Colossal collapse: Steelers snap Bengals’ 42-game streak

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 2:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 3:03 AM

Bengals blow 17-point lead

If you are a Cincinnati Bengals fan who watched the team fall to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Monday night, you were probably thinking you’ve seen this show before.

But you would be wrong.

Yes, the Steelers have won six in a row against the Bengals. And nine of 10. And 14 of 17. And a remarkable 15 of 17 at Paul Brown Stadium.

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But none of those losses involved the type of colossal collapse that occurred this time.

The Bengals had won 42 consecutive games and 57 of 58 in the Marvin Lewis era when leading by at least 10 points after three quarters. They were up 20-10 Monday night.

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Of course none of those previous 58 games were against the Steelers.

The Bengals also were 35-3 under Lewis when leading by at least 14 at halftime. They were up 17-3 Monday night.

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But again, none of those previous 38 games were against the Steelers.

Unbeaten Wittenberg rolls over Ohio Wesleyan

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:14 PM


            Wittenberg’s Jake Bertemes practices on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
Wittenberg’s Jake Bertemes practices on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff

The beard lives on in Springfield.

Wittenberg men’s basketball coach Matt Croci says he won’t shave until his team loses this season and the Tigers made sure the growth will continue with a 93-72 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday night.

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The Tigers (16-0, 9-0) climbed to No. 5 in the D3hoops.com poll this week and promptly proved they belonged, beating the No. 23 Battlin’ Bishops (11-5, 6-3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference showdown.

The home team started with a hot hand. Tigers shooters made their first five shots and when the sixth bounced off the rim, Chad Roy was there to tip it in.

It was a big night for former Southeastern High school standout Jacob Bertemes. The sophomore hit 11-of-16 shots on his way to 27 points. Bertemes also handed out seven assists.

Wittenberg shot 59 percent from the field thanks to a dominating presence inside. Roy scored 22 points and Connor Seipel added 16 and 11 rebounds for the Tigers.

The Tigers put their unbeaten streak on the line in Meadville, Pa. on Saturday against Allegheny. Wittenberg is back home next Wednesday against DePauw for the first of three straight games at Pam Evans Smith Arena.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/17/2018)

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 is close, with the NFL Playoffs set up for conference title games on Sunday. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Jacksonville Jaguars Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
27 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
28 New Orleans Saints Harold Landry Boston College LB
29 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

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 Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pair of Clemson players make CBS Sports’ list of college football’s top returning players

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 5:02 PM

Clemson defensive linemen Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins surprised some fans when they announced that they would return to the Tigers for their respective senior seasons. The duo figured to go fairly early in this spring’s NFL Draft, but they will instead finish their schooling and stick around for the 2018 season.

That should send a shiver down the backs of any teams that face the Tigers in the fall. According to Ben Kercheval of CBSSports.com, Ferrell and Wilkins are two of the country’s top 25 returnees, joining the likes of Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Mizzou’s Drew Lock and Washington’s Jake Browning.

Kercheval lists Ferrell as No. 7, citing his statistical performance. Wilkins, though, is slotted as No. 2, behind Stanford’s Bryce Love:

What separates Wilkins from others…is his versatility. He can command double teams with pressure as a defensive tackle or rush off the edge as an end. His feet and quickness for a guy his size (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) is a rare combo. That’s what makes him one of the most special players in the country.

Clemson’s defense played a large part in getting it to the College Football Playoff for a third straight year. It’s likely that this unit, led by Ferrell and Wilkins, will be key in its quest for a second national championship in three years.

WATCH: Oklahoma’s Gabbi Ortiz nails three as lights go out

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:47 PM

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On Wednesday night, Oklahoma’s Gabbi Ortiz shut down the whole arena with her accuracy from three-point land.

No, literally.

Ortiz launched a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half in the Sooners’ game against Kansas State. As the ball left her hand, the lights in Kansas State’s Bramlage Coliseum went out, throwing the stadium into total darkness.

Despite the electrical malfunction, Ortiz’s shot dropped cleanly through the net, pulling Oklahoma within three of Kansas State at the break.

At press time, she had buried six three-pointers in the game and hit 20 points. The Sooners held a 68-66 lead in the fourth quarter.

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