Woonsocket Call : 2019-02-11

SPORTS : 11 : B3


Sports THE CALL B3 Monday, February 11, 2019 Football AAF kicks off without kickoffs, but with SkyJudge SAN DIEGO ( AP) — When the fledgling Alliance of American Football held four exhibition games recently in San Antonio, something was missing. Kickoffs. "We were all looking around saying, ' Does anyone miss kickoffs?' The answer was, no, we did not miss them," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's former vice president of officiating who is a consultant for the latest attempt at a spring league. So, yes, when the eight-team AAF kicked off this past weekend, there were no kickoffs as a nod to player safety and one of many twists to make games faster. There will be plenty of other differences between the NFL and the AAF, which was founded by Bill Polian, a Hall of Famer and former NFL general manager, and Charlie Ebersol, a longtime TV and film producer. Among them will be a ninth member of the officiating crew, called a SkyJudge who will be in the press box and can instantly correct "obvious and egregious" officiating errors, like the one that marred the NFC championship game. Overtime will be different, too. The AAF opened Saturday with the San Diego Fleet visiting the San Antonio Commanders and the Atlanta Legends at the Orlando Apollos. Games continued Sunday with the Memphis Express visiting the Birmingham Iron. Tigers treated to Banner Night The Tolman High School boys’ soccer team was honored during halftime of this past Friday night’s Tolman-Shea boys’ basketball game at Donaldson Gymnasium. The THS soccer team made history this past season with an undefeated campaign that was capped off in thrilling fashion a 1-0 victory over La Salle Academy in the Division I state title game. While standing on the court, the Tigers saw two banners unveiled on the gym’s wall. One paid tribute to the team’s memorable season while a second banner recognized the All-New England and All-American status that was bestowed upon senior Luis Blanco by the United Soccer Coaches Association. — Photos by Brendan McGair January 10, 2019 - Burrillville’s David Neal battles Westerly during the 160 lb. match at Woonsocket High School Thursday night. Ernest A. Brown/RIMG photo This action shot brought to you by: Sports Blackstone Valley www.navigantcu.org 401-233-4300 Free Pic of the Day Photo Give-A-Way If your child’s name appears in the Pic of the Day you are welcome to receive FREE photo reproductions of the Pic of the Day. Call Diane Ames at 401-767- 8505 to request your Pic of the Day photo set and you will receive one 8”x10” and two 5”x7” photos as a free gift from Navigant Credit Union. Please give us the date that your Pic of the Day ran in the paper. Additional photos can be ordered at a cost of $8.00 each for one 8”x10” or two 5”x7” 11”x17” Posters can also be ordered at a cost of $10.00 Please leave your order quantities and contact information when you call. You will be called when your order will be ready for pick up. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards.

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