Hawks prospect suffers four fractures near larynx

Whitney was selected by Chicago in 2012. (Getty Images)
Whitney was selected by Chicago in 2012. (Getty Photos)

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Brandon Whitney , a goalie for the Victoriaville Tigres within the QMJHL and a seventh-spherical draft choose by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 draft, suffered one horrifying damage this week: He had 4 separate fractures near his larynx.

Victoriaville announced on Wednesday that the goalie had successful surgical procedure to report the fractures in his throat. The group website has more (as per typical, translated by Google, you get the drift):

Head coach of the Victoriaville Tigres, Yanick Jean, mentioned that the team ought to know the duration of his absence possibly Sunday (January 12) or Monday (13 January).

The veteran goalkeeper, 19, was injured after receiving the puck in full throat after a wrist shot at the regular workforce coaching on Monday on the Amphitheatre Gilbert Perreault. It goes without saying that the ache was intense.

I can only think about. That’s an awfully serious damage, it is wonderful to listen to that he had profitable surgical procedure afterward.

Even with the quantity of safety they put on, goaltenders in hockey are vulnerable to some critical injuries. That’s considerably inevitable when your job is to easily get in entrance of frozen blocks of rubber that fly upwards of 100 MPH. It’s one of the the reason why goalies resist the calls to reduce the size of their gear; it turns into extra harmful.

Whitney was named one of the QMJHL’s three stars of the week last week going 1-1 in two begins with a 1.fifty one objectives in opposition to common and a958 save percentage. The Nova Scotia native has a907 save share on the season with a 3.23 goals in opposition to common.

S/t The Goalie Guild

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Manuel out for Bills’ finale, Lewis to start at QB

 

Thaddeus Lewis will make his sixth start of the season. (USATSI)
Thaddeus Lewis will make his sixth start of the season. (USATSI)

 

Although he was held out of Week sixteen with a knee sprain, there was some hope this week when Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel returned to follow Tuesday and Thursday. But Buffalo coach Doug Marrone stated Friday that Manuel isn't progressing as fast as the workforce would love, and in consequence, the workforce will start Thad Lewis on Sunday vs. the Patriots.

This shall be Lewis' sixth start of the season, and so far in 2013, he is gone 2-3 whereas completing 60.2 p.c of his passes for 845 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Whereas Buffalo's season will likely be over after Sunday, this sport does affect the postseason.

If the Bills upset the Patriots and the Bengals beat the Ravens, New England would fall from the No. 2 seed and would have to go on the highway next week for the wild card weekend. Cincinnati, then, would grab the No. 2 seed and get a primary-round bye.

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NFL Prediction Week 16 Game Preview/Pick- New Orleans vs. Carolina

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New Orleans Saints (10-4) @ Carolina Panthers (10-4) 12/22- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: CAR -3.0

Over/Under: 46.5

 

For the New Orleans Saints this Sunday, it’s simple… win and they will not only clinch the NFC South, but also the conference’s No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

 

Problem is, they are not a very good road team, so if they lose the same exact scenario awaits Carolina in Week 17, but this time it will be the Panthers who will have the advantage at home as they will try to avenge their 31-13 blowout loss to the Saints at the Superdome back on December 8th.

 

But, for the Saints (10-4), they were not able to capitalize the following week in St. Louis when they committed three turnovers and fell behind by 24 points and lost 27-16, which knocked them back out of the driver’s seat.

 

The bigger problem is New Orleans is just a bad road team, where they have lost its fourth in five road games and that spells trouble for them come playoff time if they have to open on the road.

 

We know what we are playing for—we’re playing for the divisional championship and the two seed so it doesn’t get any bigger then that for us,” quarterback Drew Brees said. Obviously we understand our deficiencies on the road here the last couple of trips. It is great motivation for us to really hammer down this week, find ways to improve and get better.”

 

With that said, Sunday’s contest may be a make or break game for them, as the Panthers now have the momentum following a 30-20 home win over the New York Jets, but coach Ron Rivera admits his team may have been doing some scoreboard watching.

 

A few too many times, to be honest with you,” Rivera said. “I did get distracted a couple of times. .. I did hear the crowd cheer and when I looked up they showed the (Saints’) score, so that caught my attention.”

 

The Panthers (10-4) with a win will clinch the South and the NFC’s second seed with a win next week at lowly Atlanta or the Saints losing to Tampa Bay in Week 17.

 

If New Orleans can pull off the mild upset, they will lock up the No. 2 seed and will be able to rest some starters for the season-finale. For the Panthers, a loss would be damaging as they would need some help with losses by Arizona and San Francisco. The Cardinals hold the tie-breaker with Carolina by virtue of win over them.

 

Drew Brees lit up the Panthers back in New Orleans with 313 yards and four touchdowns, where he has a 122.5 passer rating, but on the road it’s a different story with a 86.3 passer rating with just a 63.4 completion percentage with seven picks.

 

Those numbers add up to 32.9 points scored at home compared to 18.4 on the road… 27th in the NFL.

 

This is not a ‘show up on Sunday and play’ sport,” tackle Zach Strief said. “So when you go on the field and put that on tape and play like we have on the road it’s absolutely concerning.”

 

With Carolina winning nine of their last ten games and having won six straight at home by an average of 18.7 points, coupled with the Saints road woes, we can see why the oddsmakers have made the Panthers a (minus -3.0) point favorite come Sunday, but remember to get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.

 

Look for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to bounce back after a sub-par performance at the Superdome and for Carolina to establish a running game where they have averaged 178.5 yards rushing.

 

In the end, I too like the Panthers to play a complete game and take it to the Saints and when asked if New Orleans was the better team after taking the first meeting, Newton had this to say….

 

Are they better then us? No.”

 

A little extra incentive for the Saints now? Maybe, but I predict the Panthers winning big on Sunday to continue their home dominance and strengthen their playoff position.

 

Prediction/Pick: Carolina

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Power ‘confident’ re-sign Wines

Port Adelaide dynamo Ollie Wines is yet to re-sign with the club. Picture: Sarah Reed

Port Adelaide dynamo Ollie Wines is but to re-signal with the membership. Image: Sarah Reed Source: News Restricted

PORT Adelaide says it is “very assured” it may possibly secure rookie sensation Ollie Wines to a protracted-time period contract, regardless of the powerhouse midfielder being the one big title it has failed to re-signal this week.

As the Energy continues to roll out contract extensions for key gamers – captain Travis Boak’s new deal will probably be revealed tomorrow – Wines has yet to put pen to paper.

And his administration staff, Elite Sports Properties, has told Port he is in no hurry to re-signal.

Clearance specialist Wines, 19, is out of contract on the finish of subsequent season and the Power has been trying to stitch him as much as a brand new, long-term deal since halfway through last season.

The longer he leaves it to ink a new deal the extra rival clubs will likely be put on crimson alert.

But when Port is worried, it isn’t exhibiting it.

Football operations manager Peter Rohde said while he would have appreciated to have added Wines’ title to the checklist of pre-Christmas re-signings, which already has included Jay Schulz, Hamish Hartlett and Jake Neade, he’s satisfied Wines is comfortable at Alberton.

And he is hopeful of a brand new deal being struck in the subsequent few months.

“If it gets to August and we still have not re-contracted Ollie then we’ll have some issues,” Rohde said.

“However right now we’re very assured that he is completely happy right here and can re-sign for us.

“ESP has stated they will get again to us when the time is true but we all know that Ollie is completely satisfied here, his household is pleased with the club and he had a terrific first year right here, so why would not you re-signal?

“Everybody gets a bit nervous when (big) names haven’t re-signed however Ollie knows we wish him and I’m positive he loves being right here.

“But clearly we would love to get him achieved sooner reasonably than later.”

The powerfully-constructed Wines, from Echuca, had a standout first season at Port after being chosen at choose seven at the 2012 nationwide draft.

He performed all 24 video games, together with the club’s two finals, and averaged a powerful 19 disposals, four tackles and three clearances.

Wines additionally finished third in the AFL Rising Star award behind Gold Coast’s Jaeger O’Meara and Adelaide’s Brad Crouch and won the Gavin Wanganeen Medal as the Power’s best first-year participant.

His mum, Jane, admitted during Port’s finals campaign that the family initially felt Wines had been drafted to “soccer hell” by being picked up by the Energy however had ended up in “football heaven”, such was the transformation at the club below first-year coach Ken Hinkley.

Rohde stated that whereas Port had been delighted to safe lengthy-term offers for a host of players this week, the Wines’ situation wasn’t distinctive.

“We’ve had quite a lot of players in his position prior to now few years, together with Travis in 2012, and we have managed to safe all of them,” Rohde mentioned, including Wines was this week transferring into a new home with membership champion Chad Wingard.

“We’re confident that would be the case with Ollie too.”

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NFL Predictions for week 16

Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) within the first quarter of the 2013 Pro Soccer Hall of Fame game towards the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit score: Andrew Weber-USA RIGHT THIS MOMENT Sports

The Armchair Quarterback’s Take Of The Week

Extra People Should Be Speaking About Miami Quarterback Ryan Tannehill

NFL followers often hear about all of the promising young quarterbacks in the league today. Andrew Luck is supposedly the second coming of anyone from John Elway to Peyton Manning. Robert Griffin III is meant to be a dynamic new type of QB that mixes great passing accuracy with elite physical instruments. Russell Wilson has taken the NFL by storm after having been handed over by many groups because of his smaller stature. Colin Kaepernick lead the 49ers to the Tremendous Bowl in his first season as a starter. Cam Newton is starting to come into his own and Nick Foles has appeared nice underneath the tutelage of Chip Kelly.

….after which there’s Ryan Tannehill.

My guess is that some of you clicked on this text not even figuring out who the person within the cowl image was. Tannehill may have been taken just a few picks behind Luck and Griffin, however when it comes to hype and publicity Tannehill has been more of a Mr. Irrelevant than future famous person (at the very least for those who don’t follow the Dolphins). However, with Miami’s win over New England final Sunday, the Dolphins are now in prime place to land the ultimate wild card spot and Tannehill deserves plenty of credit for that.

Tannehill’s rookie numbers could not have held up to the other extremely publicized rookie QBs, however in his sophomore season he has closed the hole. Under are the 2013 numbers for Luck, Griffin, Wilson, and Tannehill. Are you aware who’s who?

62.4%, 259.1 YPG, 7.zero YPA, 23 TDs, 14 INTs, 86.6 QB Ranking
58.7%, 235.6 YPG, 6.7 YPA, 21 TDs, 9 INTs, 85.2 QB Ranking
60.1%, 246.four YPG, 7.0 YPA, sixteen TDs, 12 INTs, 82.2 QB Ranking
64.7%, 219.eight YPG, 8.6 YPA, 24 TDs, eight INTs, a hundred and five.zero QB Score

These stats belong to (from high to backside) Tannehill, Luck, Griffin, and Wilson. So in their second NFL season you may make a robust case for Tannehill being the second greatest QB this season behind Russell Wilson. While Wilson deserves each bit of praise he will get, he’s also the QB on this list that has the least quantity of pressure on his passing attack. He has far and away the very best supporting solid with an elite protection and dashing attack. Tannehill (as well as Luck and Griffin) are basically being requested to hold their teams’ offenses on their very young shoulders.

Tannehill’s numbers turn out to be much more impressive while you issue in the absolutely horrendous offensive line play he has had to take care of. Via 14 games he has been sacked an NFL leading 51 instances. That equals about three.6 sacks per sport. Of the opposite sophomore QBs listed above, RGIII is the following closest in times sacked with 38. That’s nearly one entire sack much less per recreation than Tannehill.

Then there is the absolute three ring circus that the Dolphins had to endure with the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito bullying fiasco. That could have easily sent the Dolphins into a tail spin. As a substitute, the crew seems to have pulled collectively and weathered the storm. That’s fairly impressive for a staff lead by a 2nd year QB that didn’t even play QB in college till midway through his junior season.

If anyone is going to try and argue that Tannehill is benefitting from his sturdy supporting cast on offense, I’d such as you to stop and look over the Dolphins roster for a second. Tannehill’s go to WR this season is Brian Hartline and his running recreation is a combination of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Mike Wallace is a pleasant deep threat and Charles Clay has developed into a nice pass catching tight end, however these guys aren’t exactly the ninety′s Dallas Cowboys at the ability positions.

Come playoff time, RGIII might be sitting at dwelling and Russell Wilson will likely be chasing a Tremendous Bowl beginning on the back of the most proficient roster within the NFL. Meanwhile, Tannehill (assuming the Dolphins can maintain onto that final playoff spot (have you ever seen Baltimore’s schedule?)) and Andrew Luck will carry the load of their groups’ playoff success on their shoulders. While Luck is basically expected to develop into a Hall Of Famer some day, you may truly make a robust case that in their second seasons Tannehill has achieved simply as much, if not more, to guide his team to the playoffs.

Yet no one is listing him amongst the NFL’s greatest younger QBs.

If Miami does make it into the playoffs and perhaps even wins a recreation I’d guess that the Tannehill bandwagon will start to change into much more crowded. In the meantime, there are plenty of seats accessible and I recommend claiming your seat now.

Now on to this week’s recreation predictions……….

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Seahawks shutout costs Seattle car dealer $420K

 


Eli Manning do his part Sunday, throwing 5 interceptions in the loss.(USATSI)

 

A car dealership in provincial Seattle will have to pay 12 individuals $35, 000 after a promotion guaranteed $420, 000 in a giveaways if the Seahawks shut out the Giants.

Well, Seattle visited MetLife Stadium and blanked Ny 23-0 on Sunday, and now Aircraft Chevrolet in Federal Way, Clean., has to pay up.

“This is crazy, inch Jim Johnson, one of the owners from the dealership, told ESPN. “We by no means expected that we’d actually be giving out the money. ”

Luckily, the dealership took out there a $7, 000 insurance policy, which usually softens the blow. And before you decide to ask, “Why in god’s title would you run a shutout promotion contrary to theGiants?!, ” Manley was hoping to do it last week in front of the 49ers game. Logistics intervened, it had been pushed back a week, and Eli Manning and his five interceptions gladly obliged.

The particular 12 winners – who vary from car buyers to those just thinking about free money – will be established Monday in a drawing.

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Report: Snyder won’t influence Skins’ QB decision

 

It sounds like ownership will not meddle in the Redskins' quarterback situation this week. (USATSI)
It sounds like ownership won't meddle in the Redskins' quarterback condition this week. (USATSI)

 

Mike Shanahan about Monday mentioned which he hadn't decided that might commence at quarterback for the Redskins this week, nevertheless when he decided to go with backup Kirk Cousins, Shanahan created it clear which he would shut down Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season inside purchase to preserve his health.

Whether the decision really is what's best for Griffin or when it's 1 last energy play move by Shanahan against owner Daniel Snyder is unclear. However based on the Washington Post, Snyder isn't going to test to influence the choice.

"He won't step in and interfere with that," an anonymous source told the paper. "He's not going to step into a personnel decision like that."

It's equally unclear at this point when Shanahan is coaching the team by Sunday. As of 2:45 p.m. ET about Tuesday, Shanahan still has a job, plus because the week progresses, you need to believe it is actually probably that Shanahan might survive this week.

However if not, there's one part of good news for Shanahan if Snyder fires him: he reportedly absolutely has experience at cleaning out his workplace.

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Report: Incognito investigation pushing into 2014

 

Freeing Richie Incognito might not happen in 2013. (USATSI)
Freeing Richie Incognito could not arise in 2013. (USATSI)

 

If there's going to be any fallout in Miami stemming from the research into Richie Incognito's alleged bullying of Jonathan Martin, it likely won't result till 2014. Independent investigator Ted Wells isn't probably to finish his report before the finish of the year, according to ESPN.com.

Wells was scheduled to wrap up the research this week after one more round of interviews with Dolphins players, including Richie Incognito. Those interviews, scheduled to take place throughout the week, were abruptly canceled. Wells offered no explanation for the cancellation, according to NFL.com. Besides Incognito, Wells was scheduled to satisfy with 11 other Dolphins players this week.

Wells was going to ask the players about several things: including a Mike Pouncey Christmas party, the relationship between Incognito and Martin, plus any different factors Martin could have left the team.

Although there's no official explanation for why Wells canceled the this week's interviews, NFL.com has reported that the cancellations are connected to Wells latest interview with Martin. As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported about Sunday, Wells interviewed Martin for a second time last week.

One of the problems Wells has encounter is the fact that Martin won't turn over certain text messages and he's been hesitant to sit down for an interview with NFLPA investigator Richard Smith, according to ESPN.com.

With this week's round of interviews canceled, it's nonetheless not clear when Wells usually reschedule the interviews or if they're canceled completely.

The long investigation signifies a longer suspension for Incognito. Under CBA rules, Incognito might just be suspended for 4 weeks, nevertheless, Incognito as well as the team came to an agreement inside late November which keeps Incognito suspended throughout the NFL research however, allows him to gather his paycheck.

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NFL Week 14 Sunday Game Preview/Pick- Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati

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Indianapolis Colts (8-4) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) 12/08- 1:00PM EST

 

Line: CIN -6.5

Over/Under: 43.0

 

Indianapolis will try to clinch the AFC South title on Sunday when they visit the Cincinnati, but for that to happen they must keep franchise quarterback Andrew Luck protected from the defensive minded Bengals.

 

Protecting Luck with a banged-up offensive line is the challenge facing the Colts who last year gave up 41 sacks, fourth-most in the NFL.

 

Indianapolis right guard Jeff Linkenbach who has been playing in place of former starter Mike McGlynn (fractured thumb) is week to week after suffering a partial quad tear.

 

Through twelve games this year, Luck has been sacked 29 times and his performance has dropped off over the last four games having only two touchdowns, five interceptions with a 66.7 passer rating.

 

The Bengals (8-4) have recorded 18 sacks over its last five games and are giving up an AFC-low 5.28 yards per pass attempt… and that has the Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano a bit worried.

 

It’s our biggest concern right now, first and foremost,” Pagano said. “That’s been since Day 1, since we drafted him No. 1, to protect 12. That’s never going to change.”

 

Despite the injuries the Colts are dealing with on the offensive line, Indianapolis is in a position to win their eighth division title in 11 seasons with a win on Sunday or a Titans loss to Denver.

 

Also at stake is the winner having the third seed in the AFC playoff race.

 

We’re sitting in a good position, but nothing is sealed up,” Pagano said. “We control our own destiny.”

 

The Colts (8-4) will look again to running back Donald Brown, who will make his second straight start this week after rushing for 54 yards last week. He has been the backup most of the season, but has fought hard all season to earn the starting role.

 

I knew regardless of what happened, my number would get called in some form or fashion,” Brown said. “When it is, you just make the most of it.”

 

Defensively, the Colts will look to Robert Mathis who is leading the NFL with 15½ sacks to help stop the Cincinnati running game that accounted for 164 yards last week in their win over San Diego and has averaged 138.3 over its last four.

 

It’s been the balanced attack of BenJarvis Green-Ellis and rookie Giovani Bernard who are getting it done on the ground.

 

It lets (offensive coordinator Jay Gruden) utilize his entire playbook and not limit him at all,” Bernard said. “If there’s a situation where I need to go in, he’ll throw me in. If there’s a situation he wants Benny in, he’ll throw him in. It definitely helps us and we definitely use it to our advantage.”

 

With the Colts ranked 28th in the league allowing 128.6 yards per game, expect the Bengals to have some success on the ground Sunday.

 

And it’s the running game and being able to effectively mix it up for the Bengals that the oddsmakers have made them a (minus) -6.5 point favorite against the Colts. But, get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here through Wonder Punter.

 

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has confidence in his offense and says…

 

I think we can do so many different things, so as long as you’re winning games and it’s working, that’s all that matters.”

 

Dalton has thrown six touchdowns and nine interceptions with a 59.8 passer rating over his last four, but look for him and the Bengals to do well on Sunday and come away with a big home win.

 

PICK: Cincinnati

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Daly to continue comeback from elbow surgery this week on Euro Tour

MALELANE, South Africa (AP)

John Daly will play within the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship this week as he comes back from elbow surgery.

These golfers weren’t smoking anything after they picked out their outfits. But you would possibly think otherwise whenever you

see what they wore

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The two-time major winner is in the area at Leopard Creek Golf Club close to Kruger Nationwide Park in northern South Africa for under his second event since an operation in July to restore a shattered tendon in his right elbow.

The American got off to a promising begin ultimately month’s BMW Masters in his return to golf, earlier than fading over the weekend to finish 5 over and in a tie for 48th.

”I’m really contemporary and I need to play,” Daly stated Monday. ”I don’t want to waste the end of this year. I’d like to get something going for the top of this year so I can get on monitor for next 12 months.”

Daly returns to South Africa for the primary time since the early nineteen nineties, when he received a couple of tournaments to kick-start his profession.

It’s been almost a decade for the reason that 1991 PGA Championship winner and `95 British Open champion gained on the U.S. or European tours, however he confirmed encouraging signs at the BMW Masters in China by opening with a 68.

He goes up towards 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel and Brendon de Jonge this week, however the Leopard Creek course may swimsuit him.


EXTRA FROM GOLFWEEK

”It is a ball striker’s golf course,” Daly mentioned after his first take a look at the format. ”You’ve got to hit the fairways. And the greens are difficult. It is the kind of course the place you’d almost desire a 20-footer to a ten-footer on these greens.”

The Alfred Dunhill is the second of three straight tournaments in South Africa to start the new European season and the 2014 Race to Dubai.

Morten Orum Madsen received the South African Open on Sunday, while Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Schwartzel and De Jonge are a part of a 30-man area at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun Metropolis on Dec. 5-eight.

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NBA Power rankings Week 4

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NBA Power rankings and standings for week 4

Sad ending for week 3 of the young NBA season for both the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzles.

 

The swift announcement Monday morning that Derrick Rose is indeed out for the season after another major knee injury, even if you were expecting Rose’s surgery to produce such a dire diagnosis, hit the league hard. And seeing the Memphis Grizzlies lose Marc Gasol indefinitely to a knee injury of his own certainly didn’t help, even though Gasol’s will not require surgery.

The resulting hunt for something (anything) resembling a pick-me-up could take us only to Portland, where the Blazers have extended their improbable winning streak to a whopping 10 games, with three of the victories in a 4-0 week coming on the road.

 

The defending champs from Miami did nothing terribly wrong in the past seven days besides flirting Saturday night with a home loss to Orlando … but your NBA Power Rankings committee (of one), in the circumstances, couldn’t resist. The Blazers have been bumped up four spots to No. 3 in this week’s most significant move in the top 10 — one spot ahead of No. 4 Miami. This is partly a reward for giving us at least one upbeat headline to stack up against all the bad injury news, and also a result of the rampantly bad basketball coming from two-thirds of the Eastern Conference.

 

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies remain at No. 14 despite the loss of Gasol and the Bulls have tumbled to No. 18, as a result of the huge Derrick Rose loss. The Nuggets with their recent play jumped six spots to No. 11.

 

NBA Teams standings 1-30 with records and last week’s rankings in parenthesis are as followed:

 

1 San Antonio Spurs (13-1 LW: 2)- The Spurs continue to roll as Tim Duncan continues to put up less than average numbers and three of their wins have come against teams without winning records, but yet they sport the leagues only double-digit nightly average point margin.

 

2 Indiana Pacers (13-1 LW: 1)- Cleary the class of the East as of now and they are getting it done with defense as Paul George and Roy Hibbert who already has blocked at least five shots in seven of the 13 games this season are getting it done early.

 

3 Portland Trailblazers (13-2 LW: 7)- Jumping four spots in our top 10 are the Blazers who despite beating up on the sub-.500 teams to get to 13-2 on their 11-game win streak, let’s not forget six of the Blazers 10-straight wins were on the road.

 

4 Miami Heat (11-3 LW: 3)- With the only hiccup in the week being that they had to claw back from a 16-point deficit to the Orlando Magic and losses to Philly and Boston in the rear view mirror, they seem to be getting back to the team that we all know.

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5 Los Angeles Clippers (10-5 LW: 4)- The Clips survived a tough five-game stretch in which they lost a tough home game against the Grizzles and ended it by beating the Bulls by 39 points.

 

6 Oklahoma City Thunder (9-3 LW: 8)- The Thunder are just one of five teams that have not lost at home, joining Indy, San Antonio, Dallas and Chicago. Sitting down Russell Westbrook against the hapless Jazz was a good move in light of what the Thunder are asking him to do on a nightly basis.

 

7 Golden State Warriors (8-6 LW: 5)- Warriors are 8-2 when their complement of players are on the court, but they will be challenged as they get set to play seven of the next eight on the road.

 

8 Houston Rockets (10-5 LW: 9)- The Rockets let James Harden rest his nagging foot that has been a nuisance since Mid-October. The key when he gets back is letting Chandler Parsons get enough touches of the rock behind Dwight and Harden.

 

9 Dallas Mavericks (9-6 LW: 11)- Monta Ellis leads the Mavs in scoring to finally get the much needed help to Dirk Nowitski who has led Dallas in scoring every year since the 2000-01 season. A welcome relief finally.

 

10 Minnesota Timberwolves (8-8 LW: 6)- Beating Brooklyn helped the T’Wolves avoid going 0-4, however they were no match for the Pacers on the road on Monday night.

 

11 Denver Nuggets (7-6 LW: 17)- The recent Nuggets success can be attributed to winning at home again and Kenneth Faried scoring six double-doubles in seven games after having just one in his first five games.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (7-7, LW: 12)- Electric Eric Bledsoe has been slowed by a bruised shin, but responded with road wins in Charlotte and Orlando. The Suns did suffer a lopsided defeat in Miami on Monday night.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (8-6 LW: 13)- Hawks are only one of three teams with a winning record in the East. They did lose a bad home game to the Celtics… but they are in the East and winning in a weak conference.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (7-7 LW: 14)- The Grizzles were just starting to heat up sweeping all four of the California teams in a span of six days…. Then Marc Gasol goes down on Friday night with a knee sprain and news is no surgery required, but will be sidelined around 2 months.

 

15 Los Angeles Lakers (7-7 LW: 19)- The Lakers to this point have silenced the nay-sayers with their .500 record.. and all without Kobe Bryant who is expected to return soon. Pau Gasol is heating up in Kobe’s absence having racked up eight double-doubles.

 

16 New Orleans Pelicans (6-7 LW: 18)- Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is the only player close to Hibbert in terms of games (five) with at least five blocks. They were no match on the road Monday night against the Spurs.

 

17 Charlotte Bobcats (7-8)- The Bobcats are 4-3 on the road, which is good news considering they were 9-65 over the previous two seasons. Al Jefferson has been in and out of the lineup with ankle issues. The lost at home Monday night against Boston.

 

18 Chicago Bulls (6-7 LW: 10)- Just sad news all-around for the Chicago Bulls who now realize they will once again have to play the rest of the season without their star Derrick Rose who suffered a major knee injury at Portland. Sad, sad, sad.

 

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19 Toronto Raptors (6-7 LW: 22)- Liken the NFL’s NFC East, the NBA’s Atlantic Division is just the same…. Bad! One game under .500 and they are in first place. Go figure?

 

20 Philadelphia Sixers (6-9 LW: 16)- Still playing better then expected and despite their record… are in second place in the Atlantic Division at only one game back… huh?

 

21 Washington Wizards (5-8)- Still struggling early on… but G John Wall scored 30 points in consecutive games. It’s safe to say the Wizards go as John Wall goes.

 

22 Detroit Pistons (6-8 LW: 27)- Josh Smith… the new ‘face’ of the franchise is finding it difficult being ‘the man’ as he has been benched more then once and was booed on his return to Atlanta.

 

23 Orlando Magic (4-9 LW: 21)- Victor Oladipo has been inserted into the starting lineup… and as the face of the Magic future… seems like a good move.

 

24 Boston Celtics (6-10 LW: 25)- Celts halted their six-game skid at Atlanta and the good news is that the schedule will lighten up after facing Portland, San Antonio and Indiana in a space of a week.

 

25 Sacramento Kings (4-9)- With the ‘one-man show’ of DeMarcus Cousins not getting any support, talk around Kings camp is some possible moves coming up.

 

26 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-10 LW: 20)- Kyrie Irving is frustrated as the Cavs along with Andrew Bynum are underachieving in a weak Eastern Conference. LeBron will be making his return visit to Cleveland on Wednesday.

 

27 New York Knicks (3-10 LW: 24)- The Knicks just went winless at home in November with a relatively easy schedule, now must pack their bags and head West where it won’t get any easier as they already lost on Monday night in Portland.

 

28 Brooklyn Nets (3-10 LW: 23)- Just a horrible start to a Nets team that came in having great promise, but an ailing D. Williams is not helping.

 

29 Milwaukee Bucks (2-11 LW: 28)- If it weren’t for the Utah Jazz, the Bucks would be at the bottom… but an array of early season injuries isn’t helping their cause.

 

30 Utah Jazz (2-14 LW: 30)- As if losing Derrick Rose wasn’t bad enough… the Chicago Bulls lost to the Jazz on Monday night. Ouch!
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NCAA Rankings College Football Week 14 BCS Top 25 Standings

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With 13 full weeks of college football in the books… here is the latest BCS Top 25 rankings heading into week 14 as the season is nearing an end. This past weekend saw the end of once undefeated Baylor go down in flames at the hands of Oklahoma State. Baylor dropped five spots and Oklahoma State moved up three spots. Oregon with their blowout loss as well, fell eight big spots. Texas A&M also suffered with their loss going from 12 to 21. Duke and Notre Dame are back in the Top 25. The top three teams remain undefeated and unchanged in this weeks BCS as they the race for a NationalChampionship continues here are the NCAA Rankings for Week 14 .

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Teams 1-25 with rankings, record, points, and last weeks rankings are all displayed.

 

1 Alabama (11-0) .9881

Last Week: 1- The defending champion is still in the driver’s seat for a return trip to the National Championship, but first must get by their toughest test yet against their arch rivals…. the No. 4 Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon for the right to play in the SEC Championship.

 

2 Florida State (11-0) .9697

Last Week: 2- They have been blowing opponents out the water all season and have the inside track to play in the National Championship in January. They are expected to roll over their in-state rival Florida Gators on Saturday who have gone south in recent weeks. They are already assured of playing in the ACC Championship… and are heavily favored.

 

3 Ohio State (11-0) .9200

Last Week: 3- The Buckeyes are breathing easier after previously No. 4 Baylor got blown out and now hold a sizable advantage over one-loss Auburn Tigers. If they can get by their biggest rival Michigan on Saturday and hope for an Alabama loss to Auburn, they will find themselves in a great position for the BCS Championship with only the Big Ten Championship standing their way.

 

4 Auburn (10-1) .8236

Last Week: 6- After moving up two spots in this week’s BCS standings, they are poised to take on No. 1 Alabama at home in the Iron Bowl for the right to play in the SEC Championship against either No. 5 Missouri or No. 10 South Carolina. But, even a win against Bama will not guarantee them leap-frogging over the Buckeyes. It may take an SEC Championship win as well.

 

5 Missouri (10-1) .8077

Last Week: 8- The Tigers must beat No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday to earn a spot in the SEC title game. If they lose, South Carolina will win the SEC East.

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6 Clemson (10-1) .7726

Last Week: 7- The Tigers took a hit in the computer rankings, where their average ranking is 10th because of scheduling a weak Citadel team to beat up on. They have their in-state rival No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday and a victory there will help their standings greatly.

 

7 Oklahoma State (10-1) .7615

Last Week: 10- The Cowboys continue to impress after the beat down they put on No. 4 Baylor on Saturday. They will be facing No. 18 Oklahoma on December 7th.

 

8 Stanford (9-2) .6665

Last Week: 9- The winners of the Pac-12 North… the Cardinal find themselves in the Pac-12 Championship after Oregon lost to Arizona and will play the Arizona State.

 

9 Baylor (9-1) .6456

Last Week: 4- The Bears will look to regroup against TCU after getting embarrassed in Stillwater last Saturday. They still have final game against Texas in two weeks.

 

10 South Carolina (9-2) .6101

Last Week: 11- All they can do is hope for a Missouri loss on Saturday and they will win the SEC East title.

 

11 Michigan State (10-1) .5780

Last Week: 13- The Spartans have already punched their ticket for the Big Ten Championship against Ohio State.

 

12 Arizona State (9-2) .5052

Last Week: 17- Winners of the Pac-12 South division, a win on Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats and they will host the Pac-12 Championship against Stanford.

 

13 Oregon (9-2) .4950

Last Week: 5- What could have been for the Ducks, but after losing to Stanford then Arizona, all they can hope for now is a top 16 ranking and an at-large BCS bid.

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14 N Illinois (11-0) .4620

Last Week: 16- With their perfect season still in tact, the Huskies hold an edge over unbeaten Fresno State for a BCS major bow-bid.

 

15 Wisconsin (9-2) .4448

Last Week: 19- Will close out their season at home against Penn State and then await their bowl game.

 

16 Fresno State (10-0) .4124

Last Week: 15- Still perfect but lost some ground to Northern Illinois for a major bowl-bid qualifying. They take on San Jose State on Friday to try to remain perfect.

 

17 LSU (8-3) .3737

Last Week: 22- Looking to finish the season strong after their impressive showing over Texas A&M on Saturday.

 

18 Oklahoma (9-2) .3380

Last Week: 20- Off this week as they prepare for a tough challenge against No. 7 Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

 

19 UCF (9-1) .3364

Last Week: 18- They lost some ground in their quest for an automatic BCS berth, so will look to finish strong on Friday against Southern Florida.

 

20 Louisville (10-1) .2522

Last Week: 21- Another team in the AAC who is on the outside looking in. Next up will be Cincinnati on December 5.

 

21 Texas A&M (8-3) .2243

Last Week: 12- In what will be in all likelihood Johnny Manziel’s final SEC game… they will look to play spoilers when they take on No. 5 Missouri on Saturday.

 

22 UCLA (8-3) .1921

Last Week: 14- In what seemed like a promising season before losing to Arizona State, the Bruins will get set to take on their biggest rival in USC on Saturday in prime-time.

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23 USC (9-3) .1779

Last Week: 23- The Trojans have rebounded nicely under interim-coach Ed Orgeron and will look to avenge last year’s loss to UCLA this Saturday at the Coliseum.

 

24 Duke (9-2) .0885

Last Week: NR- Nice story of Duke this year with the football team making their first-ever BCS appearance.

 

25 Notre Dame (8-3) .0674

Last Week: NR- The Fighting Irish are back in the BCS and look to end the season strong with a win at Stanford on Saturday.

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NCAA Precition and Picks week 13

Who Has The Most To Achieve Or Lose On Opening Day?

Good rivalry recreation proper out of the gate. That is no cake walk for the Gamecocks, although enjoying this at dwelling is a huge help. NC completed a respectable 8-4 (5-3 ACC) last season (put up season bowl ban), and I always really feel like SC is a bit overrated due to Spurrier. The Tar Heels are predicted to be higher in 2013, with many feeling they’ve the very best offense in the ACC. Any sort of a win could be okay, however a loss can be pretty bad and certain drop SC APPROACH down in the polls. You gotta be rooting for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels.

Definite impartial website sport at Reliant Stadium in Houston. OSU comes in tied with LSU at #2 with the most to lose. As a double-digit favorite, any loss is a large number for the preseason Big 12 champion Cowboys. The apparent key matchups are OSU’s QB’s and WR’s vs the Bulldogs’ young secondary, and Miss State’s experienced and physical offense vs a protection that had hassle getting off the sphere in 2012. Whereas OSU would look to be the superior crew overall, the Bulldogs offense brings the EXACT ingredient essential to neutralize the Cowboys’ strength.

Two performs on the end are all that separates this Wisconsin team from being a win away from a spot within the BCS title game. The schedule exterior of the B1G was actually dangerous, however they have blown away 5 convention foes and rolled up bunches of points alongside the best way. Had they gained at Ohio State, they still might be in place to make a case for a seat within the closing two by avenging their other loss, however scheduling UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota isn’t the best way to go about it.

I figured on two of the  games being high scoring and so they have been, however didn’t realize the SEC would go bigger than the Pac-12 (seventy two-fifty one) which was the opposite of my total factors predictions on the wins for Arkansas (55) and Oregon (eighty five). Then there was the game of the century which performed out like the sport of the cent, as in a penny should have been the value of a ticket. I love protection, however it was a bit of a lot for me to observe these quarterbacks struggle. I blew the decide though and at 2-1 I now stand 27-7 straight up.

In my School Football Prime 25 it would seem like I’m disrespecting the SEC, however I just wish to see more motion before I worry too much about the prime 5 or 10. That is the primary of three conference-title-game previews. It’s funny how the more issues change, the extra they stay the same. Six occasions, these groups have met for the SEC championship. If the Gators lose this one within the Swamp, it’ll be robust for them to rebound and win subsequent week at LSU. Getting swept just about takes them out of SEC division title rivalry. The strain is firmly on them.

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Terrelle Pryor could back up Matt McGloin in Week 12

Nov three, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) scrambles out of the pocket throughout the first quarter towards the Philadelphia Eagles at O.co Coliseum. Necessary Credit score: Ed Szczepanski-USA IMMEDIATELY Sports

On Wednesday afternoon, Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen announced that undrafted free agent Matt McGloin can be getting the beginning in Week 12 over Terrelle Pryor, who missed last week’s game towards the Houston Texans with a Grade 2 sprain of his MCL.

That led many to believe that Pryor was not but healthy enough to take the field on Sunday, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Because it seems, Pryor could be wholesome sufficient to play in the recreation, but when he clothes it will likely be because the back up for the crew’s rookie quarterback.

McGloin performed properly last weekend and showed the world why the Raiders teaching staff has been excited about McGloin since training camp, so Pryor should begin worrying about the safety of his job.

Based on head coach Allen, McGloin might be the staff’s starter shifting forward if he places together another spectacular week.

“It is a production business,” Allen said, through CSN Bay Space. “One of many things we’ve tried to create here is an environment of competitors. For those who go out and also you perform and also you make plays, you get opportunities to continue to exit and perform and make plays. Matt did that final week. He’s going to get another opportunity this week. We’ll see how it goes.”

If McGloin can do effectively against the Tennessee Titans, then he deserves the job.

Pryor has been terribly inconsistent this season, which led many to wonder whether or not he was the quarterback of the future for the team, so his damage came at the improper time as a hungry younger signal-caller seems poised to make the most of the opportunity.

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NFL Week 12 Power Rankings Wonder Punter

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Power Rankings NFL week 12

 

Last night’s Monday night game brought to an end of another exciting week in football in which some teams improved their Power Rankings and others continued to fall as quarterback injuries have taken their toll. Week 11 also brought the end of the NFL’s only unbeaten team when Kansas City fell to the Broncos.

Here is this week’s Week 12 Power Rankings for teams 1-32 with records and last week’s ranking.

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1 Denver Broncos (9-1 LW: 2)- Round 1 goes to the Broncos… rematch with KC in two weeks.

 

2 Seattle Seahawks (10-1 LW: 3) Other then a home game against the Saints, they should be able to run the table the rest of the way.

 

3 New Orleans Saints (8-2 LW: 4)- Undefeated at home so far… but the playoffs may mean winning on the road.

 

4 Carolina Panthers (7-3 LW: 6)- Beating quality teams now and only getting better.

 

5 Kansas City Chiefs (9-1 LW: 1)- Still a solid team on defense… but the offense will need to get better if they expect to make some noise in the playoffs.

 

6 New England Patriots (7-3 LW: 5)- Patriots are still looking for the flag… they got earlier in the year against the Saints. So…

 

7 Indianapolis Colts (7-3 LW: 7)- Good comeback win at Tennessee, but I still think Rams game.

 

8 San Francisco 49ers (6-4 LW: 8)- They were so close to being 8-2…. Two tough games in a row.

 

9 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4 LW: 10)- Their win on Sunday should put them in position for the AFC North crown and a first-round bye.

 

10 Detroit Lions (6-4 LW 9)- Can we do the fake field goal play over again?

 

11 Chicago Bears (6-4 LW: 12)- Big home win over the Ravens.. which Rams team will they face on Sunday?

 

12 Philadelphia Eagles (6-4 LW: 13)- Finally a team in the NFC East is playing like they want to win it.. Nick Foles getting it done.

 

13 New York Jets (5-5 LW: 13)- Jekyll and Hyde if you ask me… we just don’t know what team will show up on Sundays.

 

14 Arizona Cardinals (6-4 LW: 16)- Winning games despite no running game and a QB who’s thrown more INTs then TDs.

 

15 Miami Dolphins (5-5 LW: 21)- Gritty performance and win against San Diego with all the distractions staring at them.

 

16 San Diego Chargers (4-6 LW: 17)- If they could just finish games… but now they still have three games left against the Chiefs and Broncos.

 

17 Dallas Cowboys (5-5 LW: 15)- Big game against the resurgent Giants Sunday on the road.

 

18 Green Bay Packers (5-5 LW: 14)- No Aaron Rodgers…. No hope!

 

19 Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6 LW: 25)- Is this the same Steelers team who we all left for dead earlier? Held the Lions scoreless in the second half.

 

20 Cleveland Browns (4-6 LW: 18)- Big home game on Sunday against the Steelers. If they win… maybe still a chance?

 

21 Buffalo Bills (4-7 LW: 27)- Winnable games coming up against the Bucs, Falcons, Jags and Dolphins… Wildcard? hmmm maybe.

 

22 Baltimore Ravens (4-6 LW: 19)- Failing to score on first-and-goal at the Chicago 5-yard line. Story of the year for the offense.

 

23 St Louis Rams (4-6 LW 20)- In a division with Seattle and San Francisco… it’s tough.

 

24 New York Giants (4-6 LW: 26)- Four wins in a row now with Dallas coming up.

 

25 Oakland Raiders (4-6 LW: 24)- Is Matt McGloin the answer at quarterback?

 

26 Tennessee Titans (4-6 LW: 22)- How big do the losses to the Jags and Colts look now in an AFC race that’s up for grabs.

 

27 Washington Redskins (3-7 LW: 23)- So much for running the tables like last year.

 

28 Houston Texans (2-8 LW: 28)- Still playing hard… that’s all you could ask for at this point.

 

29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8 LW: 31) Two in a row… and they had some winnable games throughout the season.

 

30. Atlanta Falcons (2-8 LW: 29)- Unlike the Texans, this is a football that has quit on everybody. Embarrassing!

 

31 Minnesota Vikings (2-8 LW: 30)- Playing for a quarterback in next year’s draft.

 

32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9 LW 32)- It was fun while it lasted.

 

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Spartans No. 1 for first time since 2000-01

Michigan State Improves To four-0

Michigan State is No. 1 in The Related Press ballot for the primary time in 13 years.

The Spartans moved up one spot Monday after beating high-ranked Kentucky in Chicago final week. They took the No. 1 spot by a wide margin, receiving 51 first-place votes from the sixty five-member national media panel.

“I think it’s a privilege,” coach Tom Izzo said Monday, several hours earlier than Michigan State was to host Portland. “If we handle it effectively, we’ll see how long we will grasp on. And if we do not, we’ll be taught one thing from that. We do not get a banner or a ring for this, nevertheless it’s good for our program. It is also good for the guys on this crew so as to add to their collection of accomplishments.”

This is Michigan State’s first time leading the rankings since a two-week run in 2000-01, when the Spartans reached the Final 4. Their only different time at No. 1 was a two-week stint in 1978-79, the season Magic Johnson carried the Spartans to the national title.

Indiana leads all Large Ten colleges with fifty four weeks at No. 1, adopted by Ohio State (37), Michigan (22), Illinois (17), Michigan State (5), Iowa (1) and Wisconsin (1).

“Being No. 1 now offers us a chance to see how we’ll handle our purpose of being No. 1 on the end of the season,” Izzo said. “We now have to learn to cope with the stress and standing of being where we are proper now. But I do not suppose by any means this might be like enjoying with a forty-pound weight on our shoulders.”

Kansas, which beat Duke in the nightcap of Tuesday’s Champions Basic on the United Center, moved from fifth to second and received seven first-place votes. Louisville stayed third and drew the opposite seven first-place votes.

“We’ve been within the prime five loads, but we haven’t won a big game early quite like we did last week,” Izzo said. “We’ve earned this, but I do know Kansas or Louisville may very well be No. 1 proper now. Duke and Kentucky are really good, too.”

Kentucky dropped to fourth and was adopted by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.

VCU is making the school’s first appearance in the high 10. The Rams jumped four spots this week after beating then-No. 25 Virginia and Winthrop. VCU, which reached the Remaining 4 in 2011, came near the top 10 when it completed 11th in the closing ballot of the 1984-85 season. The Rams weren’t ranked once more until 2012-thirteen.

Wisconsin, which beat then-No. 11 Florida and Inexperienced Bay to enhance to 3-0, had the biggest leap this week, moving from No. 20 to No. 12. The Gators fell to No. 16.

The most important drop was by North Carolina, which fell from No. 12 to No. 24 after beating Holy Cross however losing to Belmont, the Tar Heels’ first nonconference residence defeat in eight years.

No. 21 Iowa State and No. 23 Creighton made their first appearances within the poll this season.

The Cyclones, who beat then-No. 7 Michigan final weekend, are within the rankings for the primary time since a one-week look in 2011-12. The Wolverines fell to No. 14.

Creighton, which made the move this season from the Missouri Valley to the Huge East, was ranked for all however four weeks last season, reaching as excessive as No. 11.

Notre Dame and Virginia dropped out of the ballot. The Preventing Irish, who lost to Indiana State, had been ranked for nine straight weeks relationship to last season. Virginia had been ranked for the preseason Prime 25 and first common-season ballot.

The ACC had five teams in final week’s Prime 25, the most of any league, but with those two groups falling out, the ACC dropped into a tie for third among conferences in the ballot. The Massive Ten and the Big 12 are tied for first this week with 4 teams every.

A look simply outside the High 25 shows two extra Massive Ten teams – Iowa and Indiana – sitting at Nos. 26 and 27. The Hawkeyes have not been ranked since 2005-06.

 

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NCAA Week 12 Game Recap- USC Upsets #4 Stanford

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USC vs ´Stanford recap college football week 12

 

#4 Stanford Cardinal (8-2)- 17

USC Trojans (8-3)- 20

 

Line: STAN -4

Over/Under: 45

 

Wow, yet another upset in the BCS standings as unranked USC beats No. 4 Stanford at the Coliseum with an Andre Heidari 47-yard field goal with 19 clicks on the clock left to take down the Cardinal and ruin any chance for a possible BCS championship with a 20-17 upset.

 

To many it may be a major surprise, but those of us that follow West Coast football know that the Trojans have been playing great football since the firing of Lane Kiffin back in September and have responded well under interim coach Ed Orgeron who has them believing in themselves.

 

USC (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) has now won five of their last six, but none bigger then Saturday night’s victory over a team that has owned them the last three trips to the Coliseum and four overall.

 

In our tight-knit family, there was a belief that we were going to find a way to win the game,” Orgeron said. “I’m proud our young men. This is something that they’ve wanted for a long time now.”

 

The Stanford Cardinal (8-2, 6-2), one week removed from last Thursday’s major upset of then No. 2 Oregon was only able to muster a season-low 17 points against a ‘bend but don’t’ break Trojan defense that accounted for two fourth quarter interceptions to help seal the upset.

 

USC junior kicker Heidari nearly lost his job twice this season, and he missed an extra point in the first quarter, but when it counted, he delivered the winning kick to spoil any title hopes the Cardinal may have had.

 

They all said, ‘We know you got this. You do it every day in practice,’” Heidari said of his teammates. “They believe in me.”

 

The Trojans came together on a night that before then was a question mark amid the last year of their NCAA sanctions with depleted scholarships and a program in search of the next head coach.

 

I don’t know if I pulled them together,” Orgeron said. “I think they just came together. The leadership of this program is really coming to the forefront.”

 

On the offensive side of the ball, Nelson Agholor had eight catches for 104 yards, while Marquis Lee had six catches for 83 yards. Quarterback Cody Kessler passed for 288 yards and 1 touchdown and has really come into his own this season.

 

As for Stanford, star running back Tyler Gaffney did his part by rushing for 158 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Cardinal could not regain the lead after trailing 17-10 at halftime.

 

I think this it the first time anyone on the team has lost to them,” Gaffney said. “It’s a tough thing to swallow.”

 

They’re a good team, and they got healthy at the wrong time for us, Stanford coach David Shaw said. “In the second half, we did a heck of a job defensively. We just didn’t make enough plays on offensively. That’s not going to win on the road in this conference.”

 

With each big victory, USC interim coach Ed Orgeron is making himself a stronger candidate for the vacant Trojan head coach position.

 

Obviously, there is going to be some decisions here after we play UCLA (on Nov. 30),” Oregeron said. “That’s out of my hands.”

 

Hugh win for a proud storied football program looking to get back on top.

 

 

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NBA Predictions Week 3 Friday Game Free Picks

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Free Picks and Predictions for Friday week 3 NBA Games

 

It’s another Friday night in the NBA and with 11 big games schedule, pick your favorite games(s) and be it lines spread, over/under or straight-pick… place your bets here through Wonder Punter and Good Luck!

 

Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) @ Indiana Pacers (8-0) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: IND -9.0

Over/Under: 186

 

Don’t see the Bucks challenging the Pacers on the road. Pacers are the team to beat right now.

 

PICK: Indiana Pacers

 

Chicago Bulls (3-3) @ Toronto Raptors (4-5) 11/15- 7:00PM EST

 

Line: CHI -1.0

Over/Under: 190

 

Important road game for the Bulls to get back to winning.

 

PICK: Chicago Bulls

 

Dallas Mavericks (5-3) @ Miami Heat (5-3) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: MIA -8.5

Over/Under: 207.5

 

Good match-up, but expect the Heat to play a full game and win.

 

PICK: Miami

 

Charlotte Bobcats (4-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (3-6) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: CLE -6.5

Over/Under: 189.5

 

Bobcats playing good ball early, but like the Cavs in this one.

 

PICK: Cleveland Cavaliers

 

Philadelphia 76ers (5-4) @ Atlanta Hawks (4-4) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: ATL -8.0

Over/Under: 206.0

 

Another surprise team playing well early, but like the Hawks in this one.

 

PICK: Atlanta

 

Portland Trailblazers (6-2) @ Boston Celtics (4-5) 11/15- 7:30PM EST

 

Line: POR -2.0

Over/Under: 194

 

Look for the Trailblazers to continue winning with a road victory at Boston.

 

PICK: Portland

 

Minnesota Timberwolves (6-3) @ Denver Nuggets (3-4) 11/15- 8:00PM EST
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Line: MIN -1.5

Over/Under: 210.5

 

T’Wolves looking good early and will win in a close one at Denver.

 

PICK: Minnesota

 

Brooklyn Nets (2-5) @ Phoenix Suns (5-3) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: BRK -1.0

Over/Under: 195

 

Nets are underachieving and the Suns have been playing great at home… Suns win.

 

PICK: Phoenix

 

San Antonio Spurs (8-1) @ Utah Jazz (1-8) 11/15- 9:00PM EST

 

Line: SAS -8.0

Over/Under: 193

 

Spurs are solid, Jazz are bad…. Spurs win easy.

 

PICK: San Antonio

 

Memphis Grizzles (3-5) @ Los Angeles Lakers (4-6) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: MEM -3.5

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Not sure what Lakers team will show up… but Lakers in an upset.

 

PICK: LAL

 

Detroit Pistons (2-5) @ Sacramento Kings (2-5) 11/15- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: SAC -2.0

Over/Under: 197.5

 

Toss-up for me on the this one… but slight edge to the Kings.

 

PICK: Sacramento

 

Once again, Good luck on your favorite picks.

 

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Wonder Punter NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

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NFL Power rankings for week 11 2013

 

With a 10 full weeks of NFL games in the books, let’s take a look at our new NFL Power Rankings for Week 11 which will begin on Thursday. The Indianapolis Colts who were a constant top 5 teams in our rankings took a hit with their bad loss at the hands of the Rams, as did some other teams after Sunday and Monday night’s game. The Carolina Panthers made the biggest jump with their impressive defensive performances win at San Francisco. And Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are in the win column… finally.

 

1 Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)- Even with the bye week, I will keep them in No. 1 spot, however they will be challenged in the next two of three weeks with the Denver Broncos on the bill.

 

2 Denver Broncos (8-1)- Denver’s next three games…. KC, at New England, at KC. Things are about to get interesting in the AFC.

 

3 Seattle Seahawks (9-1)- Seattle put together a full road game against the Falcons on Sunday and dominated them. Much more impressive win.

 

4 New Orleans Saints (7-2)- World beaters at home… except in the NFL you only get to play half at home during the regular season.

 

5 New England Patriots (7-2)- Coming off their bye week, they will have a great road test at Carolina on Monday night.

 

6 Carolina Panthers (6-3)- One quality victory down with a road win at San Fran., can they duplicate another at home against the Patriots on Monday night?

 

7 Indianapolis Colts (6-3)- I don’t think anyone is sure what happened to them on Sunday’s ugly home loss to the Rams…. They couldn’t have been looking ahead to the Titans, could they have?

 

8 San Francisco (6-3)- A bounce here, a bounce there, who knows… but teams 6 and 7 beat them at Candlestick.

 

9 Detroit Lions (6-3)- Big road win at Soldier Field to take over sole possession over first place in the NFC North.

 

10 Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)- Back-to-back road losses at Miami then Baltimore.. lose to Cleveland on Sunday and they may have a problem.

 

11 New York Jets (5-4)- Coming off their bye week with winnable game at Buffalo on Sunday.

 

12 Chicago Bears (5-4)- Can Josh McCown hold it together ‘til Cutler makes it back… whenever that is.

 

13 Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)- Nick Foles has had two great back-to-back games. My favorites now to win a weak NFC East.

 

14 Green Bay Packers (5-4)- Despite their quarterback injuries, they have a winnable game at the Giants on Sunday.

 

15 Dallas Cowboys (5-5)- In what was probably their ‘rock bottom’ game on Sunday, they are still in first place in the NFC.. but barely.

 

16 Arizona Cardinals (5-4)- Too bad they have play in the same division as the Seahawks and 49ers.

 

17 San Diego Chargers (4-5)- Too bad they have to play in same division as the Chiefs and Broncos.

 

18 Cleveland Browns (4-5)- Win at Cincinnati on Sunday and they may have a chance to win what is now a weak AFC North.

 

19 Baltimore Ravens (4-5)- It’s a good thing the defense showed up on Sunday against the Bengals because the offense was nowhere to be found.

 

20 St. Louis Rams (4-6)- The Tavon Austin show and a blowout win at Indy.

 

21 Miami Dolphins (4-5)- In week one following the bullying-blowup, they lose to the winless Bucs.

 

22 Tennessee Titans (4-5)- First they lose Jake Locker for the year, then they lose to the worst team in the league.

 

23 Washington Redskins (3-6)- In a weak NFC East, they show no signs of wanting it.

 

24 Oakland Raiders (3-6)- Have now lost 12 straight on East Coast trips and now word Terrelle Pryor may be out for awhile.

 

25 Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)- What’s all this talk about trading away ‘Big Ben?’ Will that make them better… and will anybody take a banged-up quarterback?

 

26 New York Giants (3-6)- Must I keep talking about the NFC East anymore… they’re still in it but have some tough games coming up.

 

27 Buffalo Bills (3-7)- It’s all about building a foundation for 2014.

 

28 Houston Texans (2-7)- Still better then their record indicates.

 

29. Atlanta Falcons (2-7)- I used to think they were better then their record indicated.

 

30 Minnesota Vikings (2-7)- With Christian Ponder’s status up in the air for Sunday’s game, will we see another quarterback change for the Vikings?

 

31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8)- Guess they didn’t want to be ranked last in the league.

 

32 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)- Well for about 32 hours they were ranked 31st….

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Pitino lifts suspension for Louisville star Benahan

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Louisville’s Chane Behanan, left, has been reinstated to the Cardinals after a suspension. (USATSI)

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Chane Behanan has been reinstated to the Louisville basketball team and will theoretically play Tuesday evening against Hofstra, coach Rick Pitino announced Monday.

This is clearly a huge change from the unique plan.

This is the quote from Oct. 17:

“Can Chane come back on the group?” Pitino mentioned while saying the suspension in a suprise move on a Thursday afternoon. “It is attainable. It is not possible.”

Pitino added that the earliest Behanan would rejoin the team was mid-December.

Maybe he meant mid-November.

As a result of, lower than a month later, Behanan shall be uniform Tuesday and ready to assist solidify Louisville’s frontcourt. The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 9.eight points and 6.5 rebounds final season. He’ll seemingly ultimately begin beside sophomore Montrezl Harrel.

Additionally value noting: Pitino mentioned Monday that Luke Hancock has been cleared to play. He missed Saturday’s season-opening win over Charleston because of a nagging Achilles harm.

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