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Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 3:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 3:47 PM
The Bengals today announced the signing of fourth-round pick Josh Malone, a wide receiver from the University of Tennessee, to a four-year contract.
Malone, the eighth of 11 draft picks to sign, was the 128th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Malone (6-foot-3, 208 pounds), caught 104 passes for 1,608 yards and 14 touchdowns in three seasons with the Volunteers. Last season he had 50 receptions for 972 yards and 11 scores.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:10 AM
It’s been nearly two months since Baker Mayfield walked off the field at the Rose Bowl, wearing an Oklahoma uniform for the final time.
And the sting of an overtime loss to Georgia in the “granddaddy of them all’ hasn’t let up that much for the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner.
Mayfield, in a recent Q&A with Oklahoma Football, maintained that Oklahoma “should have won” in a game where a double-digit halftime lead got away from the Sooners, ultimately costing them a trip to the national title game.
“..we matched up better against Alabama in the championship game than they did. I’ve talked to I don’t know how many people about that. I wish we would have finished it the way we should have; the way we were capable of. I can’t go back and change it, but would obviously love to….and feeling like you didn’t play your best, that’s the biggest regret. That’s why it’s the hardest pill to swallow.”
Oklahoma, in its second College Football Playoff appearance under Mayfield, led Georgia 31-17 at halftime. Georgia, however, roared back with 21 unanswered points to begin the second half. Oklahoma responded with two touchdowns, including a Steven Parker scoop and score, to take a fourth quarter lead, but Georgia tied the game late before a blocked field goal ultimately doomed the Sooners in double overtime.
Mayfield compared the match-up to his final game at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Lake Travis was defeated by Pflugerville in a stunning upset in the opening round of the Texas 5a Division 2 playoffs in 2012, 23-20. Lake Travis was riding a record 30-game postseason win streak entering the contest.
Just more than five years later, it was a similar feeling for Mayfield in Pasadena, Calif — though that hasn’t kept him away from the west coast since. Mayfield said in the Q&A that he has been living in the Los Angeles Area following the season — having been training at Westlake Village, Calif. based Proactive Sports Performance.
Mayfield finished out his career at Oklahoma with 1,157 passing yards and 119 touchdowns in three years with the Sooners. He’ll participate in the upcoming NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., which begins on Feb. 27.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Arden Key has nowhere to hide this week.
The former LSU outside linebacker will be under 32 different microscopes at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. There, the questions that have followed him for an entire year will finally be answered.
“He’s the most intriguing prospect probably since Tyrann Mathieu,” said Louisiana-based draft guru Mike Detillier. “LSU hasn’t had a prospect like him [since then] who is so immensely gifted. Every team would like to have him, because pass rushers are gold in the NFL. But there is the question mark about off the field.”
Mathieu’s problems were painstakingly documented on public record.
He was dismissed from the LSU program in August 2012. After briefly considering a transfer to FCS McNeese State, he entered a drug rehab program. A month later, he enrolled back at LSU as a regular student — but by the end of October, he was arrested along with three former teammates on a marijuana possession charge.
With all that out in the open, Mathieu was seen as an obvious risk in the 2013 NFL Draft. But after meeting with him, the Arizona Cardinals still believed in Mathieu enough to invest a third-round pick. He was honest about how he got himself into trouble, and what he would do to stay out of it.
There’s no such paper trail with Key. His temporary departure from the program last spring was for the ever-ambiguous “personal reasons.” His only media interview since then was with NFL.com last week. The leave of absence was only addressed in one passing sentence.
The lack of evidence may make it tempting for Key to tap-dance around the questions he’ll be asked. For his sake, the people advising him need to make sure he does exactly the opposite. Key needs to approach questions about his whereabouts and character the same way he does quarterbacks — head-on and without hesitation.
“The NFL knows about his issues. He’s got to come clean about that,” Detillier said. “They know the answers to any questions they give him. You have to be forward about it. It’s not the first time a player has had issues off the field.”
Detillier said that if Key does not come clean, teams are going to view him as warily as they did Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory in 2015. Gregory was viewed as a top-10 prospect, but plummeted all the way to the 60th overall pick, where he was picked by Dallas.
Other teams were wise to pass on him. Gregory has played only 14 games in three seasons with the Cowboys because of multiple suspensions for failed drug tests.
Gregory serves as the ultimate cautionary tale and perhaps an unfair comparison for any other player. But because he set the precedent, teams will always exercise extreme caution with a perceived risk.
“If I’m investing a lot of money in you, I want to find out about you,” Detillier said. “He had a tremendous sophomore year. We saw glimpses last year. The Alabama game was best. I think the off-the-field issues are paramount. That’s where he has to clear this up for the NFL.”
Key could have done that months ago, but was cordoned off from interviews by LSU despite weekly requests. Though he will still be grilled by NFL teams this week, the silent treatment may not have done him any favors.
“If I’m around him, I’d have said, ‘Hey, address it now and it’s finished,’ ” Detillier said. “Especially to hometown reporters. They’re not going to hit me with a pitchfork.”
But provided Key has the right answers with NFL general managers, none of that will matter all that much.
“I don’t know if there’s a right way or wrong way to handle that,” Detillier said. “I can see the other part — play the season out and we’ll address it when we have to address it.”
On top of all that, Key has plenty to prove in drills after an underwhelming junior season. He seems confident he’ll be able to do so after dropping back to 245 pounds from somewhere around 280.
“The junior Arden Key doesn’t exist anymore,” he said in his NFL.com interview. “He’s gone.”
For the sake of this Arden Key’s still promising future, the key is proving that’s true in more ways than one.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
Big Ten Tournament 2018 starts on Wednesday, February 28. Find the bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get updated and finalized.
All 14 Big Ten teams make the conference tournament, which goes until Sunday, March 4. All games will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The top four teams receive a double-bye into the quarterfinals.
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Wednesday, February 28
No. 12 seed vs. No. 13 seed, 5:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network
No. 11 seed vs. No. 14 seed, around 8 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network
Thursday, March 1
No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 seed, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network
No. 5 seed vs. No. 12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network
No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 seed, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network
No. 6 seed vs. No. 11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network
Friday, March 2
No. 1 seed vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network
No. 4 seed vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network
No. 2 seed vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network
No. 3 seed vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network
Saturday, March 3
Semifinal No. 1, 2 p.m. on CBS
Semifinal No. 2, 4:30 p.m. on CBS
Sunday, March 4
Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. on CBS
NOTE: As of Saturday, February 24 games
|1998||Michigan (vacated)||76-67||Purdue||Chicago||Robert Traylor, Michigan|
|1999||Michigan State||67-50||Illinois||Chicago||Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State|
|2000||Michigan State||76-61||Illinois||Chicago||Morris Peterson, Michigan State|
|2001||Iowa||63-61||Indiana||Chicago||Reggie Evans, Iowa|
|2002||Ohio State (vacated)||81-64||Iowa||Indianapolis||Boban Savovic, Ohio State|
|2003||Illinois||72-59||Ohio State||Chicago||Brian Cook, Illinois|
|2004||Wisconsin||70-53||Illinois||Indianapolis||Devin Harris, Wisconsin|
|2005||Illinois||54-43||Wisconsin||Chicago||James Augustine, Illinois|
|2006||Iowa||67-60||Ohio State||Indianapolis||Jeff Horner, Iowa|
|2007||Ohio State||66-49||Wisconsin||Chicago||Greg Oden, Ohio State|
|2008||Wisconsin||61-48||Illinois||Indianapolis||Marcus Landry, Wiscnosin|
|2009||Purdue||65-61||Ohio Stae||Indianapolis||Robbie Hummel, Purdue|
|2010||Ohio State||90-61||Minnesota||Indianapolis||Evan Turner, Ohio State|
|2011||Ohio State||71-60||Penn State||Indianapolis||Jared Sullinger, Ohio State|
|2012||Michigan State||68-64||Ohio State||Indianapolis||Draymond Green, Michigan State|
|2013||Ohio State||50-43||Wisconsin||Chicago||Aaron Craft, Ohio State|
|2014||Michigan State||69-55||Michigan||Indianapolis||Branden Dawson, Michigan State|
|2015||Wisconsin||80-69 (OT)||Michigan State||Chicago||Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin|
|2016||Michigan State||66-62||Purdue||Indianapolis||Denzel Valentine, Michigan State|
|2017||Michigan||71-56||Wisconsin||Washington, D.C.||Derrick Walton, Jr., Michigan|
|TEAM||Conf. W-L||GB||Pct.||Overall W-L||Pct.|
Here’s what happened in last year’s Big Ten Tournament:
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
The 2018 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday, Feb. 28. Find a bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get finalized.
All 14 teams qualify for the conference tournament. The championship is set for Sunday, March 4. All games are in Indianapolis.
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Wednesday, February 28
No. 12 vs. No. 13, 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go
No. 11 vs. No. 14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 4 p.m.), BTN2Go
Thursday, March 1
No. 8 vs. No. 9, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 5 vs. No. 12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go
No. 7 vs. No. 10, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 6 vs. No. 11-14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go
Friday, March 2
No. 1 vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 4 vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go
No. 2 vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 3 vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go
Saturday, March 3
First semifinal, 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Second semifinal, 25 minutes after previous game (around 8:30 p.m.), Big Ten Network
Sunday, March 4
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
NOTE: As of after Saturday, February 24, games
|1995||Penn State||68-63||Ohio State||Missy Masley, Penn State|
|1996||Penn State||71-69||Purdue||Angie Potthoff, Penn State|
|1997||Iowa||63-56||Illinois||Angela Hamblin, Iowa|
|1998||Purdue||59-49||Penn State||Andrea Garner, Penn State|
|1999||Purdue||80-76||Illinois||Stephanie White, Purdue|
|2000||Purdue||71-63||Penn State||Helen Darling, Penn State|
|2001||Iowa||75-70||Purdue||Cara Consuegra, Iowa|
|2002||Indiana||75-72||Penn State||Heather Cassady, Indiana|
|2003||Purdue||67-65||Ohio State||Shereka Wright, Purdue|
|2004||Purdue||59-58||Penn State||Shereka Wright, Purdue|
|2005||Michigan State||55-49||Minnesota||Kristin Haynie, Michigan State|
|2006||Ohio State||63-60||Purdue||Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State|
|2007||Purdue||64-52||Ohio State||Katie Geralds, Purdue|
|2008||Purdue||58-56||Illinois||FahKara Malone, Purdue|
|2009||Ohio State||67-66||Purdue||Jantel Lavender, Ohio State|
|2010||Ohio State||66-64||Iowa||Jantel Lavender, Ohio State|
|2011||Ohio State||84-70||Penn State||Jantel Lavender, Ohio State|
|2012||Purdue||74-70 (OT)||Nebraska||Brittany Rayburn, Purdue|
|2013||Purdue||62-47||Michigan State||Drey Mingo, Purdue|
|2014||Nebraska||72-65||Iowa||Rachel Theroit, Nebraska|
|2015||Maryland||77-74||Ohio State||Lexie Brown, Maryland|
|2016||Maryland||60-44||Michigan State||Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland|
|2017||Maryland||74-64||Purdue||Brionna Jones, Maryland|
The following players were named to the All-Tournament team.
Ashley Berggren, G, 1997
Katie Coleman, F, 1997
Tauja Catchings, F, 1999-00
Allison Curtin, G, 1999-01
Rebecca Harris, G, 2008
Jenna Smith, F/C, 2008-09
Heather Cassady, G, 2002
Jill Chapman, C, 2002
Cyndi Valentin, G, 2006
Angela Hamblin, F, 1996-97
Samantha Logic, G, 2014
Tangela Smith, C, 1997-98
Cara Consuegra, G, 2001
Randi Peterson, C, 2001
Kachine Alexander, G, 2010
Kelly Krei, F, 2010
Kamille Wahlin, G, 2010
Ally Disterhoft, G, 2014
Bethany Doolittle, C, 2014-15
Lexie Brown, G, 2015
Brionna Jones, C, 2016-17
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, G, 2016-17
Destiny Slocum, G, 2017
Molly Murray, F, 1998
MICHIGAN STATE (7)
Paula Sanders, F, 1997
Kristin Haynie, G, 2005
Kelli Roehrig, C, 2005
Liz Shimek, F, 2006
Allyssa DeHaan, C, 2007
Jasmine Thomas, G, 2013
Aerial Powers, F, 2016
Janel McCarville, C, 2004-05
Jamie Broback, F, 2005
Amanda Zahui B., C, 2015
Jordan Hooper, F, 2012-14
Lindsey Moore, G, 2012-13
Rachel Theriot, G, 2014
Nia Coffey, F, 2016
OHIO STATE (20)
Peggy Evans, F, 1995
Katie Smith, F, 1995
Kim Wilburn, G, 2003
Caity Matter, G, 2003
Brandie Hoskins, G, 2005-06
Jessica Davenport, C, 2006-07
Star Allen, F, 2009
Jantel Lavender, C, 2009-10-11
Samantha Prahalis, G, 2010-11-12
Tayler Hill, G, 2011
Ameryst Alston, G, 2014
Alexa Hart, F, 2015
Kelsey Mitchell, G, 2015-16
PENN STATE (16)
Missy Masley, F, 1995
Angie Potthoff, F, 1995-96
Tina Nicholson, G, 1995-96
Andrea Garner, F/C,1998-00
Helen Darling, G, 2000
Kelly Mazzante, G, 2002-04
Tanisha Wright, G, 2002-03
Jess Strom, G, 2004
Alex Bentley, G, 2011
Maggie Lucas, G, 2011-13
Jannon Roland, F, 1996
Stacey Lovelace, F, 1996
Ukari Figgs, G, 1998-99
Stephanie White, G/F, 1998-99
Katie Douglas, G/F, 1999-00-01
Camille Cooper, C, 2000-01
Shereka Wright, F, 2003-04-05
Erika Valek, G, 2003
Katie Gearlds, F, 2004-06-07
Erin Lawless, F, 2006-07
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, F, 2007-09
FahKara Malone, G, 2008
Keshia Mosley, F, 2008
Kalika France, F, 2008
Danielle Campbell, C, 2008
Brittany Rayburn, G, 2009-12
KK Houser, G, 2012-13
Drey Mingo, F, 2013
Courtney Moses, G, 2013
Ashley Morrissette, G, 2017
Dominique Oden, G, 2017
Jessie Stomski, F, 2002