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."

 

Massive NHL Brawl in Vancouver Canada

"I don't think anybody anticipated that, " said fire flames defenseman Chris Butler, one of eight players ejected from the game.

"It's been a while given that something like that happened, 5 guys pairing off. inch

the particular Flames raised a red flag by putting their 4th line on the ice to start the game. The Canucks countered with their tough guys. Game upon.Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa took the particular opening draw for Vancouver and a line brawl out of cash out as soon as the puck has been dropped.

Just 2 seconds experienced ticked off the clock whenever all five skaters through each team taking the starting faceoff dropped their hand protection and began throwing your punches.

Calgary enforcer Brian McGrattan has been left bloodied in a fight with Vancouver tough guy mary Sestito. After the fight Sestito patted McGrattan on the back of the head.

 

Minor league call-up Kellan Lain's first game as a Canuck was brief. He was tossed for fighting along with Calgary's Kevin Westgarth, who has no points in twenty one games for the Flames.

 

Also getting game misconducts were Vancouver's Dale Weise plus defensemen Kevin Bieksa and jerrika Garrison. For Calgary, it was Westgarth, Blair Jones, Ladislav Smid and Butler.

 

"They began their goon squad more than there, " said Sestito, who leads the NHL with 167 penalty moments in 47 games. "I just don't think we're going to become backing down from men.

 

"Torts told us they were beginning their idiots over presently there so we had to match that will, " Sestito said.

i am not proud of it. we don't feel great about it at all.

- steve Tortorella, Canucks coach

Sestito and McGrattan remained in the game.

In the aftermath of the brawl Tortorella could be seen yelling at the Flames bench and trainer Bob Hartley.

"It's great that he has our back, inch Sestito said.

Later in the time period, Calgary's Mark Giordano smacked Vancouver's Alex Burrows in the face. Burrows was wearing a facemask to protect a broken mouth. It was his first sport since Dec. 1.

The bad bloodstream wasn't confined to the ice. At the end of the first period CBC, which usually televised the game, captured Tortorella attempting to go into the Flames locker room at Rogers industry. McGrattan pushed him aside. fire flames goaltender coach Clint Malarchuk came out of the Flames dressing up room after Tortorella plus McGrattan were separated. Malarchuk followed Tortorella, but was controlled by several members associated with Calgary's staff and McGrattan.

TortorellaMuch of the altercation appeared off digital camera, but another camera demonstrated Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev pulling Burrows back towards the Canucks dressing space.

Tortorella made no apologizes for the lineup he started. "I know the some other guy across the bench, inch he said. "It's easy for people to say 'well put the Sedins out there and it's deflated. ' I can't put our own players at risk like that.

"With the particular lineup that he had, i am not going to put those types of players at risk and that's exactly what ensued. I'm not proud of it. I've apologized to every one of the players involved in it. we don't feel great about it at all. "

 

Hartley was remaining shaking his head over Tortorella charging his team's dressing up room.

 

"I just don't understand, inch he said. "I obtained out of there. I don't need to get suspended or fined.

 

"There is nothing to be resolved there. I just don't understand what was going on. "

 

Hartley also looked after his starting lineup.

 

"Those men are playing well for us, " he said. "They got a goal last sport. We're not scoring numerous goals. We had zero purposes there.

 

"As far as I understand they were the home team. They had the luxury to put whoever these people wanted on the ice. inch

 

the particular teams combinedone eighty eight penalty minutes in the 1st period – 142 charges minutes in the first five minutes of the game and smaller sized skirmishes throughout the opening time period. Calgary's Shane O'Brien plus Vancouver's Zack Kassian every received 10-minute misconducts later on in the period. A total associated with 204 penalty minutes had been logged Saturday night.

 

Tortorella dropped to answer questions about possible disciplinary actions, though it is safe to assume he will likely receive either a significant fine, a suspension or even both.

 

The fiery coach has been fined multiple times for some especially colorful post-game tirades. He has also been suspended previously with regard to throwing a water container at a fan during a sport against the Washington Capitals in 2009.

 

This was not the first time Tortorella encountered a situation like Saturday night. this individual blasted Devils coach Pete DeBoer from the bench right after DeBoer started his 4th line against the Rangers in 2012, an uncannily similar event in which Tortorella matched with his tough guys – having durable defenseman Stu Bickel take the opening draw – and a line brawl ensued.

 

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NFL Week 12 Recap

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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

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

 

 

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Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel leads great comeback, caps it on TD with two seconds left

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel nearly led a fantastic win in opposition to New England in his first begin.

He made sure he completed the job in Week 2.

Facing a nearly unattainable state of affairs – 80 yards away, down 20-14, 1:36 left and no timeouts left – Manuel was in cost. He calmly led a drive all the way in which downfield, and threw a recreation-successful touchdown with two seconds left.

And if that wasn’t sufficient of a storybook method to finish it, Manuel had a fantastic and emotional moment together with his father after the sport.

Manuel went to his father Erik, who had labored his method all the way down to the entrance row of seats, and shared a hug. Manuel stated he was going to offer his father the sport ball. It was Erik Manuel’s birthday.

The Manuel household has been via so much. Manuel’s mother Jackie beat breast cancer within the final year. For Manuel to drag off an incredible comeback and celebrate the second along with his father was a touching scene.

 

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“I think we had been both crying and just elated in regards to the scenario, being that it’s the first win and like I stated, it’s his birthday,” Manuel mentioned after the sport, based on the group’s transcript. “My dad has been to all my video games since I used to be six years old so nothing’s changed. To see his face up in there earlier than the game is superior. Like I mentioned, to have him on this opportunity and this example is nice.”

 

It wasn’t the primary time Manuel broke down. As quickly as Steve Johnson caught the game-winner, he started getting emotional on the field.

“I can’t even tell you how I felt,” Manuel stated. “Actually I simply don’t know, I started crying there. I’m not often an emotional guy. I need to enjoy these types of things as a result of that’s what you’re (right here for), I’m going to be able to inform my grand youngsters about that 20 to 30 years from now.”

(Associated Press)

What a comeback it was. Manuel meticulously moved the Bills down field within the last 1:36 with all of the stress on him.

First it was 8 yards, then 12 yards, then 14, a gain of eleven, and abruptly the Bills have been in vary.

Then Manuel and the Payments acquired a bit of fortunate.

Manuel threw an interception over the middle with 14 seconds left, but a flag got here down. There was a questionable pass interference call on Luke Kuechly, erasing the interception. The Bills had the ball at the 11.

Manuel finished the drive. He ran 9 yards to the two-yard line and received out of bounds. Then he threw the sport-successful score to a wide open Johnson in the end zone. He had his first win, and so did Payments coach Doug Marrone.

“We knew the scenario,” Manuel stated. “I didn’t feel nervous or something like that. We practiced it time and time once more. I’ve been in too many conditions before, not just within the NFL or in observe but also in school. We received games like that earlier than. You’ve just bought to go on the market and operate the offense.”

It’s too early to know if Manuel goes to be a star in the NFL. But the Payments must be thrilled with what they’ve seen from their first-spherical decide so far. Manuel showed a ton of poise and promise on that ultimate game-successful drive. Possibly we’ll recall that drive as the beginning of a new period in Buffalo.

Whatever happens, Manuel and his family will not quickly overlook what occurred on Sunday.