So many games, so many objectives, so many … golazos.
2013 proved to be another high-quality season for mesmerizing soccer goals. There’s no sense rating them on a numerical scale. The quality of a goal is within the eye of the beholder. It's possible you'll get pleasure from a volley, or perhaps an insane dribbling move finished with a faucet-in. It’s your name.
These are among the objectives we loved right here at The Massive Lead during the last 12 months.
The Zlatan Division:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one in Ligue 1 play as solely he can.
He additionally scored from deeeeeeep.
Cristiano Ronaldo Division:
So. Many. Step overs.
And Ronaldo was clutch, too, serving to guide Portugal a spot in the World Cup.
Lionel Messi Division
How did he score this with your entire Milan workforce draped round him?
Luis Suarez Division:
A header from exterior the field? Sure, why not?
Half volley from 45 yards away. Easy.
Pajtim Kasami Division:
EPL Goal of the Yr for the Fulham man? Perhaps.
Gareth Bale Division:
It’s obvious Real Madrid paid Tottenham $four hundred billion for the Welshman for his karate skills.
Arsenal Group Goal Division:
Arsenal played puff-puff move on this team objective capped by Jack Wilshere.
Greatest Own Aim Division:
Vincent Kompany … a ball shouldn’t move like that.
Mario Balotelli Does Thing Division:
It’s not a aim, however … you already know …
Most Essential Bicycle Kick of the Year Division:
Mexico’s Raul Jimenez scored a bicycle kick vs. Panama which stored El Tri alive to qualify for the World Cup in October.
Related: Vincent Kompany’s Spectacular Own Aim vs. Fulham Left Him Bleeding Tears Associated: Ashley Younger’s 1st Goal Since 2012 Made Ray Hudson Giddy
earned $600,000 in what may very properly be his finalprofessional mixed martial arts bout.
Silva suffered a gruesomely broken leg within the UFC168 headliner when middleweight champion ChrisWeidman ($four hundred,000) checked a leg kick within the second round,ending the competition on the 1:sixteen mark. Weidman also defeated thelongtime pound-for-pound king via technical knockout at UFC 162 inJuly.
The Nevada Athletic Fee released wage info from theevent on Monday.
Within the night’s co-main event, RondaRousey ($one hundred,000) submitted a sport Miesha Tate($28,000) with an armbar fifty eight seconds into the third spherical of theirwomen’s bantamweight title clash. Elsewhere, former UFC heavyweightchamp Josh Barnettbanked $a hundred and seventy,000 in a primary-round TKO loss to TravisBrowne ($fifty six,000), while Jim Millerraked in $92,000 for his first-round armbar of FabricioCamoes ($eight,000).
Be aware: The disclosed purses reported by state athleticcommissions don't embrace any efficiency-primarily based or discretionarybonuses that may be awarded to a fighter by the promotion.Additionally, the reported figures don't reflect any deductionsmade by the commission for taxes, insurance coverage, etc., and do notinclude any sponsorship money that a fighter may purchase for theirperformance.
Another girls’s bantamweight bout has been added to the
will sq. off with
on Feb. 22.
Promotion officers announced the pairing on Monday. UFC one hundred seventy takesplace at the Mandalay Bay Occasions Middle in Las Vegas and isheadlined by a one hundred thirty five-pound title tilt between Olympic medalistsRondaRousey and Sara McMann.The card additionally consists of the 205-pound debut of DanielCormier, who locks horns with RashadEvans within the co-essential event.
Davis, 29, was victorious in her first two Octagon appearances,outpointing Rosi Sextonat UFC 161 earlier than taking a unanimous determination over LizCarmouche at UFC Combat Evening 31. The CesarGracie Struggle Workforce consultant also owns notable triumphsover JulieKedzie, AmandaNunes, HitomiAkano and ShaynaBaszler, to name a number of.
Eye made her promotional debut in October, when she took asplit-determination over former Strikeforce champion SarahKaufman at UFC 166. Eye posted a 3-0 mark while competing forBellator as a flyweight earlier than receiving her release when theorganization dissolved its girls’s division in August. The27-yr-previous Strong Fashion Combat Staff product will carry aneight-combat winning streak into her bout with Davis.
will return to the Octagon briefly order for her nexttitle defense, as the UFC girls’s bantamweight queen is ready toheadline
opposite Olympic wrestling silver medalist
UFC President Dana White introduced the reserving Saturday nightfollowing Rousey’s UFC 168 victory over Miesha Tateat MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Prior to the announcement,injured No. 1 contender Cat Zinganowas expected to receive the subsequent shot at Rousey’s strap, but thatplan has now been modified given Rousey’s fast turnaround.
UFC a hundred and seventy takes place Feb. 22 at Mandalay Bay Occasions Heart in LasVegas and was initially topped by DanielCormier’s gentle heavyweight debut towards former championRashadEvans. That bout will now slide into the co-essential event slot tomake room for Rousey’s next title defense. Rousey was forced out ofthe first spherical for the first time in her profession on Saturday night,however the champion nonetheless walked away along with her eighthconsecutive submission win after catching Tate in a 3rd-roundarmbar. An Olympic bronze medalist in judo, Rousey has never tasteddefeat in MMA and kicked off 2013 by submitting LizCarmouche within the UFC 157 foremost occasion.
McMann, in the meantime, made her Octagon debut in April, pounding outGerman striker Sheila Gaffto choose up her seventh straight victory. The 33-12 months-old freestylewrestling ace began her career in 2011, preventing twice beneath theshort-lived ProElite banner before joining the Invicta FightingChampionships, the place she outpointed ShaynaBaszler in a unanimous verdict final year.
Each time a team even thinks about firing a coach, Jon Gruden's identify is talked about as a doable candidate for the job. He's been listed as a candidate for almost each opening over the past few years, however he would like all of us stop doing that.
Gruden informed Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press Monday when contacted concerning the Vikings opening that he thinks Leslie Frazier is a good dude and he does not "want to be considered for any of those jobs."
"I do not want to be considered for any of these jobs," Gruden mentioned. "I do not wish to be considered for anything. There are many good candidates out there. I am just sick for the blokes who can no longer coach their groups.
"I'm hoping to do the best I can to hang on to my job."
(Real rapidly: these jobs could be the Lions, Redskins, Vikings, Texans, Browns and Buccaneers.) Good for Gruden, although it most likely will not do him a lot good. The ESPN Monday Night time Football analyst is a hot commodity in the teaching world, if solely as a result of no one can seem to lure him out of the asserting booth.
There's been lots of hypothesis that Gruden would love the Raiders job, which isn't yet open. Raiders owner Mark Davis hasn't assured Dennis Allen's safety, however expects him again. What's attention-grabbing is Davis' feedback on having any discussions with Gruden, which did not involve the word "no."
"I will never speak about what I am doing in those respects," Davis instructed the Bay Space News Group on Monday. "It is such a competitive business, there isn't any reason anybody ought to know what I am thinking till I do it."
The Raiders job additionally wouldn't fall underneath "any of those jobs," the phrase Gruden used. Nevertheless it's worth noting the spirit of what Gruden's going for right here. Guys are losing their jobs and he doesn't like being related as the rationale someone would get the boot.
It's not exhausting responsible him, but that does not mean his name will stop being mentioned in coaching searches. Simply ask Bill Cowher.
Here is all the pieces it is advisable know from school basketball’s Monday..
Game of the night: Southern beats Champion Baptist 116-12. Yes, 116-12. And within the process, Southern set an NCAA file by scoring the primary forty four points against the Tigers, who’re are an independent member of the Association of Christian Faculties, situated in Hot Springs, Ark.
The Jaguars (4-9) broke the all-divisions record held by Seton Corridor, which scored the primary 34 factors against Kean (N.J.) Faculty on Nov. 19, 1998. Southern, however, did not set a report for margin of victory. Long Island University beat Medgar Evers 179-sixty two on Nov. 26, 1997.
Champion Baptist, which shot three of forty four (6.8 p.c), did not get rating until Kris Connor made two free throws with 5:10 left in the first half. The rating was 57-6 at halftime.
At any rate, that is a SWAC staff simply vaporizing a membership it really had no business scheduling. These are the types of unions that are scheduled by Grinnell Faculty. Anyway, it was a ridiculous recreation that got out of hand immediately (verify “Numbers to figure” under) and became a working joke on Twitter.
I am not going to get throughout a SWAC college that is a few video games below500 for attempting to fatten up on a patsy, but a sport like this isn’t good for anybody’s reputation. I am unable to deny it was mesmerizing to see how long it could take for Champion Baptist to attain its first points.
Southern begins conference play against Prairie View A&M on Jan. 4. This is this system that gave Gonzaga a scare in last year’s Round of 64, bear in mind.
What else we’ll be talking about tomorrow: Toledo’s undefeated streak ends.
Well, I do not know the way much we’ll be speaking about it, however a minimum of the Rockets stored it respectable at Allen Fieldhouse and helped put Toledo within the mouths of many. It will be a team to watch over the following few weeks, as stress from not shedding a sport is now gone.
Monday night was a 93-eighty three loss for the Rockets in a sport that noticed Kansas get 21 from Perry Ellis, 20 apiece from Andrew Wiggins and Naadir Tharpe, and Joel Embiid go for 14 and 10. KU wanted to throw all it had at the Rockets. Good sign for the MAC that it could have a group capable of stealing a game, should it make the NCAA event.
The Jayhawks are getting higher with every sport, and that is the kind of residence win that you really want. A troublesome opponent giving you a go and permitting you to be taught some lessons with out ever truly threatening or scaring you.
Toledo losing means there’s seven unbeatens remaining, all of them ranked in the latest polls.
That is an excellent win: Louisiana Tech, in extra time, at Oklahoma.
Cam Clark hit a bonkers 3-pointer to send this into additional time and briefly spare the Sooners of the second loss of the season, but credit to Michael White’s 11-three crew for nabbing a scalp here.
La. Tech was that team final year that received to 26-three.. then lost three straight to finish its common season/convention tournament. Massive-time disappointment. Now the group is 11-three, in a new league (C-USA) and led by Raheem Appleby, will contend for a league title.
Oklahoma was very sneaky, having solely misplaced to Michigan State coming into Monday. Sooners have a troublesome league surrounding them, however they will get some wins. I believe they find yourself on this 12 months’s massive bracket.
But that’s a foul loss: Virginia gets romped at Tennessee.
The Cavaliers have set themselves up for a very robust ACC campaign. Tony Bennett’s workforce ought to be above losing 87-fifty two on the road to a mean energy convention crew. The Cavs are in trouble. Sure, it was Tennessee’s night, but there’s nothing about UVa right now that signals this group is NCAA match-caliber. This 35-point loss was the biggest for this system since a 43-point determination in 2010.
Joe Harris solely had seven points for the Cavs, and he is now greater than 5 points below his season common from a 12 months in the past. What is going on?
Almost as bad: BYU is now 8-7.
The Cougars are even more disappointing than Virginia to me. With all that talent, they don’t seem to be even near being an NIT team right now. An eighty-seventy four loss to Pepperdine puts the Cougs at 0-2 within the WCC and on the point of full irrelevance this season. They’re going to at all times be a danger, however hard to see them being a contender now.
Gamers with impact
Marshall Henderson began, nailed seven three-pointers, and gave Ole Miss a 79-74 highway win over 8-5 Western Kentucky. Henderson completed with 23. He’s living outside the arc much more this yr than he did a season ago. Test beneath.
Your high scorer for Monday? Western Carolina’s Trey Sumler, the newest man to go for forty this year, although he did it against one thing known as “Milligan.” (For more on forty-level scorers in faculty hoops..)
Naofall Folahan. That’s a tongue-twisting name and shot-blocking beast. Dude had 10 for Wagner tonight in the group’s 59-fifty two highway W over Monmouth.
The very best player in the CAA is Jerrelle Benimon at Towson, who had 24 factors and 14 rebounds in the Tigers’ 72-64 win over New Hampshire.
Numbers to figure
44-0: The run Southern received out to on Champion Baptist, setting an NCAA report to start a game. (Previous: 34-0.) Type of a fraudy mark, though, since Champion Baptist would in all probability lose to an average staff at your local gym.
15: The number of video games on Monday night – about 25 % of the full slate – the featured a team not in Division I. The dregs of Christmas break scheduling for smaller colleges.
seventy eight.3: The share of pictures from Marshall Henderson that have been 3-pointers. This is quite an attack tactic from Andy Kennedy.
Different outcomes of be aware:
And not using a starter scoring double figures, Florida State gained 67-fifty nine over Charleston Southern. FSU enters ACC play, arguably, as one of the four finest teams in the conference.
Saint Louis squeezed the life out of Vanderbilt within the last four minutes, and after trailing most of the sport completed with a 57-49 win. I assumed SLU would take a dip this yr, and I still consider that, however this team will again be in the thick of it within the A-10.
Close to FSU? How about North Carolina State. The Wolfpack had a highway sport at UNC Greensboro and bought out with a sixty eight-sixty four win. Mark Gottfried’s team is now 10-three. T.J. Warren, darkish horse for ACC Player of the Year, had a sport-excessive 24.
With no Sam Dower and no Gary Bell, Jr. because of harm, Gonzaga wasn’t slowed at all, profitable 69-41 over San Francisco to begin league play.
Texas is now eleven-2 after holding Rice to 44 points on Monday evening. Longhorns a quiet foe to worry in the Big one-two.
Oklahoma State received ninety two-sixty six over Robert Morris. And Phil Forte – a really viable third/fourth possibility for the Pokes – went for 20. The sixth-ranked Cowboys can be ranked at their highest point in conference play in nine years. It wasn’t all pleased for OSU, although. See under.
Give it up to Clemson, top-of-the-line defensive teams in the nation. VMI has scored eighty or extra factors in all however two of its video games this season. Tonight? An 80-50 loss at the hands of the Tigers. Clemson is a sleeper decide to sneak into this yr’s NCAA match.
- Tilman Dunbar, leading scorer for Navy, “has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of academy rules.” By way of.
- Michael Cobbins went down for Oklahoma State Monday. He was noticed on crutches afterward. It is unknown how severe his injury is.
Thank you for the entire prayers, love, and assist! I’ve an incredible cowboy household behind me! Actually means lots! #JustATest
— Mike Cobbins (@YoungCobbo20) December 31, 2013
- We had two Convention Resets go up at the moment. You will need to give them a look to see what’s occurring within the greatest leagues as they all start conference player. Here’s the Atlantic Coast and West Coast.
- The most important transfer news of the day. Generally the holiday break is when a variety of players decide to rethink and act on their futures. No shock once we’ll have one other dozen or so added to the switch list by this time next week.
- Think New Year’s Eve is slow in school hoops? Nah, we have got a number of nice video games on the docket. There are 31 video games on Tuesday, the perfect of the bunch tipping at 1 p.m. (Ohio State-Purdue), 3 p.m. (Indiana-Illinois), 7:30 (Villanova-Butler) and 10 p.m. (Marquette-Creighton).
There are at present six NFL head coach openings. The Texans fired Gary Kubiak weeks in the past, the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday and the Lions, Redskins, Vikings and Buccaneers cleared out their respective teaching staffs on Monday morning.
So which job is finest? Nicely, similar to any job, NFL coaches choose a better boss, higher workers, good job safety and the potential to succeed rapidly. In contrast to actual work, having a franchise quarterback is paramount to success in the NFL.
1. Detroit Lions The Good: Stars galore here. Matthew Stafford is a verifiable franchise quarterback, however he wants some mentoring, some tutoring, some fixin’-uppin’ or.. one thing. He might not care about perfecting his footwork and mechanics but putting him with a quarterback guru who might get the most effective out of him would do wonders. Calvin Johnson might want offseason surgical procedure but he is the perfect vast receiver in the sport. Reggie Bush is a dynamic, versatile again. Larry Warford’s a steal of a draft pick and the road has young talent like Riley Reiff. Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ziggy Ansah are a bananas defensive line trio to work with.. The Lions have proven plenty of persistence before (helloooooo, Matt Millen) and weren’t exactly knee-jerking with Jim Schwartz, contemplating how quickly things fell apart for a staff that was nicely positioned to win the NFC North.. Detroit’s sitting on a prime-10 pick regardless of finishing just off500.
The Bad: Powerful division to win in, contemplating Aaron Rodgers and the Packers reside there. To not be a jerk, however Detroit isn’t the No. 1 option to reside in in America.. The Lions have a little bit of a stars and scrubs roster, thanks to many of their high gamers being high draft picks from the outdated CBA, when excessive draft picks had been all paid like star quarterbacks. There’s really not much to hate about this job.
2. Houston Texans The Good: Once more, a number of talent. J.J. Watt is the most effective defensive player within the league. Arian Foster’s a feature back when wholesome. Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are a sick one-two punch at receiver. Duane Brown’s an All-Professional at left deal with.. Houston holds the No. 1 total pick due to their nightmare 2013 season.. There’s nowhere to go but up expectations clever.. Bob McNair’s clearly a affected person owner as exhibited by how lengthy he gave Gary Kubiak and regardless of selling Case Keenum to the beginning quarterback role after firing Kubiak, he seems to stay out football enterprise.. Rick Smith’s a motivated GM, surviving the cutdown after a brutal season.. The AFC South is a division the place you may win straight away.
The Dangerous: Rapid success is predicted from the brand new coach and McNair’s made that abundantly clear.. No franchise quarterback, although it’s presumed Teddy Bridgewater shall be available at No. 1 overall. What happens if he’s not? Or what occurs if he’s not the answer or just not prepared to carry this crew to a good document from day one? There is not any guarantee the quarterback situation will probably be solved instantly.. Smith may have a hand in hiring the new coach and it might imply less say on personnel.
3. Buccaneers The Good: The talent on this roster is pretty robust. Doug Martin’s a younger, stud of a working again. Darrelle Revis is a prime-flight cornerback. Lavonte David is likely one of the greatest three middle linebackers within the recreation. Mike Glennon may be the answer at quarterback. Vincent Jackson’s a unbelievable No. 1 deep threat.. The seventh total pick in the draft should provide another influx of talent.. The new coach shall be hired by a new GM, which suggests getting ample time to grow with the new entrance workplace regime in addition to the chance of with the ability to have robust input into personnel selections.
The Bad: The Glazer Household would not fiddle in terms of axing individuals that do not carry out (though they don’t seem to be necessarily bad owners in any respect).. Is Mike Glennon the reply? He definitely flashed at occasions however transitioning quarterbacks could possibly be powerful with a brand new regime.. The NFC South is a brutal division to win in – if the Falcons are good once more in 2014 it’s going to be an insanely aggressive race for the highest.
four. Redskins The Good: A franchise quarterback is in place. Say whatever you want about Robert Griffin III however he is a possible stud and the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Yr. Time to get proper mechanically and an offensive guru might flip him back around rapidly.. Alfred Morris and Trent Williams are nice building blocks on offense and Pierre Garcon is a catch machine. Jordan Reed’s one other emerging weapon. This offense may go proper again to being a juggernaut fairly quickly.. Kirk Cousins could doubtlessly net one thing first rate in a trade.. The Redskins qualified for the No. 2 total decide this year.
The Dangerous: The Redskins are giving that No. 2 choose to the Rams immediately. It’s one of many greatest nightmares of your entire season in a nightmarish season. Simply brutal to give that high a choose away.. The defense is a disaster and might not get any better. Brian Orakpo may very well be gone and the secondary is filled with younger, unproven guys like David Amerson.. Daniel Snyder is without doubt one of the most risky owners within the league and a nightmare for a coach.. Bruce Allen’s taking on the personnel decisions now, which means there won’t be much power accessible for the new coach.
5. Vikings The Good: Adrian Peterson is likely one of the few “franchise running backs” within the NFL. Cordarrelle Patterson emerged as an upside-riddled playmaker in the second half of 2013. The defense has younger abilities like Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith. Matt Kalil is a franchise left tackle.
The Dangerous: The quarterback state of affairs is abysmal. Christian Ponder was a first-spherical bust, they basically set $3 million on fireplace with Josh Freeman, and Matt Cassel’s clearly not the answer. This franchise has to make use of a fairly excessive choose on a signal caller but additionally cannot panic like they did in 2011.. Rick Spielman is secure as a result of he was only elevated to GM lately, but he is been with the Vikings for a while. They’ve shoved their chips in on him as GM.. Robust division to play in due to the Packers and also the Bears. And the Lions.. The stadium situation is a nightmare, with the Metrodome now shut down and the Vikings taking part in in an out of doors school stadium for the next two years whereas they wait for his or her new stadium to be built.
6. Browns The Good: Expertise on either side of the ball, including breakout extensive receiver Josh Gordon and shutdown nook Joe Haden. The protection has draft investments (Phil Taylor, Barkevious Mingo) and free agent investments (Paul Kruger, Desmond Bryant). Joe Thomas and Alex Mack are a superb begin on the offensive line.. Cleveland’s sitting on a pair of first-spherical picks after buying and selling Trent Richardson for the Colts first-rounder this yr.. Jimmy Haslam says it is a “essential” offseason for the Browns, which implies they need to be keen to get aggressive with personnel.
The Unhealthy: Oh the quarterbacking. Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer, oh my. No less than the next coach will get a shot at playing with a quarterback that they had some half in selecting.. Rob Chudzinski acquired fired after one yr. How do you presumably sell that to a candidate who’s excited by coming in?.. Cleveland has fired the final four AFC North head coaches.. Did I mention instability as a problem?
There are only 32 NFL jobs. They’re extremely exhausting to return by and even harder to move up. But that doesn’t imply they’re all created equal.
Identical to everyone else, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was hanging out in his basement along with his kids on Sunday afternoon, watching some football. In contrast to everyone else, had a playoff spot at stake, rooting for the Chiefs to beat the Chargers so Pittsburgh could sneak in.
So he wasn't real blissful when Ryan Succop pushed a forty one-yard kick wide right. But he isn't speaking about what he said, probably as a result of it is unspeakable.
"I'll go away that between myself, my sons and my basement," Tomlin said.
No idea how previous Tomlin's kids are, however given the stakes concerned with Succop's miss, I am totally advantageous with no matter he wanted to say in front of them.
Making matters worse is Tomlin said he noticed the infraction on the Chargers – they had seven men on the line of scrimmage but weren't flagged for it – during the attempted kick (see: above) and believes there's "plenty of work" to do for refs sooner or later.
"Clearly, there's plenty of work that needs to be achieved from an officiating standpoint," Tomlin stated. "I think it has been properly-documented in the final several weeks, not solely in stadiums we have played in, however others [too].
"I all the time want to be somebody that's part of the solution as opposed to somebody that's complaining and moaning about the problem. I intend to roll my sleeves up and supply any perception I can in making [the league] the very best it may be moving ahead."
The NFL admitted on Monday that the officials made a mistake in not throwing a flag on the Chargers throughout the play and Tomlin stated Monday that the league contacted him as well, although it does not provide him a lot comfort.
"Those guys do an amazing job of communicating throughout difficult occasions, and I appreciate that," Tomlin mentioned. "But it does not change what transpired."
Tomlin's on the NFL Competition Committee, so he'll be very much concerned in the process to change officiating practices. Not that getting the prospect to take action will put the Steelers within the playoffs both.
On Sunday, whereas the Seahawks have been busy securing a bye and homefield benefit all through the playoffs, it looked like Percy Harvin may be dominated out in the course of the season. That took a fast activate Monday, with signs pointing to a Harvin return in the postseason.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll mentioned on Monday that Harvin will follow this week and "has a chance" to play for Seattle going ahead.
"He would do anything to play," Carroll stated. "He's at a place the place he has an opportunity."
Harvin had a bit of message himself, tweeting that it is "go time" and he'll see everybody "in 2 weeks."
He additionally added a bit motivational message to all of the "haters" out there who questioned Harvin's means to get again on the field.
Harvin's absence hasn't hurt the Seahawks, per se, and it's potential – and perhaps even probably – that he will not get back on the field for Seattle throughout the postseason. He is recorded just one reception, for 17 yards, and a single return, for fifty eight yards, during Week 11's matchup against the Vikings.
Seattle will host the lowest-seeded group that advances in the playoffs, so that they'll either get the Saints (if they upset the Eagles) or the winner of the Packers-49ers sport if Philly wins.
It seems like Bishop Sankey has performed his final recreation at Washington, as ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that Sankey will forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, and it's laborious accountable him for the choice.
"The time is true," Sankey stated. "I've proven what I wanted to show. I've to take a look at the position I play and the variety of carries."
Sankey, who rushed for ninety five yards and two touchdowns in Washington's Combat Starvation Bowl victory over Brigham Younger, completed the 2013 season with 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for another 304 yards and a touchdown.
In his three yr career at Washington Sankey rushed for three,496 yards, had 567 receiving yards and scored 38 touchdowns.
As Sankey alluded to, as a running back it is usually higher to get to the NFL as shortly as attainable if you have a great chance of being drafted, and CBSSports.com has Sankey ranked because the third total running again on this draft class, and he's a projected second round choose.
So when you combine that with the very fact there can be an entire new coaching workers at Washington next season, it's totally onerous to disagree with Sankey's decision.
Tim Tebow will be part of ESPN as a college football analyst for the SEC Community, working primarily for SEC Nation, a touring pregame present starting Aug. 28, 2014.
Tebow will make his debut as an ESPN analyst throughout the coverage of the BCS Nationwide Championship between Florida State and Auburn next week. In accordance with a ESN release he will contribute to Sportscenter, School Football Live and the pregame protection from Pasadena.
Take a look at extra details beneath, through ESPN:
By a multi-year settlement, Tebow's main function shall be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the community's touring pregame show that will originate from a unique SEC campus every week starting August 28, 2014. Within the months leading as much as launch and after, he'll contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network's Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary Southeastern Convention player.
Tebow joins ESPN analyst Joe Tessitore as the first commentators hired for SEC Nation. The pregame present will debut Thursday, Aug. 28 on the SEC Community from Columbia, S.C. earlier than Texas A&M-South Carolina opens the 2014 regular season.
"I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible alternative," said Tebow. "Once I was six years previous I fell in love with the sport of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of enjoying quarterback within the NFL, this is a tremendous opportunity to be a part of the unparalleled passion of faculty football and the SEC."
In keeping with ESPN, Tebow's position with ESPN "will not preclude him from continuing to pursue taking part in opportunities within the NFL." Darren Rovell reported that Tebow has a three-year contract with the company.
In order that door has not been shut quite yet. No less than not officially.
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For the third time this season, a member of the Washington Capitals (or stated player’s agent) has asked to move on from the franchise. This time it is goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
Earlier this month the Capitals recalled younger netminder Philipp Grubauer from the AHL when Neuvirth was a little bit dinged up and since then Grubauer has had the lion’s share of the work, supplanting Braden Holtby previously few weeks as the go-to goalie for the Caps. That has left Neuvirth as the third man out, and watching numerous video games from the press box.
Neuvirth, who has been with the Capitals for every of his six NHL seasons, isn’t happy with that place. He desires to be a starter within the NHL and the writing is on the wall that he won’t really get that chance with the Caps, something that seemed certain to occur just a few years back when the Caps traded Semyon Varlamov to Colorado.
Neuvirth’s agent Patrik Stefan spoke with Adam Vingan of NBC Washington and he made it pretty clear he desires Neuvirth out of DC.
“Let me simply put it this way,” Stefan said in a cellphone interview on Monday morning when asked if Neuvirth has formally requested a trade. “I want Michal out of Washington.”
Neuvirth final dressed for an NHL recreation on Nov. 29, when he was scheduled to start in opposition to the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Middle. But as he took the ice for pregame warmups, he stepped on a puck and injured his Achilles, forcing him out of the game before it even began. The next day, the Capitals recalled Philipp Grubauer, who has since started seven of their past 10 video games and forced Neuvirth out of the crew’s goaltending rotation.
“Properly clearly right now, they have three goalies up with the big membership,” Stefan stated. “He is been sitting in the stands for the past week or so… I’m hoping and I would like and want Michal out of there. It clearly does not seem like he is getting an opportunity to play and sitting within the stands would not do anything good for the membership and clearly Michal. He nonetheless has the potential to be a No. 1 guy in the NHL.”
With Neuvirth making it clear he want to discover a new staff, he joins Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov as players who already this season asked for a trade. Orlov’s opinion may need modified as he has lastly began to receive playing time but it nonetheless implies that GM George McPhee is likely to stay busy on the phones.
This season Neuvirth has performed in simply seven video games, posting a912 save share and a pair of.83 targets in opposition to average. But back in 2010-11 he was the No. 1 man and played in forty eight video games with a914 save proportion, 2.45 GAA. He then performed nine playoff games with related numbers. He is nonetheless just 25 years outdated and a few years in the past it appeared like he was going to be the Caps’ goalie for the longer term. Question is if any workforce thinks he can be their top goalie down the line.
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For the second time in as many days, Nazem Kadri's name has popped up in a surprising edition of trade hypothesis. Now it begins to get just a little more critical.
On Sunday, Larry Brooks of the New York Put up added a bit of gem in his weekly column that often contains scuttlebutt from around the league. All Brooks mentioned: "Boy oh boy, would the Maple Leafs love to discover a taker for Nazem Kadri."
It gave the impression to be out of left field and did not include anything else so you couldn't be faulted for placing a lot stock into it. However on Monday the sentiment was principally echoed by Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet. The Leafsmight certainly be looking to move Kadri along.
In wake of Carlyle rant this morning 2 #NHL clubs have confirmed for me #Leafs have made Kadri available in any commerce discussion.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) December 30, 2013
Nicely that's fascinating and by fascinating we mean barely miffing. Kadri is barely 23 years old and has already proven he has the potential to be a productive scorer at the NHL stage (he has 23 factors in 37 video games this season, barely down from last season's pace).
Moreover, Kadri is signed for comparatively low-cost with a $2.9 million cap hit by way of next season and plays middle, a position that the Leafs have been thin at this season with injuries and such. They should be wanting to add young centermen, not buying and selling them away.
But Kadri's relationship with the crew that drafted him has never gave the impression to be precisely simple. Some felt he was held down within the AHL for too long and Carlyle has been tough on him at instances. Plus, he'll be due an enormous raise that he was denied in the drawn-out contract negotiations this past summer season. That said, it is tough to deny his offensive capabilities and it makes you wonder what may very well be so unhealthy that the Leafs could be procuring Kadri at this point. It's just powerful to believe the Leafs would actually pull the set off on a deal that despatched Kadri out of city.
The timing could probably be somewhat for Kadri, who is bound to face some questions from the throng of media available for the Leafs' subsequent game on Wednesday: the Winter Classic.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos may have their full allotment of large receivers when they open their postseason Jan. 12 in the AFC divisional spherical.
Broncos coach John Fox stated Monday that Wes Welker, who has been recovering from a concussion, will play the following time Denver takes the sphere.
The Broncos' Wes Welker suffered two concussions over a 4-week stretch beginning in mid-November.
"He is been cleared to play," Fox stated.
Welker, who suffered a concussion within the Broncos' win over the Tennessee Titans earlier this month, practiced on a limited basis last week but is predicted to be a full participant when Denver returns to the practice subject Thursday.
The veteran receiver did not play in Sunday's common-season finale towards the Oakland Raiders however made the trip with the group.
Welker, who completed with seventy three catches for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns, missed the final three games of the regular season. He suffered a concussion just before halftime of the Broncos' Dec. eight victory over the Titans. He also suffered a concussion Nov. 17 in a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
By clearing the league's concussion protocol, Welker has been declared symptom-free by the Broncos' medical employees in addition to by an independent doctor approved by both the NFL and the gamers' affiliation.
Houston Texans working again Ben Tate, who is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, indicated in a series of tweets that he won't return to the team.
Tate, 25, missed the last two games of the season due to a rib harm. The fourth-year operating again took to Twitter on Monday, sooner or later after the Texans completed a 2-14 season with their 14th consecutive loss.
Tate rushed for 771 yards and four touchdowns this season, serving primarily as a backup to Arian Foster before assuming a lead role when the three-time Professional Bowler suffered an harm in Week 7.
Tate instructed ESPN.com last week that he "in all probability" wouldn't return to the Texans, though he also acknowledged that "you never know what will occur."
A second-spherical draft choice in 2010, Tate figures to garner severe interest as a free agent. He has rushed for 1,992 yards and 10 touchdowns in forty profession games.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – History is getting a re-evaluation.
Peyton Manning's stat line from the Denver Broncos' 34-14 win Sunday over the Oakland Raiders was 25-of-28 passing for 266 yards and four touchdowns. The 4 TD passes gave him fifty five for the season, extending his record whole to 5 greater than Tom Brady's former mark. The yardage whole gave Manning 5,477 – yet one more than Drew Brees' 2011 file.
The league's document-keepers were taking one other have a look at issues Monday, as is customary each week within the season. At issue, in response to sources, is a 7-yard completion from Manning to Eric Decker with just over a minute remaining within the first quarter.
Manning set the mark on the final play from scrimmage for the Broncos before halftime, a 5-yard touchdown go to Demaryius Thomas. He did not play within the second half.
In a single camera angle, the go to Decker looks like a lateral, which might make it a operating play. One other angle, from above, shows Decker receiving the ball at the Broncos' 48-yard line, with Manning slightly deeper than that.
If the play stands, Manning would hold the report. Whether it is eventually ruled a run, he would be credited with 259 yards Sunday and 5,470 this season. The 5,470 would be the second-highest season total in league historical past and nonetheless easily be Manning's profession best.
In current weeks, Manning has said the touchdown record was extra vital as a result of it represented the results of an offense scoring factors as it tried to win games. Even Sunday, after he'd set the yardage report, he replied to a question about that mark with: "I don't really have much to say about it, to let you know the reality."
Performs are routinely reviewed throughout the season by Elias Sports activities Bureau, which retains the league's statistical information, and groups are often notified in the days following games of corrections in items akin to sacks or dashing and passing yardage.
Prior to present process surgery on his broken left leg early Sunday morning, UFC middleweight Anderson Silva requested medical doctors, "When can I prepare?"
Silva, widely regarded as one of the biggest fighters of all time, suffered a severe leg injury throughout a failed bid to recapture the UFC middleweight title in opposition to Chris Weidman on Dec. 28 in Las Vegas.
The Brazilian was rushed to an area hospital with a fractured tibia and fibula in his left leg. Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC's orthopedic surgeon, operated on Silva for "about an hour," inserting a titanium rod into his damaged tibia bone.
Sanders, who spoke to media members through convention name on Monday, gave Silva a recovery timetable of three to six months and mentioned he may resume coaching as early as 6 to 9 months. He added that Silva's age, 38, should have zero effect on his recovery.
"In the pre-op area, his questions had been, 'When can I prepare?'" Sanders informed ESPN.com.
"When the fracture heals, the bone will achieve its authentic strength. As well as, it should even have a titanium rod that is eleven.5 millimeters in diameter shoring up that area. Whether or not a fighter returns after harm might be multifactorial, however from a bone perspective, when the fracture heals you can begin to test the delicate tissue."
Silva remains hospitalized in Las Vegas as of Monday afternoon. Sanders did not have an estimated time for his launch.
The titanium rod will doubtless remain in Silva's leg the remainder of his life, although it may be eliminated. In accordance with Sanders, Silva could start weight-bearing rehabilitation virtually instantly, as soon as ache subsides.
"You do not rehabilitate a broken bone," Sanders stated. "It heals by itself and when it heals, it is ready to go. The rehab is in relationship to the soft tissues.
"The ankle joint can get stiff because of the delicate tissue above the joint. His rehabilitation will involve vary of motion on his knee and ankle, and based mostly on the sample of the fracture, he'll be allowed to do partial weight bearing within the near future, as we get via the acute ache phase."
The harm occurred one minute into the second spherical of the five-spherical title fight, when Weidman (11-0) checked Silva's kick with the realm close to his left knee. Silva immediately fell down in ache and finally left the cage in a stretcher.
Sanders, who has practiced in Las Vegas since 1991 and been with the UFC since 2001, mentioned the harm may have been much worse.
"As many people have seen, you'll be able to see the dramatic way during which there was an irregular bend in the leg where it's not alleged to bend," Sanders said.
"An injury like that can go to the place the pores and skin breaks after which you may have this uncovered bone in the atmosphere of the Octagon. His danger for an infection goes up meteoric. It may have twisted in such a course that lacerated an artery to the foot and he could have needed a vascular reconstruction process.
"Injuries like this may, at instances, even be limb threatening."
Silva (33-6) holds the UFC all-time report for consecutive wins with sixteen. He received the UFC middleweight championship in October 2006 and went on to defend it a report 10 consecutive instances.
He suffered his first UFC loss to Weidman on July 6 in Las Vegas, by way of knockout in the second round.
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stated Monday afternoon that receiver Percy Harvin will observe this week, a shock announcement after Carroll's comments earlier within the day.
In the six hours between Carroll's radio show Monday morning and his afternoon news conference, one thing changed with Harvin's standing.
Otto Greule Jr/Getty PhotosPercy Harvin has played in only one game this season resulting from injury however is anticipated to apply this week for the Seahawks.
On his 710 ESPN Seattle radio present, Carroll gave each indication that Harvin would not return for the playoffs. But he had a very different message later in the day.
"Percy will apply with the intention of playing next game," Carroll mentioned. "It has come to that time. He needs to contribute on this staff."
On Monday morning, Carroll sounded discouraged about Harvin.
"It has been a very difficult struggle for Percy," Carroll mentioned on his radio present. "It's a personal thing proper now.
"He has worked actually arduous to get again however has not been able to make it over the hump. He'll want the offseason to essentially get back to full power. We may have a rare football player able to go next yr. We'll take a look this week and see the place we are and then know more."
By Monday afternoon, Carroll was far more optimistic.
"It is going to be a great thing for him [if he plays]," Carroll mentioned. "This man is a true competitor. To his credit, he has not given up on it. He's at a spot the place he has a chance. We'll see what happens."
Harvin took to Twitter to say he plans to be back for the Seahawks' divisional-spherical playoff sport.
In what has been one of the most successful seasons in Seahawks history, Harvin clearly has been the largest disappointment with a hip injury that restricted him to a couple plays in one game towards his former Minnesota teammates Nov. 17.
Harvin, who signed a $sixty seven million, six-year cope with Seattle in March, had main hip surgical procedure Aug. 1 to restore a torn labrum. He has not played again since returning six weeks ago because of soreness and irritation in his hip.
"It's way more complicated than simply that," Carroll said. "It was main surgery, and people typically take years to get over it. He's trying to do it in months. And not simply to be a normal particular person strolling down the road. It is a very delicate state of affairs. There is no recreation plan here and no strategy. We're simply pulling for him."
SAN ANTONIO – No. 10 Oregon first felt ignored by the BCS, after which got here to the Alamo Bowl overshadowed by Mack Brown's remaining game at Texas.
However the Ducks are flying residence with an attention-getting blowout.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota had 386 total yards and Oregon returned two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling Brown's emotional farewell after 16 seasons at Texas with a runaway 30-7 victory Monday night.
The BCS-snubbed Ducks (eleven-2) dominated all through – despite the fact that their famously high-powered offense scored just one landing and repeatedly settled for subject targets. But the rout didn't seem to utterly balm the sting of not enjoying in a BCS bowl for the primary time in five years, with Oregon gamers after the sport still reflecting on their championship hopes derailed by November losses.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich declined to reply whether this season was a success.
"That's so that you can resolve," Helfrich stated. "I don't think in these terms. I think of how nicely we can prepare and what's next."
Brown obtained heat goodbyes from a sellout crowd in what was practically a house sport for Texas (8-5). Even the college marching band spelled his title at halftime.
But the blowout was a ultimate reminder of why Brown is resigning after a rocky and tense season at Texas, which he led to a nationwide championship in 2005 but could not reverse a sharp decline lately.
Leaving the sector for the last time with Texas, Brown flashed the "Hook 'em Horns" hand signal to the scattered remaining Longhorns fans who caught around to the tip of one other humbling loss this season. His gamers didn't say a word whereas surrounding Brown and his spouse, who walked side by side into the tunnel and toward the locker room.
Brown stated he had no regrets about making this his exit.
"I feel it is best for Texas. It's best for me, it is best for the players," he stated. "We need to win more than eight games. Last yr was nine. I really thought we had a chance to win all the video games this year. It didn't work. It is my job to make that work. I informed them tonight, the only remorse I had is we didn't win enough video games this yr."
Mariota led all rushers with 133 yards on 15 carries. He was 18 of 26 for 253 yards passing in his Heisman Trophy campaign tuneup for 2014, having announced earlier this month that he was coming back for his junior season.
His one landing cross was to Josh Huff, who turned a short go right into a spectacular sixteen-yard dash to the end zone.
But even Mariota was outscored by Oregon's protection – and so was Texas, for that matter.
Oregon's first touchdown got here on the third play of the game when safety Avery Patterson intercepted an overthrown go by Texas quarterback Case McCoy and returned it 37 yards to the tip zone. McCoy later bookended a dismal efficiency in his final recreation with another decide-six, this one returned 38 yards by linebacker Derrick Malone that despatched waves of burnt orange-clad followers streaming for the exits.
McCoy scored on a 1-yard rush within the first quarter for Texas' only landing. He finished 8 of 17 for forty eight yards and was pulled at instances within the second half for freshman Tyrone Swoopes.
Working again Malcolm Brown was the lone offensive constant for Texas, finishing with a hundred thirty yards on 26 carries.
"It's tough not to get a win for him," defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. "Miss Sally, she's like a second mother to us. She takes care of us. Coach Brown loves us "
Removed from the uplifting send-off Texas wanted for Brown, the college now shifts its focus to finding a substitute. New Texas athletic director Steve Patterson mentioned before kickoff that he wants a successor by Jan. 15.
Patterson stated coaches fascinated within the job have come ahead however would not discuss potential candidates.
"There's curiosity that is honest, and there's curiosity that's 'Assist me find a higher contract,'" Patterson stated.
Whoever Texas hires should not expect endurance from a fanbase that grew accustomed to successful underneath Brown, and then grew to become restless as the Longhorns slid from perennial BCS competition. Brown arrived in 1998 and went 128-27 by the end of 2009, when the Longhorns lost to Alabama in its second BCS title sport in five years.
He went out, nonetheless, 30-21 in his last four seasons.
Texas may do rather a lot worse than look to Oregon for learn how to pull off a training transition.
Although first-yr coach Helfrich could not get the Ducks to a BCS bowl as Chip Kelly did in every of his four seasons, Oregon still finished with a fourth consecutive yr of 11 or extra victories. This was the Ducks' third consecutive bowl win.
Enjoying before New Yr's Day was a disappointing comfort for the Geese after entering November unbeaten and ranked No. 2. Dropping to Stanford dashed their national title hopes, however they will be favorites to contend once more in 2014 with Mariota again.
"Yeah, it wasn't the season we hoped for," Huff mentioned. "That month of November was a tricky stretch for us however we had been capable of come collectively as a workforce and proceed to struggle for one another."
Seldom has the Alamo Bowl hosted blowouts like this lately. Seven of the earlier eight video games had been determined by a landing or less earlier than closely favored Oregon ended that run of drama, in front of what was the second-largest crowd in the bowl's 20-yr historical past.
DENVER – LeBron James returned from a groin harm on his birthday and wasted no time finding his capturing contact.
James scored 26 points and the Miami Warmth beat the skidding Denver Nuggets 97-ninety four Monday night time regardless of losing Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole throughout the game.
"They left me open on the 3-level line. I took 9 3s and all of them felt good," said James, who transformed five. "The groin wasn't an issue at all."
James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday throughout the Warmth's extra time loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming again to help ship the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss.
He actually did not thoughts going back to work on his birthday.
"No, it isn't special," he stated. "It's particular to go out there with my teammates, to be again in good type and be out there and help them win a ballgame on the highway."
Chris Bosh had 17 factors and Ray Allen thirteen, together with six in the remaining 5:08, as Miami received for the ninth time in 11 video games.
Ty Lawson scored 26 points to guide the Nuggets, who dropped their second straight to Miami on the Pepsi Middle after winning the previous 10. The dropping streak is their longest since dropping the final eight video games of the 2002-03 season.
"These guys just made performs at the end and we missed a couple of photographs, and that was all she wrote," Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur mentioned. "But I feel we're starting to get it. We're making an attempt to turn this thing round. Obviously, we're on a seven-sport dropping streak but hopefully we will turn this thing round and get back over500."
While the Heat acquired James again, they have been with out Wade and Cole for much of the game.
Cole left midway via the third quarter after taking a fall at the end of a driving layup try and hitting his face on the floor.
He had come into the game in place of Wade, who did not return after halftime because of again spasms.
Cole went up for a shot against Lawson, who was called for a foul, and fell awkwardly face first to the floor. Cole remained down for a number of minutes whereas being tended to by trainers before being helped to his toes and assisted off the ground to the locker room for remedy.
"He went back and after a few minutes he was positive," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's just going to have a fat lip tomorrow."
Joel Anthony came in for Cole and made both free throws.
Trailing by 9 on the break, the Warmth opened the third quarter with a 13-zero run, regaining the lead on a 3-pointer by James. Denver fought again to take a seventy seven-72 lead into the fourth quarter, getting successive baskets from Randy Foye and a dunk from Timofey Mozgov to assist offset one other 3 by James.
The groups alternated scores for a lot of the fourth quarter, with neither letting the opposite pull away. After Lawson hit a 3 to place Denver up ninety-89, James and Allen converted jumpers on consecutive possessions for a 93-ninety Miami lead with 1:36 remaining.
Wilson Chandler's two-handed dunk acquired Denver within some extent with 50.7 seconds left however Miami answered with a 3-pointer by Michael Beasley off a feed from James, who completed with 10 assists.
"That was a huge shot," James mentioned. "It was nice for his confidence. For me, I did not even second-guess it. I trust my teammates."
Foye's layup with 25.1 seconds remaining pulled the Nuggets to ninety six-ninety four. Allen was fouled with 15.four seconds left and made one in every of two free throws. Lawson's off-balance three-point strive hit off the rim and the rebound went out of bounds off Miami, giving Denver one final likelihood with 1.8 seconds left. With Udonis Haslem in his face, though, J.J. Hickson didn't get the inbounds pass off within 5 seconds, turning the ball back over to Miami, which ran out the final moments.
Arthur hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left within the second quarter, giving the Nuggets a fifty five-46 lead at halftime.
Miami, which led by as many as eight factors early, had a 6-zero burst capped by Beasley's operating bank shot to get to 46-43 with 2:19 left in the second. The Nuggets closed out the period by scoring nine of the following 12 points, starting with successive dunks from Kenneth Faried and Chandler.
, a former Nugget, missed his third consecutive sport because of a sore back… James has scored in double figures in 525 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in NBA historical past… Chandler has scored 10 or extra factors in eleven straight video games and 19 of his last 21… The Heat improved to 9-1 against Western Conference opponents.