No. 7 Syracuse keeps falling, loses to Georgia Tech

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A month in the past, Syracuse was unbeaten, ranked No. 1 and using excessive. Now, the Orange are struggling towards the postseason having lost four of five.

Trae Golden scored sixteen points, including six clutch free throws in the closing seconds, and Georgia Tech shocked No. 7 Syracuse 67-sixty two on Tuesday evening, the Orange's second straight dwelling loss to a staff with a sub-.500 document.

Syracuse (26-4, thirteen-four Atlantic Coast Conference) began the season with 25 straight wins and spent three weeks at No. 1.

''I'm not proud of tonight, but I am very comfortable to be 26-4,'' coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We're well ahead of predictions. We simply should regroup.

''I strive to have a look at the large image and never snapshots. We're in good place. When you get in the (NCAA) tournament, you're going to play somebody good. You play good, you have got a chance to win. You play nicely, seeding doesn't matter. It's so simple as that.''

Last season, Syracuse stumbled down the stretch of the regular season, losing four of its last five video games, the last a humbling sixty one-39 loss at former Massive East archrival Georgetown. The Orange responded by profitable three straight video games in the Large East tournament, shedding to eventual national champion Louisville within the title recreation, and then went on to the Final Four.

''It didn't end the best way I wished it to,'' said C.J. Fair, who matched his profession high with 28 factors within the remaining dwelling sport of his profession. ''It occurred, however our season's not over. I nonetheless have a chance to win my last recreation.''

Golden gained it with some clutch free throw taking pictures within the ultimate 35 seconds.

''I form of went again to when I was a child and just knocked them in,'' stated Golden, who was eight of 8 from the line. ''My dad used to make me nervous when I was youthful. It made me think about that calm. It really helped me out.''

Georgia Tech (14-sixteen, 5-12) snapped a 4-recreation shedding streak, and its previous 5 ACC highway trips had produced two wins, an additional time loss, a 3-point loss, a four-point loss and a 10-point loss.

Getting healthier by the day, the Yellow Jackets, who at one point within the season had solely seven scholarship gamers accessible, closes the regular season against Virginia Tech on Saturday with the conference tournament looming subsequent week.

''Large may be an understatement. It is a huge win for us,'' Golden said. ''We beat one of many high groups within the nation.''

The loss value the Orange an incredible likelihood to lock up a high seed within the conference event.

Jerami Grant, the Orange's leading rebounder, had been hobbled by back problems the past two video games and watched in street clothes as freshman Tyler Roberson made his first start of the season. Grant's absence was felt as solely Truthful and freshman Tyler Ennis, with 18 factors, scored in double figures.

''Not having him, he is a giant a part of our staff,'' Fair said of Grant. ''It could have been a distinct game if he was there. You never know, but it's a big blow to the crew.''

Georgia Tech had 18 assists and shot 24 of 51 from the sector while committing only 9 turnovers.

''I believed our guys did an important job of executing the game plan when it comes to taking care of the basketball, shifting the basketball, getting it underneath the zone and making performs for each other,'' Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory stated. ''We've had some tough times this 12 months. This was a complete group effort.''

Daniel Miller had 15 factors and six blocks and Robert Carter Jr. added 12 points for Georgia Tech.

Truthful was 12 of 25 from the sector and Ennis finished with seven assists. Trevor Cooney had only seven factors and was 1 of 8 from behind the arc.

After Honest lower the result in 39-33 with a driving layup, Golden responded with a 3 from the suitable wing to place Georgia Tech up by nine. Two free throws by Kammeon Holsey and a jumper in the lane by Miller made it 46-34 with thirteen:18 to go.

Truthful's driving layup and a free throw by Michael Gbinije minimize the deficit to single digits, but Chris Bolden beat the Syracuse press for a layup to give Georgia Tech a fifty two-41 lead with eight:10 to go.

Truthful missed a three however Bolden shortly missed one at the other end instead of taking break day the clock and Fair responded with a drive and shot off the glass with 2:forty one left to make it fifty nine-55. Honest was fouled on the play but did not convert the free throw, making Syracuse a pricey 7 of 16 from the road.

Miller's slam then beat the Orange press after a turnover by Honest, but Cooney finally got here via with a three from the wing as Syracuse closed to 61-57 with 1:forty eight to play.

Carter missed a free throw, but Ennis misplaced the ball on a drive in the lane with simply over a minute remaining.

Syracuse, which additionally misplaced at house to Boston School, closes the season at Florida State on Sunday.

''We're just desirous to get that win,'' Truthful mentioned. ''As soon as we win a couple of consecutive games, that can get us going.''

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Silva has ugly injury, loses rematch to Weidman

 

Chris Weidman will look to for a repeat performance as he defends his belt against Anderson Silva (USATSI)
Chris Weidman retained his title after Anderson Silva broke his leg throwing a leg kick. (USATSI)

 

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Fundamental Occasion – UFC Middleweight Championship (185 lbs)
Chris Weidman, champion (10-zero) vs. Anderson Silva (33-5)

12:37 a.m. If this is the way it ends, it ended with Anderson Silva's leg damaged in half, and with Silva screaming in ache on the Octagon flooring as Chris Weidman jogged the other way, arms raised, a champion nonetheless, the only fighter to beat Silva as soon as in the UFC.. and now, having crushed him for a second time. Given his age, Silva – who turns 39 in April – might be done as a fighter. What's extra to show? He can't battle Weidman again any time soon, so does this all-time nice want to spend a yr in grueling bodily rehabilitation solely to drop down the ladder and combat an elimination bout or two within the hopes of getting one other crack at Weidman in a year or extra, pushing 40? My guess: No. My guess: We have seen the final of Anderson Silva, an infuriating but undeniably gifted fighter who pushed the boundaries, good and unhealthy, of what a fighter might get away with inside the cage. And in the end, he discovered what he couldn't get away with in opposition to someone nearly as good as Chris Weidman: taunting him in the first combat, and attempting an inside leg kick in the second.

As for Chris Weidman, who's subsequent? Most likely another Brazilian challenger, someone from among the next three guys: Vitor Belfort, Jacare Souza or Lyoto Machida.

12:29 a.m. Post-combat interview: Battle ends at 1:sixteen of Spherical 2 after Silva broke his shin on Weidman's test of a leg kick. The leg bent ninety levels in a spot the place there's no knee. Yikes. Afterward, Weidman advised Rogan: "No matter what occurred, he is nonetheless often known as the best of all time. I want him the perfect, and God bless him." Weidman said he labored on checking leg kicks in camp as a result of Silva damage him with leg kicks within the first battle: "I knew if he kicked me arduous on my knee, it might damage him. Crazy that it might happen like that."

12:23 a.m. Spherical 2: Silva is dancing and throwing now, like he usually does midway through Spherical 1. Weidman didn't give him that likelihood earlier, so now Silva is trying to get his rhythm going. Oh no. Oh wow. Weidman checked Silva's inside leg kick, and that broke Silva's leg. What an ending. TKO, damaged leg, Weidman wins. Silva is screaming in agony.

12:20 a.m. Spherical 1: Silva is not playing around or prancing pointlessly. However he's not throwing early, as traditional, and Weidman charges and puts him down, although Silva popped up and buried a knee in Weidman's abdomen. In the dirty-boxing position Weidman crushed Silva's temple and knocked him down and was attempting to complete with heavy ground-and-pound. Again?!??! No. Properly, not yet anyway. Silva survived, and Weidman is in Silva's guard, fending off submission makes an attempt and dropping elbows. One right hand to Silva's head seemed dangerous, then two more. Rogan keeps saying, "Weidman harm him." Silva appears OK, but he doesn't look protected. This looks like Silva-Sonnen I, is what it appears to be like like. This spherical is 10-9 for Weidman, 10-8 if the judges are feeling frisky.

Tale of the Tape
  Chris Weidman Anderson Silva
Report 10-0-0 33-5-zero
KO/TKO W-L four-zero 20-1
Submission W-L three-0 6-2
Decision W-L 3-0 7-1
Age 29 38
Peak 6'0'' 6'2''
Reach* 78'' seventy seven.6''
Weight* 185 185

eleven:59 p.m. Preview: We have by no means seen an embarrassed Anderson Silva. We've seen an angry Anderson Silva, who destroyed Chael Sonnen in the first spherical of their rematch. We have seen a bored Silva and a cocky Silva – we see that Silva means too typically – but he was humiliated in his last combat with Weidman by begging the American to hit him, even dropping his palms and jutting out his chin, and then getting knocked out chilly. Silva was embarrassed, and he ought to be indignant, which means this must be the most effective, most focused Anderson Silva of all time. And I am selecting that man to lose? No approach. I guess he finishes Weidman within the first spherical, which does not mean that is what I'd like to see. But that's what I believe we'll see.

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Co-Most important Occasion – UFC Ladies's Bantamweight Championship (135 lbs)
Ronda Rousey, champion (7-zero) vs. Miesha Tate (thirteen-4)

11:fifty six p.m. Submit-combat interviews: Rousey to Joe Rogan: "Household comes before something, even the boos and cheers of the group. She did a tremendous job but I am unable to shake the hand of someone who spit on my household's again." And the gang booed, and booed, and booed. Rousey absolutely gained this battle – and misplaced this crowd. The gang cheered Tate for her interview with Rogan, then booed … as Rousey posed for pictures on the other facet of the cage. Tate said Rousey's proper hand was much improved, then pandered to the crowd by thanking them for his or her assist. And the group cheered. Ronda Rousey: bad man. Narrative! However generally narratives are true. You recognize?

eleven:51 p.m. Spherical three: They grapple and roll and Rousey leads to arm-bar place and closes the struggle out, submission win for Rousey … and what did I say within the preview? Rousey ruined it by showing no class. Tate tried to shake her hand, and Rousey walked away from her. The gang booed Rousey, and good for them. The replay confirmed on the screen, and the crowd booed Rousey again. Then they booed her when her arm was raised.

11:49 p.m. Spherical 2: Rousey pushed Tate down immediately however Tate scored with some brutal up-kicks while Rousey simply kind of stood there and … took it. Bizarre. Rousey took her down again, but did not score on the ground. Rousey pushed Tate once more the cage and punched her face from the clinch, then kneed Tate in the stomach, then tossed her with a judo throw into aspect control. Rousey was near arm-bar place, then gave it up for the complete mount with 1:55 left. Now she's landing lefts to Tate's face earlier than spinning for Tate's left arm. Appears to be like dangerous. Unhealthy. Bad. Tate escapes! However Rousey continues to be on prime, punching Tate's face. Rousey now has Tate in a reverse leg triangle, and Joe Rogan says Tate "is in deep, deep doo-doo proper now," but Tate will survive what could possibly be a ten-eight round for Rousey given how close she was to finishing the battle two or 3 times. But it will be 10-9, Rousey.

eleven:43 p.m. Round 1: They exchange punches for 10 seconds, then Rousey ducks, charges and will get Tate down. That is how it's gonna be, huh? Tate rises but Rousey is all over her, plastering Tate to the cage and then tripping her down once more. Tate put Rousey into triangle place, but Rousey lifted her over her head and compelled Tate to let go earlier than she grew to become Rampage'd. They rolled to the ground with Tate in Rousey's guard, and Rousey cuts up Tate's face with elbows while going for both an arm bar or a triangle from her back. Tate obtained out of it, and they stood and fired. Tate landed a huge right, however Rousey took her down with 90 seconds left and almost had the mount. Just a loopy spherical of motion, down and up and down and up, and this is the best Tate's ever seemed and still Rousey will win this round 10-9.

11:22 p.m. Brief interlude: They simply showed the Uriah Hall-Chris Leben combat from earlier tonight on the PPV card, and when Corridor tried that spinning wheel kick that produced the largest knockout in TUF actuality-present history, Leben ducked it but his face modified. His face mentioned: Oh s-t, I would like out of this cage. After which when Corridor dropped him with a straight proper and was clubbing away because the spherical ended, Leben was carried out. I'm undecided he was out on his toes, after watching and listening intently. However I'm positive Leben wanted no more of Uriah Hall. He advised his corner, "I'm finished," and he didn't sound like a man who was nearly out. He seemed like a guy who knew precisely what he was saying.

11:thirteen p.m. Preview: For a wrestler, Tate is lousy at stopping takedowns – opponents have an 80-p.c success rate – and that is awful in opposition to a judoka like Rousey. Their first assembly ended within the first spherical with Tate's arm bent the flawed method. That may occur once more here, of course. And then Rousey will smash it by doing something to make us all want probably the most well-known feminine fighter on the earth had more class.

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Heavyweight Division (265 lbs)
Josh Barnett (33-6) vs. Travis Browne (15-1-1)

eleven:09 p.m. Round 1: Josh Barnett has a bad body for a professional fighter. Simply saying. Unhealthy physique. Awful. Have some satisfaction, man. That mentioned, he is dangerous and this spherical started with an incredible leg kick by Barnett. Browne, a former junior faculty basketball participant – he's 6-foot-7 – was jabbing Barnett to keep him away. Barnett received Browne towards the cage, but Browne landed a knee to the jaw to stun him, and then dropped 5 or 6 elbows to Barnett's temple and put him to sleep. After which Browne did the throat-slash after his KO victory. Wow.

10:forty four p.m. Preview: This is the toughest fight to predict on the entire card (for me, anyway) because Barnett is clearly superior on the ground and Browne is clearly superior on the toes, but there is no telling the place this fight will happen. Barnett – a throat-slashing, macho dummy – clearly could be higher served taking down Browne, however he might need to prove he does not must. In truth, that's what I feel will happen. Barnett will attempt to make some extent that he can stand with Browne, and might even catch Browne early (because Barnett isn't any slouch as a striker), but finally he'll chunk off more than he can chew and eat a shot that ends his night.

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Lightweight Division (a hundred and fifty five lbs)
Jim Miller (22-four, 1 NC) vs. Fabricio Camoes (14-7-1)

10:forty one p.m. Spherical 1: Camoes is touchdown more than Miller after one minute. Nothing big, but greater than Miller, who appears tentative or simply … lethargic. Camoes drills Miller with a left hook which you can hear like flatulence a thunderclap. Camoes is placing all the pieces into his shots, which makes you marvel about his cardio later. Assuming this goes later. He desires to end it … and as I say that, Miller catches a headkick and throws Camoes down. A BJJ black belt, Camoes reverses that and is on top of Miller, within the full guard. Miller comes near an arm bar after deking with a gogoplata (I swear) … and he faucets out the black belt Camoes! Holy cow. Strong victory by arm-bar submission for Jim Miller. Camoes is furious, kicking the cage in defeat, as a result of Miller completed him from a place the place he actually, um, shouldn't have been in a position to finish him. He did not even lengthen his hips all the way to pop Camoes' arm the wrong approach. It was awkward and unlikely, and provided that Camoes is a black belt, it is frankly a surprising method for the Brazilian to lose. Which means Miller was fabulous to drag this finish off.

10:26 p.m. Preview: For years Miller has been preventing the very best of the UFC's greatest and breaking even. Camoes has principally constructed up his victories towards sub-UFC opposition, and lost to fairly a few of them as effectively, and consistently lost when he has moved up in competitors: to Melvin Guillard (whom Miller completed in two minutes), Gleison Tibau (whom Miller defeated) and Kurt Pellegrino. What am I saying? I am saying Camoes is slightly out of his league on this one.

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FIRST PAY-PER-VIEW BATTLE

Featherweight Division (a hundred forty five lbs)
Dustin Poirier (14-three) vs. Diego Brandao (22-eight-1)

10:23 p.m. Spherical 1: Poirier reminds me of Dayton basketball coach Archie Miller, if Miller could break your facial bones with palms, toes, elbows and knees. Anyway, the battle. Early on Brandao kicked Poirier within the head, barely, when Poirier was technically down. It was an accident and did no harm and Brandao apologized. Nice moment of class. They'd some nice exchanges of punches and took turns with leg kicks, and the factor I see is that Brandao is loading every little thing into every shot whereas Poirier is being more controlled – another reason to suppose Brandao is in peril of gassing out if this struggle goes previous the first spherical. Brandao keeps coming forward sloppily, and Poirier is countering him. With forty five seconds left Poirier has Brandao in hassle. Huge bother. Physique pictures, punches to the top, and Brandao is able to go. With a couple of seconds left within the spherical Poirier will get him down and then hammer-fists him into oblivion. I swear Brandao is out for just a few seconds, his eyes shut, as Poirier pounds on him and the referee stands there and simply form of.. watches. Idiot. TKO for Poirier.

9:forty six p.m. Preview: Brandao will decide where this fight is fought – he rates better than 80 % at both takedowns and takedown protection, considerably simpler than Poirier at both – however Poirier is healthier on the feet and comparable on the ground, and also he needs to be in a lot better form given that Brandao weighed in at 153 pounds and was able to shave simply 1 half kilos in the subsequent hour. And that hour was in all probability grueling. If Brandao can't end Poirier earlier, his cardio will betray him late in this catch-weight bout that can see Brandao give 25 p.c of his purse to Poirier.

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Middleweight Division (185 lbs)
Chris Leben (22-10) vs. Uriah Corridor (8-four)

9:forty one p.m. Official choice: Oh my phrase, Leben walked to his corner and mainly mentioned he could not fight anymore. He thought he'd been knocked out on the end of Round 1, and when he came upon he hadn't been, he advised his nook, "I am done." TKO for Uriah Corridor. Good choice, Leben. Now please retire.

9:39 p.m. Spherical 1: Leben charged across the cage initially, only to be dropped by a flying knee from Corridor. Extra of a flash knockdown than a struggle-ender, although, and so they squared off anew with Leben stalking Corridor and Corridor utilizing footwork and the jab to maintain Leben off him. Leben acquired close for the clinch, and Hall scored with a knee to the body. Halfway through the primary spherical this is the very best Corridor we have seen since the TUF present, and Leben is a bloody mess, albeit a bloody mess who continues to move robotically forward. Leben has aggression and octagon control, but Corridor gained this round with damage and effectivity and with a knockdown in the final seconds. Hell, I'd score it 10-8, Corridor, because the bell saved Leben from being TKO'd, I believe.

9:22 p.m. Preview: Leben has lost four of his final five fights and taken some ferocious poundings over time, even in fights he gained as a result of he was simply that robust and resilient. However toughness and resiliency do not last endlessly, and Corridor has the size and talent to explore just how much Leben has left. Downside is, Corridor has fought terribly in his only two UFC appearances since dominating people on the TUF actuality present. If Hall can recover from his stage fright and put it all collectively, this battle could possibly be his best moment. If not? This fight may very well be his ultimate UFC second. Which do I feel happens? I feel Hall figures it out and explodes all over the cussed however slower Chris Leben, who'll want to think about retiring if he loses for the fifth time in six fights.

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Light-weight Division (155 lbs)
Gleison Tibau (37-9) vs. Michael Johnson (14-eight)

9:19 p.m. Round 2: A boring first minute gave way to a huge knockout for Johnson, who countered Tibau as Tibau was walking forward. A left to Tibau's temple dropped him, and then a brutal right to the face, on the ground, turned off his lights. Knockout win, Michael Johnson.

9:15 p.m. Spherical 1: Johnson is faster however Tibau has monumental arms and chest and used all of it to stun Johnson early with a proper. However Johnson wobbled Tibau with about 2 minutes left in the spherical, evening issues up for the ultimate minute or two, when little or no occurred till Tibau muscled him against the cage and held him there. Who won this round? Yikes. Johnson 10-9, as a result of he appears more fluid. It was that close. And that uneventful.

9:05 p.m. Preview: Johnson's placing has come a long, great distance … whereas Tibau's really has not. And Tibau, who tends to beat guys by being the larger, stronger fighter and getting on top of them, will not be a lot bigger than Johnson – a former welterweight – and won't find it easy to take the former wrestler down. Not sure Johnson can knock out Tibau, but I am optimistic he can beat him on the toes (as he beat Joe Lauzon on the ft in his last combat) and win a decision.

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Featherweight Division (one hundred forty five lbs)
Dennis Siver (21-9) vs. Manny Gamburyan (sixteen-eight)

9:02 p.m. Official decision: All three judges rating it 29-28 for Siver, who won by taking the superior grappler Gamburyan's back late in rounds one and three.

9:00 p.m.Spherical 3: Siver has some great inside leg kicks, but fifty seven seconds into Round three he buries one in Gamburyan's groin. The battle is paused for a minute, then resumes and Siver takes him down (!). Gamburyan thinks a few guillotine choke, then leans to his right for a kimura on Siver's left arm. Siver takes Gamburyan's back and places in a hook. Then a second hook for a body lock, and now he's going for a rear bare choke on a man who has nearly no neck. Not going to work, however it is profitable this spherical. He lets the choke go and pounds the sides of Gamburyan's head with punches. This is a 10-9 spherical for Siver, and a 29-28 choice win for him as properly. I think.

8:fifty three p.m. Round 2: Siver dropped him during an alternate of punches 15 seconds into the round, however Gamburyan performed it off as a slip by rising and gesturing Siver again into the fray. The judges will purchase it, however me and my boy Joe Rogan didn't. What did Goldberg think? Who knows. He thinks what Rogan tells him to assume, for those who ask me. Gamburyan took down Siver and minimize him broad open with an elbow to the forehead, and now Siver's blond hair is pink from the blood. That evens the round getting into the ultimate ninety seconds, and Siver scores first with a flurry to the body. Gamburyan doesn't like it and takes Siver down, with some late ground-and-pound. This can be a powerful round to attain, however the gash on Siver's face is telling. So, 10-9 for Gamburyan and a 19-19 tie.

8:forty seven p.m. Round 1: Gamburyan is doing his best to get close to Siver, shut down Siver's superior putting and work the clinch. He does … and Siver takes him down. From his back, although, Gamburyan is going for an arm-bar and Joe Rogan is spitting the reality: "Siver needs to get the hell out of there." Gamburyan goes for a leg-lock earlier than Siver will get the hell out of there and stands up. Siver has a huge trapezoid trapezius muscle, which all the time makes me surprise. What do I ponder? None of your enterprise. Anyway … Siver is scoring higher on his feet, however Gamburyan takes him down with eighty seconds left and goes for another leg-lock. That leaves his head open, and Siver is popping his head with fists. From there Siver takes Gamburyan's again and sinks in hooks whereas using the standing Gamburyan. Good spherical for Gamburyan, but dangerous – terrible – strategy to end a detailed one. Siver's gonna win this 10-9.

8:36 p.m. Preview: The shorter Gamburyan simply has to take down Siver and maintain him there, or he will have his a- kicked in this fight. Problem for Gamburyan: He has only a 32-p.c charge of takedown success, whereas Siver has a 70-p.c charge of takedown protection. None of that bodes effectively for Gamburyan, who isn't any match for Siver on the toes. After faring nicely towards much greater fighters, Siver lastly picks on someone his personal dimension – if not smaller – and beats the poor little dude up.

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Welterweight Division (170 lbs)
John Howard (21-8) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (21-5-1)

8:33 p.m. Official determination: All three judges score it 30-27 for Howard as a result of I am good at guessing what they'll do this combat sucked but Howard sucked a little less than Bahadurzada.

8:30 p.m. Round 3: "Doomsday" Howard places together the best flurry of the fight, the flatulence however, with a collection of punches within the first 30 seconds of Round 3. Bahadurzada is out on his feet, not from harm however from exhaustion. Howard is tired as nicely, but compared to Bahadurzada, Howard is recent as a damn doomsdaisy. He takes down Bahadurzada and scores (somewhat), while Bahadurzada lays there and takes it as a result of his gasoline tank is empty. Howard takes the mount with 90 seconds left, postures up, and takes the again when Bahadurzada rolls over. A submission isn't close, however Howard rides out the spherical for his most clearly received spherical of the combat. I see it 10-9 for positive this spherical, and 30-27 (I feel) for the battle for Howard.

eight:24 p.m. Spherical 2: Inside 10 seconds every fighter lands his best punch of the struggle to this point, Howard starting with a (leaping) left hook, Bahadurzada countering with a straight right. Bahadurzada takes down Howard and then, I swear, somebody loudly broke wind. Neither Joe Rogan nor Mike Goldberg commented on it, however when you're watching this fight on Fox Sports 1, you heard it. (Sorry, but that was essentially the most interesting moment of this dud, to date.) (And I'm stunned Rogan let that go. Appears right up his alley.) Anyway … it's a tie round after three minutes, when Bahadurzada clinches and lands knees to the physique whereas Howard counters with uppercuts to the chin. After which, it occurs. Bahadurzada goes for a kimura and Howard solutions by lifting him up, strolling him throughout the cage and throwing him onto his again. Gradual fight. That is the large moment. I'm giving the spherical to Howard, 10-9. Wish I might rating it 9-9.

8:18 p.m. Spherical 1: Slow first minute, with Howard scoring with leg kicks and Bahadurzada searching for head kicks and punches. Bahadurzada has more size, so Howard is struggling to get inside punching range, leaping wildly into hooks that come up quick whereas leaving him susceptible. Bahadurzada is scoring towards the cage with knees to the physique until Howard takes him down with eighty seconds left in the spherical. He moves to mount and then takes the again, however does nothing with either place and Bahadurzada gets to his ft. They end with 15 seconds of standup, a close round I am giving to Howard 10-9.

7:58 p.m. Preview: Fascinating struggle for weight reasons. Each have fought at heavier weights – Bahadurzada has fought all the way at 205 pounds – but solely Bahadurzada seems to be higher at the smaller division. Howard was a constant winner at 185, within the UFC and out, however he's more hit-and-miss at welterweight, perhaps as a result of the load reduce is so draining. Add in the fact that Bahadurzada is an extended, more versatile fighter with critical KO power, and the native of Afghanistan should win his fifth combat in six tries at one hundred seventy pounds.

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Welterweight Division (one hundred seventy lbs)
William Macario (7-1) vs. Bobby Voelker (24-10)

7:54 p.m. Official choice: The judges had it simple on this one. Clearly a 30-27 victory for Macario, who should struggle Elmer Fudd a top-10 welterweight next.

7:53 p.m. Round 3: Daffy Duck is covered in blood, nevertheless it's not his blood so he is not involved. Macario appears to be like almost bored as he picks apart Voelker with jabs and counter left hooks. He is also throwing lead left elbows, and landing them. A kind of is why Voelker started to bleed in the first place. Voelker got here forward arduous and Macario drilled him with a brutal left to the top, then a left to the liver. Voelker is wiping blood out of his eyes and shifting ahead, but he has solely a puncher's likelihood – and he is the second-best puncher on this combat. Macario wins this spherical 10-9 and should win a straightforward decision 30-27.

7:forty six p.m. Round 2: Between rounds Daffy Duck informed his corner he was going to knock Voelker out. Perhaps he's been reading my weblog? What I see is Voelker is about 2 inches short on the reach, and those 2 inches are killer. (Although I also see Macario leaning back on the waist to keep away from punches, and that's a lazy method to do it. Voelker is missing by, like I say, 2 inches. Macario better be proper when he leans back.) Round 2 is nearer for ninety seconds, mainly because Daffy Duck isn't doing something, however then he takes down Voelker and … would not do anything. Voelker gets up in 30 seconds, having taken no damage, however now Macario is trying to land on the ft. He's, but nothing like the primary spherical. Voelker's brow is now spurting blood. And here comes Daffy Duck, touchdown to the body and head and flooring Voelker and simply standing there, cocking his fist, and waiting for Voelker to drop a hand. Referee Mario Yamasaki is leaning in, considering of stopping it, as a result of Macario is simply abusing Voelker with punches. Yamasaki pauses the motion with a minute left to have a health care provider take a look at Voelker's messed-up face, but the fight resumes. Voelker's nostril appears broken, and this is one other lopsided 10-9 round for Macario.

7:40 p.m. Round 1: Macario's nickname, Patolino, is outwardly the Brazilian phrase for Daffy Duck." Voelker's nickname is "Vicious," so that sounds like more of a fighter. But Macario is the one hurting Voelker early with counter left hooks and straight proper palms down the pipe. Macario even landed a jab to the body, which you see in boxing but nearly never in MMA. Macario bullied Voelker towards the cage and landed more, and I will be honest: A knockout for Daffy Duck coming. Voelker is bleeding and blinking and out of his aspect right here. Except Voelker turns right into a black belt in BJJ in the next jiffy, he's screwed. Spherical 1 goes to Macario, 10-9, easily.

Preview: Voelker is a tricky, robust dude who beats everyone he should beat, but lacks the ability to beat upper-tier fighters. Unhealthy information: Macario, a 22-12 months-previous Brazilian, is (going to be) an upper-tier fighter. He was on a knockout rampage until his final struggle, when he tired after a busy first round and was submitted by BJJ ace Leonardo Santos. Voelker will stand and trade with Macario, and that is not going to end effectively for the 34-year-previous American.

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Featherweight Division (145 lbs)
Robbie Peralta (sixteen-4, 1 NC) vs. Estevan Payan (14-4, 1 NC)

7:22 p.m. Spherical three: Peralta's corner advised him he needed to knock out Payan to win the struggle, and I will be damned: That is what Peralta did. He got here out swinging, and landing, and referee Yves Lavigne pulled Peralta off Payan before he may do more harm. A left hook dropped Payan, and some floor strikes ended it. Peralta by TKO, 12 seconds into Round three.

7:18 p.m. Round 2: Peralta has poor form on his feet, but when he lands a shot to the pinnacle he's going to knock Payan out. Up to now, although, Peralta has landed only leg kicks. However he is landed enough to win the first half of this round in opposition to Payan, who's simply type of … taking it. Till the 2:forty five mark, anyway, when Payan clinched Peralta and slammed him to the bottom. Payan spent a minute in side control, rearing up once in a while and throwing elbows, but Peralta received to his feet with 90 seconds left within the spherical. Peralta gets Payan against the fence for some grueling inside work, and finishes the round in control, however Payan deserves this round 10-9

7:12 p.m. Round 1: Peralta appears to be like stronger and more explosive, and instantly lands a giant proper over the top, then takes down Payan and moves into half-guard. Peralta is the bully and Payan the straightforward mark, appears to be like like. We'll see … Payan will get up and Peralta makes use of knees to the thigh, up against the fence, before taking down Payan once more. I will be damned … Payan sweeps Peralta onto his back, and now Payan is in facet management and delivering short elbows to the temple. Ouch. Payan is not touchdown a lot on the bottom, however neither did Peralta when he had top place. Who wins this round? Appeared like a tie to me, but since Payan ended the round on prime, the judges will give it 10-9 to Payan

6:32 p.m. Preview: Peralta has dynamite in his fingers – and Payan is an older, slower guy who has lost to the one UFC fighter he has faced (Jeremy Stephens by decision), was knocked out twice earlier in his career and is not a constant risk to finish fights. In different phrases, this struggle will go until Peralta finds Payan's suspect chin. Which I suspect he'll.

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UFC 168 data

Back on July 6 of this yr, Chris Weidman (10-zero-0) shocked the MMA world when he knocked out Anderson Silva (33-5-0) to capture the UFC middleweight championship. In the principle event of Saturday's UFC 168 Weidman units out to prove his victory was no fluke as he places the belt on the line in a rematch in opposition to Silva.

In the co-main event of evening, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (7-0-zero) will put her title on the road in a rematch in opposition to Miesha Tate (13-four-zero). The fight comes on the heels of each fighters' stints as coaches on the fact show The Final Fighter. In the course of the present, the world received a glimpse of the nasty rivalry between the two ladies, a rivalry that pre-dates their March 2012 encounter the place Rousey broke Tate's arm along with her signature armbar.

Test back in to this very blog on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) as CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel will probably be reside running a blog all of the motion from UFC 168 beginning with the web prelims all the way through the primary occasion.


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Jacksonville Jaguars could actually make the playoffs

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Precisely one month ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars had been 0-eight and had analysts legitimately wondering whether or not they’d be the second group in NFL history to complete 0-sixteen. After an surprising turnaround that features Thursday evening’s victory over the Houston Texans, Jacksonville now sits at four-9, a greater file than 2012 playoff groups just like the Falcons, Redskins and the aforementioned Texans.

Though Jacksonville’s current three-game profitable streak is more than likely just building a foundation for next season (and moving the Jags down the draft board), there’s nonetheless a not-so-loopy situation wherein the workforce may truly make the playoffs. I mean, it’s crazy, nevertheless it’s not that loopy. Here’s the way it may play out, through ESPN’s Playoff Machine:

• Jacksonville wins out …

… (vs. Buffalo, vs. Tennessee and at Indianapolis in Week 17, when the Colts will doubtless relaxation its starters earlier than internet hosting a wild card game).

• Tennessee loses …

… to Denver on Sunday and only wins one in every of two towards the Cardinals and Texans.

• Baltimore loses …

… games to the Lions, Patriots and Bengals.

• Miami beats Pittsburgh …

… on Sunday, then loses its final three to New England, Buffalo and the Jets.

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• The Steelers lose …

… two of their ultimate 4 video games (vs. Miami, vs. Cincinnati, at Inexperienced Bay, vs. Cleveland).

• Rex Ryan and the Jets …

… proceed being Rex Ryan and the Jets by beating the Dolphins in Week 17 and dropping two of three video games to the Raiders, Browns and Panthers.

And similar to that, the Jacksonville Jaguars will play a road sport within the first spherical of the NFL playoffs. Simple peazy, proper?

Okay, after all there’s virtually no probability of all these items happening in tandem. None of these eventualities is that far-fetched, but all of them taking place at the similar time would take a minor miracle, and that ship sailed for Jacksonville after they failed to sign Tim Tebow.

Nonetheless, it’s Dec. 6 and the phrases “Jaguars” and “playoffs” are being used collectively and not drawing guffaws. That’s an accomplishment in itself.

(Because of @fbgchase for sharing this far-fetched, but fun, situation.)

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In WCup spotlight, Brazil’s jersey loses shine

SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazil’s conventional yellow jersey has lost its all-conquering attract.

Essentially the most famous shirt in soccer, which graced the shoulders of Pele, Garrincha and Tostao, Romario, Ronaldo and Rivaldo, now isn’t spotlight,brazils,jersey,loses,shine

enticing , the striker who would moderately play for Spain.

A decade in the past, it might have been exhausting to find a player willing to say ”No” to the Selecao. However when Costa selected a few weeks in the past to play for Spain instead of Brazil, not many individuals have been even stunned.

Quarterfinal losses on the last two World Cups left diminished the golden aura of the national team, which reached three straight World Cup finals from 1994-2002, winning two of them.

At its own World Cup next yr, Brazil’s staff shall be removed from a certain factor. It has star forward Neymar. It introduced back coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to try to repeat his success from 2002. It convincingly received the Confederations Cup in June, beating world champion Spain within the closing of that World Cup warmup match.

But FIFA ranks Brazil eleventh on the planet – behind Colombia, Switzerland and England. Brazil wouldn’t even be seeded within the World Cup draw on Dec. 6 if it wasn’t the event host.

The five-time world champions can’t even declare to be soccer’s most trendy workforce anymore. Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and the rest of the Spanish nationwide staff commandeered that label as they grew to become the dominant energy. Brazil’s enduring status as home to the ”Jogo Bonito” – the attractive game – owes extra to its glorious previous than its present.

The 2002 winners arrived as a high contender at the 2006 World Cup. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, the World Cup-profitable coach in 1994, packed his workforce with stars – Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Kaka, Adriano and Roberto Carlos. However they fell to France and Zinedine Zidane within the quarterfinals.

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Atletico de Madrid’s Brazilian born Spanish Diego Costa celebrates his purpose during a Spanish La Liga …

Brazil’s glow did not return at the 2010 World Cup. Coach Dunga revamped the workforce after the disappointment of 2006, picking few stars and relying totally on Kaka and Robinho. The consequence was equivalent – elimination within the quarterfinals, this time by the Netherlands.

Brazil’s current squad could be the envy of lesser nations however does not impress compared to its most illustrious predecessors.

It must be considered a candidate for the world title in seven months – as a result of Brazil continues to be Brazil, because it is going to be at home and because of Scolari.

The defense should be strong, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva alongside Chelsea’s David Luiz. AS Roma veteran right back Maicon will be Daniel Alves’ reserve, whereas Real Madrid’s Marcelo is set to play on the left.

Tottenham’s Paulinho and Wolfburg’s Luiz Gustavo will defend the protection. Chelsea’s Oscar will feed the attack. Neymar carves through opponents along with his speed and ball control.

However the weaknesses are obvious.

The goalkeeper will likely be Julio Cesar, whose mistake led to Brazil’s loss to the Netherlands in 2010. He isn’t playing at Queens Park Rangers, an absence of motion prompting concern.

Neymar, the highest participant on the Confederations Cup, will likely be only 22 subsequent June, carrying numerous weight for such young shoulders.

One of Neymar’s partners up front will doubtless be Fred, who didn’t even make the 2010 staff and hasn’t played in almost three months due to a muscle harm. The other is Hulk, extraordinarily effective in Scolari’s scheme however not as impressive as previous Brazil strikers.

With few attacking choices accessible, Scolari once more picked Robinho to play in the crew’s latest exhibitions, and the 29-12 months-outdated striker now has an opportunity to make the World Cup squad regardless of enjoying sparingly with AC Milan.

Along with his objective-scoring expertise, Costa might have walked into Scolari’s beginning lineup. As an alternative, in changing into an asset for Spain, his naturalized country, Costa demonstrated that soccer’s center of gravity no longer lies with Brazil.

To wrest it again, Brazil must win its World Cup.

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New Mexico QB sets state record with 628 passing yards, receiver sets two marks but team still loses

newmOften, two or more gamers click together so nicely in a single efficiency that they each end up setting new information. Typically these high marks are even the best a state has ever seen. That’s not all too rare. What is quite outstanding is when a pair of gamers from the same staff set new records they usually’re team nonetheless comes up quick.

Tyler Sorenson passed for a state report 628 yards but Navajo Prep still lost — Navajo Prep soccer

That is exactly what occurred in the Land of Enchantment, the place quarterback Tyler Sorenson and receiver Isaiah Yazzie, both stars for Navajo Prep (Farmington, N.M.), set new state data for single game passing yards, single sport receptions and single game receiving yards, yet nonetheless ended up on the incorrect side of the scoreline.

Despite the duo’s file performance, Navajo Prep was topped forty eight-44 by Escalante Excessive (Tierra Amarilla, N.M.)

The document night time was reported on by MaxPreps, which noted that Sorenson’s 628 passing yards had been a particularly notable improvement over the state’s previous mark of 546, set in 2003. Yazzie’s 15 receptions were yet another than the previous document and his 338 yards were precisely one yard more than the previous document holder, Max Suazo Jr. of Taos Excessive (Taos, N.M.)

Still, MaxPreps was also quick to highlight Escalante’s brightest mild, who discovered a option to counter the report performances by Sorenson and Yazzie. Escalante quarterback Reynaldo Atencio rushed for one touchdown and passed for two others in his squad’s offensively-minded win.

Maybe extra importantly, he served as a strong distraction to assist the group’s other offensive weapons do harm to the Navajo Prep defense.

Intriguingly, Atencio holds the state record for dashing touchdowns in a season himself, scoring 49 in 2012.

Which will have helped him maintain his focus in opposition to Navajo Prep, even as two of his foes had been having an out-of-body like game.

 

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Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha loses no-hitter with two outs in ninth on agonizing infield single

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No, no, no! Instead of turning into the third pitcher in Major League Baseball to throw a no-hitter in 2013, rookie right-hander Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals became the third to lose a no-no with two outs within the ninth inning Tuesday night.

Wacha stands 6-foot-6. If solely he have been two inches taller, he may have fielded the chopper that Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman hit over the mound, just out of his attain. As an alternative, after shortstop Pete Kozma made a barehanded grab, his throw pulled first baseman Matt Adams off the bag. Zimmerman ran by Adams’ outstretched arm and evaded his mitt. Umpire Jeff Kellogg, failing to channel Jim Joyce and give us no-hitter vigilante justice, accurately signaled secure. The official scorer, also rightly, ruled it a hit.

Displaying maturity beyond his 22 years, Wacha took it in stride.

“I think it nicked off my glove a bit bit,” Wacha told reporters afterward. “Kozma made an awesome effort on it. You can’t hate on Pete, or something. I assume I just wasn’t meant to throw one tonight.”

The identical may very well be stated earlier this season for Yu Darvish of the Rangers and Yusmeiro Petit of the Giants, each of whom also came within one out of historical past, solely to lose their respective bids with one out to go. Three such close calls in the identical season hasn’t happened since 1990. It is the 52nd time, all time, that a pitcher has lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth.

Wacha just missed becoming a member of Homer Bailey of the Reds (on July 2) and Tim Lincecum of the Giants (on July 13), within the season’s no-hit membership. Bailey additionally had one in 2012. It could have been the 11th no-hitter in Cardinals historical past and the primary since Bud Smith, also a rookie on the time, no-hit the Padres in 2001. Wacha would have been the twenty second rookie general to throw no-hitter, and the first since Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox in 2007. He’ll most likely get more probabilities.

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Wacha seemed on his approach to historical past after Steve Lombardozzi grounded to short leading off the ninth and Denard Span — who was booed by the gang for trying to bunt for a hit in the sixth — struck out searching for the second out. Span also was Wacha’s ninth strikeout.

Zimmerman hit Wacha’s 112th and remaining pitch for an infield single. Playing cards supervisor Mike Matheny didn’t hesitate, pulling Wacha in favor of Trevor Rosenthal, who retired Jayson Werth for the ultimate out. By the way in which, the Cardinals won 2-0 and moved nearer to clinching the NL Central.

The one baserunner Wacha allowed through 5 innings came on a fielding error by Matt Carpenter. Wacha didn’t permit a walk till the seventh, and he put the first two batters aboard by way of base on balls within the eighth. But Wilson Ramos followed by hitting right into a 6-four-3 double play and Anthony Rendon flied out to left — although outfielder Kerry Robinson needed to run a great distance into the nook to make the catch:

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Concordia College (Ala.) players safe but loses all of its equipment after team bus blows up

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Concordia College Alabama coach Don Lee can’t assist however think someone was watching over his team Saturday when the second of two buses headed for his or her game towards Miles College blew up in front of them.

Lee, who can also be the athletic director of the small faculty in Selma, Ala., was on the first bus when his telephone and the phones of others on his bus began ringing. He appeared behind him and noticed his second bus wasn’t there. The motive force of the second bus stated that they had blown a tire and, as they tried to pull off the highway safely, blew another tire, which began a fire in the back of the bus.

“We had about 56 or fifty seven folks on that bus,” Lee informed Yahoo Sports activities. “Once we didn’t see it, we acquired to a stop sign and circled. We bought to the bus and pulled everyone off. About 5 or 10 minutes after that, after we had gotten everybody to safety, the bus blew up. I imply blew up. We were just so blessed that we bought everybody out safely.”

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While Lee was thankful his workforce was secure, he couldn’t say the same for the group’s tools, which included uniforms, pads, balls and every part else the Hornets carry with them on sport days.

“You already know, we’re a small school and we solely had one uniform; it’s gone,” said Lee, whose workforce is an unbiased Division I member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Affiliation. “Pads, kicking nets, every thing is gone. We practiced at 5:30 this morning, all people confirmed up, and we were in tennis footwear and shorts and we just went over approach.”

Compounding issues is the truth that the Hornets have a sport on Thursday. Lee said Morgan Academy, a private faculty catering to children from Kindergarten by means of 12th grade, is loaning Concordia Faculty Alabama its 30 sets of soccer pads. Jeff Davis High College in Montgomery is loaning out uniforms because they’re the same shade. That also leaves Concordia Faculty Alabama with out sneakers, balls and other basic tools, but Lee mentioned he’s not done making calls. He’s even thinking of reaching out to the University of Alabama, simply to see if he can get his players cleats.

“I’m going to attempt to get in contact with Alabama as a result of I do know they’ve further cleats and stuff,” Lee stated. “I just haven’t had any time. At a small college like this, I’m the football coach and the ADVERT and I paint the sphere and the whole lot else.

“We now have insurance coverage, but that takes awhile to kind everything out about who gets paid what and when.”

The state of Alabama does have an embarrassment of riches with regards to school football with program’s equivalent to Alabama and Auburn, which might most likely spare some apply gear and cleats to a in-state college in want.

Lee mentioned he’s doing something to make sure he doesn’t must cancel the season because of the dearth of funds or help wanted to keep his program afloat after this accident.

“I’ve never been apart of anything like this earlier than in my 15 years as coach,” Lee said. “We have been blessed to get everybody off the bus and get everyone protected.

“All people’s in nice spirits, they’re simply looking at me to see what’s next.”

For anyone wishing to assist Concordia Faculty Alabama by donating money or equipment, you may reach Don Lee at 815-573-8194 or through e mail at dlee@ccal.edu.