Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 22, 2015 · Page D1
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Democrat and Chronicle Thursday,October22,2015 NFC EAST: NFL’S DIVISION OF DOOM? PAGE 8D CHICAGO - The cramped visitors clubhouse in Wrigley Field contained all the excitement of a funeral parlor late Tuesday night. Ahandful of New York Mets players ate and chatted in low tones. Others checked their cell phone messages in silence. Postseason hitting terror Daniel Murphy, wearing sweat pants and a relaxed look, rubbed in some lip balm as he walked by. By Wednesday, those same tight quarters could have been inundated with champagne and a bunch of grown men acting like jubilant second-graders, but not after taking a 3-0 lead in the National League Championship S eries with a methodical 5-2 victory over the Chicago C ubs. Baseball protocol must be observed, of course. But also, the Mets have been succeeding in the playoffs in workmanlike fashion, so there’s no reason to change just because they’re a mere win from the World Series. Tuesday’s victory showed the Mets at their efficient best. Their starting pitcher, this time Jacob deGrom, stifled the opponents’ hitters. The bullpen wouldn’t even let them come up for air. The offense took advantage of whatever opening was available to score runs. Mets focused on Game 4 David Wright warms up prior to Game 4 of the NL Championship Series at Wrigley Field on Wednesday. GETTY IMAGES JORGE L. ORTIZ USA TODAY SPOR TS SeeMETS,Page3D WATFORD, England - Osi Umenyio- ra knows the frustration that Mario Will iams, Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes are feeling because if it was him dropping into pass coverage down and a fter down, he wouldn’t be too pleased, either. “ They’re going to want to rush the passer; they’re going to want to rush even when it’s a run because that’s just w hat defensive linemen do, so I can understand their frustration,” said Ume- nyiora, the London-born 11-year NFL v eteran defensive end who retired prior to this season and is here in England w orking for the BBC television net- w ork. Rex Ryan’s defensive plan for the C incinnati game has come under fire because he opted to play max coverage against Andy Dalton and his arsenal of w eapons, rather than pressure the quarterback with his talented front four and blitzers. W illiams and Dareus were both perplexed, and Williams spoke about it aft er the game, and then Dareus brought it up Tuesday during an appearance in London for the NFL’s Play 60 initiative. W illiams said he thinks he set a personal record for most times dropping into coverage. “When we’ve got four g uys rushing, we can do some different JAMIE GERMANO/@JGERMANO1/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Bengals running backJeremy Hill is brought down by the Bills’ defense on Sunday during the Bengals’ 34-21victory. Ryan: Defensive plan was flawed Faulted for not pressuring Bengals QB SAL MAIORANA @SALMAIORANA SeeDEFENSE,Page4D Bills (3-3) vs. Jaguars (1-5) When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Wembley Stadium, London “Should we rush more than we did this past week? That’s probably true.” BILLS COACH REX RYAN ON THE DEFENSIVE PLAN The news of Christina Volpe’s death Monday in South Carolina has stunned not only her former high school basketball coach and teammates, but addi- t ional people connected to Batavia Not re Dame during the late 1990s. Volpe was 34. The Section V Basketball Hall of Famer led Batavia Notre Dame to the school’s first girls basketball state c hampionship in 1999. V olpe suffered cardiac arrest at her home in Greenville, S.C., according to her sister, Annemarie Sheppard, of Rochester. The cause of the heart’s stoppage is unknown, Sheppard said. “ They just don’t know,” Sheppard said of the doctors. ”She was healthy, worked out four times a week. Never had anything physically, so it was very out of the blue, shocking.” Michael Rapone, an assistant princi- p al, athletic director and longtime coach at Batavia Notre Dame, watched Volpe and his daughter Melissa move through the small, private school in G enesee County as good friends before their graduations in 1999. “She really was a special person, a n ice person,” Rapone said. “I don’t like to talk in absolutes, but I can say that she is the best female athlete we’ve ever had. “I’m kind of numb.” Volpe starred in volleyball and basketball. She led the Fighting Irish on a h istoric run during her senior season, a s Batavia Notre Dame also became the only girls basketball team in Section V history to go on and win a girls s tate Federation title. Batavia Notre Dame graduate Mike Scanlan and two of his friends were a sked to practice with the school’s girls basketball team that season, playing the role of the next opponent — and V olpe was a tough forward to guard. “I remember as a kid, not even in h igh school, being in awe of her,” Scanlan said. “In school, she was a nice person, huge smile, someone I looked up to a s a great athlete and a great person.” Scanlan said he was not the only middle-school or any other student w ho looked up to Volpe. “She really embodied the Notre D ame spirit, we’re all in this together,” Scanlan said. “It’s a huge family.” Margaret and John Volpe taught at Saint Joseph Catholic in Batavia, before retiring recently. Dominic, 38, Annemarie Sheppard and Christina Volpe — their adopted children — all 1999 FILE PHOTO Christina Volpe, 34, who led the Batavia Notre Dame girls basketball team to a state c hampionship in 1999, died after suffering cardiac arrest at her home in Greenville, S.C., according to her sister, Annemarie Sheppard o f Rochester. Volpe’s death at 34 stuns r egion JAMES JOHNSON @JJDANDC SeeVOLPE,Page2D 2015 ALCS 2015 NLCS Thankfully I’m not doing any driving here. I’ve now been to England or Scotland three times, and I still can’t i magine trying to drive on the wrong side of the road. I was on the media bus t oday for the first hourlong trip out to t he Bills practice facility, and I winced at least three or four times thinking we were about to get in a head-on crash. It’s so weird. The Bills’ hotel is amazing, not that w e are allowed to go in. Our on-site m edia room is in what is called the potting shed. Clueless as to what that means, but I’m pretty sure it was a g reenhouse in a former life. Driving in, I noticed the golf course here on the p roperty. It looks great, and it must be b ecause I heard it’s hosting the 2016 British Masters. If I could afford it, I’d play, but I can’t, so I won’t. Going rate right now is about 200 pounds, or $350. I’m guessing that won’t fly on the e xpense report. No driving — or golf — on this trip

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