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2018 Honda Classic: Second-round tee times, pairings

Official tee times and pairings for Friday’s second round of the 2018 Honda Classic. * Honda Classic 2018: Day-by-day schedule of events  6:45 a.m.: Chesson Hadley, Ryan Palmer, Bud Cauley  6:55 a.m.: J.J. Spaun, Richy Werenski, Kiradech Aphibarnrat  7:05 a.m.: J.B. Holmes, Scott Brown, Patrick Rodgers  7:15 a.m.: Mackenzie Hughes, Cody Gribble, Billy Hurley III ...
2018 Honda Classic: First-round tee times, pairings

2018 Honda Classic: First-round tee times, pairings

Official tee times and pairings for Thursday’s first round of the 2018 Honda Classic. TEE NO. 1 6:45 AM ET: Tom Hoge, John Peterson, Martin Piller  6:55 AM ET: J.J. Henry, Troy Merritt, Sung Kang  7:05 AM ET: Matt Every, Ryan Blaum, Dominic Bozzelli  7:15 AM ET: Brian Harman, Wesley Bryan, Chris Kirk  7:25 AM ET: Ted Potter, Jr., Emiliano Grillo, Tyrrell Hatton  7:35...
What is Hassan Whiteside’s goal when Heat’s schedule resumes after All-Star break?

What is Hassan Whiteside’s goal when Heat’s schedule resumes after All-Star break?

The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside battles for a lose ball against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe and John Henson (31) during the second quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. The Heat won, 91-85. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside’s goal is simple when the Heat return from...
2018 NFL Draft: QB Mason Rudolph intriguing Miami Dolphins fit

2018 NFL Draft: QB Mason Rudolph intriguing Miami Dolphins fit

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph could be a Round 2 pick. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Mobile, AL. — Barring a bold trade, the Miami Dolphins won’t have a shot at quarterbacks Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26. And if the Dolphins use the 11th overall pick on a position of greater need, they would pass on quarterbacks Josh...
How good has Josh Richardson been this season? A look at the numbers, plus other Heat tidbits

How good has Josh Richardson been this season? A look at the numbers, plus other Heat tidbits

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) congratulates guard Josh Richardson after a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Miami. The Rockets defeated the Heat 109-101. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MIAMI — At the All-Star break, the Heat stand at 30-28 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference...
2018 NFL Draft: Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki talks with Dolphins

2018 NFL Draft: Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki talks with Dolphins

Penn State’s Mike Gesicki already has the Dolphins’ attention. (Getty Images) Early in his time at Penn State, Mike Gesicki’s role at tight end was in jeopardy because he was having a bad time with drops. That wasn’t promising for his future at the school or his chances of one day turning pro. But Gesicki didn’t let that derail him. He dove deep...
Walker IV hits 5 3s, scores 19, Miami beats Notre Dame 77-74

Walker IV hits 5 3s, scores 19, Miami beats Notre Dame 77-74

Mike Brey doesn't pay much attention to the NBA draft stock of opposing players, but the Notre Dame coach does hear his own staff's assessments and, on Monday night, he saw nothing from Miami's Lonnie Walker IV that would make him disbelieve the latest assessment. "Walker's shots were pro stuff," Brey said after the freshman led the Hurricanes to a 77-74 Atlantic Coast Conference victory...
Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski to leave Miami Hurricanes

Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski to leave Miami Hurricanes

Craig Kuligowski (YouTube) In a stunning development, Miami announced Monday evening that Craig Kuligowski, one of the most respected assistant coaches in college football, is “leaving to pursue other opportunities,” according to a press release. More to come.
Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time

Must-see BP: Yanks' Stanton, Judge hit together for 1st time

Giancarlo Stanton homered off the scoreboard in left-center and hit three opposite-field homers to right. Aaron Judge drove a pitch over the left-field walkway and also went deep to right. The New York Yankees' first full-squad batting practice of spring training drew about 2,000 fans Monday. The two sluggers took 30 swings each, and fans reacted whenever the ball was lifted into the air. "The...

Motte returns to Cardinals, hopes to earn bullpen spot

Beard and all, a most familiar face is back in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse. "Once I walked in, seeing the guys, seeing the coaches, it's like being back at home," reliever Jason Motte said Monday. "This is where I started my career. This is where everything began." After signing a minor league deal over the weekend, Motte returned to the Cardinals for the first time since...
The 22nd-largest team at the Olympics: Zamboni drivers

The 22nd-largest team at the Olympics: Zamboni drivers

The Winter Olympics are a global competition, with athletes representing 92 countries. But one event is dominated by Americans and Canadians like no other: Zamboni driving. It is conspicuous, this army of 37 mostly imported Zamboni drivers, doing their quiet, mesmerizing work of resurfacing the ice, back and forth on their big machines, when the action pauses and the cameras turn away. “I have...
What is big air? It’s the Olympics’ newest snowboard event

What is big air? It’s the Olympics’ newest snowboard event

On the list of snowboarding events for this year’s Winter Olympics, alongside the now familiar halfpipe and slopestyle, is a new competition with a short but evocative name: big air.   The name is accurate. Everything about the event is big. And the dizzying heights achieved by the snowboarders more than justifies the “air.”   In big air, snowboarders slide down...
Norovirus precautions overtake Olympic tradition

Norovirus precautions overtake Olympic tradition

The handshake may be replaced by a fist-bump at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang and it has nothing to do with how old customs are giving way to new in a rapidly evolving world. In this instance, blame the norovirus. Nowhere does the traditional handshake more visibly signify what the Olympics are supposed to be about than after hockey games, when opponents line up to shake hands. But an outbreak is...
'Women' or 'Ladies'? At the Winter Olympics, that depends on the sport

'Women' or 'Ladies'? At the Winter Olympics, that depends on the sport

It has been 50 years since Peggy Fleming won gold at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics, dazzling judges with graceful choreography and a flawlessly executed single Axel. On Wednesday, another Californian figure skating phenom, Mirai Nagasu, will launch her quest for Olympic gold with a triple Axel. While figure skating's technical rigor has evolved dramatically over time, its terminology, in one significant...
Healthy, rested Brandt Snedeker returns to Honda Classic

Healthy, rested Brandt Snedeker returns to Honda Classic

The last time Brandt Snedeker played in the Honda Classic, he withdrew after an opening-round 72 so he could return home to Nashville for the birth of his daughter Lily. Lily turns 7 next week. *2018 Honda Classic tournament info *2018 Honda Classic field For the most part he’s done well in his absence. Two of the last three years he’s won on the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing, at Pebble...
NBA All-Star game shows some toughness after a makeover

NBA All-Star game shows some toughness after a makeover

The last two NBA All-Star games set records for points and indifference. Sunday’s game was less forgiving: There was more effort, scoring was harder to come by and the exciting final minutes brought the crowd to its feet. It felt far from the 2017 All-Star Game, in which Stephen Curry lay flat on the court to avoid being victimized by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s dunk and the two teams combined...
Tim Tebow to the major leagues? Mets GM expects it to happen.

Tim Tebow to the major leagues? Mets GM expects it to happen.

Don't count out Tim Tebow's Major League Baseball career quite yet. Tebow, the 30-year-old former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, is currently in major league spring training with the New York Mets. He spent last season in the Mets' organization, playing a total of 126 games across two different levels of Class A baseball. In a video tweeted by SportsNet New York on Sunday, Mets General...
Dodgers All-Star Cody Bellinger plans to avoid a sophomore slump

Dodgers All-Star Cody Bellinger plans to avoid a sophomore slump

Cody Bellinger slipped through the netting of a Camelback Ranch batting cage and gazed at a pitching machine. Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward manned the contraption, which dolloped late spin onto each offering. Bellinger slashed a pair of line drives before whacking a few foul and others into the ground. “That’s a big-league knock,” third baseman Justin Turner crowed after Bellinger...
Dale Earnhardt won Daytona 500 with her lucky penny glued to dash; that moment endures

Dale Earnhardt won Daytona 500 with her lucky penny glued to dash; that moment endures

Admittedly, this is not my story to tell.   It all began in 1998, when Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 for the only time in his legendary career. The day before that race, a girl named Wessa Miller gave Earnhardt a lucky penny. He glued it to his dash on the spot, and the next day, that penny was in the car as Earnhardt crossed the finish line.   Three years later, the seven-time...
New format breathes life (and defense) back into NBA All-Star Game

New format breathes life (and defense) back into NBA All-Star Game

Team Stephen’s Joel Embiid battles for the ball against Team LeBron’s Kevin Durant and LeBron James in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) LOS ANGELES – The NBA and its players association have stumbled onto something. And they shouldn’t let it go by the wayside. The out-of-the-box thinking for the All-Star Game — scrapping the traditional...
2018 NFL free agents: Miami Dolphins a fit for Jimmy Graham or Trey Burton?

2018 NFL free agents: Miami Dolphins a fit for Jimmy Graham or Trey Burton?

Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks warms up. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) For many, many years, the Miami Dolphins have been trying to acquire a premier tight end. This year’s NFL draft class is very, very deep and it seems a certainty Miami will draft at least one player at the position. RELATED STORY: [ NFL Draft 2018: Could Dallas Goedert solve Miami Dolphins&rsquo...
Is it crazy to think LeBron James could return to the Heat this offseason? NBA players believe it’s possible

Is it crazy to think LeBron James could return to the Heat this offseason? NBA players believe it’s possible

LeBron James captains Team LeBron against Team Steph (Curry) at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS) MIAMI — According to an ESPN poll of 48 NBA players, you shouldn’t count out the Heat in the LeBron James free-agent sweepstakes. Of those polled, 59 percent expect James...
Our Miami Heat awards at the break: The biggest surprise has been …

Our Miami Heat awards at the break: The biggest surprise has been …

The Miami Heat’s James Johnson (16), Bam Adebayo (13), Tyler Johnson (8), and Josh Richardson (0) congratulate Dwyane Wade (3) after a 91-85 win against the Milwaukee Bucks at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/TNS) This seems like a good time for a break, at least for the Heat. Miami (30-28)...

Florida Atlantic stars Devin Singletary, Azeez Al-Shaair honored by Touchdown Club of Columbus

BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin has talked about wanting to turn the Owls into a “ national program.” Two of Kiffin’s best players, at least for one night, helped the coach make some progress in his goal. Star running back and reigning Conference USA MVP Devin Singletary (Delray-American Heritage) and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, ...
Heat guard Goran Dragic scores two points as part of winning Team LeBron in his All-Star game debut

Heat guard Goran Dragic scores two points as part of winning Team LeBron in his All-Star game debut

Heat guard Goran Dragic scored two points and had four rebounds in his first All-Star game. (photo NBA) LOS ANGELES – Goran Dragic did not take long to break into the All-Star game scoring column on Sunday. Just more than a minute after entering the game for Team LeBron, Dragic made a 17-foot jumper for his first points as an All-Star. They would be his only two points in a competitive...

Florida State rallies in second half to defeat Pittsburgh

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton took his two of his leading scorers out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Their replacements ended up being more than adequate. PJ Savoy led the Seminoles with 18 points and M.J. Walker added 16 as they were able to rally and pull away in the second half for an 88-75 victory over the Panthers. Hamilton said after the game that Terance...

Kyrgios withdraws from Delray Beach with elbow injury

Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from the Delray Beach Open beginning Monday because of a right elbow injury. Kyrgios was hurt in Australia's Davis Cup loss to Germany two weeks ago, and he withdrew from the ATP event in Rotterdam last week. He had been training in Delray Beach the past few days. "I was working hard to be able to be fit and healthy, but my elbow needs more time," he said. "...

GSA rallies to beat Pilot, earn berth in Ylvisaker Cup semifinals

In an emotionally-charged final two chukkers, GSA rallied to knock off Pilot, 10-9, Sunday in the Ylvisaker Cup at International Polo Club Palm Beach. GSA, the surprise of the 13-team tournament, will join Colorado, Tonkawa and Valiente in Wednesday’s semifinals. GSA plays Colorado at 3 p.m. after Tonkawa meets Valiente at noon. The winner advances into next Sunday’s championship at 3...
Austin Dillon takes No. 3 back to victory lane at Daytona

Austin Dillon takes No. 3 back to victory lane at Daytona

The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt. Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. Earnhardt was behind the wheel of No. 3 when he won his only Daytona 500 in 1998, and when he was killed in an accident on the final lap of the race three...
Serio wins Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular for third time

Serio wins Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular for third time

Louise Serio won the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular for the third time in the featured “Saturday Night Lights” event at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Serio of Kennett Square, Pa., riding 11-year-old Warmblood gelding Rock Harbor, owned by Jennifer Burger, won the class with 176.25 points, including 89.50 to lead after the first round. Serio won...
American Heritage, Dwyer, Jupiter, Trinity Christian eye state return

American Heritage, Dwyer, Jupiter, Trinity Christian eye state return

Spring soon will be here, and you can tell because high school baseball season is beginning across Palm Beach County Monday. Last year, four Palm Beach County teams made to Fort Myers for the state playoffs. One, Trinity Christian, came back with hardware. Here’s a look at whether those four teams can make it back: American Heritage: The Stallions might have the best chance of any team in the...

Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors

Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future. Guess what? Mets general manager Sandy Alderson votes yes. "Somebody asked me if thought he'd be a major league player at some point. I think he will play in the major leagues. That's...
Expect meltdowns and plenty of drama at Honda Classic

Expect meltdowns and plenty of drama at Honda Classic

“Firm and fast,” those are the conditions that PGA National agronomist Brad Nelson is predicting this week at the Honda Classic. Chutes and ladders, that’s my prediction for what the bearish, par-70 Champion course has in store for a top PGA Tour field that for the first time since 2014 includes Tiger Woods. Very few players survive 72 holes at the site of the 1987 PGA Championship ...
2018 NFL free agents: Who can Dolphins get to replace Jarvis Landry?

2018 NFL free agents: Who can Dolphins get to replace Jarvis Landry?

The Dolphins will almost certainly look at Kendall Wright if Jarvis Landry leaves. (Getty Images) The question for the Dolphins isn’t whether they’ll miss Jarvis Landry if he leaves in free agency. They absolutely would. The issue, really, is how they would replace one of the most productive receivers in franchise history. It’s hard to pull 100...
LeBron James on Parkland shooting: 'How is it possible that we can have minors buy a gun?'

LeBron James on Parkland shooting: 'How is it possible that we can have minors buy a gun?'

When asked about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in which 17 people were killed, former Miami Heat star LeBron James had one question: “How is it possible that we can have minors go buy a gun?” Nikolas Cruz, accused of the killings, is actually 19 and legally bought the AR-15 semiautomatic weapon that was used during the Feb. 14 incident. Still...
Danica done: Patrick wrecks in final race of NASCAR career

Danica done: Patrick wrecks in final race of NASCAR career

Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers brought a dose of A-list attraction to a pit road scene that was more fitting for a red carpet. The starry-eyed sweethearts were mobbed by fans and media clicking away for a snapshot of some PDA that would surely spawn headlines. Then the moment came: Rodgers, a full foot taller than his new girlfriend, put his hands on Patrick's shoulders and leaned in for a good-luck...
One point shy of advancing, Heat’s Wayne Ellington knocked out in first round of 3-point contest

One point shy of advancing, Heat’s Wayne Ellington knocked out in first round of 3-point contest

Miami’s Wayne Ellington missed advancing in the 3-point contest by one point. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – Wayne Ellington was one shot shy of advancing to the finals in Saturday’s 3-point shootout at the Staples Center. The Heat’s sharpshooter had 17 points in his only round, which placed fourth among the eight contestants, the top three...
LeBron James responds to Fox News host: “I definitely will not shut up and dribble”

LeBron James responds to Fox News host: “I definitely will not shut up and dribble”

LeBron James speaks to the media during Saturday’s All-Star Game Media Day (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has a message for those who say athletes should not voice their opinions on politics and social issues. “We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that.” Reacting...
Vandy extends home winning win streak by beating Florida

Vandy extends home winning win streak by beating Florida

With just under 14 minutes left, things didn't look good for Vanderbilt. The Commodores were down by 11 points and Florida seemed poised for a road win. But then the Memorial Magic energized Vanderbilt again as the Commodores rallied to their fifth straight home win with a 71-68 victory over the Gators on Saturday. "Our crowd is spectacular," Commodores coach Bryce Drew said. "They're...
Tyler Reddick needs 5 overtimes to win at Daytona

Tyler Reddick needs 5 overtimes to win at Daytona

Tyler Reddick needed five overtimes, a brief red flag and the closest finish in NASCAR history to take Dale Earnhardt Jr. to victory lane. Reddick won the Xfinity Series' season-opening race by beating JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler in a photo finish. The margin of victory was 0.000 seconds, breaking the mark set by Butch Miller when he beat Mike Skinner by 0.001 seconds to win the Truck Series...
If Cleveland’s Kevin Love has any animosity toward Dwyane Wade he’s not showing it

If Cleveland’s Kevin Love has any animosity toward Dwyane Wade he’s not showing it

Kevin Love and Dwyane Wade during their happier days in Cleveland. LOS ANGELES – Cleveland forward Kevin Love will miss Sunday’s All-Star game because of a broken hand, but it was an illness that forced him to leave a recent game and and practice the next day that turned into a firestorm. Dwyane Wade was the first player to challenge Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to explain why...
Week of covering Douglas High nightmare redefines strength for Miami Dolphins reporter

Week of covering Douglas High nightmare redefines strength for Miami Dolphins reporter

Alyssa Kramer, 16, (center) is hugged by her mother, Tonja Kramer, at the candlelight vigil in Parkland to honor the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) PARKLAND — When Edna Buchanan wrote a compilation of the most intriguing crime stories she’d covered in her Pulitizer Prize-winning career at The Miami...
Ray Allen made biggest shot in Heat history and now is a Hall of Fame finalist; Tim Hardaway not on list  

Ray Allen made biggest shot in Heat history and now is a Hall of Fame finalist; Tim Hardaway not on list  

Ray Allen of the Miami Heat makes a game-tying three-pointer over Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs during Game Six of the 2013 NBA Finals at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – When Ray Allen joined the Miami Heat his best years were behind him. But not his best shot. Allen, who has the most dramatic...
Miami Hurricanes basketball: 5 takeaways from 62-55 loss to Syracuse

Miami Hurricanes basketball: 5 takeaways from 62-55 loss to Syracuse

DJ Vasiljevic puts the ball on the floor against Syracuse. (Wilfredo Lee/AP) CORAL GABLES — In an oft-sluggish matchup of middle-of-the-pack ACC teams, Miami lost to Syracuse 62-55 on Saturday in front of a split crowd at the Watsco Center. The Hurricanes, hoping to score from the outside against the Orange’s 2-3 zone defense, shot just 7-of-31 from beyond the ...
Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

A transgender wrestler from Texas will be defending the Class 6A girls championship at next week’s state tournament, WFAA reported. On Saturday, Mack Beggs, 18, of Euless Trinity will compete for a 6A Region II tournament title, which will determine bracket seeding for the state tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class advance. Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to...
Boys basketball: Dwyer rallies to top Forest Hill in district final

Boys basketball: Dwyer rallies to top Forest Hill in district final

Surging Dwyer and resurgent Forest Hill met on the basketball court for the second time this season Friday night, this time with a district championship on the line. And like the previous meeting, the top-ranked Panthers rallied late to top the fourth-ranked Falcons. Miles Coleman scored 21 points, and Javonni Quince added 15 to lift Dwyer to a wild 61-60 victory in the District 13-8A final. The top-seeded...
Baffling Top 25 ballot gives Auburn bizarre boost in latest hoops rankings

Baffling Top 25 ballot gives Auburn bizarre boost in latest hoops rankings

Auburn certainly earned a lot of respect from one voter in the AP Poll … by losing to 14-13 South Carolina on Saturday. Per Gary Parrish, one voter in Montana, Scott Mansch, moved the Tigers up six (6!) spots in his poll. While that seems weird enough, the same man moved Wichita State, which beat No. 5 Cincinnati on Sunday after defeating Temple 93-86 on Thursday, dropped the Shockers...
Collin Sexton’s work ethic forces Alabama coaches to turn out gym lights for him to leave

Collin Sexton’s work ethic forces Alabama coaches to turn out gym lights for him to leave

Collin Sexton is one of the best players in the SEC and in the country, a potential lottery pick in this summer’s NBA draft. But right now he’s doing all he can to lead the Crimson Tide to a strong finish in the SEC and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Although sometimes he may be working too hard, if that is such a thing. Alabama coach Avery Johnson loves Sexton’s drive to ...
Major South Carolina recruiting target listed No. 1 in 2019

Major South Carolina recruiting target listed No. 1 in 2019

Quavaris Crouch is the No. 1 player in the Class of 2019, according to the last batch of ratings and rankings from Rivals. Crouch, who’s from Harding University High School in Charlotte, N.C., is listed by Rivals as a 6-foot-3, 222-pound athlete. Naturally, his ranking comes with a 5-star rating. South Carolina is firmly in the mix for Crouch, along with several schools...
WATCH: SEC Country Live, February 20

WATCH: SEC Country Live, February 20

SEC football news never stops. So join us for SEC Country Live every Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m. ET ! Host Brandon Adams and former Alabama All-American Mike Johnson break down everything you need to know in the SEC football world with news, analysis and so much more. Join the conversation on Facebook.com/SECCountry! Watch on ...
Nebraska recruiting: Turning 2018 madness into future brilliance

Nebraska recruiting: Turning 2018 madness into future brilliance

Nebraska coach Scott Frost and his staff had two months after arriving in Lincoln to complete their 2018 recruiting class. That was on top of the new early signing period and the staff still coaching Central Florida in the Peach Bowl. It was a wild time for the staff to be sure. But with Frost & Co. now focused on their first full recruiting cycle, the craziness of the...
Arkansas basketball has to win 2 more games to make NCAA Tournament

Arkansas basketball has to win 2 more games to make NCAA Tournament

SEC Country reporter Eric W. Bolin will candidly answer your Arkansas Razorbacks sports queries each weekday in our  Mailbag Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryHogs or by email to Eric at  ericwbolin@gmail.com. Two. The end. And that’s in five games, not four. Arkansas...
Penn State football: Versatile recruits enhance Nittany Lions roster development

Penn State football: Versatile recruits enhance Nittany Lions roster development

The goal of each college football program is to maximize its roster spots. Recruiting efforts serve as the lifeblood of this process and, continuing a theme here, maximizing each class is paramount to building a perennial championship contender. It’s easy to invest in 5-star prospects who appear primed to play the same position until they eventually hang up their cleats. ...
Alabama’s decade of dominance was even more jaw-dropping after 2017 national title

Alabama’s decade of dominance was even more jaw-dropping after 2017 national title

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Some of you may remember SEC Country embarking on a big project called the “Decade of Dominance” last summer, which examined if the University of Alabama football team’s success over the 10-year span from 2007-2016 was the most impressive in college football history. It was, and the numbers backed it up. Links to the 10 stories are...
5 Iowa players who could take offense from average to good

5 Iowa players who could take offense from average to good

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Perhaps no team nationally was as perplexing as Iowa, and that was doubly so on offense. The 8-5 Hawkeyes seemed to score at will in a 55-24 pasting of Ohio State that prevented the Buckeyes from reaching the College Football Playoff. The offense was unstoppable in a 44-41 overtime victory at 8-win Iowa State. But then there were games like at Wisconsin...
Even without Jeff Holland, Auburn football looks deep on edges for 2018

Even without Jeff Holland, Auburn football looks deep on edges for 2018

Auburn football will return to action in less than two weeks with the start of spring practices on March 1. Between now and then, SEC Country will preview each of the Tigers’ position groups heading into camp. Up next, we take stock of the defensive ends. Buck T.D. Moultry (Sophomore) Paul James III (Senior) ...
Mohamed Bamba named CBS Sports’ Freshman of the Week

Mohamed Bamba named CBS Sports’ Freshman of the Week

Mohamed Bamba is out to prove that Trae Young isn’t the only supremely talented freshman in the Big 12. The Texas center was named CBS Sports’ Freshman of the Week for his outstanding play between Feb. 11-17. He averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks over two games against Oklahoma and Baylor. In the game against the Sooners, Bamba led Texas with 18 rebounds...
NFL.com’s 2018 draft position rankings include 12 Pac-12 players

NFL.com’s 2018 draft position rankings include 12 Pac-12 players

Yes, folks, it’s that time of year — NFL draft season. NFL.com and NFL Network’s star of the season, Mike Mayock, released his positional rankings last week, and a dozen prospects from the Pac-12 made his groups of five at each position. The most notable, of course, were USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen, with Darnold taking the top quarterback...
Oklahoma recruiting: Daxton Hill tops DieHards’ first Oklahoma Top 10 for 2019 class

Oklahoma recruiting: Daxton Hill tops DieHards’ first Oklahoma Top 10 for 2019 class

Oklahoma’s prep ranks were filled with obvious top-line talent the last couple of years. The 2019 class offers more intrigue. There’s one unquestioned 5-star talent, but whether the current crop matches recent classes seems unlikely. Today marks DieHards’ inaugural 2019 Oklahoma Top 10. The list will be fluid throughout the season with players rising and falling...
Classy David Padgett reaches out to 2013 Louisville team forced to vacate national title

Classy David Padgett reaches out to 2013 Louisville team forced to vacate national title

It’s been an extremely difficult day for the Louisville as they’ve been forced to vacate the 2013 national championship and the 2012 Final Four appearance amongst other records. Louisville’s appeal to the NCAA has been denied and they must vacate all men’s basketball records from the 2011-12 to 2014-15 seasons, it was announced Tuesday. Louisville interim...
Bruce Feldman: Jimbo Fisher has to get Texas A&M into Top 10 or CFP in first 3 seasons

Bruce Feldman: Jimbo Fisher has to get Texas A&M into Top 10 or CFP in first 3 seasons

Jimbo Fisher has $75 million guaranteed and the keys to one of the most powerful college football programs in America. Now what? That’s the question most fans are going to want answered quickly after the Aggies decided to dump Kevin Sumlin and lure Fisher away from Florida State with a contract that will pay him $7.5 million per season for the next decade. RELATED:  ...
Alabama football: Post-National Signing Day defensive depth chart

Alabama football: Post-National Signing Day defensive depth chart

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football brought in another talented recruiting class in the 2018 cycle, but on paper, there doesn’t appear to be too many names who project to make an instant splash on the defensive depth chart. Guys such as defensive linemen Christian Barmore and Stephon Wynn, along with defensive backs Patrick Surtain Jr. and Saivion Smith, are a few...
ESPN’s Rece Davis disagrees with vacating punishment

ESPN’s Rece Davis disagrees with vacating punishment

ESPN’s Rece Davis has a problem with the NCAA’s punishment of vacating games and championships. The College GameDay host tweeted his displeasure with the penalty shortly after the NCAA upheld its decision to vacate Louisville men’s basketball records from the 2011-12 to 2014-15 seasons — including the program’s 2013 national championship...
Louisville 2013 National Championship gear still on sale at NCAA.com after decision to vacate title

Louisville 2013 National Championship gear still on sale at NCAA.com after decision to vacate title

There is a growing sentiment around college athletics that the NCAA is a hypocritical organization. The  National Collegiate Athletic Association added fuel to that fire with its punishment for Louisville on Tuesday. Even after denying the school’s appeal and ruling that the Cardinals must vacate their 2013 national title, the NCAA was still selling Louisville championship...
Year 1 done: DB Jordyn Peters did ‘the most’ with opportunities in 2017

Year 1 done: DB Jordyn Peters did ‘the most’ with opportunities in 2017

An Iron Bowl in Jordan-Hare Stadium was likely the biggest stage any of Auburn’s freshmen had played on to that point in their college careers. Some survived and some thrived, with Jordyn Peters definitely among the newcomers who managed the latter. “We’re real proud of how he’s developed,” said Muscle Shoals High School coach Scott Basden, who kept up with...
Washington, six other Pac-12 programs land in USA Today softball top 25

Washington, six other Pac-12 programs land in USA Today softball top 25

A fresh set of softball rankings were released Tuesday, including a new No. 1 squad hailing from the Pac-12. Washington Huskies, come on down! Washington (12-0) is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll for the first time in nearly eight years, with the Huskies’ last appearance atop the rankings coming in May 2010. The ascension to the top spot follows an impressive...
Trae Young: ‘We’ll get better’ after Kansas loss

Trae Young: ‘We’ll get better’ after Kansas loss

Monday night was a bottoming-out point for Trae Young and the Oklahoma Sooners, as Kansas handed them a crushing 104-74 loss.  Oklahoma sank to 6-9 in the Big 12, which puts the Sooners at No. 8 in the conference. It’s the sixth straight loss for the Sooners, a team once ranked No. 4 in the nation. In other words, it can only go up from here. At least, that&rsquo...
Oklahoma baseball home opener cancelled due to weather

Oklahoma baseball home opener cancelled due to weather

Oklahoma baseball’s home opener for the 2018 season has been cancelled due to inclement weather, according to the school. The Norman campus will shut down at 12:45 P.M. CT due to inclement weather, and that includes the home matchup with Abilene Christian. Oklahoma baseball will have four home games to play over the weekend: two against Holy Cross and two against Valparaiso. Oklahoma...
Nebraska spring game more expensive than regular-season game tickets at 22 Power 5 programs

Nebraska spring game more expensive than regular-season game tickets at 22 Power 5 programs

There are rock stars, and then there are Nebraska rock stars. Billy Joel is pulling as much as $590 per ticket this month at Madison Square Garden; Tim McGraw’s return to his Louisiana roots this summer will set you back up to $628 a seat. Scott Frost’s first Nebraska show is going for $657. In a game that doesn’t even freaking count...
Jim McElwain officially named Michigan’s wide receivers coach

Jim McElwain officially named Michigan’s wide receivers coach

It’s official: Jim McElwain is coming to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Reports that the former Florida head coach was joining Michigan’s staff bombarded social media last week. On Saturday, McElwain confirmed as much to ESPN. “I’m excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better,” he told ESPN&rsquo...
Michigan officially hires former Florida coach Jim McElwain

Michigan officially hires former Florida coach Jim McElwain

Jim McElwain’s move to Michigan is official. On Tuesday, the Wolverines announced that the former Florida coach had joined their staff as a wide receivers coach. McElwain had been out of work since parting ways with the Gators in October. He finished with a 22-12 record at the school, highlighted by two bowl appearances and a pair of SEC East titles. “I am excited...
Auburn basketball bracketology: Where Tigers are projected for NCAA Tournament after South Carolina loss

Auburn basketball bracketology: Where Tigers are projected for NCAA Tournament after South Carolina loss

AUBURN, Ala. — Last week, it looked like Auburn basketball was about to play its way into the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. But after several top teams fell, the Tigers took their own tough loss with a 9-point defeat at struggling South Carolina. Even worse, Auburn lost starting center Anfernee McLemore for the season with a serious injury to his left leg. After beating Kentucky...
Louisville president stands firm in face of ruling: ‘NCAA was simply wrong’

Louisville president stands firm in face of ruling: ‘NCAA was simply wrong’

In the wake of the NCAA upholding its decision to vacate all Louisville men’s basketball records from the 2011-12 to 2014-15 seasons, including the program’s 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance, the university is steadfast in its belief that the punishment was far too harsh. “I cannot say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA...
Charles Barkley to host Saturday Night Live in March

Charles Barkley to host Saturday Night Live in March

Saturday Night Live will begin next month with a little March Madness of its own. Charles Barkley, the legendary former Auburn and NBA player who is now a very popular analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA, will host Saturday Night Live on March 3. It will be Chuck’s fourth time hosting the program. The show will have a distinct southern flavor, as Barkley will be joined by musical...
All the curling stones used in every Olympics have come from the same small island

All the curling stones used in every Olympics have come from the same small island

Few people quite understand what exactly curling is, but every four years, people across the world suddenly find themselves invested in a sport that, at first glance, can be described as people pushing rocks across ice with brooms. For those who are using this year’s go-around to learn what they can about the sport, here’s a fun fact to tell at the next watch party: Olympic curling...
Elite Texas QB commit Roschon Johnson ‘shutting down’ recruitment

Elite Texas QB commit Roschon Johnson ‘shutting down’ recruitment

The only commitment for the 2019 Texas recruiting class, 4-star quarterback Roschon Johnson, says he is done with his recruitment. Johnson told the Austin American-Statesman’s Mike Craven that he is “110 percent” committed to the Longhorns. He was on campus Saturday for Texas’ junior day, and he said he spent that time helping recruit some other top...
Early projections for Alabama in 2018 will provide excitement for Crimson Tide fans

Early projections for Alabama in 2018 will provide excitement for Crimson Tide fans

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily  Alabama Crimson Tide podcast  with Ryan Fowler. In this edition, we talk with ESPN’s Brad Edwards about some recent projections for the 2018 season and some challenges facing Nick Saban. ESPN’s Brad Edwards talks about the latest college football headlines and some projections...
Kentucky-Arkansas basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 20, 2018)

Kentucky-Arkansas basketball: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (February 20, 2018)

Kentucky basketball will play at Arkansas on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online below. What a difference one win can make. The Wildcats were flailing after four consecutive losses and NIT talk was heating up — then they beat a good Alabama team by double digits and now they’re widely projected as a No....
Miami-area 4-star DE Khris Bogle on Hurricanes: ‘My mom likes it a lot’

Miami-area 4-star DE Khris Bogle on Hurricanes: ‘My mom likes it a lot’

MIAMI — The celebration has become sort of a staple for Khris Bogle early this offseason. Whenever the 4-star weakside defensive end participates in a camp and rips off a particularly strong rep at whatever drill he’s competing in, Bogle will bring his hands together to make a shape certain to make Miami fans happy. He loves to throw up the U. He did...
Kirk Herbstreit weighs in on spat between Big 12, Texas A&M assistant Tim Brewster

Kirk Herbstreit weighs in on spat between Big 12, Texas A&M assistant Tim Brewster

Kirk Herbstreit added his voice to the online spat between Texas A&M assistant coach Tim Brewster and multiple Big 12 players and coaches. On Monday, Brewster used Twitter to write that it’s “ straight crazy” to compare Big 12 football to the SEC. Given Brewster’s place on coach Jimbo Fisher’s staff as a tight ends coach and an ...
Louisville must vacate four years of wins, including 2013 national championship

Louisville must vacate four years of wins, including 2013 national championship

The NCAA has upheld its ruling — Lousville must vacate all its wins from the 2011-12 season through 2014-15, including its 2013 national championship. On Tuesday, the NCAA announced the decision of the Division I Infractions Appeals Committee to uphold its penalties toward Louisville. The panel found that a former Louisville director of basketball operations...
Louisville’s 2013 National Championship vacated as punishment for escort scandal

Louisville’s 2013 National Championship vacated as punishment for escort scandal

Louisville basketball’s 2013 National Championship no longer belongs to the Cardinals in the NCAA record book. The NCAA announced Tuesday that the Cardinals must  vacate all wins from the 2011-12 to 2014-15 seasons and return the money it received in revenue-sharing agreements with the NCAA in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as a fine. Those wins include the team’s ...
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