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Former Bengals defensive end signs with Colts

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 8:04 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Margus Hunt #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Margus Hunt #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals tackles Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals have lost another free agent with defensive end Margus Hunt signing a two-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

A second-round pick in 2013, Hunt struggled to develop into the player the Bengals had hoped he would. Hunt appeared in 44 games, recording 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

He joins tackle Andrew Whitworth (Los Angeles Rams), guard Kevin Zeitler (Cleveland Browns) and defensive tackle Domata Peko (Denver Broncos) as free agent departures from the Bengals.

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski found dead; Michigan State players offer prayers

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

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Michigan State football players are among those in the college football community offering prayers to the Washington State program after the death of Cougars player Tyler Hilinski. The quarterback played against Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl last month.

Pullman Police Department officers found Hilinski, 21, in his apartment Tuesday night. Police are calling it a suicide investigation.

Michigan State players are offering prayers and support on Twitter.

“Unbelievable.. had the chance to meet Tyler at the Holiday Bowl. Prayers up for his family and all of Washington State,” Spartans QB Brian Lewerke wrote.

“Praying for the Hilinski family and WSU. Crazy to think about that we just competed in San Diego. Gone too soon,” Michigan State DL Mike Panasiuk tweeted.

“Man crazy to hear something like this after just competing with him and WSU. Praying for WSU & his family,” Spartans LB Joe Bachie tweeted.

Hilinski, who was a redshirt sophomore this past season, passed for 1,176 yards, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 2017. He started the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State, going 39 for 50 for 272 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

Pullman Police said officers went to Hilinski’s apartment Tuesday after he didn’t show up for practice.

Washington State coach Mike Leach shared a statement expressing his thoughts and prayers to Hilinski’s family.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing,” Leach said in the statement. “He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

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Auburn-Alabama basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (January 17, 2018)

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Auburn basketball will visit Alabama on January 17, 2018. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.

Auburn basketball has put together a string of wins that has caught the attention of not only the Southeastern Conference, but the world of college basketball.

For the first time since 1999-2000, the Tigers find themselves ranked in the AP poll in back-to-back weeks.

And the Alabama Crimson Tide would love nothing more than to spoil the fun for their in-state rivals. Avery Johnson’s team has the potential to trip up the Tigers in Tuscaloosa, too.

“This is a good opportunity for us. Alabama is really, I think they’re the most talented team we’ve played so far,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “They’ve got great size and they do a great job with their size, big guards and big wings, forward and center. They’re a powerful team. We’re going to have to play our best game to be able to win. It’s a tough place to play, obviously, and it’s a rivalry game for us. It just means more.”

Alabama is led by freshman guard Collin Sexton, who, most of the time, does everything but play like a timid newcomer. Junior guard Bryce Brown has helped Auburn improve tremendously on the defensive end and will be looking to continue that effort in Coleman Coliseum on Wednesday night.

“We know they have a couple shooters. Of course, Sexton is a great player,” Brown said. “We have to contain him in transition, try for him to see five bodies on the court at the same time. If we can do that, we can come out with a victory.”

Most of that responsibility could fall on Brown over the course of the evening, but several Auburn guards will do their best to stop Sexton from reaching his averages (19.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game).

“It’ll be a lot of different guys, yeah,” Pearl said. “I don’t think that one guy can cover him. The team has to cover him. It won’t be, and we never make it about those individual matchups. Certainly in late-game situations, you know, Bryce is our best defensive guard. I’m certain that in late-game situations they’ll be covering each other.”

Brown is ready for the test of guarding one of the nation’s top young stars and Auburn is ready to seize the opportunity of another road win.

“Oh definitely, he’s a lottery pick,” Brown said. “That will be a big opportunity for me to step up on the defensive end, as well as the offensive end, trying to contain players like that ’cause he’s a great player. It will be a great opportunity. I know there will be a couple guys on him as well.”

Auburn-Alabama basketball game time, details

  • Time: 6 p.m. CT
  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
  • Location: Coleman Coliseum (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
  • Records: Auburn (16-1 overall, 4-0 SEC); Alabama (11-6, 3-2)

What TV channel is Auburn-Alabama on? 

You can watch Auburn vs. Alabama on SEC Network. Roy Philpott and Brooke Weisbrod will be on the call.

How can I watch Auburn-Alabama  online?

Stream Auburn-Alabama on  the WatchESPN app.

How can I listen to Auburn-Alabama  on the radio? 

You can listen to the  Auburn Sports Network call of the Auburn and Alabama game with Rod Bramblett and Sonny Smith. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on and the TuneIn app.

Auburn-Alabama preview

  • Auburn has started the season 16-1 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season, when the Tigers also went 16-1. They were ranked at No. 22 and then No. 17 in the AP poll for two straight weeks.
  • The Tigers hold the longest win streak in the country at 14 games. The last time Auburn won 15 games in a row was the 1998-99 season, when Auburn started 17-0. 
  • This season, Auburn has maintained a 41.-34.2 rebounding advantage.
  • Auburn has started SEC play 5-0 just three times in program history (1999, 1965, 1959).
  • Auburn center Anfernee McLemore has racked up 52 total blocks this season. 

NFL mock draft 2018: Predicting first round, top players for the 2018 NFL Draft (1/17/2018)

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

With the early entrant deadline come and gone, it’s time to look ahead to  2018 NFL Draft.  Plenty of elite players have already declared, like the Alabama trio of  Calvin RidleyDa’Ron Payne and  Minkah Fitzpatrick.  Roquan Smith declared for the draft on Monday. Bryce Love, rather surprisingly, elected to return to Stanford.

This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen going among the top-10 picks. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Texas’ Connor Williams could be selected in the top 5.

The order for the first 20 picks is set.

NFL mock draft 2018, Round 1

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, USC QB: The Browns have to use the pick on a quarterback, and we think they’ll choose Darnold.
  2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, UCLA QB:  Rosen vs. Darnold will be an interesting debate. The UCLA quarterback might be wired to better succeed in New York than Darnold.
  3. Indianapolis Colts: Connor Williams, Texas T: For the Colts, it’s simple: They must do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck, provided he can return in 2018. As long as Williams can stay healthy, he’ll be a top draft pick.
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama DB:  The Browns went quarterback with their first pick. Next up, they grab the best defensive prospect in the class. Fitzpatrick is a queen-on-the-chessboard-type of defensive back.
  5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, Wyoming QB: Offensive tackle could be the pick here. Drafting Allen is a risk, but the Denver quarterback situation might be the worst in the league.
  6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma QB: The Jets will continue toiling in mediocrity as long as they lack quality quarterback play. If anyone can handle the spotlight and attention that comes with playing for the Jets, it’s the Heisman Trophy winner.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, N.C. State DE: The Buccaneers have stumbled this season thanks to both Jameis Winston’s struggles and a poor pass rush. Chubb should help shore up the latter of their issues.
  8. Chicago Bears: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M WR:  The Bears almost have to pick a wide receiver. While many will peg Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, I think Kirk is a little bit better. But the Bears couldn’t go wrong with either.
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Penn State RB:  With Jimmy Garoppolo looking like the quarterback of the future, San Francisco can draft the best player available, which is the superstar running back from Penn State.
  10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, Georgia LB: A defense with Khalil Mack on it shouldn’t be as bad as Oakland’s was this season. Smith is maybe the best off-ball linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly.
  11. Miami Dolphins: Arden Key, LSU DE/OLB : Quenton Nelson could be an option, but instead they’ll take Key. While he might have off-field concerns, the LSU product has the potential to be an elite pass rusher.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame T : The Bengals have skill players and a number of young and talented defenders. Where they most need help is on the offensive line. McGlinchey, or his teammate, Quenton Nelson, could be an option.
  13. Washington Redskins: Derwin James, FSU DB: What Washington does will largely depend on whether it keeps QB Kirk Cousins. If it does, look for them to take a player such as James, who is 95 percent the player that Fitzpatrick is.
  14. Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson, Iowa CB: The Packers were a bit of a mess without Aaron Rodgers, so look for them to go best player available. The secondary was one of their biggest concerns and they’ll address it here.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame G:  If Mayfield were still on the board, he could be an option. Instead, the Cardinals will gladly take the best interior lineman in the class.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Alabama WR:  The Ravens might have the worst group of pass catchers in the NFL. This makes too much sense.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers:  Da’Ron Payne, Alabama DT : The Chargers had the second-worst rush defense in the league. Payne will help them improve.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, LSU RB: The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch departed. Guice should make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round.
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, Michigan DT: Hurst might not be drafted this high simply because of his position. But the Cowboys need defensive tackles who can play, and Hurst is one of the best football players in this draft class.
  20. Detroit Lions: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech LB: Running back could be an option here, but Edmunds fits a similar role to what Anthony Barr does for Minnesota.
  21. Buffalo Bills: James Washington, Oklahoma State WR: While they need to figure out their quarterback situation, the Bills need to improve at the wide receiver position.
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City), Vita Vea, Washington DT: The Bills traded Marcell Dareus earlier this season. And they’ll look to Vea to fill his void.
  23. Carolina Panthers: Courtland Sutton, SMU WR: Offensive line could be the choice, but Cam Newton needs guys on the outside who can help him out. Sutton might be the most physically gifted wide receiver in the draft.
  24. Los Angeles Rams: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma T: Andrew Whitworth was huge for the Rams this season. But he’s also 36 years old. Brown is raw, but he could become the Rams’ left tackle of the future.
  25. Tennessee Titans: Denzel Ward, Ohio State CB: The Titans selected a cornerback in the first round last year and will look to continue to improve their secondary. The Titans also could target a pass rusher.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Harold Landry, Boston College DE/OLB: The Falcons love athletic playmakers, and Landry fits that role. It would not be a surprise to see him go higher in the draft than this. Landry led the NCAA in sacks in 2016.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Harrison Phillips, Stanford DT: While the Saints defense has made huge improvements, it could stand to get better. Phillips was a monster for Stanford this past season.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, Alabama LB:  With the Ryan Shazier injury casting doubt on his NFL future, linebacker becomes a position of need. Evans isn’t the prospect that Shazier was, but he, like many other Alabama linebackers, can be very good.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State QB: Blake Bortles isn’t the answer for Jacksonville. The Jaguars could look at Rudolph or Louisville product Lamar Jackson.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, Ohio State G/C: Quarterback could be in play here, but Price, like Pat Elflein did this season for Minnesota, could be a Day 1 starter on the interior.
  31. New England Patriots: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State DE/OLB: Bill Belichick loves players who have ties to Greg Schiano. Pass rusher is a huge need for New England. And Hubbard’s defensive coordinator is in fact Schiano.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Ronnie Harrison, Alabama S:  The Eagles appear set at corner with Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones and Jalen Mills, but the secondary is still a weakness. Harrison could help turn that into a strength.

*Order is through the Divisional round of the NFL playoff. The top 20 picks are official. Picks 29-32 will finalize after each round of the playoffs. San Francisco and Oakland will hold a coin flip for picks 9 and 10.

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(Via Kansas City)

23. Carolina Panthers

24. Los Angeles Rams

Kentucky Wildcats podcast: Recapping UK’s 76-68 loss at South Carolina

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Kentucky basketball was outscored 33-11 in the final 11:34 of a 76-68 loss at South Carolina on Tuesday night.

The 18th-ranked Wildcats (14-4, 4-2 SEC) went 1 for 11 from the 3-point line, committed 32 fouls and turned the ball over 16 times. The game lacked any semblance of flow as the Cats and Gamecocks combined to attempt 74 free throws.

Kentucky crumbled down the stretch.

“This looked like a bunch of freshman playing,” John Calipari said after the game. “First time this year, I would say in the second half. The first half, you would look and say, ‘Ah, they got a nice team and da da da da.’ … In the second half you looked at us and we looked like a bunch of freshmen playing like freshmen would play.”

SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker was in Columbia. Make sure to read his column from after the game.

In Tuesday’s episode of Wildcat Country, SEC Country’s daily Kentucky podcast, Curtis Burch and Joe Mussatto broke down the game and answered questions from fans on Facebook. This podcast episode was simulcasted as a Facebook Live

Among the topics discussed:

  • Not to be lost in the loss, Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt made his much-anticipated debut, and #VandoWatch is officially over. Vanderbilt played limited minutes, but even a rusty version of himself showed loads of promise. He’s quite a big point guard at 6-foot-9.
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo struggled in the loss. Gilgeous-Alexander had six turnovers with no assists.
  • Two Kentucky signees were named McDonald’s All-Americans on Tuesday.
  • There were a couple football notes to discuss including another Music City Bowl ref story.

Don’t miss any of our Cats coverage. Follow podcast host  @CurtisBurch  as well as  @KyleTucker_SEC  for hoops and football columns and  @Joe_Mussatto  for football team coverage and basketball recruiting notes.