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C4 | SPRINGFIELDNEWS-SUN | MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. SPORTS NHL GOLF BLUEJACKETS4, GOLDENKNIGHTS3 Blue Jackets able to complete perfect road trip ByBrianHedger TUESDAY’SGAME TheColumbusDispatch Capitals Ca t Blue ackets, p.m., SOhio The bass was thumping so loud, even the players could feel it. There were loud noises, lights, showgirls in the aisles anda full-on Vegasstyle production fromstart to Saturday night at T- Mobile Arena. Oh, yes, there was also one heck of a hockeygameplayedbetween the Columbus Blue Jackets and Vegas Golden Knights – whose up-tempo style off-the- charts atmosphere havetakentheNHLby storm. “Thisbuildinghas somuch energy, it’s unbelievable,” Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray, who was seasonanddidn’t get to experience it fromice level. “It was a great game. of the best games of the year, honestly — not that we played, but just the energy level and noise level. I really enjoyed it. It was great.” It didn’t hurt that Columbus won this time, sweeping their three- game road with a 4-3 victory on the wingsoftwolategoalsbyCam Atkinson — his 30th 31st of the season. After a night of celebrating, Vegas style, the Blue Jackets 31-20-3) head home Sundayhappy— knowing they’re back on the right track with two big games this week at Nationwide Arena against the two teams ahead of them in the Metropolitan Division (WashingtonCapitalsonTuesday, New York Islanders on Thursday). They’ve also come a long way since losing straight prior to this road trip. “It’s huge for us,” Murray said. “Winning and losing is sotight inthis league. There’s verysmalldifffffffffffferencebetween the two, so sometimes you lose a step in your game and youlose a couple in a row. just good to get back at it.” Here are three takeaways from Saturday night in Sin City: LAS VEGAS — at Ja 7 FS flflashing fifinish Jackets two sweeps for the price of They swept the roadtripwith a 3-0-0record, downing the Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Vegas, and also swept the season series against the Golden Knights. In fact, outside of being overwhelmed in a 6-3 loss here last season, Columbus has done nothing but win against Vegas – winning three of the four games the two teams have played since the Golden Knights entered the NHL last year. According to Hockey-Reference.com, only teams can now make that claim — the Jackets are the lone representative of the Eastern Conference. one. and said injuredlast fifirst One A rules offifficial directs greenskeepers trying to clear and standingwater fromthe second green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Amgolf tournament Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif. Playwas suspended after the hailstorm. hail fifififififive fifinal ERIC RISBERG / AP and Blue Weather delays Pebble Beach fifinal round First line, fifirst rate trip Tortorellawasnot pleased with the way his top line started the third period Thursday in Arizona, so he sat themfor the 11 minutes of the game. Two days later, they responded– goals. ArtemiPanarinalsohad a goal and two assists for his team-high 19th multi-point game of the season and centerPierre-LucDuboisassisted on Atkinson’s goal. When they play like that, the Blue Jackets’ line is one of the most diffifficult to defend in the entire league. decades, with a few exceptions. Dustin Johnson won the of his two titles in 2009 when the round was delayed until Monday because of rain, and then canceled because the storm system wouldn’t leave. The last time the final round was played on Mondaywas in 2000, when Tiger Woods rallied from a defificit to win his sixth consecutive PGA Tour start. Mickelson won on a Monday — in August. That was in 1998, when rain soaked the Monterey Peninsula in February, and the PGATour decidedto playthe third round the day after the PGAChampionshipendedup the Pacifific coast at Sahalee. chill dipped into the upper 30s. Sam Saunders, whose grandfather Arnold Palmer was the PebbleBeach owners, scoopedup hail tossed it like a snowball. Patrick Reed’s brother laid on his back and tried to make a snow angel. Withtwodelays approaching three hours, it appeared certainthefifinal roundwould not be completed Sunday. Such days were as “Crosby weather” when Bing Crosby was the tournament host for the better part of a half-century. Pebble had round in 1962 postponed because of snow. JimmyDemaret rolled out of his bed at the Lodge, looked at the 18th green said, “I know I had a lot to drink last night ... how I end up in Squaw Valley?” The tournament has been ona great runfor the lasttwo and in the LPGA’s Vic Open on Sunday while Scotland’s DavidLawmade eagleonthe par-5 18th to win the men’s title by a stroke over Australians Brad Kennedy and Wade Ormsby. Boutier shot a round 72 to at 8-under 281. Australians Sarah Kemp(65) andSuOh(74) andEngland’s Charlotte Thomas (69) were tied for second. Law’s final- round 66 left him a stroke ahead of Kennedy ( 67) and thirdround leader Ormsby (70) at 18-under 270 on the 13th Beach Golf Links to win his first European Tour tournament. Women’s Australian Open, also sanctioned by the LPGA, will be played next week at The Grange in Adelaide. The men’s European Tour is co-sanctioning the Perth World Super 6 in WesternAustralianextweek. Associated Press fifirst PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. — fifinal The round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was delayed Sunday by the kind of weather that once gave this event reputation, including a hail storm that covered the greens inwhite. Paul Casey had a threeshot lead over Phil Mickelson. Theywerewaiting to tee offff when sunshine gave way to a hail storm that pounded the golf course as players ducked under umbrellas. Before long, the greenswere with tiny pellets, and workers went from using squeegees for excess water to power blowers to remove the hail. The final round earlier was delayed for one hour because of rain. Pebble had a little of everything Sunday. And if the rain hail weren’t enough, the wind fifinal fifinal among ( and ledbyAtkinson’s fifinal- its fifinish fifiveshot fifirst also known fifirst fifififififive Anderson was a force fifilled one Speaking of difficult to defend, Josh Anderson had another big night with his 19th goal and awhopping 10 shot attempts (six on goal). He also played 21:11 on 26 shifts and helped the Blue Jackets’ penalty kill snuff out Vegas’ only power play of the game— preventing the GoldenKnights fromputting a single shot on net. The and It’s Boutier, Law take Vic Open golf titles in Australia but did and Celine Boutier of France claimed a two- stroke victory How sweep it is The victory gave the Blue Peake but the coachwas just taking an interest in a player with whomhe shares afifirstname. “He was hard on me at first, but I finally came to realize that he just wanted to see the best out of me because we have the same name and we wear the same number,” McDavid said. Peake was just 11when his fatherwas killed. Hebelieves things would’ve gone difffffffffffferently in college had his dad been alive to see him play. “He would have been tough on me. He wouldn’t have let me slide,” Peake you thought youwere going to do didn’t matter. If wanted playing time, they would have to prove themselves to the new assistant. “I told coach[Peake] coach [Douglass] doesn’t like me. The coaches don’t like me, I haven’t had a chance to show what I can do,” Breslin “[Coach Peake] is like, ‘You can show me. Nobody here has a starting spot. It doesn’t matter if they have D-I offffffffffffers or no offffffffffffers. It doesn’t matter.’” McDavid thought Peake was picking on him at said. “As a coach, I want to be that person.” Peake, who has a fivemonth old daughter Parker, plans on to coach. He’s hopeful that working with linebackers is just the start of what will become a long career. While been in the profession for season, his impact has already been felt. “I love coach C.J.,” Breslin said. “He’s done a lot for us.” kids NBAPACERS 105, CAVALIERS90 continued fromC1 named continuing Cavaliers can’t recover fromslow start in loss Springfifield’s latest day ceremony, which saw senior linebackers C.J. McDavid (Ashland), Zack Breslin ( Wilmington) and Tavion (Central State) commit to continue their athletic journeys in college. If youplayedunder Peake, being just wasn’t going to be an issue. He tookthe jobofffffffffffferinghis players a clean slate. What you did last season or what signing because he’s only one Smith said. ByTimBielik TODAY’S TO AME The (Cleveland) Plain-Dealer GA pushed The Cavaliers could not find their offffffffffffense early on the second night of a back- to- back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday against the They were outscored by 13 in the first quarter and never got back into the game as they were routed, 105-90. Jordan Clarkson led the Cavs (11-45) offff the bench with18 points. CollinSexton (16 points) and Larry Nance Jr. (16) were the only other Cavaliers to score in double Nance had a good night from distance, however, shooting 3-for-5 from the point line. The three 3-pointers from Nance was a career high on a when he also recorded his consecutive double-double. It’s something Channing (Frye) has been on me relentlessly about,” Nance said. “Our (assistant) coach, Dan Geriot, has been on me relentlessly about (it). I can shoot it. That’s something I have to get game reps at and build my confifidence at.” Five Pacers scoredindouble led by Bojan Bogdanovic’s game-high 23. The Pacers outscored the Cavs, 30-17, in the quarter. After that, the Cavaliers never trailed by fewer than nine were behind by double digits the entire second half. “There were a fewthings we need to improve on. Overall, I thought the effffffffffffort was there,” Cavs coach Larry Drew said. “We went INDIANAPOLIS — Kn nicks at avs, 7p.m., FS SOhio Ca Contact thiswriter at [email protected] fifirst, Pacers. against a really good ballclub. Not taking anything against Indiana. “Hopefully, we can learn from some of the stuffff that we talked about, doing hard, doing things with We’ll continue to harp on that.” Most of Indiana’s offffffffffffensive damage came from inside the arc. The outscored the Cavs on points in the paint, 32. Pacers center Myles Turner was a problem on both ends of the He had 14 points, including a of 3s. He was a deterrent in three blocked shots, and caused problemswhenever the Cavs tried to drive into the paint. The losswas the sixth time this season the Cavs have been held to 90 points or fewer this season. Day Arth), Bowling Green (Scot Loefflffler), Findlay (Rob Keys) and Trine (Troy Abbs) were also featured. That kind of diversity and availability continues to be key in Ohio maintaining its position as one of the nation’s top recruited respected high school football states. Kentucky assistant coach Steve Clinkscale pointed out the Wildcats alone have signed 47 Ohio players the last four years. Said Clinkscale: “What it boils down to is what’s best for the kids.” What was best for Meyer’s son, (now a freshman baseball player at Cincinnati), was playing high school football in the Buckeye State. Meyer said he vividly remembers the day his son suited up on Ohio soil. He cried. It was a scrimmage. “I couldn’t help it,” Meyer said. “My played right where I wanted him to play — for you guys (Ohio coaches). I’m internally grateful for that, forhisexperienceandmyexperience. I’ll always be a part of youguys. I’ll alwaysbe around to help state, university and this association.” continued fromC1 things purpose. better at football,” Day is continuing a stance shared by the last two Ohio State coaches – Urban Meyer and JimTressel. Invest in preps. Meyer was in attendance Friday to accept an award from the for his service to the association covering the previous seven seasons. He was awarded a framed picture commemorating Ohio State’s Rose Bowl win Washington. “( Day) was by several very important people, including our athletic director, and he’s a perfect for State,” Meyer said. “He’s a man’s man that understands the value of what’s done here in this room.” Growing and grooming Ohio football are goals of the OHSFCA. Providing opportunities for players is amain objective. The annual clinic and Ohio State’s continued participation in it produce inflfluential funds, awareness and educational opportunities for both coaches and players. Said president longtime clinic GerryCooke (ZanesvilleHigh School): “We’re very proud of what we do.” and Pacers fifigures. 54- OHSFCA behind 3- flfloor. night pair also the paint with fififth over handpicked Ohio State football coach Ryan Day addresses the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association on Friday in Columbus. “ Nate CONTRIBUTED BY ERIC FRANTZ is just as varied. Unlike state-specifific clinics that canbedominated by one university, the OHSFCAclinic featuresOhio State (had three coaches speak), but also has varied representation. In addition to coordinators or assistants from Michigan State, Minnesota, Pitt, Ohio, Toledo, KentState, Miami, Ashland, NotreDame College, Ohio Tiffiffin, SaginawValley State, Marietta, Mount Union Ohio Northern leading sessions, head coaches from West Virginia (Neal Brown), Indiana (TomAllen), Cincinnati (Luke Fickell), Kentucky (Mark Stoops), Akron (Tom Last year the OHSFCA granted $30,000worth of scholarships to Ohio seniors (in denominations of $500 and $1,000). Since theprogrambegan, over $1.2 has been granted. Any senior in an can apply. Tabbed “America’s GreatestFootballClinic,” theOHSFCAevent isn’t the country’s largest (Texas), but it is signifificant. More than 2,000 of the association’s 3,000plus members attend as do coaches from Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia Canada. Fifty- vendors rent space. The breadth of speakers fifit Ohio other over A brief, but impactful debut million extracurricular fifififigures kid Brandon Knight suited up for the Cavaliers onSaturday night forhis actionsince Jan. 11 when hewaswith the Rockets. Ironically, that was against the Cavs. Knight, who was acquired in a three-teamdeal with the Jazz Rockets, came offff the bench late in the first quarter andhit his shots, all 3s. He finished with nine points in 12 minutes. fifirst fifirst Dominican, and and this this and OHSFCA and director fifirst three Contact this contributing writerat 937-554-0477 or [email protected] and fifive email com. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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