INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Coughlin is coming back. Eli Manning is only getting better. And the vast majority of the New York Giants’ starting lineup is under contract.
Can anybody say repeat?
A day after their 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots, a weary team of partied-out players packed their bags and returned to the team’s headquarters at the Meadowlands and prepared for a parade up the Canyon of Heroes in New York City today.
CONCORD — Sophomore Jacob Roark delivered again here Friday night.
Along with 41 points — his third straight 40-point performance — he scored back-to-back 4-point plays to spark the Concord Pirates past the Sacred Heart Rebels, 86-77, in a meeting between the state’s second- and third-ranked high school teams in Class 1A boys basketball.
Trailing 56-52 after a 15-0 third-quarter run by the Rebels, Roark hit a 3-point shot, was fouled and hit the resulting free throw for a 61-57 Concord lead with six minutes and 52 seconds to play.
PARAGOULD — The 5A-East District-leading Paragould Lady Rams made short work of the Batesville Lady Pioneers here Friday night, and the Rams won with a fourth-quarter rally in the high school basketball nightcap.
The Lady Rams jumped out to a 14-4 first quarter, led 31-10 at halftime and won 56-27 as Savannah Walker scored 12 points and Rachel Dicus and Carson Gill tossed in 11 points apiece. Four Lady Rams totaled eight 3-pointers. Gill led the way with three.
It was the Paragould defense that did the most damage, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elite and Eli. One and the same.
And now there are two Super Bowl championships and two MVPs to prove it.
Eli Manning is the big man in the NFL after one-upping Tom Brady and leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl — in older brother Peyton’s house, at that.
“This isn’t about one person,” Manning insisted. “This is about a team coming together.”
The Lyon College women broke away from the visitors from Mayfield, Ky., in the last 10 minutes of play in Becknell Gymnasium Saturday afternoon, defeating the Mid-Continent Cougars 77-55 and keeping pace in the TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball race, and the Cougars disappointed an upset-minded Scots with a 77-74 overtime decision in men’s action.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — After a long rain delay, the Lyon College Scots got their baseball season off to a fast start and swept a 3-game set from the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles here this weekend.
“We waited to let the rain get through, and then we started play at about 8:15 and changed it from a 9-inning to 7-inning game,” Lyon Coach Tony Roepecke said.
Sparked by a 7-run third inning, the Scots won 11-1 on Friday. Michael Armentors and Henry Castaigne each hit 2-run singles in the big inning. Chris Kennedy added a 1-run single.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Markeshia Grant scored 27 points and South Carolina beat No. 8 Tennessee 64-60 on Thursday night for its first win over the Lady Volunteers since 1980.
The Gamecocks (18-5, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) were down 60-55, when Ashley Bruner hit a layup with 3:18 to play. The basket launched a 9-0 run for South Carolina to close out the game, and Ieasia Walker hit the go-ahead layup with 2:15 to play.
Lady Vols (16-6, 7-2) missed five shots during the run and wouldn’t score again.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Austin Rivers scored 18 points, Ryan Kelly added 15, and No. 7 Duke used a late first-half run to open a double-digit lead it never relinquished in a 75-60 victory against Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
Kelly had seven points in the 13-2 spurt that helped the Blue Devils (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pull away.
Rivers hit a 3-pointer, and Kelly scored the last five in a 10-0 burst in the second half when Duke extended its lead to 62-40 with 11:19 remaining.
Seth Curry added 11 points, and Mason Plumlee provided 10 for Duke.
PARAGOULD — Greene County Tech swept Batesville in 5A-East District junior high games here Thursday.
After trailing 14-2 and 16-11 after the first two quarter breaks, the Junior Golden Eagles rallied for a 45-35 victory. The score was tied at 28 after three quarters of play.
“We got the opening tip and Nate Easley hit a 3, and then we kind of baffled them with our defense for through the firsrt quarter,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “Offensively, we did a great job working the basketball inside and getting it to Justin.”
BAY — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves remained undefeated, improving to 29-0 Thursday night with a 58-47 decision over the Bay Yellowjackets in a non-district contest.
The T-wolves led 16-8, 30-21, and 44-36 at the quarter breaks.
Cole Crabtree led Cedar Ridge with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Spencer Reaves added 12 points. Clayton Butler provided 11 points and 11 rebounds.
LEBANON, Tenn. — The easternmost TranSouth Athletic Conference trip was not kind to the Scots.
The Cumberland Lady Bulldogs held off the Lyon Scot women for a 61-53 victory, and the Bulldogs pulled away late for a 73-58 win over the Scot men.
Before heading back home from the school that’s about a half hour east of Nashville, the team had to wait on a doctor’s report on Devonte Young, a freshman who was hospitalized after developing breathing difficulty in the second half.
INDIANAPOLIS — We already know why they play the game.
The real question is why they still talk about it all week, since the last time a player or coach said anything memorable during the run-up to the Super Bowl was 1999. That’s when Falcons cornerback Ray Buchanan and Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe had this exchange:
“Shannon looks like a horse,” Buchanan fired first, quickly warming to the task. “I’ll tell you, that’s an ugly dude. You can’t tell me he doesn’t look like Mr. Ed.”