(Field Level Media) Kyrie Irving totaled 39 points and nine assists while leading six Brooklyn players in double figures as the Nets nearly blew all of a 20-point lead but recorded for a 135-125 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans last night in New York. Irving scored at least 20 points for the seventh straight game, matching Brook Lopez for the most in Nets history since the franchise moved from New Jersey in 2012. He posted his third 30-point game and scored 24 of his points after halftime while shooting 13 of 21 from the floor overall and hitting all 11 of his free-throw attempts.The Nets rebounded from blowing a 14-point lead at Detroit on Saturday and headed into a five-game road trip at 3-4. They withstood a career-high 40 points from New Orleans forward Brandon Ingram and survived allowing 48 points in the third quarter.Caris LeVert added 23 for the Nets, who shot 53.3 percent and survived committing 23 turnovers. Joe Harris contributed 19 points, and Jarrett Allen collected 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Nets produced their highest point total of the season. Reserve Garrett Temple added 13 while Taurean Prince contributed 12 points and 11 boards for Brooklyn.Ingram produced his first career 40-point game after missing the second half of New Orleans’ Saturday loss at Oklahoma City with a head injury. Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball added 15 apiece for the Pelicans, who fell to 1-6.New Orleans shot 49.5 percent overall and set a franchise record for points in a quarter but also allowed 32 points off 21 turnovers. Brooklyn took its second 20-point lead at 78-58 on three free throws by Irving with 8:47 left in the third. The Pelicans significantly chipped away and outscored the Nets 40-26 the rest of the quarter to get within 104-98 entering the fourth.The Pelicans kept coming and were within 121-119 when Jaxson Hayes stole Spencer Dinwiddie’s pass and passed to Josh Hart, who converted the running layup with 4:43 remaining.After a Brooklyn timeout, Allen boxed out Ingram for a put-back dunk, and Irving followed with a turnaround jumper over Holiday for a 125-119 lead with 3:50 remaining. The Nets took a 128-121 lead when Irving passed out of a double team in the low post to LeVert, who buried an uncontested 3-pointer from the left side with 3:07 left. The Nets clinched the win when H
Navy Midshipmen at SMU Mustangs (image: NavySports.com)Navy Midshipmen at Southern Methodist University MustangsSaturday, September 22, 2018; noon ETGerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TXThe Side-by-Side StatsThe Navy Midshipmen (2-1) return to conference play this weekend as they take on the 0-3 SMU Mustangs in Dallas.Navy is looking for their third straight win. Despite dominating Lehigh last Saturday, the Mids played sloppy in a number of areas.While SMU is winless on the season, the Mustangs have faced two top-25 schools (TCU and Michigan) in their first three games. With a quarterback controversy brewing on the Hilltop, SMU is ready for a statement win.Here’s a look at how last week’s stats for each team match up.Last Week’s Results: NAVY: 51-21, win over Lehigh… SMU: 45-20, loss to MichiganTotal Yards: NAVY: 629… SMU: 319Passing Yards: NAVY: 145… SMU: 209Rushing Yards: NAVY: 484… SMU: 110Penalty Yards: NAVY: 8 for 63 yards… SMU: 6 for 60 yards1st Downs: NAVY: 26… SMU: 223rd Downs: NAVY: 6 of 13… SMU: 5 of 144th Downs: NAVY: 2 of 3… SMU: 3 of 4Time of Possession: NAVY: 37:41… SMU: 26:52A Look at the SMU OffenseThe Mustangs are averaging just over 18 points per game. Their offense averages 272 yards per game, with only 81.6 of those yards on the ground. SMU has been outscored 133-44 through the first three games of the season.These are not good numbers, no matter how many top-25 teams a school schedules to start their year.A lot of the fault for these flat stats lies on the unexpectedly poor play of junior QB, Ben Hicks. After throwing for 3,569 yards and 33 TDs last season, Hicks has struggled this year. Completing only 47 percent of his passes for 476 yards and 3 TDs in SMU’s first three games, first year head coach Sonny Dykes benched the junior for the second half of last week’s loss against Michigan.True freshman William Brown took over for Hicks at QB. The highly-touted Brown completed 11 of his 17 passes, throwing two TDs in 87 yards. As to who will start behind center against Navy, Dykes says that may come down to a game time decision depending how practice goes this week.On the ground, Braeden West (senior, RB) leads the SMU offense with 129 yards and two TDs this season. West is one of only four players in the FBS to have scored both a 50-plus yard rushing and receiving TD in 2018.James Proche (junior, WR) is SMU’s biggest threat receiving. Proche had a career-high 11 receptions for 166 yards and 2 TDs in last week’s game. In the previous 13 games, he has caught 40 passes for 816 yards (11th in the AAC) and six TDs (12th in the AAC).A Look at the SMU DefenseThe Mustangs have allowed at least 38 points in their last seven games. Worse yet, 91 percent of the time that an opponent makes it into the red zone against SMU, that opponent scores. Again, not good numbers.Kevin Kane, SMU’s new defensive coordinator, has been tasked with fixing these problems. Kane is young, only 34-years old, but he is not inexperienced. He held the DC job at Northern Illinois the last two years. So, there is every reason to believe that SMU’s defense will only be getting better as the season progresses.Navy’s head coach Ken Niumatalolo commented this week on the Mustangs efforts against a tough Michigan offense, “Physically, (SMU) held up pretty well against the run last Saturday. Michigan tried to pound them up the middle and they played physical inside.”Navy might have particular concerns about SMU’s defense. The Midshipmen offense has allowed an average of five tackles for loss per game this year. Meanwhile, SMU ranks in the top-25 in tackles for loss per game (7.7).SMU Players to Watch• Mikial Onu (junior, S): made his third career INT last week against Michigan• C.J. Sanders (senior, WR): leads all active FBS players in combined kick return yards (2,447) and kickoff return yards (2,140)• Jordan Wyatt (senior, CB): has five defensive return TDs and four career interception return TDs, leading SMU’s all-time players in both categories• Rodney Clemons (junior, DB): leads SMU with 23 tackles on the season• Patrick Nelson: has 1.5 sacksKeys to a Navy Win1. Past is not present… Navy must ignore SMU’s record. The Mustangs are better than their numbers this year.2. Play sharp, not sloppy… Don’t make Coach Niumatalolo mad. The mistakes made against Lehigh last week must not be repeated.Please follow and like us:
NEW YORK | Before parenthood, Chris Kornelis rocked it as a music writer for Seattle Weekly. Two kids later, he’s still making a living as a writer, a freelancer, and recently added a new book to his resume, a how-to guide for dads-to-be who want to stay cool.And he rocks that, too. Who else gets Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan to write his foreword, in which he recalls of his own road trip to fatherhood: “I remember reading ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ when my wife was pregnant with our first daughter. I also remember being, quite frankly, freaked-the-(bleep) out.”Well said, Duff.This book cover provided by Da Capo Press / Lifelong Books shows “Rocking Fatherhood: The Dad-to-Be’s Guide to Staying Cool” by Chris Kornelis, a music journalist and Seattle-area father of two. The foreword for the book is written by Duff McKagan, member of rock group Guns N’ Roses. (Da Capo Press / Lifelong Books via AP)This book, “Rocking Fatherhood,” takes a cheeky week-by-week approach that might just soothe some new daddy nerves and help out in the empathy, sympathy, gotta-buy-some-gear departments.With kids who are now 5 and 14 months, Kornelis, 34, takes on everything from ear infections to egg poaching, breast-feeding to bonding. There’s swaddling, playlists and quirky interviews, like his chat with the pediatrician of his childhood.There’s also the angst he endured after being laid off from Seattle Weekly while shouldering the responsibility of breadwinner for a growing family. Was it time to abandon big dreams in favor of fatherhood? Forget taking career risks to earn a bigger paycheck?Ultimately, he decided his “big project” post unemployment wasn’t a big project at all. It was a lifestyle choice: to continue freelancing and writing books so he could be around for the family.A conversation with Chris Kornelis:AP: What kind of cool are you writing about, the cool of being a music journalist or the cool that helps you avoid being stabbed in the neck by your pregnant and emotional wife?Kornelis: The cool as in not losing your cool and remaining calm and really taking the opportunity to enjoy the special time that is having a new baby. It’s a really exciting time. It’s not the time to get unnecessarily stressed and anxious.AP: Where do dads go wrong generally during pregnancy?Kornelis: For me, I was able to kind of subconsciously, in a way, forget that my wife was pregnant and not always be as attentive as I should have.My wife has a different definition of cleanliness than I do, for example. If it weren’t for her I would literally be living in my own filth. There were times during her pregnancy when I would actually get frustrated. Like why are you cleaning the shower, why aren’t you sitting down and putting your feet up?That was bad on me. I should have said … I know she has a hard time relaxing when things aren’t picked up and I need to step forward and do a little bit more.AP: Do you think younger dads get it more than, say, the “Leave it to Beaver” dad?Kornelis: My dad was a fantastic father. My dad was a very active dad. He didn’t have as many of the opportunities that I did in the sense that there wasn’t as much of a flexible work environment. I have had more flexibility so I’ve played a slightly different role.It’s not a function of my dad not getting it, because he really did. It was the reality of the time.AP: Why is the diaper bag so important to dudes? What is your dream bag?Kornelis: It IS important. You’re going to be using it all day, every day. Get a bag that’s not like a fanny pack. Buy something you can see yourself carrying. There’s no reason to put on the sweats and use a gross nylon bag. Get the good one. I say go for it. We’re still members of the human race. If you can treat yourself, treat yourself. Get a leather backpack if that’s what you like. I like the Filson bags.It’s the whole having a baby changes everything — and it sucks — undertone. You don’t have to give up.AP: What are some of your cautionary tales?Kornelis: The sleep deprivation is real. The sympathy pregnancy weight is real. I just gave away a pair of $200 jeans because I’ve been very sympathetic for the last couple of years.Another thing is the over-worrying about breast-feeding. I wish we would have spent less time the first time around worrying about whether our son was fed off the breast or with a bottle. He’s going to turn out just fine either way.AP: Your elephant in the room during pregnancy is “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” What’s your take on that pregnancy bible?Kornelis: We had it in the house. You take it for what it’s worth. It has good information but it places as much emphasis on all of these things that could go wrong that probably aren’t going to go wrong. … I mean, people generally don’t need to be worried about shark attacks but that book is like a shark attack for every week.AP: So what’s on your list of things many parents think they need to know during pregnancy, but don’t really need to worry about?Kornelis: We should be focusing on what we know is going to happen, focusing on the family and not things that have very slim chances of ever happening. We should be focusing on what we know is going to happen, focusing on the family.