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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Keenan Evans scored 28 points to lead Texas Tech over Houston Baptist 93-67 on Friday to clinch a victory for new Red Raiders coach Chris Beard on opening night. Matt Irwin Jersey .Today was about our players, Beard said. Im really proud of my association with Texas Tech and Im proud at the idea that I came back to a place I love. But Im not the story, the story is the players. Weve got guys out there wearing the jerseys tonight. Theyre unselfish, and they bought in. Theyre here for the right reasons. Theyre all good students and good people. Tonight was their story, and I thought it was a good story.The Red Raiders took a 45-36 lead at halftime with Evans scoring 18 points then opened the second half with a 14-4 run.Tonight was a special night because he was making shots, but I have a vision of Keenan Evans where even when he doesnt make those shots, he affects the game, Beard said.Anthony Livingston added 16 points, Aaron Ross 13, Shadell Millinghaus 11 and Niem Stevenson with 10 for the Red Raiders.I thought that we were just trying too hard in the first half, especially defensively, Beard said. Theres an effectiveness to patient defense. People associate patience with offensive basketball, but on defense you have to be patient.Zach Smith had three of the teams four blocks. Tech finished with 20 assists.Atif Russell scored 16 points and Josh Ibarra added nine to lead the Huskies.Tech shot 33 of 54 from the field to Houston Baptists 22-of-58.BIG PICTURETexas Tech: With a slew of new players and a new coach, Tech looks to make its return to the NCAA Tournament. After a first-round loss to Butler in tournament play, the Red Raiders began the year with a solid win over Houston Baptist, which gives them momentum going forward.Houston Baptist: The Huskies began the season like they did last year with a loss. However, they turned things around in Southland Conference play winning their first eight games.INJURED RETURNER: Texas Tech junior center Norense Odiase made his way onto the court before the game but was in a boot on his left foot due to an injury sustained in practice this week. Odiase led the team in field-goal percentage last season.STARTING FIVEThe Texas Tech starting lineup contributed 74 of the teams final 93 points. Four of the starting five scored in double digits. Eleven of Techs 20 assists also came from the five starters.INSIDE PRESENCEThe Red Raiders outperformed the Huskies in the paint. Tech scored 32 points in the lane. The Huskies had 18.TRANSFER TRIOForward Anthony Livingston, guard Niem Stevenson and guard Shadell Millinghaus made their Red Raider debuts Friday night. The three combined for 37 points.UP NEXTTexas Tech: The Red Raiders host North Texas Tuesday night. The matchup will be the first regular-season game for the Eagles.Houston Baptist: The Huskies will continue their journey on the road when it travels to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico on Monday night. Juuse Saros Jersey . Rob Manfred, baseballs chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players union to overturn Rodriguezs 211-game suspension. 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Manning, aged 39, endured a rollercoaster season that didnt always look like it would end with the ultimate glory after he came within a whisker of losing his quarterback role altogether.Sky Sports have looked back over the Broncos season... Panthers: Road to Super Bowl Remembering Cam and cos year The biggest statement Reggie Nelson of the Bengals hits tight end Owen Daniels of the Broncos An unbeaten eight weeks at the start of the season had crumbled away in potentially catastrophic fashion for the Broncos, who had slipped to a 3-4 in seven games heading into a Week 16 clash with the Cincinnati Bengals. Mannings career was under the microscope like never before, and his poor form resulted in Brock Osweiler stealing his starting spot.But the Broncos, without their legendary quarterback, rallied to a 20-17 overtime win against the Bengals to confirm their own play-off spot thanks to DeMarcus Wares late points. Whats more, they leapfrogged the Bengals who also advanced from the AFC West to earn a bye in the first week of the postseason - in contrast, the Bengals were forced into the Wild Card Weekend where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.For the Broncos, it was a momentous overtime effort that kick-started their path to Super Bowl 50. Osweiler soon found himself back on the bench for a rejuvenated and rested Manning, and the Broncos havent looked back since.The toughest game Peyton Manning is sacked by Kendall Langford of the Colts A rough season for Manning arguably reached his lowest point when he returned to his first team, the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9, only to be sent packing as a loser. The 27-24 result was the Broncos first defeat of the season and worryingly was handed to them by Mannings successor in Indy, the impressive Andrew Luck.It was also a cruel venue for Manning to fall three yards short of becoming the NFLs all-time leading passer, and agonisingly short of the all-time record for wins by a quarterback. He has since broken both of Brett Favres records but this game back in November was a tough one to take.Manning threw for 281 yards, two TDs and two interceptions against the Colts but Luck, his opposite number wearing his old shirt, outshone him.Playoff push Did Peyton Manning hint to Bill Belichick that his career is ending? The Broncos AFC title victory over the New England Patriots in late January could, when its time to write the history books, be remembered as one of Mannings finest moments. The 39-year-olds team were significant underdogs to Tom Bradys Patriots who were aiming for a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance but the Broncos rugged defence spoiled their party.Brady boasted an 11-5 head-to-head record against Manning but the Broncos quarterback won the 17th and most recent installment of their personal duel. Nashville Predators Jerseys. Brady failed to convert a game-tying two-point conversion with just seconds remaining, handing the Broncos a 20-18 win which took them to their second Super Bowl in three years.It was a performance built upon the best defence in the NFL rather than Mannings individual brilliance, as Brady was repeatedly stifled and the Patriots were forced to punt the ball more than they would have hoped.Previous Super Bowl history John Elway with the ball for the Broncos, who lost their first four Super Bowls The Broncos won back-to-back Vince Lombardi Trophies in 1998 and 1999, after which the legendary John Elway retired and eventually ushered in a new generation by becoming the teams General Manager and bringing Manning to Denver.Overall, the record books havent been kind to the Broncos. Those two wins in the late-90s and their recent triumph apart, their Super Bowl appearances have been a misery. They have lost a further five Super Bowls (resulting in an overall 3-7 record) having been on the wrong end of the score-line in their first four attempts. A 55-10 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers 25 years ago is the biggest ever hammering in Super Bowl history, while Manning played in a 43-8 stuffing by the Seattle Seahawks two years ago.Super Bowl 50 Broncos sack Cam Newton seven times during Super Bowl 50 Talking points The aftermatch from Super Bowl 50 Denver lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the third time in franchise history as their resolute defence confirmed their reputation as the NFLs best with a 24-10 pounding of Carolina Panthers. Manning, who became the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl and the only starting quarterback to win the prize with two teams after a 2009 triumph with Indianapolis Colts, played second fiddle to Denvers defence.Von Miller won the Super Bowl MVP while DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib also put in aggressively brilliant defensive displays to sack Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seven times. Manning, for his part, threw for only 141 yards, completing 13 of 23 passes, and tossing one interception.The legendary quarterback wouldnt commit to retirement in the immediate aftermath of the match, claiming he doesnt make decisions based on emotion. Should he never return, the abiding memory of Manning will be lifting his second Vince Lombardi Trophy and bringing it back to Colorado. Mannings future Broncos QB hasnt confirmed retirement yet Also See: SB50 talking points WATCH: Cam is no mood to talk Manning to consider future Broncos win Super Bowl ' ' '
CHICAGO -- As he gets set for another showdown against his close friend and former teammate LeBron James, Dwyane Wade acknowledged Thursday that he had to change his game far more than James did during the pairs four years together with the Miami Heat. Denver Broncos Jerseys .I definitely changed mine more, Wade said with a laugh after Thursdays practice. Its not even a conversation. Theres no conversation to have. I definitely had to change mine more.Wade said that while he and James knew before they decided to join forces in Miami that their respective games would change, it was Wades game that was altered the most. He didnt have to have a conversation with James about it because the answer was obvious to both men.We all knew the sacrifice that was going to be [made], Wade said. Obviously, you sit down and you talk about playing together. You think you know whats [going to happen], you try to cover things in that moment, but then once you start playing together you realize its harder than what you thought. But we all knew we had to sacrifice. Chris Bosh, too. Hes somebody who they dont talk about, he had to sacrifice a lot too. But at the end of the day, we sacrificed points, article hits, but what we gained was championships, friendships and brotherhoods that last a lifetime. So Im sure if we could do it all over again wed do it exactly the same way.Wade, who will be making his first appearance against James in a Chicago Bulls uniform on Friday, doesnt hide from the fact that playing against his former teammate means more to him than most games.Ive always said it: Kobe [Bryant] and LeBron have always been my favorite guys to play against, Wade said. Its just something about those games for me thats always been a little special. I wont be one of those cliché athletes to say its just another game. Its never just another game for me to play against those guys. I just enjoy it more. Simple as that. I enjoy playing against LeBron more than anybody else just because of the things I know hes going to bring to the game. Great people bring greatness out of you. Hes always done that for me and vice versa. I think Ive done it for him. So Ive always enjoyed it.Wade, in his 14th season, didnt rule out the possibility of playing with James again at some point in his career, but he made it very clear how happy he was to be in Chicago.I never thought I would play with LeBron, Wade said. I didnt think it was a possibility at all. I enjoyed the All-Star Games, I enjoyed the Olympics, but I never thought that wed play together. Thats why now I look with younger guys and what they say and stuff like that because you never know what the futures going to hold for you. Just keep your comments to yourself on the future. So I would keep my comments on myself for whatever. For me, Im here and Im happy to be here but I was happy in Miami as well. It just happened. And you never know what happens in this game. So people should never say never on anything.Then Wade leaned closer into the microphones and recorders present at the Bulls practice facility.Thats not saying that I want to play with LeBron [again]. Let me clearly say that. That is not saying that I want to be somewhere that Im not. Thats not saying that at all, but also I understand how this league works, how this thing goes, and people need to know just dont say never, thats all. Dennis Smith Jersey . Despite dominating possession, Schalke needed an own goal from Nicolas Hoefler for the breakthrough a minute before the interval. The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jefferson Farfans corner and bundled the ball into his own net. Terrell Davis Jersey . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. 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WASHINGTON -- It is July and so roster moves are common and attrition takes its toll on the pitching staffs of major league teams.That is certainly the case for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, who continue their three-game series on Wednesday at Nationals Park.Bud Norris will make the start for the Dodgers, who had originally listed Hyun-Jin Ryu as the starter for the second game of the series.But the South Korean native went on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesdays game, retroactive to July 9, with elbow tendinitis.And there was more bad news Tuesday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw, who is on the disabled list, suffered a setback and it is not certain when he will pitch again.After he threw that live session, the next day, Sunday, (he) didnt feel great, Roberts told reporters. I think at that point in time it let us know we had to be a little more on the cautious side. So right now with Clayton, I dont know if its a step back, but were going to let this back pain subside and see where we go. As far as his return -- uncertain.Norris is 2/3 in six career starts against the Nationals and has also made three outings out of the bullpen, with a 5.58 ERA.We have Bud going tomorrow, Roberts said Tuesday. We will try to win a ballgame.Washingtons Wilson Ramos, who was off Tuesday, is hitting .474 in 19 at-bats with one homer against Norris.Daniel Murphy is bbatting . Joe Flacco Youth Jersey. .333 with homers in 18 at-bats against Norris, who pitched earlier this season for the Atlanta Braves.Stephen Drew has one homer in 25 at-bats against Norris, with a .360 average. Jayson Werth is hitting .143 against Norris in 21 at-bats.The Nationals are slated to start veteran left-hander and former Oakland pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who had pitched better of late after a bad patch in June. He has a 1.73 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.Gonzalez will try to right the ship after rookie Reynaldo Lopez was hit hard in his big league debut on Tuesday against the Dodgers.The Nationals are without starter Joe Ross, who has been on the disabled list since July 3 with right shoulder inflammation. Ross did throw before Tuesdays game and could make a minor league rehab appearance later this week.He looked very good today. He threw 35 consecutive pitches today. He had good velocity, good slider. Barring setbacks, he may go out and pitch somewhere this weekend, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday.Gonzalez last pitched July 10 in New York against the Mets and picked up the win in a 3-2 game.Chase Utley is hitting .150 in 20 at-bats against Gonzalez and Justin Turner is batting .154 in 13 trips to the plate against the Miami-area native. ' ' '
Lewis Hamilton will start the Brazilian GP on pole position after narrowly edging out Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg by a tenth of a second in qualifying. Laurie Boschman Jets Jersey . That was a very important lap in this championship, declared Sky F1s Martin Brundle after Hamilton secured his eleventh pole of the year in a tense finale. Nicos been getting quicker and quicker, but I generally had it covered throughout the weekend, said Hamilton. This is the best I could have hoped for coming to Brazil. Its only my second pole here, its always a track Ive struggled at, so Im really really happy to be up at the front.19 points clear in the standings, Rosberg will secure the title if he wins Sundays race, live on Sky Sports F1 from 4pm. As weve seen this year, pole isnt always the guy that wins the race, noted the German. But Sundays race may prove far from plain sailing with rain forecast.  Paul di Resta reviews how Lewis Hamilton managed to pip teammate Nico Rosberg to pole position for the Brazilian GP. While the margins have been tight around one of the shortest circuits on the calendar, an on-form Hamilton has held a consistent advantage over his team-mate throughout the weekend. Mercedes, though, have been in a class of their own with the two Silver Arrows over half a second clear of the rest. Fastest in two of the practice sessions, Hamilton finished qualifying with top spot for every segment, but Rosberg ran him particularly close in the final exchanges as he bettered Hamiltons time through the first sector of their last laps before Hamilton edged ahead again.I dont remember every single qualifying session weve had, but I felt quite comfortable in qualifying, as I have done all weekend to be honest, said Hamilton. Bernie Ecclestone gives his views on the new President of the USA Donald Trump. Watch the full interview this weekend live on Sky F1 Kimi Raikkonen, maintaining his recent revival, was third for Ferrari ahead of Max Verstappens Red Bull. Raikkonen has now drawn level with Sebastian Vettel in the pairs head-to-head qualifying contest for the year.Toto Wolff rang Jos Verstappen over MaxRomain Grosjean also impressed, reaching seventh for Haas ahead of the two Force Indias, while the ever-defiant Fernando Alonso rounded off the top ten. But it was a particularly poor afternoon for the two Brazilians in the field. While Felipe Nasr was relegated to the last spot on the grid in his Sauber, Felipe Massa, making his final appearance at Interlagos, was just 13th as neither Williams driver reached the top ten.In what could be the penultimate qualifying session of his Formula 1 career, Jenson Button fell at the first hurdle in his mishandling McLaren but there was further encouragement for the improving Jolyon Palmer in the week when it was announced he would be staying at Renault for 2017 as he out-qualified Haas-bound team-mate Kevin Magnussen for the sixth time in the last eleven events. Brazilian GP Qualifying Timesheet1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:10.7362. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, + 0.1023. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari + 0.6684. Max Verstappen, Red Bull + 0.7495. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, + 0.7596.Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, + 0.8047. Romain Grosjean, Haas, + 1.2018. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, + 1.3689. Sergio Perez, Force India, + 1.42910. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, + 1.530Qualifying Two11. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:12.43012. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, 1:12.43113. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:12.52114. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:12.72615. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1:12.92016. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:13.258Qualifying One17. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:13.27618. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:13.41019. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, 1:13.42720. Esteban Ocon, Manor, 1:13.43221. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:13.62322. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:13.681Dont miss the Brazilian GP on Sunday evening. The race is live at 4pm on Sky Sports F1; Watch with a NOW TV day pass - £6.99, no contract Also See: Dennis loses McLaren court case Whens the Brazilian GP on Sky F1? Get a Sky Sports weekend pass The Formula 1 Gossip column Kyle Connor Jersey . 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He prepares to get on top of the bounce by shifting his weight back and standing up taller at the crease. He has no idea he is in the worst possible position for what was about to happen. The back- of-a-length delivery turned into a grubber. Mischief most definitely managed.Virat Kohli should have been in trouble. He could even have been bowled off the inside edge. His best case scenario was if he was beaten - the line was quite wide - or if he could somehow keep the ball out. Those watching the third days play in the Visakhapatnam Test were introduced instead to the bizarre case scenario. Kohli smeared a four behind point.There were a few things that helped him pull that off. The original shot he was trying to play was with a vertical bat. So adjusting to the lack of bounce was easier than if he had attempted to play a cut, where the backlift gets bigger and therefore has a longer distance to travel. He provided himself with the same advantage in the 34th over, when the legspinner Adil Rashid produced a grubber. Kohli eased onto his backfoot and it came to rest slightly across onto off stump so that his head would be right in line with the ball. The inherent risk here is the possibility of lbw. But by playing the flick with a straight bat, and waiting to roll his wrists until he made the connection, not only did the Indian captain negate the chance of his being dismissed, he found another boundary.Free-flowing batsmen find difficulty keeping up on slow and low pitches. The lack of pace means hitting through the line is difficult and even maneuvering the ball into gaps requires a great deal of effort. Kohli seems to be settiing the template to prove that obsolete although if you want to follow it, youd best hope you have hands as quick and a work ethic as strong as his. Blake Wheeler Jersey. The thousands of balls he hits in the nets, the visualisation he does, the tweaks to his technique, all of it is in an effort to make sure he is equipped to make tough runs; to make sure he has a game he can trust when the pressure is high; to make sure he can not only tackle high-class bowling but dominate.Kohli faced more than 100 deliveries on a third and fourth day surface with wild variations in bounce and finished with a strike-rate of 74. No one that had lasted as long in this match has even come close to scoring that quickly. You have to want to be there, he often says, and watching him be there is a lot of fun. There are the bat twirls. The fiddling with the grille. The re-strapping of the gloves. The tapping of the pitch. He just doesnt want to be idle. He doesnt want his concentration levels to drop because thats when he knows he may not read the play as quickly. He barely spends any time away from the stumps. No trips to square leg to slow the game down. Hes ready in his stance, looking at the bowler with the impatience of a child waiting for their parent to take them to the park.It must be draining to be so switched on. But thats why both his physical and mental strength are high. At stumps yesterday, he had made more than half of Indias total - 56 out of 98. He finished with 81, only because of a spectacular catch at slip, stabilising India from an early wobble and giving them the chance to set a target never before achieved in the fourth innings of a Test in India. Kohli is a fantastic beast and everyone knows where to find him. At the heart of of a fight. ' ' '
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Steve Hansen has defended the decision to parachute flanker Jerome Kaino in at lock for New Zealands first-ever defeat to Ireland. Drew Brees Saints Jersey .The All Blacks surrendered their record 18-match winning streak at Chicagos Soldier Field on Saturday, as Ireland prevailed 40-29 for their maiden victory over New Zealand in 111 years of trying.Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock missed Saturdays clash through injury and - with Luke Romano having headed home after a family bereavement - Kaino stepped into the breach.The peerless Retallick is jetting out to join the All Blacks and will be available for Saturdays Italy clash in Rome after beating concussion: but Hansen said he would have no qualms slotting Kaino in at lock in future.A lot of people are going to say that Jerome shouldnt have started at lock, but our scrum was really good, said Hansen. He scrummed well, the lineout wasnt his problem, it was a throwing problem, and Dane Coles has been throwing well all year, so were not going to lose too much sleep over that, well get him sorted pretty quickly.That middle-of-the-park role was new to him and he probably over-thought it a wee bit, therefore didnt carry as strongly as he possibly could. But before the match youd say that would be his strength, and the other thing, I think the young fella (Scott Barrett) came on and played really.But its about making sure in the long-term he gets that opportunity to play well. You wouldnt want him to come on and have a really hard first half and lose his confidence. So while he came on and did really well, do we know if hed have done that in the first half? Dont know under the circumstances.So Im still happy with the decision we made. A lot of people say its his fault the lineout, but it certainly wasnt his fault. Ive had a yarn to him and he shouldnt be beating himself up, hes done nothing wrong.We probably wont have to put JK (Kaino) back in there because Brodies on the plane and hes available for Italy if we need him. And Scottys now had a taste of it, and the longer hes here the better hes going to get. But if we had to go back there we probably would.Centre George Moala has damaged elbow ligaments and will miss the rest of New Zealands northern hemisphere tour. But playmaker Ryan Crotty could yet beat a hamstring problem in time for the France clash in Paris on Saturday, November 26.New Zealand have called up Seta Tamanivalu to replace Moala, with the Crusaders centre already in London after helping the Barbarians to a 31-31 draw with South Africa at Wembley on Saturday.Georges elbow, hes pulled the ligaments and tendons off his elbow, said Hansen of Moalas injury. He wont need an operation, but he will be out for the rest of the tour so hes going home today.Ryan Crotty has got a hamstring injury which we think should be right by France so hes going to stay. Whilst everyone else is sore the sorest part of them is their pride, so theyre fit to play.Seta is going to come in. Hes already over with the Baa-Baas, so hes going to meet us in London. Its a great opportunity, hes been in and out of the team a bit this year. For a lot of people, coming into the team is a bit overwhelming because theres so much pressure.But once youve been in a couple of times I think it becomes a little easier, so Im looking forward to how he goes. Midfield has been the cursed position this year, weve lost a few of them and a few guys (due to) retiring. Cameron Jordan Jersey .500 on the season. The Jets are now 0-5-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. 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Theyve lost back-to-back games for the first time since November 2012, and now the defending Big Ten champs must find a way to dig themselves out of this midseason mess.Players are competitors, you hope theyre competitors and if not then we recruited the wrong guys, coach Mark Dantonio said after Saturdays 24-21 overtime loss at Indiana. Theres a lot of football teams that dont go to the playoffs or win a Big Ten championship, you keep playing and you play yourself into situations on where you want to go.Its been a long time since the Spartans (2-2, 0-2 Big Ten) have faced such a predicament.Over the past three-plus seasons, Michigan State is 38-7, and the Spartans have played in three of the first five conference championship games. Getting back will be tough.No. 2 Ohio State (4-0, 1-0) and No. 4 Michigan (5-0, 1-0) already have two fewer losses. Maryland (4-0, 1-0) and Indiana (3-1, 1-0) also are unbeaten in conference play, and, incredibly, the Spartans are tied with Rutgers in the division basement.The standings are only part of the problem.Quarterback Tyler OConnor was a solid 21-of-35 passing for 263 yards and three TDs on Saturday but wound up getting sacked on Michigan States last two plays in overtime. The result: Usually reliable kicker Michael Geiger missed a 49-yard field goal to the left. He also had a makeable field goal blocked in the first quarter.Defensively, injuries have taken a toll. Michigan State started Saturdays game without starting linebackers Riley Bullough or Jon Reschhke, and a parade of defensive players left during the game. Marcus Davenport Saints Jersey. While most returned, cornerback Darian Hicks did not after appearing to his hip. Dantonio did not provide a postgame update on the diagnosis.Thats still not all.The officials called 11 penalties against Michigan State, including a targeting call that led to the ejection of nose tackle Malik McDowell on a touchdown pass, and the leaping penalty on cornerback Drake Martinez that gave the Hoosiers a second chance at the winning score.It was frustrating for Dantonio to watch again.Too many mistakes by us, too many penalties, too many plays we didnt make that would have been great plays, some of them, he said.Dantonio told reporters that if there is going to be a turnaround, it will start with what he does.But there was plenty of blame to go around.Receiver Donnie Corley had a defender beaten by two steps for what would have been a 97-yard TD pass early in the third quarter -- if the ball hadnt slipped through his hands.OConnor wasnt exactly thrilled with his performance, either.We took some shots and some were good throws, some werent as on the money as wed like them to be, OConnor said. But there were definitely plays to be made down there and we have to make them.Especially now, with no more margin for error.This ones going to sting until we watch it tomorrow, OConnor said. Thats our job as leaders, to get everyone kind of back and remind everybody what this program is and not to get used to this and this isnt what were about. Everything that happened, was on us.---Online:AP college football coverage at www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '
LAKE FOREST, Ill. Custom Florida Panthers Jerseys . -- Chicago Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan will have thumb surgery on Wednesday morning, coach John Fox said.Fox stressed that Trevathans injury is not season-ending, but the veteran linebacker is sidelined indefinitely.Trevathan, a core member of the?Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship defense, signed a four-year deal?with Chicago that included $12 million in guarantees.Meanwhile, Fox confirmed to WBBM-AM 780 on Tuesday night that Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Houston previously tore his ACL in 2014 while celebrating a meaningless sack in a Bears blowout loss at New England.In other injury news for the Bears, nose tackle Eddie Goldman has a high ankle sprain, while defensive backs Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan are in the NFLs concussion protocol.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Jonathan Huberdeau Jersey . 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And if you havent heard, the opening weekend of the season is going to be so big. Its going to be yuuuge. Listen, its going to be so good that you wont be able to turn away from your TV for 72 straight hours. Its going to be so very, very, very big. Trust me.On the opening Saturday, Oklahoma will play Houston, UCLA will play Texas A&M, LSU will play Wisconsin (at Lambeau Field!), Georgia will play North Carolina, USC will play Alabama and Clemson will play Auburn. Then Notre Dame will play at Texas on Sunday night, and Ole Miss will play Florida State on Labor Day night.Were going to have so much fun. Its going to be like Super Bowl Sunday on steroids. The best part: everybody is going to win (even UCF and Kansas!). Theres going to be so much winning that no one will want to fire a coach after Week 1. Well, everyone but Auburn, which always seems to want to fire its coach.Hawaii and California officially kick off the season in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 26 (10 p.m. ET, ESPN). After college football goes worldwide, heres what to watch this coming season:1. Alabama will win the national championship. Again.Alabamas season will look a lot like the last one -- the Crimson Tide will struggle at quarterback early, might even lose to Ole Miss again, and then theyll figure it out and start rolling. By the end of the regular season, Alabamas running game will be punishing people and its defense will be stuffing everyone.Alabama coach Nick Saban will win his fifth national title in 10 years in Tuscaloosa and his sixth overall (he won one at LSU), which will tie him with legendary Tide coach Paul Bear Bryant for the most in major college football history. Afterward, Alabama will unveil a statue of Sabans wife, Terry, at Bryant-Denny Stadium at next years spring game.2. Alabama will be joined in the College Football Playoff by Clemson, Michigan and Oklahoma.Year 3 of the College Football Playoff includes semifinal games at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl on New Years Eve. Then the championship game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 9.Its the last time the CFP semifinals games will be played on New Years Eve until after the 2021 season. After this season, future semifinals games will fall on either Saturday or New Years Day until 2022. So this year, youll have to split time between college football and Ryan Seacrest once more.Im picking Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Oklahoma to make the playoffs. Alabama will play Michigan in the national championship game, which will be preceded by an eight-day Twitter war between Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh and Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Sadly, the Twitter war will be more entertaining than the actual game.3. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson will win one of the closest Heisman Trophy races in history.Miamis Mark Richt recently said that when he was Georgias coach, he told an assistant that Watson would win somebody a national championship when the Bulldogs were recruiting him four years ago. Watson will get close to winning a national championship for the second season in a row, but the Tigers will fall in the CFP semifinals.However, Watson will win the Heisman Trophy in a very close race over Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and three tailbacks -- LSUs Leonard Fournette, FSUs Dalvin Cook and Stanfords Christian McCaffrey.4. McCaffrey will kick an extra point, return a fumble for a touchdown and score a touchdown off an onside kick this coming season.What didnt McCaffrey do last season? Hell be the best player in the country for the second season in a row in 2016, but not enough Heisman Trophy voters on the East Coast will stay up late enough to watch him play.Pac-12 After Dark sounds cool, but its killing the league. Please dont make East Coast fans stay up until 11 p.m. ET every week to see McCaffrey play. Hes too fun to watch.5. The Pac-12 will be left out of the College Football Playoff again.The Pac-12 was the only Power 5 league left out of the playoff last season, and it might be in the same boat in December. Mark Pysyk Panthers Jersey. There doesnt seem to be a dominant team out West, especially with Stanford and Oregon having to break in new quarterbacks.Plus, the Pac-12 is at a disadvantage playing nine conference games (compared to eight in the ACC and SEC). The Big 12 also plays nine conference games, but one of them is against Kansas. The Big Ten is starting to play nine this season, but one of them is against Purdue. The Pac-12 will devour itself, and Washington will win the league with three losses.6. Michigan will beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten.I dont get why people dont like Harbaugh. He loves Twitter. He appears in rap videos. He likes Judge Judy. He likes taking his shirt off in public. He takes his entire team to Florida for spring break and holds satellite camps around the world. Whats not to love?College football people in the South dont like Harbaugh because he doesnt fear the SEC. SEC coaches dont like Harbaugh because he makes them work too hard. SEC coaches dont like spending their summers at satellite camps. They want to spend their summers with their families at the beach, and I dont blame them.The Wolverines went 10-3 in Harbaughs first season and throttled SEC East champion Florida 41-7 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. But there was also an ugly 42-13 loss to Ohio State in the Big House. Harbaugh despises the Buckeyes. The Wolverines wont lose to OSU this season. They will beat the Buckeyes at the Horseshoe to win the Big Ten.7. A Power 5 school will scoop up Houstons Tom Herman by Dec. 1.After guiding Houston to a 13-1 record and 38-24 upset of Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last season, Herman will be a hot commodity this coming season. With quarterback Greg Ward Jr. leading Hermans offense, the Cougars are again favorites to win the AAC.If teams like Auburn, Texas or Texas A&M struggle early, dont be surprised to see an athletic director fire a coach sooner than usual. Everybody will line up to get a chance to hire Herman, especially schools in Texas.8. Tennessee will win the SEC East (but wont beat Florida).The Volunteers havent won an SEC championship since 1998 and havent won 10 games in a season since 2007. After limping through four seasons under Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley, the Vols have slowly showed progress under Butch Jones, who is 21-17 in three seasons.But Jones says he believes he might finally have an SEC contender, and the Volunteers look loaded on both lines of scrimmage. With quarterback Joshua Dobbs and tailbacks Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara coming back, the Vols might be the team to beat in the SEC East. Theyll win at Georgia and South Carolina, but theyll lose to Florida for the 12th season in a row. Even worse, Steve Spurrier will be there to watch it.9. Big 12 expansion will come quickly.The Big 12 has 10 teams. The Big Ten has 14. Whatever. The Big 12 recently announced that its looking to expand, possibly with two more teams and maybe even four. Everybody from BYU to Cincinnati to Houston to South Florida to Tulane is under consideration.The Big 12 will expand, probably even before the games kick off in September. I think itll add only two teams -- probably Houston and maybe Cincinnati. The Big 12 adding four teams of the caliber its considering for expansion would only water down its on-field product. It wont help it catch the SEC. After losing Cincinnati and Houston, the AAC wont replace them and will remain at 10 teams.10. San Diego State will finish the regular season undefeated.If the Aztecs can beat a rebuilding Cal team at home on Sept. 10, then win at Northern Illinois the next week, theyll have a great chance to finish 12-0. SDSU carries a 10-game winning streak -- second-longest in FBS behind only that of Alabama -- and doesnt play Boise State during the regular season.Aztecs tailback Donnel Pumphrey is one of the most underrated players in the country, after running for 1,653 yards with 17 touchdowns in 2015, and coach Rocky Longs defense is stingy. After going 12-0 in the regular season, the Aztecs will have to beat Boise State in the Mountain West championship game to land a spot in a New Years Six bowl. ' ' '
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Travis Zajac Devils Jersey . -- Ryan Kreklow scored 17 points Saturday night and Missouri State held off Southeast Missouri for a 71-66 win in the campus round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.Ronnie Rousseau III added 15 points and Chris Kendrix had 12 for Missouri State (7-3). Alize Johnson, who had double-doubles in the three previous games, was held scoreless Saturday but hauled in 11 rebounds.Missouri State pulled away with a 16-2 run in the first half to build a 30-14 lead with 5:22 left before intermission. The breakaway run included a pair of 3-pointers from Kreklow, and the Bears led the rest of the way.Despite trailing by 20 in the second half, Southeast Missouri continued to chip away, cutting the deficit to 65-63 on a pair of free throws from Denzel Mahoney with 2:10 left but it was as close as it got.Antonius Clevelands 23 points led three Southeast Missouri players in double figures. Taylor Hall Devils Jersey . 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Rios, 32, is a veteran outfielder in the midst of a mediocre season, but hes capable of providing power and speed. Since the start of the 2010 season, Rios is one of six outfielders (B.J. Upton, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp are the others) to register at least 70 home runs and 70 stolen bases. His .755 OPS in that time ranks 59th among outfielders with at least 1000 plate appearances. This season, Rios isnt going deep as often as he has in previous years, hitting 12 home runs in 465 plate appearances, and his flyball rate (34.8%) is his lowest since 2005, when he was in his second major league season with the Toronto Blue Jays. While moving to Texas ought to help a hitters production, Rios has struggled to this point in his career at Rangers Ballpark, hitting one home run, with a .255 batting average and .643 OPS in 42 games (177 plate appearances); his lowest OPS at the 11 ballparks in which hes had at least 175 plate appearances. Not only is Rios durable, having played in at least 145 games for each of the last six season, but Rios is an above average defensive right fielder, so he is a more-than-capable replacement for suspended Rangers RF Nelson Cruz, who is also set to become a free agent at seasons end. Not only does Rios add immediate help at a position of need for the Rangers, but hes signed through next season, at the same $12.5-million salary that hes making in 2013, with a $13.5-million team option for 2015. While those salary numbers seem big, theyre pretty much standard for an above aveerage outfielder in his free agent years. Andy Greene Devils Jersey. A four-game winning streak has the Rangers tied with Oakland for first place in the American League West, making it well worth it to push forward in their quest to win this year, with a move that should improve their outfield production at least through next season as well. The White Sox Get: A player to be named later, reportedly INF Leury Garcia, and $1-million. Garcia is a 22-year-old, diminutive infielder who has played second, third and shortstop this season, but he offers very little at the plate, hitting .192 with a .467 OPS in 25 games. He hasnt hit much in the minors, either, with a .264 average and .723 OPS at Triple-A this season, but he can run, stealing 43 bases on 54 attempts (79.6%) in 147 games between Double-A and Triple-A since the start of 2012. With that pedigree, Garcia is little more than a utility infielder for the White Sox, so the real benefit of trading Rios, aside from financial savings, is that it opens up a regular spot in right field for Avisail Garcia, the free-swinging power hitter acquired from Detroit in the three-way Jake Peavy trade made prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Moving out Rios, their highest fWAR player (2.1) this season, naturally doesnt make the White Sox a better team, but it acknowledges their current situation. They need young players to get reps and its highly unlikely that the White Sox are going to be poised to contend for a playoff spot as soon as next season, or even the season after, making Rios little more than a roadblock for a prospect like Avisail Garcia. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '
Chris Archer is on the verge of baseball infamy. Donte Jackson Womens Jersey .The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander takes an 8-19 record into his Thursday start against the Chicago White Sox. Another defeat would leave Archer as the major leagues first 20-game loser since the Detroit Tigers Mike Maroth went 9-21 in 2003.Prior to Maroth, no pitcher lost 20 games in a season since the Oakland Athletics Brian Kingman finished 8-20 in 1980.Maroth posted an unimpressive 5.73 ERA in 2003. Archers 4.02 ERA is more closely aligned with Kingmans 3.83 mark in his 20-loss season, a sign that the Rays righty hasnt been completely dreadful despite setting a franchise record for single-season losses.I think Im impressed most that he stayed healthy; hes made his starts, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Hes very close to that 200-inning mark (at 194 2/3). Any time a guy gets 200 innings, thats pretty telling how valuable to the team (he is) and that hes pitching good enough to be out there that much.Archer has 228 strikeouts, the second-best total in the American League behind the 246 of Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.I dont know how he could lose 20 games, as good as he is, Archers former teammate, New York Mets infielder Kelly Johnson, recently told Newsday. Would I be alarmed if I were his teammate or the organization that hes losing so many games? I wouldnt be. I know how hard he works. I know how much he cares and how much effort he puts in and how much he does for the community.The guys a stud. This is one of those situations hes going to look back and think, Man, that one year was crazy. I cant believe it.Archer hopes to avoid posting the 500th 20-loss season in major league history. The first 295 of those came before 1900, but 20-defeat seasons remained fairly common through the 1960s and into the 1970s prior to the advent of the five-man rotation.In five career games (four starts) against the White Sox, Archer is 2-0 with a 4.13 ERA. He has not faced Chicago this year.While Archer aims to avoid negative history, his mound opponent Thursday is looking for a positive milestone. White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana needs five strikeouts to top his career high of 178 set in 2014.Quintana (13-11, 3.20 ERA) is 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in five career starts against the Rays.He ranks ninth in the AL in ERA, sixth in innings pitched (202) and 11th in strikeouts. Quintana picked up his career-high 13th victory on Saturday at Cleveland after allowing just one run on six hits in a six-inning outing. The White Sox beat the Indians 8-1.I wish we could score for him like this every time he goes out there, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. Everyone knows his record would be much better if we scored for him.In his lone start against Tampa Bay this year, Quintana took the loss after yielding three runs (two earned) in six innings during a 3-2 defeat on April 17 at Tropicana Field.Quintana has a 1-2 record and a 3.33 ERA in five career starts vs. the Rays. Greg Olsen Youth Jersey .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. Sam Mills Jersey .C. -- After a listless first half, the Washington Wizards used a big third quarter run to beat the Charlotte Bobcats Bradley Beal scored 21 points and the Wizards used a 17-0 run in the third quarter to take control of what had been a close game and beat the Bobcats 97-83 on Tuesday night. http://www.thepanthersofficialstore.com/ .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. It was obvious that something was about to happen, even to the referees because the fourth lines were on to start. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was a late scratch from practice after complaining about soreness in his surgically repaired left foot.Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold made the announcement following practice Wednesday, saying Watkins was held out when he expressed a concern to the teams training staff. Coach Rex Ryan opened the day saying he was expecting Watkins to work on a limited basis.The severity of the injury is unclear and its not known whether it will affect his status for Sunday, when Buffalo (6-5) plays at Oakland (9-2)). Cam Newton Youth Jersey. Watkins declined to speak to reporters during a brief appearance in the locker room.Watkins had three catches for 80 yards in a 28-21 win over Jacksonville on Sunday in his first game since missing nine weeks because of the injury.Quarterback Tyrod Taylor practiced fully but was also added to the injury report because of a sore groin.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '
CLEVELAND -- Each team will run out their ace Tuesday as the Chicago White Sox visit Progressive Field for the first game of a three-game series with the American League Central Division-leading Cleveland Indians. Troy Polamalu Steelers Jersey .Corey Kluber (12-8, 3.21) will start for the Indians while Jose Quintana (9-8, 2.85) will start for the White Sox.Kluber hasnt lost a game since July 3. In six starts since then, he is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA, while holding opposing hitters to a .200 batting average. In 13 career starts vs. the White Sox, Kluber is 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA. His last start against Chicago was on May 25 of this year when he gave up one earned run on seven hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 4-3 Indians victory.Quintana is 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his last seven starts. In 16 career appearances vs. Cleveland, 14 of them starts, he is 5-2 with a 2.68 ERA. In six career starts at Progressive Field he is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA.The White Sox are in fourth place in the AL Central, 11 1/2 games behind the division-leading Indians. So the Sox, to a certain degree, are already looking ahead to next year. Whether manager Robin Ventura is part of that future remains to be seen.Ventura is in the final year of his contract. In his five years as manager, the White Sox are 353-412. The Sox were 85-77 in 2012, Venturas first year on the job, and the only year hes had a winning record.Ventura is not spending a lot of time worrying about his future with the team.The focus is on these guys and winning games, Ventura told MLB.com. Theres plenty of time to look at it in the offseason. Ive never felt like there is a reason for either side to have to do something just because I dont have a contract next year. It doesnt mean I wont have one and it doesnt mean I will have one. You just go through it and do what youre supposed to do, and this is what Im supposed to do right now.Indians manager Terry Francona has no worries regarding his job security. The Indians are in first place in their division and seemingly headed for the postseason for the second time in Franconas four years as manager. He is signed through the 2018 season, with club options for the 2019 and 2020 season.Of more immediate concern for Francona is keeping the Indians rolling toward a division title. On Monday, All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Brantley only appeared in 11 games this year due to a series of setbacks in his rehab from surgery on the shoulder last November.The Indians had been hoping that Brantley would eventually return to the lineup this season. Thats not going to happen now, but Francona is not pushing the panic button.Weve basically played the whole year without him, so we just need to keep playing like always, Francona said.The Indians have lost some star power without Brantley, but the offense has been remarkably productive, despite the loss of its best all-around hitter. The Indians are second in the league in runs scored.That should be enough to support one of the top starting rotations in the majors. As for Brantley, theres always next year.Hell come back and find a way to be as good as ever, Francona said.Dermontti Dawson Steelers Jersey . Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. Terrell Edmunds Steelers Jersey . 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With the win, in front of 6,154 spectators at Shaw Park, the Goldeyes evened the four-game series with Trois-Rivieres at a win apiece and improved to 32-32 on the season, still third in the American Associations North Division. The Fish are now 3-2 after the first five games of this 11-game homestand. "Coming into the game, I had such an adrenalin rush. It was awesome," said Salamida, who has been pitching and playing centerfield with the Albany Athletics in the Albany Twilight League, a mens amateur loop in upstate New York. "I could compare it to my first pro start in the Astros organization in Troy, N.Y., just a few miles from my house. After the first pitch, though, I settled down. I was out there having fun, staying loose and staying focused. I was enjoying myself." Trois-Rivieres actually opened the scoring with a run in the top of the fifth, but the Goldeyes answered with three in the bottom of the inning. Casey Haerther led off with a single, Josh Mazzola got credit for an infield hit and then Fehlandt Lentini laid down a sacrifice bunt.  However, Aigles starteer Jeff Shields got off the mound quickly and turned to throw to third, missed his target and sent a bullet into the Goldeyes bullpen. Jack Butler Youth Jersey. Haerther and Mazzola scored and Lentini wound up on third. Luis Alen singled home Lentini and Winnipeg had a 3-1 lead. In the sixth, the Fish stretched the advantage to 4-1, as Ray Sadler walked, Ryan Scoma singled and Sadler came home on a base hit by Haerther. In the seventh, Alen led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single by Kevin Moesquit. Then Ray Sadler stood up and blasted his 14th home run of the year, a two-run bomb, to give Winnipeg a 7-1 lead. In the eighth, with Josh Mazzola at third, Fehlandt Lentini singled home Winnipegs eighth and final run. Salamida (1-0, 1.50 ERA) picked up the win for Winnipeg, while Shields (0-3, 4.19 ERA) suffered the loss. Brendan Lafferty pitched a scoreless seventh, Chris Kissock cruised through the eighth and Patrick Keating gave up a two-run homer to Jon Smith in the ninth. It was Smiths 14th bomb of the season. Haerther and Alen led the Goldeyes offense, an offense that pounded out 13 hits. Haerther went three-for-four with a run scored and an RBI, while Alen also went three-for-four with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. The Goldeyes and Aigles will meet in Game 3 of this four-game series on Sunday, 1:30 p.m. at Shaw Park. Matt Rusch (5-3, 4.47) will get the start for Winnipeg, while Garrett Bullock (4-3, 2.83 ERA) will take to the mound for Trois Rivieres. ' ' '
CARSON, Calif. Jarvis Landry Jersey . -- Defender Omar Gonzalez has agreed to a new multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who have named him a designated player. The Galaxy announced the deal Thursday for the U.S. national team regular. Gonzalez joins Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane as the Galaxys designated players, an honour reserved for MLS stars who can receive more lucrative contracts than other players. Gonzalez is the first American defender to be named a designated player. Gonzalez was named MLS top defender in 2011 while the Galaxy won the league title. He returned from an injury to help Los Angeles to its second straight title last December, earning MLS Cup MVP honours. The 24-year-old Gonzalez is a three-time All-Star. He had been linked with possible moves to international clubs in recent years. Sheldrick Redwine Browns Jersey . -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation. David Njoku Youth Jersey . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. http://www.brownsauthenticproshop.com/Youth-odell-beckham-jr-browns-jersey/ .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraskas fourth-quarter dominance showed up again Saturday. This time it was Terrell Newby leading the way.The senior ran for 113 of his 140 yards and scored two touchdowns in the last 15 minutes, just in time for the 15th-ranked Cornhuskers to turn back Illinois upset bid and win 31-16.Newby touched the ball on 18 of Nebraskas last 21 plays from scrimmage and the Cornhuskers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won going away after being down 16-10. They also avenged a 14-13 loss last year in Champaign.Newby, I thought, was a real man today, Nebraska coach Mike Riley said.Newby didnt have much choice. Fellow running back Devine Ozigbo went out of the game late in the third quarter with an ankle injury, and backup Mikale Wilbon was banged up.I knew I had to kind of carry the load from then on, Newby said. I accepted it and wanted to do everything in my power to get the victory.Newbys two TDs came as Nebraska scored 21 straight points to overcome a 16-10 deficit. The Huskers have outscored their five opponents 78-6 in the fourth quarter.Illinois (1-3, 0-1) got off only 10 offensive plays after taking its six-point lead with 7:40 left in the third quarter. The Illini have lost 14 straight and 23 of 24 against Top 25 opponents.We got better today. We still have a loss but I think we made improvements, Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. We hung in there throughout, had a lead for most of the game, but its about finishing. We didnt do that.Nebraska, favored by three touchdowns, turned over the ball on back-to-back possessions while falling behind. The Illini had to settle for field goals after each takeaway, allowing the Huskers to stay close.The Huskers went 18 plays in 10:42 to take a one-point lead early in the fourth. Nebraska kept the drive alive because of two huge penalties on the Illini. Chunky Clements had Tommy Armstrong Jr. stopped for a loss on a third-and-12, but he was called for a horse-collar tackle, and Darius Mosley was flagged for pass interference on a fourth-and-4.The biggest play, though, was when Newby picked up a first ddown by inches on a fourth-and-1 at the Illinois 4. Greedy Williams Youth Jersey. The spot stood after a video review.Its a game of inches, Newby said. I tried to do everything I could to stretch the ball out. Im glad it went our way.Newby went into the end zone from the 3 on the next play, and he finished the scoring with a 63-yard burst.Reggie Corbin led the Illini with 72 yards on nine carries, and Kendrick Foster scored their only touchdown on a 31-yard run. Wes Lunt was 13 for 22 for 133 yards.Definitely no moral victories, Lunt said, but were so close to breaking through. Were leading all the way up to the fourth and battled through adversity all game. But at the end, they made a few plays and won the game.THE TAKEAWAYILLINOIS: The Illini, who have lost three in a row since winning their opener, gave Nebraska all it could handle. The offense couldnt get going again once the Huskers took the lead, and the defense was on the field way too long.NEBRASKA: The Huskers should feel good about getting out of this one with a win considering all their injuries. Jordan Westerkamp was taken to a hospital to be evaluated after he appeared to take a knee to the back while getting tackled. Tight end Cethan Carter injured his elbow early in the game.Looking at our team and watching that thing take place, it appears to be a real good time for a bye week, Riley said.POLL IMPLICATIONSNebraska has a chance to move up, but the Huskers arent ready to break into the top 10 for the first time since 2011.LAST WORDWell, did you all stay around for the fourth quarter? That didnt look like much up until then. -- Riley.UP NEXTILLINOIS: The Illini return home to face Purdue, which they beat 48-14 last season.NEBRASKA: The Huskers have an open date next week before visiting Indiana on Oct. 15. It will be the Huskers first game against Indiana since they became Big Ten members in 2011.---Online:AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '
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