Ezekiel Elliott reportedly part of incident at Dallas bar 

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 9:19 AM

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball during an NFL football practice at the team's training facility, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)(Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Ezekiel Elliott had a huge rookie season for the Dallas Cowboys, but bad news has tailed him off the field much of the time since he was drafted in the first round out of Ohio State over a year ago. 

A Dallas radio station reports Elliott was “involved in a late-night altercation” at a Dallas bar. 

Although the report does not indicate if Elliott is actually accused of a crime, it comes after reports the Missouri native could soon face a short suspension from the NFL, which has reportedly been investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving Elliott and a woman in Columbus last year. 

Police declined to press charges in that case “due to conflicting and inconsistent information,” but Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports this morning the league is still considering punishing Elliott for an accumulation of incidents. 

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U.S. women's hockey team wins Olympic gold

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 2:22 AM

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22:  The United States celebrates after defeating Canada in a shootout to win the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: The United States celebrates after defeating Canada in a shootout to win the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The United States has defeated Canada 3-2 to win the gold medal in women’s hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Trojans outlast Buffaloes’ late charge: 3 things we learned from USC’s win over Colorado

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:13 PM

USC kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive and moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-12 with a Wednesday night win that was in question for the majority of the game, even if the final score doesn’t say so.

The Trojans received an excellent game from Chimezie Metu, who scored 21 points on 10 of 16 shooting, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots in the 75-64 win. The difference-maker in the second half, though, was point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who drilled multiple 3-pointers when USC’s offense needed a spark to stop a 12-0 Colorado run. McLaughlin’s 18 points, six assists and four rebounds helped propel the Trojans past the Buffaloes’ late surge and send USC out of Boulder with a double-digit victory.

The win improved the Trojans to 20-9 and 11-5 in conference play. It’s the first time USC has recorded three straight 20-win seasons since 2007-2009, under Tim Floyd, and only the second time it’s ever happened in the program’s history. Here’s what we learned from the Trojans’ triumph.

USC misses Bennie Boatwright

Sure, this can be filed under the obvious statements category, but it was very apparent in the second half, when the Trojans desperately needed someone,  anyone to get them a bucket and repeatedly failed to find a player to do so. The Trojans went more than three minutes without a bucket while the Buffaloes couldn’t be stopped, and USC’s 12-point lead disappeared. McLaughlin ended up quenching the drought, leading the offense with scoring and distribution efforts that keyed a late-game run, flipping the table on Colorado, which suddenly found itself in a drought of its own.

McLaughlin’s efforts — and Metu’s, though those were spread more over the entirety of the game — were enough to beat a green Colorado team in mid-February. But it remains to be seen (and is at this point seriously questioned) whether USC can weather future storms without Boatwright. This sticking point won’t go overlooked come Selection Sunday.

Colorado’s youth is maturing in front of our eyes

USC took a six-point lead into halftime, extended it to nine and then saw it reduced to a single possession before going on a run that made the game appear to be getting out of hand with 11 minutes to play. A good amount of young teams would have withered in such a situation, but Colorado stood firm, thanks to the contributions of bench contributor Lucas Siewert, who knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 12-0 run that tied the game up and made things close until the final minutes. Credit Colorado coach Tad Boyle for keeping his group of young players from throwing in the towel. While familiar issues ended up sinking them — untimely scoring droughts, poor interior defense and unforced errors — it was good to see an inexperienced group go blow for blow with a more seasoned opponent.

No fireworks from the sidelines

While the first meeting between Boyle and USC coach Andy Enfield created some pregame headlines and included a curious late-game timeout that prompted some bitter post-game quotes, we didn’t get the same kind of excitement from either coach in this one. Boyle’s team played inspired basketball but fell apart down the stretch, and USC coasted to a win that wasn’t disputable. Those tend to produce boring handshakes and whatnot. “Tad and Andy” would still be a good name for a goofy cartoon, though.

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Freshman Kjerstad homers as Arkansas beats Arizona, 1-0

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:14 PM

Four days after the Arkansas baseball team scored 32 runs, one off its all-time high, the Diamond Hogs had just one against Arizona.

Get you a team that can do both.

The lone run, a Heston Kjerstad home run in the fifth inning, was the only run of the game Wednesday night. It was the only one Arkansas needed, too, in its 1-0 win over the Wildcats out in San Diego. The last two years the two teams have combined to score just four runs (a 3-0 Arizona win in 2017) between them.

Arkansas’ Kacey Murphy, who had a one-hitter last year through seven innings against Memphis, had the same against Arizona, just through six. Alfonso Rivas had a single in the fourth and that was it. Murphy ultimately went those six innings, walking one and striking out six. Odds are strong he becomes Arkansas’ Sunday starter when SEC play rolls around.

Arizona is hardly Bucknell, the team the Razorbacks scored 32 on Saturday. The Wildcats are picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 and are around 30th in the country in a composite of the six national polls.

Cody Scroggins replaced Murphy in the seventh and picked up where his predecessor left off at first. He struck out the first two Wildcats hitters he faced before trouble started. A hit, a walk, a passed ball and another walk gave Arizona the bases loaded with two outs. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn went to the bullpen, where Matt Cronin entered from. He induced a groundout and Arizona left its runners stranded.

Arkansas had an opportunity to add insurance in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs. Jared Gates, however, had his fly ball tracked down a couple feet from the wall to end the inning.

Grading the Hogs

Pitching: A-

Other than Scroggins’ three-batter hiccup, things went swimmingly for the Arkansas staff. They combined to give up just two hits, allow four walks and strike out 11 Wildcats batters.

Hitting: D+

Ten strikeouts. Seven hits and walks. Not an ideal recipe.

The Big Stick + The Arm

Arm:  Murphy

Coach Dave Van Horn had said earlier this year Murphy wasn’t, specifically, a strikeout guy. His stuff doens’t make him, certainly, but somehow he gets them. He is the returning leader on the team from last year in strikeouts per nine innings and he cut through Arizona smoothly to start this year, too.

Stick: Kjerstad

The freshman from Amarillo, Texas, has looked wholly impressive as Arkansas’ everyday leftfielder. Not out of place whatsoever. Besides the home run, he was hit by a pitch in the ninth.

What’s next for Arkansas?

Arkansas sticks around San Diego until Sunday night. The Razorbacks are taking part in the Tony Gwynn Classic this weekend. First game is Friday afternoon, 3 p.m. Arkansas time, against Cal Poly.

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USC’s Elijah Stewart sets school’s career 3-point record

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 7:40 PM

Wednesday night became record rewriting night in Boulder.

After Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV broke Chauncey Billups’ freshman assist mark, USC’s Elijah Stewart did him one better, setting the school’s new career 3-point record with his canned jumper from the top of the arc in the second half Wednesday.

Stewart passed Lodrick Stewart, who played for the Trojans from 2004-2007 and made 232 3-pointers in his career. Elijah Stewart moved into a tie for 22nd place in the Pac-12 with Washington State’s Eddie Hill (1991-1994) at 233. With Stewart owning its new record, USC is 11th out of the conference’s 12 teams in all-time 3-pointers made by one player. Oregon’s Tajuan Porter (2007-2010) leads the conference all-time with 345.

The 3-pointer was the second of a pair during an important stretch that saw the Trojans build a sizable lead (which eventually evaporated). Stewart first made a step-back 3 on the wing, then caught, shot and drained the second 3-pointer.

USC allowed Colorado back into the contest, but ended up pulling away in the final minutes for a 75-64 victory.

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