No. 9 Michigan rolls past Chattanooga 83-55

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Isaiah Livers is doing his best to shore up one of Michigan’s few areas of concern early this season.

Livers scored all 12 of his points in the first half, and the ninth-ranked Wolverines cruised to an easy 83-55 victory over Chattanooga on Friday. Livers made all four of his shots from the field in the first half and only missed one for the game.

Michigan came in shooting just 32 percent from 3-point range, but Livers went 2 for 3 and is now 11 for 20 on the season. He shot 36 percent from beyond the arc last season as a freshman.

“Last year, what was happening (was) he wasn’t consistent with his footwork, and the arc on his shot. Down the stretch last year, he couldn’t make many shots,” coach John Beilein said. “You see much more arch on his shot, and occasionally, frequently, I should say, you see really good rotation.”

Freshman Iggy Brazdeikis scored 20 points and Jordan Poole added 14 for the Wolverines. Michigan (6-0) avoided a letdown in its first game back in Ann Arbor after three impressive wins away from home.

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Gophers tally 7 goals in win over Michigan State

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The Gophers men’s hockey team cruised past Michigan State 7-2 in their Big Ten home opener on Friday night.

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Tyler Sheehy and Brannon McManus each tallied a pair of goals while Rem Pitlick, Clayton Phillips and Sammy Walker also scored in the win.

Minnesota scored on its first two shots on goal of the game as Pitlick and Sheehy scored just 25 seconds apart. McManus added to the lead at 9:06 in the first period before Michigan State found the net seven seconds later.

The Gophers took a commanding 6-2 lead in the second with Sheehy’s second of the night at 0:54, Walker’s score at 7:12 and Phillips’ goal at 18:05.

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2018-19 NCAA basketball cheerleaders

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Playoffs, Finals: Noah Tango bullies Brea Olinda back ahead

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Slugfest: No. 6 Oklahoma outlasts No. 12 WVU 59-56

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 6 Oklahoma scored two defensive TDs as the Sooners beat No. 12 West Virginia 59-56 Friday night to earn a spot in next week’s Big 12 championship game.

The Sooners (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) survived a wild and mostly defenseless affair that featured 1,372 yards of offense to earn a rematch Dec. 1 in Arlington, Texas, against No. 11 Texas, which beat Kansas earlier Friday.

Oklahoma also kept its College Football Playoff chances alive.

West Virginia (8-3, 6-3, No. 13 CFP) lost to Oklahoma for the seventh straight time since joining the league in 2012.

Murray finished 20 of 27 for 364 yards and converted a late fourth down to seal a matchup of Heisman Trophy hopefuls. West Virginia’s Will Grier threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 539 yards on 32 of 49 passing. But Grier lost two fumbles, both of which were returned for touchdowns.

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DII Northwest Nazarene takes down Idaho 77-73

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Adonis Arms scored 21 points to lead Division II Northwest Nazarene to a 77-73 win over Idaho in the Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase on Friday night.

Northwest Nazarene University is located in Nampa, Idaho, 20 miles from Boise. Adalberto Diaz’s jump shot with 9:43 left put the Crusaders ahead 54-52 and they never trailed again. Arms’ jumper with 2:44 remaining made it 72-62. The Crusaders finished shooting 17 for 28 (60.7 percent) in the second half despite missing 13 free throws in the contest.

Northwest Nazarene (5-0) took a 5-0 lead just a couple of minutes in. Olamilekan Adetunji made a 3-pointer and the Crusaders led 14-8 with 11:23 before halftime. Trevon Allen hit a jumper and a layup to break a 25-all tie for Idaho (1-3). Jared Rodriguez’s jump shot made it 31-25 and the Vandals led 33-27 at the break.

Obi Megwa scored 16 points for the Crusaders and Diaz scored 10.

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Kamar Baldwin carries Bulldogs past Gators in 61-54 victory

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Kamar Baldwin (left) drives the lane to score. The Bulldogs guard scored 19 points in the win.

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Kamar Baldwin scored 19 points while Butler hit several key free throws late to hold off Florida 61-54 in Friday’s fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Paul Jorgensen added 16 points and three 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (5-1), who shot 50 percent after halftime and went ahead for good midway through the second half.

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No. 6 Oklahoma holds off No. 13 WVU in epic shootout

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No. 6 Nevada downs UMass 110-87 to win Las Vegas Holiday Invitational

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Snow Dawgs: No. 16 Washington topples No. 7 Wazzu 28-15

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Myles Gaskin broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and No. 16 Washington won its second Pac-12 North Division title in three years, beating No. 7 Washington State 28-15 on a snowy Friday night.

On a blustery cold night with snow falling and blanketing the turf at Martin Stadium, Gaskin found enough traction to carry the Huskies into the Pac-12 title game and ruin yet again the title hopes of Washington State. It was Washington’s sixth straight win over the Cougars and the third straight year the Huskies denied Washington State the North crown. Gaskin rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, a year after running for 192 yards and four scores against the Cougars.

He was the best player on the field on a night Washington needed its senior ball carrier to be just that. The Huskies (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12) will face Utah in the conference title game next Friday in Santa Clara, California. The winner will earn a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Washington State (10-2, 7-2) carried the Pac-12’s last remaining hope of finding a way into the College Football Playoff, but the Air Raid was mostly grounded by a combo of blowing snow and Washington’s sticky secondary. Gardner Minshew was 26 of 35 for 152 yards, but his longest pass to a wide receiver went for 11 yards.

James Williams rushed for two touchdowns and the Cougars trailed 20-15 going to the fourth quarter, the first time since 2008 the game had been within five points going to the final quarter.

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Why we needed the Kick Six

This is probably not going to be a popular opinion, but when Alabama football went down to Jordan-Hare and was shocked by a near-improbable play that immediately went down in the annals of sports history, a chain of events was set in motion that led us to this moment. It was a blessing, you know. […] Alabama Football: Why we needed the Kick Six - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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Most compelling matchups in college football Week 13

Rivalries galore dominate the storylines in Week 13’s edition of the most compelling matchups across the college football landscape.

There are several games where the top teams in the College Football Playoff hierarchy are in danger of toppling. While some upsets are far likelier than others, the raw emotion and competitive fire associated with these guaranteed annual meetings create an intangible X-factor where, frankly, anything is possible.

All of this makes these forthcoming matchups all the more tantalizing to dive into.

No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State

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How Auburn attacks the Crimson Tide

Iron Bowl expectations are heavily leaned towards an Alabama football blowout. However, I expect this Auburn team to use a gameplan that has shown effectiveness against the Tide this season. What if I told you that the teams that had the most success against Alabama football this year ran the football? It would be surprising […] Alabama Football: How Auburn attacks the Crimson Tide - Bama Hammer - Bama Hammer - An Alabama Crimson Tide Community - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.Original link
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10 college football teams no one wants to face during bowl season

In about a month, bowl season will start in college football with the lower-profile games between less successful but still bowl-eligible squads. Every team has two games at most before the bowl slate is set, and some teams are playing so well right now that potential bowl rivals are kind of hoping that things work out so they can avoid that foe.

Which are the teams playing so well right now that nobody is going to want to face them in December and January? Some are obvious, and some are lesser-known. For some, they have a difficult style of play to game plan for, while others are simply going to have a huge chip on their shoulder. Here are 10 teams that are very much going to cause some trouble for someone in bowl season.

10. Michigan

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The Wolverines are deserved favorites as they head to Columbus for the biggest game of their season, and as long as Jim Harbaugh beats Urban Meyer for the first time in the rivalry, they should see off Northwestern and make the Playoff. It’s far from a foregone conclusion — rivalry games are tough, especially on the road — but few teams are playing better than the Wolverines. They boast an exceptional defense and finally seem to have the offense capable of carrying them. Ask Penn State how their trip to Ann Arbor went — a 35-point loss. If they make the playoff, they’ll be a popular dark horse to win it.

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Nick Saban thinks he knows cause of Iron Bowl issues

Nick Saban has only lost 20 games during his 12-year coaching career at Alabama, and 20 percent of them have come to rival Auburn.

The Crimson Tide have gone 7-4 in the Iron Bowl under Saban. This year, the Tide are favored by more than three touchdowns against their rivals. Regardless of the point spread, anything can happen in the game, as Saban knows well from 'Kick Six' in 2013.

So what is it about the game that leads to the inconsistencies in play? Saban believes emotions overcome players, leading to mental mistakes:

The key for Bama is keeping their emotions in check so they don’t commit those mental errors. The Tide enter Saturday’s Iron Bowl 11-0 and on their way to a 15-0 season perhaps. This is looking like it may go down as Saban’s best team at Alabama ever, and one of the best college football teams ever.

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Players who will define Rivalry Week

The one week a year with the power to stir the soul of even the most apathetic college football fan is here—at long last, we’ve reached Rivalry Week. It’s thrilling when the matchups come with postseason implications, but the stakes feel high regardless. For the players, it’s a chance to perform in a way that will resonate for years to come. We’re highlighting the athletes whose names could very well be synonymous with their respective rivalries when we look back on 2018.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

We’ll start with the obvious, cause heck, the Tide’s sophomore signal-caller seems to be defining the whole season. In a world where the Bama defense is typically the team’s calling card and the quarterback position is something of an afterthought (Jake Coker, anyone?), Tagovailoa has been busy rewriting the school record books and could become the first Alabama QB to win a Heisman trophy. Stranger things have happened in the Iron Bowl, but with an Auburn squad that’s essentially irrelevant this season, Tagovailoa appears poised to shine in his first rivalry game as starter.

TaQuon Marshall, QB, Georgia Tech

While we were all wondering what happened to Bryce Love and the Stanford ground game, the Yellow Jackets were quietly racking up enough rush yards per game to lead the nation. That’s largely thanks to the scrambling quarterback tandem of Marshall and fellow part-time starter Tobias Oliver, who are one and two, respectively, on the team in rushing. While Marshall is inconsistent as a passer, he should be able to take full advantage of Georgia’s rather porous run defense. After all, what’s a better motivator than spoiling Playoff dreams?

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John Calipari of Kentucky Wildcats says he's overrated as recruiter

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Hours after seeing James Wiseman, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2019, choose Memphis over his Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari called himself "overrated as a recruiter."

The Wildcats still have ESPN's No. 3-rated recruiting class behind Louisville and USC, but missed on Wiseman and are unlikely to land any of the top five prospects in the country.

"I think I'm overrated as a recruiter," Calipari said. "We've had kids that made the decision to come here, and it's played out well for almost all of them. My thing is, I want to be able to sleep at night. I want to make sure I'm telling the truth. I want to make sure I'm sticking with guys.

No. 1 recruit James Wiseman commits to coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis.

How is Memphis' hiring of Penny Hardaway paying off? With James Wiseman now headed to the Tigers, the answer is very, very well.

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Penny Hardaway hits hometown gold with James Wiseman

Nov 20, 2018Emailprint

This is why Memphis hired Penny Hardaway.

Yes, Hardaway will be asked to also win games at some point, but Tuesday, Nov. 20, was the first order of business for him.

And Hardaway answered the bell, as Memphis landed the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class, 7-foot center James Wiseman.

Not only did Hardaway convince Wiseman to stay home and play for the Tigers in college, but he also beat out Kentucky and John Calipari -- arguably Memphis' all-time greatest coach and the sport's top recruiter over the past decade -- for the potential No. 1 pick in 2020. Kentucky had been the heavy favorite until March, when Memphis fired Tubby Smith and hired Hardaway, one of the program's greatest players of all time and a legend in the city.

No. 1 recruit James Wiseman commits to coach Penny Hardaway and Memphis.

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College football pick-six: Is Urban Meyer on the brink? Are Notre Dame and Michigan the wrong types of playoff teams? Will Colorado ever be good again?

Cliched storyline of the week

Back in the early 1950s, the best college football coach in America was a man named Frank Leahy. Leahy, the head coach at Notre Dame, was an offensive savant and a rampant perfectionist, and his record over the course of a decade at Notre Dame (with a respite for World War II in between) was mind-blowing: 87 wins, 11 losses, nine ties and four national championships. But then, in 1953 at halftime of a game against Georgia Tech, Leahy collapsed in the locker room.

It turned out that he was struck with both pancreatitis and nervous tension. But it was so bad at the moment that a priest actually administered Leahy the last rites. He retired at the end of that 1953 season after going 9-0-1, and he never coached again.

And that brings me to this:

What we know is that Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has a cyst on his brain that leads to terrible headaches. What we know is that given Meyer’s suspension earlier this year for his handling of the firing of former assistant Zach Smith, this has been Meyer's most stressful season since he arrived at Ohio State. And what we know is that he quit his last job at Florida because of a pattern of self-destructive anxiety.

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From India to Northern Arizona, Sanjana Ramesh makes history during NCAA early signing period

By Katie Barnes | Nov 20, 2018espnW.com

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Northern Arizona recruit Sanjana Ramesh was India's captain at the 2017 FIBA U16 Asia Cup.

Sanjana Ramesh grew up playing sports. Outside her home in India's Bengaluru, Karnataka, Ramesh often competed against her older brother in soccer and badminton, honing her competitive spirit. She started playing basketball at 12 as a hobby with friends. By 13, she was playing for her state team. Basketball quickly transformed into her favorite sport.

"You can be creative on the court and make new things," Ramesh said in a phone interview. "It's like an art."

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