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Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 3:44 PM
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.
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).
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 52 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously served as host of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
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 52 starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
You can watch Ohio State-Nebraska online at BTN.com.
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.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 3:00 AM
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.
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.
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) January 18, 2018
In other Auburn news:
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:
This team refuses to quit.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 21, 2018
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.
— Allen Greene (@AGreeneIV) January 21, 2018
Greene even got special access inside Auburn basketball’s locker room and got to help the team celebrate its comeback win.
— Greg Ostendorf (@greg_ostendorf) January 21, 2018
This Mustapha Heron dunk will be referenced for a long time. That poor, poor Georgia player.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) January 21, 2018
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