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Surging Ravens hit their groove in time for playoff push

Two of Flacco's TD passes went to tight end Dennis Pitta, who's enjoying a fine season in his return from a second hip surgery. "It was just a heck of a team victory", Harbaugh said. and they were his first touchdowns since nearly exactly three years earlier. His nine catches matched a season-high and the 90 yards he tallied were his most since Week 2. Read More »

Man who shot ex-NFL player charged with manslaughter

I don't care", he said to people upset Gasser was initially released. The 28-year-old running back was standing outside his auto when he was shot by Ronald Gasser, 54, Normand said during a news conference at the scene of the shooting. Normand called it "incredibly tragic consequences over bad driving behavior and bad spoken words". Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was killed in April in a shooting that was sparked over a traffic altercation. Read More »

Trump speaks with Bach to express support for LA Olympic bid

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Los Angeles has promised to hold the 2024 Olympics on a shoestring budget, in a reversal of recent trends which have seen a huge blowout in the costs involved in staging the Games. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti meanwhile said in a statement that the budget represented a "fiscally responsible Games that provides only upsides -- economic, social and sporting -- for our city". Read More »

Auburn to face potent pair of Heisman finalists in Sugar Bowl

But the Sooners took command with a dominant running game in the second half to beat the Cowboys, 38-20, and claim the Big 12 Championship for the second straight year and 10th in the last 16 years. Coach Bob Stoops said Gundy's decision didn't give the Sooners (10-2, 9-0) any momentum, instead diverting attention to the game-tying drive. Behind Joe Mixon's dazzling dash, Oklahoma clinched its 10th Big 12 championship on Saturday. Read More »

No. 1 Alabama romps past Florida 54-16 in SEC title game

That's how badly No. 1 Alabama embarrassed No. 15 Florida in the Georgia Dome on Saturday in a 54-16 win. During a wild sequence in the first quarter, each team scored off blocked kicks on back-to-back plays. Alabama's final touchdown came on a 10-yard run by Gore. However, Florida would not sniff the end zone again. The Tide won 38-10 and held Tennessee's No. Read More »

Thomas Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 pummeling of Panthers

Of note, the Panthers will also be without their starting strong safety (Kurt Coleman) and most productive edge rusher (Mario Addison, 6.5 sacks). "He might be the best center", Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. That's the game the Panthers pounced out to a 31-0 halftime lead, then had to hang on from there. The Panthers lost a heartbreaker to the Raiders via a score of 35-32 that likely put an end to their playoff hopes this season. Read More »

Skins blame flat effort, Cardinals finally find their game

They are on the outside looking in for the playoffs and that makes the next four games crucial. First, they changed some of their run-blocking schemes, including some nice gains on a play reminiscent of the old "counter-gap" play from the Joe Gibbs era. Read More »

Fiesta Bowl could be a QB showdown

The Wolverines lost at Iowa, and then they lost what was a de facto elimination game at Ohio State . Instead, only Ohio State was named to the final four. After Baylor got the ball back, Marvin Gross stripped quarterback Zach Smith, and Darrien Howard recovered for West Virginia. If Clemson becomes No. Read More »

Iniesta defends Arda after clumsy foul costs Barca Clasico win

Barca boss Luis Enrique described their display last week in a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad as the worst of his tenure, but with Iniesta back so was some of the old Barca magic. Ramos' bullet header from a Luka Modric free-kick in the final seconds of normal time rescued a point for Real and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 33 matches . Read More »

Basel v Arsenal Betting: Free-scoring Gunners can keep firing

While Oxlade-Chamberlain is not yet a regular starter with the Gunners, he's taken more opportunities when given a chance in the first team this term. Wenger sounded confident his star duo will eventually sign new deals. Arsenal have failed to progress further the last-16 of the competition for the last six seasons. Read More »

Mayfield, Oklahoma Top Oklahoma St. 38-20 to Win Big 12

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Rudolph barely played during Oklahoma's 58-23 win last season. If the Cowboys would have been aggressive, pushed for a field goal, at least, it would seem to swing that momentum back. Junior Samaje Perine said the tough non-conference schedule helped OU in the long run. The Sooners scored on its first two possessions of the second half to take a 31-17 lead. Read More »

Marquee win at Oklahoma key to playoff spot

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Now that it's official, now that there's no doubt which four schools will compete in this year's College Football Playoff, a single question begs asking: Do we want the four best teams, or do we want the four most deserving teams? The Buckeyes benefited greatly from a dominant non-conference win over Oklahoma, while the Wolverines - who had their own non-conference win over a top-10 team in Colorado - dropped behind conference-champion Penn State despite a head-to-head win . Read More »

Watson, Clemson claim ACC title and await playoff berth

MI and Penn State (after beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game) are the two teams that have a case after No. 2 Ohio State, but it's doubtful the committee would leave Clemson or Washington out after both won their conferences this weekend.There was plenty of discussion about which team would be the ultimate benefactor of a loss by the Tigers or Huskies, but that will all go for naught. Read More »

Southern California meets Penn State in 103rd Rose Bowl

We saw it two times this year alone - just like Wisconsin wasn't the Big Ten's second-best team, Virginia Tech wasn't the ACC's, either - and we've seen the Pac-12 get involved in the past, too, in those years where OR and Stanford were the class of the league. Read More »

Team Grades: Cowboys' Defense Hangs On To Win Close Game Over Vikings

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Late in the 4th quarter with 2 minutes left in the game, Dak fumbles the snap on on 3rd and 1, only to be recovered by Zeke Elliott. LAST GASP: Bradford argued to the officials after the 2-point conversion failed, saying the Cowboys should have been penalized when a defender hit him in the facemask. Read More »

Top 4 teams unchanged in CFP rankings

Washington is No. 5 this week. For starters, they would need to win the Pac-12 championship and probably would need Clemson to be upset in the ACC championship game. "Head to head is a factor, but it's one among many others as we continue to go further along in the season and in our evaluation", Hocutt said. "This is college football at its finest and at its peak in my opinion", former Ohio State linebacker and Fox NFL analyst Chris Spielman. Read More »

Former league foes Oklahoma State, Colorado at Alamo Bowl

MST. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. MST kickoff. The Buffs will play their first game against a Big 12 opponent since leaving the conference after the 2010 season. The Alamo Bowl will be televised on ESPN . That gave way to excitement, however, as the Buffaloes accepted an invitation to the Valero Alamo Bowl . Read More »

Bama rips Gators, wins 3rd straight SEC title

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A Florida interception was returned deep into Gators territory and the field position was converted into a field goal despite Alabama losing yards on the drive. Alabama immediately answered by moving 98 yards in eight snaps, most of which came on the legs of Damien Harris and Bo Scarborough . It was also the second time this season that Alabama scored in all three phases of the game (Tennessee). Read More »

England remain unbeaten against dire Australia

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But Jones will say it's only the start."They could win any number of ways", Jones told reporters at Twickenham. "The only record we're interested in is being the number one team in the world", said Jones. We are heading in the right direction". Australia's last visit to Twickenham came in the 2015 World Cup when their 33-13 victory knocked England out of the tournament they were hosting. Read More »

El Clasico to Hold Minute's Silence for Air Crash Victims

Their opponents, Colombian team Atletico Nacional, have offered to concede the game to ensure Chapecoense are declared champions. More than 20 journalists were among those who died. "The investigation is ongoing and we're going to await the results". The plane was carrying 81 people in all, including members of a Brazilian football team. Read More »

Stafford throws for 341 yards, Lions beat Saints 28-13

The Detroit Lions have ruled out linebacker Tahir Whitehead against the New Orleans Saints. And the Lions smothered that offense in a convincing 28-13 victory at the Superdome. After putting up 49 points last week against the Rams, the Black and Gold have only two field goals in 30 minutes of work against the Lions today. Read More »

Burris leads Redblacks to Grey Cup win over Stampeders

The 17-year CFL veteran has played all three seasons of the Redblacks existence. This time, though, Abdul Kanneh tackled Buckley for a one-yard loss and Calgary had to settle for a field goal to force overtime. It was an inside hand off to DaVaris Daniels and he ran it in for a touchdown with the extra point it was 33-30 RedBlacks. The move backfired as Malcolm Butler's interception preserved New England's victory. Read More »

Florida State to play MI in Orange Bowl

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U-M star Jabrill Peppers said they had control and understands why the teams that got in - Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington - get their chance. This season, with the victor of Penn State and Wisconsin likely missing out on the playoff, that team would likely represent the Big Ten in Pasadena. Read More »

Did the College Football Playoff pick the four best teams?

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Charlie Strong will not. Talk of the College Football Playoff continues to dominate the discussion around the Big Ten Championship game, as both Wisconsin and Penn State have a slight chance at making the four-team bracket with a win on Saturday night. Read More »

Reggie Bush will wear cleats that honor Joe McKnight on Sunday

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Ronald Gasser was issued a summons 10 years ago after beating a man at a gas station near the same spot where he shot Joe McKnight on Thursday. Police have said investigations are ongoing into the road rage attack, with witnesses saying the incident unfolded when one man appeared to cut the other off. Read More »

Everton hold United thanks to late Baines penalty

We are in a situation at the moment where we can not be thinking about the Manchester City v Chelsea result or another result. The Reds had controlled much of the game, both in terms of possession and chances created, but the frustrating result leaves Jose Mourinho's sixth in the Premier League table on 21 points, just above the eighth-placed Toffees. Read More »

Jeff Fisher signs contract extension as Rams coach

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The Rams VP said Fisher is a terrific leader of men, players, coaches, and staff. Demoff said Fisher deserves credit for that. "Does he have an extension?'" Dickerson said on " The Herd with Colin Cowherd". "One thing with me: If I say something, I stand by it", Dickerson told ESPN. I don't have a vendetta against Jeff at all. Also at issue: Dickerson feels like Fisher was disrespectful when the two talked in a phone conversation. Read More »

Eagles will push for reunion with DeSean Jackson in free agency

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Sources told ESPN that Jackson and Eagles coach Doug Pederson are big admirers of each other, and Philadelphia can benefit from Jackson's deep threat even though he just turned 30. If Jeremiah Trotter can return to Eagles after unceremoniously leaving for Washington, why can't DeSean Jackson? "It's never really been hard feelings toward the city or to the team, the organization". Read More »

Du Plessis is South Africa's hero, Australia's villain

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Debutant Peter Handscomb hit the winning run as Australia chased down 127 for victory before dinner on the fourth day. The third and final Test of the three-match series between Australia and South Africa was played at Adelaide Oval. The wickets were shared Mitchell Starc (4), Josh Hazlewood (2), Jackson Bird (1) and Nathan Lyon (3) in the second innings. "That is probably pretty bad manners, where we come from or where any side should come from", South Africa's batting coach Neil ... Read More »