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Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 9:53 AM
— With there being no point to rehashing the latest Cincinnati Reds loss — they’re due for a six-game winning streak now, right? — here’s a question: Do you care about being able to watch games on Facebook?
Whether you do or not, you will be able to tonight when the Colorado Rockies come to town.
While I was writing that story yesterday, I was thinking this seems like a pretty good idea for all involved.
I don’t really get why Twitter wants to broadcast whole games nor why the NFL would find that to be worth its while (although maybe they are just willing to take money from a company that obviously has no idea what it’s doing and succeeds in spite of itself — that’s getting easier and easier to do these days…), but I can see Facebook making some sense.
While Twitter is an on-the-go app (unless it’s on in the background while doing something else) that is already constantly updating, Facebook is more something one can settle in with. Surf around, see what’s happening with various people and whatever subjects and news sources you have liked.
I have an easier time envisioning Facebook serving something to an audience that isn’t necessarily looking for it and having some success hooking new fans.
While I’m sure reaching current fans (to retain them and increase their engagement) and finding new ones are both appealing to MLB, the latter is probably more important.
What do you think?
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With OTAs cranking up around the NFL, there are bound to be plenty of, “So what is THAT guy up to?” stories such as this one on former Ohio State/Centerville standout Michael Bennett. (H/T Land of 10)
First Coast News in Jacksonville reports the Jaguars defensive tackle is optimistic big things are in store for his third year in the NFL after hip and calf injuries marred the first two.
He missed all of last season because of the latter and had surgeries to clean up both.
“I’m a lot strong than I’ve ever been, same with my quickness,” Bennett said.
“Then just studying football. Going into this year, I’m very optimistic, I feel very good about it, just because I’ve never been this knowledgeable about football, I’ve never been this strong or as fast. My technique has never been this good.”
Bennett is one of the most fascinating guys I covered in my decade-plus on the Ohio State beat.
Not only was he always ready with an informative answer to football questions, he was one of the players who could speak thoughtfully on topics outside the lines like athlete compensation and unionization.
He was also hell on wheels on a football field and one of the biggest reasons the Buckeyes won the 2014 national championship.
Bennett found another level in the postseason, dominating inside and giving that OSU defense a different look and snarl against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.
Hopefully he can make an impact this fall for the Jags…
Speaking of NFL defensive lineman, were you bothered by Domata Peko telling Denver media he left Cincinnati for a better shot at winning the Super Bowl with the Broncos?
That was one free-agent defection that was not hard to see coming given Peko’s age and the fact the Bengals seem to have been trying to draft his replacement for a couple of years.
I’m guessing he’ll be missed in the locker room more than on the field, but he had a great career with the Bengals.
His differentiation between trying to win a playoff game in Cincy and winning a championship in Denver is reasonable since the Broncos recently won the Super Bowl.
It also really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things.
I mean, it’s based in some fact, at least from an outsider’s perspective. There is a lot of focus on taking that next step and winning a playoff game since that hasn’t been done in so long.
However, from a practical standpoint… well it’s not likely they will fold up their tents and ignore the following week once that actually happens, so again it doesn’t really matter.
There is so much parity in the NFL, half the league could go on a run and win it all any given year. Then we spin everything based on that for the next few months.
As for which team has more realistic hopes of winning the Super Bowl next February?
Looks like a coin flip. The Broncos and Bengals finished last season 14-15 in Football Outsiders’ team efficiency rankings, and Denver still doesn’t have a quarterback.Tweets by marcushartman
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
Purdue basketball plays Minnesota on Sunday, February 25. The game starts at 4 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers are ranked No. 9 in the country in the latest AP Top 25 poll and the Golden Gophers are unranked.
Find game time, watch online, radio and streaming information for the game below.
The Boilermakers had a great start to the season, going 23-2 over their first 25 games. Following that stretch, however, the team lost its next three by a combined eight points. The Boilermakers have since bounced back by winning its last two going into the final regular season game against Minnesota.
Purdue and Minnesota play at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 25.
Purdue and Minnesota will be televised on FS1. You can watch the game online through FOX Sports Go.
The Purdue-Minnesota game can be found via the Purdue Boilermaker Sports Network.
Purdue and Minnesota played each other earlier this season on Jan. 13 at Minnesota and the Boilermakers ran away with an 81-47 victory. Purdue was 17-2 overall after that win and was clicking both offensively and defensively.
Purdue forward Vincent Edwards scored 25 points in that game and he has missed the last two contests the Boilermakers have played due an ankle injury. He has averaged 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season.
The 14.9 points per game is second on the team behind Carsen Edwards, who averages 17.4 per contest. Edwards is coming off a win on Thursday against Illinois in which he scored 40 — going 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3-point range while making 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
In the first matchup between these two teams, Purdue out-rebounded Minnesota, 46-29 and had four players score at least 12 points in the game, while Minnesota had none. Minnesota also shot 19 percent from 3-point range compared to Purdue’s 40 percent.
The Boilermakers have lost just one true home game this season and that came against Ohio State, 64-63. This game against Minnesota will be Purdue’s final contest at home this season.
For the Golden Gophers, it will be their final game of the season as well as the Big Ten Tournament is slated to go from Feb. 28-March 4. As it stands now, Purdue would have the No. 2-seed in the conference tournament, which means the Boilermakers would get a double bye to start.
Minnesota enters the matchup as the No. 11 team in the Big Ten standings and if the team holds that spot, they would have to play in the first day of the conference tournament against the No. 14-seeded team. The Golden Gophers have lost multiple games in decisive fashion, aside from the game against Purdue earlier, Minnesota has lost by 30 to Michigan State, 24 to Indiana, 23 to Northwestern and 18 to Ohio State.
The Golden Gophers are led in scoring by Jordan Murphy, who averages 17.1 points per game. Right behind Murphy, at 16.8 points per contest, is Nate Mason. The team has endured a number of negatives this season, including a season-ending injury to Amir Coffey and an expulsion to Reggie Lynch due to sexual misconduct.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
The 2018 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament starts Wednesday, February 28. Find the bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get finalized.
All 14 teams qualify for the conference tournament. The championship is set for Sunday, March 4. All games are in Indianapolis.
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Wednesday, February 28
No. 12 vs. No. 13, 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go
No. 11 vs. No. 14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 4 p.m.), BTN2Go
Thursday, March 1
No. 8 vs. No. 9, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 5 vs. No. 12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go
No. 7 vs. No. 10, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 6 vs. No. 11-14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go
Friday, March 2
No. 1 vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 4 vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go
No. 2 vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go
No. 3 vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go
Saturday, March 3
First semifinal, 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network
Second semifinal, 25 minutes after previous game (around 8:30 p.m.), Big Ten Network
Sunday, March 4
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
NOTE: As of after Saturday, February 24, games
|1995||Penn State||68-63||Ohio State||Missy Masley, Penn State|
|1996||Penn State||71-69||Purdue||Angie Potthoff, Penn State|
|1997||Iowa||63-56||Illinois||Angela Hamblin, Iowa|
|1998||Purdue||59-49||Penn State||Andrea Garner, Penn State|
|1999||Purdue||80-76||Illinois||Stephanie White, Purdue|
|2000||Purdue||71-63||Penn State||Helen Darling, Penn State|
|2001||Iowa||75-70||Purdue||Cara Consuegra, Iowa|
|2002||Indiana||75-72||Penn State||Heather Cassady, Indiana|
|2003||Purdue||67-65||Ohio State||Shereka Wright, Purdue|
|2004||Purdue||59-58||Penn State||Shereka Wright, Purdue|
|2005||Michigan State||55-49||Minnesota||Kristin Haynie, Michigan State|
|2006||Ohio State||63-60||Purdue||Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State|
|2007||Purdue||64-52||Ohio State||Katie Geralds, Purdue|
|2008||Purdue||58-56||Illinois||FahKara Malone, Purdue|
|2009||Ohio State||67-66||Purdue||Jantel Lavender, Ohio State|
|2010||Ohio State||66-64||Iowa||Jantel Lavender, Ohio State|
|2011||Ohio State||84-70||Penn State||Jantel Lavender, Ohio State|
|2012||Purdue||74-70 (OT)||Nebraska||Brittany Rayburn, Purdue|
|2013||Purdue||62-47||Michigan State||Drey Mingo, Purdue|
|2014||Nebraska||72-65||Iowa||Rachel Theroit, Nebraska|
|2015||Maryland||77-74||Ohio State||Lexie Brown, Maryland|
|2016||Maryland||60-44||Michigan State||Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland|
|2017||Maryland||74-64||Purdue||Brionna Jones, Maryland|
The following players were named to the All-Tournament team.
Ashley Berggren, G, 1997
Katie Coleman, F, 1997
Tauja Catchings, F, 1999-00
Allison Curtin, G, 1999-01
Rebecca Harris, G, 2008
Jenna Smith, F/C, 2008-09
Heather Cassady, G, 2002
Jill Chapman, C, 2002
Cyndi Valentin, G, 2006
Angela Hamblin, F, 1996-97
Samantha Logic, G, 2014
Tangela Smith, C, 1997-98
Cara Consuegra, G, 2001
Randi Peterson, C, 2001
Kachine Alexander, G, 2010
Kelly Krei, F, 2010
Kamille Wahlin, G, 2010
Ally Disterhoft, G, 2014
Bethany Doolittle, C, 2014-15
Lexie Brown, G, 2015
Brionna Jones, C, 2016-17
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, G, 2016-17
Destiny Slocum, G, 2017
Molly Murray, F, 1998
MICHIGAN STATE (7)
Paula Sanders, F, 1997
Kristin Haynie, G, 2005
Kelli Roehrig, C, 2005
Liz Shimek, F, 2006
Allyssa DeHaan, C, 2007
Jasmine Thomas, G, 2013
Aerial Powers, F, 2016
Janel McCarville, C, 2004-05
Jamie Broback, F, 2005
Amanda Zahui B., C, 2015
Jordan Hooper, F, 2012-14
Lindsey Moore, G, 2012-13
Rachel Theriot, G, 2014
Nia Coffey, F, 2016
OHIO STATE (20)
Peggy Evans, F, 1995
Katie Smith, F, 1995
Kim Wilburn, G, 2003
Caity Matter, G, 2003
Brandie Hoskins, G, 2005-06
Jessica Davenport, C, 2006-07
Star Allen, F, 2009
Jantel Lavender, C, 2009-10-11
Samantha Prahalis, G, 2010-11-12
Tayler Hill, G, 2011
Ameryst Alston, G, 2014
Alexa Hart, F, 2015
Kelsey Mitchell, G, 2015-16
PENN STATE (16)
Missy Masley, F, 1995
Angie Potthoff, F, 1995-96
Tina Nicholson, G, 1995-96
Andrea Garner, F/C,1998-00
Helen Darling, G, 2000
Kelly Mazzante, G, 2002-04
Tanisha Wright, G, 2002-03
Jess Strom, G, 2004
Alex Bentley, G, 2011
Maggie Lucas, G, 2011-13
Jannon Roland, F, 1996
Stacey Lovelace, F, 1996
Ukari Figgs, G, 1998-99
Stephanie White, G/F, 1998-99
Katie Douglas, G/F, 1999-00-01
Camille Cooper, C, 2000-01
Shereka Wright, F, 2003-04-05
Erika Valek, G, 2003
Katie Gearlds, F, 2004-06-07
Erin Lawless, F, 2006-07
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, F, 2007-09
FahKara Malone, G, 2008
Keshia Mosley, F, 2008
Kalika France, F, 2008
Danielle Campbell, C, 2008
Brittany Rayburn, G, 2009-12
KK Houser, G, 2012-13
Drey Mingo, F, 2013
Courtney Moses, G, 2013
Ashley Morrissette, G, 2017
Dominique Oden, G, 2017
Jessie Stomski, F, 2002
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:39 AM
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Obviously something changed. Kentucky went straight from a four-game losing streak that made us question whether these Wildcats would even make the NCAA Tournament into a three-game winning streak so impressive it has visions of Final Fours dancing again.
Kentucky stomped on the gas in the final five minutes against Alabama a week ago, then ran away from Arkansas in the last 13 minutes Tuesday in Fayetteville, all of which built up to Saturday night’s start-to-finish demolition of Missouri at Rupp Arena.
“Right before your eyes, we’re becoming a better basketball team,” coach John Calipari said after an 87-66 victory in which UK led by double digits the entire second half. “It wore me out, but yesterday in practice, at one point I stopped them and said, ‘The reason I’m so relaxed and having fun coaching you: I’m not fighting everybody. It was only a month ago, three weeks ago, half the team it was a fight to get them to play how we’re trying to get them to play.”
So what changed? Calipari noted that Jarred Vanderbilt’s foot injury, which caused him to miss the first 17 games, set Kentucky back and interrupted its chemistry when he returned. He pointed out how it took time to “figure out” freshman star Kevin Knox, who scored 21 on Saturday despite a Yahoo! Sports report on Friday that raised questions about his eligibility.
But that doesn’t feel like the answer to: What changed? How is it that Kentucky (20-9, 9-7 SEC) suddenly seems so much tougher?
“Sometimes you gotta put different guys on the floor,” Calipari said. “Dudes that are out there playing the most minutes are the toughest guys we have.”
Ah, yes, there it is. The Cats’ coach has settled on his five best players the last three games — Quade Green, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Knox, PJ Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt — and ridden them. That group alone has averaged 68.3 points and 30 rebounds the last three games compared to 69.7 points and 29.3 rebounds for entire opposing teams.
POSTGAME Q&A: Everything Calipari said after Mizzou win
Point guards Green and Gilgeous-Alexander have combined to average 24.7 points, 10.0 assists and just 2.3 turnovers during this winning streak, while Vanderbilt has emerged as an absolute monster, averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds the last three games. (After a 15-board night against Mizzou, he’s up to 18.9 rebounds per 40 minutes since joining the team in January.)
Knox has become a consistent scorer again — 18-plus in 4 of 5 games — and Washington is at last the “beast of a guy” Caliapri thought he was getting when he signed the muscled-up McDonald’s All-American.
“We sat down, we had a players-only meeting. We didn’t tell none of the coaches, we just went in the locker room and just settled everything,” Knox explained Saturday night. “Right then and there, we said we need to go through certain players, we need to play harder on defense. And you guys can tell, we’re so much better on defense and we’re kind of going through certain players on offense. Keep doing those things and we’ll make this run.”
Kentucky hit 10 of 16 3-pointers against Missouri and had eight more assists than turnovers, neither of which had been strong suits for the Wildcats most of the season.
“This team is different” from all of his previous eight UK teams, Calipari said. “It’s taken me a while, and it’s not their fault. I mean, I’ll say it again: Jarred coming at midseason put us in scramble mode. But this team is playing more like my UMass teams [of the 1990s] than some of my teams here or even my Memphis teams.”
Those Minutemen back in the day were known for leaning heavily on just a few players, like the five Calipari has finally found here this season.
So if Hamidou Diallo occasionally swishes three 3-pointers and throws down a tomahawk dunk — as he did in a slump-busting game Saturday — or Wenyen Gabriel provides bursts of hustle and rebounding or 7-footer Nick Richards rises up for a series of dunks and blocks every now and then, that’s just gravy.
At last, though, the Cats have five guys they can definitely count on to play winning basketball. So what changed?
“It started with Shai,” Calipari said. “Shai comes in at 7 a.m. and works out, shoots, then he would watch video. He never missed a class, never late, never late for a tutor, did everything he was supposed to. And every day when we practice, here he comes, teeth and feet, enthusiastic.
“I looked at the guys and I said, ‘Who is our best player?’ This is about three, four weeks ago. Who is our best player? Shai and it ain’t close. Well, let me tell you what he’s doing. Let me ask you: What are you doing?”
Not long after, Gilgeous-Alexander started having company for early workouts and Calipari started hearing basketballs bouncing in the practice gym outside his office at 10 or 11 p.m.
“This team is beginning to know that we’ve got to do this together,” Calipari said.
That is exactly what it looks like has changed.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts 2018 are updated with predictions. You can find out projections, players and the first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
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 (from Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
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