Williams returns to Bengals practice, another starter turns up ill

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

            GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals diving towards the end zone during the first quarter of their game at Lambeau Field on September 24, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24: Davante Adams #17 of the Green Bay Packers is tackled by Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals diving towards the end zone during the first quarter of their game at Lambeau Field on September 24, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams return to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

The Bengals listed Williams as a limited participant.

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The only other change from Wednesday was starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick sat out with an illness.

Also missing practice were kicker Randy Bullock (back), running back Jeremy Hill (ankle), linebacker Kevin Minter (elbow) and defensive tackle Pat Sims (calf), all of whom also sat out Wednesday.

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Wide receiver Tyler Boyd (knee), linebacker Vontaze Burfict (thigh), defensive end Michael Johnson (back), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (hamstring) and defensive end Chris Smith (ankle) all were limited for the second day in a row.

Reports swirling that Florida is ‘advancing discussions’ with Chip Kelly

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 6:18 PM

Florida could be closing in on a deal to make Chip Kelly its next head coach.

According to multiple reports Sunday afternoon, Florida is having ‘advanced’ discussions with Kelly to be the next head man in Gainesville.

First it was Footballscoop.com, who Tweeted this nugget:

Florida writer Buddy Martin also added in a very interesting report on his Facebook page Sunday night, saying that UF officials were meeting with Kelly in New Hampshire to present him a contract

According to OnlyGators.com, a flight from Ocala, Florida, did arrive in Portsmouth, New Hampshire around 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The Gators fired Jim McElwain in late October after nearly three seasons in Gainesville.

Kelly would be a massive hire for the Gators. He’s respected as one of the most innovative offensive minds of this generation at the collegiate level. He led Oregon to three straight 12-win seasons and a National Championship Game appearance during his time with the Ducks. He also coached 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.

TCU opens as 23.5-point favorite over Baylor

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

Tenth-ranked TCU opened as the overwhelming favorite on Sunday for the team’s regular-season finale versus Baylor on Nov. 24.

The Horned Frogs were listed as 23 1/2-point favorites over the 1-10 Bears, per VegasInsider.com.

TCU has defeated Baylor in each of the past two meetings between the schools. The Horned Frogs outlasted the Bears in a thrilling overtime 28-21 overtime win the last time Baylor visited Fort Worth in November 2015. TCU proceeded to beat Baylor 62-22 in Waco in November 2016.

The Horned Frogs can secure a Big 12 title game appearance on Dec. 2 with a win over the Bears.

College football betting odds: ACC Week 13 games

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

The early college football betting odds for Week 13 include some interesting numbers for fans to watch. Week 13 will feature five ACC games and four ACC teams playing SEC rivals.

The weekend begins with two of those ACC Coastal division battles – one of which will be between Miami and Pitt while the other will be a fight for superiority in Virginia, as Virginia Tech and Virginia squad off.

On Sunday, the Hurricanes opened as 14-point favorites on the road versus the Panthers. Miami has already clinched the division, and it’s possible the Hurricanes still make the College Football Playoffs if they drop this away game the day after Thanksgiving, but it would make things a whole lot easier on themselves to win and hopefully stay healthy for the ACC Championship next week.

Virginia, who put a scare in Miami on Saturday, joins Pitt as a big home underdog on Friday. The Hokies are 8-point favorites in Charlottesville, Va.

On Saturday, the slate is full of fun games with interesting betting odds. One of the most intriguing is the matchup between Florida and Florida State. These two programs are usually contenting for conference championships, but this season, they are just hoping to earn a bowl bid.

This Florida State-Florida matchup will be the first time the two teams meet while both having below .500 records. But the winner will improve to 6-6 and be in a bowl. Florida State is favored by 3.5 points.

Clemson and Louisville join FSU as road favorites. Both the Tigers and Cardinals are favored to win by double digits against their SEC rivals.

In the other ACC-SEC matchup, Georgia Tech is a 12.5-point home underdog versus Georgia. The Yellow Jackets also need a victory to earn a bowl bid.

Finally, N.C. State and Wake Forest opened as home favorites against North Carolina and Duke, respectively. Both the Wolfpack and Demon Deacons are expected to win by more than 11.

Here are the betting lines for games involving ACC teams, according to OddsShark.

College football betting odds: ACC Week 13 games

Friday, Nov. 24

Teams OddsShark Line Time (ET) TV Channel
Miami at Pitt Mia -14 12 p.m. ABC
Virginia Tech at Virginia VT -8 8 p.m. ESPN

Saturday, Nov. 25

Teams OddsShark Line Time (ET) TV Channel
Georgia at Georgia Tech UGA -12.5 12 p.m. ABC
Florida State at Florida FSU -3.5 12 p.m. ESPN
Louisville at Kentucky Lou -10 12 p.m. SEC Network
Boston College at Syracuse NA 12:20 p.m. ACC Network
Duke at Wake Forest WF -11 12:30 p.m. ACC Network
North Carolina at N.C. State NCST -15.5 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Clemson at South Carolina Clem -16 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Michigan State star Miles Bridges leaves game vs. Stony Brook after rolling ankle

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 6:12 PM

Miles Bridges, Michigan State basketball’s star sophomore, left Sunday’s game vs. Stony Brook in the second half with an ankle injury.

Driving in the lane, Bridges stepped on an opposing player’s foot while going up for a dunk and rolled his ankle. He was able to limp off the court under his own power and headed to the locker room. The injury happened with 8 1/2 minutes remaining and Michigan State leading by 16 points and Bridges missed the remainder of the game.

Tom Izzo gave some positive news after the game, saying it was not a high ankle sprain and Bridges will be “day-to-day.”

“It’s a sprain. Thank god it’s not a high ankle sprain,” Izzo said. “It’s just a sprain where he rolled it. He’ll be day-to-day.”

Here’s a look at the scary moment for Bridges and Michigan State fans:

Before leaving the game with the injury, Bridges had 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting and 6 rebounds. The preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, Bridges entered Sunday’s game averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game through Michigan State’s first 2 games. The 6-foot-7 forward had 19 points and hit 5 3-pointers last Tuesday in the No. 2 Spartans’ loss to No. 1 Duke.