NHL Preview: Blue Jackets at Sabres

January 11, 2018

Blue Jackets at Sabres The Columbus Blue Jackets are battling for first place in the Metropolitan Division while the Buffalo Sabres are buried in the basement of the Atlantic, so it’s hardly surprising both head coaches have divergent viewpoints of their respective teams. Columbus goes for its third straight victory when it visits the skidding Sabres on Thursday night. The Blue Jackets responded to a three-game slide by winning three…

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NBA Preview: Clippers at Warriors

January 10, 2018

Clippers at Warriors Stephen Curry is ripping through opponents since coming back from an ankle injury but saved his best for the Los Angeles Clippers while dropping 45 points over three quarters in a 121-105 road win on Saturday. Curry will get another chance to torment the Clippers when they visit the Warriors on Wednesday. Curry followed that 45-point effort with 32 in a 124-114 win over Denver on Monday…

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CBB Preview: Xavier at Villanova

January 10, 2018

Xavier at Villanova Back at the top of the polls, Villanova could have a short stay at No. 1 if it can’t solve Xavier when the Big East powers collide Wednesday. The host Wildcats have not been at their best defensively of late, while the 10th-ranked Musketeers are looking to rebound from a disappointing effort at Providence. Xavier had won 10 in a row before scoring 72 points – its…

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NHL Preview: Wild at Blackhawks

January 10, 2018

Wild at Blackhawks The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping for an encore performance from Patrick Kane on Wednesday as they seek their first three-game winning streak since mid-December when they face off against the Minnesota Wild in the opener of their six-game homestand. A former Art Ross Trophy winner, Kane registered a career-high five points in Chicago’s 8-2 triumph at Ottawa on Tuesday and is three shy of 800 for his…

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NBA Preview: Thunder at Timberwolves

January 10, 2018

Thunder at Timberwolves The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t made the NBA playoffs since 2004 so the word “letdown” typically doesn’t apply to the organization. But Minnesota will certainly have a hard act to follow up when it hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday just 48 hours after pounding the Cleveland Cavaliers into submission. The Timberwolves led by as much as 41 points while steamrolling Cleveland and finishing with a 127-99…

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CBB Preview: Duke at Pittsburgh

January 10, 2018

Duke at Pittsburgh Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t need to be told his team needs to get better, specifically on defense. After surrendering close to 100 points to a North Carolina State team which was coming off an embarrassing loss to Notre Dame, the sixth-ranked Blue Devils will get a chance to regroup Wednesday when they visit a young Pittsburgh squad that is just trying to find its footing. Marvin…

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College Football National Championship X-Factors

January 8, 2018

College football’s 2017-18 national championship is up for grabs on Monday night, as Alabama and Georgia meet in Atlanta in a matchup of SEC foes. As with any big matchup, the stars are expected to shine. Georgia is led by running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. On the Alabama sideline, quarterback Jalen Hurts and running backs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough headline the offense. While Chubb and Hurts will…

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College Football National Championship Preview: Alabama vs. Georgia

January 4, 2018

National Championship Alabama vs. Georgia COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME STORYLINES 1. An SEC team will claim the national title for the ninth time in the past 12 seasons as conference mates Georgia and Alabama meet in Monday’s College Football Playoff championship at Atlanta. The third-seeded Bulldogs are looking to win their first national title since the Herschel Walker-led squad won the 1980 crown, while the fourth-seeded Crimson Tide…

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Wild Card Weekend Preview: Falcons at Rams

January 4, 2018

Falcons at Rams The Atlanta Falcons rolled through the playoffs en route to the Super Bowl a year ago behind a high-powered offense that led the league in scoring. For the Falcons to take the first step toward a return trip to the title game, they will have to slow the NFL’s No. 1 scoring offense when they visit the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. Sixth-seeded Atlanta blew a…

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Wild Card Weekend Preview: Titans at Chiefs

January 4, 2018

Titans at Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium has provided the Kansas City Chiefs one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL – until the postseason. The Chiefs will try to record their first home playoff victory in 24 years when they host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in an AFC wild-card matchup. The back-to-back AFC West champion Chiefs have won four straight following a midseason lull and again look like a…

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NFL Saturday Night Preview: Vikings at Packers

December 20, 2017

Vikings at Packers The Minnesota Vikings already have wrapped up the NFC North title but there still is plenty at stake when they pay a visit to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. While Green Bay is out of playoff contention, the Vikings are in the hunt for a first-round bye and have an outside shot at home-field advantage throughout the postseason. While Minnesota would need Philadelphia to lose…

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Hawaii Bowl Preview: Houston vs. Fresno State

December 20, 2017

HAWAII BOWL STORYLINES 1. Points could be a precious commodity on Dec. 24, when Fresno State faces Houston in the Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The Bulldogs led the Mountain West in scoring defense at 17.2 points per game while Houston possesses the top interior lineman in the country in Outland Trophy winner Ed Oliver, a sophomore defensive tackle who has made 37.5 tackles-for-loss in 24 career games….

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Dollar General Bowl Preview: Appalachian State vs. Toledo

December 20, 2017

DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL STORYLINES 1. Mobile, Ala., will be the site for a December 23 rematch between Toledo and Appalachian State, who will meet in a bowl game for the second straight season – this time in the Dollar General Bowl. Toledo and the Mountaineers played right down to the wire last season in the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., as Appalachian State escaped with a 31-28 victory after the…

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