Seven Bengals miss practice Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 1:43 PM

            CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 1: C.J. Uzomah #87 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by C.J. Mosley #57 of the Baltimore Ravens and Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravensk during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 1: C.J. Uzomah #87 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by C.J. Mosley #57 of the Baltimore Ravens and Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravensk during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

It looks as though the only negative to come out of Sunday’s rout at Cleveland is an expanded injury list as the Cincinnati Bengals were without seven players at practice Wednesday during the portion open to the media.

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In addition to tight end Tyler Eifert, wide receiver John Ross and linebacker Jordan Evans, all of whom have missed the last two games, the Bengals didn’t have tight ends Ryan Hewitt or C.J. Uzomah, safety Derron Smith, linebacker Jordan Evans or defensive tackle Andrew Billings for their first practice in prepartion for Sunday’s home game against Buffalo.

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Ross, Evans and Uzomah were doing rehab work on the side field, but Eifert hasn’t been a practice since injuring his back in the Week 2 loss to Houston. Hewitt has been wearing a large brace on his left knee since taking a low hit from Cleveland safety Jabril Peppers on the first play of the second half Sunday.

Referee hurts himself in unusual way during Bears vs. Lions

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:07 PM

The Chicago Bears are on the road against the Detroit Lions, and will playing the rest of the game down a referee.

Bears running back Tarik Cohen nearly scored on a huge kick return, however, it was later called back due to a holding penalty. Side judge Terry Brown was running down the field to try and keep up with the play, and ended up hurting himself.

He had to be helped off of the field, and it looked like he pulled a muscle in his lower body.

Brown isn’t the first referee to have to leave the field this season. Umpire Jeff Rice had to be carted off of the field when the New England Patriots played on Sunday Night Football against the Denver Broncos earlier this season. During a special teams play, Patriots linebacker Trevor Reilly got thrown into Rice, who fell straight backwards and slammed the back of his head onto the turf.

While he didn’t finish the game, he has since returned to work.

Some players have also had to leave the field during this game. The Bears announced defensive end Pernell McPhee is doubtful to return to the game with a shoulder injury, and Lions cornerback Darius Slay is being evaluated for a concussion, per  team insider Tim Twentyman.

Nebraska-Kansas basketball: Live updates, stats, analysis (December 16, 2017)

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:05 PM

Nebraska basketball faces Kansas on Saturday, Dec. 16. The game tips off at 8:01 p.m. ET/7:01 p.m. CT. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.

Nebraska-Kansas basketball live updates, score

Nebraska-Kansas basketball: Game time, information

Nebraska and Kansas play at 8:01 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Time: 8:01 p.m. ET/7:01 p.m. CT

Date: Saturday, Dec. 16

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.

How can I watch the Nebraska-Kansas basketball game on TV and online?

Nebraska and Kansas will be broadcast on FS1.  FOX Sports GO will have the live stream.

Joe Davis and Donny Marshall will call the game.

How can I listen to the Nebraska-Kansas basketball game on the radio?

Nebraska and Kansas can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.

Nebraska-Kansas basketball preview

Nebraska comes into the matchup with Kansas after a 75-65 loss to Creighton last Saturday. The Huskers led by as many as 8 points against the Bluejays but couldn’t keep the momentum going in the end. Despite it, the Huskers also have wins — like the one over then-No. 14 Minnesota — that are encouraging.

As for Kansas, the Jayhawks come into the matchup looking to snap a two-game losing streak. Kansas lost 74-65 to Washington and then 95-85 to No. 5 Arizona State. The Jayhawks hope to correct the issues of the last two games with a win over the Huskers.

Kansas returned two starters this season, and those players were part of a team that went 31-5 and reached the Elite Eight last season. The Jayhawks also boast one of the top offenses in college basketball, ranking in the top 20 nationally in scoring average (88.1, T-15th), field-goal percentage (52.0, seventh), 3-pointers per game (11.1, 12th) and assists per game (20.1, second). Kansas also ranks 35th nationally in field-goal defense, holding opponents to 38.6 percent shooting.

Nebraska will need big performances from players such as Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland to be competitive against Kansas. Watson — a third-year starter with the Huskers — is one of Nebraska’s leaders in scoring (13.9 ppg, second), assists (3.6, first) and steals (2.0, first).

As for Copeland, the 6-foot-9 forward leads Nebraska in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and is in the top three in scoring (12.7 ppg, third) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg, second). He has reached double figures in five of the last six games.

ESPN has listed Kansas as an 82-percent favorite to win the matchup on Saturday.

Oregon-Boise State: Recap, score, analysis for Las Vegas Bowl (December 16, 2017)

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

The Mario Cristobal era at Oregon didn’t begin so well, with the Ducks falling behind 24-0 on the way to a 38-28 loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Oregon committed 4 first-half turnovers and didn’t score on offense until the fourth quarter. Follow along for our recap and live updates from Sin City.

Oregon-Boise State live updates, score, analysis

1:12 4 th Q (38-28, Boise): Jaylon Redd catches an 8-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert. The score was set up by a 67-yard reception from Dillon Mitchell.

2:22 4 th Q (38-21, Boise): Ryan Wolpin scores his second touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run. Boise went 11 plays and 86 yards and ate up 5:19 of clock to kill any chance for Oregon to mount a comeback.

10:07 4 th Q (31-21, Boise): Brenden Schooler catches a 24-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert, 1 play after Herbert scrambled for a conversion on 4th-and-1. The Ducks gained 78 yards on that drive after gaining 115 on their previous 13 possessions.

9:41 3 rd Q (31-14, Boise): Alec Dhaenens catches a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brett Rypien. Dhaenens bounced off a poor tackle attempt by Oregon’s Arrion Springs and cut upfield for the score, completing a 12-play, 75-yard drive.

0:07 2 nd Q (24-14, Boise): Tyree Robinson picks off a Brett Rypien pass and returns it 100 yards for a touchdown. This came right after Boise State got 67 yards on a pass from Rypien to Cedrick Wilson.

0:37 2 nd Q (24-7, Boise): Troy Dye scores on an 81-yard fumble return touchdown after Boise State tries to run the Statue of Liberty play. The behind-the-back handoff was too high for Broncos RB Alex Mattison and the ball bounced right to Dye who stayed on his feet and was gone.

5:11 2 nd Q (24-0, Boise): Kekaula Kaniho intercepts Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and returns it 53 yards for a touchdown. Herbert was pressured and looked like he was trying to throw it away but instead he turned it over for the third time as the Ducks have four turnovers.

8:59 2 nd Q (17-0, Boise): Haden Hoggarth connects on a 39-yard field goal to complete a 12-play, 62-yard drive. The Broncos were aided by a holding penalty on Oregon on 3rd-and-8 at the Boise 18-yard line.

14:55 2 nd (14-0 Boise): Haden Hoggarth is wide left on a 42-yard field goal attempt. The Broncos had started at Oregon’s 21-yard line after quarterback Justin Herbert was strip-sacked.

1:21 1 st Q (14-0 Boise): Cedrick Wilson catches a 26-yard touchdown pass from Brett Rypien. Boise’s drive started at the Oregon 32-yard line after Jabril Frazier recovered a fumble by Tony Brooks-James.

8:17 1 st Q (7-0, Boise): Ryan Wolpin’s 1-yard touchdown run on a backward pass caps a 13-play, 67-yard drive after Oregon went 3-and-out. The Broncos converted a 4th-and-2 from the Ducks’ 5-yard line to keep the possession going.

Oregon-Boise State game time, details

Game time: 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

Odds: Oregon opened as a five-point favorite.

Which TV channel is Oregon-Boise State on?

Oregon and Boise State will play the Las Vegas Bowl on ABC.

How can I watch Oregon-Boise State online?

You can watch Oregon play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on ABC live. 

How can I listen to Oregon-Boise State on the radio?

You can listen to Oregon play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Oregon IMG Sports Network.

Oregon-Boise State preview, keys to the game

Even if Willie Taggart were still coaching the Ducks, this game would be full of intrigue. It would have been Oregon’s first bowl game under the new coach, against the Mountain West Champs. But since Taggart bolted to Florida State, the interest in the game has risen exponentially.

How will Mario Cristobal do in his debut?

How will Oregon’s recruits, who have decommitted in waves, respond to how the Ducks play?

Will Oregon sustain its torrid pace under now-healthy Justin Herbert?

That, more than anything, will likely decide the fate of the game. Herbert has been the fulcrum of Oregon’s success this season, leading the Ducks to a 6-1 record as a starter, watching in a sling or street clothes as they tumbled 1-4 without him. With Herbert, Oregon is averaging 52 points per game, compiling more than 550 yards in each.

What remains unknown, and will be a huge factor in Oregon’s success on Saturday, is whether or not Royce Freeman decides to play in his final game as a Duck. A senior, Freeman has set a slew of records this season, becoming the Pac-12’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, among others. The last time Freeman addressed the subject, after a rout of Oregon State in the Civil War, Freeman said “I don’t know. I haven’t really gotten a chance to think about that yet. Reflecting after this game, I’ll watch the film, and rely on people close to me to help me make a decision, but I haven’t thought that far yet.”

Saturday will be mark the first time since 2009 Oregon and Boise State have met. In their previous two meetings, in 2008 and 2009, the Mustangs prevailed, winning 37-32 and 19-8, respectively. Their last meeting remains infamous, when Oregon running back Legarrette Blount punched a Boise State player.

“It’s been awhile,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, who was the offensive coordinator for those games. “Obviously excited coming off the (Mountain West) championship game, knowing we have another opportunity, another part of our goal to achieve, and to do it against an opponent like Oregon is something our guys are going to be looking forward to.”

WATCH: Contestant on The Price is Right gives shout out to fantasy players Leonard Fournette, Cam Newton

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 5:54 PM

Fantasy football has become a major thing for a lot of NFL fans, as millions of people play for many reasons including money and bragging rights.

One die-hard fantasy player took his moment on national television as a contestant on The Price is Right to give a shout out to not his friends or family, but the players, including former LSU running back Leonard Fournette and former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, on his fantasy team.

That is some dedication right there while spinning “the Big Wheel” on the longtime game show and a heavy SEC lineup he has. Along with Fournette and Newton, he also mentions former South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.