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Capela scores 26, Rockets eliminate Wolves with 122-104 win

James Harden had another huge third quarter to propel the Houston Rockets to their latest win, and coach Mike D'Antoni wants to know what's behind those scoring bursts. "When you do talk to him about it, would you let me know, because I'm dying in the first half. My health is an issue," D'Antoni said with a laugh. Clint Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Harden added 24 points and the...


Get a grip: Company trying to revolutionize baseball bats

Get a grip: Company trying to revolutionize baseball bats

Players have been altering bats for decades in a bid to improve their grip — adding pine-tar or some specialized grip tape, maybe shaving the handle slightly to make it thinner. Gradually, some players have started gravitating to a more revolutionary option offered by a company that set up shop deep in a warehouse in Renton, Washington. As the company's name suggests, Axe Bat has developed a...
D.J. Moore is in rare air for Maryland NFL draft hopefuls: A likely first-round pick

D.J. Moore is in rare air for Maryland NFL draft hopefuls: A likely first-round pick

It felt like any other offseason Monday for D.J. Moore. He slept in until about 10 a.m. He worked out - some running, some lifting - in the small gym at his off-campus apartment complex in College Park. He picked up an early dinner from Chipotle, stepping through a sea of customers as if were a shifting defense, all just Maryland students using burritos as a study break.  Moore otherwise flipped...
NBA stars talk a good game in the playoffs

NBA stars talk a good game in the playoffs

Boring interviews have been a hallmark of sports for decades. The art of the non-answer was undoubtedly developed as a defense mechanism — and it was perfected by Derek Jeter during his tenure with the New York Yankees — but every now and again players break out of their clichés and actually say something interesting. The NBA, where players seemingly have a good amount of leeway...

Central Texas hole-in-one listings

Stephen Frey Jr., 9-iron, 142-yard 8th hole at Austin Country Club; witnesses: Howard Lipson, Skeeter Miller, Jeff Hunt Tony Gulla, 9-iron, 136-yard 10th hole at Lost Creek; witness: Denis Shortt Mike Veazey, 6-iron, 157-yard 7th hole at Teravista; witnesses: Richard Medina, Ken Johnson, Jason Williamson Submit holes-in-one via email at sportsdesk@statesman.com or fax at 445-3868. Holes-in-one must...
Tori McCann’s maturity has paid off for district champs Cedar Ridge

Tori McCann’s maturity has paid off for district champs Cedar Ridge

In her first three seasons on Cedar Ridge’s varsity softball team, junior pitcher Tori McCann says she’s increased her speed as well as the movement on her pitches. But her biggest area of development may have come after a conversation before this season with Randi Rupp, Texas State’s All-American pitcher who was just drafted fourth overall in Monday’s National Pro Fastpitch...
One arm adjustment later, Parker Joe Robinson is providing Texas with another bullpen option

One arm adjustment later, Parker Joe Robinson is providing Texas with another bullpen option

Parker Joe Robinson is attacking things from a different angle these days. Texas (29-15, 11-4 Big 12)  travels to West Virginia this weekend with the junior pitcher tagging along as a reliable option out the bullpen. In 12 appearances this season, the 6-foot-5 righthander has compiled 19 strikeouts and a 2.20 ERA. Robinson’s successful spring comes less than two...
Mock draft: Quarterbacks, trades and multiple Patriots picks, oh my!

Mock draft: Quarterbacks, trades and multiple Patriots picks, oh my!

American-Statesman staff writer Kevin Lyttle and fantasy expert Cat Vasquez offer their thoughts on Thursday night’s Round 1. PICK, TEAM;LYTTLE;VASQUEZ 1. Browns;Sam Darnold (QB/USC);Sam Darnold (QB/USC) KL:Darnold, Allen or Mayfield? Browns GM John Dorsey, who drafted mad bomber Pat Mahomes, keeps us guessing. 2. Giants;Saquon Barkley (RB/Penn State);Saquon Barkley (RB/Penn State) CV: Don&rsquo...
The Dotted Line: Marcus Banks gives Texas visit high marks, sets decision timeline

The Dotted Line: Marcus Banks gives Texas visit high marks, sets decision timeline

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  The Texas coaching staff, specifically...
NFL draft has quarterbacks, but no Bradys

NFL draft has quarterbacks, but no Bradys

Imagine a forthright George Washington and "Honest" Abe Lincoln as NFL general managers at work in April. (So it's a stretch. Remember, these were versatile men.) George would be lying through his wooden/ivory/whatever teeth, and Abe would establish presidential prevarication records (PPR) that would stand for more than 150 years. April is NFL draft month, also known in polite circles as...
21 pitches, 16 fouls, 12 minutes: Belt’s marathon at-bat

21 pitches, 16 fouls, 12 minutes: Belt’s marathon at-bat

If baseball, with its leisurely place, is known as the thinking man’s game, there was an inordinate amount of time Sunday for players on the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Angels to contemplate — well, just about anything under the cosmos. When Brandon Belt of the Giants, the second batter of the game, stepped in to face Jaime Barria, a rookie pitcher for the Angels, they produced...
Palmer grooms NFL prospects with regimen that’s beyond play calling

Palmer grooms NFL prospects with regimen that’s beyond play calling

The NFL might be surprised to know that the two top quarterback prospects in this week's draft have been riffling through poker chips for much of the offseason. OK, so that's not how it sounds. USC's Sam Darnold and Wyoming's Josh Allen have been working with quarterback specialist Jordan Palmer, who uses poker chips to help players visualize formations, personnel packages, and the like. "Instead...
While Shaquem Griffin took on football with one hand, his twin  had his back

While Shaquem Griffin took on football with one hand, his twin had his back

She put the knife away, climbed into bed with her 4-year-old son and massaged his left hand until her own fingers felt numb. Then she prayed. A few minutes earlier, Tangie Griffin had awaked to screaming; she was used to young Shaquem crying when he bumped his partially developed left hand. But this had been different. She had found the boy in the kitchen with the family's biggest knife, ready to...
For NFL hopefuls, exhaustive draft process can 'seem like horse trading'

For NFL hopefuls, exhaustive draft process can 'seem like horse trading'

Christian Kirk counted the number of steps inside his head - one, two, three all the way to 12 - before he faked to the sideline, froze for a millisecond, then flashed to the middle of the field, where a soaring football awaited him.  But it was too high, climbing well above his head instead of dropping toward his chest, and now Kirk had to adjust. He slowed to gather his weight and met the ball...
QB Kyle Lauletta hangs on to college snubs: 'That stuff sticks with me'

QB Kyle Lauletta hangs on to college snubs: 'That stuff sticks with me'

The words were offered in earnest, designed to save a close friend from his own reckless naivete. But that advice, delivered by a teammate, did little to dissuade Kyle Lauletta.  The former Richmond quarterback playfully rolls his eyes as he re-enacts that indelible moment from seventh grade. "He also tried out for quarterback and I'll never forget," Lauletta recalls on a recent Sunday...
The players are retired, but try telling them games don't matter

The players are retired, but try telling them games don't matter

As soon as he hit the pass, Xabi Alonso stopped dead in his tracks and raised his hands to his head in horror. He had picked up possession on the edge of Liverpool’s penalty area, directly in front of the Kop. He was under no pressure. He turned elegantly toward his goal, ready to build yet another attack. He has done it thousands of times over the years, and this time, too, he looked a picture...
When will the Super Bowl champion Eagles visit the White House?

When will the Super Bowl champion Eagles visit the White House?

Springtime in Washington usually brings the blooming of cherry blossom trees and a White House visit from the Super Bowl champions. Peak bloom happened weeks ago, but there’s still no sign of the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL’s current titleholders. Nearly three months after they won their first Super Bowl title, the Eagles have not announced details of a White House visit, raising questions...

Mike McKenna lifts Texas Stars to series win

Mike McKenna made 47 saves to lift the Texas Stars to a series-clinching 1-0 victory over the Ontario Reign in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs in Ontario, Calif. on Tuesday night. The Game 4 win gives the Stars a 3-1 series triumph and sends them to the Pacific division finals for the right to play in the Western Conference finals. Denis Gurianov scored early in the third period to give...
Lacking clutch hits and a quality start, Texas finds a way to knock off Houston

Lacking clutch hits and a quality start, Texas finds a way to knock off Houston

Texas’ Longhorns picked up a win instead of style points on Tuesday. Texas rallied from an early deficit in an unconventional win over Houston at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns were held to four hits — their second-lowest output of a 44-game season — but that number was trumped by UT’s margin of victory in a 9-4 triumph. The Longhorns improved...
Weather plays havoc with Big 12 spring, but some questions answered

Weather plays havoc with Big 12 spring, but some questions answered

Big 12 spring football is just about over. And weather affected many of the fancy exhibition scrimmages. It was so windy in Oklahoma that quarterbacks struggled to complete passes. It was freezing for TCU. Lightning delayed the contest at Baylor. Kansas State played through a rainstorm. West Virginia and Iowa State had to cancel. Only Oklahoma State and Kansas have yet to play their fancy scrimmages...
Bohls: Texas has look of average squad; ACC discussing deal with PGA

Bohls: Texas has look of average squad; ACC discussing deal with PGA

While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction: 1. Spring football has come and gone, and the Longhorns don’t look all that different to me this April than they did last season. I see a better-than-average team, but not a breakout one filled with dynamic playmakers. Texas looks more like a team that will win eight or nine games, but the Longhorns should get help because the Big...
2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Quarterbacks

2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Quarterbacks

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: QUARTERBACKS By Kevin Lyttle and Suzanne Halliburton klyttle@statesman.com shalliburton@statesman.com This year’s three-day draft begins April 26 in Arlington at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Thursday: Round 1, 7 p.m. Friday: Rounds 2-3, 6 p.m. Saturday: Rounds 4-7, 11 a.m. TV: ESPN, NFL Network ON THE CLOCK April 19: Defensive backs April 20: Linebackers April 21...
Texas coaches Tim Beck, Drew Mehringer continue full pursuit of Lake Travis WR Garrett Wilson

Texas coaches Tim Beck, Drew Mehringer continue full pursuit of Lake Travis WR Garrett Wilson

Lake Travis receiver Garrett Wilson, perhaps the highest-priority target on the Texas recruiting board for 2019, must have enjoyed himself at UT’s spring game last weekend. “Texas showed me what I was looking for,” Wilson told the American-Statesman on Monday. He’s now going to wait a little bit longer before deciding between Texas and Ohio State...
Golden: Teams shouldn’t sleep on Baker Mayfield — he’s got NFL arm, talent

Golden: Teams shouldn’t sleep on Baker Mayfield — he’s got NFL arm, talent

Baker Mayfield is too short. Baker Mayfield doesn’t have a big enough arm. Baker Mayfield has character issues. At one time or another, draft analysts have expressed concerns about the Oklahoma quarterback, and now that he’s on the eve of the biggest Thursday night of his 23-year-old life, the most decorated walk-on quarterback in college football history will hear his name called early...
The Dotted Line: Garrett Wilson postpones decision after successful visit to Texas

The Dotted Line: Garrett Wilson postpones decision after successful visit to Texas

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  Texas entered last...
Why the drop in home runs in 2018? Major League Baseball had better hope it's the weather.

Why the drop in home runs in 2018? Major League Baseball had better hope it's the weather.

Within the existential crisis confronting Major League Baseball over the way the modern game is played, there was always one saving grace. If the games were going to feature more pitches, more strikeouts, more walks, more pitching changes, and more all-or-nothing swings but fewer balls in play than at any time in the game's history - all of that could be tolerated, from a fan-experience perspective...
Brewers employ a middle-innings closer

Brewers employ a middle-innings closer

Meet the durable, anytime bullpen ace. He is not the closer, yet he can be, at times. He is not the setup man, but he can fill that role, too. When a team is winning, and needs to preserve that lead in a pivotal moment, it calls the bullpen ace. For the Milwaukee Brewers, that pitcher is Josh Hader, a string bean lefty with long hair, glasses, tattoos and a funny uniform number. Hader slings fastballs...
NFL draft: Ranking the No. 2 picks from the last 10 years

NFL draft: Ranking the No. 2 picks from the last 10 years

The New York Giants have not hid from the expectations that come with the No. 2 pick they currently hold in this year's NFL draft, which begins Thursday. "When we set the board and have our conversations, [the question you ask is], is that guy worth being the second pick in the draft? Can we picture him someday maybe putting on a gold jacket?" Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said last...
It's a quarterback-heavy NFL draft, but the three best players aren't QBs

It's a quarterback-heavy NFL draft, but the three best players aren't QBs

There are some non-quarterbacks available in this NFL draft. Who knew? It will be, pretty much, all about the quarterbacks when the NFL draft begins Thursday night. Quarterback-needy teams are lined up at the top of the first-round draft order with the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. Other teams could trade up. There is a highly regarded draft class of quarterbacks...
Why face guards have become all the rage around baseball

Why face guards have become all the rage around baseball

Is this latest trend more about fashion or function? The merits of safety and protection are obvious. But then again, Major League Baseball is a lot like a high school where if the popular kids do something, everyone else is soon to follow. Maybe it's cool to be cautious? Whatever the impetus or reasoning, the latest fashion fad on the field is face-guard flaps. Not familiar? Well, you haven't been...
Gumbel talks about how much of 'Real' Jeter we'll see in interview

Gumbel talks about how much of 'Real' Jeter we'll see in interview

When we heard embattled Marlins CEO Derek Jeter granted an extended TV interview to HBO Real Sports' Bryant Gumbel (airing Tuesday at 10 p.m.), we asked why? The former Yankee great is media savvy and could have selected a less challenging interviewer, especially at a time where his image is taking a beating. But we also wondered why Gumbel would risk doing a long-one-on-one with a guy who has a reputation...
A gay referee tries to find his place in hockey

A gay referee tries to find his place in hockey

This is a story about love and betrayal. Andrea Barone was barely 18 months old when he first set out on the ice, his tiny legs shaking and pushing behind a chair along the cold surface. If, in Montreal, hockey is religion, then this was baptism by ritual, every morning practice, every unsteady drag of his skates drawing him closer to the game he was falling for. “We never had to wake him up...
Down on the farm, an infield of scions

Down on the farm, an infield of scions

Craig Breslow is 37 years old, with a dozen years of experience as a left-handed reliever in the major leagues. He is pitching now for the Class AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats, just getting to know his teammates. In their opening series here, at Dunkin’ Donuts Park against the Hartford Yard Goats, third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. amazed him. “Last night Vlad made a throw across the diamond...
Golden’s nuggets: Why Texas wideouts Lil’Jordan and Johnson must step up

Golden’s nuggets: Why Texas wideouts Lil’Jordan and Johnson must step up

The Texas running attack should have no one excited. Daniel Young and Toneil Carter run hard but neither appear to be in that game-breaker category. So Longhorn Nation turns its eyes toward East Texas where Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram, a 2018 Under Armour All-American, will arrive this summer. Here’s what we do know: The Horns have game changers in wideouts Lil’ Jordan Humphrey and...
2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Running backs

2018 NFL draft preview countdown: Running backs

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: RUNNING BACKS By Kevin Lyttle and Suzanne Halliburton klyttle@statesman.com shalliburton@statesman.com This year’s three-day draft begins Thursday in Arlington at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Thursday: Round 1, 7 p.m. Friday: Rounds 2-3, 6 p.m. Saturday: Rounds 4-7, 11 a.m. TV: ESPN, NFL Network ON THE CLOCK April 19: Defensive backs April 20: Linebackers April...
Bohls: Even at 40, Spurs’ ageless Manu Ginobili is no less of a star

Bohls: Even at 40, Spurs’ ageless Manu Ginobili is no less of a star

Time marched on Sunday afternoon. And, as usual, Manu Ginobili ignored it. Actually, this ageless wonder does more than sneer at time. He spits in its face and gives it the back of his hand. Ginobili just does not age. Well, he does chronologically speaking, but his play doesn’t reflect it. As an antique, he’s the grandfather clock of the NBA, but no one turns back the clock quite like...
Texas State notebook: Bobcats get first football pledge for 2019 class

Texas State notebook: Bobcats get first football pledge for 2019 class

West Rusk defensive tackle Darius Richardson became Texas State’s first football commitment for the 2019 recruiting class when he pledged to the Bobcats on Saturday. Richardson, who made the announcement on Twitter, is 6-2, 290 and is a three-star prospect. Texas State was his only offer. “Getting my first offer was a crazy feeling,” Richardson said. “Knowing somebody has plans...
The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with quarterback Roschon Johnson

The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with quarterback Roschon Johnson

Stay updated on  latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of Hookem.com . The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.  Texas’ first commitment of...
For Armstrong, backing down might have hurt more than paying $5 million

For Armstrong, backing down might have hurt more than paying $5 million

Lance Armstrong just avoided a trial that could have ended with his financial ruin. He reached a settlement of $5 million, the amount his lawyers offered the federal government almost five years ago to make amends for Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs while he was sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. All things considered, the settlement was a piddling sum. Armstrong’s cycling...

A veteran in doubles, and at combining fatherhood with pro tennis

Max Mirnyi, one of the top doubles players in tennis, encountered a scheduling crisis during a recent tournament in New York. He had to practice for a match, but he also had promised to accompany his 13-year-old daughter, Melanie, on an excursion that would require time and Mixing competition and parenting can be a complicated enterprise, especially in a sport like tennis that requires extensive international...
An old-school manager thrives in a new baseball age

An old-school manager thrives in a new baseball age

John Gibbons grew up in San Antonio, so his accent sounds as if the Texas winds are blowing straight from his mouth, and his bowlegged gait conjures images of horse-weary cowboys. Texas is embedded in his background and persona, but not in his blood. Gibbons, the long-serving manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, is actually the scion of a family of Massachusetts optometrists, not Texas ranchers. While...
Is basketball America's game?

Is basketball America's game?

It's easy to make an argument for basketball as America's sport, even if it was invented by a Canadian. You don't need expensive equipment to play; a ball and a park will suffice. Everyone who plays is involved, unless you have a teammate who never passes. It welcomes players from all over the world. Basketball is a manifestation of democracy. If you don't believe me, head to your local bookstore...
Guard isn't a sexy position, but Redskins are in need

Guard isn't a sexy position, but Redskins are in need

Offensive guard isn't a captivating position, but the Washington Redskins lack depth at the spot with the draft rapidly approaching next week. Shawn Lauvao, when healthy, was the starter at left guard the last four years, but is an unrestricted free agent and not expected to return. Coach Jay Gruden has said Arie Kouandjio and Tony Bergstrom are in the mix at the position, but the Redskins are likely...
NFL's first female strength coach a fan of Raiders' Kelsey Martinez

NFL's first female strength coach a fan of Raiders' Kelsey Martinez

Kelsey Martinez became the first female coach in Raiders history when she joined Oakland's strength and conditioning staff this offseason. "She's spectacular," Jon Gruden said at the annual league meeting in Orlando. "Wait 'till you meet her." Back in 1990, Lee Brandon became the first female strength coach in NFL history when she left her job as Hofstra University head strength...
South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp looks forward to NFL Draft

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp looks forward to NFL Draft

Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan hoped South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp would be near his side in Dallas for the NFL Draft. Muschamp, who’s gearing up for another recruiting weekend with the Gamecocks, turned down the invite from Bryan’s grandfather and father. “Pulling for him,” Muschamp said. “He’s a great young man. Great...
Tennessee football podcast: National writer explains why Jeremy Pruitt can win long term

Tennessee football podcast: National writer explains why Jeremy Pruitt can win long term

Tennessee players and fans have learned in a hurry that coach Jeremy Pruitt demands excellence in about everything he does. He brought in a coaching staff that shares his views on what a winning culture should look like in college football. It’ll take some time to build that culture, but he’s already making believers out of some. ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski, a former...
Cale Millen de-commits from Northwestern football: Oregon target reopens recruitment

Cale Millen de-commits from Northwestern football: Oregon target reopens recruitment

Cale Millen, a 3-star quarterback in the 2019 class, announced his de-commitment from Northwestern. He made the announcement early Thursday morning on Twitter. “With a heavy heart and much thought I would like to extend the utmost respect and appreciation to the indescribably classy representatives of Northwestern Football, especially Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald and Coach...
Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Michigan offensive lineman Mason Cole

Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Michigan offensive lineman Mason Cole

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When Mason Cole joined the Michigan football program in the summer of 2014, there was no question that he would have a place on the Wolverines offensive line. Cole had to replace NFL draftee Taylor Lewan at left tackle. The expectations didn’t faze Cole. He stepped right into Michigan’s offensive line and showed poise and maturity as a freshman...
Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson

Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson

Nick Nelson didn’t spend much time in a Wisconsin Badgers uniform. But he made a major impact on the field. Nelson played one season at Wisconsin after transferring from Hawaii and taking a redshirt under NCAA transfer rules. He set the single-season program record with a nation-leading 21 pass breakups. He earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors and was named...
Ohio State podcast: Denzel Ward is on Marshon Lattimore plan

Ohio State podcast: Denzel Ward is on Marshon Lattimore plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Get insight and reaction to Ohio State football and basketball on the Inside the Shoe podcast, brought to you by Land of 10. In the latest edition, we preview the 2018 NFL Draft and where several Buckeyes are likely to land over the weekend. Austin Ward joins Kyle Lamb to discuss the meteoric rise of Denzel Ward and whether he’s next in line...
Louisville basketball recruiting target Courtney Ramey nearing decision

Louisville basketball recruiting target Courtney Ramey nearing decision

The Louisville Cardinals and new coach Chris Mack have primarily turned to the transfer market to fill their four scholarship openings this offseason, but it does appear that Courtney Ramey is a realistic option in the Class of 2018 and he’s apparently nearing a decision. Ramey’s father Terrell made an appearance on 93.9 FM’s Louisville Sports Live on Wednesday...
Brett Favre has hilarious response to Baker Mayfield draft photo

Brett Favre has hilarious response to Baker Mayfield draft photo

Baker Mayfield blew up the Internet on Wednesday when he posted a hilarious recreation of NFL legend Brett Favre’s goofy, jorts-wearing draft day photo from 1991. And on Thursday morning, the Hall of Fame quarterback had a fantastic response. Mayfield has drawn some comparisons to Favre, a similarly gunslinging passer in college who drew some criticism for his outsized ...
ESPN’s Mel Kiper thinks Baker Mayfield rumors are ‘smokescreen’ by Browns

ESPN’s Mel Kiper thinks Baker Mayfield rumors are ‘smokescreen’ by Browns

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper isn’t buying the talk about Baker Mayfield being in play for the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick. Kiper said in a piece on ESPN.com Wednesday that he thinks the reports of Cleveland considering the former Oklahoma quarterback with the first pick in the draft are a “smokescreen.” He thinks the Browns...
Ohio State fans are calling out ‘Buck-I-Guy’ after Earle Bruce’s memorial service

Ohio State fans are calling out ‘Buck-I-Guy’ after Earle Bruce’s memorial service

The Ohio State football community celebrated the life of former coach Earle Bruce on Wednesday at St. John Arena. S peakers including Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel eulogized Bruce — who died last week at 87 — in a ceremony open to the public. But some in the Ohio State community are not pleased with how one notable fan acted at the memorial service. Plenty of Ohio State fans...
For 15-plus Alabama prospects, the long wait for NFL draft finally over

For 15-plus Alabama prospects, the long wait for NFL draft finally over

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s been a long draft season, and not just because the National Championship Game in college football was 108 days ago, when Alabama dramatically defeated Georgia in overtime, 26-23. It’s gotten to the point that even the analysts are over-analyzing what could potentially happen when the first picks are made the 2018 NFL Draft, while knowing...
LSU notes from trail: Helen Cox

LSU notes from trail: Helen Cox

The spring evaluation period is in full swing, meaning SEC Country LSU is hitting the road. Expect daily updates from across Louisiana as we detail the latest on the Tigers’ top prospects in the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes. HARVEY, La. — Coach Skip LaMothe is in his second season at New Orleans’ Helen Cox High School. This year, he has reinforcements ...
Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson

Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A year ago, NFL talent evaluators didn’t know who cornerback Josh Jackson was. Heck, even casual Iowa football fans probably struggled to identify him. He started one game in his first three years on campus. But all he needed to show his ability as a shutdown collegiate corner was one season as a starter. After earning consensus All-American honors...
Michigan recruiting: QB Cade McNamara not afraid of competition, being face of 2019 class

Michigan recruiting: QB Cade McNamara not afraid of competition, being face of 2019 class

Cade McNamara felt good about Michigan the first time he stepped foot on campus in Ann Arbor. It was Super Bowl Sunday and the senior-to-be quarterback from Damonte Ranch High School in Reno, Nev., had the full attention of the Wolverines’ coaching staff inside Schembechler Hall. “ I was the only person in the building when it came to high school players...
Path to the 2018 NFL Draft: Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

Path to the 2018 NFL Draft: Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Denzel Ward didn’t exactly have the easiest first steps on his journey to Ohio State. The elite cornerback also might have brought his career to an end one game sooner than the Buckeyes might have liked. But the path between led him right where it has taken so many Buckeyes cornerbacks before him: The NFL draft and a likely spot...
Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Nebraska QB Tanner Lee

Path to 2018 NFL Draft: Nebraska QB Tanner Lee

Tanner Lee was Nebraska’s starting quarterback for one season, filling the job in 2017. Lee completed better than 57 percent of his passes last season and threw for 3,143 yards and 23 touchdowns. Lee could have played one final season for the Huskers in 2018 after being granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, but he opted to declare for the NFL draft. Lee was...
Oklahoma mailbag: How will the new kickoff impact the Sooners?

Oklahoma mailbag: How will the new kickoff impact the Sooners?

DieHards tackles the best questions from Oklahoma fans. Look for our Oklahoma question of the day Monday through Friday. Join the conversation by sending your questions to @john_shinn, by email to John at jshinn.oudiehards@gmail.com or at the Oklahoma DieHards Facebook page. I asked special teams coordinator Jay Boulware about this after...
NFL GMs believe Browns will take Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall, per report

NFL GMs believe Browns will take Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall, per report

The rumors of Baker Mayfield going first overall in the 2018 NFL Draft continue to grow. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, coaches and general managers around the league believe the Cleveland Browns are going to take the former Oklahoma quarterback with the No. 1 pick on Thursday. However, he said Cleveland continues to keep quiet about its plans for the pick. Schefter...
Saquon Barkley’s potential 2018 NFL Draft destinations, ranked by fit

Saquon Barkley’s potential 2018 NFL Draft destinations, ranked by fit

Saquon Barkley will find out his 2018 NFL Draft destination on Thursday, April 26 just before the rest of us watching on TV. Until then, we’re left to wonder where he’ll end up. The Browns at No. 1 is (almost certainly) out of the picture for him, but the Giants at No. 2, Browns again at No. 4 and the Buccaneers at No. 7 are all potential landing spots for the...
Film Room: 2018 NFL Draft ‘All-Tape Team’

Film Room: 2018 NFL Draft ‘All-Tape Team’

Well done, folks! We finally made it. Seriously. Pat yourselves on the back. You waded through all the big boards, mock drafts, the risers, the fallers, the off-the-field concerns, and, of course, the anonymous scouts (not to be outdone by those pesky anonymous executives).   Mercifully, draft day is finally upon us, as the 2018 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday...
2018 NFL Draft: SEC draft sleepers

2018 NFL Draft: SEC draft sleepers

The SEC is known for producing plenty of talent for the NFL, and the 2018 NFL Draft should be no different. While there surely will be plenty of attention paid to the first-round stars from the conference, such as Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, there also is the potential for a large contingency of sleepers from the SEC in the...
Anthony Averett: 5 things to know about the Alabama defensive back

Anthony Averett: 5 things to know about the Alabama defensive back

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Anthony Averett doesn’t look like your average college football player, which his okay because he does’t play like on either. As one of Alabama’s established cornerbacks, he racked up 48 tackles including four for a loss and was tied for second on the team with eight pass breakups during the 2017 national championship season. Here...
2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about Arkansas QB Austin Allen

2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about Arkansas QB Austin Allen

The  2018 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday in Arlington, Texas. That’s not when Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen’s name will be called. However, there is a slight possibility Allen comes off the board Saturday in the final rounds. Allen was a two-year starter for the Razorbacks. He was regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC following...
2018 NFL Draft: Who is Sam Hubbard? 5 things to know about Ohio State’s DE

2018 NFL Draft: Who is Sam Hubbard? 5 things to know about Ohio State’s DE

Sam Hubbard had one year of eligibility remaining at Ohio State, but decided on Dec. 30 that he would forgo his senior season and opt for the 2018 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound play-maker had recorded 116 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 17 sacks as a Buckeye. There are a number of recruiting websites out on the internet nowadays, but the Associated Press named Hubbard a first-team...
2018 NFL Draft: 5 potential sleepers from the Big 12

2018 NFL Draft: 5 potential sleepers from the Big 12

The 2018 NFL Draft is now just hours away and some of the biggest names that will walk the stage hail from the Big 12. But the same can be said for the Big 12 being home to some of the biggest sleepers.   Here are five of the most notable sleepers who should make an NFL impact before too long.   Poona Ford was rarely in the spotlight throughout the 2017...
2018 NFL Draft quarterbacks: Ranking the best available

2018 NFL Draft quarterbacks: Ranking the best available

The 2018 NFL Draft is upon us, and quarterbacks are still the main topic of the draft, for better or for worse. Below is a list of the top quarterbacks in the draft. Rosen probably isn’t going No. 1 because the Browns don’t seem interested in him, but he has the highest floor of anyone on this list. Rosen was surrounded by an awful rushing attack on a UCLA team that consistently...
Who is Denzel Ward? 5 things to know about Ohio State’s CB in 2018 NFL Draft

Who is Denzel Ward? 5 things to know about Ohio State’s CB in 2018 NFL Draft

Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward enters the 2018 NFL Draft after three solid seasons in Columbus. In his 3 seasons with the Buckeyes, Ward recorded 67 total tackles, 47 of which were solo, and made 2 interceptions in 26 games. Ward goes into the NFL Draft rated one of the top cornerbacks in the class. He will look to join Ryan Shazier, Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Marshon...
2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison

2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Although primarily known for his hard hits, Ronnie Harrison was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2017 and ended up tried for the Alabama lead in tackles with 74. He also tallied added 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and three interceptions. Considered one of the best safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft, the looming question...
Who is Frank Ragnow? 5 things to know about the Arkansas center

Who is Frank Ragnow? 5 things to know about the Arkansas center

The  2018 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas. That evening will introduce just the first-round selections, and Arkansas center Frank Ragnow is becoming increasingly likely to be among them. Ragnow is a 6-foot-5, 312-pound Minnesota native. He was a three-year starter for the Razorbacks, playing both guard and center. During...
2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst

2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst

The 2018 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday night, and it will be held in Arlington, Texas. Experts predict that South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst will be an early pick in the draft. Hurst was a key part of South Carolina’s 2017 team, as he helped lead the Gamecocks’ offense. Below are the five things you need to know about the South Carolina tight...
2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk

2018 NFL Draft: 5 things to know about Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk

The 2018 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday night, and it will be held in Arlington, Texas. Experts predict that Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk could be a first-round pick in the draft. Smith was a key part of Texas A&M’s 2017 team, as he led the Bulldogs in receiving yards and was regarded as one of the top playmakers in the country...
Where LSU’s stars are projected to be picked in 2018 NFL Draft

Where LSU’s stars are projected to be picked in 2018 NFL Draft

LSU football is in the news every day, and  the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy! The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. Unlike last year, it’s not a guarantee...
2018 NFL Draft: Running backs rankings, best available players

2018 NFL Draft: Running backs rankings, best available players

The 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and there are a handful of running backs who could help backfields next season. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley will likely be a top-five pick and is widely expected to be the first running back off the board in the draft. But who are the other top 2018 prospects at the position? Find the rankings for running backs and the best players...
Who is Jeff Holland? 5 things to know about Auburn’s edge rusher in 2018 NFL Draft

Who is Jeff Holland? 5 things to know about Auburn’s edge rusher in 2018 NFL Draft

The 2018 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas. Auburn edge rusher Jeff Holland will be a unique case in the draft, as he was a big-play specialist on the defensive line for the Tigers. Holland is an undersized player at defensive end and will be an interesting transition to outside linebacker. Here are five things you need to know about the...
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