Trio of injured Bengals return to practice

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 3:44 PM

            CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Alex Erickson #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 10: Alex Erickson #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Running back Joe Mixon, cornrerback William Jackson and returner Alex Erickson were limited participants at practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday.

Mixon and Erickson are dealing with ankle injuries, while Jackson is battling a sore knee.

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Linebacker Vontaze Burfict (shoulder) and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder) missed their second consecutive practice of the week and are not expected to play Sunday in the season finale at Baltimore.

Three others were upgraded to full participation after going limited Wednesday — linebacker Jordan Evans (concussion), safety Shawn Williams (concussion) and H-back Ryan Hewitt (knee).

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Running back Giovani Bernard (ankle) and cornerback Darqueze Dennard (knee) were limited for the second day in a row.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, location, TV channel, time

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

Super Bowl 2018 features the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots for Super Bowl 52. Find the date, location, TV channel and time information below.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the most recent Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, game information

Super Bowl 52 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Super Bowl 2018: Location

The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously served as host of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

Super Bowl 2018: TV channel

The Super Bowl will be televised by NBC. Al Michaels is doing the play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth is the analyst. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox are the sideline reporters.

Super Bowl 2018: Time

Super Bowl 52 starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Super Bowl: Scores, winners, results

I Green Bay Packers 35-10 Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles
II Green Bay Packers 33-14 Oakland Raiders Miami
III New York Jets 16-7 Baltimore Colts Miami
IV Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
V Baltimore Colts 16-13 Dallas Cowboys Miami
VI Dallas Cowboys 24-3 Miami Dolphins New Orleans
VII Miami Dolphins 14-7 Washington Redskins Los Angeles
VIII Miami Dolphins 24-7 Minnesota Vikings Houston
IX Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
X Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XI Oakland Raiders 32-14 Minnesota Vikings Pasadena, Calif.
XII Dallas Cowboys 27-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Los Angeles Rams Pasadena, Calif.
XV Oakland Raiders 27-10 Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans
XVI San Francisco 49ers 26-21 Cincinnati Bengals Pontiac, Mich.
XVII Washington Redskins 27-17 Miami Dolphins Pasadena, Calif.
XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 38-9 Washington Redskins Tampa, Fla.
XIX San Francisco 49ers 38-16 Miami Dolphins Stanford, Calif.
XX Chicago Bears 46-10 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXI New York Giants 39-20 Denver Broncos Pasadena, Calif.
XXII Washington Redskins 42-10 Denver Broncos San Diego
XXIII San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV San Francisco 49ers 55-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XXV New York Giants 20-19 Buffalo Bills Tampa, Fla.
XXVI Washington Redskins 37-24 Buffalo Bills Minneapolis
XXVII Dallas Cowboys 52-17 Buffalo Bills Pasadena, Calif.
XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 30-13 Buffalo Bills Atlanta
XXIX San Francisco 49ers 49-26 San Diego Chargers Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXX Dallas Cowboys 27-17 Pittsburgh Steelers Tempe, Ariz.
XXI Green Bay Packers 35-21 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXII Denver Broncos 31-24 Green Bay Packers San Diego
XXIII Denver Broncos 34-19 Atlanta Falcons Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV St. Louis Rams 23-16 Tennessee Titans Atlanta
XXXV Baltimore Ravens 34-7 New York Giants Tampa, Fla.
XXXVI New England Patriots 20-17 St. Louis Rams New Orleans
XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 Oakland Raiders San Diego
XXXVIII New England Patriots 32-29 Carolina Panthers Houston
XXXIX New England Patriots 24-21 Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville, Fla.
XL Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 Seattle Seahawks Detroit
XLI Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Chicago Bears Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLII New York Giants 17-14 New England Patriots Glendale, Ariz.
XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 Arizona Cardinals Tampa, Fla.
XLIV New Orleans Saints 31-17 Indianapolis Colts Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLV Green Bay Packers 31-25 Pittsburgh Steelers Arlington, Texas
XLVI New York Giants 21-17 New England Patriots Indianapolis
XLVII Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49ers New Orleans
XLVIII Seattle Seahawks 43-8 Denver Broncos East Rutherford, N.J.
XLIX New England Patriots 28-24 Seattle Seahawks Glendale, Ariz.
50 Denver Broncos 24-10 Carolina Panthers Santa Clara, Calif.
51 New England Patriots 34-28 (OT) Atlanta Falcons Houston
52 Minneapolis


Ohio State football: Return of WRs ‘bigger than the money,’ huge for Buckeyes’ title hopes

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The decisions were all personal and individual for the Ohio State wide receivers, so for at least a couple days they went their separate ways.

But it was the power of the group that seemingly made up all of their minds even when they were apart, and by now it should really come as no surprise that Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin all arrived at the same conclusion.

The work for those veterans with Zone 6 apparently just wasn’t done. The bond between them was too strong to leave behind if they still had another year to strengthen it. Perhaps even more important, there was still plenty for all of them to accomplish both individually and as a team — and take a guess which of those areas mattered most a group that walked onto the field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and insisted on being interviewed as a three-person group.

“Sometimes it’s bigger than the money,” Dixon said. “Passing up a brotherhood like this would be crazy.

“I mean, there are goals we still want to reach this year, and having those two guys with me was definitely a big factor. It was kind of an individual thing, but we all talked about it together. The biggest thing is we want to win a national title, and we want to be a big part of that.”

The expectations for the Buckeyes only got greater with the Zone 6 unit somewhat unexpectedly staying intact with every draft-eligible player putting off the NFL for a year, with K.J. Hill included in that group along with that trio of veteran leaders.

Johnnie Dixon put off the NFL for another year to help Ohio State compete for a national title. (Land of 10/file photo)

And even with a new quarterback taking over, there is already offseason buzz that Ohio State could be even more dangerous offensively next season with all those wide receivers potentially easing the transition for the post-J.T. Barrett era. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Mike Weber also decided to return to partner with J.K. Dobbins at tailback and a solid group of linemen will be back, but it’s the wideouts that are the most intriguing given how dramatically that unit appeared to improve last season.

That rise could have given Campbell a reason to move on, since his breathtaking speed was put on full display when he was healthy as he averaged more than 14 yards per touch as a rusher and receiver. McLaurin could have considered his work of changing the culture as done after helping establish the kind of relentless work ethic on the practice field needed to make an impact, complementing that with 6 touchdowns. And after finally getting to enjoy a full season relatively healthy, Dixon hardly could have been blamed for taking his 8 touchdowns from last season and seeking a paycheck for the next one.

But all of them saw more room for improvement. And none were ready to leave without achieving that and competing for a national title after the stinging disappointment of the College Football Playoff snub in December.

“I feel like we took a big step in that last year,” McLaurin said. “But at the same time, we just feel like there is more to be done. There are more plays to be made. We’re not satisfied with where we took it yet. We feel like as part of coming back, we just want to leave the room better than when we came in. I’m not saying it was a bad room, we just want to keep enhancing it every year.

“Everybody comes back that had a key part in the offense developing last year, so I feel like it’s just taking that next step. Just getting better as a unit, and then propelling the offense to take the necessary steps to get where we want to get next year.”

The next quarterback will play a crucial role in that, and with Dwayne Haskins as the favorite heading into spring practice, there will be incredible pressure on him to deliver for Ohio State as it defends the Big Ten title and tries to get back to the College Football Playoff.

Terry McLaurin grabbed 6 touchdown passes in 2017 for Ohio State. (Land of 10/file photo)

But he shouldn’t have to worry about a lack of weapons at his disposal, and Zone 6 wants to take some of that stress off his shoulders. After spending all of last season fielding questions about whether their struggles had brought down the offense and using that as motivational fuel, now the wide receivers get to show whether they can handle success without slowing down the growth curve.

“It’s crazy,” Campbell said. “I didn’t think we would all be back, but it’s definitely exciting. … Definitely we all feel like we left something on the field last year, and it was obvious, you could see it. But I think the leadership around our room is A1A, top of the list, but I think we have to capitalize on every opportunity we get this upcoming season and we’ll be fine.

“The ultimate goal is to win a national title, and I wouldn’t choose anybody else to go do it with.”

With McLaurin standing on his left and Dixon on his right, both still wearing scarlet and gray, the feeling was mutual.

Ohio State-Nebraska basketball: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

Ohio State and Nebraska basketball play Monday, January 22 at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Find the TV channel, game time and how to watch online below.

Ohio State-Nebraska basketball: Time, game information

Ohio State and Nebraska play at 8:00 PM ET on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

Date: Monday, Jan. 22

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Location: Columbus, Ohio

What TV channel will Ohio State-Nebraska be on?

The Ohio State-Nebraska game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. You can find the Big Ten Network channel on your TV here.

Ohio State-Nebraska basketball: Watch online

You can watch Ohio State-Nebraska online at

Ohio State-Nebraska basketball preview

Ohio State (17-4) has won seven games in a row, most recently a 67-49 win over Minnesota on Saturday. The Buckeyes have been on a roll since beating then-No. 1 Michigan State on Jan. 7 and have since rolled to easy wins over Maryland, Rutgers, and Northwestern.

“They seem very, very connected. They seem like they like each other. They’ve got good chemistry. It’s easy to be in a good mood when you’re winning, too,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said of Ohio State.

Buckeyes redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop led the way against the Golden Gophers with 17 points and 12 rebounds, marking his eighth double-double of the season and the 16th consecutive contest he’s scored in double-digits.

It was hardly Bates-Diop’s most efficient night, however, as he shot 7-for-21 from the field. He’ll hope for a more effective night against Nebraska (14-7), which is coming off a big 72-52 win over No. 23 Michigan, which has the third-best scoring defense in the Big Ten.

Freshman Kaleb Wesson has also been a key player for Ohio State this season. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound forward is averaging 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and he won Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Dec. 4.

The Huskers are led by junior guard James Palmer Jr., who is averaging 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Palmer Jr. scored 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting against Michigan. Juniors Isaac Copeland (12.3 points per game) and Glynn Watson Jr. (11.7 points per game) have also been top scoring options for Nebraska.

The Buckeyes and Huskers split their season series last year in a pair of heart-pounding contests. Ohio State beat Nebraska, 67-66, on Jan. 18, 2017 before the Huskers returned the favor Feb. 18, 2017 and picked up a 58-57 victory. Glynn Watson Jr.’s 3-point play with 11.3 seconds left punctuated a six-point swing for Nebraska that sealed the wild comeback win.

Monday’s game will be the lone contest between the conference rivals this season.

Auburn football: Already feeling like family

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

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Auburn football is the No. 1 topic in the War Eagle Wakeup every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across the Tigers’ sports world. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Auburn football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Gus Malzahn already working new AD 

Allen Greene’s introductory news conference Friday morning went as smoothly as it could go.

The new leader of the Tigers’ athletics was personable, transparent and made his high aspirations for his department known.

After a brief statement in which Greene shared a little about his background and family, he took questions from members of the local media. It was during that question-and-answer period that Greene joked that Gus Malzahn has already requested a new (separate) football facility.

It was a joke during the two’s first meeting … but not really.

In other Auburn news:

Tigers pull off comeback win

Saturday night was not going well for Auburn basketball.

The Tigers got off to another shaky start, this time against Georgia. The Bulldogs ran up a 14-point lead, and it looked like Bruce Pearl’s team was in for its second consecutive loss. And then the second half unfolded.

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Auburn (17-2, 5-1) poured in 53 second-half points and held Georgia to just 25 points. The night ended with players standing at exits of the building thanking fans for helping the team earn its 11th consecutive win at Auburn Arena.

There was some bad in the first 20 minutes of the game, but there ended up being much more good in the victory. Here’s a look at the action:

Mr. Greene takes visits Auburn Arena 

Another cool aspect of the win was that it came during new AD Allen Greene’s first sporting event and trip to Auburn Arena.

The newcomer was in the spotlight from the moment he walked in the building to a standing ovation. He met fans, took in the amazing atmosphere and got his first taste of what winning is like on The Plains.

Greene even got special access inside Auburn basketball’s locker room and got to help the team celebrate its comeback win.

Tweet of the day 

This Mustapha Heron dunk will be referenced for a long time. That poor, poor Georgia player.


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