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by ralphseo

Posted Dec 12, 2013

Ryan Mink
BaltimoreRavens.com Staff Writer
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Jimmy Smith has had a superb season so far. Can he continue it versus the games' best WR?


Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has his own action figure and a sweet nickname.

“He has the name Megatron for a reason,” cornerback Jimmy Smith said. “He’s one of those guys you wish you had on your team.”

Smith doesn’t have a nickname yet, at least not one he’s willing to tell, he joked.

But when it comes to Monday night, Johnson and Smith should have one heck of a battle.

Johnson is a three-time Pro Bowler who is arguably the best wide receiver in the game. Actually, there isn’t a whole lot of argument. Johnson is almost always at the top of the list.

Then there’s Smith, a third-year cornerback who doesn’t yet have the national recognition but is “becoming one of the top corners” in the NFL in the eyes of Head Coach John Harbaugh.

Smith was asked whether this will be his greatest challenge this year.

“In a sense, absolutely,” he said. “But a different challenge.”

Johnson is a beast of his own kind. His accomplishments are well known. Last year, he set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season (1,964). This season, he ranks second in the NFL in receiving yardage (1,351), 52 yards behind Cleveland’s Josh Gordon.

The adjectives to describe the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Johnson could go on and on. He can (and often does) out-leap multiple defenders hanging onto him. He can pull away from them with his speed. He’s the prototypical wide receiver, the kind of player you would invent on Madden.

Smith, 25, had a similar reputation as the perfect creation coming out of college. The 2011 first-round pick is now starting to realize his physical potential.

Last Sunday, Smith saw a touchdown completed in front of him for the first time since Week 5 in Miami. Still, Pro Football Focus (PFF) gave Smith his second-best pass coverage marks of the season.


Overall this season, Smith has allowed just 39 completions on 72 targets, per PFF. He’s had more than three catches against him in a single game just once since Week 3.

In a secondary that includes cornerback Lardarius Webb, who received a large contract extension before last season, and veteran cornerback Corey Graham, Smith has the highest grades from PFF.

The 2011 first-round pick has arrived.

“He has been the corner that we all knew was there,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “Everybody can see the difference. He has been playing lights out for us.

Johnson has taken notice as well after watching tape.

“He is growing; he is aware of the game,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if it’s his second or third year in the league, but he is coming up.”

Smith said he just feels more comfortable this season and cited the support of his coaches and teammates. He’s also stayed healthy for the first time in his career. “Everything gelled together to help me this season,” Smith said.

Quarterback Joe Flacco said Smith’s confidence has unlocked his athletic potential.

“He’s so much more sure of what he’s doing,” Flacco said. “He’s not afraid to be wrong. He’s not second guessing himself.”

So how will Smith go about stopping Johnson? First of all, he’ll need help.

Smith may not be covering Johnson on every play. Johnson plays multiple wide receiver positions on both sides of the field whereas Smith has remained anchored to the right side of the Ravens defense. Webb or Graham could end up drawing Johnson too.

It takes a collective unit to have a good day against a big-play wideout, and it’s something the Ravens have done well so far this season.

They Ravens held Houston’s Andre Johnson to five catches for 36 yards. They limited Cleveland’s Josh Gordon to three snags for 44 yards. Chicago’s Brandon Marshall notched just four catches for 42 yards. Cincinnati’s A.J. Green had a big day, but most of the damage was done on a last-second fluke Hail Mary.

The Ravens often use a combination of cornerback and safety help over the top to try to bracket big-time wideouts. Smith also will rely on his improved technique at the line to try to jam Johnson early on and throw him off his route. If Johnson has a free release, he’s nearly impossible to stop.

“This guy, he’s so big and so physical, doing too much [physically] could take me out of my game,” Smith said. “Doing too much could take him out of his game. You want to be physical because he’s that type of player, but at the same time, you have to rely on your technique.”

Suggs was asked if he had any words of wisdom for Smith before covering Johnson.

“Jimmy doesn’t need any words of wisdom,” the linebacker said. “I guess it is kind of like with the pitcher with the no-hitter. You don’t talk about it. We’re just going to let Jimmy be Jimmy.”
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# by ralphseo | 2014-02-13 15:42

2009年10月24日20時42分
 
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1 福嶋 晃子 -9
2 諸見里 しのぶ -8
3 イム・ウナ -6
  馬場 ゆかり -6
5 有村 智恵 -5
  三塚 優子 -5
7 イ・チヒ -4
  上原 彩子 -4
  申 ジエ -4
  S・ルイス -4
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<マスターズGCレディース 2日目>◇24日◇マスターズゴルフ倶楽部(6,510ヤード・パー72)

 兵庫県にあるマスターズゴルフ倶楽部で開催されている国内女子ツアー「マスターズGCレディース」の2日目。ハーフで2つのイーグルを奪うなど圧巻のゴルフを見せた福嶋晃子がトータル9アンダーで首位に立った。初日5アンダーで首位に立った諸見里しのぶは3つスコアを伸ばし、トータル8アンダーで首位と1打差の2位、横峯さくらはスコアを1つ落とし11位タイに後退した。

 福嶋は前半で2つスコアを伸ばすと、後半で爆発。12番でイーグルを奪取すると、13、14番で連続バーディ、続く15番では「打っちゃったと思ったけど、ラインに乗っていたので…、クルッと回って入ってラッキーだった」とピン奥から12メートルのパットをねじ込み、この日2つ目のイーグル。これには「ラウンドで2つはあると思うけど、ハーフは無いんじゃないですかね」と本人も驚いた様子。17番ではボギーを叩いてしまったが、2イーグル・4バーディ・1ボギーでスコアを7つ伸ばし単独首位に立った。「イーグルなんて滅多にとれないし、明日は明日でまた違う感じで」今季まだ優勝が無い福嶋、久しぶりに掴んだチャンスを生かせるか最終日のプレーに注目だ。

 諸見里は「長いパットが入ってくれたので楽になったけど、ショットの調子は良いとは言えない」と大会初日と比べこの日は本調子ではなかったが「この調子で69は満足です」と好調のパッティングを武器にまずまずのラウンド。6バーディ・3ボギーで3つスコアを伸ばしトータル8アンダー、単独2位で最終日に挑む。

 

【2日目の結果】
1位:福嶋晃子(-9)
2位:諸見里しのぶ(-8)
3位T:イム・ウナ(-6)
3位T:馬場ゆかり(-6)
5位T:三塚優子(-5)
5位T:有村智恵(-5)
7位T:ステイシー・ルイス(-4)
7位T:上原彩子(-4)
7位T:申ジエ(-4)
7位T:李知姫(-4)
11位T:横峯さくら(-3)
11位T:大場美智恵(-3)

20位T:古閑美保(E)
20位T:竹村真琴(E)他3名

46位T:上田桃子(+4)
46位T:ポーラ・クリーマー(+4)他11名

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# by ralphseo | 2013-12-26 16:53

2012年09月06日12時02分
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1佐藤 祐樹-9
2C・プラポール-8
横田 真一-8
H・W・リュー-8
5小田 孔明-7
上井 邦浩-7
矢野 東-7
池田 勇太-7
甲斐 慎太郎-7
広田 悟-7
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<TOSHIN GOLF TOURNAMENT IN 涼仙 初日◇6日◇涼仙ゴルフ倶楽部(7,169ヤード・パー72)>

 国内男子ツアー「TOSHIN GOLF TOURNAMENT IN 涼仙」が三重県にある涼仙ゴルフ倶楽部で開幕した。12時現在横田真一とチャワリット・プラポール(タイ)が8アンダーで首位に並び、1打差の3位タイに小田孔明、上井邦浩、矢野東らがつけている。ディフェンディングチャンピオンのドンファンは17番までを消化して3アンダー27位タイとなっている。

 石川遼は12時30分スタート、初のレギュラーツアー参戦で注目が集まる元プロ野球選手の2人は、立浪氏が12時50分、桑田氏が13時00分スタート。
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# by ralphseo | 2013-11-26 15:43

2012年09月06日14時38分
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1佐藤 祐樹-9
2C・プラポール-8
横田 真一-8
H・W・リュー-8
5小田 孔明-7
上井 邦浩-7
矢野 東-7
池田 勇太-7
甲斐 慎太郎-7
広田 悟-7
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<TOSHIN GOLF TOURNAMENT IN 涼仙 初日◇6日◇涼仙ゴルフ倶楽部(7,169ヤード・パー72)>

 国内男子ツアー「TOSHIN GOLF TOURNAMENT IN 涼仙」が三重県にある涼仙ゴルフ倶楽部で開幕。この大会初参戦の石川遼がハーフのプレーを終了。3バーディ・1ボギーの2アンダーで折り返した。

 首位は8アンダーの横田真一とC・プラポール、1打差3位タイには小田孔明、上井邦浩、矢野東、池田勇太らが並んでいる。
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# by ralphseo | 2013-11-26 15:42

2012年09月06日17時38分
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1佐藤 祐樹-9
2C・プラポール-8
横田 真一-8
H・W・リュー-8
5小田 孔明-7
上井 邦浩-7
矢野 東-7
池田 勇太-7
甲斐 慎太郎-7
広田 悟-7
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<TOSHIN GOLF TOURNAMENT IN 涼仙 初日◇6日◇涼仙ゴルフ倶楽部(7,169ヤード・パー72)>

 国内男子ツアー「TOSHIN GOLF TOURNAMENT IN 涼仙」が三重県にある涼仙ゴルフ倶楽部で開幕。初日、1イーグル・8バーディ・1ダブルボギーの63をマークした佐藤祐樹が9アンダーで単独首位に立った。1打差の2位タイには横田真一とチャワリット・プラポール(タイ)、2打差4位タイには小田孔明、池田勇太ら7選手がつけている。

 今大会初参戦となる石川遼は4アンダー36位タイで初日を終えた。レギュラーツアー初出場ということで注目を集めた元プロ野球選手の2人は、桑田真澄氏が9オーバー135位タイ、立浪和義氏が12オーバー137位と予選通過は厳しい状況だ。
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# by ralphseo | 2013-11-26 15:42