By Rusty Silber
David Scott had plenty of control on the boards and going after loose balls for Farragut on Sunday night.Scott pulled down 21 rebounds to along with four steals and scored nine points.He played a big role in leading Farragut past Seton 50-45 in the Ronald Chops Billinger Memorial Shootout at North Park University.My coach William Nelson told me to keep up with the intensity and dont let it break, Scott said. Its something we focus on, being defense.Im just a defensive player. If we need a defensive stop, then the team looks for me either for loose balls or anything to control the ball.The Admirals (12-7) also had Rashaun Stimage contribute with 19 points, six rebounds and six blocks, and Lavell Boyd score 12 points.The effort out of the boys was great, Nelson said. The start from them was pretty good. Defense was good and we had some guys we wanted to key on. We just didnt want to do too much reaching and work hard helping each other out.Seton (17-4) had its only lead at 3-2 just over a minute into the game, when Kamal Shasi dropped in a trey of his team-high 14 points.Farragut went on a 12-1 run behind Stimage who scored seven points for a 14-4 advantage,The Sting went 1-for-12 from the field in the opening quarter.We had am extremely slow start, Seton coach Brandon Thomas said. We probably shot the worst all season. Theres no excuse and weve got to make those shots especially when you play a team like Farragut.The Admirals maintained ran lead into double digits 25-15 at the break and up to 42-29 heading into the final quarter.Seton made a late push and cut the lead down to five points, but couldnt get any closer.Im disappointed that we didnt come to play, Thomas said. It was a long week and this wouldve been the icing on the cake. After a week of beating Marist and Brother Rice. This was an unacceptable performance for us.
According to Yahoo Sports, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas Sunday morning.
TMZ Sports first reported the news. Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed the crash:
ABC 7 News and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski both later confirmed the report that Bryant was among those that perished:
Bryant played 20 years in the NBA, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, two MVPs and appearing in 15 All-Star games. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters.
The story appears to still be developing, but this is heartbreaking and stunning news for the basketball world at large, and, above all, Bryant's family.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley at the 2020 Pro Bowl and offered a glowing review of Bears quarterback coach, John DeFilippo, whose addition to Chicago's coaching staff is expected to bring the best out of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears' incumbent starter who's entering a make-or-break offseason with the team.
“He’ll be outstanding,” Cousins said. “He’s a great coach. He’s been around this league for a long time. I think it says a lot when someone like Matt Nagy, who knows quarterbacks so well, hires him. I think that says a lot about ‘Flip.’
“When you look at what he did with Carson Wentz as a young player, I think there’s a lot to like there. And he’s going to add a lot to that staff. It’s going to be to my detriment, because we’re in his division. But he’s a great coach.”
DeFilippo was the Eagles quarterback coach for two seasons (2016-17) and played an integral part in Wentz's development between his rookie and second seasons. Under his DeFilippo's tutelage, Wentz went from enjoying a solid rookie season to an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017. It's also noteworthy that DeFilippo managed to get the best out of veteran Nick Foles, who replaced Wentz after a season-ending injury. Foles went on to enjoy a miraculous Super Bowl run.
DeFilippo certainly has his work cut out for him with Trubisky. The former second-overall pick has looked like an average starter (at best) through 41 regular-season starts and regressed mightily in 2019. Blame for his regression has been shared among the offensive line and play-calling, but he deserves much of the criticism too. His mechanics were sloppy, his accuracy was lacking and he just didn't play with the kind of downfield killer instinct Nagy wants from his starter.
Nagy's end-of-year comments about Trubisky needing to learn how to identify coverages didn't create much confidence in his near-term trajectory, either.
But that's why DeFilippo is in town. And if Cousins' comments prove to be true, then we may be on the precipice of a breakout season from Trubisky.
Or maybe DeFilippo will be the tie-breaking voice that allows the Bears to move on if Trubisky's struggles continue.