Miami actually outgained Kansas State in total offense, 411 yards to KSUÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 398, but the Hurricanes could not convert when they needed to. Or perhaps, more importantly, they couldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t stop the Wildcats when they needed to. Twice in the game, Wildcat running back John Hubert broke off runs of over 45 yards to continue scoring drives for Kansas State in the second half.
And when it wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t Hubert, KSUÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s QB Collin Klein seemed to come through time after time with clutch plays of his own, either through the air or on his feet, generating over 220 yards total offense himself.
Over the last few years the USTA has been rolling out 10 and Under Tennis, catching up with other countries that for years have been using smaller racquets, nets, court sizes and lower-bouncing, more-controllable balls to introduce children to the game.
For tennis coach Robert Gomez, the operations supervisor for the Kerdyk Biltmore & Salvadore Park tennis centers in Coral Gables, located just outside of Miami, the significance of starting children with the proper-sized equipment hit home when he first met then-9-year-old Alfredo Perez.
A Caribbean-American is helping the United States Tennis Association (USTA) with its mission to introduce diverse audiences to the gentlefolks' game, with the intention of changing the color of tennis. Traditionally, it has been the audiences, as well the outfits, that have been white.
Chris Michel, the USTA's Director of Diversity and Inclusion, believes that the African American market is one of the largely untapped communities that ought to be engaged more in all areas of USTA business and hopes to strengthen the image of the USTA across all those communities.
"Our mission is to grow and promote the sport of tennis in the US. We can't do that if we are not reaching out to diverse populations," said Michel, whose father is from the officially French-Speaking Creole nation of Haiti, to which Michel travels regularly and about whose development he is passionate.
The U.S. MenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s National Team will host Honduras in an international friendly on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. Kickoff for the USAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s first match in South Florida since 2004 is set for 6 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.comÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.
The match falls on an international fixture date, which gives U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann the opportunity to call in a full complement of players.