Tolliver keys Farragut in upset win over Young

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Tolliver keys Farragut in upset win over Young

Friday, Jan. 14, 2011
9:17 PM

By John Solymossy
YourSeason.com

The No. 13 Farragut basketball team had the daunting task of facing No. 4 ranked Young on the road without its star center Rashaun Stimage. Stimage is out with a broken hand, however, the undersized Admirals rallied together to pull off an impressive 51-49, Red-West win against the Dolphins Tuesday night.

All the wins in this division are big, Farragut coach William Nelson said. With our big guy out, we had to make some adjustments and we got a big win against a good team tonight.

Senior forward DJ Tolliver led the Admirals (13-2, 5-2) with 21 points.

Tolliver has really stepped up, Nelson said. He has played up to my expectations and that is why he is my captain.

Farragut trailed at halftime, 29-27, but overcame the deficit by picking the intensity on the defensive end and were able to force several Young turnovers. The Admirals led 39-36 after three quarters.

Defense wins games and our coach told us to focus on that and it paid off with a win, said Tolliver.

Both teams traded scoring runs in the fourth quarter and Young led late 49-48 with just under a minute to play. However, Farragut senior guard Jonathan Collins sank a 10-foot jumper from the lane to put the Admirals ahead for good.

It is a great feeling, Jonathan Collins said. I was missing some of my shots earlier, but my teammates kept on me and I was able to make the shot at the end.

Young squandered a last-second inbound play as Luke Hager missed a three from the right corner with time expiring. The Dolphins (10-4, 5-1) were led in scoring Sam Thompson, who scored 11 points.

We got outplayed and outcoached tonight and the better team won tonight, said Young coach Tyrone Slaughter.

Rory McIlroy wins FedEx Cup in dramatic fashion

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Rory McIlroy wins FedEx Cup in dramatic fashion

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it.

McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win at East Lake in a playoff and claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.

In its 10th year, the FedEx Cup never had a finish like this.

McIlroy won on the 16th hole, where his stunning rally began in regulation when he holed out from 137 yards for eagle and then made birdie on the final hole for a 64 to join a three-man playoff with Ryan Moore (64) and Kevin Chappell (66).

Chappell was eliminated with a par on the first extra hole.

Dennis Rasmussen looks to build off experience

Dennis Rasmussen looks to build off experience

The Blackhawks’ offseason moves have once again left holes, especially among the forward lines. Considering the experience Dennis Rasmussen gained last season, he could certainly grab the third- or fourth-line center spot.

But Rasmussen isn’t going to pencil in anything yet.

“I don’t really think that way. I always think I have to play as good as possible to earn a spot, and that’s what I think this year, too,” said Rasmussen on Day 3 of Blackhawks training camp. “But it’s really up to me. I have to play well to earn my spot here. That’s what I’m trying to focus on.”

After trading Andrew Shaw, Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell this offseason, the Blackhawks will be looking for several players to step up and fill voids. Center is one of those spots, and Rasmussen played 44 games there with the Blackhawks last season. Rasmussen spent the long offseason prepping for this campaign, focusing on one thing in particular.

“I always try to work on getting faster, that’s the part of my game I can really improve,” he said. “I can improve everything. But especially getting quicker, that’s what I’m trying to focus.”

Anything else Rasmussen has to do to take that next step?

“I think he’s got to be a little more proactive than reactive out on the ice,” Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. “Kind of be a little bolder in different areas whether it’s in the offensive zone if you’re down between the hash marks, hey, try and take a guy on 1-on-1. But if you’re a neutral zone, you got to be a little more responsible. If you got to pick up the wide winger and come back and play good defensive hockey, that’s what you’ve got to do.”

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Rasmussen showed that when he made his NHL debut last season. The Blackhawks recalled him in early December, when they were looking to bolster their bottom six; any offense added was a bonus. He scored three of his four goals in his first seven games – his first came in his NHL debut vs. Nashville.

“He can make more things happen out there,” Kitchen said. “I think he understands that too because he wants to do whatever it takes to make the team.”

Rasmussen wants to be part of this group. He gained some great experience last year, and he hopes it serves him well in trying to get that roster spot this season.

“It was great for me. I got to play a lot, think I played in some important situations sometimes and I was really happy with last year. It gave me a lot of confidence, a lot of experience too,” Rasmussen said. “So hopefully I can bring that into this year.”