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Sunday, 7-Apr-2013 13:04 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Geno Smith has 8 TDs in 70

Smith added to a growing Heisman Trophy resume by completing 45-of-51 passes for 656 yards and a Big 12 record-tying eight touchdowns-with five of those going to Stedman Bailey, who also had 303 receiving yards-and the Mountaineers won a scoring fest 70-63 in Morgantown. It was the highest-scoring game in Big 12 history.

West Virginia vs. Baylor: Neither team could stop the other, as the teams combined to score 136 points. (AP Photo)

West Virginia rolled up a school-record 807 yards of offense, and Baylor 700 in the Mountaineers' Big 12 debut against a conference opponent. Among those 1,507 yards, 37 first downs were gained, and six receivers had at least 100 yards receiving.

Smith outdueled Baylor's Nick Florence, who broke Heisman Trophy-winning predecessor Robert Griffin III's school record with 581 yards. Florence threw for five TDs.

"We expect to score that many points a game," Florence said. "But the goal is to score more than our opponent and we came up a little short today."

But the biggest star was Smith, whose eight touchdown passes tied a Big 12 record. And it only took one game for him to break it.

"Can you please tell me how you can improve on that?" West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of his quarterback's play.

ANALYSIS: Enjoy Smith's numbers while you can; they won't last

Terrance Williams had Big 12 record 314 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears, who couldn't keep the Mountaineers from running out the clock in the final three minutes of the game.



Saturday, 6-Apr-2013 06:55 Email | Share | | Bookmark
0 Funbook Talk tablet with voice calling

Micromax continues to add to its Funbook collection of tablets with its latest budget Android offering called Funbook Talk priced at Rs. 7,249.

A fifth tablet in the Funbook series, the Funbook Talk comes pre loaded with Android 4.0 and sports a 7-inch capacitive TFT LCD display with 800x480 pixel resolution. The tablet is powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM.

As the name suggests, the tablet doubles up as a phone, thanks to built-in voice calling and 2G connectivity support. This is the first tablet from the company to do so, with earlier Funbook tablets supporting 3G via USB dongles. It also has a mini HDMI port.

The tablet features a VGA front camera and comes with a 2800mAh battery claiming up to 5 hours of talk time. There's 4GB of internal storage with expansion options unto 32GB via microSD card support. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and 3G dongle support via USB 2.0.

Funbook Talk features a host of apps for media, education and social networking. The tablet supports a variety of audio and video formats and also has a TV mode for streaming live television. Educational apps on the device offer study material for primary classes as well as papers for Medical, Engineering and MBA exams. There are video tutorials too.

Earlier 7-inch tablets from Micromax in the Funbook series include the original Funbook launched in April , Funbook Infinity and the recently spotted Funbook alpha. The company also has a 10.1-inch tablet in the series called the Funbook Pro.


Saturday, 6-Apr-2013 06:51 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Gary Williams joins Big Ten Network as analyst

No, he's not returning to the sideline to scowl at referees and sweat through sportcoats while leading a new team on the court. Williams is joining the Big Ten Network as an analyst.

Gary Williams has a new gig, but it's in a TV studio. (AP photo)

Williams was one of five new hires announced Friday by the network. He will be utilized primarily in the studio, while Dan Bonner, Keno Davis, Eddie Johnson and Dave Miller mostly will work as color analysts on the network's 115 men's basketball games.

"We're very excited to welcome Gary, Eddie, Keno, Dan and Dave," Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said in a statement. "They bring decades of college basketball experience, knowledge and expertise to BTN and will nicely complement our returning talent."

Williams led Ohio State and Maryland to 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Final Fours and the Terps' national title in 2002 before retiring this spring. Eddie Johnson, a star at Illinois in the late '70s and early '80s, played 17 seasons in the NBA. Davis spent the last three seasons as the coach at Providence and was named AP national coach of the year in '08 after leading Drake to the NCAA Tournament.

Bonner, a former player at Virginia, has worked NCAA Tournament games for CBS for a decade and also has worked for ESPN, Fox and Raycom. Miller has 17 years of experience as an assistant coach USC, Arizona State, Texas, Utah State and Army, and he also has worked in the NBA for the New Orleans Hornets.

The quintet will join Jim Jackson, Shon Morris, Quinn Buckner, Tim Doyle, Greg Kelser and Kenyon Murray as game and studio analysts. Gus Johnson, for the first time, leads the network's roster of play-by-play men that includes Dave Revsine, Brian Anderson, Eric Collins, Chris Denari, Tom Hart, Wayne Larrivee and Kevin Kugler.


Saturday, 6-Apr-2013 06:46 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Female kicker Lauren Silberman NFL regional combine tryout

Even so, the first female kicker scheduled to try out at an NFL regional scouting combine would like to see where her new hobby will take her. In an era where Danica Patrick can contend against men in motor sports, Silberman is about to take a big kick forward for female athletes, even if the odds are clearly stacked against her. "I hope my willingness to put myself out there inspires others to seize opportunities and challenges. The support from around the world has been so heartening."

Odds are, though, that scouts will want to see her connect on extra points and chip-shot field goals with some consistency before moving on to the heavy kicking.

Silberman will compete against more accomplished or polished college kickers, all hoping to prove they have the leg strength and accuracy worthy of earning an invite to an NFL training camp. St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein participated in a regional combine last year before he was drafted and morphed into "Legatron."

Cincinnati Bengals special teams coach Darrin Simmons said teams look for several things specifically when judging kickers in these situations. The most important is leg strength, followed by accuracy on field goals over 40 yards, and how they did on clutch kicks in college.

"When rating field goals, the deepest we test at the combine is a 50-yard field goal. There's not many attempts over 55 yards. We don't practice kicks much deeper than that - rarely do we do them," Simmons said. "You can tell after watching a 50-yard field goal how far the ball goes over the crossbar if they can hit from 55. They've got to be able to hit from 55. On kickoffs, they've got to be able to get the ball out of the back of the end zone."

Silberman won't be kicking against the best of the sure-footed prospects, but there will be talent on hand regardless. The regional combines debuted in 2011, and feature players who weren't among the 333 invited to the main combine in Indianapolis. So no first-round picks are likely to show; only potential, hidden, undrafted gems or late-round risks. The league is holding these sessions in 10 cities this offseason, with the most impressive players advancing to a super-regional in April in Dallas. It's sort of the sports version of a TV reality show, where each hit and tackle can wow a scout and move a player on to the next round. Only instead of a recording contract, it's an NFL one.

"It's all up to those guys. If you're talented enough, you're going to get recognized. And if you put up good numbers, the numbers don't lie," said Doug Whaley, assistant general manager/director of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills. "That's one of the things about the combine part of this business. It's the least subjective part of the business. And it's really objective, because you're looking at numbers."

Silberman hasn't treated the tryout like a publicity stunt. More likely, she wanted to use the weekend as an opportunity to promote greater diversity in football.

Silberman also can use this opportunity as a steppingstone to other ventures. Public speaking, perhaps, or even some sports marketing.

"The real upside is if she reaches the next level," said Steve Rosner, a partner with 16W Marketing in New Jersey. "Kickers, in general, aren't brands. Very rare. Even someone like Adam Vinatieri, who (has won) Super Bowls, would have to do a little more than kick to capitalize and endorse at the national level. The one thing she has that they don't have is that she's a woman. The uniqueness of her and the possible success she has will differentiate what she has at that position."

While a female has never played in the NFL, if the gender breakthrough did happen, it most likely would be at kicker.


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