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NCAA College Football Pick – Georgia Tech vs. #8 Clemson

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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 12 Thursday Game Preview & Pick- Georgia Tech vs. #8 Clemson

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-3) @ Clemson Tigers (8-1) 11/14- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLEM -10.5

Over/Under: 57.5

 

On Thursday night, the No. 8 Clemson Tigers, coming off their bye-week will look to stay on track in the BCS race against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in another Atlantic Coast Conference match-up on prime-time here is my prediction and pick for this game.

 

The Clemson Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC) hope to pick up where they left off before their week off when they defeated Virginia in a rout 59-10 on Nov. 2nd and have won their last two since their week 8 loss to No. 2 Florida State.

 

The guys deserve all the credit because they have gotten themselves ready and found ways to win games,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “This is the most complete game that we had. This team will be judged based on how we finish, but we had a good start to November.”

 

Clemson wide-out Sammy Watkins has been on fire the last two games with 22 catches for 332 yards in the last two games making quarterback Tajh Boyd’s job look easy.

 

When you have a guy like him with space, he’s going to have an opportunity to make plays,” Boyd said of Watkins. “Sammy did an unbelievable job. You kind of just got to throw your arm up and he will have a chance to get the ball.”

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The combination of Boyd and Watkins has helped the Tigers average 39.8 points a game to rank 15th in the FBS and in their last two games have out-gained Maryland and Virginia 1,150-641 in total offense.

 

That’s what we plan on doing, keep finishing and staying healthy,” Watkins said. “We need to go out with a bang and have fun. This is what it is all about here in November. You got to show everyone that you’re a top 10 team now and not just in September.”

 

With the way the Tigers have been playing since their lone defeat to Florida State, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson knows he will have his hands full with Clemson.

 

It’s certainly going to be a big challenge on Thursday night,” said Johnson. “Clemson is a tough place to play and they’ve got a lot of explosive athletes. .. We look at it as an opportunity to go in and measure ourselves as a team and see if we’ve made the progress we feel we’ve made in the past couple of weeks.”

 

The Tigers may be going in as the favorite with a (minus) -10.5 at home, but Georgia Tech has some offensive fire-power of their own with a bruising running game that averages 311.2 yards out of the triple option.

 

They also have a defense that allows only 103.4 rushing yards against… good for 10th in all of college football.

 

The Yellow Jackets (6-3, 5-2 ACC) with a win on Thursday can clinch at least a share of the Coastal Division title but it hasn’t been easy as Georgia Tech has followed a three-game losing streak with three straight wins, outscoring opponents 112-35 in that span.

 

We’re a team that’s fairly physical. We run the ball pretty good an defend the run pretty good,” Johnson said. “When we do the things that we do well and take care of the ball, we could be a tough out.”

 

Thursday night’s game will be well played, but the spread dictates the failures of Georgia Tech to beat a Top 25 team, where they have lost seven in a row and the Tigers have beaten unranked opponents 26 consecutive times at home by an average of 23.6 points.

 

It seems like a safe bet on Clemson come Thursday night, but feel free to check the latest lines here at Wonder Punter up until game time.

 

PICK: Clemson

 

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Mega comeback: Johnson, Stafford rally Lions

Johnson’s Monster Day Sparks Lions

DETROIT – Calvin Johnson thought Matthew Stafford was going to spike the ball for at the very least another snap.

The Dallas Cowboys did, too.

Stafford’s 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Johnson’s 329 yards receiving lifted the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 win over Dallas on Sunday.

“I was yelling that I used to be going to spike the ball,” Stafford recalled. “But their linebackers had been simply standing there.”

The Cowboys weren’t simply standing around letting Johnson make catch after catch, but he made them look helpless.

Johnson almost broke an NFL record, and could rejoice the feat because of a comeback from a ten-point, fourth-quarter deficit that some individuals who entered Ford Subject did not see as a result of that they had left.

“Even our fans didn’t assume we might pull this one out,” he said. “They have been leaving, however we knew we may do it.”

Johnson’s total trails only the 336 yards receiving Flipper Anderson had for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans on Nov. 26, 1989, in a recreation that went into extra time.

The Cowboys dared Detroit to throw to Johnson with a number of one-on-one coverage. They often asked cornerback Brandon Carr to do the improbable by defending him by himself, and sometimes tried to slow him down with a zone.

“He had his manner,” Carr stated. “And, we could not discover a technique to keep him from rolling.”

Johnson observed.

“It was crazy,” he mentioned. “We had a number of one-on-one coverage at this time, and we have been able to take advantage and hit some deep balls. Matt made some nice throws to me.”

Tweeted Lions teammate Reggie Bush after the sport:

The Lions (5-3) overcame four turnovers with out forcing a turnover, turning into the first team to do that and win since New England did towards Miami in 2007, in accordance with STATS.

On their final drive, Stafford threw a 22-yard move to Johnson to arrange the profitable rating. The quarterback caught at the least some Cowboys abruptly, including linebacker Sean Lee, who appeared to count on him to spike the ball to cease the clock.

“He type of caught us off-guard,” defensive deal with Jason Hatcher acknowledged.

Dallas (four-four) appeared to set itself as much as win three straight for the first time this yr to construct an even bigger lead atop the NFC East when Tony Romo threw his second landing – and third of the sport – to Dez Bryant with 6:45 left to take 27-17 lead.

The Cowboys, although, allowed Bush to cap an eighty-yard drive with a 1-yard TD with three:33 left. They also had to settle for Dan Bailey’s third subject goal with 1:02 left after Tyron Smith was flagged for holding on third down, a mistake that stopped the clock despite the fact that Detroit declined the penalty.

“If we do not get referred to as for a penalty, I feel they probably had 20 seconds or so left,” Romo said.

With no timeouts, the Lions went from their 20 to the Cowboys finish zone thanks in large part to a 17-yard cross to Johnson, a forty-yard reference to Kris Durham and Johnson’s 14th reception that gave them the ball on the Dallas 1.

Instead of spiking the ball, Stafford took the snap and leaped with his arms prolonged to beat the crew he rooted for growing up in Highland Park, Texas.

“I was simply as fooled as the defense was,” Lions offensive guard Larry Warford mentioned.

Stafford was 33 of forty eight for 488 yards – his second-highest total – with a 2-yard TD move to Johnson in the first quarter and two interceptions. Bush had ninety two yards rushing and a score.

Romo was 14 of 30, failing to finish half his passes for the primary time since 2009, for 206 yards with no turnover.

Dallas started the game without two starters on each side of the ball: DeMarco Murray and Miles Austin on offense and DeMarcus Ware and J.J. Wilcox on protection.

Late within the first half, Romo threw two straight passes to Bryant – after not making him the meant receiver as soon as – and he caught the second along with his left hand, pinning it against his shoulder pad for a go-forward, 5-yard TD with 46 seconds left within the first half.

Regardless of leading by six in the third quarter, Bryant did not look completely happy. He flapped his arms and screamed at Romo on the sideline. After the loss, Bryant insisted his demonstrative actions were a result of his constructive passion.

“People who have a problem with me are the folks that don’t understand what is going on,” he stated.

Sport notes

Lions DE

Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah

(left ankle), WR

Ryan Broyles

(Achilles tendon) and CB

Invoice Bentley

(knee) and Cowboys RG

Brian Waters

(triceps) were hurt throughout the recreation… The Lions have a bye subsequent week whereas Dallas plays on the street against the

New York Giants

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NBA Game Recap- Lakers Bench Blowout Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers- 103

Los Angeles Lakers- 116

 

For one night anyway, the “Hallway Rivalry” between the Clippers and Lakers became a laugher when the Lakers bench punished the Clipper starters in the fourth quarter to the tune of 41 points and 76 total points on a night from the reserves as the Lakers rolled to a 116-103 ‘unexpected’ win.

 

Not many people expected this young Kobe-less Lakers team to show up on opening night and beat a Clippers ball club many picked to contend for a Western Conference championship.

 

This is not the same Lakers team of 2012-13… this team is younger, quicker, more athletic, and playing with energy. No expectations… just play the game.

 

It’s not a bad thing to be the underdog sometimes,” said Lakers’ Jodie Meeks. “No expectations. We go out there and play hard. What’s the worst that can happen? We lose, and people say we’re no good?”

 

Not one Laker starter played in the fourth quarter as coach Mike D’Antoni elected to stay with his bench and they responded to the tune of 41 points scored to the Clippers 24.

 

Mike (D’Antoni) did a great thing: He didn’t bring his starters back in.” Rivers said. “There was a point where I was thinking: ‘Please bring them back in.”

 

Xavier Henry led all players with 22-points (12 in the fourth quarter).

 

We’re a deep team, and people don’t think we’re that good,” Henry said. “That always fuels us. People are saying we’re going to finish 12th or whatever, but we have a great group of guys who go out there and play hard. We’re young, we’re athletic. We go after it.”

 

All the talk coming in to the game was about the Clippers finally being “the team” in L.A. New coach in Doc Rivers, new faces, new attitude, new identity, high expectations. But, it was the Lakers who were not quite ready to relinquish the title of “L.A.’s Team.”

 

We were not ready tonight,” said Rivers. “(The Lakers) have heard for probably the last two months how good (the Clippers) were going to be… so you knew that they were going to play like this was the world championship—with that type of energy. And I thought we never matched it. Everything they did was harder than us and more physical than us. They destroyed us on the glass and destroyed us in turnovers. So it was a good lesson for us.”

 

The Clippers swept the Lakers last season winning all four.

 

You’ve got to give it to them. They outplayed us,” Griffin said. “They did a good job. They were ready. They turned up the heat in the fourth quarter and didn’t respond.”

 

Oh, man, it seemed like it happened so fast,” Clippers’ Chris Paul said. “Those guys executed their game plan, and when you’re missing somebody like Kobe, you feed off that energy”

 

For tonight at least and ‘til next time… the Lakers own the bragging rights.

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NBA Game Recap- Heat Whip Bulls

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NBA Game Recap- Heat Whip Bulls

 

Chicago Bulls- 95

Miami Heat- 107

 

Once the Miami Heat received their second-straight championship rings and raised the banner, they knew it was time to get down to business once again to kick off the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, and that they did as they sent a message to the team that is expected to dethrone them… the Chicago Bulls.

 

The Heat shook off an early ‘ring ceremony hangover’ and turned what was expected to be a tight game all night into a Miami blowout win over the Bulls 107-95.

 

The final score was closer then it should have been with the Heat leading by as much as 25-points in the second half, but a late Bulls charge kept things somewhat interesting.

 

You never know what to expect when you’re trying to keep the main thing the main thing, and that’s the game.” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. “But you can’t deny the emotions and what a special moment it was for everybody in the organization because we know how difficult that was and how harrowing that was last season. So it was great to actually get the win after that to cap off a very good night for the Miami Heat.”

 

LeBron James finished the night with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

 

Chicago’s Derrick Rose was also the story of the night after missing all of last season recovering from a serious knee injury in April 2012. He finished with 12 points in 34 minutes. Carlos Boozer was the big scorer of the night for the Bulls with 31 points and seven boards.

 

Chicago fought back from a 25-point deficit and got the score back to as close as eight points but Miami’s Shane Battier hit a big three and ended any comeback from there.

 

We’re not trying to pull close. There were a lot of corrections that we have to make,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It always comes back to the same thing—our defense and our rebounding. And if we could have taken better care of the ball early on, we would have been in position to win down the stretch.”

 

Rose ended the night 4 for 15 for the Bulls.

 

Said Rose, “If anything, I’m disappointed in the loss. My performance, I can easily change that by making shots and keep down the turnovers.”

 

Miami had seven players in double-figures.

 

It’s a team game,” James said. “That’s what this team is put together for.”

 

Including last year’s playoffs, Miami has now beaten the Bulls five straight games.

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NCAA College Football Prediction Thursday Preview & Pick- ASU vs. Washington St.

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NFL Pick & Prediction, ASU vs Washington State

Arizona St. Sun Devils (5-2) @ Washington St. Cougars (4-4) 10/31- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: ASU -11.0

Over/Under: 71.0

 

The No. 25 (AP) ranked Arizona St. Sun Devils have worked their way back into the national rankings after routing then #20 Washington last week and will now try to avoid being upset themselves as they travel into Pullman to battle the Washington St. Cougars on Halloween night.

 

As good as the Sun Devils have been at home, they have been as bad on the road under ASU coach Todd Graham the last two seasons and he has had enough of the excuses.

 

That’s all excuses,” Graham said. “You don’t win on the road because you’re not prepared, you’re not focused and you don’t play well. That’s it.”

 

ASU (5-2, 3-1) is perfect at home this year under Graham (5-0) but have lost their only two road games… 42-28 to Stanford and 37-34 to Notre Dame on a neutral-site.

 

Thursdays Pac 12 match-up figures to be high scoring from the get go and ASU understands the importance of getting it going on the road, as they will begin a stretch of remaining road games at Utah and UCLA as they are looking to stay in the hunt for a Pac 12 championship.

 

If you want to be a champion and that’s what we say we want to be, that’s what we talk about that we want to win a championship, no excuses,” Graham said. “You go, rain, sleet, snow, Alaska, Maine, it doesn’t matter—you’ve got to go win. That’s the mindset.”

 

The great Pacific Northwest and the cold that comes with it has not been kind to the Sun Devils in recent years since their last win over Washington in 2008.

 

If one of my coaches says something about the weather, I’ll tell him to go get a meteorologist’s job,” Graham said. “It’s part of it.”

 

For Washington State, they are coming off a bye week and will be facing their second straight ranked team since No. 2 Oregon took them apart 62-38 back on October 19.

 

Coach Mike Leach will be looking to get his Cougars turned around after dropping three-of-their last four games while allowing an average of 56.3 points a game in those defeats.

 

Last year at Arizona State, the sun Devils blew out the Cougars 46-7. Look for the Cougars to take it to ASU who will continue to struggle in the state of Washington.

 

Prediction is ….  PICK: Washington State Cougars

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NFL Prediction Thursday Preview & Free Pick – Bengals vs. Dolphins

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NFL Prediction Thursday Night Preview & Pick – Bengals vs. Dolphins

 

Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) @ Miami Dolphins (3-4) 10/31- 8:25PM EST

 

Line: CIN -2.5

Over/Under- 42.5

 

On Thursday night, the Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) travel into Miami on the verge of running away with the AFC North to battle Miami Dolphins team looking to turn it around after losing four straight before the season slips away.

 

The Bengals have put some distance for themselves after winning their last four games with Andy Dalton leading the way with solid performances.

 

We’re very good,” safety Chris Crocker said. “We’re very, very good. But we have to play like it.”

 

Cincinnati has put 103 points on the board over their last three games thanks in part to Andy Dalton’s 11 touchdown passes and at least 325 yards passing in that span.

 

This is were I want to be,” said Dalton. “This is how I want to be playing.”

 

Receivers Marvin Jones and second-year star A.J. Green have benefited the most due to Dalton’s recent play.

 

He’s had the potential since he’s been here,” Dalton said of Green. “I think he’s just comfortable with everything that we are doing and everything that we’re asking him to do.”

 

The Cincinnati defense is also getting it done on their side of the ball with an NFL rank of fifth in allowing 18.0 points per game and eighth with 322.5 total yards given up.

 

Even with the teams late success, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is keeping his team focused on the task in front of them.

 

We’ve got to be the best team Thursday night, plain and simple,” he said. “It’s us and the Dolphins and, we’ve got the best team. There’s no other challenge. We knew the schedule. That’s the way it is. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it. You come, be ready to go.”

 

As for Miami (3-4), after winning their first three games to start the season, they are a team headed in the opposite direction.

 

Obviously we aren’t at an all-time high right now,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “But we’ve got to get back on track. That’s the only option we have with a short week.”

 

Much of the Dolphins problems has been their inability to finish games strong where in their last three games they have led or been tied in the fourth quarter of two.

 

We have to do a better job to close out games,” said receiver Mike Wallace. “We just have to step on their throat. We can’t let up, that’s all—the whole team, in all three phases.”

 

Tannehill has struggled at the quarterback position in the last four games, throwing seven interceptions with a passer rating of just 60.9 in the fourth-quarter.

 

He’s also been sacked a league-high 32 times and has lost five fumbles.

 

Miami coach Joe Philben still believes his team has the talent to turn the season around.

 

If you don’t have a strong locker room, of you don’t have good character individuals, I think it could be a concern,” he said. “I have a lot of faith in our guys. I believe in them. I think we’ll get this thing right and fixed. We have to do it quickly; this is a good team coming in here on Thursday night.”

 

Miami has won the last two meetings, but I like the direction the Bengals are going in right now and look for them to win Thursday night.

 

My prediction for the Bengals vs Dolphins game is, PICK: Cincinnati Bengals

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NFL Power Rankings- Week 9

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NFL Power Rankings- Week 9

Here is this weeks NFL Power Rankings as we head into week 9.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-0)- Still don’t know if they are the best all around football team but they do have a great defense and are undefeated.

 

2. Denver Broncos (7-1)- With a banged up Peyton Manning on Sunday, they showed their might after being down 14-points to the Redskins.

 

3. New Orleans Saints (6-1)- I like their chances in the NFC if they can secure home-field advantage.

 

4. Indianapolis Colts (5-2)- No Reggie Wayne but next up is the Texans.

 

5. Green Bay Packers (5-2)- Big home game on Monday night against division foe Chicago.

 

6. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)- Seem to have turned the corner before leading into the bye week.

 

7. Seattle Seahawks (7-1)- Struggled mightily on the road against a Rams team… was not impressed.

 

8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)- Quarterback Andy Dalton is making a solid name for himself.

 

9. New England Patriots (6-2)- Turned it on in the second half against Miami to win at home.

 

10. Detroit Lions (5-3)- Amazing performance by ‘All-World’ Calvin Johnson in their come from behind win over Dallas

 

11. San Diego Chargers (4-3)- Big road game on the East coast against Washington this week.

 

12. Carolina Panthers (4-3)- ‘Trap’ game this week against Atlanta before meeting San Francisco.

 

13. Dallas Cowboys (4-4)- Calvin Johnson punished the Cowboys on Sunday. Another late-game collapse.

 

14. Chicago Bears (4-3)- Big Monday night showdown at Lambeau Field against the Packers.

 

15. Baltimore Ravens (3-4)- Can get back to .500 with a win over a struggling Cleveland team Sunday.

 

16. New York Jets (4-4)- Talk about laying an egg last Sunday at the hands of Cincinnati losing 49-9.

 

17. Tennessee Titans (3-4)- Chance to get back in the hunt with Rams, Jags and Raiders on the horizon.

 

18. Miami Dolphins (3-4)- Have now lost four straight after winning first three games with Cincinnati on Thursday night.

 

19. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)- Can Carson Palmer keep them in the hunt?

 

20. Oakland Raiders (3-4)- Chance to make a wildcard move with the Eagles, Giants and Texans coming up…. but they are they Raiders!

 

21. Cleveland Browns (3-5)- Lose at home Sunday versus Ravens and season may be over.

 

22. Buffalo Bills (3-5)- Tough home game against the Chiefs Sunday.

 

23. Atlanta Falcons (2-5)- Well I thought there was hope…

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5)- Can still win some games…. but not this week with New England coming up.

 

25. St. Louis Rams (3-5)- Gutty performance on Monday night against the Seahawks… and without Sam Bradford.

 

26. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)- As bad as they have been, they are in the NFC East!

 

27. Houston Texans (2-5)- Next up… the Colts.

 

28. Washington Redskins (2-5)- Winnable game on Sunday with San Diego making the cross-country trip.

 

29. New York Giants (2-6)- Horrible record and yet still in hunt in the NFC East… Amazing!

 

30. Minnesota Vikings (1-6)- Who’s starting this week at quarterback?

 

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)- Will firing their head coach now make a difference?

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-7)- After last Sundays beating by the 49ers… even the people of London don’t want them.

 

There is this weeks Power Rankings as I see it. Good luck with your teams.

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Tiger, video game maker Electronic Arts part

Certainly one of Tiger Woods’ longest business relationships has come to an finish.

Digital Arts announced Monday that it might be ending its 15-year relationship with the golfer, the namesake for the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game series.

“We have at all times been massive followers of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors,” said Daryl Holt, the corporate’s vice chairman and normal supervisor, in a press release, calling it a “mutual choice.”

EA’s “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” franchise has bought $771 million worth of video games over the course of its lifetime, based on market tracking firm NPD Group.

“We had an unbelievable run,” mentioned Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg, who explained the latest contract had expired. “Outside of [John] Madden, you’ll be laborious pressed to discover a sports determine that meant as much to a video game firm as Tiger meant to EA. But times are altering and EA needed to re-evaluate the partnership and admittedly so did we.”

Steinberg mentioned he is presently in negotiations with one other company relating to Woods’ video game rights. EA noted it should continue to make use of the PGA Tour identify on the game.

Although EA officials publicly said Woods’ extramarital affairs and the fallout didn’t hurt his status, the company selected to have him share the quilt in recent times with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Arnold Palmer.

The story was earlier reported by the Sports Enterprise Journal.

It has been a tough couple of months for Electronic Arts. Last month, the online game firm agreed to cease making its faculty soccer recreation as a part of a settlement with ex-players. Despite its current points, shares of the corporate’s stock are up 108 p.c during the last year by the shut of trading Monday.

Because of the scandal that surrounded Woods’ personal life, Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and Tag Heuer both severed or didn’t renew their deals with him.

With EA gone, only two sponsors who were with Woods in 2009 stay: Nike, which first signed him when he turned pro in 1996 and renewed its deal this year, and fractional aircraft sharing firm NetJets. Woods additionally has deals with Fuse and Rolex, in addition to an Asia-only deal with Kowa.

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Gonzalez gets rumors, but not seeking trade

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Tony Gonzalez understands the logic behind all of the trade speak.

The Atlanta Falcons tight end realizes plenty of folks need to see him stroll away from the NFL wearing his first Tremendous Bowl ring. That would clarify the 37-12 months-old’s willingness to address trade rumors, even when the subject has turn out to be a recurring distraction for the 2-5 Falcons.

Tony GonzalezTony Gonzalez says he is not asking to say goodbye to the Atlanta Falcons because the trade deadline nears.

“I completely understand it,” Gonzalez told ESPN.com late Monday night. “All people out there needs to know that I am not naive to it. I see it, too. That is the last [nine] weeks of my profession. And right now, issues are wanting.. you by no means know.

“However, like I mentioned, I really like my guys on this staff an excessive amount of to go ask for a trade. It would be one thing that would come from them the place they stated, ‘Hey, it is smart as a result of we might get something good for you and ship you to a workforce that’s a contender.’ So I perceive the thought course of behind that.”

Gonzalez even referenced a comment made by one tv analyst.

“When Jimmy Johnson says that it will be respectful of [the Falcons], I see that,” Gonzalez mentioned about Johnson, the Fox analyst who mentioned the Falcons should sit down with Gonzalez and ask him whether he wants to play for a contender. “And like I stated, if that is one thing they wanted to do and so they requested me, then, yeah, I would take heed to them, after all. Yes, I’d sit down with them.

“You have at all times got to take heed to them in something. I don’t care if you happen to’re not open to it or [are], you still hear and see what’s up.”

The Falcons have made it clear they haven’t any intentions of trading Gonzalez. Coach Mike Smith known as the concept “preposterous” whereas general manager Thomas Dimitroff absolutely supported his coach’s stance. The need not to commerce Gonzalez goes all the way to the top of the group.

But what if a crew such because the undefeated Chiefs, who’ve made it clear they would take Gonzalez back with opened arms, makes an offer to get Gonzalez out of Atlanta earlier than Tuesday’s commerce deadline?

“We’ll know by [4] o’clock tomorrow,” Gonzalez mentioned. “But, like I stated, I’m not going to be the one to go asking for a trade. It must come from them.”

Gonzalez remains to be owed $three.7 million this season. The Falcons acquired him in 2010 from the Chiefs in exchange for a second-round draft choose. That pick ended up being Javier Arenas, now a backup cornerback and kick returner for the Arizona Cardinals.

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NHL Three Stars: Budaj ruins Garden party; Saad’s spinning assist

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No. 1 Star: Peter Budaj, Montreal Canadiens

The Habs backup stopped 27 shots in shutting out the shorthanded New York Rangers, 2-0, in the Blueshirts’ home opener at the renovated MSG.

No. 2 Star: Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks

Saad was awesome in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, scoring a goal and brilliantly setting up Patrick Kane’s tally with a spin-o-rama pass. He also got his agitation on, running goalie Niklas Backstrom and ticking off the Wild.

No. 3 Star: Matt Moulson, Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres fell to the Dallas Stars, 4-3, but props to Matt Moulson for scoring two goals in his Buffalo debut – without John Tavares!

Honorable mention: Ryan Kesler scored his eighth goal and Daniel Sedin notched his fifth to rally the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win. Mikhail Grabovski scored his fifth fort the Washington Capitals. … Rookie Jayson Megna had a goal and an assist in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Sidney Crosby picked up his 20th point with an assist on Chris Kunitz’s fifth goal. … Kane had a goal and an assist, while Corey Crawford made 29 saves. … Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist. … Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk had the Montreal goals.

Did You Know? Alex Ovechkin had a penalty shot against Roberto Luongo. He failed.

Dishonorable mention: Andrej Sekera and Justin Faulk were a minus-3. … Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu were a minus-2. … Mikhail Grigorenko had an assist but was a minus-2 in just 9:17 of ice time. … Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson were a minus-2.

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Dez not sorry, respects, loves Romo, Witten

IRVING, Texas – A day after participating in sideline confrontations with two of the Dallas Cowboys’ captains, broad receiver Dez Bryant expressed love and respect for Tony Romo and Jason Witten, teammates he considers role models.

Bryant is not apologetic for his actions during the Cowboys’ 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Subject, however he is adamant his sideline demeanor was borne out of aggressive fire, not anger toward Romo and Witten.

“Tony Romo and Jason Witten, those are our leaders,” Bryant stated Monday. “These are our essential guys. The explanation why I will voice my opinion is as a result of these guys helped me develop into who I’m to the place I can try this. Each time I do issues, I promise y’all, man, it’s all out of attempting to maintain our crew motivated, protecting the passion, letting folks know this recreation is necessary to us.”

Bryant[Jason Witten] loves me like if I used to be his little brother, Tony [Romo] loves me like if I was his little brother and I really like them for simply being in my life, helping me change loads in my life.

- Dez Bryant

Bryant yelled at Romo, who was seated on the bench subsequent to quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson and head coach Jason Garrett, after an incomplete go to Dwayne Harris late in the third quarter, a possession that ended with the Cowboys kicking a area aim to take a 13-7 lead. Bryant, who had solely two catches at the time and finished the game with three receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns, insists he wasn’t demanding the ball.

Video posted on NFL.com of Bryant’s passionate interaction with Romo confirms his version of the story. Bryant animatedly discusses the coverage the Lions performed on the earlier snap, screaming, “Hey, if these [expletives] press me, it is over! It’s over!” He factors in Romo’s face to emphasize his point, then engages in a dialogue about technique with Romo.

“We’re good on that, Tony!” Bryant shouted moments later. “We’re the perfect in the NFL at that! We’re the most effective within the NFL!”

The video also reveals Bryant profanely encouraging teammates, shouting that the Cowboys had worked too hard to lose the game.

Bryant and Witten bought right into a shouting match after the Lions scored the go-forward touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. It grew to become heated enough that inactive defensive end DeMarcus Ware stepped between the 2, grabbed Bryant by the shoulder pads and yelled in his face.

Bryant admitted he was upset about Detroit’s scoring drive, saying the veterans had been making an attempt to calm him down and get him centered for the Cowboys’ desperation drive.

Nicely conscious of the media firestorm that has ensued, Bryant made it clear he has the identical respect for Romo and Witten that he did as a rookie who was in awe of them. He credit Romo and Witten for teaching him observe habits and sharing life experiences which have helped him overcome obstacles from a dysfunctional background to develop into an elite NFL receiver.

“The connection me, Tony and Witt have, it is huge,” Bryant stated. “Our relationship is nice. On and off the sector, it is outstanding.

“I feel what most people do not get is every thing isn’t supposed to be peaches and cream during games. There’s always something that does not go proper, the best way you assume it should. It’s the nature of soccer, period.

“As far as our relationship, Witt did nothing wrong to me. Tony did nothing mistaken to me. Witt loves me like if I was his little brother, Tony loves me like if I used to be his little brother and I love them for just being in my life, helping me change so much in my life, serving to me see various things about myself that I didn’t see.”

After Sunday’s sport, Witten said he loved Bryant like a brother and praised the receiver’s passion and work ethic, saying generally emotions get heated on the sideline throughout games. Romo said Bryant has never been a “me man” and downplayed the importance of the emotional outbursts.

“There will probably be some stories about it, I’m certain, but everybody within the locker room is aware of there may be nothing to it,” Romo stated. “It is not like this man is being deceitful or making an attempt to do something that helps himself. He actually just cares about successful.”

Bryant, who is in his fourth NFL season, has never publicly indicated that he wasn’t getting the ball sufficient. The truth is, after he was held to four catches for 22 yards in a season-opening win over the New York Giants, Bryant stated he understood why Romo threw primarily to other choices and basked within the success of his teammates.

“Dez is as properly-liked a man on our football crew by his teammates and by the teaching employees,” Garrett mentioned. “He’s very passionate concerning the sport, he loves football, he loves his football group and he needs to win. One of the things he has to learn is to channel all that optimistic stuff, all that positive emotion, he has to channel it and focus it to the duty at hand.

“That is something we talk to everyone on our football crew about. It is really important you are ready to do that. Go to the next play, get your self ready for the following scenario, and Dez has carried out that a lot. He has matured rather a lot within the last three, 4 years since he is been with our football crew, and that is an area the place he has to get higher. It’s one thing we addressed with him during the game, something we addressed with him after the sport, however you never wish to take away that zeal, that spirit that he has.”

Bryant mentioned he has no concern that he lost any credibility in the locker room as a result of his actions Sunday because of the strong nature of his relationship with teammates.

Bryant understands he’s perceived by some to be a diva or prima donna. That doesn’t hassle him, he said, because his coaches and teammates know the truth.

“Dez is the farthest thing from that,” Garrett mentioned. “Dez is a great teammate. He loves this team. He is very obsessed with soccer. He is an incredible competitor. He loves to work at it. He loves to follow. He likes to play. He needs to win as much as anybody I’ve ever been round.

“His teammates love him. His coaches love him. Once more, the one subject there is we’ve got to channel all that enthusiasm and channel all that emotion in a constructive direction. He understands that. It’s part of maturing.”

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Cowboys have bigger problems than Bryant

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IRVING, Texas (AP) – Dez Bryant and Jason Witten shouted at one another in a sideline scene that overshadowed a surprising loss, with the potential to reverberate if the Dallas Cowboys let it linger.

Bryant’s antics are the least of the issues for Dallas, with a defense facing more injury points after permitting a final-second touchdown and the most yards in franchise history in Detroit’s 31-30 win on Sunday.

The offense is sputtering, too, after consecutive hit-and-miss video games with out brittle operating again DeMarco Murray, who’s more likely to return Sunday in opposition to Minnesota.

”While you put your guts on the market for three hours, collectively, sometimes it is hard to swallow those sorts of defeats,” coach Jason Garrett mentioned. ”What we have to do as a soccer staff is study from what simply occurred and discover a means, in all three phases, to win this kind of sport, and do what we have to do to win the game. They did that and we didn’t and we have now to stay with that, however we’ve to study from it.”

Bryant first lost his cool by interrupting a sideline chat between Tony Romo and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, with Garrett and receivers coach Derek Dooley attempting unsuccessfully to act as peacemakers.

It did not appear to trouble the offense as a result of Dallas went on to score consecutive touchdowns on a 60-yard throw to Terrance Williams and a 50-yarder to Bryant.

The Bryant-Witten spat got here with 12 seconds left and the offense ready to return on the sector after Detroit’s go-forward rating, a product of the frustration of the Cowboys letting a win get away so late. Witten told reporters after the game he ”liked that kid like a brother.”

”Witt was trying to get me to give attention to the following drive,” Bryant stated during a prolonged session with reporters Monday. ”He is making an attempt to get my thoughts proper. I’m upset as a result of they only scored a touchdown. Like, man, we just, you realize, misplaced. It did not sit nicely with me.”

Bryant’s histrionics didn’t trouble Dallas owner Jerry Jones.

”It isn’t a difficulty,” Jones stated. ”I am not making an attempt to make gentle of it. But he is a really passionate participant and he competes and works and does all of the things that gives him the collateral to make use of along with his teammates and with me relative to a few awkward moments on the sideline. He’s purchased sufficient slack with me.”

Tyron Smith’s crucial holding penalty when the Cowboys were trying to take advantage of the clock for a subject purpose gave the Lions just enough time to go eighty yards in less than a minute and not using a timeout for Matt Stafford’s profitable 1-yard lunge.

Stafford acquired in that place by hitting two lengthy passes in entrance of rookie safety Jakar Hamilton, brought up from the observe squad the day earlier than the sport. He was enjoying as a result of Barry Church was out with a hamstring challenge. Jeff Heath, another undrafted rookie free agent, began on the other safety spot after J.J. Wilcox injured his right knee in apply.

Jones stated cornerback Morris Claiborne might have a hamstring injury more serious than Church’s, and Brandon Carr has to bounce back from being the primary victim in Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson’s 329-yard day – the second finest in league historical past.

The Cowboys gave up 623 yards, surpassing the earlier record of 583 by the Houston Oilers in 1991 and spoiling a 4-takeaway day that included two interceptions by Sean Lee.

Dallas let Detroit turn out to be the primary team since New England in 2007 to win a sport with 4 turnovers and no takeaways, in accordance with STATS.

”We began the game sturdy however we did not finish it robust,” Lee said. ”At the end of the sport we had a chance to win and we surrender a bunch of massive performs. It is simply unacceptable.”

The fourth-quarter touchdowns to Williams and Bryant made it straightforward to neglect that the Cowboys had just sixty two yards speeding and 268 complete. Or that Romo completed lower than 50 p.c of his passes for the primary time since 2009.

What appears clear after two weeks without Murray is that the Dallas offense will need him to get again for the unit to carry out the best way it did when Romo set a franchise document with 506 yards passing in a 51-forty eight loss to Denver.

Joseph Randle is averaging 2.5 yards per carry because the starter in Murray’s place, and the Cowboys have a history of struggling within the working recreation without Murray, who has missed 11 video games in three seasons.

Even when Murray returns as expected from a sprained left knee sustained against Washington three weeks in the past, the Cowboys have an enormous task attempting to place this loss behind them.

”We will not have a hang-up,” Romo said. ”That is the difficulty with a few of these games. You’ve gotten to have the ability to allow them to go. It may be arduous right now, simply because it feels the way in which it does, but our group’s mentally robust and we have to come back and show that.”
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Durant: I’m no longer obsessed with winning

Kevin Durant admitted he was obsessed with main the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to a championship final season – too obsessed.

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So even though he had another magnificent season – scoring 28.1 points per game, and capturing 51 p.c from the sphere and forty one.6 % from 3-point vary – his infatuation with profitable a title affected him personally, and he even took it out on others.

“Final yr, I was obsessed with it,” Durant advised The Oklahoman of successful a title. “Like, I wasn’t going to sleep as a result of I wanted to win so bad. I used to be screaming at my teammates, at the refs, on the coaches. I got mad as a result of I assumed ‘if we’ve a bad sport here, we’re not going to win a championship.'”

These cracks showed up in his demeanor on the court as well, as he was known as for 12 technical fouls final season – far surpassing his complete from the previous 5 seasons combined.

All the while, Durant was feeling that he wanted to play perfectly each night time and held his crew to that very same normal.

“Like, for me, when I was coming in I was like ‘If I miss a shot, I will miss this shot in Recreation 6 of the Finals,'” he said within the report. “‘If we don’t play defense this sport, we’re not going to play protection within the Finals.’ Like, I was thinking like that. And I used to be going residence and I might get so mad over small stuff. That is not me. So I used to be dropping myself over what folks thought, what different people thought.”

That title chase in the end fell brief when the Thunder, minus injured Russell Westbrook, were eradicated within the second spherical of the playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies.

A year wiser, Durant is taking a unique approach as the new season nears.

“So I’m not going to let that overtake my mind,” Durant instructed The Oklahoman of his championship chase. “I mean, in fact I need to win it, but I’m not obsessive about it. I’ll put within the work to help my group, however I’m not going to be obsessed with it as a result of that is when I compromise myself, and most of the time it would not work out.”

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Burleson gets year of pizza after costly accident

Lions extensive receiver Nate Burleson suffered a damaged arm during a car accident final month. But this isn’t your garden-selection car-related injury. Nope, Burleson was damage whereas trying to save lots of a pizza from sliding off the passenger seat of his car. This is a true story.

Thankfully, Burleson was superb (aside from the arm). And he even posted images of accident, together with the perpetrating pizza.

Well, the story will get higher: Burleson tweeted Sunday that the dark cloud of a broken arm has a pepperoni and cheese-stuffed silver lining: Free pizza for the yr.

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The letter from DiGiorno reads: “Hi there Nate, We hope you feel higher after your latest automobile accident and are on the highway to recovery. DiGiorno Pizza understands the challenges that come with perform and supply pizza so we’re sending you a gift along with a year provide of DiGorno pizza so you possibly can skip carry out.”

In the meantime, Burleson hopes to return to the sector when the Lions meet the Bears on Nov. 10. We might counsel laying off the pizza diet unless the plan is to come again as a tight end.

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Oft-fined Panthers CB Mitchell: I’m Goodell target

Mike Mitchell says he's been fined 10 times since he entered the league in 2009. (USATSI)
Mike Mitchell says he is been fined 10 occasions since he entered the league in 2009. (USATSI)

When Panthers cornerback Mike Mitchell pushed Rams quarterback Sam Bradford out of bounds in Week 7 in a transfer that tore Bradford’s ACL, St. Louis guard Harvey Dahl immediately went after Mitchell – once after the initial hit and then once more when Dahl realized Bradford was badly harm.

Now, the NFL is coming after Mitchell’s money, and he thinks it’s grow to be private with the league.

In actual fact, he said he is been fined by the league 10 instances since he was drafted in 2009, together with $7,875 for taunting after the Bradford takedown. Mitchell wasn’t penalized on the play – for either the hit or the supposed taunt – but he mentioned the league is penalizing him as a result of Bradford is a giant title.

“I am being focused as a result of I play soccer bodily, however I’m not out here low cost-shoting guys and doing soiled plays like I’ve seen people from Detroit do,” Mitchell said, via the AP.

In fact, the “individuals from Detroit” to whom Mitchell is referring (we assume he is talking about Ndumukong Suh) have been fined and fined heavily.

But you may see Mitchell’s level, significantly because it didn’t seem that Mitchell was conscious of Bradford’s injury when he went into his mode of preening.

“Roger being Roger, I suppose,” Mitchell said, referring to commissioner Roger Goodell. “To be honest, I feel there’s a little bit of a concentrating on system they have out. I think I am one of the guys they’d been in search of, however I’m OKAY with that.”

Mitchell mentioned he is been fined about $45,000 this yr, and he would not count on the punishments to cease anytime quickly.

“The coaches and my teammates know who I’m, know the type of player I’m, and I’ve positively cut down on the private foul penalties,” he stated. “So so long as I’m not getting flags that are hurting the crew.. Like I said, they have a bit of little bit of a goal on me. As long as it’s not hurting our crew, I don’t mind..

“We have now 9 video games left. I’m not going to alter the way that I play. I’m not getting penalties, I am not enjoying dirty, I’m not hitting anyone to the top. If you wish to positive me on these little judgmental things, hold them coming. It is a write-off.”

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Report: Redskins owner, Goodell to discuss name

Washington owner Dan Snyder will reportedly meet with Roger Goodell this week. (USATSI)
Washington proprietor Dan Snyder will reportedly meet with Roger Goodell this week. (USATSI)

The NFL is scheduled to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation on Wednesday relating to the Washington Redskins team title. Nonetheless, before that meeting occurs, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with Redskins proprietor Daniel Snyder in New York, in accordance with the Washington Publish.

In line with the Post, Snyder hasn’t modified his stance on the workforce’s identify – and his stance is to not change it – however Snyder will meet with Goodell so that Goodell can “get extra of an understanding from the membership as to how it plans to address the difficulty.”

Snyder wrote an open letter to fans in early October citing explanation why he would not be altering the title. Within the letter, Snyder mentioned the franchise’s nice history, tradition and legacy.

The Oneida Indian Nation have spearheaded the effort to get the identify changed. The Oneida have bought radio adverts denouncing the name and even held a protest before the Redskins performed in Green Bay in September.

The Oneida have been vocal sufficient that the NFL agreed to fulfill with them in New York in November. Snyder’s truly been invited to attend that meeting, however he’s unlikely to be there. The Oneida commissioned a poll in mid-October and seventy seven percent of respondents stated they believed Snyder ought to attend. Instead, it seems to be like Snyder may have the aforementioned assembly with Goodell subsequent week.

President Obama and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell both appear open to a name change, but Goodell did say in September that the decision is ultimately Snyder’s to make.

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Texans tab Keenum, not Schaub, as starter

HOUSTON – Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum will begin in Sunday night time’s game towards the Indianapolis Colts, coach Gary Kubiak introduced Monday.

The choice came although former starter Matt Schaub returned to follow after lacking the Texans’ final sport with a sprained ankle and foot.

“[Schaub] is clearly disenchanted,” Kubiak said. “I wouldn’t anticipate anything else.

“We talked for a long time. He is a competitor. He desires to be the man in there. I do know it is very difficult on him. It’s totally difficult on me, too.”

Kubiak said he informed both Keenum and Schaub of his determination last week earlier than the Texans broke for their bye week.

“Obviously very disappointing for me in any case we’ve been by means of right here and all we have achieved and done,” Schaub stated. “But I’m part of the rationale that we’re in this scenario as a soccer group, so it is his resolution. He is the pinnacle coach. Obviously as a player and competitor, I don’t prefer it. I need to be on the market.”

Case KeenumCase Keenum will remain the Texans’ beginning quarterback regardless that Matt Schaub has returned to apply from his ankle and foot accidents.

Keenum mentioned that the bye week was a welcomed break.

“It was good to be able to rest and reload somewhat bit and nonetheless have the mindset of being ready to go,” Keenum stated. “Really resting my body, however retaining my mind sharp. Continue to look at film. It was good.”

Keenum was energetic for the primary time in his NFL profession two weeks in the past against the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. The Texans misplaced 17-sixteen, but Kubiak said Keenum’s play provided a spark.

That spark was why Kubiak elevated Keenum forward of T.J. Yates, who entered the season as Schaub’s backup.

In his first start against the Chiefs, Keenum opened up a deep passing game that the Texans had moved away from lately. In line with ESPN Stats & Data, he accomplished three of five pass attempts longer than 20 yards, including one for a landing to DeAndre Hopkins. In the previous four weeks, the Texans had tried solely six such passes whole.

He completed with a passer score of a hundred and ten.6, finishing 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked 5 occasions – all in the second half – by maybe one of the best defense within the NFL.

Schaub struggled earlier than the injury he suffered on Oct. thirteen. He grew to become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw interceptions that had been returned for touchdowns in four consecutive video games.

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FSU’s Fisher unbiased in coaches’ poll ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – At some point after Florida State dropped a spot to 3rd in the newest BCS standings, head coach Jimbo Fisher mentioned he believes his Seminoles are as good as any workforce in the nation – however he did not vote them No. 1 either.

Fisher, who has a vote in the USA Right this moment Coaches Ballot, which makes up one-third of the BCS components, didn’t put FSU atop his ballot . Emotion, he said, should not determine into the choice.

“That’s a job I have,” Fisher said. “I don’t take a look at it by our workforce. You can’t let emotion get into it. It’s important to do what you suppose, from your examine, analysis, opinion and experience, the place you need to fit in that poll.”

Florida State didn’t earn any first-place votes within the latest coaches’ ballot.

Whereas Fisher didn’t reveal his full poll, he strongly advised Alabama took the top spot.

“Alabama’s been very consistent, enjoying nice protection right now, they’ve playmakers that may run the soccer, they’re very physical, and they’ve completed it and earned it for 2 years,” Fisher stated.

Fisher stated he thought Alabama and Oregon each had an edge on Florida State due to their performance in past seasons, adding that he would like no polls had been released till six or seven weeks into a season.

Florida State is 7-0 and will host No. 7 Miami this week after torching its previous three opponents by a combined 163-31. Still, that efficiency wasn’t sufficient to hold off Oregon in the latest ballot. The 2 groups flipped positions in this week’s poll, with the Seminoles now trailing the Ducks by0306 points.

In final week’s 49-17 win over NC State, Fisher sat his starters for almost all of the second half after Florida State ran up a forty two-0 halftime lead. Requested after the sport if he’d missed a chance to earn some model factors within the eyes of voters, Fisher mentioned he refused to coach based mostly on the polls.

“I’m not going to go out there and embarrass this recreation and the integrity of how you’ve got to play,” Fisher stated. “If that is the way they are going to do it, they should reevaluate. If they can’t inform we dominated that recreation early and put it away – I simply assume that is unhealthy for faculty soccer, in my opinion.”

Fisher stated he expects voters to make use of “the eye test” to gauge a staff’s performance based mostly on its style of play fairly than depend on the ultimate score.

“People watch and know while you’re playing well,” he said. “It’s essential you put together to play properly, play properly, and put an important product on the field. From that standpoint, you do must impress. But I feel that is how you win video games.”

Six teams from computerized-qualifying conferences stay undefeated, and Fisher mentioned all warrant consideration for the BCS title game at this point, however he added that he believed the remaining schedule would chop the field considerably.

“All people brings one thing totally different to the desk. You are not undefeated for no motive,” Fisher mentioned. “There’s loads of them, and it’ll type itself out.”

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LeBron, Heat on Bulls: We don’t like them

MIAMI – With the way the Miami Heat’s assistant coaches, armed with handheld football pads, mauled LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as they drove into the lane on the end of Monday’s observe, one may suppose the star trio have been truly working backs getting ready for an enormous sport.

As an alternative, the Warmth have been just preparing for a bodily battle on the courtroom in Tuesday’s season opener against the Chicago Bulls. After the Heat workers introduced out the football pads to follow for the first time this preseason, the message is clear.

LeBron James and Joakim NoahLeBron James and the Miami Heat could have much more than Joakim Noah to deal with within the season opener. Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng are again in the fold for the Bulls after missing the Japanese Conference finals last season.

“We do not like them, they don’t like us,” James stated of the Bulls after the drill. “It’s not remarkable. Everyone knows how it’s.”

Was it a coincidence that they busted out the football gear before facing Tom Thibodeau’s famed defense in Chicago?

“No, under no circumstances,” Bosh said after the 20-minute drill. “It is all deliberate. We know they’re big, bodily and we all know we now have to finish.”

The Heat expect the Bulls to be further motivated Tuesday, and never just because it marks level guard Derrick Rose’s first sport again since struggling a torn ACL in April 2012. The Heat may also be raising their 2012-thirteen championship banner and getting their rings earlier than the sport, and it is not lost them that they ended the Bulls’ season in the Jap Conference semifinals just 5 months ago.

“It don’t matter who it is,” James said of the opponent for the opener. “However we like the truth that it’s the Bulls.”

Not that the Bulls will be watching. As an alternative, they will be within the locker room, coach Tom Thibodeau said Monday.

“That is their ceremony, not ours,” Rose stated. “If we have been getting our rings there can be a bit of little bit of a distraction, however for us we know that we bought to stay targeted, come together as a team, and really take their first hit because they’re definitely going to be on charge.”

The Bulls have been right here earlier than. After the Warmth gained the title in 2006, the Bulls have been in Miami for opening evening and the banner elevating ceremony. Chicago blasted Miami 108-sixty six. Only Udonis Haslem and Wade remain from that group, whereas Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich are the one Bulls who were around then.

JamesWe do not like them, they do not like us. It isn’t remarkable. Everyone knows how it is.

- LeBron James, on Miami’s opener vs. the Chicago Bulls

The Warmth were in the Bulls’ shoes just two years in the past. After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 Finals, the Warmth opened the season in Dallas after the lockout ended and obtained revenge by beating the Mavs by double digits.

“We wished to embarrass [the Mavericks] on their residence ground,” Bosh stated. “We wanted to defecate on their night time and we all know [the Bulls] need to do this to us. They need to spoil what we have going and we’re aware of that. Now we have to hit first.”

The Bulls, who were the one NBA crew with an eight-zero preseason document, are again expected to challenge the Warmth for the Eastern Conference crown this season. With Rose, Hinrich and Deng anticipated to be again in the fold after being sidelined in the Japanese Conference semifinals, the Bulls shall be as healthy as they’ve been in over a year.

After battling groin soreness during the preseason, Bulls center Joakim Noah has declared himself “100 percent” for Tuesday’s season opener.

“We’ve a special little thing with these guys,” Bosh stated. “The fans want to see it. We want to play them and so they want us, too. So it’ll be good.”

Wade, who grew up in Chicago, agreed there’s exhausting feelings between the two organizations with Miami having ended the Bulls’ season twice in the last three years.

“We’re each trying to do something, attempting to win [a championship],” Wade said. “You are going to run into each other alongside the best way and you are going to dislike one another. They wish to beat us as badly as we want to beat them.”

Wade expects the competition within the East, starting with the Bulls, to be even more durable this season.

“Our aim right here is to not get bored,” Wade mentioned. “Do not get uninterested in making an attempt to be great. Now we have to understand that we’re champions and we will get each different staff’s finest shot.”

Greg Oden, who signed with the Heat as a free agent through the offseason and hasn’t performed a regular-season sport in more than 4 years, remains to be everyday, coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned.

Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com contributed to this report.
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Raiders to handle DC’s gestures ‘in-house’

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis might understand his defensive coordinator’s thought process, nevertheless it doesn’t mean he endorses what Jason Tarver was caught doing in his staff’s eventual 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. And Tarver himself issued a mea culpa for his actions.

Jason TarverRaiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver apologized Monday for his gestures directed towards officers in Sunday’s recreation.

Tarver flipped a middle finger, on separate events, at the officials after a private foul was known as on cornerback Mike Jenkins for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell with eight:forty eight left in the third quarter.

“It was simply an emotional outburst by a coach within the heat of the sport,” Davis informed ESPN.com. “We don’t condone those actions and we’ll deal with it in-house.”

Tarver, in the meantime, issued his apology in an announcement Monday afternoon.

“I apologize for my motion on the sideline of yesterday’s game,” Tarver mentioned within the release. “It was within the warmth of the second, and I regret drawing attention away from the Raiders gamers and what they achieved.”

The flag, by the best way, was picked up and no penalty was levied in spite of everything.

The Raiders, not the NFL, are anticipated to impose self-discipline on Tarver, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

In 2010, Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was hit with a $40,000 fantastic for flipping off the refs when he disagreed with a penalty towards his staff.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen was requested in his weekly information convention about Tarver’s actions and apology.

“I do not know if it is a kind of stuff you just say, ‘Let’s forget about it,'” Allen stated.

“Pay attention, he’s made his assertion about what’s happened. I think the only factor I’ll say is I feel he is carried out an excellent job with this protection. I think he is a fiery and emotional man and I believe our gamers have actually taken to that, and I believe they’ve embraced that kind of perspective and he has the defense enjoying at a high stage proper now.”

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