s Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, who kept it simple yet sophisticated, and former Egyptian international Emad Meteab.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Dodgers rally for wild win over Diamonbacks after Walker Buehler’s early exit

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The Diamondbacks no longer have power hitter and notorious Dodgers tormentor Paul Goldschmidt in their lineup – he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for a package that included Weaver – but it seemed like they did during their fourth-inning hitting barrage. Arizona had 10 batters come to the plate with shortstop Ildemaro Vargas getting two at-bats, and recorded seven hits for seven runs.Before the game, Roberts said he didn’t plan on having Buehler pitch more than five innings or exceed 100 pitches. The 24-year-old righty fell well short of that. Buehler went three-plus innings and allowed five hits, five earned runs, one walk and no strikeouts on 66 pitches.Buehler’s fastball touched 99 multiple times, but speed did him no favors against Arizona.“I just didn’t make the pitch,” said Buehler, who only had one appearance during spring training. “I’m not worried about my stuff or my arm, it’s just I didn’t set them up the right way.“I wouldn’t put too much into the spring. I got my work in. I feel good where I’m at, and obviously, keep building on that. It’s a long season.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Buehler ended Sunday with a 15.00 ERA. In his first full season in the majors last year, Buehler posted a 2.62 ERA with an 8-5 record.The Diamondbacks’ Yoshihisa Hirano was given the loss and Dylan Floro was awarded the win.Before blowing the 4-0 lead, Cody Bellinger’s home run to center field in the third inning made history. Bellinger’s blast was his fourth of the season, but it also marked the Dodgers’ 38th run. That set the L.A. franchise record for most runs in a four-game series. The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers recorded 44 runs in a four-game series versus St. Louis.The Dodgers started hot by driving in three runs in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs. Alex Verdugo brought two home with a double and Kiké Hernandez recorded the first run on a sacrifice fly.The Dodgers now shift their focus to a three-game home series against the San Francisco Giants, starting Monday with left-hander Julio Urias on the mound.center_img The fun started after A.J. Pollock’s ground ball went down the first-base line to give the Dodgers a run in the eighth. They got another after the Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones bobbled it in right field. Jones’ error allowed Pollock to take third base.Muncy brought Pollock home with a sacrifice fly to take the lead. Kenley Jansen did the rest, shutting down the heart of the order to record his first save of the season.“We got to their starters, we did what we needed to do, but they gave us everything we could handle,” Roberts said about the Diamondbacks, who won Friday’s game that went 13 innings.Buehler cruised through the first three innings, but the Dodgers’ 2018 breakout star couldn’t escape trouble in the fourth and was pulled without recording an out.Buehler, who had a 4-0 lead, was rocked for three runs and later charged two more with a struggling Pedro Baez in for relief. The two runs that counted against Baez came off the bat of Arizona starting pitcher Luke Weaver, whose first career home run gave the Diamondbacks a 7-4 advantage. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, and Justin Turner celebrate with Max Muncy after scoring on a two-run triple by A.J. Pollock during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver prepares to take the mound during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, left, celebrates with Cody Bellinger, center, after both scored off a two-run double by Alex Verdugo as Chris Taylor looks on during the first inning of an baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver throws to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo hits a two-run double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver reacts after allowing a walk to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates with Chris Taylor after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Enrique Hernandez during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, left, celebrates with Cody Bellinger, center, after both scored off a two-run double by Alex Verdugo as Chris Taylor looks on during the first inning of an baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, foreground, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Luke Weaver, background right, during the third inning of an MLB baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, celebrates with Max Muncy after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of an MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, celebrates with A.J. Pollock after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen, right, celebrates with Russell Martin after a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock, right, celebrates with Max Muncy after an MLB baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. The Dodgers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy hits the go-ahead sacrifice fly ball during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, runs in a score past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly for the game-tying run off of a two-run triple by A.J. Pollock during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, and Justin Turner celebrate with Max Muncy after scoring on a two-run triple by A.J. Pollock during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wilmer Flores during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t envision Walker Buehler not getting through four innings in his regular-season debut. He also didn’t envision a lot of other things that occurred during a chaotic season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.The Dodgers didn’t hit eight home runs, the way they did on Opening Day, nor did they score 18 runs, as they did on Saturday. But they needed to continue their hot hitting on Sunday to lift Buehler from the shortest start of his young career.With three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Dodgers rallied to defeat the Diamondbacks 8-7 in front of an announced crowd of 43,815 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers took the series 3-1 and scored a total of 42 runs, a Los Angeles franchise record for a four-game series.“We got a fun team,” infielder Max Muncy said about the madness that happened in the March series. “Everyone loves being here.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

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