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Indians top Tigers to win AL-record 21st in a row

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 3:29 PM


            CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 13: A Cleveland Indians fan shows his support for the team prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 13, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians tied the American League record for wins in a row with 20 in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers last night. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 13: A Cleveland Indians fan shows his support for the team prior to the game against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 13, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians tied the American League record for wins in a row with 20 in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers last night. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians won their 21st straight game on Wednesday, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers, to set a AL winning-streak record and join only two other teams in the past 101 years to win that many consecutive games.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer off Buck Farmer (4-3) and Mike Clevinger (10-5) won his fourth straight start as the Indians matched the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest streak since 1900. The run has put Cleveland within five wins of catching the 1916 New York Giants, who won 26 straight without a loss but whose century-old mark includes a tie.

The Indians haven’t lost in 20 days, and they’ve rarely been challenged during a late-season run. However, they had to overcome a costly error and rely on their bullpen to hold off the Tigers, who closed within 4-3.

Roberto Perez added a homer in the seventh and four Cleveland relievers finished, with Cody Allen getting his 27th save.

With the crowd of 29,346 standing and stomping, Allen retired Ian Kinsler for the final out, giving the Indians the league’s longest streak since the AL was founded in 1901.

College Basketball: Dayton Flyers freshman declared ineligible by NCAA

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:32 PM


            Dayton freshmen (from left to right) Obadiah Toppin, Jalen Crutcher, Jordan Pierce, Jordan Davis and Matej Svoboda pose with Chris King at a basketball camp on July 20, 2017, at UD’s Frericks Center. Photo courtesy of Chris King
Dayton freshmen (from left to right) Obadiah Toppin, Jalen Crutcher, Jordan Pierce, Jordan Davis and Matej Svoboda pose with Chris King at a basketball camp on July 20, 2017, at UD’s Frericks Center. Photo courtesy of Chris King

The Dayton Flyers basketball team lost another one of its taller players for the coming season when the NCAA Clearinghouse sidelined 6-foot-9 freshman Obadiah “Obi” Toppin for not meeting initial academic eligibility standards.

It’s the same scenario that played out for Flyer big man Steve McElvene three years ago and Kostas Anteokounmpo last year when they was grounded by the Clearinghouse until they improved their academic qualifications. Similarly, Toppin will remain a member of the UD team and will be able to practice, but he will not be permitted to play this season.

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As an academic redshirt, he will have four years of eligibility remaining.

For more than a month Flyers coaches had known of the possibility that Toppin would be ruled ineligible, but they held out hope and awaited the final ruling.

“We knew this was a possible scenario for Obi early on in the recruiting process,” Dayton head coach Anthony Grant said. “And if it came to pass, we saw this as a chance for him to utilize this year acclimate as a student and enhance his strength and skill as an academic redshirt. This is a great opportunity for Obi to develop as a player and student over the next 12 months, and prepare himself for a very successful college career.”

The team already was shorthanded for the coming season with the loss of 6-foot-7 Ryan Mikesell, who is recovering from two hip surgeries in the offseason , and 6-foot-9 Sam Miller’s dismissal from the team after he was suspended from the university for a semester and his scholarship was revoked following a highly publicized incident at the Greene County Jail this summer following his arrest at a Beavercreek bar.

Initially charged with disorderly conduct by intoxication amd underage consumption, Miller was taken to the jail, where he got into a scuffle with a fellow inmate that was caught on video cameras and ended up a much-viewed clip on the internet. Charged with assault in that incident, he accepted a plea deal to disorderly conduct .

Toppin averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists last season while playing at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore .

Prior to that, he played just one season of varsity basketball — his senior year at Ossing High School in New York — and averaged 20.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3 steals. He was selected to the Lower Hudson High Schools Basketball Coaches Association Conference 1 All Section Team and was named all-league.

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As for the impact of Toppin’s loss to the team, Grant recently said: “He’s one of just 11 (scholarship players). Nobody on the roster is expendable. We need everybody.”

SEC 25: Arkansas Razorbacks football record book

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 9:23 PM

The year was 1992, and the Arkansas Razorbacks joined the Southeastern Conference, deftly escaping the flotsam and jetsam of the decaying Southwest Conference.

Elsewhere in the sports world, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls repeated as world champions. So did Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Dream Team destroyed all basketball challengers at the Barcelona Olympics. Christian Laettner and the Duke Blue Devils repeated as NCAA Tournament champions.

“The Silence of the Lambs” won the Oscar for Best Picture, and the Cartoon Network made its debut.

Avid saxophonist and longtime Arkansas Gov. William Jefferson Clinton was elected 42nd president of the United States.

But most importantly, the Hogs joined the SEC!!  Woo Pig Sooie!!

To mark the anniversary, SEC Country celebrates the Razorbacks football statistical leaders from 1992 through the 2016 season.

 

Razorbacks coaches (1992-present)

Bret Bielema is introduced as Razorbacks head coach on Dec. 5, 2012. (Wesley Hitt – Getty Images)

 

Coach Record SEC Bowls
Bret Bielema (2013-present) 26-27 10-22 2-1
John L. Smith (2012) 4-8 2-6  —
Bobby Petrino (2008-11) 34-17 17-15 2-1
Reggie Herring (2007) 0-1  — 0-1
Houston Nutt (1998-2007) 75-48 42-38 2-5
Danny Ford (1993-97) 25-31-1 15-24-1 0-1
Joe Kines (1992) 3-6-1 3-4-1  —
Jack Crowe (1992) 0-1  —  —

 

Razorbacks records vs. SEC opponents

A record crowd of 76,808 packed Donald W. Reynolds Stadium to see the Razorbacks play Alabama in 2010. (Joe Robbins – Getty Images)

 

SEC West opponent Record
Alabama (1992-present) 7-18
Auburn (1992-present) 11-13-1
LSU (1992-present) 10-15
Mississippi State (1992-present) 16-8-1
Ole Miss (1992-present) 15-10
Texas A&M (2012-present) 0-5

 

SEC East opponent Record
Florida (1992-present) 1-9
Georgia (1992-present) 2-8
Kentucky (1992-present) 3-4
Missouri (2012-present) 1-2
South Carolina (1992-present) 13-9
Tennessee (1992-present) 5-10
Vanderbilt (1992-present) 5-1

First-round selections in NFL draft

Oakland identified Darren McFadden with the No. 4 overall pick in 2008. (Jim McIsaac – Getty Images)

 

Player Pick Year Pos. Team
Darren McFadden 4 2008 RB Raiders
Jamaal Anderson 8 2007 DE Falcons
Shawn Andrews 16 2004 OG Eagles
Matt Jones 21 2005 WR Jaguars
Felix Jones 22 2008 RB Cowboys
Ahmad Carroll 25 2004 DB Packers
Henry Ford 26 1994 DT Oilers

Note: Overall, 69 Razorbacks have been drafted since Arkansas joined the SEC.

Career passing yards

Tyler Wilson looks to throw in the 2012 season finale against LSU. (Wesley Hitt – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Years
7,765 Tyler Wilson 2008-12
7,493 Ryan Mallett 2009-10
7,463 Brandon Allen 2012-15
7,422 Clint Stoerner 1996-99
5,857 Matt Jones 2001-04

 

Career passing touchdowns

Brandon Allen is hoisted by teammates after an overtime win at Ole Miss in 2015. (Stacy Revere – Getty Images)

 

Touchdowns Player Years
64 Brandon Allen 2012-15
62 Ryan Mallett 2009-10
57 Clint Stoerner 1996-99
53 Matt Jones 2001-04
52 Tyler Wilson 2008-12

Career rushing yards

Darren McFadden gallops for a touchdown in the Razorbacks’ upset win over No. 1-ranked LSU in 2007. (Chris Graythen – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Years
4,590 Darren McFadden 2005-07
3,703 Alex Collins 2013-15
3,018 Cedric Cobbs 1999-2003
2,956 Felix Jones 2005-07
2,661 Fred Talley 1999-2002

 

Career rushing touchdowns

Darren McFadden heads upfield in a 2005 game at Georgia. (Mike Zarrilli – Getty Images)

 

Touchdowns Player Years
41 Darren McFadden 2005-07
36 Alex Collins 2013-15
26 Cedric Cobbs 1999-2003
25 Madre Hill 1994-98
24 Matt Jones 2001-04

 

Career receptions

Cobi Hamilton fights off a South Carolina defender in 2012. (Ronald Martinez – Getty Images)

 

Receptions Player Years
175 Cobi Hamilton 2009-12
168 Jarius Wright 2008-11
164 Joe Adams 2008-11
153 Anthony Eubanks 1994-97
152 D.J. Williams 2007-10

 

Career receiving yards

Jarius Wright leaves an Ohio State defender in the dust at the 2011 Sugar Bowl. (Matthew Stockman – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Years
2,934 Jarius Wright 2008-11
2,879 Anthony Lucas 1995-99
2,854 Cobi Hamilton 2009-12
2,440 Anthony Eubanks 1994-97
2,410 Joe Adams 2008-11

 

Career receiving touchdowns

Marcus Monk gets airborne to make a reception in a 2006 win over Tennessee. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

Touchdowns Player Years
27 Marcus Monk 2004-07
24 Jarius Wright 2008-11
23 Anthony Lucas 1995-99
19 Keon Hatcher 2012-16
18 Cobi Hamilton 2006-12

 

Career all-purpose yards

Darren McFadden celebrates after Arkansas beat No. 1 LSU in 2007. (Chris Graythen – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Years
5,881 Darren McFadden 2005-07
5,330 Dennis Johnson 2008-12
5,099 Felix Jones 2005-07
4,057 Alex Collins 2013-15
3,657 Cedric Cobbs 1999-2003

 

Career field goals

Zach Hocker lines up for a kick in a 2013 game at LSU. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

Field goals Player Years
61 Zach Hocker 2010-13
47 Todd Latourette 1995-98
37 Alex Tejada 2007-10
28 Chris Balseiro 2002-05
22 Brennan O’Donohoe 2000-02

 

Career interceptions

Tramain Thomas matched his uniform number with 5 interceptions as a senior in 2011. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

INT Player Years
12 Tramain Thomas 2008-11
9 Orlando Watters 1992-93

Note: Watters also had 3 interceptions in 1991, before Arkansas joined the SEC.

 

Career sacks

Jake Bequette celebrates a safety in the Razorbacks’ 2011 Sugar Bowl win over Ohio State. (Chris Graythen – Getty Images)

 

Sacks Player Years
23.5 Jake Bequette 2008-11
21.5 Chris Smith 2010-13
21 Steven Conley 1992-95
19 Marcus Adair 1993-95
18 Trey Flowers 2011-14

 

Career tackles

Tony Bua makes a tackle in the 2002 Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

Tackles Player Years
408 Tony Bua 2000-03
382 Jerry Franklin 2008-11
381 Ken Hamlin 2000-02
372 Sam Olajubutu 2003-06
368 Caleb Miller 2000-03

 

Single-season passing yards

Ryan Mallett calls an audible during a 2010 game at South Carolina. (Streeter Lecka – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Season
3,869 Ryan Mallett 2010
3,638 Tyler Wilson 2011
3,624 Ryan Mallett 2010
3,440 Brandon Allen 2015
3,430 Austin Allen 2016

 

Single-season passing touchdowns

Ryan Mallett warms up before a 2010 game at Auburn. (Mike Zarrilli – Getty Images)

 

Touchdowns Player Season
32 Ryan Mallett 2010
30 Brandon Allen 2015
20 Ryan Mallett 2009
26 Clint Stoerner 1998
25 Austin Allen 2016

 

Single-season rushing yards

Darren McFadden leads teammates onto the field at LSU in 2007. (Chris Graythen – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Season
1,830 Darren McFadden 2007
1,647 Darren McFadden 2006
1,577 Alex Collins 2015
1,387 Madre Hill 1995
1,316 Rawleigh Williams III 2016

 

Single-season rushing touchdowns

Alex Collins rumbles in for a touchdown against Texas A&M in 2015. (Ronald Martinez – Getty Images)

 

Touchdowns Player Season
20 Alex Collins 2015
16 Darren McFadden 2007
15 Madre Hill 1995
14 Darren McFadden 2006
13 Knile Davis 2010

 

Single-season receptions

Cobi Hamilton tacks on yards after the catch against Texas A&M in 2011. (Ronald Martinez – Getty Images)

 

Receptions Player Season
90 Cobi Hamilton 2012
66 Jarius Wright 2011
65 Drew Morgan 2016
63 Drew Morgan 2015
62 J.J. Meadors 1995

 

Single-season receiving yards

Cobi Hamilton gestures during a 2012 game against Tulsa. (Wesley Hitt – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Season
1,335 Cobi Hamilton 2012
1,117 Jarius Wright 2011
1,004 Anthony Lucas 1998
962 Marcus Monk 2006
900 George Wilson 2003

 

Single-season receiving touchdowns

Jarius Wright reels in a touchdown catch against the South Carolina in 2011. (Wesley Hitt – Getty Images)

 

Touchdowns Player Season
12 Jarius Wright 2011
11 Marcus Monk 2006
10 Drew Morgan 2015
10 Anthony Lucas 1998
8 Keon Hatcher 2016

 

Single-season field goals

Zach Hocker watches one of his kicks in a 2013 game against Auburn. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

Field goals Player Season
21 Zach Hocker 2011
17 Alex Tejada 2007
17 Todd Latourette 1998
17 Todd Wright 1992
16 Zach Hocker 2010
16 Alex Tejada 2009

 

Single-season interceptions

Orlando Watters zeroes in for a tackle on Tennessee running back Charlie Garner. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

INT Player Season
6 Orlando Watters 1993
5 Tramain Thomas 2011
5 Jerell Norton 2007
5 Zac Painter 1998
5 Marcus Campbell 1996
5 Spencer Brown 1995

 

Single-season sacks

Steven Conley makes a tackle in a 2002 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

Sacks Player Season
14 Steven Conley 1995
14 Henry Ford 1993
13.5 Jamaal Anderson 2006
11 Raylee Johnson 1992
10 Jake Bequette 2011

 

Single-season tackles

Ken Hamlin was named to the All-SEC first team in 2001 and 2002. (Photo courtesy University of Arkansas)

 

Tackles Player Season
159 Ken Hamlin 2002
140 Jermaine Petty 2001
133 Caleb Miller 2003
131 Tony Bua 2002
128 Martrell Spaight 2014

 

Single-game passing yards

Tyler Wilson looks downfield during the 2012 Spring Game at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. (Wesley Hitt – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Opponent Year
510 Tyler Wilson Texas A&M 2011
442 Brandon Allen Ole Miss 2015
409 Ryan Mallett Vanderbilt 2010
408 Ryan Mallett Georgia 2009
406 Brandon Allen Mississippi St. 2015

 

Single-game passing touchdowns

Bret Bielema and Brandon Allen had plenty to smile about after routing Texas in 2014. (Scott Halleran – Getty Images)

 

TDs Player Opponent Year
7 Brandon Allen Mississippi St. 2015
6 Brandon Allen Ole Miss 2015
5 Tyler Wilson Kentucky 2012
5 Ryan Mallett Georgia 2009
5 Ryan Mallett Mississippi St. 2009

 

Single-game rushing yards

Darren McFadden breaks off a long gain against Bret Bielema-coached Wisconsin in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. (Photo by Doug Benc – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Opponent Year
321 Darren McFadden South Carolina 2007
241 Fred Talley Auburn 2002
219 Darren McFadden South Carolina 2006
214 Fred Talley Ole Miss 2000
206 Darren McFadden LSU 2007

 

Single-game receptions

Jarius Wright fights for extra yardage against Texas A&M in 2011. (Ronald Martinez – Getty Images)

 

  Receptions Player Opponent   Year
 13  Jarius Wright  Texas A&M 2011
 12  Cobi Hamilton  Ole Miss 2012
 11  Cobi Hamilton  Texas A&M 2012
 10  Cobi Hamilton  LSU 2012
 10  Jarius Wright Vanderbilt 2011
 10  Lucas Miller  Mississippi St. 2008
 10  D.J. Williams  Ole Miss 2008

 

Single-game receiving yards

Jarius Wright cruises in for a touchdown in the 2012 Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. (Ronald Martinez – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Opponent Year
281 Jarius Wright Texas A&M 2011
201 Lucas Miller Mississippi St. 2008
192 Marcus Monk South Carolina 2006
177 Anthony Lucas Ole Miss 1998
172 George Wilson Kentucky 2003
172 Anthony Lucas Tennessee 1998

 

Single-game all-purpose yards

Darren McFadden finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting after his magical 2007 season. (Chris Trotman – Getty Images)

 

Yards Player Opponent Year
355 Darren McFadden South Carolina 2007
315 Darren McFadden South Carolina 2006
281 Jarius Wright Texas A&M 2011
253 Michael Smith Kentucky 2008
252 Dennis Johnson South Carolina 2011

 

Note: Career and single-season statistics include all games. Single-game statistics do not include nonconference games.

Sources: University of Arkansas football media guide, arkansasrazorbacks.com, sports-reference.com.

Nebraska chancellor is ‘frustrated’ with Huskers football

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:06 PM

University of Nebraska’s chancellor noted his displeasure with the school’s football team during his state of the university speech on Tuesday.

“We certainly are frustrated at the moment at the level of performance on the field and are hoping, pulling for our team to improve over the course of the next several weeks,” chancellor Ronnie Green said, according to the Lincoln Journal-Star. “Like most of Husker Nation, we’re certainly frustrated.”

Green, who reportedly requested extensions for head coach Mike Riley and athletic director Shawn Eichorst this year, still advocated for Riley and Eichorst. He also said Eichorst’s impromptu press conference after Nebraska’s loss to Northern Illinois was the athletic director’s own idea, and was not an order from anyone higher up.

“Shawn’s his own leader. He’s a very effective leader,” Green said. “That was his choice, I think a wise choice on his part.”

 Green still made it clear he wants to see fans in the stands Saturday against Rutgers.
“I hope our public will be there supporting them on Saturday and cheering them on.”

Report: Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze used ‘burner’ phones to conceal contact with recruits from NCAA

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:01 PM

Ole Miss is already in enough hot water as it is. The program has self-imposed sanctions and just finished its hearing with the NCAA Committee on Infractions earlier this month. Mississippi State player Leo Lewis reportedly testified about his role in the alleged payments from Ole Miss boosters to lure Lewis to Oxford.

A new side of the story emerged on Tuesday from The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton. The report cites Houston Nutt’s attorney Thomas Mars, who claims there is evidence that Ole Miss coaches used burner phones to conceal talks with recruits.

These alleged communications likely occurred during dead periods when coaches and recruits aren’t supposed to have contact with each other. The allegation that coaches instructed the recruits to put names and numbers in the phones suggests a cover-up from the Ole Miss staff which had not yet been revealed publically.