SPORTS BRIEFS: SCAD equestrian team again posts perfect score



SCAD equestrian team

again posts perfect score

The SCAD equestrian team scored its second perfect score of the weekend on Sunday, winning its second Region 5 Zone 5 IHSA event over the two days.

This is the sixth competition in a row in which the Bees have won and the second consecutive perfect of 49.

SCAD won the 13-team competition with 49 points with the University of Florida coming in second with 35.

High Point Rider – Sarah Gordon, SCAD

Reserve High Point Rider – Adam Edgar, SCAD

SCAD individual results:

Sarah Gordon – 1. Open Over Fences, 1. Open Flat

Adam Edgar – 1. Open Over Fences, 1. Intermediate Flat

Caydee Dickensheets – 1. Open Flat

Kassidy Greer – 1. Intermediate Over Fences

Addison Diaz – 1. Intermediate Over Fences

Alain Soekhal – 3. Intermediate Flat

Anna Propp – 1. Novice Over Fences

Lillian Hilgers – 1. Novice Over Fences

Olivia Horkan – 2. Novice Flat

Eleanor Waugh – 2. Novice Flat

Grace Crawford – 1. Novice Flat

Isabella Peek – Competed Novice Flat

Mikayla Colson – 1. Walk/Trot/Canter

Irina Hulse – 1. Walk/Trot/Canter

Amelia Dempsey – 1. Walk/Trot/Canter

Rebekah Eubanks – 2. Walk/Trot

Zone 5 Region 5 standings: At the end of the fall quarter, SCAD eads the 16-team field with 224 points. Central Florida is in second with 175 points.


Beltran retires at 40

after winning WS title

ORLANDO, Fla. — Carlos Beltran is retiring at age 40 after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season.

The outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.

Beltran is a nine-time All-Star who won the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year award and three Gold Gloves.

His production dropped dramatically this year. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 93 RBI for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston.

He finishes with a .279 average, 435 homers, 1,587 RBI and 312 stolen bases. He also has played for Kansas City, the New York Mets, San Francisco and St. Louis.

Florida changes QBs,

turning to Franks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida is switching quarterbacks for the fourth time in seven weeks.

Interim coach Randy Shannon said Monday that Feleipe Franks will be the team’s starter against UAB, regaining his spot on the depth chart following an injury to Malik Zaire.

Shannon says “that’s what we have to go with today.”

Zaire started the last two games — both losses — and sustained an apparent left knee injury in a 28-20 loss at South Carolina on Saturday.

Franks replaced Zaire in the second quarter and completed 10 of 25 passes for 174 yards, with an interception.

Franks started five games this season, including the opener against Michigan. But the Gators (3-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) turned to Luke Del Rio in early October, went back to Franks the following week and then ended up starting Zaire after the program parted ways with coach Jim McElwain two weeks ago.

Shannon said Zaire “day to day” and that receiver Dre Massey would be the backup if Zaire can’t play.

Also Monday, Shannon said center T.J. McCoy will miss the final two games of Florida’s season. McCoy was helped off the field against South Carolina and later returned to the sideline with a walking boot on his left foot.


Italy loses World Cup

playoff to Sweden

MILAN — Players from both teams slumped to the ground, the Swedes in exhausted ecstasy, the Italians in losers’ agony.

On a starry night in Milan, four-time champion Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Sweden advanced for the first time since 2006.

Despite three quarters of possession, Italy was stymied by a goalless draw in the second leg of their playoff on Monday and Sweden prevailed 1-0 on aggregate.

“It’s a black moment for our game,” Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi said. “Unfortunately there will be a lot of time to analyze it. The only thing I can say is that we showed few ideas and not much in the way of tactics.”

The Sweden players ran over to celebrate with the traveling fans, a sea of joyful yellow at San Siro. The Italians looked on in shock and disbelief or put their head in their hands as though it were too painful to watch.

Many of them were in tears, especially captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who played what he said was his last international after 20 years between the posts for the Azzurri.

“We all need to look within and find a way to bounce back,” defender Giorgio Chiellini said. “We need to get back to the level we deserve to be at.”

Italy had failed to qualify for the World Cup just once before, reaching 14 straight since falling short in 1958. The Azzurri did not enter the first World Cup in 1930.

The last major competitions Italy failed to qualify for were the 1984 and 1992 European Championships.

It could have been worse for Italy, as Sweden was denied what looked like two clear-cut penalties for handballs, first by Matteo Darmian and then Andrea Barzagli.

Italy had a penalty appeal of its own waved off by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz when Marco Parolo was tripped from behind by Ludwig Augsustinsson.

But the Azzurri struggled to carve out clear chances, and only one of their six shots on target really tested goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

French downhill skier

Poisson dies in crash

PARIS — French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medalist at the world championships, died on Monday following a training crash in Canada. He was 35.

The French Ski Federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was training in the Canadian resort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North America. The federation did not elaborate.

French sports minister Laura Flessel expressed her “sadness” and said she will look carefully into the circumstances of the crash.

Poisson, a bulky racer with a broad smile nicknamed “Caillou” (“small stone”), was a popular figure on the World Cup circuit.

He secured his only World Cup podium in 2015 when he came third in the Santa Caterina downhill in Italy, and was fourth in the prestigious Kitzbuehel downhill in 2013. He also competed in the last Winter Olympics, and hoped to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games.

The International Ski Federation expressed its condolences to Poisson’s family and friends in a statement, praising “a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004.”

American ski racer Steven Nyman tweeted: “My heart goes out to David Poisson’s family, friends and teammates. He was a good man, a beast and a friend. I will miss him. The whole World Cup Tour will miss him.”

Poisson’s death came 16 years after super-G world champion Regine Cavagnoud, a prominent French skier, died in Austria from brain injuries following a collision in training.

“There is no word for that,” former French downhiller Luc Alphand told L’Equipe newspaper. “Eliminating risk entirely in downhill is impossible.”

England rugby coach told

off by his 93-year-old mother

BAGSHOT, England — At 57, Eddie Jones still isn’t too old to be told off by his mother.

Television cameras caught the England rugby coach slamming down his notebook and blurting out swear words during his team’s error-riddled 21-8 win over Argentina on Saturday.

Among the viewers shocked by Jones’ outburst in the Twickenham stands was his mother.

Jones apologized Monday “for using poor language” and said his 93-year-old mother, who lives in Australia, phoned him after the game and said “please don’t swear.”

Jones said “I was frustrated we didn’t play better. I think everyone was frustrated and sometimes you can’t control yourself.”

England takes on Australia, Jones’ native country, on Saturday in its second November test match.


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