|Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 AM|
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Hopi High School football team was in the midst of its best regular season ever, going 9-1 into a playoff game against a top-seeded team. Facing a complete shutdown, senior wide receiver Charles Youvella caught a pass and scored the team’s only touchdown in the third quarter.
Well into the fourth quarter in Saturday’s 60-6 loss to Arizona Lutheran Academy, Youvella fell hard on his head and collapsed a couple of plays later. He died Monday at the hospital of a traumatic brain injury, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced.
Youvella’s death was a somber end to a football season in which the players had grown more enthusiastic about the game on the small northeastern Arizona reservation. It also comes at a time when head injuries in football are attracting attention at all levels of the sport. The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council two weeks ago called for a national system to track sports-related concussions and answer questions about youth concussions.
The report revealed 250,000 people age 19 and younger were treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other sports- or recreation-related brain injuries in the country in 2009. That was an increase from 150,000 in 2001.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith has been named to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award.
UA announced Monday that Smith is one of 18 defensive ends on the list for the award named after college and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Ted Hendricks.
The list of candidates will be reduced to between four and six finalists on Nov. 25 and the award winner is to be announced Dec. 11.
WASHINGTON— The College Football Playoff selection committee concluded its first meeting by setting staggered term limits for its 13 members.
The committee will set the matchups for the new postseason system that starts next season. The goal is to always have experienced members of the committee.
The terms for former Air Force Academy superintendent and retired Gen. Mike Gould, Southern California AD Pat Haden, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese will end February 2016.
Terms for Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez, West Virginia AD Oliver Luck, former Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will end in February 2017.
Terms for former NCAA vice president Tom Jernstedt, Arkansas athletic Jeff Long, Clemson AD Dan Radakovich, former USA Today college sports writer Steve Wieberg and former Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham expire in February 2018.
DAVIE, Fla.— Miami Dolphins fans are venting on Twitter and complaining on radio about the team owner, the coach, the general manager and even the backup left guard.
A harassment scandal and a loss to a winless team can have that effect.
Already staggered by a scandal that prompted an NFL investigation, the Dolphins must now try to bounce back from their worst loss of the season.
Rather than taking out their frustrations of recent days on the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Dolphins came out flat Monday night, dug a 15-0 hole and lost 22-19.
The loss left the Dolphins at 4-5, with the five defeats coming in the past six games. Fed-up fans took the latest loss hard and many said owner Stephen Ross should fire everyone, himself included.
With the harassment case involving offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito likely to remain unresolved for at least a couple of weeks, head coach Joe Philbin will try to salvage the season beginning Sunday at home against San Diego.
Philbin, now 11-14 at Miami, won a vote of confidence before Monday's game from Ross but that could change depending on the findings of Ted Wells, the NFL special investigator.
Wells will meet this week with Martin, who is with his family in Los Angeles and receiving counseling for emotional issues.
Ross also plans to meet with Martin.
On Monday, Ross announced the formation of two committees to examine the Dolphins' locker room culture. In recent days, players have been virtually unanimous in saying it doesn't need to be changed.
PHOENIX — Two men were each ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday in the beating death of a 17-year-old national champion boxer from Phoenix.
Alexis Urbina was found unconscious and covered in blood in his family's south Phoenix home on Sept. 3, according to police. The teen who aspired to be an Olympic boxer died of his injuries two days later.
There was no obvious sign of forced entry into the house but Urbina's family told police some of his boxing memorabilia was missing.
Urbina won the 141-pound Youth Men's Division at the USA Boxing National Championships in April at Spokane, Wash.
Robert Chavez, 22, and Joseph Jessie Corrales, 23, were arrested Friday night by Phoenix police.
Both men were arraigned Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder, burglary and trafficking in stolen property.
Neither Chavez nor Corrales have lawyers yet. Public defenders were being appointed to represent them with status conferences scheduled for both men on Nov. 15 and preliminary hearings Nov. 19.
Court documents allege that Chavez and Corrales went out looking to rob someone and "Alexis looked like an easy target.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico has yet another coach — and a last chance to reach next year's World Cup in Brazil.
El Tri, which last missed a World Cup in 1990, opens a 2-game playoff today against New Zealand, with the winner earning a World Cup berth.
Mexico should be the overwhelming favorite, particularly in the first match at Azteca and the game played at an altitude of 7,350 feet. The 100,000-capacity stadium is always loud and intimidating and the thin air makes it even worse for visitors.
The second leg is Nov. 20 in Wellington, New Zealand. Mexico will try to pile up the goals in hopes of an overwhelming advantage in the second game. New Zealand figures to defend heavily today and take its chances at home.
Mexico is scrambling to reach Brazil, bringing in coach Miguel Herrera to handle the playoff in the latest of a series of four coaching changes. Herrera, the coach of the Mexican club America, has recruited 10 players from America and has overlooked the country's Europe-based players, like Manchester United's Javier Hernandez. He's going with all domestic players.
New Zealand is undefeated in qualifying but it plays in the weakest region, one that includes teams like Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Vanuatu.
Mexico played poorly during qualifying, struggling to score and finishing behind the U.S., Costa Rica and Honduras — the three earned the automatic berths from the CONCACAF region.
Mexico received a gift courtesy of the United States just to reach this stage. The U.S. scored two late goals last month to defeat Panama, sending the Mexicans to the playoff. Otherwise, Panama would have advanced and Mexico would have been out.