Hurts rallies No. 1 Alabama to 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia

first_img Follow Share: GO By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press Published: December 1, 2018, 6:40pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: “It kind of feels like I’m breaking my silence,” Hurts said.He spoke loud and clear against the Bulldogs. And when he trotted off the field after the winning TD, Tagovailoa was one of the first teammates to greet him. Afterward, they stood side-by-side on the podium in the middle of the field while Alabama received its SEC championship trophy.“When he went into the game,” linebacker Mack Wilson said, “I was telling Dylan Moses, ‘Man, it’s like deja vu.’ I was like, ‘Watch him go in and bring us back and win the game.’ I knew he was going to do that and I’m pretty sure everybody else did, too.”The Crimson Tide is headed back to the College Football Playoff, looking for its second straight national title and the sixth of the last decade under Saban.“I know at Alabama, there’s always an opportunity to win,” Hurts said. “I’m so happy, so happy for everybody.” Tagovailoa won the starting job outright heading into this season and performed brilliantly before Saturday, throwing 36 touchdown passes with only two interceptions.The SEC title game took a different path. Georgia put quite a beating on Tagovailoa, who was picked off twice, spent much of his spare time in the medical tent and was largely ineffective as the Bulldogs built a pair of two-touchdown leads.Finally, with just over 11 minutes remaining, Tagovailoa went down for good after one of his own linemen stepped on his right foot as he attempted to throw.Enter Hurts, who posted a 26-2 record as the starter before Tagovailoa claimed the job. Share: He calmly guided the Crimson Tide (13-0, No. 1 CFP) to a game-tying touchdown with a 10-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy, capping a 16-play, 80-yard drive that consumed more than 7 minutes.After Georgia (11-2, No. 4 CFP) was stuffed on a fake punt near midfield, Hurts took matters into his own hands for the winning score. Spotting an opening up the middle, he took off on a 15-yard TD run with 1:04 remaining.“It’s unprecedented to have a guy that won as many games as he won … start as a freshman, only lose a couple of games the whole time that he was the starter, and then all of a sudden he’s not the quarterback,” Saban said. “How do you manage that? How do you handle that? You’ve got to have a tremendous amount of class and character to put team first, knowing your situation is not what it used to be.”Hurts completed 7 of 9 passes for 82 yards, to go along with five carries for 28 yards in less than a quarter of action. Follow The Columbian on Instagram ATLANTA — Jalen Hurts spent most of the season watching from the sideline, cheering on the guy who took his job and hoping for one more chance to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide.He didn’t pout. He didn’t gripe. He didn’t transfer.On Saturday, Hurts got the call.Boy, did he respond.Hurts threw for one touchdown and ran for another with just over a minute to go, rallying No. 1 Alabama to a 35-28 victory over No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game. It was a stunning twist on the scenario that played out less than 11 months earlier on the very same field.“I’ve probably never been more proud of a player than Jalen,” coach Nick Saban said.If they had pitched this script to Hollywood, it would’ve been laughed out of the room for being too implausible. In last season’s national title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, between these same two teams, Tua Tagovailoa replaced an ineffective Hurts at the start of the second half with Alabama trailing Georgia 13-0. The replacement threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yarder in overtime that gave the Tide a stunning 26-23 victory. FROMM SHINESJake Fromm got the best of his duel with Tagovailoa.Georgia’s sophomore quarterback threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, while Tagovailoa was only 10 of 25 for 164 yards.The Alabama QB did spark the comeback with a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle late in the third quarter, cutting Georgia’s lead to 28-21.IT’S A FAKE!With the game tied at 28, Georgia raced fourth-and-11 at its own 50. The Bulldogs lined up for a punt that could’ve put the Tide in a deep hole, but Smart inexplicably called for a fake punt.It never had a chance.Backup quarterback Justin Fields took a direct snap, looked to throw and then took off running. He was quickly swarmed by the Tide defenders, gaining only 2 yards. 2 Photos Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) celebrates his touchdown against Georgia during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Photo Gallery By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Georgia can make a pretty good case for the playoff, too, but the Bulldogs will likely get left out. Big 12 champion Oklahoma avenged its only loss by beating Texas, and No. 6 Ohio State still had a chance to make its case in the Big Ten title game.This was another galling loss for Saban’s former assistant, Kirby Smart. He’s quickly built Georgia into a national powerhouse, but he keeps coming up short against his ex-boss.For the second time in less than a year, the Bulldogs squandered a double-digit lead to the Crimson Tide. While this one didn’t end with the suddenness of that national title game, it hurt just as bad. The Bulldogs had another chance to knock off the team that had been No. 1 in the polls all season, a team that has built perhaps the greatest rivalry in college football history.“With a team like that, you’ve got to be able to put them way because they keep hanging on,” Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta said. “They’ve been doing it for a lot of years.” Hurts rallies No. 1 Alabama to 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia Crimson Tide loses starting QB Tagovailoa to ankle injury Hurts took it from there.“Look, I wasn’t coming here to play to tie,” Smart said.THE TAKEAWAYAlabama: This was the sort of challenge that should serve the Crimson Tide well in the College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide had not been in serious trouble all season, beating everyone by at least 22 points, but they showed plenty of grit when finally challenged by the Bulldogs.Georgia: The Bulldogs will be kicking themselves for the way they let this one slip away. Twice, on third-and-short with a chance to extend drives, they failed to convert. And that fake punt will go down as one of Smart’s worst blunders.UP NEXTAlabama: The Crimson Tide heads to the College Football Playoff for the fifth year in a row, undoubtedly as the No. 1 seed and the favorite to win another national title. Alabama is expected to play in the Cotton Bowl semifinals. The opponent could be Oklahoma, Ohio State or maybe even Georgia. Saban endorsed the Bulldogs for a spot in the playoff, saying “they’re one of the four best teams in the country.”Georgia: The Bulldogs are hoping to land a playoff spot but will likely have to settle for a trip to the Sugar Bowl as a consolation prize.last_img read more

Blazers outlast Nuggets in epic 4OT Game 3, 140-137

first_img 8 Photos By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Hood finished with 19 points.“Rodney Hood a huge impact on the game, and they went to him,” Malone said.In the first overtime, McCollum’s layup tied it at 109 with 8.7 seconds left and Jokic missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer.With the game knotted at 118 in the second overtime, Jokic missed a 3-pointer and a jump ball with 5.7 seconds left was grabbed by McCollum. Portland called a timeout with 4.1 seconds on the clock but Lillard missed a 3-point attempt as time ran out.Millsap’s jumper with 32 seconds left gave the Nuggets a 129-125 lead in the third overtime, but Lillard’s bank shot closed the gap and he added a layup that re-tied it again with 8.4 seconds left. GO TIP-INSNuggets: Denver was 3-1 over the Blazers in the regular season. … Gary Harris fouled out with just over a minute left in the third overtime. Red Rocha and Paul Seymour of Syracuse set the NBA record by playing 67 minutes in the March 21, 1953, quadruple-OT game in Boston.Trail Blazers: The Blazers showed Lillard’s 37-foot shot that clinched the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder before the game and the crowd at the Moda Center against cheered. … Portland was 32-9 at home in the regular season.MAN IN THE MASKThe Nuggets called Craig’s injury a nasal contusion. The clear mask he donned was from a previous injury.“Obviously I don’t think it’s comfortable. I don’t think it’s something that he prefers,” Malone said. “But with the injury that he sustained and the bleeding, and the fact that this is similar to another injury that he incurred, it’s being really preventative and making sure it doesn’t get any worse. Torrey’s one of those guys, he makes no excuses. He’s a tough kid.” “I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up on myself, just kept playing, kept working,” he said. “I had no idea that I’d end up in Portland in this type of situation. But to be here, to have my family in the crowd when I saw a lot of sad faces last go-round, to be here is very emotional for me, to be quite frank.“A lot more basketball to go, though. A lot more basketball.”The Blazers and Nuggets played a lot already.It was just the second quadruple-overtime playoff game in NBA history, joining a 1953 game between the Boston Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals.CJ McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points and Damian Lillard added 28 for Portland, which stretched its winning streak at home to 12 games dating back to the regular season.Hood scored seven points in the final OT and helped the Blazers remain unbeaten at home this postseason. Blazers outlast Nuggets in epic 4OT Game 3, 140-137 McCollum scores 41 points, Hood hits key 3-pointer as Portland takes 2-1 series lead Nikola Jokic had his third triple-double of the playoffs with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, but missed a crucial free throw with 5.6 seconds to go. The 7-foot center played 65 minutes, two shy of the postseason record.Jamal Murray had a playoff-high 34 points for the Nuggets. Game 4 is Sunday.“We fought, we fought, we fought. That’s all you can ask for. Too many second-chance points too many turnovers, that was the difference in the game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But that was a hell of a basketball game by two very good basketball teams.”Hood’s jumper tied the game at 133 with just over a minute left in the final overtime. Will Barton missed the first of two free throws for Denver before Hood added a baseline jumper. Paul Millsap’s hook shot with 27 seconds left gave the Nuggets the edge.But Hood’s 26-foot 3-pointer gave Portland a 138-136 lead as time wound down. Jokic missed the first of two free throws for Denver and Seth Curry made free throws for the Blazers to close it out. Published: May 3, 2019, 11:39pm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. McCollum played 60 minutes.The Blazers, in the conference semifinals since 2016, have won the last two games after second-seeded Denver’s victory in Game 1.Maurice Harkless started for the Blazers after rolling his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 and sitting out the rest of the way.Torrey Craig was also day-to-day but started for Denver, wearing a clear mask after his nose was bloodied in Wednesday’s game.Portland led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but the Nuggets pulled in front 38-37 on Murray’s running 3-pointer. Portland went into the break with just a 48-47 edge. Subscribe Today Share: Share: Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth overtime of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Friday, May 3, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Photo Gallery KANTER’S SHOULDEREnes Kanter finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds, but said afterward he re-injured his left shoulder — originally hurt in Game 5 against the Thunder.“I will just go home and get some rest. I don’t know if I can play the next game but I will do my best to be out there with my teammates,” he said.UP NEXTGame 4 is set for Sunday in Portland. PORTLAND — Rodney Hood checked back into the game, a fresh body among the weary ones all over the court.Eager for postseason redemption after struggling in the playoffs last year, Hood got his chance Friday night.All he had to do was wait until an NBA postseason record-tying fourth overtime.Hood hit the key 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 140-137 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.Hood was a starter for Cleveland last season when the playoffs opened, but fell out of favor and refused to check into the final minutes of a blowout win over Toronto in the second round. He was acquired by the Blazers in a February trade.last_img read more

Here We Grow Again: Flight Centre Independent Takes Off

first_imgLee Zanello, GM Flight Centre Independent  July 5 2017, TORONTO – The Independent Host Agency business is nothing new to Flight Centre in Canada, with Flight Centre Associates in operation for the last nine years; however, the business is about to see some major investment. Officially rebranded to Flight Centre Independent on July 5th, the company has set its sights on providing the best host solution in the marketplace. “We’ve matured as a business,” says Lee Zanello, General Manager of Flight Centre Independent.  “We’ve spent the last couple of years listening to what our Independent agents have to say and the new Flight Centre Independent is the result.” Flight Centre has made significant resource and technology investments leading up to the launch to ensure that Flight Centre Independent agents receive support and work in systems that are second to none in the market. “As a Flight Centre Independent, you have access to all levels of support across the country within our Leisure Business,” Zanello says.  “The same team of over 100 support staff that support our shops is also there for our Independent agents, and this gives us the opportunity to provide direct, one on one support in ways that are not available with any other host.” Zanello points to Flight Centre’s Group Centre and Cruise Centre as two such examples, teams designed to help agents manage group and cruise bookings from the enquiry stage right through to after travel. “The engagement we have as an entire company over our Independent business model is incredible,” says John Beauvais, President of Flight Centre Canada.  “We are very proud of the business and we know we have the best offer in the Canadian marketplace.” “The name change comes to us at a good time,” Zanello says.  “We were the only ones using the ‘Associates’ term which means we were the best in that ‘Associates’ space.  That’s not where the other players are playing.  For an agent looking for a host, the question now becomes a lot clearer: do you want to be an Independent Agent or do you want to be a Flight Centre Independent Agent.” One of the biggest attractions for agents to Flight Centre Independent is the trust that comes at a consumer level for a brand name they recognize. “You can’t put a dollar value on that brand equity,” Zanello says, “and at the same time, we recognize that some agents and small agencies, especially in smaller communities, value the brand they have built and we are completely fine with that.  You don’t need to paint yourself red and white if you don’t want to.” The full steam ahead approach of the model now means the Independent Agent is more a part of the Flight Centre family than ever before. “We’ve always run this business in true Flight Centre fashion, putting the people first,” Zanello says.  “Flight Centre Independent takes this to the next level where we have an entire company now working to support the success and profitability of our agents.”last_img read more