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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:50 PM
— In the latest reminder there is more to sports than wins and losses, Cincinnati Bengals fans are opening their hearts — and wallets — for the foundation of an opposing team’s quarterback.
The Blake Bortles Foundation reportedly has collected close to $5,000 from Bengals fans who heeded Cincinnati radio host Mo Egger’s calls to give to the Jaguars quarterback’s foundation over the weekend.
“Fans are at the core of the football experience and it’s truly exciting and rewarding when they band together, regardless of the team they cheer for, to make a positive impact in the lives of others.”— BB5Foundation (@BB5Foundation) January 16, 2018
Big thanks to @MoEgger1530 and @bengals fans for your generosity! https://t.co/q2gVgo90UW
The move comes a couple of weeks after fans of the Buffalo Bills spontaneously began donating money to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s charity after Dalton’s late game-winning touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd at Baltimore in Week 17 put Buffalo in the playoffs ahead of the Ravens.
Bortles and the Jaguars stunned the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday to earn a spot in the AFC Championship Game, where they will face defending Super Bowl champion New England.
The Blake Bortles Foundation benefits first responders in the Jacksonville area as well as adults with intellection and developmental disabilities.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
DAYTON — Who: Saint Louis (15-12, 8-6) at Dayton (12-14, 6-8)
When: 9 p.m., Tuesday
Where: UD Arena
TV/Radio: ESPNU; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO
Probable Dayton starters
Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.4
Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.2
Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 10.5
Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 9.3
Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 8.3
Probable Saint Louis starters
Javon Bess, 6-6, R-Jr., G/F, 13.1
Davell Roby, 6-4, Sr., G, 11.1
Hasahn French, 6-7, Fr., F, 8.8
Jalen Johnson, 6-7, So., F, 8.6
D.J. Foreman, 6-8, R-Jr., F, 7.2
Series history: Dayton leads the series 32-26. The Flyers had a seven-game winning against Saint Louis snapped Jan. 27 when they lost 75-65 in St. Louis.
Coaches: Anthony Grant is 12-14 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 205-124. Travis Ford is 27-33 in his second season.
Last games: On Saturday, Dayton beat Fordham 80-70 at UD Arena, and Saint Louis won 72-66 at Richmond.
About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 59 percent chance of winning and predicts a 68-65 score. … Darrell Davis scored 12 points against Fordham. He has 953 points in his career. He passed Bucky Bockhorn (941, 1955-58) and Noland Robinson (942, 1986-90) to move into 53rd place. He’s three points behind James Paxson (1951-56). … Dayton seeks its second two-game winning streak of the season. It has followed each of its last three victories with two straight losses. … Dayton ranks third in the A-10 in conference games in scoring offense (76.2 points per game). Saint Louis ranks third in scoring defense (65.9).
About Saint Louis: French and Roby scored 15 points against Richmond. The Billikens shot a season-best 58.1 percent from the field after shooting 37 percent in the previous two games against St. Bonaventure and La Salle. They shot 50 percent from 3-point range (6 of 12). It was their best percentage from behind the arc since they shot 50 percent (9 of 18) against Dayton. … Saint Louis can clinch its first winning season since 2013-14 with a victory against Dayton. The last three seasons, it was 11-21, 11-21 and 12-21. … Saint Louis leads the A-10 in rebounding margin (plus 8.4). Bess is the team’s top rebounder (8.2). Dayton ranks eighth (minus 0.4).
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 5:10 AM
After what was an incredibly odd, yet exciting, last week of college basketball, there is bound to be a shakeup in this week’s rankings. According to ESPN’s latest Bracketology projection, Purdue is one of the teams that is affected most by last week’s madness.
In the Bracketology projections by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, released on Monday morning, Purdue was no longer ranked one of the four No. 1 seeds. Less than a week ago, Lunardi had Purdue as the No. 1 seed for the West Region of the NCAA Tournament bracket. In his previous projection, he had the Boilermakers ranked as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, and the analyst still has the Boilermakers in that slot in Monday’s projections.
According to Lunardi’s projections, Purdue would face Montana in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
When the NCAA Tournament selection committee chose its top-16 teams a week ago, Purdue was a No. 1 seed, despite having just lost at home to Ohio State and on the road to Michigan State — more on those two clubs later.
However, the Boilermakers didn’t bounce back well from those back-to-back losses, as they lost their third straight game on Thursday to Wisconsin on the road. Purdue got back to its winning ways by defeating Penn State, 76-73, at home on Sunday, but it sure wasn’t an easy win.
While Purdue is still a team to be reckoned with heading into the Big Ten Tournament, it’s clear why Lunardi dropped the Boilermakers out of a No. 1 seed. Three losses in a row didn’t do them any favors, and a tight win over an unranked Penn State team at home didn’t really help their case.
Many felt that the Spartans were snubbed by the selection committee last week, as they were ranked as one of the four No. 3 seeds. However, things changed for Michigan State this week, as Lunardi has the team ranked as the No. 2 seed of the West Region, where it will face Wright State in the opening round.
After their impressive win over Purdue on Feb. 10, the Spartans took care of business this last week. They defeated Minnesota, 87-57, on the road on Tuesday and followed that up with a 65-60 win on the road at Northwestern on Saturday.
Michigan State’s wins, combined with struggles from Purdue and Ohio State, helped the team jumped up a seeding in Lunardi’s projections. As recently as Friday, Lunardi had the Spartans as a No. 3 seed.
It was a tough week for the Buckeyes, to say the least.
After Ohio State pulled out a one-point road win over Purdue on Feb. 10, the Buckeyes proved that they were a force to be reckoned with. However, they came back to earth a little this week.
Following a blowout win over Iowa on Saturday, Ohio State dropped back-to-back road games to Penn State and Michigan, both of which were double-digit losses.
As recently as Feb. 15, Lunardi had Ohio State ranked as the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region. After its loss to Penn State, Lunardi had Ohio State as the No. 4 seed in the South Region. After the loss to Michigan State, he has Ohio State as the No. 4 seed in the East Region.
Despite the rough week for the Buckeyes, it did not result in a seeding change in the eyes of Lunardi. Considering Ohio State is overachieving and has some strong wins under its belt, it makes sense why Lunardi still has them as a No. 4 seed.
The only other Big Ten team in Lunardi’s projection is Michigan.
Last week, the Wolverines defeated Iowa and upset Ohio State at home. The win over the Buckeyes was big for the Wolverines, as Lunardi has them ranked as a No. 5 seed in the Midwest Region. Michigan was previously ranked a No. 7 seed before the win over its rival from Columbus.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
Olympics Hockey 2018 continues on Monday, Feb. 19. Find a schedule, scores, bracket and results below.
The USA men’s hockey team plays Slovakia in a playoff qualification on Monday night ET.
Monday, February 19
Click here for a live bracket
Playoff qualification (winners to quarterfinals)
Note: All times ET
|4||South Korea||0||0||0||3||1||14||-13||0||Qualification playoffs|
|1||Olympic Athletes from Russia||2||0||0||1||14||5||+9||6||Quarterfinals|
|4||Olympic Athletes from Russia||0||0||0||3||1||15||-14||0||Quarterfinals|
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts for 2018 are here with projections. You can get some predictions, key players and a first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles