There are few places left in the world that are truly undiscovered, but if you’re willing to venture far, far off the beaten path, you can find a few that still seem remote.
Imagine waking up each morning to the sound of ocean waves massaging the shore, dining on a breakfast of fresh coconuts and spending the day waning away on your own secret island far from the hustle and bustle of over-stressed tourists and their under-disciplined kids.
Then, consider visiting one of the most remote islands in the world. It may take you a day – or six – to get there … but in end, it’s worth it.
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One of the most mysterious remote islands in the world is located in the South Pacific between Chili and Tahiti and has a mysterious air and untold history scientists can’t wait to
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There are few places left in the world that are truly undiscovered, but if you’re willing to venture far, far off the beaten path, you can find a few that still seem remote.
I admit, Quentin Tarantino’s slavery revenge flick Django Unchained sounds awesome: escaped slave-turned-bounty hunter avenges his wife’s honor by heading down south to put the hurtin’ on his former/her present slave owner and rescue her from forced prostitution; perhaps leaving a trail of black-and-blue on white in his wake. The cast ain’t too bad either with Jamie Fox, Kerry Washington, RZA from Wu-Tang, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio…
As seductive and fresh the film sounds — I mean how often do we get to see movies about slavery that don’t depict black people as victims; powerless to take matters into their own hands? — I am still very skeptical of how Django will turn out. Will it lend itself to the same ‘ol, same ol’ racial tropes that traditionally plague white-directed cinema about black experiences, or will it serve as an opportunity for movie-goers to see blacks transgress beyond rote (mis)representations of blackness? If one analyzes plot alone, it’s easy to assume Django may be offensive to those who despise
white paternalism; Django has a white mentor who shows him how to get back at his wife’s slaveowner Candie–somehow we’re always receiving some instruction from a white counter-part (Blood Diamond, Finding Forrester, Last King of Scotland,Gran Torino, Invictus…)
the objectification and brutalization of black female bodies; rumors are that Kerry Washington who plays Broomhilda, Django’s wife, will be raped and/or nude in most of the scenes she’s
The big political lie of the Super-Committee is that the deficit must be closed mainly by cutting government spending rather than by raising taxes on corporations and the super-rich. Both parties are complicit. The Republicans want to close the deficit entirely by cutting spending; Obama has brandished the formula of $3 of cuts for every $1 of tax revenues. On either approach, the poor and middle class would suffer grievously while the rich and powerful would win yet again (at least until the social pressures boil over).
The key to understanding the
Over the last few years, the news of teenagers, even children, committing suicide because of bullying and threats from their peers, has inundated us. Most recently, a 10-year-old Illinois girl committed suicide after reporting to her parents that she was constantly bullied at school. Being called fat, ugly, and ostracized for seemingly no reason, Ashlynn Conner took her own life by hanging herself from a knitted scarf in her closet.
Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, killed himself in September after he was bullied at school and online for being gay.
Eight-year-old Tori Blair hanged herself from a tree in May because of the same thing: bullying.
The list of young people who took their own lives extend beyond the word count available for this article, but there is something to be said about the power of words of which we all need to be cognizant.
Proverbs 18:21 says the tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (New Living Translation)
What we say out of our mouths has the power to bring life or death to any situation, person, or circumstance. The most detrimental component to speaking death to someone, much like what is said in cases of bullying, are the words that we release into the atmosphere.
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus taught extensively about the power of our
“All I’m askin’ is for a little respect when you come home”
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I was raised by “the help.” I don’t mean that “the help” served me in my parents’ mansion. No, my parents were “the help” in white households — my mother a domestic servant and my father a handyman. While their employment was not necessarily the most desirable, domestic workers of their generation practiced in their lives what they had learned from those who professed a more genteel upbringing.
My parents were in their prime during the years of the Great Depression. They both worked in “some of the finest white homes” of their
STANFORD, Calif. — Andrew Luck slogged through a soggy field, all smiles, hands raised, taking a little extra time watching his Stanford teammates sprint to lift The Axe in triumph.One last Big Game moment to savor.Luck threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns and Stanford (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) survived a shaky start to beat rival California 31-28 on Saturday night in rain-soaked Big Game with a rare late start under the lights.
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“It means a lot,” said Luck, who has insisted this year will be his last in a Cardinal uniform. “It will mean more once the season is over, I’m sure, you get to reminisce. I feel very grateful and blessed winning two games in a row against them and retaining The Axe another year.”The pelting rain did little to slow Luck down.Luck revived his Heisman Trophy campaign by tossing scores to Levine Toilolo and Ryan Hewitt, keeping the Cardinal’s slim chances of a Pac-12 title and national championship alive. He overcame an early interception and rallied Stanford (10-1, 8-1) from six points down to keep The Axe on The Farm for the second straight season.”It’s special,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “It didn’t really hit me until today. You look in the seniors’ eyes, they wanted it so bad. As a coach, you can’t help but pull for your guys and want them to be successful.”Cal’s quarterback might have been the better of the two for long stretches.Zach Maynard finished with 280 yards passing with two touchdowns for the Golden Bears (6-5, 3-5) in the 114th edition of the Bay Area rivalry. Cal’s offense struggled in the second half before a late comeback came up short.Stanford had its 17-game winning streak stopped the previous Saturday in a 53-30 loss to Oregon that seemed to dash its national championship dreams. With No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 7 Clemson all falling this week, the Cardinal’s chances might not seem so far-fetched anymore.They host Notre Dame in the regular-season finale looking to stay in the hunt for another BCS bowl — if not a slim shot at the national title — but can only reach the Pac-12 title game if Oregon loses at home to rival Oregon State.Stanford stuck it out in the slop and emerged with a victory to save what’s left of its season.With a steady stream of rain falling, Luck connected with Toilolo for a 4-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter to extend the Cardinal’s lead to 21-13. Stanford stifled Cal’s offense again and quickly put the ball back in the hands of its star quarterback.Luck wasted little time.He found Toilolo for a 41-yard gain and finished off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to fullback Hewitt to put Stanford in front 28-13.The Cardinal wasted an opportunity to put the game away earlier when Isi Sofele fumbled. Stanford took over and punted quickly, and Cal pushed ahead with the momentum.Maynard led a 68-yard drive ending with a short TD pass to Spencer Hagan on third down. After a 2-point conversion on a pass to Marvin Jones, Cal cut Stanford’s lead to 28-21 with 10:53 left.”It was kind of frustrating because they were running the ball a lot right up the middle of the field and controlling the clock,” Maynard said. “We had to hurry up and run a two-minute offense, and after that, we just ran out of time.”All that time quickly vanished.Stanford grinded out 7:40 with a 14-play, 57-yard drive with a series of short runs and passes on slick, soggy field that had defenders sliding in every direction. Even running backs, too.Jordan Williamson, who missed a 33-yard field goal wide left in the first half and hadn’t played in the last three games because of an undisclosed injury, kicked a 35-yard field to give the Cardinal a two-score cushion.”You’ve got to have faith in your players,” Shaw said. “He missed a kick, but that was the right decision at the time.”That proved pivotal when C.J. Anderson ran for a 1-yard TD run for the Bears with 14 seconds left. But tight end Coby Fleener easily recoved the onside kick to seal Stanford’s victory.The Bears could at least take some satisfaction in closing the disparity between the two teams.The distance was quite evident a year ago in Berkeley, when Luck and the Cardinal beat the Bears 48-14 in the most lopsided Big Game in 80 years. Cal left Stanford with a 34-28 victory in 2009.”Any time you lay it all out there like our guys did, these guys have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. “They played their hearts out against a really good football team.”This time, both teams had sloppy starts.Stanford recovered Maynard’s wayward pitch back on the game’s opening drive and took over at its own 37. Three plays later, freshman Ty Montgomery took a reverse and sprinted 34 yards down the sideline to put the Cardinal ahead 7-0.The poise and polish Luck has showed so often in his college career again took time to emerge.Steve Williams stepped in front of a falling Montgomery to intercept Luck’s pass and return it 49 yards for a score that was called back because of an illegal block in the back. No matter.Maynard found half-brother Keenan Allen for a 17-yard TD pass and Giogio Tavecchio kicked his second field goal from 19 yards to give Cal a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.Stanford powered its way through the rain with a bunched-up running game — and not Luck — to regain its rhythm, ending a 10-play, 78-yard drive with Tyler Gaffney’s short TD run to go ahead 14-13 at the half.Cal never came that close again.
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It’s heartbreaking to read the many reports of teens and young adults considering or committing suicide, or our young people bullied and victimized for being different. Many of these teens are struggling with sexuality and gender identity in a society that’s not always accepting. With Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th, we remember all those lives who were brutalized or murdered for their difference. Since this is literally a life and death matter, as a religious people we ought to feel compelled to deepen our understanding of the causes of such pain.
Transgender and Gender Queer youth and young adults — whether gay, lesbian or heterosexual — are sometimes gripped in a vice that pressures them to conform to both sexuality standards as well as gender
What is a family member’s role in helping someone who has a terminal diagnosis? This question was recently put to me by a patient who is at odds with her family about how they can best help her as she struggles with facing her mortality while also wanting to live life as long as she can.
This patient, who I will call Susan, is frustrated by the way her extended family is acting in light of her prognosis. Susan said that she had told them that she did not want them discussing “her condition” behind her back and also wanted them to try to live their lives in as uninterrupted way as possible, even though they knew that she would most probably die sooner rather than later. She wanted to control how they were reacting to her.
Some members of her family and extended family were angry with Susan that she placed these parameters around her disease and how they were to discuss it. Were they “rightfully” angry?
Susan’s request may sound unusual and it may sound harsh, but in light of the fact that she is the one who is ill, she feels that she has the right to “control what she can.” As she said to me, “I can’t control my disease, but I can control how others react to it and to me.”
In reality, Susan can’t control what is happening in her body, so she needs to control what she can, and so she is trying to control how others handle her disease
I am a religious man who loves his country. I have always been an American patriot, but now, more than ever before, I feel a sense of shared destiny with my fellow citizens. My love of country is not a simple matter, of course. It is rooted in a profound identification with American ideals, and especially with the values of freedom and tolerance that I see as central to the American
This week, Herman Cain failed his foreign policy pop quiz on Libya (“I got all this stuff twirling around in my head” is the campaign trail equivalent of “the dog ate my homework”). Congress failed basic nutrition when it voted to dismiss new guidelines that would have upped the amount of fresh veggies and fruit in school lunches and instead declared that frozen pizza qualified as a vegetable (which, I’m sure, had nothing to do with the $5.6 million the food industry has spent lobbying against the healthier regulations). And New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t pass the sniff test when he claimed that he ordered the surprise NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment because it had become a “fire safety hazard.” The Occupy movement is in large part a response to the diminished credibility of governments everywhere.
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EUGENE, Ore. — Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns and USC (No. 18 AP) held off No. 4 Oregon 38-35 on Saturday night when Alejandro Maldonado missed a 37-yard field goal to tie the game with five seconds left.Trailing 24-7 in the third quarter, Oregon mounted a furious comeback and narrowed it to 38-35 with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter. Barkley led his team to the Oregon 15, but Marc Tyler fumbled and the ball was recovered by the Ducks with 2:54 to go.Oregon marched down the field but Maldondado’s kick, which was brought five yards closer because of a USC penalty, went wide left.The loss snaps a 21-game winning streak for the Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) at Autzen Stadium, which was the longest in the nation. It also stopped Oregon’s winning streak in conference games at 19.
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Robert Woods, who was held out of some practices this week with ankle and shoulder injuries, caught seven passes for 53 yards and two scores. With the victory, USC (9-2, 6-2) kept the Ducks from clinching a spot in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.The loss had greater implications for Oregon after No. 2 Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State 37-31on Friday night, which is sure to shake up the BCS standings. The Ducks had jumped to fourth in those rankings after a decisive 53-30 victory over then-No. 3 Stanford last week.But against USC, they were playing catch up from the start.The Trojans scored first on Barkley’s 59-yard touchdown pass to Marqise Lee in the first quarter, then added Barkley’s 12-yard scoring pass to Woods early in the second to go up 14-0.The Ducks didn’t’ look like themselves until an efficient scoring drive midway through the second quarter. Darron Thomas hit true freshman Colt Lyerla with a 35-yard pass before striking fellow frosh De’Anthony Thomas with a 29-yarder for the touchdown. The seven-play drive covered 88 yards in just 2:15.But USC answered with Barkley’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Woods. The TD, Barkley’s 73rd, moved him past Carson Palmer for second on Southern California’s career touchdown list. Matt Leinart had 99 for the Trojans.The Ducks had a chance to narrow it before the half, but De’Anthony Thomas was out of bounds when he pulled down a Darron Thomas pass to the end zone. On the next play, James fumbled and the ball was recovered by USC.James, who dislocated his elbow earlier in the season and missed two games, was hit in the arm on the play, and was holding the elbow as he was helped up by trainers.The Trojans opened the second half with Andre Heidari’s 26-yard field goal to make it 24-7, but Oregon again showed a flash of its usual speedy offense with a quick drive capped by Kenjon Barner’s 10-yard touchdown run.The Ducks, known for their second half adjustments, couldn’t slow USC’s momentum and the Trojans scored on the subsequent series with Marc Tyler’s 3-yard run. Barkley added a 5-yard scoring pass to Randall Telfer to make it 38-14.De’Anthony Thomas narrowed it again for the Ducks with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and the Autzen Stadium crowd got back into the game with 3:28 left in the third quarter.Barner had an 8-yard touchdown run to close the Ducks to within 38-27 with 12:44 left in the game. The Trojans ate a lot of time up with their next series, but Barkley was intercepted by John Boyett, putting the Ducks in business on their own 40. Oregon scored on James’ 1-yard run, and the 2-point conversion was ruled good after review to make it 38-35.Darron Thomas threw for 265 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks. Barner ran for 123 yards and two scores.But USC still got its first victory in the state of Oregon since 2005.The Trojans cannot play in the postseason because of NCAA sanctions. The league’s southern representative is still up for grabs between Arizona State, Utah and UCLA.There were cheers before the game started when NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and several others showed up on the sidelines. James and Anthony even tossed around a football.The players were have been working out at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., just outside of Portland.
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From disrupter to builder — this is one of the most difficult transitions to make. It has tripped many promising popular movements in the past. And it is the critical challenge that faces the OWS Movement today (or, to be more exact, the Occupy Movement given that it has successfully spread to so many cities around the world).
This peaceful grassroots movement has succeeded in raising awareness about growing income and wealth inequality and, more generally, a system that seems better at serving the privileged few than enabling jobs and income growth for the many.
Indeed, whether you agree with the core messages or not, the fact is that the movement has triggered lots of important discussions about the balance between rich and poor, capital and labor, current and future generations, and the financial sector and the real economy.
By striking a chord with many people in America and across the world, it is a movement that cannot, and should not be dismissed. Indeed, it will resonate even more as western economies continue to struggle with sluggish growth and very high unemployment.
Yet it is way too early for the movement to declare
Decorated store windows rank right up there with the tree in Rockefeller Center as must-dos during this holiday season. So after viewing Barneys, Saks and Lord & Taylor in midtown be sure to head downtown to SoHo to catch the window at the Scholastic Store where beginning on November 13th “The Toyland Express” will make a seven-week stop at 557 Broadway (Between Prince & Spring Streets).
Inspired by Walter Wick’s newest book, Can You See What I See? Toyland Express, the store window takes families back to their favorite childhood holiday memory, as they look inside a 3-D toy shop from the 1950s with original toys and props from Walter Wick’s studio, including miniature figurines, vintage teddy bears, dolls, and the beloved Toyland Express toy train.
The search-and-find picture book begins in a toy maker’s workshop where the train is first created, then follows its toy-filled journey through many playful changes, into the attic and out again, to be rediscovered and reinvented by another child many years later. The store is hosting a Toyland Express Weekend on Saturday & Sunday, November 19th & 20th.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 21 Penn State won for the first time since coach Joe Paterno was fired, with Stephfon Green running for two touchdowns and the Nittany Lions’ solid defense holding Ohio State scoreless in the second half of a 20-14 victory Saturday.Penn State (9-2, 6-1) earned a share of the Big Ten’s Leaders Division title and set up a division title game next week at Wisconsin. The winner will play in the conference’s first championship game on Dec. 3.In what was expected to be a defensive struggle, the teams did all of their scoring in the opening half before the defenses took over.Braxton Miller ran for a touchdown and threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Jake Stoneburner for Ohio State (6-5, 3-4), but he had an intentional grounding and three incompletions on the Buckeyes’ final possession.
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After the 2009 breakup of their incredibly successful rock band Oasis, perpetually fighting brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher went their separate ways. With him, Liam took the rest of the Oasis band members and formed a new group called Beady Eye whose debut album, which was released earlier this year to lukewarm reviews, called to mind an early Oasis sound with a bit of the Rolling Stones and Beatles thrown in. Older brother Noel went his own route and formed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, whose name comes from a favorite Jefferson Airplane tune of his. With the help of longtime friends David McDonnell on guitar and Russell Pritchard on bass as well as a few studio musicians filling in here and there, Noel recorded the band’s debut self-titled album, which was also released along with a half-hour making-of documentary called It’s Never Too Late to Be What U Might Have
If you love the weather, then you’ll love Ken Murphy’s video that depicts a year-long (technically, 360 days) time-lapse study of the sky in San Francisco.
The video shows 360 separate time-lapse videos (shots were taken every 10 seconds) on one screen, arranged chronologically and synchronized by time of day. The videos all begin at sunrise and last until after sunset.
The result is a truly unique look at the sky above the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. Every city would have a much different depiction of a year’s worth of
Yesterday, police at UC Davis attacked seated students with a chemical gas.
I teach at UC Davis and I personally know many of the students who were the victims of this brutal and unprovoked assault. They are top students. In fact, I can report that among the students I know, the higher a student’s grade point average, the more likely it is that they are centrally involved in the
Last week in New Orleans, James Carville and Mary Matalin hosted a day-long conference on “Taking the Poison Out of Partisanship”, the latest in many attempts to get the partisan voices lowered in what passes for political discourse in this country.
But I wasn’t there, I was traveling. And In one of my innumerable trips through airports this year, my thoughts were momentarily distracted from observations about junk-touching and the fading glories of first-class jet travel by the sight of a baby. I’m not a parent, so other peoples’ children are not always a source of ineffable joy, but this was one of those baby’s faces that could make Attila the Hun say “Awwww”.
Walking down the jetway, I mused that one key to the charm of the young in our species, among others, was the role of the
Late Thursday night, alone in my TV room and still struggling to get back onto east-coast time, I watched Tim Tebow’s improbable 95-yard game-winning drive, and marveled at the uniqueness of his unfolding storyline.
As the dumbstruck commentators on NFL Network made clear, we are witnessing something unprecedented in the otherwise rigid, groupthinkian world of the NFL — a team that has completely (and, thus far, successfully) adjusted its overall strategy to align with the strengths of its newest, most essential player.
Well, that’s not exactly it; after all, franchises often build around their best player to build a championship team. But what’s so noteworthy is that in order to support its new field general, the Denver Broncos are also ignoring decades of conventional wisdom about what a successful NFL quarterback looks like — and does.
To wit: look at the three top-ranked quarterbacks in the league — Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees — and there’s a unanimity to their core competencies: a quick release and accurate delivery. Judged against this standard, Tebow might as well be playing flag football; his release is long, slow, and awkward, and he is painfully inaccurate (as evidenced by his 44.8 percent completion rate). Indeed, for the bulk of the games he has played thus far in his short career, you almost want to look away, so unusual is it to see a player at that position so clearly ill-equipped to do what NFL quarterbacks do most of the time: stand tall in the pocket, read the defense, and quickly deliver the ball into tight windows.
But then there are those other moments — like last night’s game-winning drive — when Tebow does what he does better than anyone: get outside the pocket, read the defense, react to what he sees, and run to the open
At last week’s debate, Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann defended waterboarding. Cain said, “I don’t see it as torture. I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique,” which is what the Bush administration used to call its policy of torture and abuse. Bachmann declared, “If I were president, I would be willing to use
I don’t know a whole lot about advertising. That may seem kind of pathetic considering I made all the ads for a real estate company for a few years, but that was pretty basic stuff: slap a picture of a house on the page, make up some nonsense about granite countertops and an open floor plan, and ship the ad off to whichever publication was running it. As far as real advertising goes, though, I don’t have much of a clue.
I’ve always assumed the point of an advertising campaign was to project the image you wanted people to associate with your company or product. For example, in Gatorade ads thirsty people drink Gatorade, and in Nike ads people do athletic things while wearing Nike
I didn’t marry Edward Cullen until I was 32.
Married at 18? Are you fucking kidding me? Edward said we needed to be married to have sex, which was a crock of shit — not to mention a terrible reason for getting married young. We broke up when he proposed. It was hard on both of us, but instead of sitting in my room moping the year away, I decided to take some agency and find independence outside of my vampire ex-boyfriend. I told him that once I’d developed a stronger sense of self, I’d consider giving the whole dating thing another
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half and Michigan State (No. 15 BCS, No. 12 AP) clinched a berth in the inaugural Big Ten championship game with a 55-3 rout of Indiana on Saturday.The Spartans entered the game with a one-game lead in the Legends Division over both Nebraska and Michigan, who were playing at the same time in Ann Arbor. When the Wolverines won, it locked up the division for Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) because of its 28-14 win over Michigan on Oct. 15.
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Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 7-yard touchdown on Michigan State’s first possession of the second half, giving the Spartans a 41-3 lead.On the next drive, he handed off on the first play, and then was replaced by Andrew Maxwell. Cousins saluted the Spartan logo at midfield before leaving to a large ovation. He finished 16 of 23, and now has 60 career touchdown passes, one short of Jeff Smoker’s school record.Michigan State finished with 470 total yards to 234 for Indiana, and forced the game’s only two turnovers.The Spartans scored on their first two possessions, thanks to a pair of big passes from Cousins to Cunningham. The first, a 37-yarder, led to a 21-yard field goal by Dan Conroy. On the second, the Indiana (1-10, 0-7) defense bit hard on a play-fake, leaving Cunningham alone behind the defense for a 63-yard score.Michigan State made it 17-0 before the first quarter was over as Cousins hit Keshawn Martin on the sideline. Martin avoided two poor tackles and raced into the end zone for a 47-yard score.A failed fake punt gave the Hoosiers good field position, but they were only able to turn it into a 22-yard field goal by Mitch Ewald.Nick Hill, though, returned the ensuing kickoff to the Indiana 24, and Martin took a sweep 19 yards for his second touchdown of the half.Edwin Baker’s 10-yard run made it 31-3 late in the second quarter, as the Hoosiers continued to struggle badly on both sides of the ball.Another Conroy field goal put the Spartans up by 31 at the half.After Cousins started the second half with the touchdown to Cunningham, Johnny Adams returned an interception 87 yards to give Michigan State a 48-3 lead. Baker’s second touchdown provided the final margin.
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ATHENS, Ga. — Aaron Murray threw a touchdown pass to Marlon Brown on the first play of the fourth quarter, Blair Walsh kicked four field goals and Georgia (No. 14 BCS, No. 13 AP) beat Kentucky 19-10 on Saturday to clinch a spot in the SEC championship game.Georgia struggled on offense after losing top rusher Isaiah Crowell to a left ankle injury after only two carries. Crowell’s top backup, Carlton Thomas, was not at the game for personal reasons.
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Georgia was left with Ken Malcome and Brandon Harton, who rushed for 101 yards, at tailback.The Bulldogs (9-2 overall, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) leaned on Walsh’s four field goals, including three from 39 yards, and strong defense to clinch first place in the SEC’s Eastern Division.Georgia fans chanted “SEC! SEC” with less than 1 minute remaining as players emptied a cooler on coach Mark Richt.Georgia will play in the SEC championship game for the fourth time in 11 seasons under Richt. It won SEC titles under Richt in 2002 and in 2005, its last appearance in the game.Kentucky (4-7, 1-6) was held to 165 yards, including 2 yards the third quarter. The Wildcats led 10-6 in the second quarter after Maxwell Smith’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Robinson.The loss eliminated the Wildcats, who have appeared in a school-record five straight bowl games, from postseason consideration.Georgia went into the half ahead 12-10 on Walsh’s four field goals before finally reaching the end zone as the fourth quarter started. On third down from the Kentucky 7, Murray stepped up and passed to Brown in the back of the end zone.Murray completed 16 of 29 passes for 162 yards with one touchdown and one interception.Kentucky’s Smith completed 17 of 35 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble.Crowell, a freshman who began the day with 821 yards rushing, ran straight ahead for 6 yards on his first carry and then limped off the field with the left ankle injury after running for 5 yards on his second carry. The freshman limped to the locker room later in the first quarter and returned but remained on the sideline, standing unsteadily on his sore ankle.He had only a sock on his left foot as he sat and watched in the second half.Crowell’s status for Georgia’s final regular-season game at Georgia Tech next week is uncertain.Harton and Malcome each lost fumbles. Harton had only 12 yards rushing in the first half before finishing with 101.Georgia announced before the game Thomas was not at the game and was not suspended. Crowell, Thomas and Malcome were suspended for one game earlier in the season.Kentucky moved 65 yards on its first possession and took a 3-0 lead on Craig McIntosh’s 32-yard field goal. It was a promising start to what proved to be a disappointing day for Kentucky’s offense against Georgia, which ranks fourth in the nation in total defense.The Wildcats were held without a first down in the second half until there were about 3 minutes remaining in the game.
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