Weber State football moves up to the top 10 in both national FCS polls

After a dominating win over a nationally-ranked team Saturday, the Weber State football team has moved up in the national rankings.

The Wildcats are now in the top 10 in both national rankings. WSU is seventh in the STATS FCS poll and eighth in the AFCA Coaches poll. WSU moved up from 11th and 13th in the two polls last week.

Weber State is coming off a dominating 27-10 win over No. 22 South Dakota last Saturday in its home opener. The Wildcat defense recorded eight sacks and forced three turnovers in the win.

WSU is one of four teams ranked from the Big Sky. Eastern Washington is sixth with Montana 19th and UC Davis 21st in the STATS poll.

Head coach Jay Hill and the Wildcats are back home Saturday to open Big Sky Conference play as they host Northern Colorado at 6 p.m., at Stewart Stadium.

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Ohio State’s Meyer starts toward repairing scandal damage

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he has sent letters and had conversations families of players as a key step toward containing and repairing the scandal that led to his three-game suspension.

Meyer acknowledged Monday that the program’s reputation has suffered and said he hopes more clarity about what happened will help mitigate the damage.

Meyer was questioned at length during a 55-minute news conference about his mismanagement of an assistant coach accused of domestic abuse. The session would have normally been about his team’s upcoming football game.

Meyer reiterated his contention that he did not turn his back on domestic violence allegations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July.

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Moore: No more Mariners makeovers — time for the full rebuild in 2019

Starting last Thursday with their series against the Angels, the Mariners should have all of their remaining wins marked with an asterisk. Same goes for any player who improves his batting average or ERA over the last 2 1/2 weeks of the season.

M’s fall short of sweep as Angels win finale 4-3

These games don’t matter anymore. If so-and-so hits .500 the rest of the season, I don’t want to hear am announcer tell me how he had a great finish to his 2018 season. And any wins the rest of the way? Please… They will be empty victories, cosmetically enhancing their final record.

When they beat the Angels in the first three games of their four-game series, were you thinking the same thing I was? “OK, now you put together a winning streak WHEN IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE! Where were those victories against the Padres when it still mattered?”

If they finish with a 90-72 record, I would call the Mariners the most disappointing 90-win team in Major League Baseball history. And I’m guessing they will get to 90 wins because they’re relaxed and loose now. The pressure’s gone. They’re mathematically alive but we all know they’re dead – the A’s will secure the wild-card berth by the end of this week.

It’s been the strangest Mariners season I can remember, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m old enough to have seen them all. I can’t remember a Mariners team that has been so good and so bad in the same season. There have been times this year when I thought they might be the best team in the league and times when I thought they were the worst.

On July 5 they were 56-32. The next day, general manager Jerry Dipoto was given a multi-year contract extension. The Mariners have gone …read more

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BYU volleyball: Haddock-Eppich named WCC Player of the Week

Senior setter Lyndie Haddock-Eppich has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Haddock-Eppich propelled No. 1 BYU women’s volleyball to wins last week over rival No. 24 Utah, as well as Weber State, another in-state foe, to conclude non-conference play.

In a sweep of the Utes in front of a record-breaking home crowd, Haddock-Eppich contributed a double-double of 31 assists and 10 digs while adding three blocks and three kills. The double-double was her fourth of the season. She also led the team to a .427 hitting percentage, the highest of the season.

In a three-set victory at the home of the Wildcats, also in front of a record-breaking crowd, Haddock-Eppich put up 42 assists – a season high for a three-set match – as well as six digs and three blocks. She led the team to a .386 clip in the win.

For the week, Haddock-Eppich averaged 12.17 assists per set, 2.67 digs per set and 1.00 blocks per set while leading the team to a .406 hitting percentage.

This is Haddock-Eppich’s first player of the week honor of the season. Roni Jones-Perry won the honor in the second week of the season.

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