Rainbow Warriors, Rams have formidable offenses

The Maui News

The top two offenses in the Mountain West Conference will be on the field today when the University of Hawaii football team faces Colorado State at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

The Rainbow Warriors (2-2, 0-1 Mountain West) average 480.2 yards of total offense per game, while the Rams (2-2, 0-2) are averaging 479.5.

“Creativity-wise, execution-wise, explosiveness — I don’t know if anybody’s better than Colorado State right now on offense in our conference,” UH coach Nick Rolovich said on the school’s athletics website.

The Rams’ Nick Stevens has passed for 1,227 yards, tied for 14th in the nation, with eight touchdowns. Michael Gallup has 31 receptions for 385 yards and a touchdown, while Dalyn Dawkins has run for 242 yards and two scores and Izzy Matthews has 195 yards on the ground. Dawkins and Matthews also each have a touchdown catch.

“Their offense is very diverse,” Rolovich said. “They know how to get the ball to their playmakers in various ways, so our defense is going to have an incredible challenge.”

Hawaii lost 28-21 in overtime at Wyoming last week.

“We’ve got to capitalize better in the goal line and make some corrections on the mental mistakes down there,” said Hawaii’s John Ursua, who earlier this week was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s top receiver.

Colorado State last played on Sept. 26, losing 43-21 to Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the nation by The Associated Press.

“The week off came at a good time for our football team,” Rams coach Mike Bobo said on the school’s site. “It was good to get the week off and get back to fundamentals last week. … The message to the team was that this is our ’Season No. 2’ as we start conference play. It’s one day at a time, one week at a time. Conference games are huge and important for us, and we have a tough task this week as we go on the road to play a very good football team.”

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Rainbow Wahine set ace record in sweep of Titans

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The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team set a program record with 17 aces Friday in a 25-8, 25-9, 25-16 sweep of Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.

The Rainbow Wahine (9-5, 3-0 Big West) opened their road schedule by winning their seventh straight match. McKenna Granato had six aces for UH, along with seven kills, and Emily Maglio had 14 kills without an error, finishing with a .778 hitting percentage.

The previous UH record for aces in a match was 16, in a five-set match against Stanford in 1982. The rally-scoring team record was 13, accomplished three times.

Hawaii’s Savanah Kahakai had 13 digs, and Norene Iosia finished with 28 assists.

Tyler Fezzey had seven kills for the Titans (4-12, 0-4), and Cady Francis had eight digs.

Hawaii will play on the road today against UC Riverside.

Hoosiers expectations remain same with new coach in town

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Coach Archie Miller came to Indiana to win championships. His players expect it, too.
Shortly after Miller sat at a dais inside Assembly Hall and explained his definition of a successful season, the Hoosiers gave their presentation.
“We expect to win, bottom line,” senior guard Robert Johnson said Thursday. “I think we have the talent. I think we have enough experience to do what we set out to do.”
Miller wants his new team thinking that way.
Fans, on the other hand, are understandably wary.
They’ve heard every coach over the past 30 years, from Bob Knight through Tom Crean — five in all, promise a sixth national championship banner. None has delivered.
They’ve watched the Hoosiers go from NCAA Tournament regular to NCAA Tournament part-timer, rebuild after an NCAA scandal gutted the program and endure the embarrassment of a series of off-the-court problems.
The result: Indiana has been to one Final Four since 1993 and has become accustomed to the twists and turns normally reserved for programs in transition.
Athletic director Fred Glass is betting that the gritty coach can smooth out some of those rough patches and help the Hoosiers reclaim their spot in the national conversation.
It’s why Miller took the job in March, and it’s why he’s preaching patience for now.
“We have to become the best team we can be. We have to not only learn one another, we have to develop chemistry,” Miller said. “It’s just day to day and as we get to the games, we’ll see. The expectation level for us is to be ready every single day.”
While those sentences weren’t written for the movie “Hoosiers,” they demonstrate how masterful Miller has become at talking to Hoosiers’ fans in a language they understand.
Throughout his 26-minute news conference, Miller demonstrated used terms like Indiana defenders and East Coast guards, assessed roles and leaders while discussing conditioning, spirit and, of course, defense.
“We’ve spent I’d say 75 percent to 25 percent defense to offense,” Miller said. “We’re having the base stuff put in. We’re not as sophisticated as we want to be. It’s an adjustment, it’s’ repetition after repetition, it’s technique after technique, it’s film after film. But sometimes it’s going to take games. They have to be in games. I don’t think we’re going to be, on Day 1, the Steel Curtain.”
Nobody could ask that much of the Pittsburgh native and obvious football fan.
The ex-Dayton coach and North Carolina State star begins his first official practice with credentials that have impressed his players. He won at Dayton as a head coach and at Arizona and Ohio State as an assistant, and what the players like is the knowledge he brings to the bench from his playing days.
All of that should help get things back on track.
But there is one thing Indiana fans won’t tolerate: Rules violations.
So less than 24 hours after an assistant on the staff of his older brother, Arizona coach Sean Miller, was suspended and relieved of all duties as part of the FBI corruption probe that has rocked the college basketball world, Miller added his voice.
He said he’s already met with Glass several times since the arrests were announced Tuesday and there is no indication that Indiana’s program was involved.
Miller also said he’s spoken briefly with his brother once, to offer support. Still, he was shocked by the allegations.
“I think everyone’s probably taken a step back and is a little reserved or guarded,” Miller said. “But as you look at your own players, you have to remind them to do things the right way and I have no reason to believe that they are not.”
The only more daunting issue heading into Friday’s practice is how long will it take Miller and the Hoosiers to get everything in sync?
Players insist they can finish the job quickly.
“Not only me but my team,” slimmed down forward De’Ron Davis said when asked if he expected to play a dominant role in the Big Ten this season. “All of us, the whole team, not just me individually want to have a big impact on the Big Ten, especially after last year.”
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Tanner Gray off to fast start in rookie NHRA season

By KEN ROBERTS, Associated Press
MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Tanner Gray has the NHRA buzzing in his rookie season. He’s young, he’s brash and he says what’s on his mind.
In fact, one driver said the 18-year-old Gray was a “cocky little puke.”
He’s also fast — and a winner.
Two weeks ago, Gray won the Countdown playoff opener at his home track in North Carolina for his fifth Pro Stock victory of the season. That gave him the points lead, though he dropped to third behind Bo Butner and Greg Anderson last week in Pennsylvania. The young star has a chance to get back on top Sunday with a victory in the NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.
“He’s an instant success story,” Anderson said Friday. “When he told the world he’s going to contend for the championship in the first year, a lot of people thought he was crazy. But he’s proved he was right. He’s got a great chance to win it.”
Tanner’s father, Shane, and grandfather, Johnny, are racers. In fact, the three of them raced together at the U.S. Nationals in Indiana over the Labor Day weekend.
Gray has been able to back up his talk with his performance on the track.
He was put in a car that was competitive from the beginning in the opener in Pomona, California. Although he qualified ninth and was eliminated in the second round at Pomona, he made a statement.
At Las Vegas, Gray became the youngest champion ever at 17 years, 11 months, 18 days. He also won at Topeka, Kansas; Sonoma, California; Brainerd, Minnesota; and Concord, North Carolina.
“Some people say he was put in a fast car,” said mother Amber. “Well he was put in a fast car but you have to have the ability to leave the starting line. He has proven himself to do that.”
The fact that Gray doesn’t have to answer to any sponsors has a lot to do with what comes out of his mouth. Most drivers choose their words carefully when talking to the media for fear of saying the wrong thing that might cause a team to lose a major sponsor.
But Gray fires away and is not afraid to say what’s on his mind.
“Everybody has their own opinions on things,” he said. “I really don’t care what people think about me. I’m going to go out there and try to drive to the best of my ability and do the best I can.
“That’s really the only reason I’m out here. If we were out here to please everybody, nobody would be any good.”
Amber Gray thinks working with and for family can be problematic in a good way.
“It is a different environment. … But it’s always good to have the family and have the support out here,” she said.
“We are blessed that his grandfather is willing to spend the money to be out here.”
The money is being spent wisely because Gray might earn his team and his family a first national title.
One thing is for sure, Gray won’t be afraid to tell people what he thinks and how he feels. He’ll also let his car do most of the talking.
“I’m a pretty confident guy,” he said. “I’m very competitive. I tell people week in and week out, the only reason I come here is to win. It’s been a lot of fun so far. It’s definitely been a learning experience for me.”

Indiana needs near perfection to stop No. 4 Penn State

By TRAVIS JOHNSON, Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Although No. 4 Penn State needed a touchdown pass in the final seconds last week to keep its dream of a playoff berth alive, the down-to-the-wire game hasn’t shaken the Nittany Lions’ confidence.
“We consider ourselves the best offense in the country,” offensive lineman Ryan Bates said. “We know how special we can be with the offensive threats we have.”
The top two among them, running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley, have been focal points for opposing coaches for a while now. It’s no different for Indiana coach Tom Allen whose Hoosiers (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) will try to slow the Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.
Allen has seen plenty of Barkley and McSorley in the past week and knows his banged-up defense will have to have a near perfect game plan to take away Penn State’s best options.
Barkley racked up 358 yards on 43 touches against Iowa and leads the country with 253 all-purpose yards per game.
“(Barkley’s) making runs that are impressive, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield,” Allen said. “and the quarterback is just, man, McSorley is just special. He’s just got that moxie that you want in a quarterback and that core confidence and that belief.”
It showed up when McSorley led a final two-minute drive ending with a dart over the middle to Juwan Johnson for the game-winning touchdown.
Even though he had his offense replicate the two-minute drive in practice, Penn State coach James Franklin would rather not have to watch another come-from-behind series in the waning moments.
He’s glad his team has the experience to bank on, however.
“We’ve just got to be a little bit better,” Franklin said. “We’ve got to be a little bit sharper. We’ve got to sustain blocks a little bit longer. That was probably the difference on Saturday.”
Penn State’s offensive line still may have some issues as starting right tackle Chasz Wright’s status is questionable. He missed the Iowa game with an unspecified injury.
HURT HOOSIERS
Indiana has a much longer injury report and a bunch could miss another game after sitting out last week’s 52-17 win over Georgia Southern.
According to Allen, the Hoosiers could likely be without starting cornerbacks A’Shon Riggins and Rashard Fant who are both dealing with unspecified injuries. Defensive linemen Nate Hoff and Juan Harris, wideout Donavan Hale, running back Mike Majette, offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak and defensive back Marcelino Ball are all also questionable according to Allen.
Linebacker Kiante Walton had surgery on an unspecified injury earlier this week and will be out indefinitely.
THE OTHER BACK
While plenty of excitement swirls around Barkley, the Hoosiers are pretty hyped for their own talented back.
Freshman Morgan Ellison turned heads in camp and finally got the chance to do so in game when he ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start.
“(He’s) playing the way — after fall camp — the way he convinced me he could play,” Allen said.
NEW DUDS
Penn State’s uniforms have seen minor tweaks and changes over the years but the Nittany Lions plaintive blue and white scheme, finished off with black cleats, has largely remained unaltered.
This weekend, they’ve been given an overhaul.
The Nittany Lions will wear uniforms that use elements from past editions including helmet numbers, sleeve and pants stripes and grey facemasks. Players are looking forward to one change in particular, an accessory worn only once, by the 1979 team in the Sugar Bowl.
“We’re pretty excited about the white cleats, definitely,” tight end Mike Gesicki said. “Just because obviously, you know, here at Penn State, we’re wearing black cleats every single day, every single game.”
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No. 4 Penn State looks to remain unbeaten against Indiana

The Associated Press
Indiana (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) at No. 4 Penn State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET (BTN).
Line: Penn State by 18 ½.
Series record: Penn State leads 19-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Nittany Lions stayed unbeaten, but needed a touchdown on the final play against Iowa to do so last week. They’ll try for a more convincing win against a team that’s been a perennial punching back over the years. The Hoosiers are banged up and their long injury list includes three starters and a host of contributors on defense.
KEY MATCHUP
Indiana’s running game vs. Penn State’s front seven. Even though Iowa held Penn State to its lowest point total in 15 games, the Nittany Lions still moved the ball in big chunks. The Hoosiers’ best shot is to keep Heisman contender Saquon Barkley and the rest of Penn State’s playmakers off the field — like they did last season when they controlled the clock and led 31-28 early in the fourth quarter. RB  Morgan Ellison is coming off his best game for Indiana and will need to keep moving the chains.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Indiana: WR J-Shun Harris has returned punts for touchdowns in back-to-back games. Penn State’s punt coverage unit has been great all season, but its secondary gave up a few big plays last week. There could be room for Harris to star on offense if the Nittany Lions aren’t wary of the 5-foot-8 speedster.
Penn State: Barkley. He’s a highlight reel capable of instant, stop-and-go cutting and full-speed hurdling of would-be tacklers. Barkley leads the country with 253.3 all-purpose yards per game.
FACTS & FIGURES
Penn State starting RT Chasz Wright is probable to return from an unspecified injury that kept him out last week. . Ellison ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in his first start a week ago. . Dubbed the “Generations of Greatness” game by its athletic department, Penn State will blend uniform elements from past teams — like numbers on helmets, stripes on pants and white cleats — to alter its usually plaintive appearance.
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Indiana city’s art project highlights Coca-Cola connection

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A western Indiana city is celebrating its connection to Coca-Cola with a public art project featuring sculptures in the shape of Coca-Cola bottles.
The Root Family Public Art Project in Terre Haute was announced Thursday, the Tribune Star reported .
The Root Glass Co. in Terre Haute won a competition to create the glass Coke bottle’s contour design in 1915.
The art project will feature 25 bottle sculptures measuring 6 feet (2 meters) tall. The sculptures will be covered in art and displayed around the city starting this spring.
Several local artists will design the bottles for the project’s sponsors. Their designs will be approved by Arts Illiana, a local arts organization.
Almost 20 businesses or individuals are already sponsoring the project.
It’s part of a larger effort to make people aware of the city’s connection to the Coke bottle, said Teresa Exline, a project volunteer.
“Our goal is to have everyone who visits Terre Haute know that our community is the birthplace of this iconic, innovative design,” Exline said.
The project also aims to support tourism, promote economic development and instill a sense of community pride, she said.
The larger project will include signage around the city marking it as the birthplace of the Coca-Cola contour bottle, murals, a soda fountain and a historic display of bottles in the Vigo County History Center.
The overall “Birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle” initiative is sponsored by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.
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Indiana man arrested on warrant for Charlottesville assault

NORTH VERNON, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an Indiana man on an assault and battery warrant for allegedly punching a man and woman who were demonstrating against last month’s white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Jennings County Sheriff Gary Driver says 37-year-old Dennis L. Mothersbaugh, of Vernon in southern Indiana, was arrested Thursday. He is being held in the Jennings County Jail pending extradition to Charlottesville.
The (Columbus) Republic reports that Virginia authorities issued the warrant for Mothersbaugh after cellphone video surfaced on social media showing him marching with white supremacists and punching a man and a woman protesting against them. Mothersbaugh is accused of being with a group demonstrating against the scheduled removal of a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue from a Charlottesville park.
It isn’t clear if Mothersbaugh has an attorney.

Death penalty sought in Indiana officer’s shooting death

By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the man charged in the fatal shooting of a police officer who had come to his aid after the suspect’s car overturned in a crash in Indianapolis.
The decision Thursday came about two months after authorities said Jason D. Brown shot Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan. Brown was dangling upside down by his seatbelt when Allan approached after the single-car crash, court documents said. Brown is charged with opening fire on Allan, who suffered 11 gunshot wounds and died a short time later.
“We do think it is very important that we send a message that we won’t tolerate, in any way, attacks upon our public safety officers,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said during a Thursday news conference, calling the July 27 shooting “a very senseless act.”
A passenger in Brown’s car told officers that he and Brown had just left a gas station when Brown inexplicably began driving at high speed, court documents said. Brown then wove around other cars but crossed a median, struck a curb and overturned in the front yard of a home.
The passenger was outside the overturned car, sitting on the grass, when the shooting occurred.
A nurse who stopped to help told officers she told Brown not to move because he could further injure himself. She said Brown “became very agitated and belligerent and began cussing” shortly before she heard several gunshots ring out.
Two other officers opened fire on Brown following Allan’s shooting. He was hospitalized for several days with what authorities said were gunshot wounds to his face, left arm and right clavicle.
Brown’s defense attorney, Denise Turner, said in a statement that she was disappointed with Curry’s decision and didn’t believe the death penalty was warranted. She said the case has “a lot of unanswered questions.”
“As the facts continue to come out, I believe it will become even more apparent that this isn’t a death penalty case,” Turner said without elaborating.
Curry said it is not yet clear why Brown shot Allan.
“We continue to seek additional information that might shed light on that question,” Curry said.
Allan, a 38-year-old married father of two sons, had been hired in January as a second full-time officer for Southport’s largely volunteer police force after about five years as a volunteer officer for the 2,000-person municipality on the south side of Indianapolis.
Brown’s only previous criminal conviction stems from a 2013 misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest in Hendricks County, just west of Indianapolis, for which he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, according to a statewide online courts database.

Board votes to close online charter school in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An online charter school in Indiana that was sanctioned by the state because of poor performance will close next year.
The Hoosier Academies Network board voted Tuesday to end the experimental Hoosier Academies Virtual School program, The Indianapolis Star reported . The board decided not to renew the school’s charter, which expires in June.
Board chairman John Marske said the board believes the school wouldn’t pass the charter renewal process.
School founders said the school was meant to allow high-achieving students to work on a flexible schedule. But the school has seen high rates of student turnover, expulsion and dropouts. The school has received a failing grade from the state’s accountability system from 2010 to 2015.
The state Board of Education sanctioned the virtual school in May because of poor performance. The board decided to freeze enrollment instead of closing for the 2017 school year.
“We view the enrollment freeze as a positive thing,” Marske said. “Without having hundreds of new students coming in the door, we’ve been able to better engage the students we have.”
School officials are now focusing on making sure teachers and families are informed about the situation, Marske said. The school serves about 1,750 students statewide.
“Our intention is to give our families and teachers as many options as possible,” Marske said. “Meanwhile, we are also focused on improving results of the Hoosier hybrid school in Indianapolis, as well as the Hoosier Insight school.”
All three of the schools the Hoosier Academies Network oversees are chartered through Ball State University. Insight School of Indiana and Hoosier Academies Indianapolis will remain open.
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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com