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NFL Schedule: Bengals to open season at home for first time since 2009

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

            Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs up the middle during their game against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs up the middle during their game against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the season at home for the first time since 2009 when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 10.

Among the other highlights on the regular schedule, which the NFL released Thursday night, are two primetime games, both of which are at home. The first comes in Week 2 against the Houston Texans on Sept. 14, and the second is a Monday night tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 4.

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Here is a full look at the 2017 schedule. All times are local.

Sunday, Sept. 10, vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14, vs. Houston, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Sunday, Oct. 8, vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15, Bye Week

Sunday, Oct. 22, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

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Sunday, Nov. 5, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12, at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26, vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Monday, Dec. 4, vs. Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10, vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24, vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

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LSU gymnastics sets school records, national season highs in huge win Sunday

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. — When LSU football and baseball have you down, there’s always the LSU gymnastics team to lift your spirits.

The No. 4 LSU gymnastics team posted the best score any NCAA team has all season on Friday with a 198.175, the fourth best score in school history, en route to a victory over Texas Woman’s. This included a school-record 49.725 on uneven bars, also the best score any team in the country has posted this season. On top of everything, LSU achieved this without using its full lineup, as regular all-arounders Myia Hambrick and Sarah Finnegan both rested on floor, where Hambrick ranks as the nation’s No. 1 competitor.

“T.E.A.M. is ‘Total Effort All Members,'” LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux said. “That’s the point we keep driving him. We’re going to rely on the whole team. The championship of this team can’t rest on the back of one person. Sarah Finnegan and Myia Hambrick can’t carry this team to the finish line. It’s got to be a team effort.”

And a team effort it was. LSU’s gymnasts scored 9.90 or better on 14 out of 20 counting scores with a low score of 9.850. This included an impressive all-around victory from sophomore Kennedi Edney, who scored a 9.90s on vault and bars, a 9.875 on beam and a career-high 9.95 on floor.

“It boosted me up. I went through this period the first few meets of me having all this stress on me because I thought I had to carry the coaches on my back. Having the coaches and my teammates tell me that’s not what needed to happen, that I had to compete for myself, that really helped me to feel calm.”

But Edney wasn’t the only athlete setting career highs. Junior Lexie Priessman matched Edney with a 9.95 from the anchor position on floor and sophomore Ruby Harrold added a 9.90 on floor to go with her 9.95 on bars.

For Harrold, this weekend was a confidence boost after a rough start to her season where she teetered in and out of the lineup. When talking about her comeback after the meet, Harrold brought Priessman and Edney to tears.

“It’s just been great today and Friday to be back out there doing the gymnastics that I know I can do,” Harrold said. “Yes, I’ve been struggling with some things. But the whole team together helped me personally through it. Today in particular, to be able to give something back to them as a thank you for helping me get through that, it’s a great kind of honor.”

What’s next for LSU gymnastics?

The LSU gymnastics team travels to Athens, Ga., on Friday for its third meet in seven days against the SEC rival, No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs. Action is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT and the meet will be televised nationally on the SEC Network.

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round picks, NFL draft order, top players for the 2018 NFL Draft

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

The 2018 NFL Draft is once again expected to be loaded with talented players.Below find a 2018 NFL mock draft, and an up to date NFL draft order.   Baker Mayfield should be a high pick in the draft as will USC quarterback Sam Darnold. The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is set for April 26.

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 Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick could be selected in the top 5.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

  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: Bradley Chubb DE: While Minkah Fitzpatrick is the better prospect, defensive end is the bigger need for the Colts. Offensive line, such as Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson, could also be a target.
  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 line could be the pick here. Drafting Allen is a risk, but the Denver quarterback situation might be the worst in the league. Allen did well in the Senior Bowl game, showing why he’s such a tantalizing prospect.
  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: Saquon Barkley: With Doug Martin having an up and down career, why not give Jameis Winston one more weapon and see if he really is your franchise quarterback. Defensive end is another area of need.
  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: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame OG:  With Jimmy Garoppolo looking like the quarterback of the future, San Francisco can draft the best player available. As weird as it is to say that is a guard, Nelson is just special.
  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 : 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. Marcus Davenport of UTSA could also get a look here after a strong Senior Bowl.
  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, Nelson, could be an option.
  13. Washington Redskins: Derwin James, FSU DB: Washington has it’s quarterback of the future with Alex Smith.  So 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: Secondary is still a huge area of need for the Packers. It’ll either be Jackson or Denzel Ward as the first cornerback taken in the draft.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Williams, Texas T: Quarterback is Arizona’s biggest need. They could reach for Mason Rudolph, or drastically improve their offensive line with the selection of Williams.
  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, especially after how he took over the College Football Playoff.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, LSU RB: The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch departed. Guice would make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round. Seattle could also look at the secondary, given that the Legion of Boom is getting old.
  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. He could be a big riser come the NFL combine.
  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: Marcus Davenport, DE UTSA: With Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers getting up their in age, Davenport is the perfect project to step in and eventually take over.
  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. Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn could also help on the interior.
  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, but with Mike Varbel now in charge, the Ohio State connection makes this too easy.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia OG:  Wynn had a great senior season with Georgia and then followed it up with a dominant Senior Bowl. Given the Falcons’ struggles on the interior of the offensive line, he’s a player who makes a lot of sense here.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Harold Landry, DE/OLB: Cam Jordan had a fantastic season for the Saints, but the defense still has some holes in the front 7. Adding Landry gives them another dynamic pass rusher.
  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. Rudolph will need to have a strong NFL combine to solidify this ranking after he missed the Senior Bowl.
  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: Braden Smith, Auburn OG:  For a team on the verge of winning the Super Bowl, there aren’t a lot of holes here. Offensive line is one given that a number of key players are starting to get up there in age.

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

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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Alabama softball takes first loss of season in final game of Black and Gold Invitational

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

The University of Alabama softball team took its first loss of the season when it stranded two runners in scoring position during its final at-bat against No. 11 Baylor, resulting in a 2-1 loss in the Black and Gold Invitation on Sunday.

Alabama outscored its opponents 34-4 in the four games at the weekend tournament hosted by Southern Miss.

Freshman Kaylee Tow hit a home run in the third inning for Alabama’s lone run Sunday. Senior ace Alexis Osorio (2-1) took the loss. Both runs were scored on an infield single by Carlee Wallace in the first inning.


No. 9 Alabama opened the tournament with an 11-1 victory over Southern Miss on Friday. The win was keyed by home runs by junior Caroline Hardy, sophomore Claire Jenkins and junior Merris Schroder. Hardy went 3-3 with a career-high three RBI.

It was the first time the Crimson Tide had home runs by three different players since the 2017 season opener against Towson.

On Saturday, Alabama defeated No. 24 McNeese 11-1, and Mississippi Valley State, 11-0.

Tow went 3-for-5 on the day with a three-run home run against the Cowgirls and an RBI-triple against the Devilettes. Junior Reagan Dykes, senior Peyton Grantham and sophomore Claire Jenkins also hit hime runs.

Junior Courtney Gettins (2-0) earned the win against McNeese, allowing just one run on three hits, and freshman Madison Preston (2-0) yielded two late hits in the fifth inning against Mississippi Valley State.

Alabama (6-1) will play its home opener on Friday while hosting the Easton Bama Bash over the weekend. The Crimson Tide is scheduled to play five games against Georgia State, Northern Iowa and No. 8/6 Florida State.


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WATCH: John Daly hits hole-in-one while wearing spectacular American flag pants

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

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John Daly has been somewhat of an American treasure for a long time now, but the former Arkansas golfer took it to another level on Sunday.

Daly hit a hole-in-one during the final round of the Chubb Classic, and did so while wearing a unique pair of American flag pants.

See for yourself:

Useful shot, John! The celebration was muted but the shot was pure.

Daly finished the tournament at 13-under par and finishes the tournament in 8th place. Joe Durant won with a score of 19-under par.

Daly turned professional in 1987 after a collegiate career at the University of Arkansas. His personal battles have been well-documented, but it’s good to see him having success on the golf course again. He hasn’t won a tournament since the 2004 Buick Invitational, but placing in the top 10 is something to be proud of. He finished just two strokes away from a tie for 2nd place.

His son, Jon Daly II, is also a golfer and is coming off an impressive win in the junior circuit. It’s also been a little under a year since the younger Daly got his first ace.

Like father, like son. Perhaps the elder Daly can pass on a few fashion tips as well.

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