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Watch: UCF QB McKenzie Milton already doing leg workouts recovering from brutal injury

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It was only one month ago that UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton suffered a gruesome knee injury that resulted in him nearly having his leg amputated. And now, he’s already back in the gym working out, which has made for an amazing recovery.
Milton posted a video of him leg pressing 40 pounds with his injured leg, which had nerve damage and a dislocated knee. And yet, somehow, he’s already back lifting weights, which is quite amazing.
He called it a “miracle” in the caption that accompanied the post, and we tend to agree. It’s starting to look like Milton might even return to the football field at some point next season.


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RJ Barrett shows off sick handles, drains stepback three-pointer (Video)

Category : Featured , NCAA

Duke forward R.J. Barrett is considered by many to be the best overall player that will likely be available in the 2019 NBA Draft, and he showed why during Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest.
Barrett received the ball on the wing during a play in the second half of the game, and that’s where he began to go to work on a defender. The Duke forward took his man off the dribble, then used a great stepback crossover move to buy plenty of space. Barrett then calmly drained a three-pointer, and actually made the play look routine — even though it clearly was not.
Few other big men at the NBA level — let alone college — could pull that off as smoothly as Barrett did.


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Rapper Drake wears Alabama gear to announce he's rooting for them in national championship game (Video)

Category : NCAA

Rap mogul Drake is known for jumping on the bandwagon for the more elite teams across all sports. He’s a diehard Raptors fan — and serves as the team’s global ambassador — but when it comes to non-NBA rooting interests, it’s never really known which bandwagon he’ll jump on board.
Drake rocked an Alabama hoodie recently, and he explained why he’s rooting for the tide to beat Clemson in the national championship game.

Drake rolling with the Tide pic.twitter.com/5xp7ARwe2H
— Alabama DieHards (@AlabamaDieHards) January 2, 2019

As for Bama fans, well, they weren’t happy about it. Check out what they had to say about Drake jumping on the bandwagon.

Someone better tell Drake to stay TF away from Saint Nick and Alabama or I'ma have to take drastic measures! Lol pic.twitter.com/3jSH1khtpy
— Wreck Her By The Nacho Cart (@iGoHAM_79) January 3, 2019

Hey @Drake stop supporting teams I like. Because this happens pic.twitter.com/jXFnCVHN61
— Wyatt Becker (@6God_WB) January 3, 2019

Welp, the jinx could be in for Bama.


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Watch: Clemson players lift Cotton Bowl trophy while confetti falls after win over Notre Dame

Category : NCAA

Clemson destroyed Notre Dame 30-3 in the College Football Playoff semifinal at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, in a game that was never close.
The Tigers outgained the Fighting Irish in yards, 538-248. They racked up 26 first downs, and 211 rushing yards. Most importantly, though, they won on third down — going 9-for-18, while the Irish only went 5-for-17.
It was an extremely impressive performance by the defensive, even without star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, who was suspended, as he tested positive for trace amounts of ostarine, an illegal muscle-growth supplement. Still, the defense didn’t miss a beat.
They celebrated on the field after the game while hoisting the Cotton Bowl trophy, as confetti fell from the rafters. TSD’s Kendrick E. Johnson was there for the festivities, and he posted a video of the action, which you can watch below.


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Look: Stands were empty at Pac-12 Championship game between Utah, Washington

Category : NCAA , Take a Look

The Pac-12 title game this year featured one of the most surprising matchups in years, with Washington and Utah squared off, and a Rose Bowl berth on the line.
However, the problem is that there was virtually no one in the stands to watch the pivotal matchup. Fans of both teams didn’t seem to want to travel to the Bay Area for Friday’s game, and they certainly didn’t want to attempt to deal with the traffic that goes along with Levi’s Stadium.

Six minutes until kickoff. A Rose Bowl berth on the line. pic.twitter.com/kE4Ps6itcm
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 1, 2018

Maybe fans knew that the game would be a defensive slugfest, with the first points being scored in the third quarter (a field goal). Washington went on to win, 10-3, but not many fans were there to see them win.


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College Football Viewing Picks for Week 13: 11/24/2018

All Times Eastern
Schedule courtesy Matt’s College Sports on TV
Announcing assignments courtesy Eye on Sky and Air Sports
Pregame and Studio Shows
College GameDay live from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH — ESPN/ESPNU, 9 a.m.
BTN Tailgate live from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH — Big Ten Network, 10 a.m.
SEC Nation live from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL — SEC Network, 10 a.m.
This Week in SEC Football — CBS Sports Network, 11 a.m.
Fox College Football Pregame live from The Ohio State University — Fox, 11 a.m.
FS1 College Football Pregame — FS1, 11 a.m.
ACC Blitz — ACC Network, noon
The Pregame live from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ — Pac-12 Network, 2 p.m.
College Football: The Drive to Atlanta — CBS, 2:30 p.m.
College Football Scoreboard — ABC, 3 p.m.
College Football Today — CBS, 3 p.m.
ESPN Goal Line — Check your local listings, 3 p.m.
B1G Football Game Break — Big Ten Network, 3 p.m.
College Football Scoreboard — ESPN/ESPN2, 3 p.m.
ESPN Goal Line — ESPNU, 3 p.m.
ESPN Goal Line — ESPNews, 3 p.m.
SEC Now — SEC Network, 3 p.m.
Fox College Football Extra — Fox, 3:30 p.m.
College Football Scoreboard — ABC, 6:30 p.m.
College Football Scoreboard — ESPN/ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.
ESPN Goal Line — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.
B1G Football Postgame — Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m.
Pac-12 Football Gamebreak — Pac-12 Network, 6:30 p.m.
SEC Now — SEC Network, 7 p.m.
Fox College Football Extra — Fox, 7:30 p.m.
College Football Scoreboard — ESPN, 10 p.m.
ESPN Goal Line — ESPNU, 10 p.m.
The Final Drive — Big Ten Network, 10 p.m.
Pac-12 Postgame Report — Pac-12 Network, 10;30 p.m.
SEC Now — SEC Network, 10:30 p.m.
Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 1 a.m. (Sunday)
College Football Final — ESPN2, 1:15 a.m. (Sunday)
Pac-12 Final Score — Pac-12 Network, 2 a.m. (Sunday)
noon
Florida at Florida State — ABC (Dave Pasch/Greg McElroy//Tom Luginbill)
Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech — CBS Sports Network (Jason Horowitz/Ross Tucker)
Syracuse at Boston College — ESPN (Bob Wischusen/Brock Huard//Allison Williams)
Purdue at Indiana — ESPN2 (Mark Neely/John Congemi//Alex Corddry)
Navy at Tulane — ESPNU (Mike Corey/Rene Ingoglia)
Michigan at Ohio State — Fox (Gus Johnson/Joel Klatt//Jenny Taft)
Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Arlington, TX — FS1 (Sean Kelley/AJ Hawk//Pat McAfee)
Georgia Tech at Georgia — SEC Network (Tom Hart/Jordan Rodgers//Cole Cubelic)
Marshall at Florida International — Stadium on Facebook (Noah Kosovo/Max Starks//Dani Klupenger)
12:20 p.m.
North Carolina State at North Carolina — ACC Network (Tom Werme/Dave Archer//Lericia Harris)
12:30 p.m.
Wake Forest at Duke — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net (Wes Durham/James Bates//Rebecca Kaple)
1 p.m.
Old Dominion at Rice — ESPN+ (Matt Pedersen/ND Kalu)
2 p.m.
Georgia Southern at Georgia State — ESPN+ (Matt Stewart/Wayne Gandy)
2:30 p.m.
Wyoming at New Mexico — AT&T SportsNet (Rocky Mountain/Southwest)/Root Sports/Mountan West Network (Drew Goodman/Sed Bonner//Brad Thompson)
Troy at Appalachian State -= ESPN+ (Harrison Battle/Pierre Banks)
3 p.m.
UAB at Middle Tennessee State — ESPN3 (Jake Rose/Alex Meyers//Sara Cardona)
Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana-Monroe — ESPN+ (Will Kollmeyer/Gregory Bowser)
Southern Mississippi at Texas-El Paso — ESPN+ (Andy Morgan/Trevor Vittafoe)
Stanford at UCLA — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Bay Area/Pac-12 Los Angeles (Ted Robinson/Yogi Roth//Jill Savage)
3:30 p.m.
Maryland at Penn State — ABC (Mark Jones/Dusty Dvoracek//Molly McGrath)
Illinois at Northwestern — Big Ten Network (Kevin Kugler/James Laurinaitis//Lisa Byington)
Auburn at Alabama — CBS (Brad Nessler/Gary Danielson//Jamie Erdahl)
SMU at Tulsa — CBS Sports Network (Ben Holden/Jay Feeley)
Pittsburgh at Miami (FL) — ESPN (Anish Shroff/Ahmad Brooks//Roddy Jones)
Minnesota at Wisconsin — ESPN2 (Jason Benetti/Kelly Stouffer//Olivia Dekker)
Temple at UConn — ESPNU (Bill Roth/Mike Golic, Jr.)
Arizona State at Arizona — FS1 (Chris Vosters/Petros Papadakis)
4 p.m.
Arkansas State at Texas State — ESPN3 (David Saltzman/Keith Moreland//Megan Birdsong)
Rutgers at Michigan State — Fox (Brandon Gaulin/Brian Baldinger//Sarah Kustok)
Tennessee at Vanderbilt — SEC Network (Dave Neal/DJ Shockley//Dawn Davenport)
5 p.m.
Bayou Classic, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Grambling vs. Southern — NBCSN (Todd Harris/Anthony Herron/Charles Arbuckle//Lewis Johnson)
6 p.m.
Charlotte at Florida Atlantic — Stadium (Chris Hassel/Max Starks//Kristen Balboni)
7 p.m.
South Carolina at Clemson — ESPN (Steve Levy/Brian Griese//Todd McShay)
Kentucky at Louisville — ESPN2 (Kevin Brown/Andre Ware)
San Jose State at Fresno State — ESPNU (Jay Alter/Ray Bentley)
North Texas at Texas-San Antonio — ESPN+ (Lincoln Rose/LaDarrin McLane//Tina Nguyen)
Kansas State at Iowa State — FS1 (Kevin Fitzgerald/Eric Wood)
Colorado at Cal — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Mountain/Pac-12 Bay Area (Roxy Bernstein/Ryan Leaf//Cindy Brunson)
7:30 p.m.
LSU at Texas A&M — SEC Network (Taylor Zarzour/Matt Stinchcomb//Kris Budden)
8 p.m.
Notre Dame at USC — ABC (Chris Fowler/Kirk Herbstreit//Maria Taylor)
Oklahoma State at TCU — Fox (Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman//Holly Sonders)
9:30 p.m.
Nevada at UNLV — CBS Sports Network (Rich Waltz/Aaron Murray//AJ Ross)
10 p.m.
BYU at Utah — FS1 (Guy Haberman/Evan Moore)
10:15 p.m.
Utah State at Boise State — ESPN (Roy Philpott/Tom Ramsey//Ed Aschoff)
10:30 p.m.
Hawai’i at San Diego State — ESPNU (Mike Couzens/Kirk Morrison)


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Pittsburgh RB Qadree Ollison throws defender to ground on 97-yard TD (Video)

Category : Featured , NCAA

Pittsburgh running back Qadree Ollison is one of the more unheralded stars in college football, as he’s quietly rushed for 819 yards (seven touchdowns) so far this season.
Fans learned who he was on Saturday, though, when Ollison produced a highlight-reel play that was extremely entertaining to watch in the Panthers’ game against the Hokies. He received a handoff on a first-and-10 situation, with his team pinned deep in its own territory. Ollison got them some breathing room, and then some. He burst through a hole and was off to the races, but was eventually tracked down by a defender near midfield. Ollison threw his counterpart to the ground with a powerful stiff arm, though, and then flipped into the end zone for a 97-yard touchdown.

Get the heck out of Qadree Ollison's way
(via @theACCDN) pic.twitter.com/xwuv4MTMw2
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) November 10, 2018

It was the longest play in Pittsburgh football history.

TOUCHDOWN PITT
STATEMENT BY THE SENIOR
Qadree Ollison | 97-yard run
Longest play in Pitt Football history#H2P pic.twitter.com/UmsyttAFzF
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) November 10, 2018

Ollison simply would not be denied on that play.


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Brawl erupts at Baylor-Iowa State game after superman punch (Video)

Category : NCAA , Trending Now

One of the craziest fights of the entire 2018 college football season broke out during Saturday’s game between Baylor and Iowa State, and it resulted in security guards actually having to rush onto the field to break it up.
It happened in the third quarter, when a shoving match took place at the end of a play, which isn’t anything out of the ordinary. What was, though, was Baylor defensive end Greg Roberts jumping over a ref and throwing a superman punch at Iowa State running back David Montgomery.

SUPERMAN PUNCH pic.twitter.com/znSCiDpPYI
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 10, 2018

Here’s the entire sequence of events.

Iowa State and Baylor were straight BRAWLING pic.twitter.com/8mdBs8bSr1
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 10, 2018

Both Roberts and Montgomery were ejected, and we can expect fines to come in the near future.


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UND Hockey: Rhett Gardner Playing Disciplined Hockey

On Friday night, the University of North Dakota hockey team beat the University of Wisconsin, 5-0. UND was led by senior forward Rhett Gardner. The rugged forward scored his first three goals of the season, propelling the Fighting Hawks past the Badgers. Let’s take a look at Gardner’s evening.

Here’s goal number one. Garnder blasts the puck past Wisconson goalie Jack Berry. The Wisconsin defense doesn’t challenge Gardner in the slot and the rugged forward cashes in. 1-0 UND.

PASS, PING, GOAL!
Rhett Gardner gets @UNDmhockey on the board just three and a half minutes in for his first goal of the season!#UNDproud @TheNCHC pic.twitter.com/zyorRHlRyc
— UND Insider (@undinsider) November 3, 2018

Here’s goal number two, good things happen when you go hard to the net. Gardner uses his big body to get to the front of the net and deposits a pass from Colton Poolman to expand UND’s lead to 3-0. How about Poolman, the junior defenseman has three goals and four points in the last two games.

RHETT ALERT
Rhett Gardner scores his SECOND goal of the game just half a minute into the 2nd to put @UNDmhockey up 3-0 against Wisconsin.#UNDproud @TheNCHC pic.twitter.com/2owfTuoVix
— UND Insider (@undinsider) November 3, 2018

Finally, Garnder buries goal number three to finish the hat trick. Another shot, unmolested, from the top of the slot to give UND a 5-0 lead.

ROCKET'S RHETT GLARE!
HAT TRICK ALERT!
Rhett Gardner makes its THREE goals on the night as @UNDmhockey extends its lead to 5-0 over Wisconsin in the 3rd!#UNDproud @TheNCHC pic.twitter.com/5XuhR1nIf2
— UND Insider (@undinsider) November 3, 2018

Last Season’s Ending Driving Early Success
Last season, missing the NCAA playoffs didn’t sit well with the UND hockey team. Gardner and his teammates have used that experience to help them improve this season.
During the season-opening hockey media day, I asked Gardner about that experience. What did they learn?
“I think obviously being hungry this season is easy to do for everyone because no one likes the way we felt last year,” Gardner said. “I think the big thing we have to do is learn from last year.
“(Last season) there were a lot of games we had leads that turned into ties and losses. When you only play two games a year, those (losses) come back to haunt you at the end of the year. We need to learn from those experiences. I thought last year, at times, we struggled with managing games and managing pucks late in games. Moving forward, the biggest thing is to learn from those mistakes.”
After Friday’s game, head coach Brad Berry had nothing but nice things to say about Gardner.
“He’s one of our captains,” Berry said. “He came in his freshman year and was a big impact in our national championship year. Over the course of four years, he’s the lifeblood of our program here in the fact that he plays in all situations. One thing about Rhett Gardner, I said to the guys after, in the locker room, composure and discipline is going to be a big thing in our game. When Rhett Gardner is playing composed, disciplined and hard, good things are going to happen.”
Speaking of playing with composure.
Over the years, Garnder has been known to take his fair share of penalties. Gardner has 184 PIM in 118 NCAA hockey games. During the season-opening exhibition game against Manitoba, he took four minor penalties.
“I had a couple of bad breaks on stick penalties and I got tied up with a guy in front of their bench,” Gardner said. “Hopefully, those are out of the way for the rest of the season, no more.”
In game one against Minnesota State, Gardner was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind. That mistake cost UND. Since that game, Since being kicked out of the Mankato game, Garnder has played disciplined hockey. Garnder hasn’t seen the inside of the penalty box. Not once.


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The NCHC Made the Right Decision on ASU

Friday night, I was watching the non-conference matchup between Arizona State University and Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks were beaten badly by the Sun Devils. When it was all said and done, the Mavericks were on the wrong end of a 6-3 drubbing. It wasn’t a good night for Mavericks. They looked a step slow and a bit rattled. Yes it’s early, but losses like this will come back to haunt a team later in the year.
With the loss, the Mavericks drop to 0-4-1.
First impressions. The free Pac-12 webcast was pretty good. Obviously, the limited camera angles in the Oceanside arena hampered the broadcast. ASU’s broadcast was on par with other NCHC schools.
Broadcast aside, it appears that the NCHC made the right decision during the summer of 2016 to deny the Sun Devils admission into the conference. Back in August of 2016, Commissioner Josh Fenton said this:
“After careful consideration and a thorough vetting process, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Board of Directors announced the Conference will not move forward with membership expansion at this time. We will continue to be attentive to the college hockey landscape and any future changes that may come. However, our focus right now is guided by what we can do to strengthen our current membership into the future.”
ASU’s current arena situation in Tempe is unacceptable. The Sun Devils are a big Power Five school, ESPN ranks the Pac-12 ninth for FBS Football, yet they have an arena that’s not suitable for most high school teams. Comparing Sun Devil Stadium to Oceanside Arena, hockey appears to be an afterthought.

I know it comes off as elitist, but seriously? ASU couldn’t find a better arena than Oceanside Arena? The population of the Phoenix metro area is 1.626 million people. This isn’t some backwater town.
If you travel around Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, most high schools teams would be appalled to play in an arena like that. Back in 2016, I think that UMD hockey beat writer Matt Wellens said it best.
The Sun Devils are nowhere close to the level of the new kids on the block before them: Penn State. The Nittany Lions stormed onto the scene in 2013 with an established, veteran NCAA Division I coach in Guy Gadowsky and a brand spankin’ new arena thanks to a donation of more than $100 million.
The Sun Devils, on the other hand, are still led by club program coach Greg Powers and playing in the club team’s 800-seat home of Oceanside Arena and living off a donation of just $32 million.
The truth is, Arizona State is closer in stature to college hockey’s last independent wanderer, Alabama-Huntsville, that its most recent addition. Though even the Chargers have a legit facility to play in.
Two years later, those comments still apply. Yes, I know there’s a plan for ASU to solve their arena problem. Graphs and plans are one thing, show us you’re serious. Build the arena. Just because there’s a plan to build a new arena, the NCHC shouldn’t be in a hurry to add ASU. As we’ve seen in the past, plans can change. So far, so good.
From page 54 of the ASU 2019-21 Capital Improvement Plan — Multi-Sports Arena The proposed multi-sports arena will serve as a venue capable of hosting athletic activities for programs with concurrent schedules, including Sun Devil ice hockey, gymnastics, volleyball, women’s basketball and wrestling. The arena is planned to include an estimated seating capacity of 4,000-5,000, concession areas, locker rooms, ancillary support areas and a second ice sheet to accommodate community engagement activities.
Finally, I keep hearing that a hockey trip to Tempe, AZ during the winter would be awesome. Nothing is stopping you from taking that trip. However, that’s also not a reason to add the Sun Devils. The NCHC has a good thing going. Adding a couple of team changes that dynamic. More teams means less non-conference games. Bottom line, playing 10 non-conference games helps a team’s Pairwise Rankings. If your favorite team has a good non-conference record.
Lastly, here’s another angle, think back to the old WCHA before re-alignment, big schools like Minnesota and Wisconsin wanted to control the terms.  During the formation period, the NCHC walked away from Notre Dame because of this. ASU is a big school and is going to want to have the same influence. The league needs to think long and hard.


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