Simeon's late push knocks off Farragut


Simeon's late push knocks off Farragut

By Michael O'Brien

Simeon coach Robert Smith smiled and didnt deny that his team probably doesnt hit the boards too hard after Jabari Parker shoots.

Its because they think its going in, thats all, said Smith.

Friday against Farragut, Parkers smooth jumper didnt fall quite as often as usual and it helped keep the Admirals in the game until a fourth-quarter run that gave the top-ranked Wolverines a 50-43 win at North Park.

Parker finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and shot 8-for-19 from the field, but only two of those makes were jumpers.

The game was tied at the half and Simeon (3-0) led by three after three quarters. The Wolverines held Farragut to just one basket in the final 2:16, during which Kendrick Nunn and Reggie Norris each scored key baskets for Simeon. Up until that point, the Wolverines had relied on Parker and Steve Taylor (15 points, 14 rebounds) for almost all of the scoring.

Thats their role, Smith said of Taylor and Parker. But other guys have to step up.

Farragut senior Rashaun Stimage was a force with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Stimage is one of the best players in the state, by far, said Smith.

Lavell Boyd scored 11 for No. 21 Farragut (2-3) and David Scott scored six and

grabbed nine rebounds while doing a nice job defending Taylor and Parker in

the paint.

David Scott is a tough guy, Farragut coach William Nelson said. He gets

out there and roughs it up a little.

Farragut point guard John Carter was the primary reason the Admirals were able to keep pace with the nations top-ranked team. He handled the Simeon pressure with poise, and used his speed to keep the Wolverines off-balance.

I tried my best, Stimage said. It wasnt enough. We played a good game. I lost in the supersectional to them last year and wanted my revenge.

NFC North standings: Bears’ division lead on life support after loss to Dolphins


NFC North standings: Bears’ division lead on life support after loss to Dolphins

A tie is all that separates the Bears from the rest of the NFC North division. Chicago’s Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins dropped the team to 3-2, which just barely leaves them in first place.

Because the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings tied in Week 2, they sit just behind the Bears at 3-2-1 in the division. The Week 5 bye week also kept Chicago a little bit ahead, but they’re only a game away from dropping down to third.

They still control their own destiny, but Matt Nagy will need an upset win over the New England Patriots on Sunday to maintain their leading position. The Packers are on a bye week, so they would assume first place if the Bears lose.

The Vikings take on the New York Jets for a chance to take sole possession of the NFC North crown, but Chicago is guaranteed to stay ahead of the Detroit Lions, who also have a bye week.

These early season losses are tough on a Bears team trying to grow a division lead before they take on their NFC North foes midseason. The bigger cushion they can build now, the more wiggle room they’ll have when they face the Lions, Vikings and Lions back-to-back-to-back in November.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado


White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

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