Month: October 2017

Illinois: The move from Chayce Crouch to George gave the Fighting Illini some life in the first half.

Iowa: Illinois entered play with the Big Ten’s worst rushing attack, but the Fighting Illini carved up Iowa’s front for 200 yards on the ground. Iowa’s defense once again stiffened after some halftime adjustments though, and its offense finally found life in the second half. The Hawkeyes also looked like they could really use the upcoming bye week. “We can kind of take a step back and reflect on the first half of the season,” said wide receiver Nick Easley.

Iowa also executed a perfect onside kick, and Amani Hooker converted a fake punt that led to Wadley’s touchdown run. Those plays helped Iowa overcome a 446-441 deficit in yards gained.

Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers against Montreal, his fourth goal of the season. He has scored in each of the team’s first three games, including two in Football Cheap Jerseys an opening-night loss against the Colorado Avalanche.

“There’s no doubt that Mika knew we put a lot of faith in his play,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We signed him to a long-term deal, and we expected him to be an impact player on the team.

“The way he has started is the way that he has to continue. He has to continue to be a force on the ice — a difference-maker — and that’s what we expect from him.”

The Rangers play nine of their first 11, and 10 of their first 13, at home.

The Blues are completing the second half of a back-to-back, as they won 3-2 in a shootout against the New York Islanders in a Monday matinee at Barclays Center.

But big mistakes led to big plays for the Hawkeyes, who scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to turn a tight affair into a blowout. Iowa also scored 17 points off of four Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap Illini turnovers.

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Bortuzzo was fined $3,091.40 for the cross-check, the NHL announced after the game.

Tarasenko’s first goal of the game came shortly after the Islanders squandered a four-minute power-play opportunity earlier, more than a minute of which had them up two skaters.

In the second, Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was penalized four minutes for cross checking, an extra two minutes being assessed for pummeling Islanders forward Brock Nelson face down on the ice.

“The team that deserved to win won tonight,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We were a determined group.”

Point redirected Nikita Kucherov’s shot at 3:08 that came after the Capitals were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty.

Ovechkin entered with seven goals in Washington’s first two games this season.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Alex Killorn, Chris Kunitz and Kucherov, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, while Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and two assists for the Capitals. Philipp Grubauer stopped 36 shots in his first game of the season.

“The good and bad is, I thought we could have left here with two points and are leaving here with one,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said.

Locked in for regular shifts with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, both China Cheap Jerseys on and off the power play, Namestnikov needs to be rostered in all formats. With Brayden Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys Point and Ondrej Palat driving secondary offense, the Lightning don’t have an immediate need to make any changes up front. Namestnikov is part of a group of early-season must-adds among forwards, due to a confluence of both talent and opportunity that also includes Zibanejad, Ryan Hartman, Sean Couturier and Jakub Vrana.

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UFC, UNLV pay tribute to Las Vegas first responders, shooting victims

Tributes abounded in Las Vegas on Saturday, when the city played host to UFC 216 and UNLV’s home football game against San Diego State, the city’s first two major sporting events since the mass shooting that killed 58 people this week.

Kucherov tied it at 3 on an in-close backhander at 10:46 of the third.

Ovechkin had three goals in the third period in Thursday’s opening night win at Ottawa, then matched the feat while helping chase Montreal goalie Carey Price in the first period Saturday. He added his fourth goal in the second period against Al Montoya.

Ovechkin, bidding to become the first NHL player to have a hat trick in three consecutive games, had a power-play scoring chance from the left circle in the second turned aside by Vasilevskiy. He finished with four shots and was a minus-2

Backstrom and Oshie, on a power play deflection from the slot, scored 1:23 apart late in the first as Washington took a 2-0 lead.

After Killorn and Oshie, with the man advantage, traded goals early in the second, Kunitz’s redirection cut the deficit to 3-2 with 1:51 left in the period.

“A good building block for our team,” Kunitz said.

Robby Fabbri’s season-ending injury makes a huge difference to the outlook for Stastny. At best, he stays where he is, centering Vladimir Tarasenko and, eventually, Alexander Steen on the top line. At worst, he sinks to the second line. If Fabbri were around, Stastny could have ended up on Cheap Youth Basketball Jerseys the third line, as he did for much of last season. However, Fabbri isn’t coming back Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys anytime soon, and Stastny needs to be scooped up wherever you can find him.

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Benkert’s 3 TD passes lead Virginia past Duke, 28-21

There was adversity aplenty for Virginia in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Duke.

Kurt Benkert threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in a miserable first quarter for him. The Cavaliers’ offense couldn’t get going against an aggressive defensive front for the Blue Devils. And Duke went ahead late in the second quarter, 14-7.

At UFC 216, held inside T-Mobile Arena, a moment of silence kicked off the pay-per-view portion of the event, and a handful of survivors and first responders were brought into the Octagon and recognized.

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who in the evening’s co-main event made his UFC record 11th straight title defense, told the crowd after his win, “Shout out to Las Vegas. Thank you so much to all the first responders.”

There also was an in-house video message from White, who encouraged Las Vegas residents to continue to live life to the fullest and said the city would heal together.

Asked at his postfight news conference why he decided to go ahead with UFC 216 in the wake of the shooting, White said: “It’s always time to have an event. You can’t have a coward determine how everybody else is gonna live there life. This is the world we live in, and you can’t just back down to this stuff.

The road back: Michigan now needs Michigan State to lose, and it has to win out. The good news for the Wolverines is that they still have opportunities against Penn State, Ohio Super Cheap Jerseys China State and Wisconsin.

FPI says: The bad news is that the FPI projects Michigan to lose all three Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys of those games.

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Harris helps No. 1 Alabama outlast Texas A&M 27-19

Nick Saban thinks his players have gotten too wrapped up in the constant talk in the media about how good they are.

And he shared just what he thinks about that after the top-ranked Crimson Tide struggled to put Texas A&M away in a 27-19 win on Saturday night.

“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys,” he said referring to reporters. “All that stuff that you write about how good we are and all that stuff they get on ESPN is like poison. It’s like taking poison. Like rat poison. I’m asking them: `Are you going to listen to me or are you going to listen to these guys about how good you are?”

Thomas tried to turn his head in time, but it was too late. Lazard already had a read on the ball. And he jumped and hauled in the pass before Oklahoma safety Chanse Sylvie could arrive in time to help.

“Kempt threw a good ball,” Lazard said. “And I was able to go up and make a play.”

Lazard, an avid FIFA video-gamer, tried to get up and do the bear crawl celebration from the game. But he was immediately buried by teammates, including fellow receiver Deshaunte Jones. So instead, when he emerged from the pile, Lazard settled for the Gareth Bale Top Cheap Jerseys “heart” sign.

Iowa State’s defense then forced Baker Mayfield to throw a tipped Wholesale Jerseys incompletion on fourth down, and Kempt returned to the field one final time to take a knee, giving the Cyclones only their sixth win against Oklahoma ever in 82 tries.

“We believed in each other, and believed we could do it,” Lazard said. “And we did.”

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Ben McAdoo rips Eli Manning for delay of game penalty

It was fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line and Giants coach Ben McAdoo decided to go for it with his team down by 10 points late in the third quarter of Monday’s game against the Lions.

The league’s request was made pending its appeal of Judge Amos Mazzant’s ruling in federal District Court in Texas that Elliott could continue to play.

“Like any case involving a star athlete, this case has generated substantial attention and commentary. But, at bottom, this case involves a collateral challenge to a labor arbitrator’s decision,” Friday’s request reads, in its introduction.

The Chargers failed to sell out their temporary home, the 27,000-seat StubHub Center, in their home opener last Sunday. Banks wrote at The Athletic the NFL is shocked by how quickly things have gone south for the Chargers in L.A. As the Rams struggle to draw fans to the L.A. Coliseum, Banks said the NFL does not want the bad “optics” of empty stadiums for three years before the Rams and Chargers are scheduled to move into a new Inglewood stadium in 2020.

On Sunday morning, more owners chimed in with statements, including New York Giants Cheap Jerseys New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who became the first NFL NFL Jerseys Outlet owner who made a donation to Trump to speak out on his comments.

“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday,” Kraft said. “I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger.

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Adrian Peterson trade rumors: Saints not expected to move veteran back — yet

Adrian Peterson was not happy with only playing nine snaps in his Saints debut.

That doesn’t mean his displeasure with playing time will lead to the Saints trading him, for now.

ESPN reported the Saints are not interested in dealing the 32-year-old running back, but that could change later in the season.

Brady was nearly perfect to begin Sunday’s game in New Orleans, tossing three first-quarter touchdowns for the first time in his career. Brady’s first-quarter scores were a 19-yarder to running back Rex Burkhead, a 53-yarder to tight end Rob Gronkowski and a 13-yard pass to Chris Hogan. The most impressive of the three was the pass to Gronkowski.

Brady’s right hand was hit as he delivered the ball, which traveled about 20 yards before landing in Gronkowski’s hands. The big tight end got behind a Saints defender and shook off another before finding the end zone.

Brady was just 16 of 36 for 267 yards and zero touchdowns against the Chiefs. He finished the first half against the Saints 19 of 25 for 294 yards and three scores as the Patriots built a 30-13 lead. Brady finished the 36-20 victory with 447 passing yards on a 30-of-39 performance.

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NFL still ‘confident’ Los Angeles will embrace Rams, Chargers

For the first time since 1994, Los Angeles has two NFL teams. Both the Rams and Chargers had home games Sunday and the attendance was underwhelming.

Despite the poor turnout, the NFL is still optimistic the L.A. market will embrace two teams.

“To a person, both at the club level and here at the league office, we remain confident that the city of Los Angeles can support in a very strong way two franchises, and we’re committed to making that happen as we work toward the opening of the new stadium,” league spokesman Joe Lockhart said Monday during a media conference call, via USA Today.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” Trump tweeted at 6:44 a.m. ET on Sunday. “Fire or suspend!”

He followed that up 29 minutes later with another thought on the topic: “…NFL Where To Find Cheap Jerseys attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay Wholesale Jerseys Paypal away because Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap they love our country. League should back U.S.”

Those tweets were his fifth and sixth related to the NFL or NBA in less than 24 hours. Trump opened Saturday morning by saying the NBA champion Warriors would not be invited to the White House due to star Stephen Curry’s “hesitating” about whether he wanted to go. Curry had reiterated the previous day he had no interest in visiting the president.

Trump then expanded on his comments at a Friday rally in Alabama, saying NFL players should stand for the anthem or “YOU’RE FIRED! Find something else to do!”

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