Union beats Minnesota for first hockey title

PHILADELPHIA – Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.

Mike Vecchione tied it at 2 with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave the Dutchmen the lead 57 seconds later, and Daniel Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.

"I don't think anyone will call us Cinderella anymore," said Shayne Gostisbehere, who had a goal and two assists. "These guys, my brothers, they do everything for me. I don't care about anything else, we're national champions."

Max Novak, Kevin Sullivan and Mat Bodie also scored and Colin Stevens made 36 saves for Union (32-6-4), the 2,200-student liberal arts college in Schenectady, N.Y., that competes in Division III in all other sports.

"A little bit speechless right now," third-year coach Rick Bennett said. "Just happy for our school, for this program and the past players. It's an unbelievable experience."

Justin Kloos, Sam Warning, Taylor Cammarata and Hudson Fasching scored for Minnesota (28-7-6). Adam Wilcox stopped 41 shots for the five-time champion Gophers.

"Both teams are better defensively than a 7-4 score shows," said Bodie, the Union captain. "It's just one of those games where crazy bounces happen. We just wanted to stick with our process. We thought we were playing pretty well and great things happened."

Cammarata pulled Minnesota within one with the lone goal in the second period, but Novak restored the two-goal cushion on a deflection at 5:31 of the third.

Fasching cut it to 5-4 with a power-play goal with 3:40 left. Sullivan put it away with 1:22 to go, and Bodie scored into an empty net with 44.2 seconds remaining.

Union College Dutchmen

The Union College Dutchmen went 16-0-1 in their last 17 games en route to their first-ever NCAA hockey title.

"Just one shift at a time," Bodie said. "This is the biggest game of our lives, hands down, but you've got to treat it like any other game. It was tough, I had people texting me, people calling me and stuff, and, you know, it was real tough to keep that mindset, but with our sport psychologist we were able to get that done."

Kloos opened the scoring on a rebound 2:37 into the first period. Gostisbehere responded for Union by weaving through three opponents and beating Wilcox with a wrist shot to glove side at 9:26. Less than a minute later, Warning squeaked a bad-angle shot between Stevens and the pipe to put Minnesota up 2-1.

Union won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. Ciampini scored three goals in the Dutchmen's 5-4 victory over Boston College in the semifinals Thursday night.

The Dutchmen have competed in Division I since 1991-92.

Minnesota lost for the seventh time in the title game. The Gophers were making their first appearance in the championship game since winning its second straight title in 2003.

NOTES: Union last met Minnesota in 2010-11, when it won 3-2 in Minneapolis. The overall series is tied 2-2.. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren dropped the ceremonial first puck. Holmgren played for the 1974-75 Minnesota team that lost to Michigan Tech in the national title game… The 2015 Frozen Four will be played at TD Garden in Boston.

 

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UCLA beats Lumberjacks 77-60 to reach Sweet 16

SAN DIEGO – UCLA is back in the Sweet 16 for the primary time in six seasons, a big step in the correct path for a program whose tradition was tarnished in latest seasons.

The Bruins don’t need to stop there.

“We’ve had a good total season but our work is not executed,” sophomore forward Kyle Anderson said Sunday after the Bruins beat Stephen F. Austin seventy seven-60 attain the NCAA match regionals for the first time since 2008. “They don’t hang Sweet 16s up in Pauley.”

No, they don’t. Expectations are always excessive in Westwood because of the eleven nationwide championship banners hanging in Pauley Pavilion, the primary 10 coming below John Wooden and the last one coming in 1995.

The fourth-seeded Bruins (28-8) will play Florida, the tournament’s overall high seed, in the South Regional semifinals on Thursday in Memphis.

“It is a tough turn-round for us and we’re going to play arguably one of the best basketball staff in the nation right now, nevertheless it’s good to see us back in that mix and back in that discussion,” mentioned first-12 months coach Steve Alford, who has won as many NCAA match video games in three days as the Bruins had in the earlier five seasons mixed. “That’s what’s been a whole lot of fun.”

Alford replaced Ben Howland, who was fired a year in the past after the Bruins lost to Minnesota in their NCAA match opener. This is UCLA’s first trip to the regionals since Howland obtained the Bruins to their third straight Ultimate 4 in 2008.

Florida beat UCLA in the national championship game in 2006 and once more in the national semifinals the next season. The Gators also eradicated the Bruins in the second round in 2011.

Jordan Adams scored 19 points, Norman Powell had 16 and Anderson had 15 points and eight rebounds.

“It is an excellent feeling,” Anderson stated. “That is what guys come to UCLA for. A storied program, that is what you need here. We have crushed some good groups recently and now we have got the Florida Gators. That is what I do know Jordan and myself got here to UCLA for. We’re going to have some enjoyable with it.”

The Bruins have gained five straight and seven of eight overall, together with an upset of Arizona, the No. 1 seed in the West, in the Pac-12 match championship game.

“It is a particular factor and we’re wanting forward to subsequent week,” said Alford, who helped Indiana win the 1987 nationwide title. “These two guys to my left have had an terrible lot to do with it,” he said, referring to Adams and Anderson. “Kyle and Jordan have been tremendous all year with their leadership they usually brought and raised the bar for their teammates, and that is a special trait to have.”

Stephen F. Austin (32-three), the No. 12 seed, was held to 35.1 % taking pictures (20 of fifty seven) and had its 29-recreation profitable streak snapped. The Lumberjacks hadn’t lost in exactly 4 months.

SFA coach Brad Underwood stated the Bruins are “going to have an opportunity to advance an actual great distance.”

Thomas Walkup had 22 factors and 11 rebounds for the Lumberjacks while Desmond Haymon had 17 factors and Nikola Gajic added 10. Haymon’s four-point play despatched the Lumberjacks into overtime towards fifth-seeded VCU on Friday evening and SFA received 77-75.

The Lumberjacks hadn’t misplaced since Nov. 23, a 66-58 defeat at East Tennessee State. After Wichita State misplaced to Kentucky to have its 35-recreation successful streak snapped, SFA’s 29-sport streak turned the nation’s longest, for about three hours.

“I am going to say what I advised the workforce – I couldn’t be prouder,” Underwood mentioned. “We didn’t have an amazing year. We had a 12 months for the historical past books… A 29-recreation profitable streak, they do not know how good that really is. That is very, very special.”

The Lumberjacks head back to Nacogdoches, Texas, at the least having earned the first NCAA event victory at school historical past. They’re 1-2 total in two event appearances.

The Lumberjacks stayed with the Bruins via much of the primary half before the mismatch in talent and pedigree grew to become apparent.

The Bruins, in the NCAA match for the 46th time, went on a 12-2 run in simply less than three minutes, starting with a runner in the lane by Alford’s son, Bryce. Alford also had a 3-pointer that helped UCLA take a 32-21 lead with 5:44 left.

Three-pointers by Deshaunt Walker and Haymon closed the gap to 5 points earlier than the Bruins completed the half on a ten-5 run to lead forty two-32. Tony Parker had two layups and Adams a 3-pointer to help preserve the lead in double digits.

Powell, who played at San Diego’s Lincoln Excessive, opened the second half with two large plays, a slam dunk and then a coast-to-coast drive with a behind-the-again transfer followed by a layup for a 46-32 lead.

UCLA had 22 assists and solely three turnovers.

“They annihilated us in transition,” Underwood said. “It is not that they’re just athletic, they’re extraordinarily skilled and really, very unselfish. And so they’re a really effectively-coached basketball crew.”

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2014 Card Player Poker Tour Foxwoods Main Event Beats Guarantee By Nearly $200,000

The champion will take home $113,435 and this trophyA total of 340 entries were made in the inaugural Card Player Poker Tour Foxwoods $1,650 no-limit hold’em main event, building a total prize pool of $494,700.

That means the event’s $300,000 guarantee was surpassed by just under $200,000! The top 36 finishers will make the money, with a min-cash being worth $3,858 while the eventual champion will take home $113,435 for the win.

Despite relatively heavy snowfall throughout Saturday the turnout for day 1B was impressive. There were 261 total entries today, with that number being comprised of 197 unique players and 64 re-entries. There were plenty of players firing multiple bullets in this event including 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion John Dibella (3), Vinny Pahuja (3), Roland Israelashvili (4), Michael Dentale (4) and Tom Dobrilovic (4).

Brad St. VincentAt the end of the day only 84 players remained the chip leader was Brad St. Vincent with 268,000. Other notables who finished the day with big stacks include Vinny Pahuja (146,800), former card Player tournament reporter and current poker pro Jameson Singer (119,600), Chris Tryba (114,500), 2012 WSOP main event finalist Michael Esposito (98,000) and Ryan Eriquezzo (78,200).

Some big names that turned out but didn’t survive the day include John Dibella and two-time Oscar nominee James Woods.

Day 1B survivors will combine with the 22 who made it through day 1A to make a field of 106 returning on Sunday at 11:00 AM local time for day 2. Make sure to check back here for more live coverage as we try to play down to a final table.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the survivors of day 1B:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Brad St. Vincent 268,000
2 Bob Skinner 220,000
3 Gennadiy Kostrov 194,700
4 Mathew Silberzwieg 187,000
5 Nick Cyr 185,100
6 David Kluchman 181,800
7 Ben Bianco 171,200
8 Jason Calnan 165,000
9 Tom Thomas 154,400
10 Vinny Pahuja 146,800
11 Daniel Pignataro 142,200
12 Patrick Kelly 135,000
13 Jordan Ludwick 129,800
14 Ryan Mostafa 126,000
15 Jameson Singer 119,600
16 Chris Tryba 114,500
17 Greg Konrad 112,000
18 Chris Schonbach 110,900
19 David Espinola 109,500
20 Bob Ricciuti 100,000
21 Nick Bennett 100,000
22 Micheal Esposito 98,000
23 Mark Beamly 94,000
24 Jeff Einsidier 93,300
25 John Andrews 92,700
26 Lucian Cazzello 92,500
27 Ryan Methia 89,200
28 Mike Vely 88,700
29 Bryan Leskowitz 87,300
30 Bill Cunningham 87,000
31 Jessica Wuerz 86,800
32 Rohan Long 84,300
33 Spyros Malkotsis 83,600
34 Omar Saaed 82,600
35 Ryan Eriquezzo 78,200
36 Adam Bitker 76,800
37 Roger Palombizio 72,000
38 Stephen Jurket 71,800
39 Frank Flowers 70,900
40 Derek Chin 70,500
41 Roland Israelashvili 69,300
42 Mike Jarvela 69,200
43 Matthew Zola 67,700
44 Tom Dobrilovic 66,500
45 Kevin Boesel 62,000
46 Michael Dentale 61,100
47 James Campell 58,700
48 Robert Allain 57,800
49 Kim Schinco 51,600
50 Anthony Zinno 51,300
51 Craig Sklar 50,900
52 Aaron Smith 50,100
53 Hilary Dombrowski 49,000
54 Jim Clark 47,400
55 Christopher Papa 46,300
56 Arthur Ohannessian 44,200
57 Keith Herskowitz 43,800
58 Paul Francis 43,100
59 Ramy Ibrahim 43,000
60 Richard Jordan 42,800
61 Philip Knezevich 42,700
62 Philippe Casciola 42,100
63 Gordon Eng 41,800
64 Rory Anderson 40,800
65 Alex Ortiz 40,000
66 Guisseppe Rubio 38,800
67 Ken Silberstein 37,600
68 William Wachter 36,800
69 Khoskou Gholamreza 36,300
70 Sean Cleary 35,400
71 Jon Iacovelli 28,700
72 Mark Awatt 28,500
73 Kamar Russell 26,000
74 Corwyn Canedy 25,200
75 William Lewis 22,500
76 Terry Grimes 21,600
77 Robert Gilber 21,200
78 Maurice Paradis 20,100
79 Frank Schino 19,900
80 Giuseppe Pizzolato 18,500
81 Jonathan Sorsohen 17,100
82 Jim Miron 14,700
83 Jamie Flynn 14,000
84 Ben Rosado 12,700

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All Super Bowl Participants to Receive Diamond-Encrusted “Beats By Dre” Headphones

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In the event you make the Tremendous Bowl, Dr. Dre takes cares of you. All members of the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, a minimum of the one which put on pads, will receive these diamond-encrusted headphones courtesy of Beats By Dre and Graff Diamonds.

Based on Seattle offensive lineman Michael Bowie, the headphones are apparently worth $25,000, which is able to prove to make good sense for my morning commute.

The gesture is a brilliant transfer by Dr. Dre, as every athlete on the planet will want a pair of these on their ears by tomorrow morning. Additionally, Doug Baldwin Jr. wants a new automotive.

 

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Penn State beats Wisconsin 3-1 for NCAA title

SEATTLE – There was willpower behind the two straight aces Micha Hancock served to arrange Penn State's 4-set victory over scrappy Wisconsin.

"I did not need to go to five," mentioned the setter recognized for her highly effective left-handed jump serve. "I did not think anybody did."

Hancock's second ace paved the best way for Deja McClendon's match point, a delicate hit over the online that fell unanswered and the second-seeded Nittany Lions defeated the Badgers 3-1 Saturday night time to win the NCAA championship.

Ariel Scott had 21 kills and Katie Slay added 14 in the 25-19, 26-24, 20-25, 25-23 victory. It was Penn State's sixth NCAA volleyball championship and the workforce's first since a historic run of four straight from 2007-2010.

"Folks say you'll be able to't put it into phrases," Hancock said. "And you really cannot."

The Nittany Lions (34-three) dogpiled as streamers rained down at Seattle's Key Arena. During the celebration, Wisconsin's players returned to the court to applaud the champions.

The 12th-seeded Badgers (28-10) have been the lowest seed ever to make it to the ultimate match. Stanford won the title in 2004 as the eleventh seed.

McClendon completed with eleven kills for Penn State, which is 6-three total in NCAA championship matches. Megan Courtney and Dominique Gonzalez each had 20 digs.

Dominique Thompson had sixteen kills for Wisconsin and 5-foot-7 exterior hitter Deme Morales added 15. The Badgers had been making their first look in the championship match since 2000, once they fell to Nebraska in five sets.

"Everybody on the market noticed on the market that as a team, we weren't just blissful to be enjoying in this match," Wisconsin first-year coach Kelly Sheffield said. "A variety of emotions in the locker room. They anticipated to win, they played to win. Not an entire lot of individuals thought we had a chance to do this, but our gamers did."

Wisconsin gained the third set and strung together a key four-level run to go up 17-15 in the fourth. Ellen Chapman's ace made it 22-19, however a missed serve by Annemarie Hickey – who had injured her shoulder earlier within the set – damage the Badgers. Hancock's ace narrowed it to 23-22, and Slay's kill down the center evened it.

Hancock had another ace before McClendon's tap arced over the web and dropped untouched.

"Micah's serve at the finish? We had perhaps a 4-point lead, and she or he caught on fireplace," Wisconsin freshman Lauren Carlini mentioned. "We could not control her."

Hancock, a junior, completed with three aces.

"Penn State has the most important weapon in faculty volleyball in Hancock's serve," Sheffield said. "We battle like loopy to keep it off the floor. She hadn't gone off on us an excessive amount of this yr, however tonight, they received some factors in that rotation."

Penn State, led by national coach of the yr Russ Rose, swept Washington within the semifinals. Shocking Wisconsin downed high-ranked Texas, the defending champion, in straight units to advance to the ultimate.

The Badgers came out with determination, going up 5-three earlier than the Nittany Lions, with a distinct measurement advantage, evened it at 9 on McClendon's cross-court kill earlier than pulling in front on 6-foot-6 Slay's swing.

A five-point Penn-State run made it 20-15. Chapman's tap over the online for Wisconsin held off set point till Scott's kill to give the Nittany Lions 1-zero advantage.

Penn State went forward 10-four within the second after Hickey's ace, but scrappy Wisconsin clawed back, pulling ahead 18-17 to cap an eight-2 run. Carlini's kill put Wisconsin forward 24-23, however Morales served into the net for the Badgers' second straight service error, opening the door for Penn State, which closed the set with a pair of spikes from Scott to go up 2-0.

Trailing in the third set, Wisconsin pulled in entrance thirteen-12 on Morales' kill earlier than Carlini and Thompson mixed for a block and Morales added one other point-profitable swing to make it 15-12.

Pushed by momentum, Thompson and Morales mixed for the block to go up 23-17 and first-12 months coach Kelly Sheffield pumped his fist. Wisconsin claimed the set when Cerame Prieto served into the net for Penn State.

Hickey finished with 26 digs for Wisconsin.

"It hurt fairly bad," she stated of her shoulder. "I may feel it come out of my shoulder and it was painful, but we have been taking part in in such a excessive intensity, we were winning the game, all I wanted to do was win for my teammates. I did not need to come out."

The Nittany Lions beat Wisconsin twice in straight units during the common season. Overall, Penn State has a 43-7 benefit within the collection between the teams, together with a three-zero advantage in postseason play.

"I assumed it was a great match," Rose mentioned. "All 3 times we played Wisconsin was a battle. They play nice protection, play really hard, passionate children. It is laborious to advance via the event. Texas was defending champion, they ran into an actual scorching staff. We knew that was the case."

 

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Penn State beats Wisconsin 3-1 for NCAA title

The Nittany Lions (34-3) dogpiled as streamers rained down at Seattle's Key Arena. During the celebration, Wisconsin's players returned to the court to applaud the champions.

The 12th-seeded Badgers (28-10) were the lowest seed ever to make it to the final match. Stanford won the title in 2004 as the 11th seed.

McClendon finished with 11 kills for Penn State, which is 6-3 overall in NCAA championship matches. Megan Courtney and Dominique Gonzalez each had 20 digs.

Dominique Thompson had 16 kills for Wisconsin and 5-foot-7 outside hitter Deme Morales added 15. The Badgers were making their first appearance in the championship match since 2000, when they fell to Nebraska in five sets.

"Everybody out there saw out there that as a team, we weren't just happy to be playing in this match, " Wisconsin first-year coach Kelly Sheffield said. "A lot of emotions in the locker room. They expected to win, they played to win. Not a whole lot of people thought we had a chance to do that, but our players did. "

Wisconsin won the third set and strung together a key four-point run to go up 17-15 in the fourth. Ellen Chapman's ace made it 22-19, but a missed serve by Annemarie Hickey – who had injured her shoulder earlier in the set – hurt the Badgers. Hancock's ace narrowed it to 23-22, and Slay's kill down the middle evened it.

Hancock had another ace before McClendon's tap arced over the net and dropped untouched.

"Micah's serve at the end? We had maybe a four-point lead, and she caught on fire, " Wisconsin freshman Lauren Carlini said. "We couldn't control her. "

Hancock, a junior, finished with three aces.

"Penn State has the biggest weapon in college volleyball in Hancock's serve, " Sheffield said. "We battle like crazy to keep it off the floor. She hadn't gone off on us too much this year, but tonight, they got some points in that rotation. "

Penn State, led by national coach of the year Russ Rose, swept Washington in the semifinals. Surprising Wisconsin downed top-ranked Texas, the defending champion, in straight sets to advance to the final.

The Badgers came out with determination, going up 5-3 before the Nittany Lions, with a distinct size advantage, evened it at 9 on McClendon's cross-court kill before pulling in front on 6-foot-6 Slay's swing.

A five-point Penn-State run made it 20-15. Chapman's tap over the net for Wisconsin held off set point until Scott's kill to give the Nittany Lions 1-0 advantage.

Penn State went ahead 10-4 in the second after Hickey's ace, but scrappy Wisconsin clawed back, pulling ahead 18-17 to cap an 8-2 run. Carlini's kill put Wisconsin ahead 24-23, but Morales served into the net for the Badgers' second straight service error, opening the door for Penn State, which closed the set with a pair of spikes from Scott to go up 2-0.

Trailing in the third set, Wisconsin pulled in front 13-12 on Morales' kill before Carlini and Thompson combined for a block and Morales added another point-winning swing to make it 15-12.

Pushed by momentum, Thompson and Morales combined for the block to go up 23-17 and first-year coach Kelly Sheffield pumped his fist. Wisconsin claimed the set when Cerame Prieto served into the net for Penn State.

Hickey finished with 26 digs for Wisconsin.

"It hurt pretty bad, " she said of her shoulder. "I could feel it come out of my shoulder and it was painful, but we were playing in such a high intensity, we were winning the game, all I wanted to do was win for my teammates. I didn't want to come out. "

The Nittany Lions beat Wisconsin twice in straight sets during the regular season. Overall, Penn State has a 43-7 advantage in the series between the teams, including a 3-0 advantage in postseason play.

"I thought it was a great match, " Rose said. "All three times we played Wisconsin was a battle. They play great defense, play really hard, passionate kids. It's hard to advancethe tournament. Texas was defending champion, they ran into a real hot team. We knew that was the case. "
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Memphis beats Oklahoma State in rematch

Memphis Holds Off Oklahoma State

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Shaq Goodwin helped ensure the outcome for Memphis and Tigers coach Josh Pastner was totally different than the primary matchup this season in opposition to Oklahoma State.

Goodwin had 17 points, Joe Jackson hit four key free throws late and No. 21 Memphis beat No. 5 Oklahoma State seventy three-68 Sunday night time within the championship sport of the Previous Spice Classic.

“Of course we wished it for him,” Goodwin said. “I hate to say that we needed to prove individuals improper, but it simply felt good to present my head coach a prime-5 win. It simply feels good when you make him really feel good.”

Memphis (5-1) held Oklahoma State preseason All-American Marcus Smart to 12 points. Good, who played with virus-like abdomen symptoms, went four for thirteen from the field and had 5 turnovers.

“That is undoubtedly not an excuse,” Good stated. “They did a wonderful job executing their scouting report. I couldn’t find a groove out there.”

Within the earlier assembly this season between the Top 25 groups on Nov. 19, Oklahoma State (7-1) gained handily over Memphis, getting 39 points from Sensible in a a hundred and one-80 victory.

“I am not a revenge man,” Pastner mentioned. “I am not like an ill-will man. I feel when you maintain things in, issues come out sideways. I talked to our guys about that. We wanted to have course correction, and we corrected some of the course.”

Sensible turned the ball over with Oklahoma State trailing by one with eleven seconds left, and fouled Jackson, who made two free throws to make it 71-68.

Oklahoma State’s bid to tie it ended when Sensible had one other turnover in the closing seconds and Jackson linked on two more free throws.

“They deserved to win, we did not should win,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “We simply weren’t ourselves. Not taking anything away from Memphis in any respect, however we had been our personal worst enemy on a lot of occasions. I am just a little shocked that it was even, as bad as we played, as close as it was. Give Memphis credit, they were a very determined basketball crew.”

Chris Crawford scored on a layup and later added a free throw to put Memphis up 69-64 with 2 half minutes left. Sensible, who missed 9 of his first 11 shots, had consecutive baskets that pulled the Cowboys within sixty nine-68 with 2 minutes to play.

Crawford completed with 16 points, whereas Jackson had 11.

Michael Dixon Jr. hit a jumper and 3-pointer as Memphis went ahead fifty six-52 with eight minutes remaining.

Memphis scored the primary seven factors in the second half, including a three-level play by Goodwin, to chop its deficit to 42-39.

After Memphis’ Geron Johnson was given a technical foul, Phil Forte made two free throws and added a three-pointer to make it 47-39.

Forte had nine of 19 factors as Oklahoma overcame a six-level deficit to take a forty two-32 lead at halftime. Sensible had two of his 5 factors in the course of the opening 20 minutes on a layup and Brian Williams had a rebound basket through the closing minute to provide the Cowboys a ten-level benefit.

Oklahoma State noticed snug leads disappear in both of its two earlier video games on the tourney. The Cowboys let a 23-level halftime lead dwindle to 4 with three minutes to play before beating Purdue 97-87 Thursday, and then escaped with a sixty nine-sixty seven victory over Butler sooner or later later after taking a forty four-30 halftime benefit.

Goodwin scored eleven first-half points, together with a jumper that put Memphis up 21-15 10 minutes into the sport.

 

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Arians beats old team as Cards crush Colts

Cardinals Clobber Colts

Cardinals Clobber Colts

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Indianapolis Colts propelled Bruce Arians into coaching prominence.

On Sunday, as head coach in Arizona, his Cardinals embarrassed his former team.

Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby returned an interception 22 yards for a score and the Cardinals won their fourth in a row with a 40-11 rout of the Colts.

“We expect to dominate like this all the time,” Dansby said. “We just finally put it together as a unit. We’re starting to believe in each other and trust one another and we’re making plays all around.”

Arians became interim head coach of the Colts last season when Chuck Pagano was stricken with leukemia. Indianapolis went 9-3 under Arians, earning him coach of the year honors and a head coaching job in the desert.

Now the 61-year-old coach is doing the same kind of job with the Cardinals (7-4).

“The emotions of this game were gone way before kickoff,” Arians said. “I saw a lot of friends, a lot of dear guys on that team. But once the whistle blows, it’s just you and your brother in the backyard.”

And Arizona was the big brother in this one.

“I think this was a respect game,” Palmer said. “I don’t think we’re well-respected throughout the league and that’s not anybody’s fault but our own.

“But I think we’re better than people think and when you beat a good team, and a team that’s beat good teams, it ups your respect among your peers and throughout the league.”

Fitzgerald caught five passes for 52 yards, becoming the youngest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 yards receiving.

Arizona’s Michael Floyd had his second straight 100-yard receiving day with seven catches for 104 yards for the Cardinals (7-4).

Andrew Luck threw for 163 yards, but had only 84 through three quarters as the Colts (7-4) fell behind 34-3. It’s a familiar pattern.

In their past four games, the Colts have been outscored in the first half 93-12.

“There is blood in the water right now,” Pagano said. “Until you get it fixed they are going to keep coming at us. It is the same thing week in and week out on both sides of the ball and on special teams… They are going to keep coming at you until we put out the fire. `’

The Colts still have a solid lead in the AFC South.

“I don’t know if I can big picture it right now coming off the field after we getting our butts beat like that. It is hard to,” Luck said. “I guess we are sitting at 7-4, but I don’t know what that means either.”

Jay Feely kicked four field goals in Arizona’s highest-scoring game in three years, including a 21-yarder in the final minutes with the outcome long decided.

Palmer, coming off a 419-yard passing performance against Jacksonville, completed 26 of 37 for 314 yards and, for the second week in a row, threw no interceptions.

The Colts’ touchdown came on Luck’s 17-yard pass to Coby Fleener with 10:26 to play.

Palmer threw touchdown passes to Fitzgerald of 4 and 26 yards, then Dansby – who had been kidded by his teammates for dropping a few potential interceptions this season – picked off Luck’s pass and returned it for a touchdown as the Cardinals blew open a 27-3 halftime lead.

Arizona took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 10 plays, Palmer hitting Fitzgerald with a 4-yard fade pass for the touchdown. The Cardinals had no third downs on the drive.

Arizona had a chance to lengthen the lead but the drive stalled at the Colts 10, then Sergio Brown blocked Feely’s 28-yard field goal attempt. It ended a string of 17 consecutive field goals for the Arizona kicker.

Adam Vinatieri kicked a 27-yard field goal to cut it to 7-3 with 1:15 left in the first quarter.

But Arizona’s offense got it rolling again. Palmer connected with Floyd for 29 yards to the Indianapolis 26.

On the next play, Palmer, hit as he threw, lofted a pass to the end zone, where Fitzgerald beat two defenders to make the catch for the score to make it 14-3 with 13:29 left in the half.

Moments later, Luck, under pressure from Darnell Dockett, threw toward Fleener. But Dansby stepped in front of the tight end, intercepted and returned it 22 yards for the touchdown to put Arizona up 24-3 with 7:55 left in the second quarter.

It was Dansby’s first touchdown since his 17-yard fumble return in overtime ended the Cardinals’ 51-45 wild-card playoff victory over Green Bay on Jan. 10, 2010.

Game notes

Through three quarters, the Cardinals had 346 yards to the Colts’ 96… Fitzgerald is 30 years, 85 days.

Randy Moss

had been the youngest to reach 11,000 at 30 years, 222 days… Colts cornerback

Vontae Davis

left the game with a groin injury… Arizona hasn’t scored this many points since a 43-13 win over Denver on Dec. 10, 2010.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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North Dakota State beats Kansas State 24-21, the second FCS upset in two nights of the 2013 season

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The defending FCS champions took out the defending Massive 12 champions. No, that is not reversed.

North Dakota State, the FCS preseason No. 1, punished Kansas State for an 18 play, eighty yard drive that took over eight minutes within the fourth quarter to upset the Wildcats in Manhattan 24-21 after quarterback Brock Jensen tumbled into the end zone with 28 seconds remaining.

“That is the biggest win in our program history,” quarterback Brock Jensen said. “I’m completely honored to be aside of it. Completely honored… That is the hardest sport of my life.”

That landing run was because of some nifty playcalling. After taking the snap, Jensen retreated like he was going handy the ball off to the tailback. Nevertheless, the tailback sprinted out to the right and the suitable guard pulled to the left after the left facet of the line pushed Kansas State to the precise, opening up a tunnel for Jensen to sneak through and score.

On that drive, North Dakota State converted all 4 third down alternatives it had and even with the clock ticking in direction of zeros, was affected person sufficient to stay with the operating recreation. Of the seven performs the Bison ran contained in the KSU 35, six were running performs and 4 netted both six or seven yards. In the event you didn’t know which team was by which division, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the distinction.

After North Dakota State took a 7-zero lead early, Ok-State appeared to grab control with 21 unanswered factors. However instantly after Daniel Sams scored the Wildcats’ closing touchdown of the night time, NDSU answered with a touchdown drive of their very own.

It’s not the first time that North Dakota State has overwhelmed a BCS group from Kansas either. In 2010, the again-to-again FCS nationwide champs beat Kansas and have additionally taken down Minnesota and Colorado State in the earlier three seasons.

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Matt Kenseth beats Kasey Kahne at Bristol, takes over Chase points lead

The closing laps at Bristol Motor Speedway had been a well-recognized sight. Matt Kenseth was main. Kasey Kahne was attempting to chase him down for second.

The ending wasn’t any completely different this time round.

Kenseth held off Kahne’s labored cost over the ultimate 10 laps to win his fifth race of the season and his third with Kahne because the bridesmaid.

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“I believe Kasey’s getting tired of battling me,” Kenseth said.

“He wished it unhealthy. We raced as exhausting as we might race. Used every inch of racetrack and I had just sufficient to hold on. Just sufficient fuel and simply sufficient tires.”

Kenseth previously had crushed Kahne to the checkers at Las Vegas and Kansas.

Kahne got shut sufficient to Kenseth on the race’s remaining lap to bring up the concept of a transfer for the entrance bumper, but mentioned that if he had achieved that, he’d have wrecked both drivers.

Two weeks ago after Watkins Glen, Kahne expressed his frustration with JGR drivers after he was knocked out of the race in an accident that was sparked by contact with Kenseth. That was on prime of incidents with Kyle Busch at Daytona, Talladega and Darlington. It could have been a perfectly acceptable place for payback had Kahne gone the chrome horn route.

“You at all times produce other options,” Kahne mentioned.

“I just didn’t get it executed. I did not win. I had the higher automotive, the fellows did an awesome job within the pits and I did not win. I really feel bad I did not win.”

Kenseth entered Saturday night time’s race tied for the collection lead in wins with Jimmie Johnson at four apiece. Due to those wins and the three bonus factors that come from each, the two tentatively stood tied for the points lead after Richmond when the Chase begins and the factors are reset.

Because of that tie, the No. 20 workforce might afford to go for wins over the final three races earlier than the Chase. And with Johnson out of rivalry because of a crash, Bristol was a fair better alternative to go for that lead.

After working his means again through the sphere after a pit road dashing penalty below warning, Kenseth was within the lead when the warning flag got here out for particles on lap 438. His earlier pit cease was right on the sting of his pit window, but Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff elected to remain out to keep the monitor place and hope Kenseth would make it to the tip.

Kahne and staff employed the alternative pit strategy. He took tires throughout that yellow flag despite working fourth, and the contemporary rubber allowed him to work his method by means of the automobiles forward of him who hadn’t stopped.

After dispatching Juan Pablo Montoya with 27 laps to go, Kahne reeled in Kenseth. He dove to Kenseth’s inside multiple occasions within the final 10 laps, however the lack of speed in Bristol’s backside groove was his detriment. No matter how much he pushed his automobile into the nook to get alongside — and even ahead — of Kenseth for a short second, he could not maintain it there to make the cross work.

Now, with two races to go, Kenseth holds what could be a three level lead over Johnson when the Chase begins. Johnson was collected in a crash after David Reutimann spun and completed thirty sixth. He still holds a 18 point lead over Clint Bowyer.

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Denny Hamlin beats Kurt Busch for pole at Bristol

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Is Bristol where Denny Hamlin’s season hits a optimistic be aware?

Hamlin certified on the pole for Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night time Race with a velocity of , beating Kurt Busch for the pole by 23 thousandths of a second.

Last season, Hamlin won the August Bristol race and the following race at Atlanta to vault himself to the highest seed within the Chase. This season, a win or two or three will not get Hamlin into the Chase, but it’ll be some dearly needed success for a workforce that has struggled this season.

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Hamlin was hurt in a crash whereas battling for the lead at California and subsequently missed four races. However in the 19 races he’s participated on this season, he has simply four high 10 finishes, the last one coming at Pocono in June.

For Busch, he is got one other great chance at a win to solidify his Chase hopes. He is presently within the prime 10 however with out the benefit of a win as a cushion if he’s to fall out of the top 10 and into the Wild Card morass of 11th-20th within the standings.

Carl Edwards was third, Brian Vickers was fourth and Matt Kenseth was fifth. Mike Bliss missed the race.

Kyle Busch, who received Wednesday evening’s Camping World Truck Collection race and begins first for Friday night’s Nationwide Collection race, spun on his second qualifying try and hit the wall. (We are saying second because after brushing the wall on his first lap, Busch stopped and turned around earlier than his second lap for momentum taking the green flag.) He’ll start final.

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U.S. beats Panama to win Gold Cup title even without manager Jurgen Klinsmann

The United States beat Panama 1-0 to win their fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup title, giving them their first trophy underneath manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Regardless that he was pressured to look at from the manager suite as he served a touchline ban in the course of the closing. With regular rivals Mexico getting knocked out within the semifinals, the USA rolled via the tournament with out much trouble — extending a staff record eleven-match profitable streak within the course of.

As perfunctory as it might have seemed for the USA, it looks like the start of a constructive new period for the workforce. Since they last won the Gold Cup in 2007, they suffered excruciating losses in three straight cup finals: succumbing to Brazil in the 2009 Confederations Cup last after taking a two-objective lead, then shedding the 2009 Gold Cup last 5-0 to Mexico and the 2011 Gold Cup final once more to Mexico, that by a slightly higher rating of 4-2.

Though Mexico’s inner turmoil saved them from giving the U.S. an opportunity at one other rematch, Panama proved to be a worthy adversary. They kept the match scoreless till Brek Shea tapped in his second profession international aim (and second of the tournament) in the 68th minute and that proved to be the difference as the house side failed to complete any of their other possibilities.

As joyous as overcoming their cup last demons in spite of CONCACAF’s controversial resolution to ban Klinsmann was for the USA, the day was not with no sad word. Within the twenty third minute, eminently likable midfielder and wellspring of positivity Stu Holden, who simply returned to the workforce before the tournament after three knee surgeries that have eaten up the vast majority of the last two years of his burgeoning career, sprained his different knee and needed to be subbed out. When he sat on the bench earlier than heading again to the dressing room to get examined, his show of crushing disappointment was instantly shared by the entire workforce’s followers.

One of the most encouraging aspects of this event for the U.S. has been the depth they’ve displayed, though. Even on a roster without most of the team’s prime players, the perimeter guys and younger prospects proved they will come by means of when known as upon. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando had an excellent event, Eddie Johnson and Chris Wondolowski scored objectives (which, not too long ago, was a rarity for any of the workforce’s strikers), Alejandro Bedoya and Holden’s replacement, Mix Diskerud played properly within the midfield. And, of course, Landon Donovan tied all of it together by coming off of his sabbatical from the sport and playing perhaps better than ever before in his profession.

Yes, it is solely the Gold Cup — CONCACAF’s off-model equivalent to UEFA’s European Championship and CONMEBOL’s Copa America — and there is nonetheless a 12 months’s worth of labor to be done, crammed with ever changing, overscrutinized peaks and valleys in type, earlier than the World Cup. However for once it is laborious to complain in regards to the state of the U.S. national workforce. And that’s just concerning the highest praise a fan of any crew can supply.

Now if Jurgen Klinsmann can just magically heal Stu Holden’s knee, he would possibly truly be a wizard.

Team U.S. celebrates their win over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer ultimate in Chicago, Illinois, July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young