CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.—It wasn’t a great first-day score by the Austin Peay State University women’s golf team, Monday, but it was good enough to have the Lady Govs in third place heading to the final round of F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, being played at the Clarksville Country Club.
Austin Peay shot a 316 and trails fellow Ohio Valley Conference rivals Jacksonville State (301) and Morehead State (309). Southern Illinois, the only non-OVC team in the top seven, and Murray State are tied for fourth (317) while SIU Edwardsville (319) and Belmont (324) are sixth and seventh, respectively. The tourney’s other OVC foe, Tennessee Tech (329), is tied for eighth on the par-72, 5879-yard layout.
“A 316 on an average day is okay,” APSU coach Sara Robson. “To be in third place with a 316 is pretty fortunate when you considered we had a couple girls really struggle today. But we were really fortunate to have some girls really play well today. That is why it is team golf.
“We carried a couple of girls today who have carried us in the past.”
Junior Tala Mumford, who has played her career’s most consistent golf this fall, led the Lady Govs with a 3-over 75, tying her for third place. Freshman Jessica Cathey was tied for 11th with a 77 while Holly Batey was tied for 16th at 79. JSU’s Ornella Arrizon and Luz Armijo-Fernandez are tied for first after shooting 1-over 73s, respectively.
“I thought Tala just played real solid today,” Robson said. “She always has had the game and always has worked hard. But now she has gained confidence—she started believing she could play well. She comes to the golf course focused, knowing she is going to play well.
“Jessica played well today. She made a couple of freshman mistakes. She lost a couple of shots on (No.) 12 because she got in a hurry. But she played solid golf as did Holly.”
However, the Lady Govs’ top fall golfer entering the tournament, senior Lauren Bond, got off to a good start, being at minus-1 through two holes, but then finished with an 85. Senior Tabitha Beard, the Lady Govs’ best golfer during the stretch last spring, shot an 86.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Meghan Mueller carded an 81.
“Not having that lower fourth score hurt a little bit today,” Robson said. “But they will do better tomorrow.
“What I really liked about today is we really grinded well. We made some par putts; we chipped in some pars. We hit a lot of fairways and we hit a lot of greens. We had some three putts, but you are going to have three putts on this course. Minimizing those has you leading the tournament.”
For the most part, Robson liked what she saw from her Lady Govs, Monday.
“We had a lot of positives from today,” she said. “Mentally, we need to do a little better in some areas tomorrow, but I am confident we will improve in those areas tomorrow.”
By Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Now that the Tennessee Titans finally have the win they so desperately needed they get a couple of days to rest before trying to prove they’ve turned this season around.
Coach Mike Munchak gave his Titans (2-4) the weekend off after Thursday night’s 26-23 win over Pittsburgh, and they don’t play again until visiting Buffalo on Oct. 21.
“Obviously, winning is huge for us because we needed it so badly and it’s something we can build off of,” Munchak said Friday. “Now we have these four games coming up, and we have another break. Let’s see if we can suck it up and put a winning streak together.”
The Titans showed some glimpses of the team that went 9-7 last season beating the Steelers. They blocked a punt to set up their first rushing touchdown this season, and the defense that had given up an NFL-worst 181 points through five games allowed a season-low points in forcing Pittsburgh to settle for four field goal attempts with the last one short in the final minute.
It would be easy for the Titans to think of what might have been if not for their struggles the first five weeks.
“We’ve already given away four games,” cornerback Jason McCourty said after the game. “At this point, it’s a matter of trying to win out now.”
The schedule certainly eases up for Tennessee.
The weekend off provides a mini-break before visiting Buffalo (2-3), hosting Indianapolis (2-2) and Chicago (4-1) and going to Miami (2-3) before the Titans’ bye week. Munchak said they then will have a six-game run to the finish, and Houston is the only team currently with a winning record in that stretch.
The Titans return to work Monday still needing to gear up the offensive and deal with tackling issues on defense. Doctors will check Jake Locker‘s left, non-throwing shoulder Monday to see if he can return to practice. If Locker isn’t ready, then Matt Hasselbeck would start his third straight game.
“If Jake’s healthy and we feel he’s ready to play, he’ll play,” Munchak said.
If Locker isn’t ready, Munchak said they are lucky to have Hasselbeck. The 14-year veteran was intercepted once and got lucky at least twice against Pittsburgh, including once on the tying touchdown drive. But Hasselbeck also had his best game ever against the Steelers throwing for 290 yards and the 5-yard TD to Kenny Britt.
Tennessee held the ball for 30 minutes, 3 seconds – the longest time of possession by the Titans since a win over Jacksonville on Dec. 24 last season. The Titans’ improved offense might have been helped by offensive coordinator Chris Palmer moving to the box for the first time with receivers coach Dave Ragone on the field.
Palmer had worked from the sideline since joining the staff last season, intially to better coach a new offense during games. It worked well enough last season as Tennessee went 9-7 that Palmer stayed on the sideline the first five weeks this season before making the switch with Ragone.
“I’m sure we’ll keep it that way,” Munchak said.
The Titans also got just the second start this season for Britt, who tore his right ACL in September 2011 and has had three knee surgeries since then. His timing remains a bit off as he works himself back into shape.
Chris Johnson has been criticized heavily for his poor start this season. The Titans still can run better, but Johnson’s 91 yards on 19 carries was his best game ever against the Steelers. Johnson credited the offensive line for his performance, saying they need each other to play well.
Munchak said both Johnson and the offense benefited from being having more time on the field to get into a better rhythm together. Winning the game by scoring 10 points in the final 4:19 against the NFL’s fifth-best defense also gave a glimpse of what the Titans believe they have on offense.
“We have some very good talent here,” Munchak said. “It’s just a matter of us now week in, week out proving that.”
The Titans still must fix tackling woes. Ike Redman got 10 extra yards on one catch because the Titans were too busy trying to punch the ball out rather than take him to the ground. Munchak said they must wrap up before trying to force a turnover.
“It’s a work in progress,” Munchak said.
And Tennessee has 10 games left to show what they can do.
NOTES: DT Jurrell Casey hurt his shoulder and didn’t finish the game. Munchak said the tackle should back for Buffalo. Defensive back Tommie Campbell, who hurt his left ankle covering a punt, will be checked and could miss some time.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Conditions were the victor in the first round of the WKU Kenny Perry Invitational.
Thirty miles-per-hour winds added to one of the most difficult courses Austin Peay State University has faced in head coach Kirk Kayden’s career.
Normally a 320 means a lot of extra work for the Governors. Sunday, it meant the Governors were third place at the Club of Olde Stone.
The Govs’ Ohio Valley Conference foe, Jacksonville State, which played at Olde Stone during the NCAA Regional last spring, leads the tournament after an opening-round 305, followed by Louisville at 315. Akron is in fourth at 321.
OVC members Morehead State (sixth/330), Tennessee Tech (seventh/331), Eastern Kentucky (ninth/333) and Belmont (10th/338) also are competing on the par 72, 7372-yard layout. The second 18 holes will be played Monday, with the final round on Tuesday.
“I was standing with some of the other coaches on the (practice) putting green this morning and we thought 80 would be a good score,” Kayden said. “When you considered the length of the course-it tipped out at 7,400 yards-and the placement of the pins to go with the winds, there were not going to be a lot of good scores.
“The course today played longer than the NCAA Regional here back last spring.”
Junior Marco Iten is tied for fourth place after shooting a 5-over 77 while Anthony Bradley is tied for 10th with a 7-over 79, knocking home a 20-foot birdie on the final home to get below 80. Jacksonville State Franco Grillo led the way with an even-par 72 while teammate Tomasz Anderson was at 2-over 74.
On the day, the average score was 83.90, with only 12 players below 80.
“We had two scores under 80 and that was good,” Kayden said. “Both Marco and Anthony played pretty well considering everything.
“For a guy (Grillo) to shoot even par, that is like a 65 on a normal course in good conditions. You have to take your hat off to him.”
Kayden hopes his veteran team can put Sunday’s round behind it and bounce with a stronger round in what is expected to be better weather conditions, Monday.
“We just have to forget about today,” Kayden said. “Everything was relative today as far as scores were concerned. You can go one way or the other. If you forget about today and put together some good scores as a team you have the opportunity to get back in this thing.
“If you allow today to bother you, you can go the other way.”
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Facing one of the stingier defenses in the Ohio Valley Conference, Austin Peay State University women’s soccer team proved up to the challenge against SIU Edwardsville, Sunday. The Lady Govs played the Cougars to a 0-0 draw at Korte Stadium in a battle between two top conference rivals.
For Austin Peay (7-7-1, 3-2-1 OVC), it’s the third time in the last four matches an opponent was held scoreless. SIU Edwardsville (7-5-2, 4-2-1 OVC) remains one of the strongest defensive units in the conference, with just nine goals allowed in 14 games.
“We expected a tough match-up today,” said head coach Kelley Guth. “We were flat at the start and never got into much of a rhythm, but we battled for 110 minutes and picked up a crucial point.”
The Cougars controlled pace for much of the first half, outshooting Austin Peay 9-3 in the opening 45 minutes. The Lady Govs didn’t get a shot attempt off after the first 20 minutes; juniors Morgan Zigelsky and Tatiana Ariza put shots on goal for Austin Peay in the first half.
Junior Haylee Shoaff was under fire early and often but held her own throughout the match. The Coral Springs, Fla., native made three saves in both halves and had eight total saves on the day. She now has 76 saves this season, the eighth-best single-season total in school history.
Four of the Lady Govs 10 shots came in the second overtime period. Juniors Corey Osborn and Andy Quiceno each attempted two shots and put one on goal, but were unable to find the back of the net. Osborn, hoping to catch the defense napping, fired a long shot to open the final overtime but just missed finding the mark.
“We hoped to catch them off guard at the beginning of overtime, but it didn’t work out,” Guth said. “SIU Edwardsville outplayed us for a lot of the game, but we battled to the end and showed some resolve, which was big for us.”
Shoaff’s foe in the opposing net, SIU Edwardsville’s Jennifer Pelley, made five saves on the day.
With the tie, Belmont’s overtime win at Tennessee Tech and Eastern Kentucky’s loss to conference-leading UT Martin, the Lady Govs are tied with Eastern Kentucky, Belmont and Jacksonville State for third in the OVC.
The Lady Govs host Tennessee Tech (7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19) and Jacksonville State (2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21) next weekend in two matches with huge conference standing implications. Friday’s match will be Senior Night, while Parents Day is scheduled for Sunday.
CULVER CITY, Calif. — Throughout his 13-year NFL career, Steve McNair was defined by his toughness and his ability to lead. The latest installment of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life examines the life and legacy of the quarterback who tragically lost his life at the age of 36, told through the words of his family, friends and former teammates.
Airing Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 PM ET, Steve McNair: A Football Life chronicles the life of the quarterback who electrified NFL fans in Houston, Tennessee and Baltimore with his play on the field, yet lived a subdued life off it.
Selected third overall in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, McNair brought a versatile playing style to the quarterback position. During his senior season at Alcorn State University, McNair broke college football’s all-time record for total offense and finished third in the Heisman Trophy vote. After starting only six games in his first NFL two seasons, McNair became the full-time starter in 1997, launching a career in which he led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, was named co-MVP in 2003, and made an incredible impact on the teammates he played with and the community that cheered for him every Sunday.
On July 4, 2009, McNair was found dead in Nashville. The news shook those closest to McNair and the entire football world. The one-hour documentary explores the complicated legacy of McNair through interviews with family members, former teammates and coaches, and friends. Additionally, past footage of McNair spending time with his family on his farm in Mississippi and the annual gathering the McNair family now holds every Fourth of July to honor Steve is shown.
Steve McNair: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:
Lucille McNair – Steve’s mother
Fred McNair – Steve’s brother
Tim McNair – Steve’s brother
Steve McNair, Jr. – Steve’s son
Tyler McNair – Steve’s son
Trenton McNair – Steve’s son
Steven McNair – Steve’s son
Eddie George – Oilers/Titans running back, 1996-2003
Jeff Fisher – Former Oilers/Titans head coach, 1994-2010
Robert Gaddy – Steve’s friend
Mitchell Williams – Mississippi sports anchor
Chris Sanders – Oilers/Titans wide receiver, 1995-2001
Mike Munchak – Oilers/Titans assistant coach, 1994-2010
Brad Hopkins – Oilers/Titans offensive tackle, 1993-2005
Zach Piller – Titans guard, 1999-2006
Floyd Reese – Oilers/Titans general manager, 1994-2006
Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.
For the first look at Steve McNair: A Football Life, visit:
Following are select quotes from Steve McNair: A Football Life:
– “Nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes, and a mistake cost him his life.” – Lucille McNair
– “He was a fun, gregarious character, but laidback and quiet.” – Eddie George
– “If I could have been there for my friend one more time, then he’d still be here. There are so many nights that I’ve gotten phone calls from him [asking], ‘I need you here, I need you there.’ That’s the one call I wish I could have got.” – Robert Gaddy
– “It’s hard to even imagine the shoes he was walking in. Steven was an introvert; he didn’t come out and talk a lot about what was happening inside of him.” – Mitchell Williams
– “He always had a minute for everybody. He understood that he was in a unique position and that how he was approached by people, it meant a lot. He understood exactly what his role was.” – Brad Hopkins
– “He was like a linebacker playing quarterback.” – Michael Strahan
– “The buzz in the city [of Houston] was so high…People were cheering. They wanted to see what Steve McNair could do and he didn’t let people down.” – Chris Sanders
Below is the remaining broadcast schedule for A Football Life, airing on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM ET:
October 24 – Eddie DeBartolo
October 31 – Chris Spielman
November 7 – Jimmy Johnson
November 21 – John Riggins
December 5 – Barry Sanders
December 12 – Marcus Allen
December 19 – The Immaculate Reception
Airing throughout the NFL season, A Football Life examines the iconic individuals and subjects that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.
Every episode of A Football Life and all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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