ST. MATTHEWS – The second-seeded Calhoun County Lady Saints saw their season come to an end in the first-round of Class 2A lower state playoffs with Tuesday’s 46-34 home loss to fifth-seeded Kingstree.
Viewers who hadn’t already slipped into a coma Monday night will have noticed a funny sequence early in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ blowout victory over a spectacularly inept Jets team. A pair of declined penalties against New England’s punt team produced the ultra-rare scene of Bill Belichick, whose default expression is a sour scowl, smiling and chuckling on the sideline of an NFL football game.
That the Patriots were even punting was an indication of how thoroughly unthreatened they were by the Jets by that point in the game. It was a fourth-and-two from New York’s 33-yard line, which is a down-and-distance scenario that not only overwhelmingly favors going for it, but is one that Tom Brady can convert with his eyes closed and his hands tied behind his back. If the Patriots were playing the percentages against a team they even vaguely respected, they would’ve gone for a fourth-down conversion. But Belichick seemed to have it in mind to preserve the shutout above all other considerations, and the punt would make it that much more difficult for a hilariously punchless Jets offense—seriously, they produced 154 total yards and turned the ball over six times—to put points on the board.
But, having made the decision to punt from the 33, Belichick determined that the best course of action would be to give his punter a few extra yards of space to work with. That would only be possible by taking a penalty, and what better way to take a penalty late in a blowout than by burning up every second available off of a running game clock. The failed third-down play ended at the 11:04 mark of the fourth quarter—the Patriots simply lined up in punt formation and ran out the play clock for a delay of game.
Here’s where things got dumb. Brain genius Adam Gase identified that Belichick might prefer to give his punter more space, and, in a fit of pettiness, resolved to deny his counterpart this most minor of prizes. Gase declined the delay of game penalty, sticking the Patriots back at the 33. But that was ultimately a hollow victory, and one possibly baited by Belichick—by a quirk of the rules, the game clock was restarted following the ball being reset and the play clock being whistled to life, which allowed Belichick to run another 25 seconds off before punting. Belichick, having thus won the prerogative to burn more than a minute off the clock between plays, decided the fun thing to do would be to take a second crack at giving his punt team five additional yards of space, and instructed his team to take a deliberate false-start penalty just before the expiration of the play clock.
But this damn Adam Gase, more determined than ever to salvage this moment and win just this incredibly stupid and pointless battle of wills against a team and a coach that had so far spent the evening thoroughly trashing him and his football team, declined the false start. Belichick, having truly taken up residence rent free in a penthouse in Gase’s mind, could only smirk and chuckle in disbelief:
Afterward, Belichick admitted that he’d knowingly exploited a loophole in the rules in order to run off some additional clock with his team way ahead. The five yards of space might’ve been a nice bonus, but from the sound of things, what Belichick really wanted was to use the opportunity to flex his big brain and take a little ill-gotten advantage:
“It was just the way the rules were set up, Belichick told reporters at his postgame press conference. “We were able to run quite a bit of time off the clock without really having to do anything.”
Belichick closed with saying that this little trick to consume clock should and probably will be banned from usage.
“It’s probably a loophole that will be closed,” Belichick said. “It probably should be closed but right now it’s open.”
This is the kind of shit you can get up to when you’re light years ahead of your opponent, and you’ve spent your career scouring every rule and regulation for every possible exploitable vulnerability. It’s what makes Belichick the best, and also what makes him pure evil.
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CC (7-13 record) was outscored 17-6 in the fourth quarter by the Lady Jaguars.
BYRD – Woodland held on to take a 48-46 home win against Carver’s Bay in the first round of Class 2A lower state playoffs on Tuesday.
The Lady Wolverines (15-6 record) will host Burke (8-11 record) on Friday at 7 p.m. in second-round action. Burke won 54-42 at Columbia on Tuesday.
Woodland boys at East Clarendon, 7 p.m.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson boys at Marlboro County, 7 p.m.
Orangeburg Prep finished the season undefeated (22-0 record) and won the region championship with Tuesday’s 29-24 victory against Wilson Hall.
GPAC adds men’s volleyball as varsity sport
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The Great Plains Athletic Conference is adding men’s volleyball as a varsity sport. They will start play in the 2020-21 season.
Morningside, Briar Cliff and Dordt have played men’s volleyball for several years, but the NAIA requires that at least six league schools offer the sport before that conference champ can earn an automatic trip to nationals. Hastings is adding the sport next season and Ottawa of Kansas is joining the GPAC as an affiliate member. That gets the conference to the required six schools. Over 10-thousand boys play volleyball in high school in the United States and the sport is growing.
“It’s still very new around here in the Midwest,” said GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra. “We’re working towards growing that in Iowa specifically, but also in other states as well to offer that up. But I think it will grow as more offerings like this continue to happen for the collegiate athlete.”
The GPAC now offers 22 championship sports.
List of sports events affected by the coronavirus outbreak – Boston News, Weather, Sports
(AP) — ATHLETICS
World indoor championships in Nanjing from March 13-15 postponed to March 2021.
Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 9 cancelled.
Asian indoor championships in Hangzhou from Feb. 12-13 cancelled.
Tokyo Marathon on March 1: Restricted to elite runners.
Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 postponed. New date not set.
Formula E’s Sanya E-Prix in Sanya on March 21 cancelled.
China Masters in Hainan from Feb. 25-March 1 postponed. New dates not set.
Asian team championships in Manila from Feb. 11-16: China and Hong Kong withdrew.
Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament moved from Foshan to Belgrade, Serbia from Feb. 6-9.
Asia Cup qualifiers postponed: Philippines vs. Thailand on Feb. 20; Japan vs. China on Feb. 21, China vs. Malaysia on Feb. 24. Matches scheduled for Hong Kong moved to opponents’ homes.
Olympic test event in Zhangjiakou from Feb. 27-March 2 cancelled.
Asia-Oceania Olympic qualifier moved from Wuhan to Amman, Jordan from March 3-11.
Asian Championships in Chongqing from April 25-May 3 to be relocated.
World Cup in Wujiang from April 18-19 cancelled.
World Cup in Chongqing on April 22 cancelled.
Hong Kong showjumping leg of Longines Masters Series from Feb. 14-16 cancelled.
Hockey Pro League matches between China and Belgium on Feb. 8-9 and Australia on March 14-15 postponed.
India women’s tour of China from March 14-25 cancelled.
Ireland women’s tour of Malaysia in March-April cancelled.
US LPGA Tour
Honda LPGA Thailand in Pattaya from Feb. 20-23 cancelled.
HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore from Feb. 27-March 1 cancelled.
Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island from March 5-8 cancelled.
Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 16-19 postponed.
China Open in Shenzhen from April 23-26 postponed.
Artistic World Cup in Melbourne, Australia from Feb. 20-23: China team withdrew.
Olympic women’s qualifying tournament in Montenegro from March 20-22: China withdrew. Hong Kong declined invitation to attend.
Chinese clubs in Supreme Hockey League playing home games in Russia.
Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia in Manila, Philippines, from Feb. 23-28 cancelled.
Paris Grand Slam on Feb. 8-9: China team withdrew.
Dusseldorf Grand Slam on Feb. 21-23: China team withdrew.
Hong Kong Sevens moved from April 3-5 to Oct. 16-18.
Singapore Sevens moved from April 11-12 to Oct. 10-11.
Asian Nacra 17 Championship in Shanghai from March 1-6 moved to Genoa, Italy from April 12-19.
Asian 49erFX Championship in Hainan from March 20-29 moved to Genoa, Italy from April 12-19.
Alpine World Cup in Yanqing from Feb. 15-16 cancelled.
Asian Champions League: Matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua, and Shanghai SIPG postponed to April-May. Beijing FC allowed to play from Feb. 18.
Asian women’s Olympic qualifying Group B tournament relocated from Wuhan to Sydney from Feb. 3-13. China vs. South Korea playoff on March 11 moved from China to Malaysia.
AFC Cup: All group stage and playoff matches in east zone delayed to April 7.
Chinese Super League, due to start Feb. 22, delayed.
Asian men’s futsal championship in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from Feb. 26-March 8 postponed.
Asian water polo championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan from Feb. 12-16 cancelled.
Diving Grand Prix in Madrid from Feb. 14-16: China team withdrew.
Diving world series event in Beijing from March 7-9 cancelled.
Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Group I tournament moved from Dongguan to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from March 3-7.
Davis Cup: China forfeited World Group I playoff vs. Romania in Piatra Neamt on March 6-7.
Beach volleyball World Cup in Yangzhou from April 22-26 postponed.
Asian Championships from April 18-25 moved from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan to Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Asian Championships in New Delhi from Feb. 20-23: China, North Korea, Turkmenistan teams withdrew.
Chinese Anti-Doping Agency suspended testing from Feb. 3.
Winter X Games events in Chongli from Feb. 21-23 postponed.
Singapore athlete of the year awards on Feb. 26 postponed.
World Chess Federation’s presidential council meeting moved from China to United Arab Emirates on Feb. 28-29.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Para Games in the Philippines from March 20-28 postponed. New dates not set.
XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championships (offroad triathlon, duathlon) in Taiwan from March 28-29 cancelled.
Snooker’s China Open from March 30-April 5 cancelled.
SportAccord summit in Beijing from April 19-24 cancelled. New site to be determined.
Singapore bans spectators at National School Games from January-August.
University Athletic Association of the Philippines postponed all sports events.
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