Bad judgment again burns Eagles' Young


Bad judgment again burns Eagles' Young

SEATTLE -- Bad judgment has been the story of Vince Youngs season. Whether it was back at Lehigh, when he called the Eagles a Dream Team, or on the football field, where his interceptions have become an epidemic, Youngs judgment has been off.

Way off.

Young threw four more interceptions Thursday night in the Eagles 31-14 loss to Seahawks, and on two of the four, he appeared to simply throw the football right to a Seahawk.

Young has nine interceptions this year and eight in his three starts in place of Michael Vick.

He definitely takes a lot of chances, said Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne, who returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown Thursday night. So we feel like if we pressure him right and everybodys where they need to be in their pass coverages, well be in great position have opportunities to get turnovers like we did.

Despite starting just three games, Young has more interceptions this year (nine) than he had in 10 starts during his 2009 Pro Bowl season with the Titans (seven).

Two weeks ago, the Eagles had clawed back to 4-6 with an upset win over the Giants in Youngs first start in a year. Now Young has lost consecutive starts, both by 17 or more points, and the season has turned into just as big a disaster as Youngs performances.

I just have to take care of the ball, Young said after the Eagles latest nationally televised prime-time loss.

Ya think?

Young set a career high with four interceptions, and hes now thrown nine INTs in just 114 pass attempts one every 12.7 pass attempts.

Overall, he was 17 for 29 for 208 yards with one TD and a 52.7 passer rating. So far this year, hes thrown four TDs and nine INTs.

Since 1958, the only Eagles QB with numbers that bad was Bobby Hoying, who in 1998 threw nine INTs and no TDs.

Young ranks 17th in the NFL in interceptions and 35th in touchdowns.

Maybe Vick, whos missed the last three games with broken ribs, will be healthy enough to return against the Dolphins a week from Sunday, although at this point with the Eagles 4-8 and losers of four of their last five it hardly matters.

The Eagles brought in Young, a two-time Pro Bowl pick, to keep the Eagles afloat if Vick got hurt. When Young took over, the Eagles were still in playoff contention. Now, theyre not.

Youngs first INT Thursday came on his first pass. He was trying to hit DeSean Jackson but there was a miscommunication between the two, Kam Chancellor picked off Young, and six plays later, Marshawn Lynchs 15-yard TD run gave the Seahawks a 7-0 lead just 5 minutes into the game.

I should have just took off and ran, Young said. Me and D-Jack were just not on the same page, I thought he was going to come back to it but when I released it, he didnt. So, that was on the quarterback. That was my fault. I just have to take care of the ball and use my legs a little bit more on plays like that.

Brandon Browners INT and 55-yard return off a ball deflected in the air by Riley Cooper set up another TD, and Youngs third INT was returned 77 yards for a touchdown by Hawthorne the longest INT return for a TD by a linebacker against the Eagles in 60 years.

That was just a bonehead play on my part, Young said. I should have known there was a man there. I just lost a linebacker when I released it. He just popped into the picture. Thats all on the quarterbacks fault. I saw the coverage, I saw the man, I just lost a linebacker on that route.

Browner got Young again in the fourth quarter,

I think we did an all right job, we just have to take care of the turnovers, Young said. Thats pretty much it.

Young is the second Eagle this year to throw four INTs in a season. Vick threw four at Buffalo in October.

Last time two different Eagles had a four-INT game in the same season was 1968, when Norm Snead had two and King Hill had one.

Youngs 17 completions and 29 attempts are both the fewest by an Eagle QB in a game in which he had four interceptions since Brad Goebel completed just 12 passes in a four-interception loss in 1991 to the Saints at the Vet.

Were pros, things happen, Young said. Im not pointing fingers at anybody. Were a team first, so we have to get it back together and be ready for the next game.

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Brian Carroll's goal in 92nd minute gives Union draw with Rapids

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Brian Carroll's goal in 92nd minute gives Union draw with Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Brian Carroll tied it in 92nd minute and the Union escaped with a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids in a showdown of the Western and Eastern conference leaders.

Carroll ran underneath Fabian Herbers' high-arching header and slotted the finish under goalkeeper Zac MacMath from close range.

The Union (5-3-5) responded only 5 minutes after the Rapids (8-2-4) opened the scoring on Sam Cronin's header in the 87th minute. Cronin made a deep run to connect with Marlon Hairston's cross from the right flank, redirecting it into the far corner of the goal.

Both Dillon Powers and Luis Solignac had shots crash off the crossbar for the Rapids after the 70th minute.

The Union extended their unbeaten streak to seven while the Rapids stayed unbeaten in their nine home games this season.

Chase Utley haunts Mets in Dodgers' rout at Citi Field


Chase Utley haunts Mets in Dodgers' rout at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Chase Utley hit a grand slam and a solo homer after Noah Syndergaard threw a 99 mph fastball behind his back, and the Los Angeles Dodgers went deep a season-high five times in routing the New York Mets 9-1 on Saturday night.

In a scene that seemed inevitable since October, Syndergaard was immediately ejected following the third-inning pitch -- almost certainly his shot at retaliation against Utley for the late takeout slide that broke the right leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year's playoffs.

Plate umpire Adam Hamari tossed Syndergaard, sending Mets manager Terry Collins into a rage, but no trouble ensued between the teams. A longtime New York nemesis, Utley raised one hand slightly in the direction of the Dodgers' bench to keep teammates calm -- and later answered by doing all sorts of damage with his bat.

Kenta Maeda (4-3) shook off an early line drive that appeared to hit him in the pitching hand and threw five shutout innings for the win. The right-hander yielded two hits, both in the first, and snapped his three-game losing streak.

Adrian Gonzalez homered and had four hits for the Dodgers, who spoiled the Mets' 30th anniversary celebration of their 1986 World Series championship. Corey Seager and Howie Kendrick also connected, all after Syndergaard was gone.

Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares homered in the eighth for New York, long after the outcome was decided.

The stoic Utley is playing at Citi Field this weekend for the first time since Tejada was injured. The Mets -- and their fans -- were incensed by the aggressive slide, which led to a change in baseball rules this season designed to protect infielders in what some call the Utley Rule.

But the Mets had not tried to retaliate until Saturday night.

With one out and nobody on in the third inning of a scoreless game, Syndergaard's first pitch to Utley sailed behind the second baseman's back by a considerable margin.

Hamari immediately ejected Syndergaard, prompting Collins to come storming out of the dugout. Collins also was ejected after screaming at Hamari and pointing in his face during an animated argument. The manager was finally escorted back toward the New York dugout by another umpire.

After waiting near the mound with teammates for some time, Syndergaard walked calmly to the Mets' dugout without showing any emotion as the crowd cheered him.

Logan Verrett (3-2) entered for the Mets and, with a vocal contingent in the sellout crowd of 42,227 urging him to hit Utley with a pitch, eventually threw a called third strike past him. But then Utley homered on Verrett's first pitch of the sixth to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Booed all night, Utley added his sixth career slam off Hansel Robles in the seventh, giving Los Angeles a 6-0 cushion with his 38th career homer against the Mets.

In the series opener Friday night, Utley was greeted with loud jeers and derisive chants. He had four RBIs in a 6-5 loss, including a three-run double that tied the score with two outs in the ninth.

Where are you now?
Tejada was released by the Mets during spring training and signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, who designated him for assignment Saturday.

Trainer's room
Dodgers: RF Trayce Thompson exited in the fifth with lower back soreness. He was replaced by Yasiel Puig, who hit an RBI single off Verrett in the sixth.

Mets: INF Wilmer Flores (hamstring) went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly in his fifth rehab game for Double-A Binghamton. Before the game, Collins said it was reasonable to think Flores could come off the disabled list Sunday.

Up next
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday night against 43-year-old Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44). Kershaw, coming off a two-hit shutout against Cincinnati, is 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 10 starts against the Mets. He is 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA in May -- including a three-hit shutout of New York on May 12 at Dodger Stadium. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has struck out 55 and walked two this month.

Soul drop 1st road game of season to Gladiators

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Soul drop 1st road game of season to Gladiators

The Soul fell on the road to the Cleveland Gladiators, 63-49, at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.

The loss was just the second of the season and the first away from the Wells Fargo Center for the Soul. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh completed 25 of 44 passes for 342 yards and seven touchdownsi in a losing effort.

The Gladiators were led by receiver Quentin Sims, who finished with 10 receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns, and signal caller Arvell Nelson who completed 22 of 36 passes for 307 yards and seven touchdowns.

Next week, the Soul travel to Jacksonville to take on the Sharks on Saturday, June 4. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports and 97.5 The Fanatic.  Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.