Michigan repels Tennessee rally to advance

Michigan Closes Out Tennessee To Advance


INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan coach John Beilein had watched his group blow almost all of a 15-level lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the lead.

With 6 seconds left and trailing 72-71, Cuonzo Martin would probably send the ball into Jarnell Stokes, who would attempt to back into the post or drive. Beilein urged his defenders to buckle down and keep Stokes away from the rim.

Jordan Morgan, who scored 15 points, heeded his coach's recommendation and stood his ground until Stokes lowered his shoulder. The senior forward immediately crashed to the floor – perhaps embellishing the contact – but drawing the call that saved the sport for Michigan and infuriated Tennessee's "Rocky High" contingent.

Huge Ten player of the yr Nik Stauskas made a late free throw and nobody was more relieved than Beilein when Jordan McRae's 70-foot heave fell harmlessly to the ground because the buzzer sounded on a seventy three-seventy one Michigan victory.

"We received simply sufficient stops," Beilein stated.

Tennessee thought they acquired one stop unfairly.

"With the magnitude of this recreation, I do not suppose you can call a charge at that time," McRae said dejectedly after scoring 24 factors.

But the officers did name it, allowing Michigan to reach a second straight regional final.

The Wolverines (28-8) have gained 10 of their last eleven, none as tenuous or excruciating as this one to set up a Sunday showdown towards eighth-seeded Kentucky, the 2012 nationwide champion. The Wildcats received seventy four-69 over fourth-seeded Louisville, which beat Michigan in final yr's nationwide championship recreation.

Tennessee nearly pulled off one of the vital stunning comebacks in current regional reminiscence.

With 10:55 to go, Spike Albrecht's layup gave Michigan a seemingly insurmountable 60-45 lead.

When Stauskas made the final of his three 3-pointers with three:forty to go, the Wolverines still led 70-60. Stauskas finished with 14 points.

For some motive, Michigan went into panic mode and, simply two weeks after nearly blowing two huge leads within the Big Ten match, they nearly threw this one away.

The Volunteers staunch protection restricted Michigan to only one basket over the final three:forty and compelled 4 turnovers within the closing ninety seven seconds to offer themselves a chance within the closing seconds.

"I do not think I fouled him," mentioned Stokes, who had 11 factors and six rebounds after two straight double-doubles. "However it was a wise play for him to try to take the charge. He just about anticipated it."

Just as Beilein had predicted.

For a lot of the evening, Michigan relied on its taking pictures stars to remain in control against a defense that had allowed just 54.zero factors in its previous eight games.

The Wolverines took a thirteen-point lead in the first half and nonetheless led 45-34 at halftime as a result of they have been shooting 61.5 p.c from the sector and made 7 of 9 on three-pointers. Michigan did not slow down early within the second half, both, taking the most important lead of the sport at 60-forty five.

But one way or the other Tennessee played itself right back into the sport.

The eleventh-seeeded Vols, who had a primary-spherical recreation in time beyond regulation at Dayton, Ohio, just to start their surprising postseason run, lower the deficit to sixty two-56 with 6:forty five left. They acquired within 72-sixty seven when McRae completed a 3-point play with 1:fifty six to go. They made it seventy two-sixty nine when Josh Richardson scored the final of his 19 points on a layup with 24.6 seconds left. McRae's layup following one other Michigan turnover made it 72-seventy one with 10.eight seconds remaining.

So when the officers ruled Michigan's Caris LeVert caught the ball with one foot on the baseline and 9.6 seconds left, Martin made the sensible name by giving Stokes an opportunity to win it with a basket or draw the foul.

"We bought the ball to Jarnell. Jordan set a display screen for him to get him proper to isolate him, assault him within the center," Martin explained. "Obviously we got the ball the place we needed."

Nonetheless, the call went against them.

"We heard all week about they'd mismatches and the way we could not guard them inside," Morgan stated after letting out a scream on the end. "We're not really mushy round here. That is not who we're."


Michigan St. prevails, ousts top-seeded UVa

Michigan State Knocks Off Virginia


THE BIG APPLE – Michigan State turned the defensive tables on Virginia, and the Spartans advanced to the Elite Eight, placing them back in a place the place they've had a number of success.

Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spartans compelled prime-seeded Virginia right into a horrible shooting efficiency in a sixty one-fifty nine victory Friday evening to advance to East Regional final of the NCAA event.

The fourth-seeded Spartans (29-8) will play Connecticut (29-eight) on Sunday with a Closing 4 berth at stake. The seventh-seeded Huskies beat third-seeded Iowa State 81-seventy six earlier Friday.

Michigan State overcame a horrible begin to the second half after which withstood a late run by the Cavaliers (30-7) to advance to the regional finals for the eighth time since 1999 – all underneath coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans have a 6-1 report in those games, and in 2000 they went on to win all of it.

Joe Harris and Malcolm Brogdon every had 17 factors for Virginia, which turned the second No. 1 seed to be eradicated, joining Wichita State.

Adreian Payne had 16 points for Michigan State, and his three-pointer with 1:29 left gave the Spartans the lead for good at 54-fifty one. After a miss by Brogdon, the 6-foot-10 Payne turned point guard, discovering Dawson with a line-drive lob pass for a dunk with fifty two seconds to go.

Harris hit a three with 39 seconds left to bring the Cavaliers within 56-fifty four.

Payne found one other way to assist the Spartans, making two free throws with 32 seconds left for a 58-fifty four lead.

Brogdon hit a 3 with 1.1 seconds left to deliver Virginia within 60-59. Gary Harris made one in every of two free throws to make it sixty one-fifty nine, and Virginia's last attempt was effectively off the mark.

Michigan State got here up with the sort of defensive effort that Virginia is understood for. The Spartans held the Cavaliers to 35.1 % taking pictures (20-of-fifty seven), nicely off the 45.7 % they shot during the season and nowhere near the 54.3 % they shot of their two previous NCAA event games.

"I believe I undoubtedly should credit their defense," Brogdon stated. "They have lots of good athletes. They contest pictures. However we also missed some easy layups inside for positive. However I am unable to take away from their defense."

Dawson, who averages 11 points per sport, has scored in double figures in six straight games, and he had a career-high 26 points in the third-round win over Harvard. He missed 9 games this season with a broken proper hand, an harm he inflicted on himself when he hit a table while watching movie.

"It was powerful, being out for those 9 games," Dawson mentioned. "For me, simply making the dangerous choice that I made, I learned from it rather a lot. That did not stop me from coming in and working onerous, and I believe that being out for these 9 games, I just advised myself that my team wants me, and I just have to step up and be a man. And that is what I did."

Izzo called Dawson "a freak athlete," each in strength and athletic skill.

"He isn't been an excellent shooter. He's worked arduous on it," Izzo mentioned. "I advised him God may need taken his hand when he broke it, however he gave him a soar shot when he returned, as a result of he's loads better shooter."

Payne missed seven games with a proper foot sprain, and Gary Harris and Keith Appling were bothered a lot of the season with nagging injuries. For the reason that Huge Ten tournament started and the Spartans did not have much hassle profitable it, everyone has been wholesome.

"They have expertise and they're a bodily workforce. I believe they're taking part in the perfect ball," Virginia coach Tony Bennett mentioned. "Dawson makes all the difference; he did as we speak. He was a matchup downside for us."

Michigan State began the second half by missing seven of its first eight photographs and committing 5 turnovers. Virginia took advantage to show a 31-27 halftime deficit right into a 38-34 lead.

"I believed the beginning of the second half, I think we had five turnovers within the first six, seven minutes," Izzo stated. "They regarded like they were actually operating. They have been cranking that offense up… I give our guys lots of credit."

The Spartans went on a thirteen-2 run to go up 49-42 with 6:10 to go.

Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Convention regular-season and tournament champion, answered with a 7-0 run to tie the sport at 51 with 1:51 left, after which Payne accounted for Michigan State's next seven points.

Michigan State shot 44.7 % (21-for-47) from the sphere and was able to score simply greater than the 55.5 points per game Virginia had allowed all season in leading the nation in that statistic.

The Spartans, who started the season 18-1 and spent three weeks at No. 1 in the Associated Press Prime 25, shot 52.three percent of their past 4 games.

"It is life," Bennett mentioned of the loss that ends the season for the Cavaliers and the careers of seniors Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell and Brogdon. "We had so many good things occur this 12 months. Unbelievable things. That is part of it."

These were the first NCAA tournament games performed at Madison Square Backyard since 1961.


Nets end Warriors’ win streak, run at history

Nets Snap Warriors' Streak At 10video
Nets Stop Warriors With Defense


NEW YORK – The Road Warriors' run is finished. The Brooklyn Nets are suddenly the NBA's hottest team.

Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the Nets' season-high fourth straight victory, a 102-98 win Wednesday night that snapped Golden State's 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history.

Kevin Garnett scored 11 of his 13 points, one of his best efforts in a Brooklyn uniform, in the final quarter and stole Stephen Curry's pass with the Warriors down three with 12 seconds left as the Nets overcame an early 16-point hole."They came out and gave us a big blow in the first quarter. I thought we kept our composure and then fought back, " said Garnett, who was in double figures for just the sixth time this season."That's a very good team that we played tonight and a very good team that we beat tonight. "Shaun Livingston made the tiebreaking free throw with 1: 12 left when he appeared to get away with hooking Curry, then Johnson made four in a row for just enough breathing room to allow the Nets to remain unbeaten in 2014 and climb into eighth place in the Eastern Conference

Curry scored 34 points for the Warriors, who were bidding for a franchise-record 11th consecutive victory overall and the first unbeaten road trip of seven or more games in NBA history. But they didn't make a field goal after Klay Thompson's 3-pointer with 4: 07 remaining that gave them a 93-89 lead until Curry's jumper with 5. 8 seconds to go.

"Certainly a tough loss, " Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Disappointed that we did not finish it the right way. Give them credit. It was a great job by them, but we will not lose sight of the fact that we were 6-1 on this road trip. "

Brooklyn scored nine straight points after Thompson's basket as fans stood across the final minutes of one of the Nets' most spirited efforts of the season – some taunting director and Knicks fan Spike Lee, who sat courtside wearing a hat in the Nets' black-and-white colors but read "KNICKS. ""We got down, but we didn't give in, " said Andray Blatche, who had 17 points off the bench. "We continued to fight and we closed it out. "

Livingston finished with 13 points for the Nets, playing without point guard Deron Williams after he underwent treatment for both ankles this week. They will try to wrap up a perfect homestand Friday against Miami.

The Nets snapped a winning streak of 10 or more games for the third time in their NBA history, having ended Detroit's 11-game run on Jan. 31, 2006, and the SuperSonics' 12-game streak on Nov. 21, 1982, in Seattle.

David Lee scored 20 points for the Warriors, who ran out of gas just shy of the record books and had to settle for their second 6-1 road trip in the last two years.

Their trip started on Dec. 29 in Cleveland, and included an impressive victory at Miami, but perhaps left the Warriors with too little left after a 101-80 win at Milwaukee on Tuesday.

"It's a long road trip, but you can't let that be an excuse for how the game ended, " Curry said. "We've got to find a way to win. "

Golden State made its first four 3-pointers in racing to a 20-10 lead, and it was 32-16 after Harrison Barnes' 3-pointer made the Warriors 13 of 17 from the field and 5 of 6 behind the arc.

But Mirza Teletovic and Johnson hit 3s before the period ended and the Nets forced Golden State to miss six straight shots to generate some momentum. Brooklyn then surged ahead late in the second with a 14-4 run, and brought a 59-52 lead to the locker room on Teletovic's 3 that beat the buzzer.

"We just kept playing, " Livingston said. "I think we locked in. I mean, we were playing good D. They hit some shots, they came out guns blazing. "

Livingston's dunk gave Brooklyn a 67-56 lead with 6: 46 left in the third, but the Nets managed just eight free throws the rest of the period. Barnes' 3-pointer with 32 seconds left gave the Warriors a 76-75 lead to take to the fourth.

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The Nets won for the first time in seven games on Wednesdays this season… Jackson was born in Brooklyn, while Nets coach Jason Kidd grew up in the Bayand used to attend Golden State games. Kidd called Jackson, also a former point guard who became an NBA head coach without any coaching experience, a "role model" and both said they have talked during the season as Kidd makes that transition now.


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Florida St. rallies to defeat Auburn, win title

Florida State Wins BCS Nationwide Championship


PASADENA, Calif. – For all Jameis Winston had finished as a redshirt freshman for Florida State, he never had to pull the Seminoles from the brink of defeat.

Within the largest sport of the year, down by four with 79 seconds left, the Heisman Trophy winner put together the drive of his life, and the Seminoles proved they might take a punch to win a championship.

Winston threw a 2-yard landing go to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS national title recreation on Monday night.

"There's a lot of coronary heart and guts down in Tallahassee, too," coach Jimbo Fisher said.

The Bowl Championship Sequence went out with a bang, with top-of-the-line title games in its sixteen-yr history. It will be replaced by a 4-group playoff subsequent season. And the Southeastern Convention's seven-year winning streak in faculty football's greatest recreation was snapped by the Atlantic Coast Convention college that played in the first three BCS title video games but hadn't been back since.

Florida State was voted a unanimous No. 1 within the last AP High 25. Auburn completed second.

Winston struggled much of the night time but was close to perfect when the Seminoles (14-zero) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-profitable 80-yard drive.

"It was the most effective football sport he's performed all yr," Fisher mentioned, "and I will tell you why, because for 3 quarters he was up and down and he fought.

"And to drag it out within the ambiance and environment and with what was on the road tonight, to me if that is not an ideal participant, I don't know who's."

Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. He zipped the Seminoles down the field on the final drive, with a 49-yard catch and run from Rashad Green.

Florida State also bought assist from Auburn, too. A pass interference penalty on Chris Davis on third-and-eight from the 10 gave Florida State a first down on the 2.

"Thought it was nice protection. That is all I can say," Davis stated, including, the officials "ought to have just let us play."

On the subsequent play Winston flipped excessive to the 6-foot-5 Benjamin for the landing.

"As soon as the ball is within the air on that put up route, I've obtained to go get it, and I did," Benjamin said. "Easy as that."

There was no miracle end this time for the turnaround Tigers, who went from three-9 to SEC champions of their first season under coach Gus Malzahn. They tossed the ball around on one final play, nevertheless it ended with Florida State leaping on a fumble, and the Seminoles sprinting onto the field below a storm of garnet and gold confetti.

Florida State scored 21 points within the fourth quarter, and the groups combined for twenty-four in a breathtaking last four:forty two.

"It felt storybook again," Auburn defensive sort out Gabe Wright mentioned. "It really felt like we were going to bring it out once more. We're simply on the opposite finish of the stick. It's normally us going out on the field and celebrating. It has been a long time since we had an `L' in this locker room."

Auburn won 9 straight to get here after beginning the season unranked.

Tre Mason gave Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard landing run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State within the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a one hundred-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with four:31 left.

Mason ran for 195 yards and Nick Marshall threw two landing passes for the Tigers.

"I informed them in the locker room, we put collectively the most important turnaround in the history of school football. We were on the brink of making it one of those magical seasons," Malzahn said.

Florida State hadn't been challenged like this all season, successful by an average of 42 factors.

Florida State and Winston's greatest downside this season got here off the sphere. Winston was investigated for a year-outdated sexual assault grievance in November, but after three weeks the Florida state attorney's office determined it did not have sufficient evidence to charge him.

Winston, who turned 20 Monday, told his teammates before the ultimate drive: "Guys, we did not come here for no reason.' I said `Y'all, that is ours, man."

The Seminoles have been down 21-three within the first half, and wobbling, but by no means fell over.

And now Florida State is nationwide champion for the first time since 1999, the first staff to win the BCS title game after being down at halftime.

Winston was jumpy against a robust Auburn pass rush, led by Dee Ford. Winston was sacked four times.

The Seminoles cut it to 21-10 with a late landing in the second quarter, following a faked punt and a troublesome 21-yard run by Winston, and chipped into Auburn's lead with a forty one-yard discipline goal by Roberto Aguayo with 6:05 left within the third.

Meanwhile, Florida State had discovered some answers to Auburn's spread offense. A holding penalty that wiped out a protracted pass also helped keep the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter, and the Seminoles started the fourth with P.J. Williams intercepting Marshall's cross and organising Florida State at its 38.

When Winston tossed within the flats to Chad Abram, who hurdled over a tackler on the way to an 11-yard touchdown, the lead was 21-19. Florida State was considering going for two to tie, however Devonta Freeman was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and that pushed the additional point again 15 yards and compelled the Seminoles to kick and make it 21-20.

Auburn responded with Cody Parkey's 22-yard field aim to make it 24-20 with four:forty two left.

During Winston's report-breaking season, full of blowouts and fourth quarters spent watching from the sideline, he by no means confronted a scenario wherein he had to drive his workforce to a winning score.

Now he had an opportunity to add that last line to his remarkable resume – until Whitfield handled it for him.

Whitfield broke by means of a seam around the 30 and hit the sideline at full velocity. Fisher ran down the other sideline yelling "Go! Go!" with Winston chasing behind pumping his arms and slapping his coach on the again. Florida State was on high, however Auburn was not performed and Winston can be known as upon one final time.

He delivered.

"Only thing is we're victorious and glad to say Florida State is the national champion again, and I assure you we're bringing that swag back," Winston stated. "You'd better imagine it."

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Aztecs end Jayhawks’ home winning streak

San Diego State Edges Kansas


LAWRENCE, Kan. – It was so loud inside Allen Fieldhouse that San Diego State's gamers might barely hear what coach Steve Fisher was saying, yet they knew what the message could be because the timeout ended.

No matter the scenario, it's always the identical.

"He just tells you to assume something constructive, whether or not it is basketball, family, whatever. Assume something positive," Xavier Thames stated. "I think that actually helps."

It positive appeared to settle down the Aztecs.

Thames scored sixteen factors, and calmly made 4 straight free throws in the closing seconds Sunday, helping No. 21 San Diego State knock off No. 16 Kansas sixty one-57, ending the Jayhawks' sixty eight-game nonconference winning streak at their venerable on-campus arena.

Skylar Spencer added thirteen factors and Josh Davis had 10 for the Aztecs (12-1), who have received eleven straight since shedding to No. 1 Arizona on Nov. 14. That streak is tied for the second-greatest at school historical past, trailing solely the 20-0 start of the 2010-11 workforce.

"Our coach by no means will get rattled," San Diego State ahead Winston Shepard stated. "He's always even keeled, whether we're up 20 or it is a shut game in here. After each timeout, he tell us to take a superb thought out there."

Think blissful ideas? Why didn't those other sixty eight groups strive that at the Phog?

Kansas (9-4) nonetheless had a chance to tie the game when Perry Ellis went to the free throw line with eleven.9 seconds left. He made his first free throw however, after San Diego State known as a timeout to ice him, Ellis missed the second and the Jayhawks had been forced to foul.

Thames made both free throws to offer San Diego State a 3-level lead, and the Aztecs fouled reasonably than enable Kansas to try a tying three. Frank Mason missed the first and made the second, and Thames made two extra free throws with 4.6 seconds left to seal the win.

"It is a great win for us," Thames mentioned. "Quite a lot of teams don't come in right here and get victories. I'm simply blessed to be a part of this one."

Andrew Wiggins and Mason scored 14 points apiece for the Jayhawks, who had gained 112 of their final 114 video games at Allen Fieldhouse. Joel Embiid completed with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Jayhawks struggled towards the long, lanky Aztecs proper from the start, lacking eight of their first nine pictures and permitting San Diego State to dictate the tempo.

After a three-pointer by Naadir Tharpe gave Kansas a 9-eight lead, the Jayhawks had just one more subject aim over the subsequent eight-plus minutes. Thames and Davis had no such hassle for San Diego State, hitting a series of jumpers and contested layups because the Aztecs built a 29-23 halftime lead.

Kansas wound up taking pictures 20.7 p.c (6 of 29) within the first half.

"I think all people, we all missed pictures we normally make," Wiggins said, "and that's going to occur occasionally with a young staff."

The Aztecs kept up the depth in the second half, forcing the Jayhawks to misfire on eight of their first 10 shots with their in-your-face, man-to-man defense. The lead slowly grew to 44-33 when JJ O'Brien transformed after two misses, once extra silencing a packed home.

The Jayhawks finally began to construct some momentum midway by way of the second half, closing inside fifty eight-fifty six on a basket by Wiggins and 50-forty eight on Tharpe's scooping layup.

It appeared as if each time Kansas went on a run, although, the Aztecs had a solution.

Spencer scored after Tharpe's basket, and Thames curled in a 3-pointer to offer San Diego State a fifty five-48 lead with 3 minutes to play. Kansas made another salvo, getting inside 57-55 on a three-pointer by Mason and seemingly getting the ball back after O'Brien missed a free throw.

Throughout a stoppage in play, the officers determined that the ball went off Kansas with forty four.8 seconds left. And regardless that the Jayhawks got a stop, it price them valuable time.

Kansas coach Invoice Self known as a timeout with 20 seconds left and determined to go with Ellis, the positive-handed sophomore. He drove to the basket and was fouled, but the 72 percent free throw shooter may only make the first of his two attempts, and San Diego State finally held on to win.

"Each play we made, it seemed like they came down, they got something positive out of the subsequent possession," Mason mentioned. "Whether it was free throws or a made basket, we simply couldn't get the stops we would have liked."

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LeBron returns to guide Heat past Nuggets

Warmth Win Thriller On LeBron's Birthday


DENVER – LeBron James returned from a groin harm on his birthday and wasted no time finding his capturing contact.

James scored 26 points and the Miami Warmth beat the skidding Denver Nuggets 97-ninety four Monday night time regardless of losing Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole throughout the game.

"They left me open on the 3-level line. I took 9 3s and all of them felt good," said James, who transformed five. "The groin wasn't an issue at all."

James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday throughout the Warmth's extra time loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming again to help ship the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss.

He actually did not thoughts going back to work on his birthday.

"No, it isn't special," he stated. "It's particular to go out there with my teammates, to be again in good type and be out there and help them win a ballgame on the highway."

Chris Bosh had 17 factors and Ray Allen thirteen, together with six in the remaining 5:08, as Miami received for the ninth time in 11 video games.

Ty Lawson scored 26 points to guide the Nuggets, who dropped their second straight to Miami on the Pepsi Middle after winning the previous 10. The dropping streak is their longest since dropping the final eight video games of the 2002-03 season.

"These guys just made performs at the end and we missed a couple of photographs, and that was all she wrote," Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur mentioned. "But I feel we're starting to get it. We're making an attempt to turn this thing round. Obviously, we're on a seven-sport dropping streak but hopefully we will turn this thing round and get back over500."

While the Heat acquired James again, they have been with out Wade and Cole for much of the game.

Cole left midway via the third quarter after taking a fall at the end of a driving layup try and hitting his face on the floor.

He had come into the game in place of Wade, who did not return after halftime because of again spasms.

Cole went up for a shot against Lawson, who was called for a foul, and fell awkwardly face first to the floor. Cole remained down for a number of minutes whereas being tended to by trainers before being helped to his toes and assisted off the ground to the locker room for remedy.

"He went back and after a few minutes he was positive," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He's just going to have a fat lip tomorrow."

Joel Anthony came in for Cole and made both free throws.

Trailing by 9 on the break, the Warmth opened the third quarter with a 13-zero run, regaining the lead on a 3-pointer by James. Denver fought again to take a seventy seven-72 lead into the fourth quarter, getting successive baskets from Randy Foye and a dunk from Timofey Mozgov to assist offset one other 3 by James.

The groups alternated scores for a lot of the fourth quarter, with neither letting the opposite pull away. After Lawson hit a 3 to place Denver up ninety-89, James and Allen converted jumpers on consecutive possessions for a 93-ninety Miami lead with 1:36 remaining.

Wilson Chandler's two-handed dunk acquired Denver within some extent with 50.7 seconds left however Miami answered with a 3-pointer by Michael Beasley off a feed from James, who completed with 10 assists.

"That was a huge shot," James mentioned. "It was nice for his confidence. For me, I did not even second-guess it. I trust my teammates."

Foye's layup with 25.1 seconds remaining pulled the Nuggets to ninety six-ninety four. Allen was fouled with 15.four seconds left and made one in every of two free throws. Lawson's off-balance three-point strive hit off the rim and the rebound went out of bounds off Miami, giving Denver one final likelihood with 1.8 seconds left. With Udonis Haslem in his face, though, J.J. Hickson didn't get the inbounds pass off within 5 seconds, turning the ball back over to Miami, which ran out the final moments.

Arthur hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left within the second quarter, giving the Nuggets a fifty five-46 lead at halftime.

Miami, which led by as many as eight factors early, had a 6-zero burst capped by Beasley's operating bank shot to get to 46-43 with 2:19 left in the second. The Nuggets closed out the period by scoring nine of the following 12 points, starting with successive dunks from Kenneth Faried and Chandler.

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, a former Nugget, missed his third consecutive sport because of a sore back… James has scored in double figures in 525 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in NBA historical past… Chandler has scored 10 or extra factors in eleven straight video games and 19 of his last 21… The Heat improved to 9-1 against Western Conference opponents.

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Manning breaks passing record


Peyton finishes the regular season with 5,477 yards and 55 touchdown passes. (USATSI)
Peyton finishes the common season with 5,477 yards and fifty five touchdown passes. (USATSI)


Every week after he broke the NFL document for passing touchdowns in a single season, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning entered historical past once more, breaking Drew Brees document for passing yards in a single season.

He broke Drew Brees' document of 5,476 yards set in 2011 with a 5-yard go to Thomas with 13 seconds left within the half to make it 31-zero. The Broncos went on to beat the Raiders 34-14.

Manning finishes the regular season with 5,477 yards and fifty five landing passes

The Broncos even have the report for staff factors in a season, passing New England's single-season mark of 589 set in 2007. And Matt Prater additionally broke Stephen Gostkowski's record for additional factors in a season with 75.

Fittingly, Manning set the report on a touchdown pass, hitting Demaryius Thomas for a 5-yard rating with thirteen seconds left in the first half.

It was Manning's fourth touchdown move of the game, giving him fifty five on the season, also a new report.

Manning wrapped up one of many greatest single regular seasons in NFL history, on the age of 37 and is the entrance-runner for the MVP.

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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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Blazers weather Paul’s 34, edge Clips in OT


PORTLAND, Ore. – LaMarcus Aldridge wasn't even sure he was going to play in opposition to the Clippers.

Portland's high scorer and rebounder had his knowledge tooth eliminated Sunday. So on Thursday night, he was nonetheless in some ache. Worse, he hadn't had a lot to eat. However Aldridge got here out and had 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Path Blazers in a 116-112 additional time victory over the Clippers.

"I've had nothing but soup for the last 4 days," he mentioned. "So I used to be a little bit fearful about my vitality ranges."

Ultimately, he didn't actually have a turnover as the shocking Blazers upped their report to an NBA-greatest 24-5. Portland has received seven of its past eight video games, and the Blazers have dropped just two at residence this season.

The Clippers, enjoying the second sport of a back-to-again, mounted a challenge after trailing by as many as 11 factors within the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin had 35 points and eleven rebounds, while Chris Paul finished with 34 factors and sixteen assists.

Aldridge hit a fadeaway with 39 seconds left in extra time, and Portland went ahead 110-109.

Griffin missed a layup on the opposite finish earlier than Nicolas Batum made a pair of free throws to make it 112-109 with 26.5 seconds to go. After Griffin dunked to narrow it again, Damian Lillard made two free throws for Portland.

Portland clung to a 114-112 lead with thirteen.4 seconds left and padded it with Wesley Matthews' foul shots. Paul missed a three-level attempt as time ran out.

Aldridge scored all of Portland's discipline goals in extra time, and completed along with his ninth recreation this season with not less than 25 factors and 10 rebounds, second only to Minnesota's Kevin Love.

As for his enamel? "It is a bit of bit throbbing," he mentioned, shrugging.

It was the second of again-to-back losses for the Clippers. Earlier Thursday, the NBA stated its referees made a mistake once they ejected Griffin within the staff's one hundred and five-103 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday night.

Griffin bought his second technical with 10:forty three left after struggling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors ahead Draymond Green to the showers after they acquired into it at the end of the third.

"A typical foul should have been known as on Griffin for initially making an attempt to dislodge the Warriors' Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him," Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, said in a press release.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he thought Griffin handled the state of affairs nicely.

"Everyone seems to be a target at some point of their profession," Rivers mentioned. "You simply have to play by means of it."

It was the second ejection for the Clippers in as many games. Forward Matt Barnes was ejected with fifty six seconds left within the third quarter of a 120-116 OT win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday evening. Barnes fouled Love.

"It is a long season. We're in a nasty ejection rut proper now," Rivers stated. "We'll get out of it."

Nobody acquired tossed Thursday.

Mo Williams made back-to-back 3s to give Portland a 34-22 lead within the first half. The Clippers responded with a 9-0 run to close to 34-31, but Aldridge scored six straight factors in an 8-2 run and Portland stretched the margin to forty two-33.

Paul's 3-pointer closed the Clippers to within forty seven-46 at the intermission.

Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer that gave the Blazers an 84-seventy five lead early in the fourth quarter.

But the Clippers clawed back in, and Paul's pull-up jumper made it ninety seven-96 for Los Angeles' first lead of the second half. After Aldridge's tip-in, Paul added another jumper to provide the Clippers a 99-98 lead, then nailed a step-again 21-footer from the corner with 9.three seconds left.

Undaunted, Batum hit a three-pointer to tie it at 101 with 5.3 seconds to go. Paul missed a 17-footer to send the sport into time beyond regulation.

"I obtained proper where I wished to – I probably tricked myself an excessive amount of, I do not even know if they'd a foul to provide," Paul mentioned. "And with 5 seconds left, I believe I went slightly too quick as a result of I believed they were going to try to use one in all their fouls. I didn't assume I might end up as extensive open as I was – I've got to make that shot. "

Recreation notes

The sport was the primary of three meetings between the two groups this season. The Clippers claimed final season's series three-1… The Clippers' 14 first-quarter factors are the fewest they've scored in the first quarter…

DeAndre Jordan

completed with 19 rebounds earlier than fouling out in extra time… Barnes additionally fouled out in OT.

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FGCU brings back Dunk City, then gets robbed on buzzer-beater

Brett Comer of FGCU/USA TODAY Sports


2013 NCAA event darling Florida Gulf Coast is still posterizing defenders to maintain #DunkCity in full session.

Case and level:

However the Cinderella magic was nowhere to be found in the final seconds of Tuesday night time’s game towards South Florida. The Eagles appeared to have converted the play of the 12 months with a full-courtroom, alley-oop buzzer beater that will have despatched the game into another overtime but the basket was in the end waved off by referees, costing FGCU a sixty eight-sixty six double OT loss.

With 0.3 seconds left within the second additional time, Jamail Jones (the guy with the put-back monster dunk above) threw a Christian Christian Laettner-esque full-court move and related with March Madness star Chase Fieler, who launched his shot off rapidly and watched it bounce across the rim a couple of instances earlier than sinking. Untimely celebrating ultimately became eye rolls.

Via Matt Norlander

Through Matt Norlander

On the replay, it seemed to be an in depth name from when the ball left Fieler’s palms and when the pink gentle went off on the backboard.

Sadly, until you’re Derek Fisher, there’s no way to score a basket with zero.3 seconds left. The official spoke to FGCU coach Joe Dooley before the final play, informing him a tip-in was needed because of NCAA guidelines. (And Fieler seemed to catch the ball).

The NCAA rulebook states:

“In any interval, when the sport clock shows 10ths of seconds and play is to be resumed by a throw-in or a free throw when 3/10 (.3) of a second or less remains on the sport clock, a participant might not acquire possession of the ball and take a look at for a discipline objective. Such player can solely score a area goal via a tap of a go or of a missed free throw.”

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Ellis rallies Mavericks, ruining Dwight’s huge night

DALLAS – Monta Ellis is turning into quite a consolation prize after Dallas missed out on Dwight Howard.

Ellis had a season-excessive 37 factors and two key assists late, Dirk Nowitzki led a fourth-quarter rally with 14 of his 35 factors, and the Mavericks spoiled Howard’s finest offensive night time in Houston with a 123-a hundred and twenty victory in opposition to the Rockets on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks settled for a pair of guards in Ellis and Jose Calderon after Howard selected the Rockets in free agency through the summer season. Nowitzki needed Howard as a lot as anybody else, however has raved about Ellis all season.

“We’re actually simply enjoying off of him,” stated Nowitzki, who additionally had a season high in scoring. “He is been aggressive, he is been taking pictures the ball properly, however what’s been great is that he has been making plays for others. He is making all of us higher.”

Howard, enjoying in front of Dallas followers for the primary time since his massive choice, made his first 11 photographs and scored a season-high 33 factors to go together with a recreation-high 11 rebounds after receiving some gentle pregame boos.

The Mavericks, who improved to 6-zero at residence, trailed by 18 late within the third quarter however had been down just one within the remaining minute when Ellis drove and zipped a go to Shawn Marion in the nook for the go-ahead 3-pointer with forty seven seconds left.

Houston’s James Harden had a chance to tie it with 9 seconds left however missed the second of two free throws, conserving Dallas’ lead at 121-a hundred and twenty. Calderon made two free throws after a Houston foul, and Harden shot an airball on a 3-level strive within the remaining seconds.

The Rockets had a hundred and one points after three quarters – 50 of them within the paint – but set the tone for the fourth by starting it with 4 consecutive three-pointers, all misses.

“In the fourth quarter, we went away from what we had been doing the primary three quarters,” mentioned Howard, who had 4 alley-oop dunks within the first half. “We’ve just acquired to read how teams are playing us. It is growing pains. We’ve got a very young crew. We have to appreciate what we can do as a crew.”

Howard, who was 12 for 16 from the sector and even made nine of thirteen free throws, hit one in all two from the line for a 119-114 lead before Nowitzki hit a jumper, then blocked a shot by Howard on the other end.

Ellis assisted on a dunk by Marion, and after Chandler Parsons missed a layup, Ellis found Marion for the go-ahead shot. Ellis completed with eight assists.

“We stayed collectively as a workforce,” Ellis mentioned. “We received the defensive stops when we needed and came down and made pictures on the opposite end.”

Nowitzki handed Reggie Miller for fifteenth on the NBA scoring record, with the 35-12 months-previous in his 16th season going forward of Miller on a free throw after a technical foul for defensive three seconds known as in opposition to Howard. Nowitzki now has 25,298 factors.

Miller, the second-most prolific 3-level shooter behind Ray Allen, scored 25,279 factors in 18 seasons with Indiana from 1987-2005.

Brooklyn’s Kevin Garnett is 14th at 25,340 points after scoring four in a ninety five-ninety one loss to Charlotte on Wednesday evening.

“We never might get a handle on them,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale mentioned. “We just could not get them stopped the entire game. Dirk and Ellis obtained what they wanted.”

The Rockets led by 18 late within the third quarter before the Mavericks rallied within the fourth by shooting 74 % and outscoring Houston 36-19.

After Dallas received to 104-one hundred and one, Houston went back up by nine on consecutive 3-pointers from Patrick Beverley and Harden, who had 23 factors on 6-of-14 capturing.

The lead was nonetheless 9 when Calderon and Nowitzki hit 3-pointers round a bucket by Harden, setting up the wild end.

“It would have been easy to drop our heads and stop taking part in, however these guys aren’t going to do that,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle mentioned.

Parsons had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, however he tried only two shots within the second half after scoring 18 and hitting three of four from three-point range earlier than halftime.

“It is just annoying and frustrating to know we should always have won the sport,” Parsons stated. “We had a big lead and then we played utterly totally different in one half than we did in the first half.”

Samuel Dalembert, the defensive-minded heart Dallas signed after Howard selected Houston, was powerless to stop him most of the evening earlier than lastly getting a block on a layup try that was just Howard’s second miss.

Dalembert led the Mavericks with 10 rebounds and 4 of their five blocks.

A night after shooting 72 p.c in the first half of a blowout win over Boston, Houston was at sixty eight p.c on the break against Dallas and had 36 points within the paint – sixteen of those on dunks – in taking a 68-61 lead.


Nowitzki obtained a technical foul within the first half for complaining a couple of foul on a drive by Harden, who missed the free throw… The Rockets shot seventy five percent in a 40-level first quarter. Harden, Parsons, Terrence Jones and Omri Casspi combined to go 5 of 6 from three-level vary as Houston took a forty-29 lead.

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NFL Prediction Week 13 Thursday Game Preview/Pick- Oakland vs. Dallas


NFL Free Pick & Prediction Raiders vs. Cowboys


Oakland Raiders (4-7) @ Dallas Cowboys (6-5) 11/28- 4:30PM EST


Line: DAL -9.5

Over/Under: 46.5


What’s a Thanksgiving Day without “Americas Team” on television? And this time against the hated Oakland Raiders and their following… “Raider Nation” as we like to call them. Can the Dallas Cowboys sustain the momentum they earned over their division rival New York Giants on Sunday when they won with a 24-21 dramatic last second victory?


Dallas is back above the .500 mark and tied atop the who-ever-wants-it NFC East, and going in on Thursday against a team people love to hate, the Cowboys seem to have a good chance to keep making strides in a division that has become a two-team race now between them and the Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) when they host an Oakland Raiders team that has struggled on the road and to be quite honest… has struggled period.


The Cowboys are now two weeks removed and have seemed to recover from a 49-17 thrashing and embarrassing loss to the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 10. Dallas (6-5) in coming off their bye week, pulled out a 24-21 road victory Sunday over a New York Giants team which had won four straight and seemed poised to get back into a what has been weak NFC East division this year. The Cowboys blew a 15-point lead in the second half but Tony Romo proved he can bring a team back as he led the offense downfield to set up Dan Bailey on 35-yard field goal as time expired.


“The teams that are able to put that one (bad loss) aside and come back and go win the next game and put their best foot forward, those are the ones that play at the end of the year,” coach Jason Garrett told the Cowboys’ official website.


“It’s a long season. Games go a lot of different ways over the course of 16 games. You’ve just got to keep going.”


It’s been an up and down year for the Cowboys who in every game after they have won to climb above .500, lost the next, which have all been on the road.


Home, like most teams is where they have success as they are averaging an NFC-high 34.6 points at home this season while going 4-1.


“You move on to the next one,” said tight end Jason Witten, who had two touchdown receptions Sunday. “That was a big win, but they just get bigger. For our football team, that’s what it’s all about is focusing on this and saying, ‘We’re one game above .500, we’ve got a long way to go.’ Get to 7-5, and that’s the only thing we can think about right now.”


The Cowboy’s defense has been anything but good this year, but they did enough to give Tony Romo the opportunity to engineer a pair of lengthy final drives in each of Dallas’ last two victories over the Vikings and Giants.


Against Minnesota, Romo capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive with a 7-yard TD pass to DwayneHarris with 35 seconds left in a 27-23 home win over the Vikings on Nov. 3. Then, this past Sunday against the Giants, Romo led the Cowboys 64 yards on 14 plays over the final 4:45 to set up Bailey’s winner and all but knock the Giants out from any further playoff talks.


“I think you either feel comfortable in those situations or you don’t,” said Romo, whose 107.1 passer rating in the fourth quarter ranks second among 28 quarterbacks with at least 60 attempts.


“Just through all the experiences and all the times you’ve put yourself in that position as a team, and we feel good.”


With Cowboys lacking a running attack where they rank 29th averaging only 79.7 rushing yards per game, having DeMarco Murray back the last two games running the ball has given them a shot in the arm. Murray ran for 107 yards on Sunday versus the Giants and has averaged 5.8 yards per carry while recording 175 yards with a touchdown in the last two games, which is good news leading into Thursday’s game against the Raiders.


Other then the reliable Witten, Romo will have receivers Dez Bryant and Myles Austin as offensive weapons for his liking which will put plenty of pressure on the Raiders’ secondary.


The Raiders (4-7) defense has allowed an average of 122.6 yards on the ground while going 1-4 away from home and going into Houston had dropped eight straight road games before pulling out a 28-23 victory over a Texans team that is just having a nightmare of a season and is now stuck in a nine-game losing streak.


On Sunday, the Oakland defense failed them again at then end. They held Tennessee’s Chris Johnson to 73 yards on 20 carries, but when it counted in the final minutes, let the Titans go 80 yards on 14 plays in 6 minutes to score a touchdown with 10 seconds left and hand the Raiders a 23-19 home defeat.


“We don’t have a lot of time to sit around and wallow in self-pity,” said coach Dennis Allen, whose team has suffered three four-point defeats this season.


“We’re extremely disappointed in the loss, but we’ve got a game to play, and we’ve got to get ourselves ready to play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day and that’s really where the majority of our focus has turned to now.”


For me personally, it was a typical Raider loss for a team that has failed to make the playoffs, let alone finish at .500 since their Super Bowl loss in the 2002 season. Ill advised penalties and being undisciplined has been the signature calling card for as long as I can remember for the Raiders’ franchise.


With Dallas going in as a big (minus) -9.5 point favorite at home, not many people who bet the spread are giving the Raiders a chance on the road… myself included, but let’s see how much the spread changes leading up to kickoff which you can check right here through Wonder Punter.


Expect Raider rookie Matt McGloin to make his third straight start on Thursday as he has thrown for four touchdowns and one interception in two games since Terrelle Pryor sprained his knee in a loss to the Giants. Pryor was given the green-light to play last week but served as the backup, and reports indicate will be watching from the sidelines again this week.

There is some good news for the Raiders however, that they could have running back Darren McFadden back in action this week after he missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. Backup Rashad Jennings has filled in well in place of McFadden averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 103.3 per game in his last four Raider starts.


One Raider question mark is it’s uncertain if McGloin will have Denarius Moore as a throwing option as he is still battling a shoulder injury and may miss his second straight contest.


The Raiders at 4-7 sit in last place in the AFC West.


Dallas has some players in question as well with linebacker Sean Lee possibly missing his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. The same injury could force cornerback Morris Claiborne to sit out as well. Not good news for a defense that has failed to live up to expectations this season so far.


The Cowboys have enjoyed success on Thanksgiving where they are 28-16 and one tie. Oakland fell to 3-3 on turkey day with a 24-7 loss at Dallas in 2009. In that matchup, Romo threw for 309 yards with two touchdowns and Witten caught five balls for 107 to help the Cowboys’ snapped a three-game skid against the Silver and Black.


Both the Cowboys and Raiders have found ways to lose games this year, and as much as I would like to think the Raiders will find a way to surprise me and most of America, my prediction is to go with Dallas at home. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to this one.


PICK: Dallas


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Charlotte’s layup knocks off No. 14 Michigan

Charlotte Stuns Michigan


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Charlotte 49ers came to Puerto Rico an afterthought in a tournament that featured two ranked teams and two more from power conferences.

They’re going home champions.

Terrence Williams put back his own miss with 0.4 seconds left, giving Charlotte a stunning win over No. 14 Michigan on Sunday in the final of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

“That’s one of the most incredible basketball games I’ve ever been a part of,” Charlotte coach Alan Major said. “All three games in this tournament got sticky… The thing that’s been the thing that’s been the most encouraging and fun for me is watching them coming together down here and just trying to be a team.

“They deserve this,” Major said.

The title is the 49ers’ (5-1) second early-season tournament win in two seasons. They won the Great Alaska Shootout last season.

Michigan’s Mitch McGary tied it at 61 on a layup with 9 seconds left, but Charlotte quickly pushed the ball up the floor. Williams missed a layup but got his own rebound and scored.

“I just stayed with it so I could get an extra chance at the basket and I ended up making the shot,” Williams said. “There was no time to think I just had to react.”

Denzel Ingram had 12 points and Willie Clayton added 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 49ers. Pierria Henry chipped in 11 points. Charlotte’s Shawn Lester was named to the all-tournament team.

“We told them before the game, you belong in this game,” Major said. “You’ve earned your way into it. Whatever was lined up before, bracket-wise and who’s in it, you can’t control that. But you can control the way you play. You can control how close you are as a team. You can control your toughness.

“We just said before the game – it’s enough,” he added. “Don’t worry that you don’t have enough. If you rely on each other, you’ve got enough.”

Michigan overcame a 16-point deficit in Friday’s semifinal against Florida State to win in overtime. On Sunday it stayed in the game despite shooting just 31 percent for the game.

The Wolverines (4-2) also played most of the night without starting forward Glenn Robinson III, who logged only 9 minutes as he struggled with back problems.

The one player that was able to keep up the scoring load was Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, who was chosen the tournament’s most valuable player. He finished with 20 points, but played through an ankle injury over the final 9 minutes. Caris LeVert added 11 points.

“The injury was tough, especially defensively, because they noticed it real quick and whoever I was guarding just started running around a bunch of screens,” Stauskas said. “It was definitely difficult just to move around and put pressure on them. I was kind of limited.”

Charlotte held about a six-point cushion for most of the second half until Michigan took its first lead of the half – 47-46 – on a pair of free throws by LeVert with 6:12 remaining in the game.

But McGary, playing in his fourth game back from a back injury, was forced to the bench with his fourth foul at the 5:26 mark. The 49ers attacked, and immediately went on an 8-2 run to take back the advantage at 54-49.

McGary returned with the clock under three minutes, and cut the 49ers’ lead to 58-55.

Then, after another Charlotte basket Michigan cut it to 60-58 on a 3-pointer by Zak Irvin.

Michigan fouled, and Williams hit 1 of 2 free throws.

The Wolverines came up empty on the next possession, but after a foul this time Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

Spike Albrecht was fouled in a scramble on Michigan’s next trip down the floor and hit the first of his free throws to make it 61-59. He missed the second, but a scramble for the rebound ended up in a jump ball and the possession arrow favored Michigan with 11.4 seconds left.

McGary got free on the inbounds pass for a layup, but Charlotte quickly pushed the ball up the floor to set up the final sequence.

“Another March game played in November,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Charlotte was really good… We’re embracing this and saying, ‘What a great opportunity to grow.’ We had adversity tonight like we hadn’t had, and we just kept plugging away.

“It’s all good. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s all good to come into that environment, play as hard as we did and fight back to have a chance to win.”

Major said it’s way too early to think about what his team’s ceiling might be this season, though.

“Our thing is gonna be let’s take the good from these three games and try to store that away,” Major said. “We can still get better. Let’s take improvement and see where we can go from here. I think it gives the guys a taste of how good we can be at some point. But what that is, I don’t know.”

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NFL Week 12 Recap


Here are all the NFL game recaps in Week 12 leading up to Monday night’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. The lines are also provided to see how you faired against the spread.


Thursday 11/21


New Orleans Saints (9-2)- 17

Atlanta Falcons (2-9)- 13


Line: NO 7.5

Over/Under: 52.5


The Falcons suffer their fifth straight loss at the hands of the Saints.


Sunday 11/24


Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)- 13

Houston Texans (2-9)- 6


Line: HOU -10.5

Over/Under: 43.5


The Jags beat the Texans for the first time in six games.


New York Jets (5-6)- 3

Baltimore Ravens (5-6)- 19


Line: BAL -4.0

Over/Under: 38.0


The Jets drop back-to-back games for the first time all season.


Carolina Panthers (8-3)- 20

Miami Dolphins (5-6)- 16


Line: CAR -4.5

Over/Under: 40.5


Panthers win their franchise-record-tying seventh straight game as Cam Newton tosses a touchdown pass with 46 seconds left.


Chicago Bears (6-5)- 21

St. Louis Rams (5-6)- 42


Line: STL -2.5

Over/Under: 46.0


Rams defeat the Chicago Bears for the first time since 2003.


San Diego Chargers (5-6)- 41

Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)- 38


Line: KC -3.0

Over/Under: 43.0


Chiefs lose their second straight game as Phillip Rivers throws the go-ahead touchdown with 31 seconds left.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8)- 24

Detroit Lions (6-5)- 21


Line: DET -7.0

Over/Under: 48.5


The Bucs have now won three straight since starting the season 0-8.


Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1)- 26

Green Bay Packers (5-5-1)- 26 FINAL/OT


Line: GB -6.0

Over/Under: 44.5


Packers rally form 16 points down to salvage an overtime tie as both teams can only manage field goals in extra time.


Pittsburgh Steelers ( 5-6)- 27

Cleveland Browns (4-7)- 11


Line: CLE -2.5

Over/Under: 40.0


Steelers move into the playoff picture as ‘Big Ben’ improves to 16-1 over the Browns.


Dallas Cowboys (6-5)- 24

New York Giants (4-7)- 21


Line: NYG -2.5

Over/Under: 44.5


Cowboys win 24-21 on a 35 yard field goal as time expires to snap the Giants four-game win streak.


Indianapolis Colts (7-4)- 11

Arizona Cardinals (7-4)- 40


Line: ARI -3.0

Over/Under: 44.5


Cardinals win their fourth in a row with a 40-11 thrashing of the Colts.


Tennessee Titans (5-6)- 23

Oakland Raiders (4-7)- 19


Line: TEN -2.5

Over/Under: 42.0


Titans get a 10-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds left to get back in playoff contention.


Denver Broncos (9-2)- 31

New England Patriots (8-3)- 34


Line: DEN -1.0

Over/Under: 53.0


Broncos blow 24 point half time lead and lose in overtime on punting miscue that leads to game winning field goal.


Monday 11/25- 8:30PM EST


San Francisco 49ers (6-4)

Washington Redskins (3-7)


Line: SF -4.5

Over/Under: 47.0




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George, Pacers pull away from Knicks in OT

Pacers Cease Knicks In OT


THE BIG APPLE – Paul George and the Pacers had been down and nearly out, seconds away from consecutive losses.

As soon as a late foul name gave him an opportunity to tie it, he wasn’t letting Indiana lose it in additional time.

“I wished to attack,” he mentioned.

George made three throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored 9 of his season-excessive 35 points within the extra period as Indiana pulled out a 103-96 victory Wednesday night time over the New York Knicks, who dropped their sixth straight at house.

New York scored the first 13 points, but this settled right into a playoff-sort sport between groups that met in the postseason final Could. And it once more went to the Pacers, who bounced back from their first loss after a franchise-report 9-0 start.

“Heck of a win for our guys,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. “A grind-it-out form of recreation. That’s typically after we’re at our best. The offense wasn’t really flowing however our protection actually buckled down.”

George Hill added 23 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who beat the Knicks in six video games in last season’s Japanese Convention semifinals. Just as within the clincher of that series, Roy Hibbert had a pivotal block on Carmelo Anthony’s drive to the basket.

Anthony had 30 factors and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who appeared fully deflated after they couldn’t score following the free throws George made when Iman Shumpert was known as for fouling him.

George then put away the Knicks in additional time, keeping them winless at home since beating Milwaukee on Oct. 30 in their season opener.

“I believed we had the game won,” Anthony stated. “And in additional time, I do not know, they just walked away with it.”

J.R. Smith had 21 points, and Beno Udrih scored a season-high 19 for the Knicks, together with a go-ahead shot with 1:21 left in regulation when he appeared to simply throw it on the rim when Anthony couldn’t get free. The Knicks protected the lead by a few missed three-pointers by Hill, and Anthony made two free throws for an 89-86 lead with 9.2 seconds left.

Shumpert was then referred to as for the foul on George, with replays showing what gave the impression to be maybe only a slight contact to George’s arm. The All-Star sank the free throws, and Anthony missed on the opposite end, and Smith was off on a tip try.

“It do not really matter what I believe or what occurred,” Shumpert said. “They called the foul.”

The shocked Knicks walked back to the bench as if they had just lost – and fairly quickly, that they had.

George adopted Hibbert’s block with a 3-pointer, and answered Anthony’s basket with 4 straight points to place the Pacers in management.

Last season’s winner of the Most Improved Player award said he would have deferred in related conditions prior to now.

“I’d have looked to have someone else to be in that position or that role,” George mentioned. “This yr, this time around I want to be extra aggressive.”

The Knicks were once more without injured starters Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. Amare Stoudemire also did not play on the second night of the back-to-again.

They now go on a four-game road journey, maybe what they want with their incapability to win on their house floor.

George was two shy of his career high, bouncing back nicely from a season-low 12 points on 3-for-14 taking pictures in a 110-94 loss at Chicago that ended Indiana’s excellent start.

The Knicks jumped to a thirteen-zero lead whereas Indiana missed its first seven pictures. The Pacers have been only 5 for 20 in the first quarter, however one of the makes was Hibbert’s ugly, banked three-pointer that beat the buzzer and lower it to 19-14.

New York was ahead forty two-37 at the half and by no means trailed by greater than four until extra time.

The groups were evenly matched last season, only minutes from heading to a Game 7 till Hibbert’s sensational, momentum-shifting block on Anthony’s dunk attempt late in Sport 6. Indiana went on to drive Miami to seven video games within the East finals and is intent on doing better this season.

As for the Knicks, they are three-8, unable to match their robust begin final season, actually not in a position to preserve pace with Indiana’s blistering begin.

This was a significantly better performance from the Knicks, who had been critical of their very own effort and have been coming off a loss in Detroit an evening earlier, however not adequate.


Recreation notes

Metta World Peace returned, saying he had fluid drained from his left knee twice in latest weeks… Danny Granger is with the Pacers on their trip that concludes Friday at Boston, however Vogel stated Granger is still experiencing soreness in his left calf and will not apply until that is gone.



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Crosby, Pens take shutout vs. Ovi, Capitals

Penguins Shut Out Capitals


WASHINGTON – Even Sidney Crosby acknowledged his objective – and the lickety-cut up sequence of passes that led as much as it – was “fun” and “one of many nicer ones.”

Crosby delivered that spotlight-reel objective and an help to get the higher of a quiet Alex Ovechkin prior to now league MVPs’ first matchup as division rivals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a 3-sport road dropping streak by beating the Washington Capitals four-zero on Wednesday night time.

Crosby’s one-timer from a tough angle whereas leaning on his left knee capped fairly a sequence of touches from Evgeni Malkin on the point to Chris Kunitz in the slot to James Neal slightly behind the online to Crosby in the left circle. When the puck flew previous goalie Braden Holtby with 29 seconds left within the third interval to make it 3-zero, Crosby raised his fists, threw his head again and set free a yell.

“It’s powerful to get these,” Crosby stated. “Groups know the place all people is on the ice. To get that many fast passes in – you enjoy these, because you do not see these too often. It is proper up there.”

Even Holtby sounded impressed afterward.

“For Crosby to one-time that one off his off-wing, put it the place he did – guys like which might be going to attain goals,” Holtby said, pursing his lips and shaking his head.

With Pittsburgh “smothering” Washington, as Penguins coach Dan Bylsma put it, Marc-Andre Fleury wanted to make only 18 saves for his second shutout this season and twenty fifth in the NHL.

“It was not our day at all – on power play, PK, 5-on-5,” said Ovechkin, who hit a publish early but in any other case was largely held in check. “That form of games happen.”

Pittsburgh wound up with forty pictures. Paul Martin, off a move from Crosby, and Beau Bennett, with an help from Malkin, scored lower than 5 half minutes aside to present Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in a first interval it dominated. Neal tacked on the Penguins’ fourth goal 7:16 into the final interval.

The Penguins beat the Capitals for the fifth time in a row.

Washington had been playing its finest hockey of the season, going into Wednesday with three consecutive wins total, and six straight at dwelling.

Pittsburgh and Washington came in as the top two golf equipment in the new Metropolitan Division. The last time they played each other as members of the same division was 1993.

“It was a game you have been trying ahead to, a team that you simply want to beat,” Capitals coach Adam Oates mentioned. “A measuring stick.”

There was a time when Crosby and Ovechkin dominated the NHL – with their slick play on the ice and by drawing plenty of consideration off it – and their rivalry meant games between the Penguins and Capitals were should-see affairs. That included an exciting seven-recreation playoff sequence won by Pittsburgh in 2009, when each star scored eight targets.

Over the next few seasons, though, Crosby’s accidents and Ovechkin’s all of a sudden sporadic scoring diminished the attraction of the matchup.

Both appear to be again on the top of their powers: Ovechkin, who won his third Hart Trophy final season as NHL MVP, entered the day tied for the league lead with 17 goals, whereas 2007 MVP Crosby was tied for the points lead.

“There’s at all times these type of little matchups in the sport that as a participant you realize are there. That is simply sort of a pure factor occurring. You’re used to it. These ones, there’s a few more eyes on the video games,” said Crosby, who scored his eleventh purpose. “I do not suppose that is a nasty factor. I believe it brings out the perfect in everyone.”

Sport notes

Washington’s energy play entered the day ranked second in the NHL at 24 percent, however went zero for 3… The Capitals have been shut out twice of their past sixteen games after going with out a goal simply once final season… The Penguins gained all three games in opposition to the Capitals last season, Pittsburgh’s first sweep in opposition to Washington since 2006-07… Pittsburgh hasn’t dropped four consecutive highway video games since a skid from Dec. 29, 2009, to Jan. 3, 2010… Malkin began the game with a league-excessive 10 assists in November… Six of the teams’ previous eight video games in Washington had been decided by one purpose.

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Pacioretty’s hat trick leads Habs over Wild

Pacioretty’s Hat Trick Leads Canadiens


MONTREAL – Loads of fingers had been pointed lately at Max Pacioretty and his middle, David Desharnais, for Montreal’s lack of scoring.

That situation was put to relaxation – at least for now – on Tuesday night time when Pacioretty had a natural hat trick within the second interval and the Canadiens skated to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Pacioretty acquired his first objectives in 10 video games since Oct. 12 in Vancouver, although he missed eight video games with a leg damage during that stretch.

“There’s numerous issues in all probability being mentioned about me out there. That’s how it is in this enterprise while you’re not performing,” stated Pacioretty, who had been criticized for being a “perimeter” player of late, among other slights. “Everybody goes through it, but it felt good tonight.

“You can look at stats all you want but I missed quite a lot of good alternatives lately. One game I had eight photographs. It started entering into my head, considering that I can not score, so it’s positively a monkey off the again. The first one was fortunate, off a skate and in, but you are taking them as they arrive.”

Desharnais had two assists, giving him three factors in 20 video games this season. Solely last week, newly elected Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre brought on a stir when he prompt Desharnais be despatched to the minors. He was scratched for one game, but bounced back with higher efforts of late.

When he is on his recreation, the stocky middle is a intelligent passer and playmaker, though he appears to click best with Pacioretty.

Part of the breakthrough came when coach Michel Therrien put tenacious right wing Brendan Gallagher on their unit. That threesome was Montreal’s best line in the second half of final season.

Pacioretty went exhausting to the front of the web for 2 of his goals Tuesday.

“Davey and I, our chemistry is at a degree the place he is aware of the place I am going and he can throw blind passes, and that is what occurred,” Pacioretty mentioned.

“Gally will get everybody going,” he added. “He is an energetic player. With him moving into the forecheck and disrupting the protection a little bit, all it takes is a break up second. He is a hound on the puck and he got us going.”

Michael Bournival, Daniel Briere and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens, who managed solely 18 targets of their previous 11 games.

Nino Niederreiter and Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, who had won 4 straight. They were 7-zero-1 of their past eight video games since a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Oct. 28.

Minnesota seemed nothing just like the air-tight defensive membership that was piling up wins in recent weeks. As soon as Pacioretty’s first goal went in, the Wild put up little fight. Prime defenseman Ryan Suter ended the night time minus-three, while his partner, Jonas Brodin, was minus-four.

Minnesota coach Mike Yeo desires to see his workforce push back Wednesday night time in Ottawa.

“It’s all a matter how you are taking this one in,” Yeo said. “If we simply sit right here and say, `We have been on a nice run and this was certain to happen,’ then I don’t suppose we should count on much difference from tonight.

“If this stings like it should, it needs to be motivating for us to win that recreation.”

Wild starter Josh Harding, one of many NHL’s three stars for his three wins last week, was pulled in the second period for third-stringer Darcy Kuemper after allowing three goals on 19 photographs.

Kuemper seemed shaky in permitting three goals on nine pictures.

Yeo stated pulling Harding was partly to maintain him fresh to play in Ottawa. Harding has given up three targets solely twice this season, each times to Montreal.

Pacioretty’s hunch ended at 2:fifty seven of the second period when Desharnais’ pass went in off his skate from in front of Harding.

The Canadiens, coming off a 1-0 loss at residence to the New York Rangers on Saturday evening, had not scored since Lars Eller’s aim at 7:34 of the second period in a three-2 shootout win final Friday in Columbus.

Pacioretty converted a spin-around go from Desharnais at 10:06 at even power and then ended Harding’s evening when he tipped in P.Ok. Subban’s point shot on a power play at 13:36.

The one different hat trick of Pacioretty’s career got here on Feb. 9, 2012.

Bournival came from behind the web and beat Kuemper contained in the close to publish at 16:sixteen. Briere one-timed Brian Gionta’s cross-ice move behind Kuemper on a counter assault four:42 into the third.

Niederreiter spoiled Carey Worth’s shutout bid less than a minute later when he went to the net to bang in his own rebound after a feed from behind the online from Kyle Brodziak.

Galchenyuk converted Andrei Markov’s feed on a power play at 7:35.

Heatley jammed in a aim on a power play with 1.3 seconds left for his third aim in 22 games.

Recreation notes

The six objectives have been a season high for Montreal, and essentially the most allowed by Minnesota… Montreal wing Rene Bourque (lower physique) sat out and Ryan White returned to the lineup… Douglas Murray and George Parros were scratched… Minnesota sat defenseman Matt Dumba… The Wild started a four-sport street journey that takes them to Ottawa on Wednesday, Winnipeg on Saturday and St. Louis on Monday… In forty three profession video games towards Montreal, Heatley has 25 objectives and 52 factors.

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NFL Week 11 Monday Night Game Recap- Carolina Beats New England On Final Play


New England Patriots (7-3)- 20

Carolina Panthers (7-3)- 24


Line: CAR -3.0

Over/Under: 46.5


As the game ended in controversy on Monday night which saw the Carolina Panthers win their sixth straight, Tom Brady and the Patriots were left wondering why a penalty on the final play was reversed giving the Panthers a 24-20 win.


Cam Newton hit Ted Ginn Jr. with a 25-yard touchdown pass with 59 seconds left and the defense held off the Patriots as a flag on a pass interference call that was in the end zone got picked up to end the game.


The winning drive by Newton went 83 yards on 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown with 59 seconds left. The Patriots had a chance to win when Brady moved his team to the Carolina 18 and fired into the end zone on the final play.


The pass was intercepted by safety Robert Lester, but a flag was thrown on an apparent pass interference by Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly on tight end Rob Gronkowski by interfering with grabbing him with both hands. The officials then huddled up and decide to reverse the penalty call.


There was no explanation given to me. Officials ran off the field. I didn’t see anything,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “It was the last play of the game. There was a flag thrown and then the game was over.”


An angry Brady ran over to the officials to argue but to no avail as they walked off the field.


He was kind of weaving in and out of there. I didn’t really want to throw it over his head and out of bounds, so I was a little indecisive,” Brady said. “It wasn’t’ a great throw. No excuses. Should have been a better throw.”


The Panthers (7-3) will take the win.


We had good pressure and our safety Robert Lester was in a good position to make the play,” coach Ron Rivera said.


Brady was 20 of 40 for 296 yards and one touchdown for the Patriots (7-3).


Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 62 yards on seven rushes.


Coach Rivera called his teams performance a “gutsy effort.”


It wasn’t our best defensive effort, but it was one of our better offensive efforts,” Rivera said. “It was good for our guys to win a game like this.”


Great ballgame with an even better ending, but in the end, Cam Newton did what he needed to do to lead the Panthers to another win to stay one game back of New Orleans for first place in the NFC South.


Cam did the things he needed to do to put us in position to win the football game.,” Rivera said. “It has a lot to do with the maturity that we have talked about.”


The Patriots at 7-3 are still two games ahead of the Jets in the AFC East.


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Bears withstand Ravens, weather for OT win

Bears Edge Ravens In OT


CHICAGO – Josh McCown spent a number of quiet moments attempting to figure out what would occur. He probably did not envision this.

The Bears waited out an extended rain delay and put in additional time to come back away with a a lot-needed win.

Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal in additional time to carry the Bears to a 23-20 victory over Baltimore on Sunday in a game delayed about two hours by a torrential downpour.

Justin Tucker tied it for the Ravens with a 21-yard area aim at the end of regulation.

The large delay got here after Tucker kicked a fifty two-yarder with four:fifty one remaining in the first quarter. Fans had been ordered to take cover as players headed to the locker rooms while heavy rains and winds whipped via Soldier Area. They emerged about two hours later with the sky clearing and the solar popping out, however the rain and wind returned within the third quarter, turning the stands into a sea of ponchos.

In the course of the delay, Bears gamers stretched and went over the game plan.

“Closed my eyes and simply making an attempt to think about the game, visualize the sport somewhat bit,” McCown mentioned. “And kind of assess what occurred the primary two series. What did we do wrong? Why weren’t we transferring the ball? What are they going to do to us?”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh would not say what his crew did throughout the down time, although his group is no stranger to delays. The Ravens skilled a power outage within the Tremendous Bowl, in spite of everything, and the beginning of their season-opener at Denver was pushed again by lightning. Each had been simply 34 minutes, though.

“I feel we have led the league in delays over the previous few years,” Harbaugh mentioned.

Gould received it with a 38-yarder on third-and-8 on the 20 with eight:41 left in OT after McCown connected with a leaping Martellus Bennett on a 43-yard cross to place the ball on the 22, and the Bears (6-four) got here away with the win after dropping 4 of six.

They have been leading 20-17 with 10:33 remaining in regulation after Matt Forte scored on a 14-yard screen from McCown, dodging three or four defenders alongside the way in which, but the Ravens (four-6) made one huge push down the stretch to send it to additional time.

They drove from the 16 to the two, getting a one-handed catch from Dallas Clark on a fourth down on the forty four. After Joe Flacco overthrew Torrey Smith in the back of the tip zone on third down, Tucker tied it at 20-all with 3 seconds left.

McCown threw for 216 yards with out an interception, subbing for Jay Cutler (excessive left ankle sprain). In four video games and two starts, he has five touchdowns and no turnovers, and he got here by under brutal conditions.

“It’s positively one of those days where you look throughout the field and (see) Joe Flacco and look on the sideline and Jay’s over there,” McCown said. “And I am like, ‘Can I borrow someone’s arm?’ ”

Alshon Jeffery had seven catches for eighty three yards. Forte added 42 receiving and 83 speeding.

Julius Peppers had two sacks. David Bass returned an interception for a touchdown, and Jon Bostic set up a field goal by Gould on the finish of the first half with an interception.

The Ravens have been able to get their ground game going, with Ray Rice dashing for 131 yards and a landing against a staff that’s struggled to stop the run. He scored from the 1 early on after a 47-yard sprint on Baltimore’s first drive. But Flacco had a rough day, throwing for 162 yards and getting picked off twice.

“Each time you get the ball, it both was moist or had all types of mud on it,” he mentioned. “It was an issue for the timing stuff, getting a grip on it fast enough.”

The Bears scored 10 points in a 12-second stretch in the second quarter, on a 20-yard area aim by Gould and a 24-yard interception return by Bass. He picked off Flacco at the line and ran untouched to the tip zone, Chicago’s fourth interception return for a TD this season, but Baltimore instantly answered with an eighty-yard scoring drive.

Flacco lofted a 5-yard scoring pass between two defenders to Smith to put the Ravens again on high, 17-10, with four:08 left in the half. However an interception at midfield by Bostic with a minute left led to a 46-yard field objective by Gould as time expired, making it a 4-level recreation on the half.

And what an odd half it was.

Play was stopped just after 12:30 p.m. CT and didn’t resume till 2:25. There have been reviews of at least one tornado touching down in Illinois and extensive harm in a minimum of one a part of the state. At Soldier Area, long traces fashioned in the higher deck as drenched followers tried to make their means towards the tunnel with lightning hanging close to the stadium.

“It was pretty muddy, windy,” Bennett stated. “I feel like I’ve been fishing all day.”

Game notes

Bears DT

Stephen Paea

left the sport with a toe injury… Harbaugh would not comment on the condition of S

Matt Elam

, who limped off the sphere within the fourth quarter after making a deal with on Forte.


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Belmont stuns No. 12 N. Carolina with late 3

Belmont Stuns No. 12 UNC


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – J.J. Mann had rehearsed hitting a sport-winning shot so many times before. When the ball got here his approach late towards No. 12 North Carolina, the senior did not squander the chance to provide Belmont a stunning street upset.

The senior hit the go-ahead three-pointer with thirteen.1 seconds left, serving to the Bruins beat the Tar Heels 83-eighty on Sunday within the Corridor of Fame Tipoff.

Mann completed with a profession-finest 28 factors, with the last basket giving the Bruins an eighty one-eighty lead. Then, after a missed shot from UNC’s J.P. Tokoto, Caleb Chowbay scored on a breakaway layup with zero.2 seconds left that sent Belmont gamers dashing onto the court docket to celebrate on the horn.

“There aren’t great victories except you beat great programs,” longtime Belmont coach Rick Byrd mentioned. “… It is a large second proper now for us.”

Certainly, especially considering it appeared the Bruins (3-1) could be left lamenting one that received away.

Belmont had pissed off North Carolina by playing with poise and knocking down exterior shots, leading by eleven points early within the second half. Then the Tar Heels (2-1) rallied and led by eight with 2½ minutes left, only to see Mann and the Bruins push again.

With the Bruins trailing by two within the last 20 seconds, Reece Chamberlain introduced the ball upcourt and flipped it to Mann, who launched the straightaway shot over Tokoto.

He said he was “about 99 p.c positive it was moving into” earlier than it dropped by way of the web.

“It is one thing you dream about as a kid, and something that you just faux this summer in the gymnasium,” Mann said. “You are saying, ‘All right, recreation winner in opposition to North Carolina, here you go.’ And then it happens. It is simply unbelievable.”

Belmont is a consistently profitable Ohio Valley Convention program with six NCAA match journeys in eight years. Now the Bruins have their first win in opposition to a High 25 opponent since beating No. 23 Missouri in December 2003.

It was North Carolina’s first nonconference dwelling loss since falling to Illinois within the ACC/Massive Ten Problem eight years in the past.

Drew Windler, who rebounded Tokoto’s late miss and threw it ahead for Chowbray’s layup, stated he had 28 congratulatory text messages and numerous different Twitter messages ready by the point he bought on the staff bus.

“It is a historical win for Belmont,” Windler mentioned. “We do not have a variety of wins over AP Prime 25 groups. So anytime you may go right into a Top 25 group’s place, particularly a place like North Carolina – storied program – and do exactly sufficient to beat a very good workforce, that is nice. That’s one thing to hang your hats on.”

Mann hit 5 three-pointers and added nine rebounds to lead the Bruins, who hit 15 of 37 3s to match their three-game season whole for made three-pointers coming in.

Windler scored sixteen factors and hit four 3s of his own for the Bruins, who shot forty five % and hit 20 of twenty-two free throws.

The free throws were a giant factor considering the Tar Heels – enjoying yet again with out leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior guard Leslie McDonald as a result of NCAA eligibility issues – could not make their very own.

UNC shot forty eight p.c and scored 20 second-probability factors, but finished 22-for-48 (46 %) from the foul line. That included a woeful 9-for-28 within the first half as Belmont took a forty one-34 lead at the break.

“I don’t know,” sophomore Brice Johnson mentioned of the free-throw struggles. “That harm. We must always’ve made free throws… Make a minimum of 10 of these we win the sport. We just have to concentrate, simply take our time.”

North Carolina erased the deficit with a 14-0 second-half run, holding the Bruins to one discipline purpose over a ten-minute span. However after the Tar Heels had pushed ahead seventy three-sixty five on Marcus Paige’s driving basket with 3:46 left, Mann and the Bruins pushed again.

Mann knocked down a 3 to cut the deficit to 78-seventy five with 1:02 left, then followed with another eight seconds later to cut the deficit to eighty-seventy eight.

The Tar Heels had an opportunity to make it a two-possession game again, but Paige lost the ball on a dribble drive with 19.9 seconds left, resulting in a leap ball that arrange Mann’s last shot.

James Michael McAdoo scored a profession-high 27 points and had thirteen rebounds to steer the Tar Heels, while Paige completed with 17 points.

“(Byrd) is an efficient friend and a very good coach, and I am completely happy for him,” UNC coach Roy Williams stated. “However I really like these kids in my locker room and their coach let them down as we speak. That’s about it.”


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