Franklin’s Luke Kennard facing big decision 

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

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Luke Kennard’s season is over following Duke’s 88-81 loss to South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday. Now the question is whether his Blue Devils career is over.

The Franklin High School graduate averaged 19.5 points during his sophomore season at Duke and is listed as the No. 20 prospect for the NBA Draft in June.

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University of Louisville and former NBA coach Rick Pitino weighed in on Kennard’s future a couple of weeks ago after Duke eliminated the Cardinals from the ACC tournament.

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“Sometimes I look at rankings, and I can tell you from spending eight years in the pros that what you see on this .net or this .net is not what the general managers are thinking in the pros of who to draft,” Pitino said.

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“That’s just saying who the best players are, in their opinion. I’ve always felt (Kennard) was, from an offensive standpoint, one, two or three best players in the country because he really knows how to play the game of basketball. He really head fakes well. He passes well, and has great feel for the game, and he’s a great foul shooter as well.”

Kennard, the ACC Tournament MVP, also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range and 85.6 percent from the free throw line.

He was two-time Ohio Mr. Basketball at Franklin.

WATCH: Baylor WR Gavin Holmes takes punch from West Virginia player while being tackled

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

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Baylor nearly overcame a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit in a 38-36 loss to West Virginia at McLane Stadium on Saturday. The frantic finish, however, wasn’t the only drama in Waco.

Baylor wide receiver Gavin Holmes took a full-on punch to the helmet from West Virginia defensive back Corey Winfield while being tackled on a play in the loss to the Mountaineers.

Surprisingly, Winfield was not ejected after the play.

It wasn’t a good look for Winfield. At least not when Holmes was already about to have his forward progress stopped by another West Virginia defender.

Winfield, however, took to Twitter after the game to argue that it wasn’t intentional.

The loss on Saturday was Baylor’s third against a ranked opponent this season. The team will look to record its first win of the season at home on Oct. 28 against the 3-4 Texas Longhorns.

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Tom Brady’s mother was honored by Patriots before game against Falcons

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:59 PM

The New England Patriots honored quarterback Tom Brady’s mother, Galynn, before their Sunday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Many people took the field for the Patriots prior to the game for their “Crucial Catch,” night. They brought people out to the field who have, or are still battling cancer. Left tackle Nate Soldier’s son came out to the field, and offensive lineman Marcus Cooper’s wife came onto the field to represent him. Also in that group was Galynn, accompanied by her husband Tom Brady Sr., via the Boston Herald.

During Super Bowl week, Brady got emotional publicly when talking about his family. It was later reported by CSN New England’s Tom E. Curran that Brady’s mother had been fighting cancer for 18 months.

During the summer, she concluded her cancer treatments and is reportedly doing a lot better. She definitely looks in better health from the pictures taken on Sunday night.

 

Jackson plays well with Pacman inactive

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:56 PM


            PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

One of the few bright spots to emerge Sunday in the 29-14 loss the Cincinnati Bengals suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field was the play of cornerback William Jackson.

The 2016 first-round pick started in place of Adam Jones, who was inactive with a back injury, and finished with two passes defended against Pittsburgh Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown in addition to blanketing him across the back of the end zone on a third-and-goal play with the score tied 14-14 in the second quarter.

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“I saw him running and I was like ‘Oh, he’s going to run all the way across the field,’” Jackson said. “So I had to get on my horse and go get him.”

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Jackson helped limit Brown to four catches — equalling his season-low — on 10 targets for 65 yards.

He was especially strong defending a couple of deep balls, which is one of the reasons the Bengals used their 2016 first-round pick on him.

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“I’ve got long arms, so I can ease off of them a little bit and knock it down,” said Jackson, who missed all of his rookie season with a chest injury.

“I wanted to show them I can compete with the best of them,” he added. “I expect to play well against anybody, not just Antonio. He’s just another receiver. No big deal.”

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According to Pro Football Focus, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a passer rating of 39.6 on his six targets against Jackson.

Florida State RB Jacques Patrick out for extended period of time with knee injury

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:47 PM

Florida State running back Jacques Patrick may not see the football field again for a while.

According to reports from Tomahawk Nation and Tallahassee.com, a knee injury during the Louisville game on Saturday will mean that the junior will miss “an extended period of time”.

Patrick has 76 carries for 434 yards and a touchdown thus far in 2017. He did run for 70 yards against Louisville in the Seminoles’ 31-28 loss. His career best performance was against Syracuse in 2015, when he ran for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries.

Patrick’s injury is the latest on a long list that has affected the Seminoles this season. The most notable one was the injury to quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener in Atlanta against No. 1 Alabama. Wide receivers Keith Gavin (ankle) and George Campbell (hip) didn’t play on Saturday, while left guard Landon Dickerson has been lost for the season (right ankle).

The Seminoles play Boston College on Friday. That game is set for 8pm ET on ESPN.