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Hockey: Blue Jackets clinch playoff berth

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrates with teammates after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot with the win. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrates with teammates after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-1 in an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot with the win. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored on penalty shots and the Columbus BlueJackets clinched their third playoff berth in franchise history with a victory over the New Jersey Devils.

The win was the fourth straight for the BlueJackets, gave them their first 100-point season and moved them into a tie with Washington for the NHL’s best record with 11 games left. Columbus, which joined the league in 2000, last made the playoffs in 2014.

This was only the third time in NHL history that a team scored twice in a game on penalty shots. Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka of Vancouver did it against Detroit in 1982, and Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton of San Jose converted against Washington in 2009.

Boone Jenner added two goals, one short-handed and the other into an empty net. Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves for Columbus, which is 12-3-1 in its last 16 games.

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Bengals get four compensatory picks in this year’s NFL draft

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

Cincinnati Bengals new NFL football defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, right, smiles alongside head coach Marvin Lewis, left, during a news conference at Paul Brown Stadium, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Cincinnati Bengals new NFL football defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, right, smiles alongside head coach Marvin Lewis, left, during a news conference at Paul Brown Stadium, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(Staff Writer)

The Cincinnati Bengals were awarded four compensatory picks for the 2018 NFL draft, scheduled to be held in Arlington, Texas on April 26-28.

The Bengals picked up the last pick in the third round, a pick in the fifth round and two picks in the seventh. Dallas, Green Bay and Oakland also received four compensatory picks. Arizona and Houston each received three. 

The Bengals have the 12th pick in the first round after finishing 7-9 last season. The Cleveland Browns have the top pick for the second consecutive year after going 0-16 in 2017. 

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Scott Drew says Baylor not worried about NCAA scandal

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

Despite a widespread NCAA basketball scandal that purportedly involves several of the top programs in collegiate hoops, Baylor coach Scott Drew says he’s not worried.

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports broke the news of the scandal Friday morning. Players from schools such as North Carolina State, Duke, North Carolina and Michigan State are alleged to have received improper benefits or loans from agents.

Texas, Iowa State and Kansas are all named in the documents involved in the scandal as well. Oklahoma State has already had a former assistant coach face federal charges. But despite other schools in the conference facing unsure footing, Drew said a press conference Friday that he’s not paying much attention to the report.

“I haven’t had a chance to go over it,” Drew said. “I’ve heard about it. But right now, with TCU, we leave today, and try to get ready for practice, I haven’t had a chance to really look at it.

“At Baylor, the one thing we’ve tried to always do is run a clean program. So at the end of the day, I know I trust our coaching staff and believe in them. And in no way shape or form would we want to put Baylor in a bad light — or ourselves.”

Drew isn’t the only Big 12 coach to speak out on the scandal today. West Virginia’s Bob Huggins made it clear that his program would never “get involved in all that nonsense.”

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Alabama recruiting question of the day: Why Tide haven’t offered 5-star DL from Tua Tagovailoa’s school

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Alabama finished seventh in the recruiting rankings in the 2018 class, but expect the Crimson Tide to be back on top come 2019. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner  will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on  Twitter or on  Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers  here.

Any reason why the Hawaiian DL doesn’t have an offer yet?

From @rburn20

This is a good question. St. Louis School in Honolulu has a 5-star defensive line prospect in Faatui Tuitele. For those fans who closely follow Alabama recruiting, that school may be familiar to you. That’s the former high school of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Tuitele recently spoke with SEC Country and told us the Alabama staff has told him that it will offer him once he visits. Tuitele is expected to visit Tuscaloosa on April 5.

My thoughts on this subject is Alabama likely doesn’t want to waste its time recruiting Tutiele strongly until he visits campus because that will show legitimate interest in actually attending the school. And if he does visit in early April, Alabama will be able to bring him back for an official visit at a later date.

If he does visit, I like where Alabama stands with him because he is close with Tagovailoa and his family, plus the Tide are in contention to sign 4-star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who’s Tua’s little brother. The Tagovailoas and Tuitele are distant cousins.

Miss a question of the day? Find other answers  here.

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Finding LSU basketball’s path to reaching NCAA Tournament

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey will answer your LSU Tigers sports queries each weekday in our LSU Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryLSU@bigahickey or by email to Alex at  alex.hickey@coxinc.com.

Question of the Day: Friday, Feb. 23

At the start of the season, nothing seemed more ludicrous than pondering whether LSU basketball was capable of reaching the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were abysmal in 2016-17, going just 2-16 in SEC play.

At the midway mark of this season, the Tigers were a vastly better team under new coach Will Wade, but still not tournament worthy. Now that the season is coming down the home stretch, though, LSU is working its way into the conversation. And now we are forced to answer the question that no one could have seen coming even a month ago.

What will it take for LSU basketball to reach the NCAA Tournament?

Because it is such a chaotic season in college basketball — and that’s not just off the court — it becomes harder to answer this question then it would in a normal year. Just take a look at the SEC standings.

If the SEC tournament started today, the Tigers would be the No. 9 seed. But they are just one game out from being tied in a mass jumble for the third seed.

At the moment, LSU is not even on the radar for tournament projections from CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm or ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. The Tigers scheduled lightly in non-conference play in hopes of building confidence and a shot at a winning season. The tournament was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. But as a result, LSU’s RPI is only 76th in the country right now, behind schools such as Utah Valley and Rider.

The solution? As Al Davis once said, just win, baby.

LSU would finish the regular season 19-11 if it wins its final three games against Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi State. Wins in those games plus another in the SEC Tournament would probably put the Tigers in the conversation on Selection Sunday.

If LSU drops any of its remaining games, it would likely have to pick up a couple wins at the conference tourney in St. Louis to impress the committee. And even at that point, nothing would be guaranteed. The only way to assure an invite to the Big Dance will be to win the SEC tourney.

Right now, LSU’s chances of making the tourney are probably something around 20 percent. But the fact that we’re even having the discussion is a sign of major progress for the program.

To see prior answers to our Question of the Day,  we have you covered.

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