Lewis touches on his future, Mixon, Pacman on radio show

Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 4:24 PM


            HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis watches his team from the sideline during the NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans on December 24, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis watches his team from the sideline during the NFL game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans on December 24, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Appearing on the NFL No Huddle show today with host Brian Webber and former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier, Marvin Lewis touched on his future, the team’s decision to draft Joe Mixon and the antics of cornerback Adam Jones.

Carrier brought up the subject of Mixon, the controversial running back the Bengals selected in the second round of the draft

“There’s two people I have high respect for in your organization that I still talk to today,” Carrier said. “Rusty Guy, who is head of security, and Eric Ball, who is part of players programs. I believe if they don’t sign off on this, it doesn’t happen. Knowing those two guys and knowing how well they are and how well of a job they do, if they said hey this is a good kid. He’s worth it. I’m sure you’re good with it.”

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Lewis confirmed that he is and said the choice ultimately was team owner and president Mike Brown’s.

“It’s obviously a lot of people that had to make this determination, and ultimately it’s Mike’s call,” he said. “It was something he had decided that we would go ahead and do. It’s done, and Joe had a good (rookie camp) weekend with us a week ago and he will be back working again next week and all the way through the off-season as our rookies join us moving forward now.”

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On the subject of Jones, Lewis said the veteran needs to address the issues with his public persona.

“He’s got to continually work at that, his words,” Lewis said. “He’s a passionate teammate for these guys. A diligent pro. He’s got to just continue to handle himself within the scope of day to day and be a great pro. He’s overcome his background, and it’s a day-to-day process. Most importantly, he’s at the point in his career where these things have to stay pointed towards football.”

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In terms of his own career, Lewis is entering his 15th season. He’s signed through 2017, so if Lewis doesn’t sign an extension before the Sept. 10 opener, it will be the first time since 2010 he’s gone into a season in the final year of contract.

Webber asked Lewis if there is a chance some of the players might wonder about his future?

“Most importantly, what people don’t get is in the NFL, the players worry about their future every day,” Lewis said. “So there is no parallel with myself and them. And yes I have gone into the last year, three or four times here and that’s part of the process. No, they don’t have any concern for me.

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“Their concern is themselves and us winning football games,” he continued. “That’s what’s important. As I tell them all the time, if they win then good things will happen for them and that’s the thing that’s most important for an NFL player. Don’t be concerned with the things you can’t control. You just handle your business, take care of your things and great things will happen. That’s the best thing for the players to always understand moving forward. As coaches know, we get into this business all the time and that’s what takes care of it.”

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Kentucky-Alabama basketball: Live updates, stats, score

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

Kentucky basketball plays Alabama at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 17, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game.

Kentucky-Alabama score, live updates, stats

Alabama 16, Kentucky 15, 11:09 1H: Gabriel nailed a 3-pointer — he’d missed 15 of his last 17 from deep — and he’s up to 5 points, 3 boards early. Then it was Quade Green’s turn off the bench: floater, steal, layup to briefly give the Cats a 4-point lead. But Kentucky continues to give up open drives to the bucket and Alabama, which is just 2 for 8 from outside, is taking advantage in the paint. The box score so far:

Alabama 7, Kentucky 6, 16:11 1H: Gilgeous-Alexander delivered a pair of terrific dishes to Nick Richards for dunks to open the scoring for Kentucky, then a nifty driving bank shot by Wenyen Gabriel. But then a  brutal pair of fouls on Kevin Knox at the 16:17 mark, likely meaning his first half is done before it even really started. The Tide is just 2 of 7 shooting but has a pair of key offensive rebounds.

WATCH: Rupp Arena crowd sings the national anthem, and it is awesome.


STARTING FIVE: Wenyen Gabriel is starting over PJ Washington for the second straight game. Along with SGA, Diallo, Knox and Richards.

Kentucky-Alabama game time, details

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Location: Rupp Arena (23,000), Lexington, Ky.
  • Records: Kentucky 17-9, 6-7 SEC; Alabama 17-9, 8-5 SEC
  • Favorite: Kentucky by 4 1/2

What TV channel is Kentucky-Alabama on? 

You can watch Kentucky vs. Alabama on CBS. Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas will be on the call.

How can I watch Kentucky-Alabama  online?

Stream Kentucky vs. Alabama online (if you are an eligible subscriber) via the  CBS Sports Network site.

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

Kentucky and Alabama will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network. That’s 630-AM on Lexington radio and  can be streamed at iHeart Radio. You can also listen on XM channel 190 and Sirius channel 137.

Kentucky-Alabama preview

  • In addition to sophomore Dazon Ingram (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apg) and junior Donta Hall (11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg), the Tide have a pair or prized freshmen. Former UK recruit John Petty (10.8 ppg) averages nearly four made 3-pointers per game and hit  eight in a win over SEC-leading Auburn. McDonald’s All-American Collin Sexton (18.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg) has dropped 40 on Minnesota, 30 on Arizona and 20-plus 10 times this season. “He gets to the rim. He’s good in pick-and-rolls. He’ll run downhill but he could be a pass-first point guard,” Calipari said. “He’s good.”
  • Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has played nine games since making his delayed debut because of a foot injury. “I don’t think people realize how tough it is” jumping into the mix 17 games into the season, Vanderbilt said, “but I’ve embraced it. I made the decision to come back, so I’m all-in, whatever happens this season.” After snagging 10 rebounds in 21 minutes at Auburn on Wednesday, he’s averaging 11.5 points, 18.2 boards, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per 40 minutes. He’s played 20-plus minutes each of the last two games and says his conditioning is steadily improving so that he can carve out a larger role.
  • Calipari said he failed these Cats after the Auburn loss. The players disagreed Friday and took responsibility  for not listening to and trusting their coach. Freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander offered a strong pitch for why his teammates  should do as Calipari says down the stretch.
  • Despite less-than-ideal timing, the new weekly all-access UK basketball documentary on Facebook debuts Saturday.  Calipari and his players say they’re ignoring the cameras, but can they? Especially as they’ve imploded in under the watchful eye of a film crew?

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Iowa-Indiana basketball score: Live updates, how to live stream online (February 17, 2018)

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa men’s basketball team hostsIndiana on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a Big Ten basketball game at 1:05 p.m. CT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes (12-16, 3-12 Big Ten) are trying to turn things around before the Big Ten Tournament starts at the end of February. The Hawkeyes have have lost four straight games and are tied for 11th in the league standings.

The Hoosiers (15-12, 8-7) have won three in a row, including a 78-68 victory over Illinois on Wednesday.

Iowa-Indiana Game Updates

11:47 (1H) — Iowa leads 25-15 and Bohannon is showing the kind of impact a point guard can have on a game without scoring. He has six points and is yet to score. He is finding open teammates for shots. Iowa is shooting 84.6 percent.

13:17 (1H) — Bohannon just missed a 3-point shot. It’s the first miss of the day for the Hawkeyes. They hit their first 10 field goals.

13:39 (1H) — Iowa really rolling, controlling action on both ends of the court. It’s 23-10 after a dunk by Cook and a bucket by Moss. Indiana just called timeout. Also, there is this stat.

15:11 (1H) — The Hawkeyes are perfect, yes, perfect, from the field. Iowa has hit all seven of its field goals and leads 17-10 at the first media timeout. The Hawkeyes have good ball movement and are doing whatever they want offensively right now.

17:12 (1H) — We have a delay in the game as the PA system is having a very bad first few minutes of the game. It took a minute to get audio for the player introductions and twice the horn has randomly gone of during play.

17:20 (1H) — Quick start for Iowa on the offensive end. Hawkeyes lead 10-3 and already have hit a pair of 3-point shots.

Iowa-Indiana PreGame Updates

12:50 p.m. — The Iowa starters are Jordan Bohannon, Isaiah Moss, Jack Nunge, Tyler Cook and Luka Garza.

12:42 p.m. — The officials for the game are Larry Scirotto, Paul Szelc and Bill Ek.

12:08 p.m. — Don’t be surprised if it’s a late arriving crowd. The area is getting hit with a snowstorm right now and reports are that the roads are bad and the highways are backed up.

12:00 p.m. CT — Welcome to the Land of 10 Iowa live blog for the Indiana game. The Hawkeyes are looking to even up the season series with the Hoosiers this afternoon. The game starts in an hour.


Iowa-Indiana basketball game time, details

  • Time: 1:05 p.m. CT tipoff
  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 17
  • Location: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Indiana?

WatchESPN will air the Iowa-Indiana game. Jason Benetti will call the action while Dan Dakich provides analysis.

How can I watch Iowa-Indiana online?

ESPN will stream the game. Click here for more information.

How can I listen to Iowa-Indiana on the radio?

In Iowa, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the Hawkeyes’ flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Bob Hansen as the color analyst. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates. 

The TuneIn app also streams basketball games.

Iowa-Indiana preview

When the teams met in December, Indiana picked up an easy 77-64 win. The Hoosiers led by as many as 22 points.

The good news for Iowa is this isn’t on the road, where the Hawkeyes have yet to win a Big Ten game. Turnovers and an inability to generate defensive stops were major issues in the first contest. Iowa committed 17 turnovers and allowed an easy path to the basket, allowing 36 points in the paint.

Guard Jordan Bohannon and forward Tyler Cook combined for only 16 points. It’s hard for Iowa to win when its top two scorers combine to shoot 37.5 percent.

Indiana is a sneaky defensive team. The Hoosiers are ranked No. 10 in the Big Ten in points allowed (69.4), but are ranked No. 51 nationally in the KenPom.com adjusted defensive metric (98.4). They aren’t the best defensive team in the league and Iowa has the chance to score on them, but they’re not as bad as their traditional stats may indicate.

The Hoosiers beat the Hawkeyes in December by spreading around the scoring. Four players scored in double figures. Only two, forward Juwan Morgan and guard Robert Johnson, average double figures in points. Morgan is the team’s best player, averaging 16.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.

This one could be entertaining to watch. Indiana isn’t afraid to get up and down the floor. Iowa thrives in that kind of game. The question is if the Hawkeyes can do enough to reverse the outcome.

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Texas sweeps Oklahoma in basketball behind stellar defense

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

With Saturday’s punctuating 77-66 victory in Norman, the Texas Longhorns completed a sweep of their arch-nemesis, the Oklahoma Sooners.

It took Oklahoma’s freshman phenom Trae Young a while to heat up, and while he still scored 26 points, he was unable to make enough of a dent in the Longhorns’ lead. Instead, it was Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski who won the day, leading the Longhorns with 21 points and providing a spark in key moments.

Texas is clinging to a projected slot in the NCAA Tournament, and snagging a win over a ranked opponent certainly helps their chances of making the field of 64. The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for Texas as well.

The Longhorns still have games against Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and West Virginia remaining, so the road will not get any easier if the Longhorns wish to hold on to their spot. For now, though, the Longhorns can celebrate their victory in one of college sports’ oldest rivalries.

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Florida football players tweet about offseason workouts: ‘Never worked that hard in my life’

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In Dan Mullen’s first news conference as Florida’s new head football coach back in late November, he pledged that the Gators’ offseason strength and conditioning program would be something the players “have never even experienced in their life before.”

Mullen’s former Mississippi State players later offered more perspective on what was to come for the Gators.

“If I was going to talk to the University of Florida team, I would apologize in advance for how hard these next three months are going to be,” former Bulldogs quarterback Tyson Lee said in December.

Former MSU wide receiver Chad Bumphis, meanwhile, recalled that the team’s “Valentine’s Day Massacre” workout “was the worst one we ever did.”

Well, Valentine’s Day was earlier this week, and right on cue the Florida players took to Twitter to react to the experience.

Junior running back Lamical Perine tweeted that new Gators strength coach Nick Savage, who followed Mullen from Mississippi State, “pushed me to limits I never thought I could reach.”

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Allen commented, “Never worked that hard in my life.”

And an earlier tweet from last month:

Nick does an awesome job,” wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales said earlier this week of Savage. “The relationships, there’s so much more that goes into it as a strength coach because they’re going to spend more time with the players than we do. Just building those relationships to make sure that they’re learning how to eat right, to take care of their body the right way, learning how to be a leader, learning how to work, learning how not to give in. I think those are the things, the backbone of winning games, you can’t win games if you’re not going to compete. You can’t win games if you’re going to give in. You can’t win games if you’re going to quit. …

“We always use a term with the Navy SEALs and kind of what they do, Coach Mullen talks about that as well, when they go through ‘Hell Week’ it’s to try to separate but try to break the barriers where you’ve been before, push your body beyond those extremes and being able to take you to a new height. And I think that’s kind of what our strength program is going to be.”

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, who worked with Mullen at Mississippi State, said back in December that he believes the offseason strength and conditioning program was the foundation for the transformation that program underwent during Mullen’s nine seasons in Starkville, Miss.

Savage, who is still just 28 years old, became Mullen’s strength coach in December of 2015, carrying on the standard set by his predecessors in Mullen’s vision.

“I think that when you look at the success we had at Mississippi State last year, it was a huge relationship to what he had done in that program,” said new Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who spent last season at MSU. “I think that you can say right now, it’s probably the most critical phase, right now we’re in our strength phase. And I think being in that strength phase, conditioning phase, for this upcoming season, is a critical component of us being successful.”

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