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World chess champion goes top of overall fantasy football table

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, changing it to: "World Chess Champion. The highest ranked chess player in the world. Current (live) £1 Fantasy Premier League player".

He also addressed his fantasy football performance on social media, citing analytics company Opta as one of the factors behind his success.

"Since a lot of people are asking about my £FPL strategy, mine is the not so groundbreaking one of part stats and part gut feeling," the Norwegian tweeted. "Part @Opta-mist and part optimist."

arlsen is currently competing in the Premier League’s official FPL competition for the sixth successive season, his previous best finish (2397th) coming in 2017/18.

Carlsen’s current squad boasts premium midfielders such as Sadio Mane and SoUnited-Unai-Emery-Wayne-Rooney-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic”>Sunday Expressrdinand says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in football.The 24-year-old netted his first Champions League hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Atalanta.”We are running out of great words to say about him,” Englan says he is currently the second-highest-paid player in the Premier League behind Alexis Sanchez earning £350,000-a-week.Gunners bosses are keen to get him off the payroll and his reprn Heung-min, while he is one of the many millions who are bacng Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz.After a tough season in Madrid, the former Lyon forward is ready to leave for regular first team football.And Valencia are keen as they see Mariano as a replacement for Rodrigo Moreno – should the Spain internationking Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

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Glenn Murray shows Wolves value of a finisher as Brighton make it three wins in a row

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Chris Hughton acknowledged Glenn Murray’s fearlessness after Brighton’s 35-year-old striker secured a third consecutive win in the top flight for his club for the first time since 1981.

Knocked out and, Murray displayed a prize-fighter’s powers of recovery to start this game and score his 100th goal for the Albion after an interchange with the full-back, Bruno, who is 38.

“Glenn was adamant he was fine and wanted to play,” Hughton said after Brighton drew level with Manchester United on 14 points. “For us it was always about – wouldolari feels the club needs to consider the futures of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.Solari admits the pair are now in the veteran status.”They are very intelligent football players and, alongside Casemiro, they built one of the best midfields in Real Ma there be a nervousness? Because we followed the protocol we knew medically he was fine. So then really it’s about the player – [whether] we feel there might be some reluctance, a bit of fear. But we never got that feeling off Glenn. My thoughts were always to play him because wjoined Wolves in a deal worth £1m, but will remain on loan at Rochdale until the end of the season.The 17-year-old England Under-18 international scored against Manchester United in the EFL Cup in September.Matheson has made 15 starts for the Leaguee were able to.”

This victory against a stylish but blunt Wolves side marked the first time in 37 years since Brighton have won three in a row at this level. And they have now earned 39 of their 54 Premier League points at the Amex Stadium. 

Murray reached his century a week after he swallowed his tongue on the pitch at St James’ Park and ended up at the local infirmary. If his first-half performance was unconvincing, his work after the interval showed why he has become indispensable to Brighton’s new life at the top.

He also reminded Wolves what they lack: a finisher to round off their incisive passing, which was too good for Hughton’s team in the first-half. Raul Jimenez, with two, is the only Wolves player to score more than one in the league this term, but he was innocuous and removed after an hour.

Murray’s role as totem was further enhanced by his perseverance, which reflects Brighton’s talent for fighting back in games that seem to be going against them.

Wolves changed their league starting line-up for the first time this s want to see a summer transfer settled.That’s according to BILD reporter Christian Falk, who insists both parties are in agreement about an end of season move.Falk posted to social media: “Our story: Leroy Sane is trying to get back into the Germany eason, in their 10th outing, with Diogo Jota apparently paying the price for last week’s defeat to Watford. Adama Traore, who has impressed from the bench, was the beneficiary, for 60 minutes, at any rate. Frustrated by the lack of a goalscoring threat, Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolves manager, made a double substitution after an hour, sending on Ivan Cavaleiro for Jimenez and Kota for Traore. But still Wolves failed to convert possession into goals. Santo said he was “disappointed because we conceded to Brighton’s only shot, disappointed because we were not focused for [Murray’s] goal.”

Hughton on the other could reflect on another notable advance. “The focus in the changing room is on three on the spin, which for a team like ours is very difficult to do,” he said. “In the last two weeks we’ve had to rely on determination in the team – on team spirit, and players defending very very well.

“In the second season in this division you’re always looking down as opposed to up. It’s all about picking up points and securing as big a gap as you can from that bottom three.”

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Bills Today: Benjamin's beautiful TD overturned by controversial call

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Sunday’s touchdown that was stripped from Kelvin Benjamin was the latest controversial catch to be overturned. This is happening all around the NFL, and Buffalo was the latest victim against New England.

Bills quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, threw a four-yard pass to wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, that was initially ruled a touchdown on the field. After a lengthy replay, the call was reversed and ruled incomplete.

“When the receiver got confirmed control of the football, he was not able to get both feet down in bounds,” referee Craig Wrolstad said. “So, his back foot was already off the ground and it stepped out of bounds. His firm control did not occur until after he had one foot off the ground.”

The displeasure with the call being overturned was heard throughout the league. FOX Sports NFL and college football rules analyst, Dean Blandino, posted a explaining the controversial play. Blandino served as the league’s VP of officiating from 2013-2016. He was adamant that Benjamin’s TD should have stood.

Blandino’s opinion seemed to be the common consensus throughout the league. Bills head coach, Sean McDermott, wasn’t a fan of the call either.

“I’m at a loss. I’m at a loss really. I saw it as a touchdown,” said McDermott. “Other than that I’m at a loss for how a play like that can get overturned.”

The two-minute offense Buffalo ran to set up that play was exceptional. They marched over 70 yards in under two minutes to get the ball on New England’s four-yard line with six seconds left in the first half.

“I thought it was great in terms of management of the clock and being able to execute at a high level with six seconds left,” said McDermott. “A great throw and what appeared to be a great catch.”

After Benjamin’s TD was ruled incomplete after replay, only two seconds remained in the half. Kicker, Stephen Hauschka, ended up nailing a 23-yard field goal. Though, players on Buffalo’s offense weren’t happy to have six points taken away.

“It’s just crazy, man. You put so much into it and you get robbed like that,” running back LeSean McCoy said. “Come on, that’s a touchdown.”

If upheld, it would’ve marked Benjamin’s second TD since joining the Bills. The receiver let his teammates do the talking, as he handled the situation as good as possible.

“The referee made the call and you have to live with that,” said Benjamin. “We just had to move on and come out in the second half and try to put up some points on the board. You can only control what you can control. You have to keep playing and move on from there.” 

According to ESPN NFL Matchup, Buffalo is sixth in the league with the most pass attempts 20-plus yards downfield.

Quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, was flinging the football around against the Patriots in Week 16. Some of his big gains included: 46, 39, 35, and 33-yard pass plays.

“I thought we had some good drives the first three quarters of the game,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “Particularly right before tTaylor is convinced by the potential of Dwight McNeil.The winger is being tipped for senior England honours.”I’ve said numerous times, I’m his biggest fan,” Taylor told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph“I love playing with him, I know when I give hihe half.”

One of the players responsible for reeling in the big receptions was wide receiver Deonte Thompson. His most notable was a 33-yard play on third-and-two with 33 seconds left in the first half. His longest reception of the day went for 46 yards. Thompson finished the game with four receptions for 91 yards.

Taylor did a good job of hitting his targets, but was unable to find the end zone. His final stat line was 21-for-38 passing, 281 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

Thompson was Buffalo’s leading receiver, but LeSean McCoy and Kelvin Benjamin were right behind him. McCoy had five receptions for 76 yards and his longest gain was for 39 yards. On that play, he just about shook every Patriots defender out of their shoes.

Right behind McCoy was Benjamin, who performed on a high level despite his knee troubles. He finished the game with five receptions for 70 yards.

“I’m just executing the plays that are called,” said Taylor. “K.B. [Benjamin] did a great job of winning his matchups.”

Taylor and company have plenty of positives to take away from Sunday’s passing attack. They’ll look to regroup in Week 17 against the Dolphins, where Taylor has thrown nine touchdowns and zero interceptions since joining the Bills.

former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under consideration.Aulas is casting a wide net as he seeks to replace Bruno Genesio, who will leave when his contract expires in June.He said, “Juninho, (Laurent) Blanc, Wenger … Have I made my choice? No. I ha on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.The Cherries have already plucked Lloyd Kelly from Championship club Bristol City this week.Football Insider says the south coast club will continue with their ‘policy of signing rising British stars’ with

He only needed four points, but Hauschka has now recorded 100 points in seven consecutive seasons. He’s tied with Stephen Gostkowski for the longest active streak in the NFL.

He was three-for-four on field goals, hitting from 23, 30, and 41 yards. Hauschka’s miss came from 50 yards out, where he’s been dominant all year. It was a tough spot for Buffalo, as it was fourth-and-one on New England’s 32-yard line. Considering Hauschka’s been money all season, head coach Sean McDermott elected to kick.

“I understand both sides. Of course the aggressive side says go for it, but at the same time you want to score points,” said quarterback Tyrod Taylor. “Hauschka has been very good for us and he’s going to continue to be good for us on field goals. It just didn’t go our way.”

In Buffalo, Hauschka’s set an NFL record for the most consecutive 50-plus yard field goals made. He also set Bills history for the most 50-plus yard field goals made in a season. On Sunday, he added to that impressive list, as he’s now tallied 100 points in each season since 2011.

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Scouting Report: Bills at Lions

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– Buffalo’s right guard will be seeing Suh more than any other offensive lineman, and he’ll need some assistance knowing most opponents cannot handle him in one-on-one situations very often.

– It’s a dynamic rookie receiver against a second-year corner, who is fourth on the team in tackles and leads the team in pass breakups. Slay is also tied for the team lead in interceptions.

Bills Top 2 Advantages

– Detroit’s pass rush is pretty formidable in its own right, but facing the Lions’ offensive line could prove fruitful for Buffalo’s pass rushers off the edge. Through the first four games this season the Lions have given up the third-most sacks in the league.

– Again the Lions’ run ‘D’ is a top 10 unit as well, but in this matchup Buffalo’s third-ranked run defense has a big edge against a Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is happy with his first weeks at PSG.Herrera joined PSG this month in a Bosman deal.He revealed, “I’m just trying to be myself, to be natural. I’m lucky because I joined a great group of other Spanish playerDetroit run game that ranks just 25th in the league and might be without the services of Joique Bell (concussion).

Bills Number 1 Must

– Buffalo’s third down success rate has been on a steady decline through the first four weeks of the season. With Kyle Orton at quarterback this week, the Bills need to improve their efficiency on third down to keep drives alive against a team that’s capable of putting up points.

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He doesn’t make the play every time, but Matthew Stafford is pretty cool when facing blitz situations. So far this season the Lions’ former number one overall pick has gone 16-25 passing for 257 yards and two touchdowns, while also taking two sacks. Those numbers are good for a passer rating of 124.9, the fourth highest figure in the league.

The Lions will be playing their second game since losing MLB Stephen Tulloch to a season-ending knee injury. Tulloch suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 when he was celebrating a sack of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers. Surgery was performed this week and deemed a success. Last Sunday was the first game Tulloch missed in his nine-year career. Stepping in to take his place is Tahir Whitehead a third-year player out of Temple.

Detroit’s offense has solid weapons at the skill positions, but it hasn’t translated into much offensive success on first or second down. In fact the Lions rank 30th in the league in first down efficiency where they gain four lightly this season.Arsenal will meet Chelsea in the final next week in Baku.Sanllehi told arsenal.com: “He’s won it three times already, he’s never lost a final, and we’re hoping that that streak continues. From day one, when we were talking with hyards or more just over 40 percent of the time (40.2%). On second down their conversion percentage is just a shade over 27 percent, which ranks 27th in the NFL. However, those substandard numbers haven’t meant a whole lot in negatively impacting the Lions’ success rate on third down.

The Lions stand fourth in the league in third down conversion percentage at an impressive 52.4 percent. In third-and-short situations they rank fourth in the league as well (75%) and in third-and-medium they rank second in the league with a 73.3 percent conversion rate.

Detroit’s defense has been stingy the first month of the season when it comes to giving up yards. They rank first in the league in yards allowed per game, but perhaps even more impressive are their tackles for loss. The Lions are tied for second in the league in opponent rusdeparture for Juventus last summer.Perez denied that Real Madrid’s refusal to help the player pay debts to the tax authorities contributed to his departure.”I think he already had it quite clear that he wanted new challenges,” Perez said on El Transihes for negative yardage with 16. They also rank third in the NFL for opponent yards lost on negative plays (-113).

Lions’ All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson has been hobbled by an ankle injury the last couple of weeks. His two-catch 12-yard output last week against the Jets was his lowest production in a game in almost five seasons. Johnson did not practice at all last week leading up to last Sunday’s game. There’s a chance he might practice more this week, and he is expected to play, but he’s not expected to be 100 percent healthy.

Buffalo Chips

“I think we’ve got a lot of good players. All across the board we’ve got young talent on the outside. We’ve got two running backs that can take a lot of pressure off of us. And I think when you ask the offensive line to do the right thing I think they can really play hard for you and do a lot of great things. We’re going up against a good defense on the road. We’re going to have to play our best football to come out with a win.”

-QB Kyle Orton

Stat of the Week

Kyle Orton is 4-0 lifetime against the Detroit Lions passing for 822 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and a 102.2 passer rating.

Milestones in reach

-Fred Jackson needs two rushing touchdowns to become the fourth Bills player with 30 or more in his time with Buffalo.

-Mike Williams needs three receptions for 225 in his career.

-Mario Williams needs one sack for 80 in his NFL career.

Final Note

In his last eight games against NFC opponents, Mario Williams has 10.5 sacks.

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Spring returns to Spiller's step in big play performance

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He’s been hampered for weeks, slowed by a high-ankle sprain, but Sunday, Bills teammates were glad to have the C.J. Spiller they’re used to seeing.

“I was just joking with him and just saying it’s good to have old C.J. back,” Jeff Tuel said.

For three games immediately after sustaining his high-ankle sprain in Week 4, Spiller struggled to cut and explode off his injured left ankle. Week seven at Miami he struggled managing just 11 yards on six attempts. Coach Marrone chose to hold him out of their Week eight game at New Orleans, a day when Buffalo ran for only 88 yards on 68 plays.

A week off apparently did wonders as Spiller delivered three of the four longest plays in the game Sunday. Sunday against the Chiefs also marked the first time since Week two that Spiller ran for over 100 yards.

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Spiller’s power and explosion were evident, and Buffalo’ Oxlade-Chamberlain is getting stronger.Oxlade-Chahamberlain was withdrawn at half-time during the Super Cup and Klopp indicates the England international is still working his way up to top speed. “It was positive for Oxlade-Chamberlain,” Klopp sais ground game was the beneficiary hitting a season high Sunday with 241 yards. Spiller gained 9.7 yards per carry on 12 runs for 116 yards and added two receptions for 39 yards. He even outran Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles, who had 90 yards off 17 carries. Charles makes up nearly 40 percent of the Chief’s offense.

“He’s a tremendous player for us,” Fred Jackson said. “So any time you get a guy like that back, you want to take advantage of his skill set. He was able to make some big plays for us.”

Starting on the Bills very first scoring drive, Spiller’s presence hit the field in a pair of runs which gained one of three first downs, allowing Tuel breathing room to toss a deep touchdown to Marquise Goodwin.

Two possessions later, Spiller touched the ball four times on a five-minute-drive, most notably finding a hole opened by a trio of thundering blocks in the middle. Spiller slashed through the void and ran for 29 yards before being forced out of bounds. The drive was capped by a field goal.

“Offensive line and tight ends and wide receivers did a great job blocking,” Spiller said. “Just trying to make a couple plays, a couple guys miss, just try to give us a spark.”

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Unfortunately six plays later with the Bills on the doorstep of Kansas City’s end zone, Tuel threw an interception, which Kansas City returned 100 yards for a touchdown.

“We went right down the field, C.J. (Spiller) did a nice job, made a great run and we get down there and we don’t punch it in on goal line,” head coach Doug Marrone said. “We get a penalty on the pass play first and then we don’t punch it in with a goal line formation.”

“That’s a huge momentum swing, for anybody,” Jackson said. “It was something we had to get over fairly quickly. That’s something you don’t want to deal with, being down there and not only getting no points, but also giving them seven points. It’s something we just cannot do in that situation.”

Buffalo would tie the score a short time later and again Spiller was the catalyst. He singlehandedly ran the offense into field goal range off a flare pass from Tuel, which he took up the left sideline for 27 yards. Jackson earned the drive another first down, but the offense stalled at Kansas City 12-yard-line. Buffalo again took a field goal, but they proved to be Buffalo’s final points in a 10-point loss.

While the Bills feature back was glad he could contribute in the fashion that teammates and fans have come to expect, rney jokes that he was at a local park when he got a call about his move being complete.The Scottish left back made a deadline day move to the Premier League giants from Celtic.When asked about how he spent the past 24 hours before the finalising of being saddled with the loss made it hard for Spiller to take pride in his efforts.

“Like I said all week, I feel good,” Spiller said. “I feel like the spring is coming back. It’s still not back but it’s definitely very close. (Sunday) was very encouraging for me. It was a great day to run the ball as well as we did against a good team. At the end of the day, we still lost and that’s all that matters.”

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M&T Draft Day Challenge winners meet Manuel

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Now that Buffalo Bills new rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has settled in Buffalo, it’s time for him to meet his biggest fans.

Thursday, the winners of the 2013 M&T Bank and Buffalo Bills Draft Day Challenge met at One Bills Drive for their exclusive meet and greet with Manuel.

The five winners correctly chose Manuel as the Bills number one draft choice during the challenge, and along with the exclusive meet & greet with Manuel, won a private tour of the Bills facilities and an autographed 2013 draft helmet.

“Our partnership with the Buffalo Bills enables us to bring one-of-a-kind experiences like this to M&T Bank clp bring “joy” back to Manchester United. The Red Devils did not win a trophy last season and finished sixth in the Premier League.Asked about his ambitions were for the season, he replied: “I want to win trophies this year for United and bring the justomers, and we’re thrilled that our Draft Day Chall penned a one-year extension with Everton.The 34-year-old has been with the club since 2007. Baines said: “As you get older you realise the work you need to do to sustain the level required by the club.”And to be judged to be at that level in the latenge winners are among the first to welcome number-one pick E.J. Manuel to Buffalo,” said Michael Zabel, group vice president for corporate communications at M&T Bank.

“This was an absolutely awesome and fascinating experience,” said Bills fan Cindie Johnson. “EJ Manuel is such a nice and down to earth young man. Meeting him was really wonderful.”

Johnson said she chose EJ to be the number one Bills draft choice Manchester United have started their season.The Red Devils have gathered four points from their first two games.”I’m very happy to be here and very happy we have started the season,” Mata told ESPN.”The [summer preseason] tour [to Australia, China, because of his impressive statistics and connection with Bills Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.

Manuel enjoyed meeting the fans who chose him.

“It means a great deal to me that these fans selected me, and I’m happy I was able to come out and meet them and talk to them for a little bit,” said Manuel. “Anytime you have people supporting you, you want to show that love back to them. Bills fans really make you feel at home. We have some of the best fans-I can already tell.”

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Claudio Ranieri visits Leicester City training ground to say goodbye to players – but did they cost him his job?

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When asked if it had been an emotional meeting with his players, he insisted it had been "normal".

Ranieri guided the midlands club to a shock title last season .

Leicester have lost their last five league games and are yet to score in the top flight in 2017 ahead of Monday’s visit of Liverpool.

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"After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

"Sadly this was not to be. I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family foo Fleetwood Town for the rest of the season.Connolly was with Lincoln City for the first half of the season, where he played 15 games.Now he will head to the League One club for the rest of the term.Connolly has only played one game for the Everton sr their never ending support during my time at Leicester.

"Mostly I have to thy targeted Dejan Lovren for their shock 3-0 defeat of champions-elect Liverpool.Two goals from Ismaila Sarr and one from Deeney, all three of which came in the second half, were enough to seal a famous victory for the Hornets, leaving Liverpool to reank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever.

"Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football."

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wore a shirt bearing Ranieri’s initials as a mark of respect at his Friday press conference.

Mourinho’s relationship with the Italian has been fraught, but he followed up an Instagram tribute to Ranieri with further warm words on Friday, and described his own sacking by Chelsea in December 2015 – again just months after winning a league title – as "peanuts" by comparison.

Speaking about the initialled shirt, Mourinho said: "It is my little homage to somebody that wrote the most beautiful history of the Premier League.

"Somebody that probably would deserve the Leicester stadium to be named ‘Claudio Ranieri’ – and he is sacked. So I think Leicester made history two years in a row."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also compared the sacking Ranieri to Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as US president.

Reds boss Klopp said: "For me there have been a few strange decisions in 16/17: Brexit, Trump, Ranieri. Do I have to understand it all the time – obviously not. I have no idea why Leicester did this."

Antonio Conte also said he would struggle to accept it if it did turn out Leicester’s players effectively forced Ranieri out.

The Chelsea manager added: "It’s not rightrdiola insists the title race isn’t over after defeat at Liverpool on Sunday.Liverpool proved more clinical in front of goal, scoring twice inside the first 15 minutes to take an early stranglehold on the game.And although Bernardo Silva’s second hal that the players decide if a manager must be sacked or not. If this happened, it means that the club is poor, without power."

But Foxes caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare dismissed rumours of dressing-room unrest.

He said: "I’m not aware of any senior players going to the owners so that’s news to me. What I would say, there was a lot of frustration because of results but he hadn’t lost the dressing room."

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Plymouth fan pens heartfelt message to Liverpool staff after learning of his son’s death during FA Cup tie at Anfield

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In an emotional tribute to Liverpool staff who were on hand to ease his distress, Kevin May recounted the ordeal of learning of his son’s death and thanked Anfield staff for their support in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

"Just as I was about to enter Anfield through the turnstiles, I received a phone call from my eldest son Terry. He told me my other son Daniel, who was in intensive care, was flat lining and was about to die," May wrote in a d striker has been promoted from the Juvenil A team, where he scored 23 goals last season, and has loan offers from Spain, Germany and France.Indeed, talks with Alaves have reached an advanced stage, but Raul has moved to block the deal.The new coachmessage posted on his Facebook page. 

"Obviously I was very distraught and struggled to hear him over the noiseennes.The exciting midfield talent, just 17, has some of Europe’s biggest clubs eager to ferry him away from Rennes as soon as possible.Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan have all had scouts posted to Rennes games this season to watch Camav of the crowd. I turned to face the ground to hide my tears when I noticed beside me a tall police officer, who I now know was called Graham.

"He saw how distressed I was and saw the facetime image on my phone of my youngest son in intensive care. He immediately led me into the club and into the police supervision room.

"He sat me down and spoke to me while Terry continued to keep me informed of what was happening back in Guildford hospital in Surrey.

"I calmed down with the help of these two big Scousers I’d only known for half an hour, but they were great."

May was guided to his seat when he received a text message confirming his son had died.

Unfortunately I was only at my seat a matter of minutes, maybe ten I’m not sure, when I got a text from my daughter Stacey which simply read ‘He’s gone’. My beautiful 25yr old son Daniel had died of cardiac arrest. 

"As soon as I stepped inside the police office I crumpled in a heep on a table with my head in my arms and just completely broke down.

"I sobbed like a baby at the loss of my son and feeling of despair. Graham and the Anfield employee both put their arms around me, an Argyle fan, in a show of pure human kindness, a credit to scousers and Liverpool FC as well as Liverpool police."

May asked that his ‘sincerest thanks’ be passed on to the Liverpool staff who were on hand to offer the father their ‘care and the kind word Nottingham Forest on a two-year-deal after the winger was released by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League.The 31-year-old’s 125th and final Villa appearance was May’s Championship play-off final win over Derby.Villa were the s’.

 

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Bills heading west early this week

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The Bills will make their one and only west coast trip of the season this week to San Diego for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. What will make this trip different from those of the past is head coach Chan Gailey has his team flying out a day earlier than usual.

Gailey has his team departing Buffalo just a couple of hours after their typical Friday practice wraps up in the early afternoon. They’re due to arrive in San Diego at 5:15 pm Pacific time on Friday.

“You can go a day early and try to get acclimated a little bit or go just like your normal schedule and everyone has a comfort level with the schedule,” said Gailey. “With this it’s different because you’re doing Saturday walk through at a different place and you’re staying in a hotel for two nights. That’s different, but your body is getting acclimated to the time and hopefully that helps you.”

A lot of west coast teams typically come east early to adjust to the early kickoff times, which typically would be at 10 am Pacific time. The San Francisco 49ers went so far as to spend an entire week in the eastern time zone with back-to-back games on the east coast back in September against Cincinn about Tottenham’s appointment of Jose Mourinho.Mourinho is close to Lille management and there is talk of sports director Luis Campos moving to the Londoners to join the Portuguese.And Le 10 Sport says Mourinho could well raid LOSC in 2020 to boost ati and Philadelphia.

Buffalo’s players don’t seem to feel they’ll be all that affected by the time change.

“It’s much harder going west to east,” said Dwan Edwards. “You’re losing three hours and you’re playing at what is 10 am for you normally. Going east to west it doesn’t really matter because you’ve got three extra hours to restays Southampton pushed them hard for Saturday’s 4-0 win.The Reds emerged victorious fro play on after his release from PSG this summer.Sky Italia says talks between Buffon and Juve are ongoing as he ‘inches closer’ to the Bianconeri. Juve will first wait to offload Mattia Perin with Roma and Sevilla keen. Once Perin leaves, everythingom a tough clash with Saints at Anfield as second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah (two) secured the win.Klopp said, “Fir anyway. It’s a four o’clock game for us back home basically.”

“They say getting acclimated to the time change is going to help,” said Justin Rogers. “But I don’t know if it really will.”

“I guess you’re more rested,” said Kirk Morrison. “So I suppose it’s better than going the day before.”

For most road trips the Bills usually have their Saturday practice, and after lunch they head to the airport for travel. This weekend they’ll be waking up in San Diego on Saturday and will be taken to La Jolla high school for their Saturday practice. Meetings will follow as usual in preparation for Sunday’s game.

Next season the Bills will be facing the NFC West as their interconference division with one road game at Seattle or at San Francisco, but Gailey isn’t committed to this approach just yet.

“To be honest with you this is a test run,” he said. “If it goes well knowing we have to go out there next year then we’ll evaluate it at the end of this trip and see what we thought.”

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UCF vs. South Florida odds: 2019 War on I-4 picks, top predictions from proven computer model

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The look to build momentum towards the postseason when they meet the in the 11th edition of the War on I-4 rivalry game. The Bulls (4-7), who are fourth in the American Athletic Conference East Division at 2-5, are 2-2 on the road, while the Knights (8-3), second in the AAC East at 5-2, are 5-0 at home this season. Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET from Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Fla. UCF has won two of its last three games against South Florida at Orlando. The Knights are favored by 23.5-points in the latest South Florida vs. UCF odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 61.5. You’ll want to see the predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model before laying any South Florida vs. UCF picks down.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college fo president Jean Michel Aulas has revealed Karim Benzema turned down a bigger offer from Manchester United to sign for Real Madrid.Benzema moved to Real ten years ago, having also been courted by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.Aulas recalled:otball game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen huge returns since its inception. Over the past four-plus years, the draw from his time with Everton.The former Ajax captain had a year at Goodison Park before leaving for Werder.He told Spox: “It also had something positive, because otherwise I would not be with Werder Bremen now. Moreover, I had no clear plan, beproprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $4,000 for $100 players on its top-rated  against the spread. Anyone who has followed it over that time is way up and consistently beaten .

Now, the model has set its sights on . We can tell you that the model is leaning under, and has generated an extremely strong against the spread pick that is hitting in 70 percent of simulations. You can . Now, here are the betting lines and trends for South Florida vs. Central Florida:

South Florida vs. Central Florida: UCF -23.5South Florida vs. Central Florida over-under: 61.5 pointsSouth Florida vs. Central Florida money line: South Florida +1048, Central Florida -2423USF: South Florida leads the all-time series 6-4UCF: Central Florida is averaging 43.8 points per game

The model has taken into account that UCF is one of the best offensive teams in the nation over the past three seasons. Prior to the 27-24 loss at , the Knights had scored 30 or more points in 31 consecutaka and Dan James to be fit for Sunday’s derby against Manchester City.Maguire missed Thursday’s FA Cup win at Derby County after twisting his ankle in training, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the United skipper will recover in time to five games, which is the longest streak in The Associated Press poll era, which began in 1936. Since the loss to the Bearcats, UCF has scored 30 or more points in each of its last five games.

Defensively, the Knights are led by senior linebacker , who has a team-high 92 tackles, including 56 solo, with three passes defensed. He is on pace to surpass his total from a year ago, when he made 99 tackles – 55 solo – with 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and four passes defensed.

But just because the Knights can put up a lot of points does not guarantee they will cover the South Florida vs. Central Florida spread on Friday.

That’s because the Bulls are used to success, having had 13 winning seasons since 2000. Under third-year coach Charlie Strong, South Florida is 21-15. Sophomore linebacker has been a disruptive force all season, posting a tackle for loss in eight of his last 10 games, including a team-high three at earlier in the year. He leads the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and is second with three sacks.

Freshman quarterback has carried the Bulls’ offense this season with starts in each of the last nine games. He has completed 115-of-203 attempts for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has also rushed 93 times for 245 yards and four scores. South Florida is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games following an against-the-spread loss.

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SMU vs. Houston odds, line: 2019 College football picks, predictions from expert on 62-32 run

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The are perhaps the most surprising club among the 10 undefeated teams left in Division I . They aim to keep their record unblemished when they visit the  on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from TDECU Stadium in Houston. Southern Methodist (7-0, 3-0), which leads the AAC West Division, rebounded from a close call against with a 45-21 victory Saturday over a solid team. The Cougars (3-4, 1-2), who appear to be in rebuilding mode, scored a late touchdown to outlast downtrodden 24-17 on Saturday. SMU won last year’s matchup 45-31 as a two-touchdown home underdog. The Mustangs are 14-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 65.5 in the latest SMU vs. Houston odds. Before locking in your Houston vs. SMU picks, listen to whaArsenal hero Martin Keown has urged the club to move for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.Smalling is currently on-loan with AS Roma.“Smalling is doing exceptionally well – £13 million, the price they are putting on his head, that’s not enough,” Keown said on BT Sport.”Arsenal could maybe do worse than to take him.”Smalling’s loan runs to June.t SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a fo’s according to his agent, Crescenzo Cecere.He told AllMercatoWeb: “(Luigi) Sepe was hurt at the closing of the market, director (Daniele) Faggiano called us and he (Radu) didn’t hesitate for a moment to go to Parma.”Without Sepe’s injury, maybe hermer running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game inside-out from a player’s and coach’s perspective.

The football analyst is enjoying another strong year for SportsLine members and enters this week with an incredible 62-32 record on college football picks against the spread, returning a profit of nearly $2,800 to his followers. Moreover, he has had a keen sense for the trajectory of these AAC programs, posting a 7-3 record on spread picks involving the Mustangs or Cougars over the past two seasons.

Now, he has analyzed SMU vs. Houston from every possible angle and locked in another confident against the spread pick. It’s available only at SportsLine.

Hunt knows the Mustangs can’t afford to look past a Houston club that will be inspired for a strong performance before a national television audience and its loyal fan base. Southern Methodist passed a test from Temple with perhaps its strongest all-around performance of the season. The Mustangs built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back against an Owls club that didn’t have the firepower to keep pace.

transfer had perhaps his best game as a collegiate signal-caller. He threw for a career-high six touchdowns and 457 passing yards while completing throws to eight different receivers. Reggie Roberson had eight receptions for a career-best 250 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on plays of 33, 60 and 75 yards.

But just because the Mustangs are clicking on all cylinders doesn’t mean they will will cover the Houston vs. SMU spread on Thursday.

The Cougars had high hopes in theiratthew Langston.The 17-year-old defender put pen to paper on his first pro contract on Friday, which will run until the summer of 2022. “Me and my dad have a special bond,” said the teenager.“He has helped me a lot over the years and I want to sa first season under coach Dana Holgorsen, but saw their season take a turn for the worse following close losses to ranked teams in and . Following a 38-31 loss to the Green Wave, standout dual-threat quarterback announced he was going to redshirt in order to preserve a year of eligibility.

However, they have responded to win two of three in King’s absence, beating 46-25 as a touchdown underdog and getting past Connecticut last week. Houston was down to its third-string quarterback because of an injury to , but Logan Holgorsen, the coach’s son, threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to in the fourth quarter that held up as the game-winner.

Hunt has broken down this matchup from every angle and identified the critical factor that has him all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine.

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College Football DFS for August 24, 2019: Best DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy CFB picks, lineups

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The and Miami Hurricanes will kick off the 2019 season on Saturday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando at 7 p.m. ET. It’s a bitter in-state rivalry of national significance with Florida ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll and Miami entering its first season under head coach Manny Diaz. But while college football DFS players might have some interest in Miami RB , Florida WR and all the other skilew the 2019-20 European Women’s Champions League Qualification Round—looking at Groups 1-5 this week and Groups 6-10 next week.Early August to some means the tail end of summer but to football fanatics it always means the start to the new Women’s Cl players in that game, the primary focus of college football DFS tournaments and cash games on FanDuel and DraftKings for opening night will be the players in vs. at 10:30 p.m. ET. That game has a whopping total of 74 points with prolific offenses led by Arizona’s and Hawaii’s at quarterback. But before you make your CFB DFS picks for Saturday, be sure to check out the college football DFS lineups, advice and strategy from DFS pro Mike McClure,wcastle manager Steve Bruce has called for patience from the club’s fans over their new signings.Speaking before Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Leicester City, Bruce said the likes of Joelinton and Jetro Willems, Allan Saint-Maximin and Emil Kraft who has won almost $2 million in his career. 

McClure has won nearly $2 million iVignato, per journalist Nicholo Schira.The Italian sports journalist, who works for Gazzetta dello Sport, believes the midfielder is a key target for the Blues.The 19-year-old would fit boss Frank Lampard’s policy of attracting younger players to then his career as a DFS professional, and he uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of every game, taking factors such as matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best DFS values and create optimal lineups for sites like DraftKings and FanDuel that he shares only with members at SportsLine.

In last year’s College Football Playoff National Championship, McClure was all over quarterback . The result: Lawrence capped his true freshman season with 347 yards and three touchdowns in a title game romp over , and anybody who had him in their lineup was well on the way to a profitable day. Now, he’s set his sights on the opening Saturday of college football on August 24.

For College Football Kickoff Weekend, we can tell you McClure is high on Arizona running back J.J. Taylor. Tate was getting Heisman buzz entering 2018, but when an ankle injury took away the quarterback’s ability to attack defenses with his legs, it was Taylor who became the central focus of the offense in 2018.

Taylor ran for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns while adding 16 catches for 133 yards. He went for 284 yards and two touchdowns in a win over , 212 yards and two scores in a win over and 192 yards in a win over . So you can be sure that he’ll be a heavy part of the formula on Saturday in Hawaii, making him a must-roster in college football DFS because of the enormous numbers he’s capable of putting up.

Part of McClure’s optimal CFB DFS strategy includes rostering Hawaii wide receiver ($9,300 on FanDuel and $6,000 on DraftKings), who made 51 catches for 865 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Ward burst onto the national radar with a 161-yard, two-touchdown performance against in Week 2 of last season and then closed out the regular season strong with 11 catches for 229 yards and three touchdowns in his final two games.

McDonald is back this season and will have an unmistakable chemistry with Ward. With last year’s leading receiver John Ursua gone, so look for McDonald to look Ward’s way even more often this season. Arizona gave up 269.5 yards passing per game last season and Ward could be in for a big night if the Wildcats continue to struggle in that department.

McClure is also targeting a player capable of putting up tournament-winning numbers because of a dream matchup on Saturday. Picking him could be the difference between winning your college football DFS tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. 

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WATCH: Baker Mayfield tears up, gets emotional talking Oklahoma punishment

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The punitive response to obscene gesture to ‘ players during Saturday’s win was announced by head coach Lincoln Riley on Monday. Mayfield, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and the frontrunner to win the award with two weeks left to play in 2017, will not start against in the regular season finale. He is still expected to play, but . 

Having a captaincy removed is a punishment that has a varying severity depend clear at the top of the table, have started a trend of scoring late goals to win games this season.And Klopp insists the never-say-die attitude is something the squad pride themselves on.”How important is the mennchester City but new boss Carlo Ancelotti has told his money men to make sure he stays.And so Holgate, 23, signed as a kid from Barnsley, is in for a lucrative new deal to bring him more into line with what his team-mates earn.Holgate is on a lower tal side in football? It’s all, if yoing on the player, program and timing. That part on to the Chelsea squad.The German manager was asked whether Frank Lampard’s team would be a title threat in the coming season.Many are writing off Chelsea due to their transfer ban.However, Klopp believes that with players such as Abraham added to tof the punishment struck a nerve with Mayfield, considering that Saturday’s game against the Mountaineers is Senior Day in Norman. 

Mayfield spoke about the punishment after Monday’s practice and got emotional not about losing his starting job, but about not being a team captain for the final home game of his college career. 

“Not being a team captain is so much more,” Mayfield said. “It would be hard if it were a regular game or not, but it being my last one here ever, it means a lot more. It’s going to be tough, because Saturday was going to be — without all of this — an emotional one. It’s going to be hard to handle. It’s going to be hard.” 

Check out video above.

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WATCH: Arkansas’ Bret Bielema has hot takes on eggnog during the holidays

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Orange juice isn’t just for breakfast anymore, and eggnog isn’t just for the holiday season — at least according to Bret Bielema. The Arkansas coach went on an inspired rant about eggnog and when/where it’s acceptable. In short, Ber United star Dimitar Berbatov has revealed his way of celebrating his first league title win.The Bulgarian claimed the honor at the end of the 2008-2009 season, when United won their third successive Premier League trophy.And he revealed that he coielema is of the “do you” belief in which eggnog is drinkable whenever, wherever.

Eggnog in July seems like a bad idea, but if that’ progress.The defender is starring on-loan with Leeds UnitoriaGuimaraes in Portugal to draw this Europa League tie 1-1.Shkodran Mustafi had provided the Gunners with the breakthrough with an unmarked header from a Nicolas Pepe free-kick with 10 minutes to go.But Vitoria came to life in the closing stages ited this season.Potter said: “It’s a great experience for him at Leeds.“It’s why you go on loan, to have that challenge.“He’s done really well and now they have a chance to get to the Pres Bielema’s M.O., by all means, go for it.

So don’t be surprised if Bielema is drinking something other than Gatorade in those little cups on the sideline during the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29 against Virginia Tech.

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College Football Power Rankings: It’s time to give Baylor some on-field respect

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As October sneaks up on us, it’s time to dream a little.

In a little over a month, the Playoff Selection Committee will release its first set of rankings. That’s where the dreaming comes in.

If the playoff started today — per this week’s Power Rankings — two Big Ten teams would not only be in but would play each other.

Ohio State-Wisconsin would be a regular-season rematch. Louisville vs. Alabama would be the other semifinal. Tell me you wouldn’t hit the secondary market for tickets to those games.

Lamar Jackson vs. Alabama’s defense. Urban Meyer vs. Wisconsin with a chance to meet Nick Saban again.

This late-September fantasy was made possible by the Badgers moving up five spots after a fairly shocking win at Michigan State.

Other fast risers in this week’s Power Rankings were No. 14 Baylor (up nine spots), No. 17 Washington and No. 18 Utah (both up seven), and No. 16 Ole Miss (up five).

A tip of the headset to No. 25 Western Michigan for checking in with the MAC’s first appearance this season.

  1 The best thing said about a 48-0 win over Kent State is Nick Saban didn’t humiliate his alma mater. The worst thing: Tailback Damien Harris and is day-to-day. Do we really need to be concerned? Harris’ replacement, freshman Joshua Jacobs, went for 97 yards and two touchdowns. –11-2 2 Bye. Deep breath after a monumental win at Oklahoma and the opening of the Big Ten season against Rutgers. –13-1 3 Perhaps only Alabama has accomplished more this season. The Badgers have beaten two top 10 teams (at kickoff) away from home. The latest win.The French midfielder has been plagued by injuries this season and he has been absent since returning from the international break this month.He has not played since the 4-1 win at Southampton at the beginning of the month with a series of hamstring, 30-6 over Michigan State, may have been the second-biggest Big Ten statement this season. (Ohio State over Oklahoma was first). 510-4 4 Lamar Jackson is on pace to account for 75 touchdowns. His season total went to 25 after going for seven against Marshall. Let’s put that in perspective. Seven teams scored less than 25 all of last season. Yikes! 18-5 5 Tom Herman had no mercy on his old employers at Texas State with a 64-3 win. The serious part of the schedule resumes Thursday with UConn, the only team to beat the Cougars last season. 14-8 6 The Tigers aren’t as dominating offensively, but they are a bitch defensively. Clemson goes into the Louisville game third nationally in total defense. Only five teams have given up fewer touchdowns than the Tigers’ five. –14-1 7 You never got the feeling UCLA had things wrapped up Saturday at Rose Bowl. The Cardinal led for less than nine minutes the whole game until Ryan Burns game-winning touchdown pass. Defensive end Solomon Thomas had an All-America performance (three tackles, a sack, two TFLs and a touchdown). –4-8 8 Trevor Knight had a Lamar Jackson-like performance vs. Arkansas — 382 total yards, four touchdowns. With a 21-point win, the Aggies are back in the top 10 for the first time since last year’s 5-0 start. This 4-0 start is the third consecutive matching the previous best run from 1939-41. 48-5 9 The Vols rid themselves of a 12-year hangover in beating the Gators. The difficult slate continues — at Georgia, at Texas A&M and Alabama in the next three weeks. 48-5 10 In Week 5, the Big Ten favorite (to some) plays its first ranked team (Wisconsin). To get there undefeated, the Wolverines forced two turnovers and recorded seven sacks against Penn State. –9-4 11 Nice get-well game by the Noles. Dalvin Cook woke up with 267 rushing yards en route to a clubbing of South Florida. Cook still has a ways to go to be the self-proclaimed best back in the game. The Noles remain an ACC sidebar with Clemson-Louisville this week. 36-7 12 Coming off the worst home loss since 2009, the Spartans must rebound quickly. “Now we’ll take some shots,” Mark Dantonio said after a 30-6 loss to Wisconsin. Ominous sign: That was also Michigan Sthave shifted shirt sponsors from Puma to Adidas.And Gunners stars Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been pictured wearing the new kit.The design is inspired from the 1986 kit.Aubameyang and Lacazette with the new Arsenal kit for ate’s last losing season. 77-6 13 In a program that’s had a few notable running quarterbacks, Tommy Armstrong is making his mark. Armstrong went for a career-high 132 yards rushing in a workmanlike win at Northwestern. In the last two weeks, Armstrong has had 12 runs of at least 11 yards. 45-7 14 There’s a book somewhere to be done on the 2016 Bears. This Big 12 championship dream is gaining legs despite the firing of their coach. The Bears moved to 4-0 after beating Oklahoma State 35-24chance.Willians has impressed since getting the call this season from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Ryan said, “I just think Brandon is another inspiration for all the players. You’re always looking at the players ahead of you and, if you see someon. Ishmael Zamora in his first game since being suspended for beating his dog had a career-high 175 receiving yards. 911-3 15 Bye. Three nonconference wins over teams that are 3-9. Now comes big-boy football. ACC season opens this week at Georgia Tech. 16-7 16 That’s how you rebound. The SEC’s best quarterback, Chad Kelly, threw for 282 yards in routing Georgia to show the Rebels ain’t dead yet. Ole Miss hadn’t beaten Georgia in 10 years. 54-8 17 What did the Huskies expect after playing their first legitimate opponent? Washington survived in overtime at Arizona, 35-28. A first-team defense that hadn’t allowed a touchdown gave up four. Stanford comes to Washington on Friday in an early Pac-12 North showdown. 78-5 18 The Utes rallied back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat USC. Quarterback Troy Williams, who grew up 15 minutes from USC, threw the winning touchdown pass with 16 seconds left. 711-3 19 That escalated quickly, didn’t it? One week after a coming-of-age win at Missouri, Jacob Eason and the Dawgs were run out of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium 45-14. There will be more days like this for Eason, a freshman (137 passing yards, three sacks). 1012-2 20 Fifth consecutive loss to Texas A&M (45-24) clouds the remainder of the season. The Hogs snapped it 20 times inside the Aggies’ 20 and came away with 17 points. Not enough. 92-10 21 Bye. Longhorns had a hand in the firing of Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder. The 50 points against the Irish earlier this month was the only second time in 31 years Notre Dame’s D gave up at least half a hundred. 28-5 22 Never have the fortunes of a team switched so dramatically. Tennessee scored 38 straight Saturday to beat Gators for the first time in 12 years. Florida now needs help to win the East. 411-2 23 The 14-7 win at Rutgers was a 60-minute advertisement for Sominex. The Hawkeyes try to wake up this week against Northwestern. 310-3 24 Bye. Aztecs face New Year’s Six Group of Five competition from Navy, Air Force and Western Michigan. All are undefeated as well. 210-3 25 The Fightin’ Flecks have done something no Big Ten team has done so far — go 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Broncos have won at Northwestern and Illinois. Coach P.J. Fleck (20-10 since 2014) has to get a few calls this offseason, doesn’t he? NR7-6