Wednesday, May 23, 2012

T.A.H. On Vacation

The entire staff of T.A.H. (including the vaunted Research Department and our blind proofreader - the only one in the industry we might add) are going on a well-deserved holiday.
When we return, we will be relocating T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters across town, so we are starting our annual summer sabbatical a little early.  Look for daily publication to resume in July or August as we build up to another season of underperforming ACC football!
Don’t worry if anything really note-worthy happens, we will pop up out of international hibernation to comment...after all, WiFi makes it hard to hide.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Duke, Maryland Advance to LAX Final Four

Duke University used a 13-0 run over the course of three quarters en route to a convincing 17-6 win over Colgate in front of 10,770 fans the NCAA Men's Lacrosse quarterfinals at PPL Park. Senior Robert Rotanz had six points and CJ Costabile picked up 15 ground balls to lead the third-seeded Blue Devils to the NCAA semifinals for the eighth time overall and sixth consecutive.

Christian Walsh had three goals, Josh Dionne had a goal and a career-best three assists and Justin Turri had a goal and three assists. Overall, seven Blue Devils had three-plus points in the game.
Duke, which improves to 15-4 overall, will battle ACC foe Maryland in the NCAA semifinals in Foxborough, Mass., on May 26 on ESPN2. The winner advances to the championship game on May 28. The Blue Devils are 1-1 against the Terps in 2012.

Colgate (14-4) and Duke traded goals in the opening nine minutes before the Raiders netted consecutive scores to take a 4-2 lead with 3:58 to play in the first quarter. The Blue Devils, behind JustinTurri and Rotanz, battled to tie the game 4-4 after 15 minutes and jumpstarted Duke's monster 13-0 run that spanned over the court of three quarters and 26:14.

Senior Drew Snider scored three goals to send the Maryland men's lacrosse team to the Final Four for the second straight season with an 11-5 victory over No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
SNIDER (John Strohsacker/

The Terps (11-5) will play the winner of the No. 3 seed Duke/Colgate game on Sat., May 26 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Blue Devils and Raiders are set to play on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The Blue Jays finish their season with a 12-4 record.

The Blue Jays started off the scoring at the 9:13 mark on an unassisted goal by Mark Goodrich, but that would be it for Hopkins in the first quarter.

Maryland got on the board less than two minutes later with a goal from junior John Haus. He dodged down the right wing and turned back to fire a shot that beat JHU goalie Pierce Bassett stick-side-high to even things up at 1-1 with 7:46 remaining in the first quarter.

Steele Stanwick tallied seven points, but it wasn't enough as the No. 5 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (12-4) were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by the No. 4 seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-2) on Sunday, 12-10, inside PPL Park. It is the first time UVa has lost in the NCAA Quarterfinal round since 1998 and the Cavaliers fail to make the semifinal round for the first time since the 2007 season.
STANWICK (UVA Media Relations)
Stanwick concludes his illustrious career with 269 career points, tying him with Hartford's Brian LaMastro (1999-02) for No. 18 all-time in NCAA Division I history. The seven points also give Stanwick 57 for his career in the NCAA Tournament, breaking the UVa record of 52 held by Tim Whiteley.

With his five assists, Stanwick finished the season with 51, becoming only the second Cavalier reach the 50-assist plateau in a season. Jay Connor had 58 during UVa's 1972 NCAA title season. Stanwick also finishes the season with 80 points, registering No. 2 all-time at UVa for a season, just behind Doug Knight's 86 in the 1996 season.

Virginia-bred Bodemeister Second In Preakness As I'll Have Another Takes Aim At Triple Crown

I'LL HAVE ANOTHER and BODEMEISTER (Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated)
In what played out like an instant replay of the Kentucky Derby, jockey Mario Gutierrez and the Flower Alley colt I’ll Have Another caught Mike Smith and the front-running Bodemeister in the shadow of the finish line to win the 137thedition of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico race course in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday. The winning margin was a neck, with Creative Cause another 8 ¾ lengths back in third, giving California-based horses a sweep of the top three positions.

Time of the race on a fast track was 1:55.94 for the 1 3/16 miles.
Complete order of finish was: I’ll Have Another, Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Zetterholme, Teeth of the Dog, Optimizer, Cozzetti, Tiger Walk, Daddy Nose Best, Went the Day Well, Pretension.

I’ll Have Another, owned by Reddam Racing and trained by Doug O’Neill now takes aim on the June 9 Belmont Stakes and will attempt to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner. He beat Bodemeister in the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/2 lengths. Dullahan, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, didn't participate in the Preakness but is being pointed for the Belmont, along with Alpha (12th Kentucky Derby), recent Peter Pan Stakes winner Mark Valeski, and Union Rags (a troubled seventh in the Kentucky Derby), among others.
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)
"I'm just numb," said Doug O'Neill. "I could see him and I felt like he was coming, but you never want to expect that he's going to be in front. I saw him coming. It seemed like the stretch never ends. Thank God. Usually you want it to end. Incredible."

Bodemeister, the 8-5 favorite, went right to the front as expected, just as he did in the Kentucky Derby, setting fractions that were considerably slower than those at Churchill Downs two weeks earlier. He went :23.79 for he opening quarter mile, :47.68 for the half and 1:11.72 for six furlongs.

Creative Cause was in closest pursuit in the run down the backstretch, with I’ll Have Another just behind him, alongside longshot Pretension. When Bodemeister hit the final turn, jockey Joel Rosario made his move aboard Creative Cause, putting some pressure on the front-runner, but Bodemeister stretched his lead out to three lengths at the furlong pole (the same margin he held at the stretch call of the Derby).

Gutierrez, meanwhile, saved some ground on the turn, then swung three wide into the stretch. Gutierrez went to work with a ride-handed whip, and I’ll Have Another gradually cut into Bodemeister’s lead. Bodemeister fought back under left-handed pressure from Smith, but I’ll Have Another had the momentum, snatching the victory from Bodemeister and denying trainer Bob Baffert his sixth victory in the Triple Crown’s middle jewel.
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Final time of 1:55.94 (after a mile split of 1:36.69) was quicker than Shackleford’s win last year but well off the fastest Preakness time of 1:53.46 set by Curlin in 2007.

Now a winner of five of seven lifetime starts and all four of his 2012 races, I'll Have Another paid $8.40 on a $2 mutuel as the 3-1 second choice. "He doesn't have the most respect and he's never been favored," said owner Paul Reddam, who is experiencing his first success in the Triple Crown.

Gutierrez, a 25-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, who won his first career Grade 1 race while aboard I'll Have Another in the Santa Anita Derby in April, gave a flawless ride in the Preakness, just as he did in the Kentucky Derby, when breaking from the 19 post position. "It's not me, it's him," Gutierrez said of the Derby-Preakness winner. "He has a tremendous kick in the end."
To read the rest of Paulick’s story and see the chart of the race, click here.

Pictures Of The Day

West Indies' cricketer Fidel Edwards (R) appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of England's Jonathan Trott (L) during the fifth day of the first Test match against England at Lords cricket ground in London, on May 21, 2012.  (Glyn Kirk/AFP/GettyImages)

Evidently you have to wear clothes so as patriotic as this young man may be, he is escorts off of the grounds by event secruity prior to the 137th running of the Preakness. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Mario Gutierrez is congratulated by Jack Sisterson after riding I'll Have Another to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

You had to see this coming...Infield patrons wear "I'll Have Another" shirts as they drink beer in all-you-can-drink mugs prior to the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Teenagers play basketball at a residential area in Moscow, on May 20, 2012. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/GettyImages)
Jack Miller of Australia crashes during qualifying practice for the MotoGP of France in Le Mans.  (Mirco Lazzari/GP/Getty Images)
Darrell Wallace, Jr. and T.J. Bell (50) during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Pioneer hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by Bryce Harper #34 after hitting his first career home run in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during interleague play at Nationals Park on May 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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