Hawaii Sports

Rainbow Warriors lose to Roadrunners 60-55

The Maui News

Shawn Stith scored 13 points and Taze Moore had 10 points and nine rebounds to lead Cal State Bakersfield to a 60-55 victory over the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team on Friday night at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Junior Madut had 12 points and 10 rebounds, James Jean-Marie had 11 points and Mate Colina added 10 points for the Rainbow Warriors (3-2, 1-2 Big West Conference).

The Roadrunners (8-4, 4-1) led 28-23 after a low-scoring first half for both teams. UH was able to tie the game up three times in the second half before finally going ahead 49-47 on a 3-pointer by Madut with 6:43 remaining.

But the lead was shortlived, with Justin Elder-Davis responding with a 3 of his own on the other end to put Bakersfield back ahead, and the Roadrunners never trailed again.

A 3-pointer by Casdon Jardine pulled UH within 56-55 with 1:44 left, but a pair of Hawaii turnovers and a missed 3 by Madut helped Bakersfield hold on for the win.

The Rainbow Warriors shot 33.3 percent (18 of 54) from the field, and just 20 percent (5 of 25) from behind the arc. They also committed 16 turnovers, leading to 16 Roadrunner points.

The teams play again today.

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Taylor gets a break and a birdie, leads by two at Waialae


The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Nick Taylor pitched in for eagle to get his round headed in the right direction, and he kept going until he finished with a good break and one last birdie for an 8-under 62 and a two-shot lead Friday in the Sony Open.

It’s still as crowded as the H-1 at the top, typical of this tournament.

Taylor gave himself at least some separation with a gap wedge to 6 feet for birdie on No. 8, and then even his worst swing of the day turned into a birdie on the par-5 ninth.

The Canadian hooked his tee shot toward the high netting of the driving range. The ball was so close to the knee-high boundary fence that his only hope was to play the shot left-handed. However, the netting that extends upward from the fence is considered a temporary immovable obstructure. Taylor was given a free drop.

He hit iron to about 50 yards short of the green leaving a good angle, and he clipped a wedge to 2 feet.

“It was a fortunate break,” Taylor said. “Easily could have probably gone under the fence, but to bounce off and get a drop was a break and it was nice to take advantage of it.”

Taylor, who won at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last year, was at 12-under 128.

Five players were two shots behind, a group that was decidedly Southern for the second leg of this Hawaii swing — Stewart Cink (63), Webb Simpson (65), Russell Henley (64), Vaughn Taylor (66) and Chris Kirk (65).

It doesn’t stop there. Fourteen players were separated by three shots going into the weekend.

Attribute that to an ideal day of a blue sky and only a light, tropical breeze on a dry course at Waialae. Taylor played in a group with Keith Mitchell, who also shot a 62. Their better-ball score was 55, with only four holes where neither of them made a birdie.

Mitchell also was right around the cut line. Birdies started dropping, and now he’s right in the mix.

Ditto for Harris English, who had at least a share of the lead after every round in his playoff victory last week at Kapalua. He opened with a 70 and was in danger of missing the cut. He shot 64 and was six back.

“I think it’s probably harder out here to make double (bogey) and there’s a lot of birdie opportunities,” Taylor said. “You can make four, five, six pars in a row and you’re probably getting lapped, especially with how the fairways are running.”

The group three shots behind included Kapalua runner-up Joaquin Niemann, Collin Morikawa and Hideki Matsuyama, who shot 28 on his second nine for a 65.

Makena Golf & Beach Club pro Eric Dugas carded a 2-over 72 to finish at 3-over 143, missing the cut by seven strokes.

Hawaii Sports

UH holds off Riverside in Big West opener

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — James Jean-Marie had a career-high 24 points, including eight straight points during a critical stretch in the second half, as the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team edged past UC Riverside 88-83 on Friday.

Junior Madut added 21 points and seven rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors (3-0). Noel Coleman had 11 points and Justin Webster added 10 points.

It was the first Big West Conference game of the season for both teams. UH’s originally scheduled opening series against Cal Poly last month was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test in the Mustangs program.

The Rainbow Warriors never trailed in the second half but needed to hold off the Highlanders several times. After taking a 10-point lead, UC Riverside tied the game at 48 with 11 minutes remaining. Behind senior post player Jean-Marie, who was making his first career start, UH eventually rebuilt its lead to 12 points.

Arinze Chidom had 20 points for the Highlanders (3-2). Zyon Pullin added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Flynn Cameron had 12 points and seven rebounds.

The teams play again today.

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Rainbow Warriors pull away to beat Sharks in season opener

The Maui News

James Jean-Marie had 21 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team began its season with an 83-50 victory over Hawaii Pacific on Friday night at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Mate Colina scored a career-high 17 points and Casdon Jardine added 11 points for the Rainbow Warriors, who saw most of their nonconference schedule canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the college basketball season officially began Nov. 25.

UH led by just five points after the first half but quickly took control after the break, going on a 14-4 run in the first five minutes of the second half. They poured it on from there, thanks in large part to Jean-Marie — the senior center/forward, a transfer from San Diego, scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the half.

The Rainbow Warriors shot 47.6 percent (30 of 63) from the field and finished 6 of 20 from 3-point range after going 0 for 9 in the first half from 3. David Rowlands led HPU with 12 points.

The Division II Sharks kept it close in the first half as both teams struggled offensively early on. Colina’s layup with 2:43 left tied it at 23, and Hawaii was able to pull away for a 30-25 halftime lead.

The Rainbow Warriors next begin Big West Conference play by hosting Cal Poly for a pair of games Dec. 27-28 at the SSC.

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Blitz-happy Dolphins will try to slow Mahomes, Chiefs


The Associated Press

MIAMI — The focus is on the matchup between Patrick Mahomes and Tua Tagovailoa, even though there’s no debating the Kansas City Chiefs have the better quarterback.

The Miami Dolphins might have the superior defense, however, which lends intrigue to Sunday’s game against the reigning Super Bowl champions.

The Dolphins (8-4) have allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL, and wins in seven of the past eight games have vaulted them into contention for their first playoff berth in four years. But they’re stepping up in class against Mahomes and the high-scoring Chiefs (11-1), who have already clinched a postseason spot by winning their past seven games.

“I wish we could have 14 defenders,” Miami coach Brian Flores said.

Sometimes it seems as though the Dolphins do. Flores’ blitz-loving, ball-hawking scheme has produced at least one takeaway in 18 consecutive games, the longest such streak in the NFL, and cornerback Xavien Howard leads the league with eight interceptions.

The question is whether the Dolphins can disrupt the Chiefs, whose eight turnovers are tied for the fewest in the NFL. Mahomes has thrown two interceptions in 463 passes, the league’s lowest rate.

And he tends to burn blitzes.

“We always want to be aggressive. It’s an aggressive game,” Flores said. “So we’ll see how the game unfolds. We’ll have a plan going in. Oftentimes that plan has to be adjusted.”

First-round draft pick Tagovailoa has taken care of the ball as well, throwing no interceptions in going 4-1 as the Dolphins’ starter. They’ve reached 30 points only once in those games, but his ability to minimize mistakes complements Miami’s stout defense.

“He knows how to manage the game and manage the situation,” Mahomes said of the rookie QB from Ewa Beach, Oahu. “That’s something that I wasn’t that good at my first year. That veteran kind of mental mindset that he has, I think it’s truly special at this time in his career.”


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Tagovailoa questionable for Dolphins-Bengals game

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is questionable for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati because of a thumb injury that forced him to miss last week’s victory over the New York Jets.

The Saint Louis School alum has been limited in practice since hurting the thumb on his throwing hand during a workout Nov. 25. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Tagovailoa last week and threw for two scores.

In addition, running back Matt Breida was placed on the reserve-COVID 19 list Friday, causing further uncertainty at a position hard hit by injuries.

Running backs Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are doubtful, and running back-receiver Malcolm Perry (chest) is questionable. Myles Gaskin, Miami’s leading rusher this season, might be activated after a knee injury forced him to miss the past four games.




8 a.m.—Cincinnati at Miami, CBS

11 a.m.—N.Y. Giants at Seattle, FOX

11:25 a.m.—Philadelphia at Green Bay, CBS

3:20 p.m.—Denver at Kansas City, NBC


3 p.m.—Buffalo vs. San Francisco, ESPN


3 p.m.—Dallas at Baltimore, FOX

Hawaii Sports

Dolphins’ Tagovailoa questionable for Jets due to sore thumb


The Associated Press

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is questionable for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets because of a sore thumb on his throwing hand.

Tagovailoa hurt his left thumb in practice and was limited for the third day in a row Friday.

“He’s a tough tough kid,” coach Brian Flores said. “He wants to play. We’ll see how it goes.”

Tagovailoa would be replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who came off the bench in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss at Denver when Tagovailoa struggled.

• BEARS: Mitchell Trubisky will be the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, coach Matt Nagy said Friday.

Trubisky took all the first-team snaps at practice this week but Nagy had stopped just short of designating him the starter, just in case Nick Foles was able to return from a hip and glute injury. But Foles was unable to practice again Friday and Nagy turned to Trubisky.

Nagy turned to Foles seeking a spark for his team’s offense, and he rallied Chicago from 16 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Atlanta after Trubisky was benched. But the Bears are 2-5 with Foles as the starter, averaging 16.7 points per game.

• TEXANS: The Houston Texans have released veteran wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Despite being undermanned this season at the position after the offseason trade of All-Pro Deandre Hopkins to Arizona, Houston decided Friday to cut Stills.

Stills, 28 and in his eighth pro season, was struggling this year for the Texans (4-7). He has 11 catches on 19 targets and one touchdown. He rarely figured in the Deshaun Watson-led offense in 2020.

His release leaves Houston with Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks as the main wideouts.

Stills has 310 catches for 4,843 yards and 37 touchdowns in his career.

Hawaii Sports

Bell, Aztecs run away with 34-10 victory over Warriors

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Greg Bell ran for a career-high 160 yards and two touchdowns, and San Diego State defeated the University of Hawaii 34-10 on Saturday.
Bell became the first player in school history to open his SDSU career with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games. The Nebraska transfer’s big day included a career-long 62-yard score.
The Aztecs (3-1, 3-1 Mountain West), coming in ranked seventh in the FBS at 265 yards rushing per game, kept their offense on the ground with 326 of their 356 total yards. Carson Baker was only 4-of-13 passing for 30 yards and two interceptions but the Aztecs still snapped a two-game losing streak to the Rainbow Warriors (2-2, 2-2).
Jordan Byrd went around the left side for a 61-yard score before Bell added his 62-yarder up the middle for a 14-0 first-quarter lead. A fumbled punt set up Bell’s 3-yard score and Segun Olubi returned an interception 71 yards for a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Aztecs had seven sacks led by Jonah Tavai — the younger brother of former UH standout Jahlani Tavai, who is now with the Detroit Lions — with two.
Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro threw for 209 yards with a 75-yard score to Calvin Turner in the fourth quarter. He was intercepted once. Turner had 116 yards receiving.
No fans were in attendance.
The Rainbow Warriors host Boise State next Saturday in a rematch of last year’s Mountain West championship game won by the Broncos. The game is scheduled to be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
Hawaii 0 0 3 7—10
San Diego St. 14 14 0 6—34
First Quarter
SDSU—Byrd 51 run (Araiza kick), 3:26.
SDSU—G.Bell 62 run (Araiza kick), 1:08.
Second Quarter
SDSU—G.Bell 3 run (Araiza kick), 10:25.
SDSU—Olubi 71 interception return (Araiza kick), 1:20.
Third Quarter
HAW—FG Shipley 27, 5:13.
Fourth Quarter
SDSU—FG Araiza 27, 12:51.
HAW—Turner 75 pass from Cordeiro (Shipley kick), 12:00.
SDSU—FG Araiza 36, 2:59.
First downs 14 15
Rushes-yards 35-66 51-326
Passing 209 30
Comp-Att-Int 17-35-1 4-13-2
Return Yards 18 81
Punts-Avg. 8-40.8 5-42.2
Fumbles-Lost 6-2 1-1
Penalties-Yards 4-35 4-48
Time of Possession 28:34 31:26
RUSHING—Hawaii, Turner 6-39, Cordeiro 20-20, Hunter 2-6, Reed 7-1. San Diego St., G.Bell 19-160, Byrd 7-61, L.Johnson 4-47, C.Bell 9-47, Williams 8-21, (Team) 1-(minus 1), Baker 3-(minus 9).
PASSING—Hawaii, Cordeiro 17-35-1-209. San Diego St., Baker 4-13-2-30.
RECEIVING—Hawaii, Turner 4-116, Smart 4-24, Bussey 4-22, Cephus 1-29, Bowens 1-8, Panoke 1-5, Reed 1-5, Mardner 1-0. San Diego St., C.Bell 1-14, G.Bell 1-9, Kothe 1-8, Byrd 1-(minus 1).
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Hawaii, Shipley 42.
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Rolovich names Saint Louis grad de Laura Cougars’ starting QB

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Freshman Jayden de Laura has been named the starting quarterback for Washington State when the Cougars open their season at Oregon State on Saturday, first-year coach Nick Rolovich said.

“Jayden’s going to take the first snap for us at Oregon State,” Rolovich said Monday evening during a Zoom call with reporters.

De Laura, a true freshman from Honolulu, won a three-way competition with redshirt sophomore Cammon Cooper and redshirt freshman Gunner Cruz. De Laura is thought to be the first true freshman quarterback to start for the Cougars in a season opener.

Rolovich, who was hired from the University of Hawaii, pointed to de Laura’s familiarity with the run-and-shoot offense Rolovich has installed at Washington State.

“Came in obviously with a history in the family of the offense,” Rolovich said. “But he came in, just put in the work, thought he was productive and consistent and was going to give us the best chance to move the ball this Saturday. “

De Laura is a graduate of Saint Louis School, which produced former WSU star quarterback Jason Gesser, plus NFL quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa.

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Big plays help Tua win first NFL start

Tagovailoa goes 12 of 22 for 93 yards, tosses first career TD pass in Dolphins’ 28-17 win over Rams


The Associated Press

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — On the sideline, Tua Tagovailoa showed plenty of moves. The rookie quarterback from Ewa Beach, Oahu, entertained those along the bench by dancing after the Miami Dolphins’ first touchdown, and greeted 5-foot-6 Jakeem Grant with a leaping chest bump to the face mask after another score.

On the field, however, Tagovailoa didn’t do much in his first NFL start. Teammates made sure he didn’t need to.

Tagovailoa threw his first career touchdown pass and then let the defense and special teams take over with a succession of big plays, and the Dolphins stamped themselves as playoff contenders Sunday by earning their third consecutive win, 28-17 against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Dolphins were outgained by 326 yards, the largest discrepancy for a winning team in 18 years. They struck for scores 75 seconds apart on Andrew Van Ginkel’s 78-yard fumble return and Grant’s team-record 88-yard punt return.

Miami came up with four takeaways in the first half, and at halftime led 28-10 despite being outgained 224-54.

The big plays helped Tagovailoa overcome a costly early turnover. The No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft finished 12 of 22 for 93 yards, with several passes dropped.

“I don’t think I played to the standard of what this offense is capable of,” Tagovailoa said. “It’s good we got the win. Thank God we have a good defense.”

Los Angeles’ Jared Goff faced constant pressure and went 35 for 61 for 355 yards and one score, with two interceptions and two lost fumbles.

“This is going to hurt,” Goff said. “Our defense played really well and gave us all the opportunities we needed.”

The Rams ran 92 plays to the Dolphins’ 48, and Miami won while Tagovailoa’s offense totaled eight first downs and 145 yards.

“It’s a team football game,” Miami coach Brian Flores said. “It’s not a one-man show.”

The Dolphins (4-3) have outscored opponents by a combined 95-34 in the past three games, and they’re above .500 for the first time in their 23 games under second-year coach Flores.

The Rams (5-3) did manage to give Tagovailoa a jarring NFL greeting. The first time the Saint Louis School graduate tried to throw, the ball came loose when his arm was hit by Aaron Donald, and Tagovailoa was then driven to the turf by Michael Brockers as Leonard Floyd recovered the fumble.

“That was a good hit,” Tagovailoa said. “That was definitely a welcoming.”

Los Angeles scored a touchdown three plays later for a 7-0 lead.

Then came 28 consecutive points by the Dolphins. Tagovailoa capitalized on their first takeaway by throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker. Tagovailoa retrieved the ball as a souvenir and carried it to the sideline, then launched into his celebratory dance.

The early 33-yard scoring drive was the Dolphins’ longest, as the big lead allowed them to keep Tagovailoa mostly under wraps.

“You can just tell they were trying to ease him in there,” Rams safety John Johnson III said. “He’s going to be a good player, but it’s hard to judge a guy against our defense. We tried to make him see a lot of different things, and for the most part it worked.”