____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Former Louisiana State University forward Garrett Green revealed Saturday he will spend his final collegiate season at San Diego State University, choosing the Aztecs over IU.Since stating he would transfer July 19, Green took visits to four schools. He traveled to Long Beach State University and Wichita State University in addition to IU and SDSU.It was initially reported Green would also consider Arizona State University, but a visit to Tempe, Ariz., never came to fruition.Green is originally from Woodland Hills, Calif., not far from his new campus in San Diego.Throughout the process, Green repeatedly cited graduate school programs and the chance to play in the NCAA tournament as his primary factors in determining his new school.The Aztecs were 34-3 last season under former University of Michigan coach Steve Fisher. However, the Aztecs must replace four starters, including Kawhi Leonard, the 15th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.Green graduated from LSU on Friday and had previously said he would announce his decision that day. But Friday came and went with no word from his camp on a decision. Word finally leaked out Saturday evening and was quickly confirmed by multiple sources.Green averaged 6.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18 minutes per game for the Tigers last season. Had he come to IU, he was expected to compete with senior Tom Pritchard for a starting spot in the post.Without Green, though, the Hoosiers still have one open scholarship for the 2011-12 season.
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____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Current and former IU swimmers competed in Palo Alto, Calif., Aug. 2 on the opening day of competition at the ConocoPhillips U.S. Swimming National Championships.Leading the field of current IU swimmers was senior Allysa Vavra in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. She finished 12th with a time of 2:14.81.Fellow seniors Brittany Strumbel and Kim Tracey also competed in the event and finished 23rd and 82nd, respectively.Vavra and Strumbel’s times were each fast enough to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the event. Strumbel also posted a qualifying time in the women’s 400-meter freestyle, finishing 18th in 4:13.94.Four current Hoosiers had qualifying times in the men’s 400-meter freestyle, led by junior Ryan Hinshaw’s 18th place finish in 3:55.50.Junior Jim Barbiere finished 24th while seniors Tyler Shedron and Andrew Taylor were 33rd and 41st, respectively.Other qualifiers included sophomores Cody Miller in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke and Lindsay Vrooman in the women’s 400-meter freestyle.Former Hoosier All-American Kevin Swander took second in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:00.59. The finish qualifies him for the Olympic Trials.The meet continues through Saturday at Stanford University’s Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Though perhaps overshadowed by the commitment of quarterback Gunner Kiel days earlier, Jason Spriggs become the 15th member of the IU 2012 football recruiting class Thursday.Spriggs plays for Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Ind.Listed at 6-foot-7-inches and 257 pounds by Rivals.com, Spriggs is listed as a tight end but could potentially grow into a position on the offensive line.Rated as a two-star prospect according to Rivals, he also received offers from six schools in the Mid-American Conference. IU was the only major conference school to offer him a scholarship.IU‘s class of 15 recruits currently ranks 38th nationally according to Rivals. Kiel, wide receiver Kevin Davis and linebacker Nick Mangieri lead the class.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher was one of 12 players named to the Big Ten’s inaugural Players to Watch List Thursday.The Fort Wayne, Ind. native led IU last season with 78 catches for 832 yards and four touchdowns.The 6-foot-5-inch, 214 pound Belcher enters the 2011 season ranked third in school history with 164 receptions and sixth with 1,939 yards. James Hardy is the leader in both categories with 191 catches and 2,740 yards.Belcher was the only receiver selected among the 12 players. The group was voted on by the league’s coaches.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>After the program’s first-ever Sweet 16 run last year, the team will make four appearances on national television this season.Three of the four televised games will be on the road, giving fans more opportunities to see IU play.IU’s Oct. 8 game against Nebraska will be broadcasted live by ESPN2.The Nov. 12 home game versus Iowa, the Oct. 26 game at Michigan State and the Nov. 20 game at Ohio State will all be televised by the Big Ten Network.IU opens its season at the Hokie Class in Blacksburg, Va., where it will play High Point, Cleveland State and Virginia Tech.-Max McCombs
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>With a new coach and quarterback this fall, it is only fitting that the IU football team has a new look as well.The Athletic Department announced July 19 that new uniforms would be provided for the upcoming season.Gone are the stripes on the jerseys and helmets. The red facemasks on the helmets have also been changed back to white as the design had been prior to 2005.The uniform redesign is intended to evoke the more traditional uniforms of past IU football teams.The uniforms are designed by adidas and feature the new TECHFIT technology that makes the jerseys and pants 30 percent lighter.The Hoosiers will debut their new uniforms Sept. 3 in their season opener against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium.-Max McCombs
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>This fall’s cross country schedule was released by the Athletic Department on Monday and includes three home meets for the Hoosiers.IU will bookend its regular season with home meets, including the season-opening Indiana Open on Sept. 10 and the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 16. The season ends in Bloomington as well with the Hoosier Invitational on Nov. 4.Between those events, IU will travel to a number of meets around the Midwest, including Madison, Wis., on Oct. 14 for the adidas Invitational where the men’s team will try to defend last year’s first-place finish in the event.“In terms of early season meets, I think that the adidas (Invitational) in Wisconsin and the Pre-National meet both will be important tests,” sophomore Lyndsey Wall said. “The other meets are more just a chance to get our act together and start rolling.”IU will compete for a conference crown Oct. 30 in Champaign, Ill., then try for a spot at the national meet at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet in Toledo, Ohio.“The Big Ten Championship is obviously very important to the team,” Wall said. “We are a part of a difficult athletic conference, and it is always good to prove ourselves in it.The regional meet is also extremely important because that is our chance to go to the national meet.”Wall expects the men’s team to be a major contender nationally.“I think the outlook for the men’s team is fantastic,” Wall said. “They placed seventh in nationals last year and with all their varsity runners returning, plus the addition of a few new great runners, the men are very fired up and prepared for a great year.”The women’s team looks to rebound from the graduation of Sarah Pease and make the national meet.“I think that the main goal is to advance to the national meet, and then once we are there, see what we can do,” Wall said.-Max McCombs2011 Indiana Cross Country ScheduleSept. 10 Indiana Open, Bloomington, Ind.Sept.16 Indiana Intercollegiates, Bloomington, Ind.Oct. 1 Cowboy Jamboree, Stillwater, Okla.Oct. 14 Adidas Invitational, Madison, Wis.Oct. 16 Pre-Nationals, Terre Haute, Ind.Oct. 30 Big Ten Championships, Champaign, Ill.Nov. 4 Hoosier Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.Nov. 12 NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Toledo, OhioNov. 21 NCAA Championships, Terre Haute, Ind.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Outfielder Alex Dickerson, the former Big Ten Player of the Year for IU, signed a professional baseball contract July 15 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, officially foregoing his senior season with the Hoosiers.Dickerson was a third-round selection, 91st overall, of the Pirates after playing three seasons for IU.He had previously been drafted after high school by the Washington Nationals in the 48th round, but did not sign.The Poway, Calif. native was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2009 after playing as a designated hitter. He hit .370 that season with 14 home runs and 57 runs batted in.The next season, playing in the outfield, he improved. He was a unanimous choice for Big Ten Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-American after hitting for the conference Triple Crown by leading the Big Ten in batting average with .419, home runs with 24 and RBI with 75.Despite playing only three seasons at IU, Dickerson ranks highly in several categories in the IU record books, including a tie for first in career home runs with 47 and fourth for slugging percentage with .657.Dickerson is likely to be converted to first base with the Pirates, but is still currently listed as an outfielder.He was assigned to the short season Single-A State College Spikes. In his debut for the Spikes on July 16, Dickerson was one for four with a double against the Staten Island Yankees.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Elena Humphreys has joined the staff of the IU women’s rowing team as a graduate assistant, IU coach Steve Peterson announced July 12.Humphreys spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley, her alma mater.While at Berkeley, Humphreys was a three-time selection to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team. She was a Pocock Second Team All-American in 2009 as a senior.Humphreys was also a member of the freshmen crew during her team’s national champion season in 2006. As a senior, she rowed for a Varsity 8 crew that took third at the NCAA Championships in 2009.Last season, IU finished in sixth place at the Big Ten meet.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>With the opening of fall practice less than a month away, watch lists for each of the major individual college football awards have been released and include a trio of IU players.Senior wide receiver Damarlo Belcher is one of 75 candidates for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is given each year to the nation’s top wide receiver.Belcher, listed at 6 feet 5 inches and 214 pounds, led IU with 78 receptions and 832 yards last season. With 28 catches and 802 yards this coming season, Belcher could surpass James Hardy to become the career leader in both categories for IU.Another pass-catcher up for an accolade is sophomore tight end Ted Bolser. Bolser, 6 feet 6 inches and 240 pounds, is a candidate for the John Mackey Award. Named for the recently deceased Syracuse great, the award is given annually to the country’s best tight end. Bolser was a Freshman All-American according to Rivals.com last season after amassing 27 catches for 407 yards.Sophomore kicker Mitch Ewald is on the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, an award given to the nation’s most outstanding kicker. After a redshirt season, Ewald hit 16 of 19 field goal attempts and was perfect on 33 extra point opportunities.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Indianapolis Lawrence Central center Wes Rogers committed to the IU football team July 10. He is the Hoosiers’ sixth verbal pledge for the 2012 class from in-state and 12th overall.Since receiving their first commitment June 12 from defensive tackle Alex Todd of Streetsboro, Ohio, the Hoosiers have amassed their entire current 12-man class and are tied for third largest thus far in the Big Ten in under a month.Rogers, listed at 6 feet 5 inches and 275 pounds, is ranked by Rivals.com as the eighth best center prospect nationally and seventh best player in the state.Rogers is the third 2012 commitment for the offensive line, following Orland Park Sandburg’s Dan Feeney from Illinois and Carmel Cathedral’s Jacob Bailey, IU’s most recent commit who offered a verbal pledge July 1. All three project to the interior of the line with Rogers at center and the other two at guard.Also committing recently for the Hoosiers were Lexington, Ohio, tight end Tanner Kearns and New Castle Chrysler defensive end Adam Kranda, the 13th-ranked player in the state.IU’s top current commitments, according to rankings on Rivals, are wide reciever Kevin Davis of Warren Central in Indianapolis and Nick Mangieri from Dunlap, Ill.However, they remain in contention for the services of Columbus East quarterback Gunner Kiel, the top-ranked player in the state and top-ranked quarterback prospect nationally according to Rivals. Kiel is the younger brother of IU sophomore quarterback Dusty Kiel.2012 IU Football RecruitsJacob BaileyGuard6 feet 4 inches, 275 poundsCarmelCathedral High SchoolCaleb CornettWide Receiver6 feet 3 inches, 175 poundsIndianapolisBen Davis High SchoolMike CottonOutside Linebacker6 feet 3 inches, 210 poundsO’Fallon, Ill.O’Fallon High SchoolKevin DavisWide Receiver5 feet 11 inches, 175 poundsIndianapolisWarren Central High SchoolDan FeeneyGuard6 feet 4 inches, 295 poundsOrland Park, Ill.Sandburg High SchoolDawson FletcherSafety6 feet, 180 poundsWest Chester, OhioLakota West High SchoolTanner KearnsTight End6 feet 5 inches, 225 poundsLexington, OhioLexington High SchoolAdam KrandaDefensive End6 feet 6 inches, 240 poundsNew CastleChrysler High SchoolNick MangieriOutside Linebacker6 feet 5 inches, 230 poundsDunlap, Ill.Dunlap High SchoolWes RogersCenter6 feet 5 inches, 275 poundsIndianapolisLawrence Central High SchoolAlex ToddDefensive Tackle6 feet 4 inches, 290 poundsStreetsboro, OhioStreetsboro High SchoolJordan WallaceInside Linebacker6 feet 1 inch, 218 poundsIndianapolisWarren Central High School
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters tend to stick with what they are good at, but if they ever deviated from their tried-and-true formula, it was on 2007’s “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.” On that record, their classic rollicking sound was interspersed with slower songs that effectively killed the momentum from their classic choruses and made the entire recording a choppy, start-and-stop affair. “Wasting Light,” the band’s first album after a two-year hiatus, is a return to form. Opener “Bridge Burning” is vintage Foo Fighters. Featuring punchy electric guitar that builds into a massive wall of sound once other instruments join in, the song is a smartly energetic beginning to the album, clearly stating that the band is back to what it does best. Recorded entirely on analog equipment in Grohl’s garage, the record retains a rough-around-the-edges feel to it that fits much better than the acoustic “Skin and Bones” live album the band released in 2006. While that slowed the group’s classic sound down to a whimpering crawl, the analog recording leads to a raw sense of momentum on the album, particularly in Grohl’s vocals, which are spot-on throughout. In fact, “Arlandria” may be his single best vocal performance in a song to date as his voice runs the spectrum from smooth and soulful to guttural and determined. It helps, of course, that the song is perfectly punctuated by the powerful drumming of Taylor Hawkins, which manages to rise to the top amid the cascade of guitars. Such is the case in most of the album’s songs, and Hawkins continues to stake his claim as one of the top drummers in rock music today. “Wasting Light” is remarkable for its consistency, particularly when compared to the band’s last effort. “Arlandria” remains the standout, but nearly every song calls to mind elements of Foo Fighters classics. Only the meandering “I Should Have Known” could possibly be called filler; the rest of the album begs to be played live, and for an album recorded in a garage, it would translate beautifully to a giant stadium.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>There are not a lot of similarities between the speedy offense-based wrestling of Matt Powless and the read-and-react style that Ricky Alcala employs.But Saturday evening in Philadelphia, both wrestlers shared something in common upon clinching All-American status: hugs.“I was so relieved,” Powless said. “When I got it, it was like a huge weight off my shoulders. I gave Coach (Duane) Goldman and Coach (Pat) DeGain huge hugs. I just felt so relieved.”Likewise, after defeating ninth-seeded Cameron Wade of eventual national champion Penn State, Alcala leapt into the arms of his coaches.Alcala, a graduate student in his first and only year wrestling for IU after transferring from California-Davis, would go on to place fifth at heavyweight while Powless took eighth at 197 pounds. Seniors Kurt Kinser and Paul Young wrestled but did not place at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. As a team, the Hoosiers finished 25th with 23.5 points.Alcala’s match in the round of 12 was the second meeting of the year between him and Wade. Alcala dropped the first bout 6-0, but as he has done several times this season, Alcala emerged victorious in a rematch, winning 4-2 in sudden victory. Alcala also defeated Boise State’s J.T. Felix after losing to him earlier in the year, again winning in overtime. He said he credits DeGain for helping him bounce back from the earlier defeats.“I avenged two losses this year,” Alcala said. “I watched so much film throughout the year. After I lost, I would go back and see what my mistakes were and work on them. It paid off.”Those wins were far from his only overtime matches of the tournament. In total, Alcala wrestled eight matches from Thursday through Saturday with each going at least the full seven minutes and six going to overtime. He was on the mat for more than 64 minutes altogether.“I think the difference, the reason why I won most of them, was that I just wanted to win,” Alcala said. “I knew in overtime I was going to get the takedown.”On his march to fifth place, Alcala, who was unseeded entering the tournament after a disappointing Big Ten tournament, defeated two seeded opponents, Wade and No. 4 Dominick Russo of Rutgers. He also narrowly lost to No. 2 Jarod Trice of Central Michigan twice by scores of 3-2 in overtime, his only defeats of the tournament.“I felt like I could beat them,” Alcala said. “That they were seeded didn’t really mean anything to me. I just took it one match at a time.”While Alcala’s career is over, Powless has another year to build on his All-American finish. Four wrestlers that finished ahead of him will graduate, which could favor Powless’ chances to improve his spot on the podium.“My goal was to be All-American, and I did that so I can be pleased with myself,” Powless said. “The goal next year is obviously to do a lot better than this year, climb that podium and try to be national champ.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Last season, junior Matt Powless got his first taste of the NCAA wrestling tournament. This year he returns to the tournament familiar with the atmosphere and with a more ambitious goal.“Last year I made it to nationals, and that was my goal,” Powless said. “Once I did, I don’t want to say I didn’t care, but I was definitely happy already with my season. I went out there and wrestled, but I don’t think I fully committed myself the way I should have to winning those matches. I was already happy with myself. Going there this year with it not being a surprise but an expectation has me a little more driven.”IU will send four wrestlers to Philadelphia for the NCAA Championships on March 17-19. Joining Powless, who wrestles in the 197-pound weight class, are seniors Kurt Kinser at 149 pounds and Paul Young at 157 pounds and graduate student Ricky Alcala at heavyweight.“Every one of these guys has been to nationals before,” IU coach Duane Goldman said. “They have an idea of what they’re stepping into. They just need to go in there and be confident and not look ahead. It’s a tough tournament.”While each of the IU qualifiers has been to the tournament before, last year Kinser and Young each qualified for different weight classes, 157 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively. Alcala wrestled for a different school, California-Davis.Kinser, Young and Powless clinched their berths in the Big Ten Tournament last weekend. Alcala suffered a pair of upset losses and ultimately placed seventh, not high enough for an automatic qualifier spot. However, when wildcards were announced Wednesday, Alcala made the field.“Ricky had a little bit of a tough go,” Goldman said. “He appears to be back on track. He wrestled really well in his last match. We were pretty sure that he was going to get picked up (as a wildcard).”Released along with the wildcard selections were the brackets for the tournament revealing both the seeds at each weight class and first-round matchups. Kinser will wrestle Missouri’s Kyle Bradley, who he has defeated this season, in the opening round. Young will face Pittsburgh’s Donnie Tasser while Powless will meet LJ Helbig of Wyoming. Alcala will wrestle Spencer Myers of Maryland.“I’m pretty familiar with all their opponents,” Goldman said. “I think for the most part we avoided some seeds. I think they all have good first-round matchups, ones they all have good shots of winning. They’re feeling good.”Practices leading up to nationals will largely be geared toward preparing for first-round opponents, as the wrestlers have control over little else, a lesson Powless has learned both from IU’s All-American coaches and his own experience last year.“You always want to say you’re taking it one match at a time, but in the back of their head, everyone is thinking, ‘If I win this match I have so-and-so, if I lose I have so-and-so,’” Powless said. “I did that last year. I lost on the first round, and then in the wrestlebacks I didn’t get who I thought I would get because there was another upset, so I ended up wrestling someone and things didn’t work out for me. This year I’m definitely going to take it one match at a time and only worry about that first match.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Intoxicating as Dropkick Murphys’ music has always been, the scattered nature of the band’s past releases has always seemed to limit its potential. By focusing its sound into a concept album, the band has achieved that elusive consistency in “Going Out in Style,” a near-flawless Celtic punk masterpiece and the group’s finest album yet. “Going Out In Style” is a retrospective of the life of Cornelius “Connie” Larkin, a fictional recently departed Irish immigrant who is an amalgamation of the shared life experiences of the band members and their families. Essentially a musical memorial service, the album rarely turns somber, the lyrics eloquently detailing misfortune being met head-on and the highs and lows of an adulthood in working-class Boston. Such subjects are ideal for the band’s classic rambunctious sound, which is harnessed to perfection in tracks like opener “Hang ’Em High” and the infectious “Memorial Day.” Even in its slower, contemplative moments, such as the beautiful “Cruel” and the powerful “Broken Hymns,” the album remains celebratory, a record to raise a pint to instead of mourn along with.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>After having half of its team eliminated Saturday, IU wrestling rebounded Sunday with a pair of third place finishers.“It was similar to our regular season,” IU coach Duane Goldman said. “The guys who qualified for the nationals were the ones who carried the team.”The tournament did not begin on a good note for the Hoosiers. After the first two rounds Saturday, only one wrestler, senior Paul Young at 157 pounds, remained in the championship bracket. By the end of the day, five wrestlers had been eliminated.However, the team managed to salvage the situation Sunday, winning seven of eight matches on the day and sending three wrestlers to the national tournament as automatic qualifiers.Senior Kurt Kinser lost in a quarterfinals upset to Michigan’s Eric Grajales at 149 pounds but battled back through the consolation bracket with a headlock for a pin and three straight decisions to take third. In the third-place match, Kinser pulled an upset himself, defeating second-seeded Andrew Nadhir of host Northwestern 6-4 with an overtime takedown.Junior Matt Powless pulled a similar feat at 197 pounds. After having beaten Michigan State’s Tyler Dickenson three times during the regular season, including twice by major decision, Powless dropped a 7-4 decision in the opening round. After three decisions against seeded opponents, however, Powless found himself in yet another rematch with the upstart Dickenson, this time for third place. Powless prevailed 6-2.“It’s good to see they’re able to keep their head and keep their focus,” Goldman said. “At the NCAA tournament you need to show up and do their best. It was a good learning experience and good preparation.”Young fought back from his loss to Taylor to finish fourth, and graduate student Ricky Alcala salvaged a seventh place finish at heavyweight after two Saturday upsets.Kinser, Young and Powless each qualified for the NCAA championships. Alcala appears likely to join them as a wildcard selection.“We just need to focus on going back to the room and looking at the matches and making sure the things they do are being done as best they can,” Goldman said. “We need to go back and look at areas where they fell short. We need to continue to train.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Half of the IU wrestling lineup will step on the mat Saturday knowing that any match could be their last.For seniors Kurt Kinser, Paul Young, Nick Avery, Eric Cameron and graduate student Ricky Alcala, this weekend’s Big Ten Championships in Evanston, Ill., are a must-win situation if they hope to prolong their careers a few more weeks.“There’s nothing else after this unless you earn it,” IU coach Duane Goldman said. “It’s every man for himself. They need to go up there with their individual goals and do everything they can to achieve them. There’s nothing to hold back from. There’s nothing to pace themselves with. It’s all about going up there and trying to get it done.”With the exception of Alcala, who is in his first season in the Big Ten, all of the seniors have competed in the conference tournament at least once before and know what to expect and how to either ignore the reality that it is their last time there or harness it to their advantage. “It’s a double-edged sword,” Kinser said. “On one hand, you’re a senior. You’re confident. You’ve done it all before, so you sort of know what’s going to happen. On the other hand, it’s your last chance. For me, it’s given me a little bit of extra motivation.”In preparation for the tournament, the team’s training has been modified the past two weeks.“Practices are probably more intense, but shorter and less focused on learning and more focused on peaking and doing what each individual does best and trying to get each guy on an individual basis ready,” Goldman said.The shorter practices have allowed wrestlers to rest the nagging injuries accumulated throughout the season, as well as refocus their technique and mentality.“Everybody just tries to peak skill-wise, conditioning-wise, mentally-wise,” Kinser said. “I feel really good. I feel like I’ve definitely been building up this year. Hopefully I’ll be at my best at Big Tens. Being a senior, too, that gives you just a little bit more motivation. I feel like I’m definitely ready.”While dual meets and other tournaments throughout the year certainly impact seeding and wildcard slots for the national tournament, ultimately it is a wrestler’s performance at the conference tournament that typically determines if his season continues. As such, preparing for the Big Ten Championships has been a team focus throughout the entire season.“I think I’m very ready,” Cameron said. “Our head coach does a great job getting us in shape all year. Our past four months of training all come down to this weekend and how we do.”Goldman said he believes the shorter practices have worked and the team is where it should be at this point in the season.“We’re as ready as we’re going to be,” Goldman said. “You can’t do anything about certain little nagging injuries. Our preparation has been good, and we’ve taken the time to heal as best we can. We’re in good shape. Our attitude is good. I think it’s just a question of going up there and doing the best we can and seeing where the chips fall.”
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Mogwai excels at striking the perfect balance between its past identity and breaking new sonic ground on each of its records. Its latest release, “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will,” is no exception.Much of the album feels like a logical step forward from 2008’s “The Hawk Is Howling,” with guitar-driven tracks boasting of a sort of atmospheric anger. These provide the meat of an album with no true duds, and indeed, “Rano Pano” and “Too Raging To Cheers” are standouts. However, it is on the tracks that most diverge from that tried-and-true formula that the band finds its most interesting successes. “Mexican Grand Prix” brings the electronic accents present throughout the record to the forefront, resulting in likely the first Mogwai song ever that is borderline danceable. Meanwhile, “San Pedro” takes an opposite approach, hearkening back to the band at its most guitar-heavy. Sounding like a more focused version of Mogwai classic “Glasgow Mega-Snake,” it is the centerpiece and embodiment of a record that finds inspiration in both the band’s past and future.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>Senior Kurt Kinser returned to action from an injury Friday, but upsets of senior Paul Young and junior Matt Powless cost the Hoosiers as they fell to rival Purdue 21-12 in the final dual of the regular season.IU jumped out to an early lead after freshman Justin Brooks’ third straight victory, but losses in the next two matches, including one by pin, gave Purdue the lead for good.Kinser’s first match in two weeks resulted in a 9-2 win that pulled the team score within three points, but Young, impaired by a knee injury, was upset by Purdue’s Colton Salazar. Redshirt freshman Ryan LeBlanc brought the deficit back down to three with a win at 165 pounds.The Boilermakers won as expected in the next two tilts, then Logan Brown handed junior Matt Powless his fourth loss of the season at 197 pounds to clinch the match. Graduate student Ricky Alcala’s win at heavyweight only served to narrow the deficit.IU is now off for two weeks before the Big Ten Championships on March 5 and 6 in Evanston, Ill.
____simple_html_dom__voku__html_wrapper____>In the first of two matches in two nights, the IU wrestling team fell to Illinois on Thursday evening 23-12.IU dropped four of the first five matches, including one by pin at 184 pounds, to find itself in a 15-3 hole it could not climb out of. Junior Matt Powless, graduate student Ricky Alcala and redshirt freshman Justin Brooks notched three straight wins for IU to pull the team score to 15-12, but a decision and a technical fall by Illinois in the final two bouts sealed the win for the Illini. The Hoosiers return to the mats Friday against Purdue to close out the regular season on the road.“Against Purdue, there are a number of matches that are big,” IU coach Duane Goldman said. “Seven of the matches are going to be pretty hotly contested. (In) most of them, they feel like they should win those. I feel like we can hang in there pretty well and hopefully get a victory.”Like the Hoosiers, the Boilermakers sport a lineup heavy with upperclassmen.“Purdue has a real mature team,” Goldman said. “This is one of the strongest teams they’ve had in a while.”— Max McCombs