Dashon Goldson suspended for helmet-to-helmet hit

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended for one game for violating the league’s policy on player safety, according to Ian Rapoport.

Goldson’s suspension comes for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. It was the second such hit of the season for the safety. In Week 2, Goldson was suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles, but won an appeal to have it reduced to a $100,000 fine that allowed him to continue playing.
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The Buccaneers are on a two-game win streak, and can’t afford to be without Goldson moving forward. He has been vital to the team’s secondary, totaling 50 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. If he fails his appeal the defense will turn to Kelcie McCray, who has six tackles in five games this season.

But from a projections standpoint, the Rockets are far and away the safest bet in the MAC.
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The Rockets鈥?projected S&P+ rating is 5.4 points ahead of WMU鈥檚 and at least 9.7 points ahead of anybody else鈥檚. Aside from the trip to Miami on September 23, they are given at least a 68 percent chance of winning each of their other 11 games. That doesn鈥檛 mean they鈥檒l win them all, but they are projected to win 6.0 games in conference play and 8.7 overall; WMU is the only other MAC team over 4.9 conference or 6.9 overall, and the Broncos are dealing with a coaching change that might dampen those projections.

Toledo begins as the runaway favorite. But per S&P+, the Rockets finished as the best team in the conference in 2011, 2017, and 2017, too. That didn鈥檛 result in winning the conference. Luck and untimely mistakes always seem to conspire against them.

Breaking down the Carolina Panthers defense

The Carolina Panthers are riding a four-game win streak and have quietly become one of the best teams in the NFL. This week, they’ll face off against a red-hot 49ers team, themselves winners of their last five.

It’s a strength-on-strength bout between two physical, punch-you-in-the-mouth run teams with young, electric and mobile quarterbacks and elite front sevens on defense. The Niners, for their part, aren’t really surprising anyone with their dominance, but the Panthers’ recent run hasn’t really had much attention.

The Panthers’ defense, in particular, has been one of the league’s best by any measure. Carolina, on the year, is giving up 13.2 points per game, second only in the NFL to the Kansas City Chiefs. They are one of three teams to have held opponents to an average of less than 300 yards per game thus far this season (299.9). They are ninth in the NFL in opponent yards per play (5.0), have forced 12 fumbles (10th in NFL), have 23 sacks, (T-13th in the NFL) and have 12 interceptions (T-third in NFL). Carolina holds opposing teams to an average of 79.1 yards rushing per game (second in NFL) and 3.7 yards per rush (T-sixth in NFL), and have only given up two rushing touchdowns on the year (T-second).

Tanking For Teddy, Bad for Boyd, or any other cute phrase that endorses going in the tank. I’m not going to apologize for wanting my football team to win. Ever. I’m never going to want them to go 1-15, or 2-14, and secure the first pick in the draft. Ever. I wait far too long for football season to get here, and I don’t want to watch 15 shit bombs with my father. Granted, he’s a funny and sarcastic dude when the Vikes play like crap, but we have a lot more fun when they’re winning. I’ll take as many wins as I can, and let the chips fall where they may. Why? because no one really knows how good Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, or anyone else is going to be.1

The Giants turned it over three times, but the Raiders couldn’t hold onto their second half lead.

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The New York Giants started the season 0-6 mostly due to being the worst team in the NFL in terms of turnovers. That didn’t change on Sunday against the Raiders, with the Giants turning it over on the opening kickoff and finding themselves down 7-0 less than a minute into the game, but New York managed to comeback and beat Oakland, 24-20.

That’s reflected in the odds, as well. The Saints opened as 6.5-point favorites on the books, but the line has widened in their favor, with some books having them favored by as much as 7.5 points, according to OddsShark. The Superdome home-field advantage certainly plays a factor, but the Saints have definitely looked like the better team thus far this season.

The over/under for the matchup opened at 53 points and it’s staying around that. That total has gone under in 11 of Dallas’ last 15 games on the road, and over in four of New Orleans’ last five games. It could be messy and high scoring, as the Saints boast the No. 3 passing offense while the Cowboys hold the No. 31 passing defense.

That includes a 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10, in which Reed played a paltry 13 defensive snaps — just 18 percent of the team’s defensive plays. Reed said that the Texans were “outplayed and outcoached” in that game, which the team can’t be pleased with.

Reed was one of the team’s primary offseason additions. After winning a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, Reed signed a three-year, $15 million deal after another offseason in which many questioned whether or not he would be hanging up the cleats for good.

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Steven Stamkos says he won’t return until knee is ‘100 percent’

BOSTON — Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said he won’t return to the lineup until he’s 100 percent.

Authentic Womens Kyle Brodziak Jersey The 27-year-old forward has been sidelined since having surgery on Nov. 17 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. He’s been practicing with the team and described his progress as slow, but he feels he’s getting closer.

When I’m 100 percent, I’ll be back, Stamkos said after the team’s morning skate Thursday at TD Garden. Obviously, you hope that’s sooner than later, but I have no control of the healing that goes on in the process.

Authentic Womens Matt Harrison Jersey Lattimore’s hamstrings are a touchy subject; injuries effectively derailed two years of his career with the Buckeyes. The talented defensive back only wound up starting one complete season in college thanks to a tear in his left hamstring that forced him to miss the 2014 campaign and a nagging problem in his right one that kept him on the shelf for much of the 2015 campaign.

After changing his stretching routine and incorporating more yoga into his workouts, a fully healthy Lattimore emerged as a game-changing force in the Ohio State secondary, intercepting four passes, breaking up nine more and adding 41 tackles. He’s currently listed as the No. 4 overall prospect on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s latest Big Board.

Before his injury at the combine, Lattimore was timed at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a vertical jump of 38.5 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet. Despite the clean bill of health, Lattimore limited his workout to individual drills Thursday in front of the nine head coaches, seven general managers and 122 total NFL representatives at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

What else do you have your eye on this weekend?

I am willing to concede that I may be wrong here and that everyone else is correct when they see Ball as a transformative figure. Again, I’m not saying he’ll be a bad pro. I think he’ll be a good, even All-Star-level player. I’m just not seeing greatness.

I know one thing: His father isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference in where he goes and I refuse to get all worked about him one way or the other. Let the man have his 15 minutes.

I wrote last week about embracing the tournament from a player perspective and a lot of those guys are out: Miles Bridges, Jawun Evans, Semi Ojeleye (my personal fav), Monte Morris, John Collins, Donovan Mitchell. Thank god for Kentucky. I need more De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in my life. I also want to see Lauri Markkanen against Gonzaga is front line. (That Xavier club looks primed for an upset, though.)

What else do you have your eye on this weekend?
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Houston really needs a quarterback of the future, and if the Texans can land Patrick Mahomes I am confident they will move up to get him. But if not, defensive back and offensive line are their likely first-round targeted positions.

Seattle would love if an offensive lineman got close to dropping here, but outside of Western Michigan is Taylor Moton, it is too early for a lineman. Instead, they fill a huge void at cornerback.

McCaffrey seems highly likely to be a first-round pick, though finding the perfect spot for him isn’t easy. The Chiefs, who just lost Jamaal Charles and don’t have a true identity at the position, could use McCaffrey to amplify Alex Smith is play.
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If Harris is available and no major prospect slips, I Would be surprised if he is not the pick. The Cowboys need pass rushers and Harris fits the Cowboys’ mold.

Kelsey Plum was asked about her ‘tough’ shooting night, and her teammate’s reaction was incredible

Washington Huskies basketball’s Kelsey Plum is the second-leading scorer in college basketball history, men’s and women’s. At 3,460 career points, she trails Pete Maravich by 208 points, and at 32 points per game this season, she might get there with a deep tournament.

In her team’s opening round game, Plum did Plum things in a big 91-63 win over Montana State.

Yet a reporter asked her if “anything was going on” regarding her “tough” shooting night. Plum, her teammate, and her coach looked legitimately startled by the question:

Also at 6-0 is Puerto Rico, which outscored its opponents in Jalisco, Mexico, and San Diego a whopping 51-15. After falling short in the championship game in 2013, Puerto Rico is looking to complete some unfinished business this time around.

But first Puerto Rico must get through the Netherlands, also a 2013 semifinalist. They play on Monday night, while on Tuesday night Japan battles Team USA, which is in its first semifinals of the WBC since 2009. The championship game is Wednesday.

Some of the best players in Major League Baseball participated in the event, including MVP winners Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, and Andrew McCutchen, Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, and younger stars like Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, and Manny Machado.

The 16 teams were split into four pools of four teams each, playing first-round games in Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Jalisco, Mexico, and Miami, Fla. The first round is a round robin format, with the top two teams from each pool advancing.

Princeton is out of March Madness because it took ¡®shoot your shot¡¯ to heart

Sometimes you don¡¯t need to shoot your shot. Sometimes you just need to be smart.

With five seconds left in the game between the 12-seed Princeton Tigers and the five-seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Princeton¡¯s Amir Bell dribbled up the left sideline and passed the ball to Devin Cannady, who was on the left wing, some three feet behind the three-point line. As soon as he caught the ball, Cannady shot the deep three. There were still four seconds on the clock and Princeton was only down 59-58. A layup would have done the job. Cannady missed his shot and Princeton lost.

The Tigers made 8-of-31 three-point attempts in the game. The three accounted for 41% of Princeton¡¯s scoring coming into the tournament, but Notre Dame switched to a zone defense in the second half and all but nullified that facet of the Tigers¡¯ offense.

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He has been by far the Bengals’ best pass defender, holding opposing quarterbacks to a 50 percent completion percentage when throwing into his coverage. Terence Newman has been solid this season (37th-best corner, per Pro Football Focus) but he hasn’t been as good as Hall, and his promotion means someone from the Bengals’ second tier of defensive backs will need to take on a bigger role.

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Bobby Knight on Indiana administration that fired him: ‘I hope they’re all dead’

Bobby Knight became an infamous figure in the world of college basketball for his chair-throwing temper tantrums and reports of emotional abuse of his players. His tumultuous relationship with the Indiana administration boiled over in 2000 when video of Knight choking Neil Reed during practice three years earlier surfaced. That, coupled with an accusation by a student that the coach grabbed his arm, prompted the university to fire him and Knight has not stepped foot in Bloomington since.

On Friday morning, Knight was interviewed on The Dan Patrick Show in advance of the premier of a Showtime documentary about the Hoosiers’ legendary 1976 season that saw the team go undefeated on its way to a national championship.

Knight’s long-held bitterness toward Indiana higher-ups is well-known, with some fans and writers calling for the university to cool on its overtures to and veneration of the former coach.

“After sitting down with my mom and my coaching staff, I made a decision to enter the NBA draft,” Fultz said. “Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, it’s truly been a blessing to be here. I learned plenty of life lessons on and off the court, especially from coach [Lorenzo] Romar and the coaching staff. I’m always going to be a Husky for life. Go Dawgs.”

Fultz, currently projected to be the No. 1 pick according to Draft Express, averaged 23.3 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game. But despite Fultz’s exploits, the Huskies finished with a 9-22 record and were 2-16 in Pac-12 play. Their season ended with a 78-73 loss to USC in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.

If Fultz is selected No. 1 overall, it will be the second year in a row that the top selection in the draft did not play in the NCAA tournament. Ben Simmons’ LSU team finished 19-14 and declined an invitation to participate in any postseason tournaments once it became clear they would not qualify for the NCAA tournament.12