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Reports: Cincinnati Reds will not extend qualifying offer to Zack Cozart

Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

Cincinnati Reds’ Zack Cozart hits a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Gant in the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Cincinnati Reds’ Zack Cozart hits a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Gant in the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(Associated Press)

Zack Cozart will not receive a qualifying offer from the Cincinnati Reds, per multiple reports. 

The 32-year-old shortstop is coming off his first All-Star season as he heads into free agency for the first time

The team had the option of offering a one-year, $17 million deal to Cozart. 

That may have made him less attractive to other potential suitors and be more money than they want to commit to him next season.  

If they had made the offer, the Reds would have received a compensatory pick if he then signed with someone else. 

The Reds could still re-sign Cozart, perhaps to a multi-year deal worth less money annually. 

READ MORE: Pros and cons of re-signing Zack Cozart

They may also choose to move forward with Jose Peraza at shortstop in 2018. 

Tennessee WR Jauan Jennings goes on epic rant against Vols coaching staff in Instagram video

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

The mood around the Tennessee football program is possibly at an all-time low right now as the Volunteers prepare for its final game of the season against Vanderbilt.

One player that is upset with the current coaching staff is wide receiver Jauan Jennings, who has been preparing for a comeback against the Commodores after suffering an injury in the opening game against Georgia Tech this season.

Per Mike Bratton, Jennings aired his grievances on his Instagram feed:

(Warning: some language NSFW.)

According to a SEC Country source, this is the first that Jennings returning against Vanderbilt has been mentioned, and during previous games since injury, he has not been on the sidelines with the team, including last week when he decided to sit in the stands during the Volunteers loss to LSU.

West Virginia announces uniform combination vs. Oklahoma

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:15 PM

West Virginia football unveiled its uniform combination for its final game of the regular season on Saturday.

The Mountaineers wrap their conference slate with a road trip to Oklahoma, and they’ll break out white jerseys, white pants and matte blue helmets.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 28-14 loss to Texas on Saturday, Nov. 18, dropping them to a 7-4 record this season. West Virginia is out of contention for a spot in the Big 12 championship game, but it can spoil No. 4-ranked Oklahoma’s chances at a College Football Playoff berth with an upset win.

The Mountaineers will be without starting quarterback Will Grier. Although, the Sooners will also be without starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy frontrunner Baker Mayfield for at least the Sooners’ first offensive series.

Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m. CT in Norman, Oklahoma. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Beanie Wells dispenses words of wisdom for Ohio State ahead of Michigan game

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

Former Ohio State running back Beanie Wells has no shortage of experience with the Buckeyes’ rivalry against Michigan, having played for the team from 2006-2008. On Tuesday, Wells dispensed some words of wisdom for the Buckeyes  with “The Game” set for this weekend.

“The history. The dream. The game. What’s this week mean to you, fellas? All the coaches and players that gave blood, sweat and tears to be apart of this amazing rivalry,” Wells said in a Twitter video. “They say the good become great when no one’s watching. But the great became legends when the whole word is watching.

Wells never mentions Michigan by name in the video, instead referring to the Wolverines as “the team up north.”

Check out the full video tweeted by Ohio State here:

Wells had his most successful season at Ohio State as a sophomore in 2007, when he rushed for 1,609 yards and 15 touchdowns on 274 carries.

The running back’s performance against Michigan that season helped propel the Buckeyes to the national championship. On Nov. 18, 2007, he scored both touchdowns in Ohio State’s 14-3 win over the Wolverines. The Buckeyes lost in the BCS Championship to LSU, 38-24, on Jan. 7, 2008.

Wells went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, before retiring after the 2012 season.

Indiana-Arkansas State basketball: Score, live updates (11/22/2017)

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

Indiana basketball plays Arkansas State on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Find score, live updates and stats below.

Indiana, who is not ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll, has gotten off to a 2-2 start. The Hoosiers’ wins have come against Howard Bison and South Florida, while their losses have come against Indiana State and of No. 20 Seton Hall (then No. 22).

Indiana-Arkansas State basketball: Score, live updates

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Indiana-Arkansas State basketball: Time, game information

Indiana basketball plays Arkansas State at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

Time: 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Location: Bloomington Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

TV channel:  Big Ten Network

Indiana-Arkansas State basketball: Watch online

The Indiana-Arkansas State basketball game can be watched online through  Big Ten Network TV (BTN TV).

Indiana-Arkansas State basketball: Preview

In the first and only regular season meeting between Indiana and Arkansas State this season, both teams enter with identical overall records. Both the Hoosiers and the Red Wolves enter play on Wednesday with a record of 2-2. Indiana has gone 2-1 at home, while Arkansas State has gone 0-2 on the road.

Indiana is coming off a 70-53 over South Florida on Sunday at Bloomington Assembly Hall. In that victory, senior guard Robert Johnson led the way with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc, and added 3 assists and 4 rebounds. Junior forward Juwan Morgan contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore forward De’Ron Davis pitched in 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

In 4 games overall, Johnson is averaging 13.5 points per game and Davis is averaging 11.8 points per game. Freshman guard Aljami Durham has contributed 10.3 points per game.

Arkansas State was also victorious their last time out, defeating Howard Bison, 92-78, at home. Junior guard Ty Cockfield tallied 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, 3-of-4 shooting from deep, and grabbed 7 rebounds while dishing out 3 assists. Senior guard Rashad Lindsey added 17 points and senior forward Tamas Bruce scored 14 points.

Overall for the Red Wolves, three players are currently averaging double-digit points per game. After 4 games, Cockfield is averaging 18.3 points per game, while senior guard Deven Simms and Bruce are averaging 15 points per game and 12.5 points per game, respectively.
Indiana head coach Archie Miller and Arkansas State coach Mike Balado will both be coaching in their fifth game with their respective teams.
After this game, Indiana will host Eastern Michigan on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET at Bloomington Assembly Hall, while Arkansas State will continue its road trip and take on South Florida on Friday at noon ET at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.