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Top 10 reasons why Bills-Raiders is a must-watch matchup

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10. White on blue

For this week’s contest, the Bills boys will be wearing a white on blue uniform combination. Take a look.

After two consecutive victories against AFC opponents, the Bills are looking to secure a third against a tough Oakland squad on Sunday. With the Raiders sitting at 9-2 in the competitive AFC West, the Bills will have their work cut out for them and will be ready to rise to the occasion.

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For a few Bills players and coaches, Oakland is far from uncharted territory. Bills sack leader LB Lorenzo Alexander is a native of Berkeley, Calif. and also spent the 2015 season with the Raiders. Additionally, Bills assistant head coach/defense Rob Ryan, wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, outside linebackers coach Jeff Weeks and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer all spent time on Oakland’s coaching staff.

Buffalo’s offensive line will be tasked with containing one of the NFL’s top pass rushers in DE Khalil Mack this weekend. Coming ofgainst Newcastle United.The United right back has been excellent defensively this season, but has seemed tentative going forward.He was at his explosive best against the Magpies, getting an assist for Marcus Rashford’s header that sealed the win for f an elite Week 12 performance, the University at Buffalo product will look to disrupt Buffalo’s rhythm. It won’t be easy, but the Bills are up for the challenge.

One of the biggest surprises on Buffalo’s offense this season has been wide receiver Justin Hunter. Signed in late September to help bolster the team’s receiving corps, Hunter has managed four touchdowns on just seven receptions. With those stats, expect Hunter to continue to find the end zone.

In Week 13, players around the NFL will be able to showcase the causes they are passionate about through the “My Cause, My Cleats” initiative.  The league-wide program allows each participant to customize their cleats and wear them during the game. Several members of the Buffalo Bills will be taking part in the campaign to help share their unique stories and raise awareness for various causes.

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It’s no secret that Bills running back LeSean McCoy is on a roll. The eliteclash with crosstown rivals Manchester United. The Belgian was absent for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fifth-round. And manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed DeMarcus McGuane has ended his loan with Telstar.McGuane’s time at Barcelona has come to an end, reports Sport.He signed in January 2018 from Arsenal but after being loaned out to Telstar, in Holland, he’s ready to sign permanently for Nottingham Fores Bruyne has suffered an injury.”He [Kevin de Bruyne] fell down ball carrier has already racked up four 100-yard rushing performances this season and he’s ready to make it five.

In his first game back since he was placed on the injured reserve list in September, Bills top wide out Sammy Watkins definitely made an impact. On just three receptions, Watkins racked up 80 yards and helped the Bills come away with a Week 12 win. Although he’s listed as questionable to play in Oakland, the Bills expect that the difference maker will take the field.   

1. Playoff implications

At 6-5, the Bills are in eighth place in the AFC and still very much alive in the hunt for the playoffs. Aware that they’ll need to continue to stack up wins to earn a trip to the postseason, the Bills are prepared to do what it takes.

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Glenn, Urbik likely to miss two weeks

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They both left with ankle sprains in Sunday’s game and did not return. According to head coach Chan Gailey right guard Kraig Urbik and left tackle Cordy Glenn will both be on the shelf for the next couple of games.

“It may be two (weeks) minimum on both of them, but we’re not going to rule out the second game today,” said Gailey Monday. “I’ve not been very good about doing that lately, so we’re going to say it’s probably two but I don’t know about that.”

Urbik left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with what he confirmed was a high-ankle sprain. He was hobbling around the locker r behind the rest of the players in terms of fitness having joined up with them after taking part in the Copa America with Chile. He suffered a hamstring injury in his final game of the competition which also set him back.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists oom Monday in an immobilizer boot.

“It’s always a disappointment toor Nolito.Celta are enjoying an impressive transfer window and are in talks with Sevilla to sign Nolito.”We have to see them reach an agreement, Sevilla and Celta, and in turn our club with Nolito. I would like him to come back, as I said last season lose a game like that and to go out in the first quarter like that is always heartbreaking to not finish the game,” said Urbik. “I’m going to take it day by day and see how it goes from here on out.”

For Urbik the injury is particularly frustrating because it’s the third straight season he’s missed time due to injury. He missed three games last season and was placed on injured reserve toward the end of the 20 with Sergio Guardiola about his journey from Spain’s fourth tier Tercera to leading the line in the LaLiga, his career hopes – and of course, we ask the striker about playing for his idol Ronaldo – the president of Real Valladolid.A: Well, it’s a dr10 season.

“You can’t really avoid it if a guy falls on your legs,” he said. “It’s a part of football and it happens sometimes and unfortunately it’s happened to me each of the past three years.”

Urbik will be replaced in the lineup by veteran Chad Rinehart, who has appeared in 20 games for the Bills over the past two seasons.

Glenn’s injury was also an ankle, as he too had his leg rolled up on from behind at the end of a pass play late in the third quarter.

The left tackle walked off the field under his own power, but his ankle was bent awkwardly inward as it was caught under the pile on a Ryan Fitzpatrick sack.

Glenn will be replaced by Chris Hairston, who started seven games at left tackle last season.

S Jairus Byrd, TE Scott Chandler and WR Donald Jones all left Sunday’s game with injuries. Byrd’s hip contusion is not considered serious.

“It’ll take a few days to get it moving again, but I think he’ll be fine,” said Gailey.

Gailey said all indications are Chandler and Jones will be fine looking ahead to the team’s Week 5 game at San Francisco. 

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Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will face no action for ‘elbow’ against Crystal Palace

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But Pawson also missed ated former England manager, 72, says he feels as fit asDaniel Farke was left angry with his players after their 2-0 home defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu’s goal after 76 seconds after some lax defending from Emiliano Buendia set Watford on their way and Andre Gray’s close-range flick from a Deulofeu cro ever.Hodgson said, “Time has to tell you those things, I don’t think you have to set dates. I have felt a lot older in the past than I do now. Certain jobs I have actually felt older, weariera clear handball by Palace defender Damien Delaney in the second half that should have resulted in a penalty to United and Juan Mata was incorrectly ruled offside when he turned in a header from Rojo.  

United are waiting to assess another knee injury to Eric Bailly that forced the Ivory Coast centre half’s substitution early in the second half.   

Bailly was making his first Premier League start for United for seven and a half weeks after .  

Mourinho said Bailly had injured his left knee on this occasion, ruling out the prospect of a recurrence of the same problem in his rig to Manchester United next weekend.Negotiations between the Toffees and Pereira’s current club, Shanghai SIPG, have been ongoing over the past seven days.Sky Sports says Everton want the talks to be concluded prior to Sunday’s visit to Old Trafford.Iht, but United will not know the full extent of the injury until he has been scanned. United will lose Bailly to the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

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Nine reasons why LSU’s Joe Burrow may be on his way to the best season ever by a college QB

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Best ever? That might be a label worth considering for LSU’s Joe Burrow.

Check that. Best season ever … by a quarterback. It’s worth discussing considering the numbers, the winning, the personality and the transformation of a career, a team and a program.

Six players have thrown for more yards in a season than Burrow’s 5,208. Only one has thrown for more touchdowns in a season (55).

But none of them went from afterthought to projected No. 1 overall pick. None of them packaged an undefeated season with an SEC title and survived a Playoff to get to the brink of a national championship.

That national crown is the last step. Chasing it is a kid from rural Ohio, a transfer from Ohio State who embraced Louisiana, its culture and its team.

“Standing at the 50-yard line before each game and the Saints run out … Drew Brees is gathering his thoughts before he walks in that huddle and gives them a pregame speech,” recalled LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, a former Saints offensive assistant. “And you know there is not a person in that stadium or person in that huddle who doesn’t feel like we have an opportunity to win. … We have that at LSU. I feel that way about Joe Burrow.”

What follows are 10 things to consider about Burrow and his incredible 2019 season as we begin that best-ever debate. In the process, CBS Sports mixed in the reaction of various football sources.

That was the year Jameis Winston led Florida State to the national title in the last year lback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was left frustrated by his U21 Euros campaign with England.The Daily Mail says Wan-Bissaka has been left fuming by his treatment from England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd.The right back was in the process of completing a move fromof the BCS. (Pay attention to Winston’s shockingly low interception total that season, 10.) Before that, it was Cam Newton, almost as a one-man offense for Auburn. Before that, it was Matt Leinart (2004 USC), Danny Wuerffel (1996 Florida) and Charlie Ward (1993 Florida State).

Going into Monday’s game, Winston had 15 fewer touchdown passes than Burrow. Newton had 2,366 fewer passing yards. Leinart finished with 22 fewer touchdown passes. The record for a Heisman-winning quarterback is 48 touchdown passes. Burrow has 55 with one game to go.

“This transformation from a seemingly average guy is truly amazing! Remember, Ohio State let him walk out the door!  … On the run? When was the last time something bad happened when he extended the play? Ability to make plays with his legs? Check. Freakish football season.” — Rick Neuheisel, CBS Sports college football analyst, former Pac-12 coach

Seventeen players have thrown for at least 5,000 yards. Seven have thrown at least 50 touchdown passes. What makes those benchmarks so remarkable is Colt McCoy. In becoming the Heisman runner-up in 2009, the former Texas quarterback completed 76.7 percent of his passes. That record has stood for 11 years. Burrow would have to go 13 of 25 (52 percent) in the CFP National Championship to finish below McCoy’s 2009 mark of 76.7 percent. The last time Burrow finished below 52 percent was 19 games ago in the 2018 Alabama game.

To put it in perspective, Burrow completed 57.8 percent of his passes in 2018 (219 of 379). To reach his 2019 mark of 77.6 percent, Burrow would have had to complete an additional 336 consecutive passes.

In his last two games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Burrow has thrown 11 touchdown passes. The Atlanta Falcons threw 11 touchdown passes all season in their home stadium.

“Not a fan of absolute judgments in the moment but who’s ever had a better year?! Never had a clunker game this season, either.” — Charles Davis, Fox analyst, former Tennessee defensive back

This is real simple to put in perspective. Brennan set that record in a conference that no longer exists — the Western Athletic Conference.Twelve of those 58 scores came against four Power Five schools: Alabama, Arizona State, Purdue and Oregon. The rest came against the likes of Eastern Illinois, New Mexico State and Idaho.

Burrow has faced 12 Power Five opponents (throwing 46 touchdown passes), including nine SEC foes (37 TDs).Oh, and there were seven scoring passes against Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl semifinal. Burrow needs four touchdown passes vs. Clemson to break Brennan’s record. Five would give him 60.Fasten your seat belts. He’s thrown four in a game nine times in his career. Five times Burrow has thrown five touchdown passes.

“Never seen anything close to his performances in a single season!” — Steve Clarkson, owner of Dreammaker quarterback camps, throwing coach for Leinart

One of the results was Burrow becoming arguably the best quarterback in the last five years. Since Pro Football Focus has begun keeping stats in 2014, Burrow’s had the best season in Wins Above Average (2.52). Ohio State’s Justin Fields was second this season at 1.78. “He’s the highest-graded passer under pressure and is setting LSU and PFF College records in the process of a historic season, the likes of which we haven’t seen,” PFF wrote in November 2019.

“Quarterbacks are not gameid chief Emilio Butragueno admits they’re fed-up with VAR.Butragueno was left frustrated by the use of VAR in Los Blancos’ 0-0 draw at home to Real Betis on Saturday night, with a Zou Feddal handball the subject of much debate.”We are confused about managers. You don’t come to LSU to manage games. That’s not what we are looking for. You come to excel at the biggest stage.” — Joe Brady

“Impressive but also a product of the times. Spread offenses/formations have given these guys such easy completions. Not to mention protection for pass catchers with targeting. Quarterbacks can make tighter window throws not worrying about repercussions.” — Brady Quinn, CBS Sports HQ analyst, former Notre Dame quarterback

“We have five guys in routes every single snap, and it’s tough to cover. You kind of have to pick your poison. We have three receivers that can beat you at all times and a tight end and a running back that can beat yo says the club should not stop Paul Pogba from leaving.The Frenchman looks set to stay at Old Trafford despite stating earlier this month that he wanted a new challenge next season.Juventus and Real Madrid are still interested in the World Cup winneru in routes, as well. We’re a tough match-up for a lot of people, and then I just try to get the ball in their hands on time and accurately and then let them do the rest.” — Joe Burrow

 

“LSU fans have always had this running joke that the answer to every trivia question was always Billy Cannon. So now we have a new answer.” — Jason Ramezan, former LSU vice president of alumni engagement

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Tulsa fires coach Bill Blankenship after 2-10 season

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Tulsa made things official ofered a return to football in Italy.Emery was offered the job at Everton before Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment, but felt it came too soon – just days after being axed by the Gunners earlier this season.However, Corriere dello Sport says Emery is undern Monday morning, announcing that coach Bill Blankenship will not be back with the program in 2015.

“We are grateful fortart in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United.The inclusions of Nelson and Willock meant it was the first time Arsenal had named two English teenagers in their starting XI for a Premier League game for the first time since February 1998.And Emery sa the service and commitment of coach Blankenship to our university, our student-athletes and our community, but we have decided that the program needs to go in a different d his breakthrough at Chelsea with a new deal.The 19-year-old right-back’s current contract runs until 2022 and he will be given improved terms to bring him closer into line with the club’s first-team stars.James has made 14 appearances for the Blues irection,” said Tulsa athletic director Derrick Gragg.

Gragg also said that a search committee would be formed immediately as the school looks for Blankenship’s replacement.

Blankenship spent four seasons at Tulsa, but the last two failed to live up to the promise of his first two years on campus. Blankenship took over the Tulsa program after Todd Graham left for the Pittsburgh job following the 2010 season, and he went 19-8 in his first two seasons at the school. The success faded quickly, though, as the Golden Hurricane were only 5-19 the last two seasons, including a 2-10 mark in 2014.

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College Football Rewind: Jameis Winston sits, Florida State survives

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Welcome back to Rewind. This is your first look back at what happened each week and what it means moving forward. Every Saturday night, I will analyze the week’s games and the always colorful world of college football.

The look on Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s face bordered on confusion and annoyance.

Jameis Winston — you can’t spell Jameis without “me” or “I” — was suspended for the entire Clemson game due to vulgar comments he made in public. Yet there he was in pregame warmups dressed as if he would play. Winston was showing up his coach on national TV. Fisher sent Winston back to the locker room to take off his shoulder pads — par for the course in the never-ending circus surrounding the Heisman Trophy winner.

Without Winston, No. 1 Florida State survived for a 23-17 overtime victory. In this new world of the College Football Playoff, surviving is all the Seminoles needed to do without Winston. But it was high drama in the process and a credit to the Seminoles they won without Winston.

Sean Maguire demonstrated why he’s Winston’s backup, but did throw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Green to tie the score late in the fourth quarter. Clemson’s defensive line dominated much of the game. Florida State had only 13 rushing yards on 27 carries, but gained 25 yards on two plays in overtime for the win.

Deshaun Watson displayed his immense talent as Clemson’s new quarterback. Dabo Swinney had to make the move to bench Cole Stoudt and Watson didn’t disappoint. But the Tigers squandered chances for a huge road win.

Clemson missed field goals. Clemson snapped the ball over Watson’s head from the 1-yard line. Clemson lost a fumble with 2:14 left at the Florida State 26-yard line. Clemson got stuffed in overtime on a fourth-and-inches play out of a shotgun formation.

Clemsoning happened before the nation’s eyes again.

Meanwhile, Winston remained the storyline, especially because Florida State oddly allowed him on the sideline. I counted 54 television shots of Winston during the ABC broadcast of a game in which he didn’t play.

Why did Winston come out in full pads during warmups? “Because he loves his teammates,” Fisher told the media afterward.

This much is certain: Florida State survived and the College Football Playoff committee escaped having to determine what a Seminoles loss without Winston means.

What We Learned in Week 4

As if the SEC West needed any more depth, Mississippi State knocked off No. 8 LSU with a statement 34-29 victory. It was Mississippi State’s first win over LSU since 1999 and first win at Tiger Stadium since 1991. Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and ran for 105 as the Buity.The Belgian midfielder made the move from Serie A outfit Sampdoria for around £18m in the summer having been a long-term target of City’s.He told Sporza: “I was open to a step higher.”I also knew that Leicester would be very good. I had seen thelldogs gained 570 yards, the most LSU has ever allowed under Les Miles. Mississippi State typically beats the teams it should and loses to the SEC elite. Dan Mullen entered Saturday with a 1-16 combined record against Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M. Now Oct. 4 is shaping up to be a monumental day in the state of Mississippi: Alabama at Ole Miss and Texas A&M at Mississippi State.

Not even Blake Sims could have imagined throwing for 445 yards (second most in Alabama history) and four touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Florida. “I didn’t think I would be able to do that,” Sims said. Sims is the latest example of why it’s foolish to anoint a starter (Jake Coker) or toss aside a player (Sims) before we actually see him given a chance. Alabama had a 400-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time. That’s a credit to Lane Kiffin, who is thriving with the most offensive talent in Nick Saban’s tenure with the Crimson Tide. Alabama and Baylor are the only teams ranked in the top 10 in total offense and total defense through four weeks. Alabama tried its best in the first half to give the game away to Florida with turnovers. Saban wants Sims to communicate and manage the game better. Sims suffered a scare when he bruised his shoulder in the second half but later returned. Contrary to what the public would have thought a couple weeks ago, Alabama is counting on Sims staying healthy. “People have to respect him as a passer,” Saban said. “He has made too many plays and too many good throws for people to not respect him as a passer.”

The Sooners continue to impress somewhat quietly under the radar. With running back Keith Ford injured, 243-pound freshman running back Samaje Perine ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-33 win at West Virginia. Perine averaged 7.1 yards a carry and ran over two defenders on one touchdown. The Sooners outscored West Virginia 21-3 after the game was tied at 24 at halftime until the Mountaineers scored a late touchdown. West Virginia star quarterback Clint Trickett threw for 376 yards, but the Sooners forced three turnovers by Trickett. The West Virginia trip may have been Oklahoma’s toughest road game left. The Sooners get Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State all at home.

over ? In another sign of how wide-open the SEC East is and how much weaker it is compared to the SEC West, 31-27 by Indiana. The Hoosiers ran for 241 yards on a Missouri defense that was supposed to be a strength for the team. Indiana was coming off a loss last week to . The win won’t make up for all of the September disappointments for the Big Ten, but the conference needed a win like that. The Big Ten also had Iowa beat Pitt, Nebraska defeat Miami, and Maryland triump over Syracuse. Missouri now has a bitter taste in its mouth before playing and in its next two games.

The Hokies have gone from 2-0 darling to 2-2 enigma within two weeks. Virginia Tech followed a road win at State” data-canon=”Ohio Bobcats” data-type=”SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM” id=”shortcode0″> on Sept. 6 by for the first time since 1995, falling to and . Hokies quarterback Michael Brewer, the Tech transfer, has eight interceptions in four games. Even more puzzling is the Hokies’ seasonlong problem with penalties (10 per game, including 12 in the loss to Georgia Tech). This can’t help the ACC in the College Football Playoff picture. The ACC’s signature win of the season has lost a lot of luster in a short amount of time.

How bad has it gotten for ? Not only did the Wolverines lose 26-10 at home, a kick returner from either trolled or paid tribute to Desmond Howard in the Big House. After Kaelin Clay returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown, from 23 years ago. ’s Leonard Fournette struck a pose against Sam Houston State after his first career touchdown. That was bad taste for a rookie against weak competition. But Clay doing it the only time he will ever play in the Big House? I can dig that.

East Carolina 70, 41. One year after whipping the Tar Heels 55-31, . Even with wide receiver Cam Worthy out with a two-game suspension due to a “verbal disagreement” with a male student on campus, the Pirates’ offense didn’t miss a beat. It’s time to stop expressing surprise at East Carolina. This is a good tea Rodriguez insists their 0-0 draw with Arsenal was two points dropped.The Clarets ended a 10-game losing Premier League run against Arsenal and made it seven points from three games with a first home draw for 12 months to climb to 11th in the table.Bm and clearly the best one in North Carolina. East Carolina has won four straight games against the ACC.

rushed for 644 yards, the most in the Big Ten’s modern era, dating back to 1946. The only instance when a Big Ten team ran for more: (832 in 1905), Ohio State (718 in 1930) and Minnesota (663 in 1927). and five touchdowns on only 13 carries. The only blemish: Gordon lost his first fumble in 322 carries.

Arizona scored 19 points in the final 3:30 to stun Cal in a 49-43 victory. Anu Solomon (47 of 73, 520 yards) threw a 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown for the winner. The Wildcats scored 36 points, ran 31 plays and totaled 278 yards in the fourth quarter alone.

Here’s video of the Hail Mary:

My weekly look at the evolving trends, successes, failures and all-around moaning about up-tempo offenses.

Stop the presses: A Nick Saban team ran 87 plays for 645 yards against Florida. Credit Lane Kiffin for bringing a more consistent up-tempo style than Alabama has tinkered with briefly in the past. Credit Florida’s overwhelmed secondary for some major blown assignments. Alabama isn’t going or Texas A&M fast, but the pace seems to suit the Crimson Tide as long as Blake Sims can communicate the calls in a consistent manner. Still, the irony is rich that Saban — the coach who questioned whether faster tempo is what football should be for safety purposes — has turned to more tempo himself. Alabama is averaging 78 plays per game — the most in Saban’s eight seasons. Alabama averaged 65.9 plays in 2013 and was under 69 plays every year from 2008 to 2013. A Saban team is now averaging more plays than a Gus Malzahn Auburn team (73) or a Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M team (76). Go figure. The FBS leaders in plays per game through Week 4: Western Kentucky 92, West Virginia 88.5, Northern Illinois 86.8, Hawaii 86.3, Arizona 85, Texas State 85.

No. 12 UCLA and No. 15 meet in Tempe for an intriguing Thursday night game. A year ago, Arizona State held off UCLA 38-33 in Pasadena to win the Pac-12 South in late November. Each of the past three meetings have been decided by five points or fewer. This season, UCLA has looked vulnerable after a lot of preseason hype, and Arizona State has three easy wins but hasn’t played a quality team. This could be a game of backup quarterbacks. The Sun Devils will be without injured quarterback Taylor Kelly, and UCLA coach Jim Mora won’t say if his starter, Brett Hundley, will play after injuring his elbow against Texas.

It’s -Georgia and South Carolina-Missouri next week. In some years, you might say the winners of those games would be in good position to win the SEC East. This isn’t one of those years. Expect a wide-open SEC East race until the very end. South Carolina struggled on Saturday to put away Vanderbilt in an ugly 48he Israel international only joined Sevilla this past summer from RB Salzburg.Dabbur is seen at West Ham as an alternative to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.West Ham are in contact with Dabbur’s agent, Milos Malenovic, though aren’t alone with Bordea-34 win in which the Gamecocks allowed two kick returns for touchdowns. “It’s one of the worst (wins) I have ever had, no question,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier told reporters afterward in an epic press conference. More Spurrier: “The way we play is embarrassing. I told the guys it’s embarrassing the way we play. And I’m the head coach of these embarrassing group of guys. … We’ve got all the voters fooled thinking we’re pretty good. I guess because we beat Georgia. I don’t know what all can help us. I really don’t.”

The Brady Hoke and Will Muschamp watches are officially on. Michigan has no identity and Devin Gardner continues to struggle at quarterback. Making matters worse, cameras caught Hoke jawing with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison following a sideline-infraction penalty. Alabama’s victory over Florida demonstrated how far the Gators remain behind the SEC’s elite teams. Jeff Driskel, once the highest-rated quarterback recruit in the country, had a 23.3 quarterback rating while completing 9 of 28 passes for 93 yards with two interceptions. The next month or so will help determine if two of the most prominent coaching positions in America will soon be open.

“I barely know what’s going on with ISIS to tell you the truth. I’m oblivious.”

— coach Charlie Weis, following a 24-10 win over , on the scrutiny he’s facing so far in two-plus years

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Traditions: The U swaggers back into relevance at Miami

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Welcome back, Florida State-Miami. It’s been a while.

When these two Florida rivals meet in Tallahassee on Saturday, they’ll battle as top-10 teams for the first time since 2004.

FSU has been one defender Mario Hermoso is close to joining Atletico Madrid.Sport says Hermoso has one year on his deal at th Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet.The Gunners remain keen on the Belgian, having failed with two offers for Praet and Samp teammate Joachim Andersen.But Corriere dello Sport says Milan are also targeting Praet, ironically after failing to reach terme club but has reached ann agreement to move to Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal worth arround €3m annually. His release clause is €40of America’s most dominant teams this fall, looking every bit the national contender fans hoped to see when Jimbo Fisher took over for Bobby Bowden in 2010.

 journey has been a bit rougher. The Hurricanes’ march to their first 7-0 start since 2003 has been filled with close calls. It has not always been pretty, but with an NCAA investigation now in the rear-view mirror, full attention can be turned toward making their future match their glorious past.

Some schools’ best traditions are mascots, such as FSU’s Chief Osceola. Or chants by marching bands; you know we’re gointest preseason friendly.The Eagles were ahead until late in the game, but they were pegged back and had to settle for a stalemate.The good news is that central defender Mamadou Sakho managed to start his first game in five months for the Selhurst Parg to see plenty of Tomahawk Chops on Saturday. At Miami, there’s a bit of that, sure, but the Hurricanes’ best tradition is defined by wins on the ledger sheets, championship rings on their fingers and the iconic letter on their helmets.

The letter ‘U’ has only adorned Miami’s helmets since the early 1970s. At first, no one much noticed. The program was regular homecoming fodder and interest in the program waned while the Miami Dolphins became one of the ‘s dynasties. It wasn’t until a brash coach named Howard Schnellenberger arrived in the late 1970s that the Hurricanes did too.

Schnellenberger convinced top South Florida talent to stay home, and suddenly the U became the stuff of legend. A steady stream of future hall of famers — both players and coaches — helped Miami win five national titles between 1983 and 2001 and make “The U” a nationally recognized status symbol of pop culture, rap songs, documentaries and more.

Miami’s tradition doesn’t have the longevity of many of the others, but for sheer winning power, a flash of the ‘U’ sign represents a swagger that is the Hurricanes’ brand. It’s more than a helmet decal or a hand sign; it represents the Miami attitude that marked one of ‘s greatest eras.

If they beat FSU on Saturday in Tallahassee, expect to see it flashed loudly, proudly and often once again.

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SEC title game: Freshmen make big impact for Georgia and Alabama

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Traditional wisdom in the SEC says that the most experienced teams have the best shot at winning the conference.

There’s certainly no shortage of veteran talent on the rosters at and . Junior QB , junior LB and senior S are among the top players for the Bulldogs. Junior QB , senior C and junior CB help lead Alabama.

But there’s no den United players are concerned about the influence of Kieran McKenna on training sessions.The Red Devils are on a winter break as they look to rejuvenate before the rest of the Premier League season.The Mirror claims that 33-year-old coach McKenna is ying the impact freshmen have had on the two teams. 

That starts with Georgia freshman RBs (176 carries, 1,138 yards, 14 TDs) and (107 carries, 720 yards, 8 TDs), who have formed one of the top RB duos in the SEC. 

“I think that is an outstanding team because of the balance that is created by their ability to run the ball effectively with good runners,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of how Georgia utilizes the duo.

Alabama’s offense has seen a huge lift from freshman RB (129 carries, 847 yards, 10 TDs) and WR (45 catches, 767 yards, 8 TDs). Yeldon, teamed with junior RB , have helped ease the loss of Trent Richardson, the Tide’s leading rusher in 2011. Cooper, who averages just over 17 yards per reception, gives Alabama a deep threat that keeps defenses honest.

“He’s definitely the go-to guy, the deep-ball guy, made some wonderful plays,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said of Cooper. “Some of the long-yardage receptions have been just launching it out there deep and him making a play.”

Regardless of what the numbers say, Georgia continues to believe in it own defense. Alabama is ranked first nationally in total defense (236.7 yards per game) and scoring defense (9.3 points per game). 

Don’t tell that to Georgia CB .

“I think we’re the best defense in the country,” he told the . “I thought we were last year and we have verpool.The defender sees the club as a family.”I will always be partArsenal drew 1-1 with Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon which all but ended their Champions League hopes.The Gunners had led 1-0 courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s ninth-minute penalty, but Glenn Murray scored Brighton’s equaliser on of the Liverpool family,” says the Oranje international . “I am very happy that I have been welcomed with open arms and that I am now part of club history, now that we have won t10 out of 11 or 12 players back who are part of the starting rotation. So there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be the top defense. Everybody on this defense thinks we are.”

It’s easy to compare Georgia NT to former Alabama NT Terrence Cody, who played for the Tide from 2008-09. Jenkins is 6-foot-3, 360 pounds, while Cody weighed in around 6-5, 370 pounds. Both also played at Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College before transferring to an SEC power.

On the SEC Championship Game teleconference on Sunday, Saban said he sees similarities between Jenkins and Cody. Jenkins was honored by the comparison.

“I lived in his shadow my whole two years there,” Jenkins told .”For Nick Saban to give me that type of compliment, it’s a big deal. It’s almost an honor, because Nick Saban is very respected in the world, and as you know, he recruited ‘Mount Cody.’ It’s a big honor for Nick Saban to say that.”

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Pac-12 Power Ranking: The Cardinal Rule to No. 1

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When Jim Harbaugh brought all that toughness with him to the Farm, we had no idea he’d leave so much when he left. But the Cardinal stood bravely in the face of danger — how many weapons does Oregon have? — and handed the Ducks their first loss in 13 games. Stanford withstood the lightning-quick Oregon attack by bringing the thunder, and sure, it took a missed field goal in overtime to put the Cardinal over the top. But they’re there. 2.at No. 15 UCLA, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox).

Reports that Chip Kelly’s head exploded were greatly exagerrated, but we would not like to be the Ducks in meetings this week. Oregon had a dance with destiny and Stanford stepped on its webbed feet. Can the Ducks regain their footing in a tough not-so-Civil War matchup next?  1.  at No. 16 Oregon State, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

Getting a win over the bitter rival Ducks would be huge, like what Terron Ward has been to the Oregon State offense in recent weeks. Last week’s ranking: 3. Next up: vs. No. 5 Oregon, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

In one fell swoop, the Bruins knocked the Trojans out of the top 25, knocked out of the game and knocked USC off its high horse. And Traveler is a mighty big mascot. The fallout from UCLA’s win, its first over the Trojans since 2006 and just second in 14 years, won’t be felt for a while. But if the Bruins do end up reclaiming the battlefield that is Los Angeles, they can point to this day.  4. vs. No. 11 Stanford, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox).

With winning national headlines , many are ignoring Rich Rodriguez’s wildly successful freshman season in the desert. Who would’ve thought that Arizona, which went 3-8 last season, could rebound so quickly?  5. vs. Arizona State, Friday, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN)

.  (7-4, 5-3): The Huskies have very quietly won four straight. Even quieter? Washington’s first half against Colorado, when the Buffaloes held them scoreless for the first 28 minutes. Still, in the wacky and wonderful Pac-12, wins are wins and the Huskies are on their way to eight for the first time since 2001.  7.  at Washington State, Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox).

Lane Kiffin says he has assurances from Pat Haden that he’ll be retained in 2013 to lead the Trojans. We’ll see what happens next now that Matt Barkley has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game against No. 1 Notre Dame. 6. vs. No. 1 Notre Dame, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).

The Sun Devils had a tough time with their recent Pac-12 slate, which included Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State and USC, but who better to cure those ills than Washington State? The Cougars rolled over for and the ASU offense, as Kelly hit 21 of 24 passes and threw four touchdowns. Already bowl eligible, the Sun Devils can cement their status as an improving team under Todd Graham with a win against ATottenham boss Jose Mourinho is ready to move for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake this summer.Voetbalzone says Mourinho has identified Ake as a priority target for Spurs ahead of nexlittle”.The Gunners are currently third on the table and are cruising in the Europa League group stages.Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash with Sheffield United, Emery said: “The players finished the last match with some doubt because in the second halt season.The Portuguese worked with Ake at Chelsea and sees the Dutchman as a replacement for Bosman prospect Jan Vertonghen.Ake is rated at €55m by Bournemouth – a figure Mourinho believes represents good value.The defender’s current deal runs to 2022.rizona. 7.at Arizona, Friday, 10 p.m. ET (ESPN).

Six losses in eight games have Utes fans clamoring from the days of old, when the schedule was filled with Mountain West also-rans. Now, the Pac-12 is teaching Utah that it’s a brand new day, and it’s stormy and daunting. 9.at Colorado, Friday, 3 p.m. ET (FX).

The only gofender enjoyed a great season in Scotland, helping Celtic win the “treble treble” of domestic success.While he is open to returning for another season, he knows the decision rests with Leicester and manager Brendan Rodgers.”We will have to wait and sod thing about the Bears’ 62-14 season-ending loss to Oregon State was that it happened on the road and not in front of their renovated digs. Could Jeff Tedford suvived yet another disaster in front of frustrated Bears fans? 10.Season complete

 Mike Leach, we thought we knew you. Expectations were high when The Pirate took over Washington State, but if things keep going this way — the Cougars scored zero points in the first 59 minutes of their 46-7 loss to Arizona State — he could get the hook quickly.  11.  vs. Washington, Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Fox).

 What more do we need to say about these Buffaloes? They’re bad, and mercifully, the season ends soon.  12.  vs. Utah, Friday, 3 p.m. ET (FX).

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2018 WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard, scores: Five takeaways from a busy Round 2

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e season, and the Foxes are braced Manchester City winger Jack Harrison could cut all ties with the club next summer.The Manchester Evening News says Leeds United can make Harrison’s loan spell permanent at the end of the season.The midfielder has shone for Leeds over the last 18 months.And Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa would love to keep Harrison at Elland Road long-term.for bids for their young English midfielder.It is thought that Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are among the c were disappointed not to see Troy Parrott given his Champions League debut, with Mourinho using Son Heung-min as a substitute instead.”I am happy with the decisions I made, I hope our supporters understand what I did,” said Mourinho.”Internally we aontingent interested in the player.Maddison joined Leicester from Norwich 12

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Billy Horschel wants Tiger Woods to get back out and ‘kick our ass’

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emmens says getting the season completed by the end of June is crucial.Semmens stressed the importance of completng Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton.The Mirror says Liverpool are reportedly plotting a shock summer swoop for Burnley keeper Tom Heaton.The Reds have been short of options between thved with Arsenal’s search for a new manager. The Swede won his first match as caretaker boss on Monday, a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over West Ham at the Emirates.Reports have claimed the Gunners have ten candidates on their shortlist, with Ljungbee sticks during pre-season, with free agent Andy Lonergan brought in ting the season by the end of June, when a host of players from various clubs are set to be out of contract.He added that getting such pla

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WATCH: Odell Beckham’s Christmas cleats are the gaudiest gift of the year

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Clark Griswold’s got nothing on  The Giants widenited host Astana from Kazakhstan in their Europa League opener on Thursday, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to rotate his squad and bring in some youngsters.Mason Gng director has flown to Lohe Gunners made it three wins from three in the group stage on Thursday night by beating Vitoria 3-2 at the Emirates.”A lot happened over 90 minutes,” Emery said. “The Europa League is very important for us and our aim is to finish first in the groupndon for talks with Manchester United.Fabio Paratici will meet with United officials to finalise details over a swap deal for Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala, according to Sky Sports.Paratici will also speak with the playersreenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner are among those expected receiver is doing Christmas proud on Sunday, wearing some of the most off the charts ridiculous cleats you’ll ever see. 

The cleats, which we assume he’ll only wear during warmups, are quite obviously Christmas-themed.

They feature presents on the top (a delightful double entendre with bow), green and red all over, glitter covering the shoes and, of course, blinking lights. 

Now he just has to wait and see if brings him a stocking full of coal. 

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Report: Doctors optimistic Daniel Fells won’t lose foot due to MRSA

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Despite previous reports stating otherwise, might not lose his foot after all. The tight end, who has been battling an MRSA infectiksen this summer.Spurs are demanding £100m from Real Madrid to sell the Dane and will immediately invest the cash raised on strengthening their midfield.Box-to-box France international midfielder Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon is Tottenham’s top transfer ton in his fouture move to Barcelona is now off the table.Reus has revealed he came close to signing for Barca in the past, but admits the prospect now is remote.Dortmund meet Champions League opponents Barca in Spain tonight.He explained, “Do I dismiss the idea ot, is apparently rrmer Barcelona captain Carles Puyol admits he twice had offers to join Real Madrid during his career.The Spaniard has claimed that Los Blancos unsuccessfully approached him twice, in 2001/02 and 2004/05.”Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho aesponding well to recent treatment.

the doctors treating Fells at a New York hospital are more optimistic that they won’t have to amputate his foot because the recent antibiotics that they gave to Fells are having a positive effect on him. In addition to this latest ESPN report, also reported that Fells has not lost any chunks of his foot.

It was previously reported by that Fells had

ESPN did acknowledge in its report that doctors were that they would have to amputate his foot to save his life, as that would’ve stopped the infection from spreading. But now, that might not be necessary.

Fells did, however, lose some parts of his bone during one of the many surgeries he’s had, which involved scraping the infection from the bone. Both ESPN and NJ.com reported that Fells has undergone five different surgical procedures and ESPN says more are upcoming.

Despite the more positive outlook, ESPN noted that Fells’ career still appears to be over. 

On Sunday night, after the Giants knocked off the 49ers, the team dedicated the game ball to Fells. According to NJ.com and ESPN, Fells and the team were able to Skype on Monday.

Fells is married and has two kids (ages 4 and 2). ESPN reported that Fells’ wife is by his side in the hospital and that relatives flew to New York to help take care of their children. 

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Josh Freeman: ‘I have never tested positive for any illegal drugs’

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Responding to a report that he was in the NFL’s drug program, Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman issued a statement to CBSSports.com Monday night.

“Let me be very clear. I have NEVER tested positive for any illegal drugs or related substances. Further, I have agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 -regulated drug tests over the last year and a half. 

“Since the confidentiality of my medical status has been publicly violated, I am choosing to address this matter so that grossly erroneous assumptions about me do not persist. Like millions of Americans, I have ADHD and I have been prescribed and permitted to take medication to treat this condition for the entirety of my NFL career. Well over a year ago, I took a different medication for the same condsea target Sander Berge has admitted that he could leave Genk in the January transfer window.Berge has been impressive this season, as the 21-year-old is being tipped for a big money move.The midfielder has not spoken too much about his future as he ition (Ritalin rather than Adderall) , and to assure everyone that the error was a one-time mistake, I agreed to be voluntarily tested in the ‘NFL Program.’

“Since that time, I have taken and passed all 46 drug tests I’ve been given, which test for every drug and banned substance imaginable. I agreed to allow such testing to be done at my workplace (team facility) because I spend all of my time there and I have nothing whatsoever to hide or be embarrassed about. 

“Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information. It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other. I remain dedicated and focused to being the best quarterback I can be and to help a team win a championship.” 

Freeman’s statement was prompted by an  report that said the Bucs quarterback was a stage one participant in the NFL’s drug program, although he wasn’t one strike away from suspension despite being subject to random testing.

“Freeman has obtained a temporary use exemption for a prescription drug that normally would be on the banned list,” Mortensen wrote. … “Freeman has not had any incidents that have placed him in jeopardy of suspension, such as a positive test of a banned street-drug substance, sources said. Thus, Freeman is in relatively good standing under the program.”

This news comes a day after the Buccaneers made Freeman inactive for their game against the Cardinals. Instead of watching from the sidelines with his teammates, Freeman’s agent claims the quarterback  at Raymond James Stadium.

Earlier in the week, Freeman was benched for rookie third-round pick , which prompted Freeman to say publicly that .

“Obviously the head coach has come out and said that this isn’t the place for me to be a starting quarterback,” Freeman said Thursday. “He doesn’t think that I give this team the best chance to win. I don’t agree, but at the same time I’m the player and he’s the coach. Whatever happens next, I’m moving on. I’m going to be excited to go out and make the most of any situation. … “[The] bottom line is, if you want things to change, something has got to change,” Freeman continued. “At the end of the day, yes. I think that moving forward [a trade] might be, that is going to be probably the best option.”

Freeman reportedly missed at least one team meeting last week club Charlton Athletic, ending Roland Duchatelet’s spell as owner, reports BBC Sport.Much of Duchatelet’s tenure was dominated by friction between the Belgian and a section of supporters and he has been trying to sell the club since the end of 2017., and the quarterback for the team photo earlier first round matches and which third place sides are likely to move on to the Round of 16 starting this weekend.Crucial Third Game Matches Begin, With a Focus on the Most Likely Third Place Sides to Move OnAfter the end of the second set of group mat this month.

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Virginia Tech vs. Duke odds: 2019 NCAA Tournament picks, Sweet 16 predictions from proven expert on 24-17 roll

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The  Blue Devils may be the overall No. 1 seed in the , but they can also play the revenge factor for their Friday night showdown with the  Hokies in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff from the Capital One Center in Washington D.C. is at 9:40 p.m. ET. Duke (31-5) lost at Virginia Tech (26-8) 77-72 back on Feb. 27, but Zion Williamson didn’t play. Then again, the Hokies were shorthanded as well. The latest Duke vs. Virginia Tech odds list the Blue Devils favored by 7-points, with the over-under set at 143.5. Each team has reason to be optimistic Friday night, but before laying any Duke vs. Virginia Tech picks of your own, you’ll want to see what SportsLine expert Kenny White has to say.

The legendary Las Vegas oddsmaker is widely considered one of the most influential figures in the Nevada sports wagering industry over the past several decades. White is the former head of Las Vegas Sports Consultants, which supplied odds to countless sportsbooks that made millions off his emidfielder has been likened to Marco Verratti and has emerged as a target for Barca academy chiefs, says Le Parisien.PSG are aware of Barca’s interest and some directors believe the Catalans are determined to ferry Michut away as an act of revenge foxpertise. By age 26, the oddsmaking prodigy was setting the lines for some of Nevada’s biggest casinos.

Now, he is using his innate knowledge of point spreads and handicapping as one of SportsLine’s top analysts. White heads into the Sweet 16 on a 24-17 run on college basketball picks. Plus, he’s nailed three-straight picks involving the Hokies, including taking Virginia Tech (-10) to cover in its 66-52 win over St. Louis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Now, he’s studied Duke vs. Virginia Tech from eveillarreal star Samuel Chukwueze.Goal says his form with the La Liga club and Nigeria has impressed a handful of top clubs across Europe who have jetted in scouts and Liverpool are one of the clubs alerted by his progress.At just 20 years old Chukwuezry angle and released a confident point-spread pick that is only available at SportsLine.

White knows Duke fell by five in Blacksburg this season, but Ws of Leicester City and their manager Brendan Rodgers.Guardiola admitted during his Friday news conference that he has been hugely impressed by the job done by Rodgers since taking over from Claude Puel as Leicester boss in February, 2019.”I know theilliamson, the most-dominant player in college basketball, didn’t play. And R.J. Barrett scored 21 points despite fighting an illness. 

Duke barely escaped its second-round game against UCF, when Barrett’s putback with 14 seconds to go gave the Blue Devils a lead and the Knights missed a tip-in at the buzzer in a 77-76 win. Luckily for Duke’s depth, forward Jack White (hamstring) will be back for the second week and center Marques Bolden (knee) should be fully healthy after playing limited minutes in the opening two rounds. Friday’s game marks the first time since Feb. 16 that the Devils will be fully healthy. 

The Devils exacted revenge from regular-season losses by beating Syracuse and North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. Part III of its payback tour is Friday. The only other team to beat the Devils was Gonzaga, by two points on Nov. 20. 

But just because the Blue Devils are the overall No. 1 seed with revenge on their mind doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Duke vs. Virginia Tech spread.

Virginia Tech beat Duke without the program’s all-time assists leader, . He returned for the NCAA Tournament after missing 12 games, and , who’s making 45.6 percent of his threes, will also play despite being charged with marijuana possession last week.

The Hokies were 7-5 without Robinson, but are 19-3 when he plays. Against-the-spread, the Hokies have covered in five of their last seven meetings with the Devils. Plus, Duke has failed to cover in four straight NCAA Tournament games.

We can tell you White is leaning under, but his stronger play is on the spread. He has studied this matchup and unearthed the critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.