Winston, FSU hold off Oklahoma St 37-31 in opener (Yahoo Sports) - Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State held off Oklahoma State 37-31 to begin defending its national title. Playing on the same field where this year's national champion will be crowned, Winston wasn't nearly as efficient as he was in the college debut that jump-started his Heisman Trophy season a year ago. The Cowboys were 19-point underdogs in the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys but stayed close when J.W. Walsh matched Winston's scoring run with a 24-yard sprint and dive across the goal line to get within 27-24 early in the fourth quarter. The scoring pass, which gave Florida State a 37-24 lead, was set up when P.J. Williams sent Walsh cart-wheeling to the turf on a hit that forced a fumble. Tigers win 8-4, salvage doubleheader split (Yahoo Sports) - Kyle Ryan pitched six scoreless innings in his major league debut, and the Detroit Tigers salvaged a split of Saturday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with a potentially costly 8-4 victory. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera pulled up lame while running out a grounder in the fourth inning, forcing him from the game. In the opener, Chris Sale struck out a season-high 13, beating Max Scherzer in a matchup of All-Star aces and leading Chicago to a 6-3 win. Ezequiel Carrera, Don Kelly and Ian Kinsler each had three hits for Detroit in the nightcap. Todd Gurley leads Georgia past Clemson 45-21 (Yahoo Sports) - Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and No. 12 Georgia gained some early style points in the national race with a 45-21 victory over No. 16 Clemson on Saturday night. If rating Heisman Trophy favorites after Week 1, Gurley would surely be among the favorites. Georgia broke open a game that was tied 21-all at halftime, shutting down Clemson and a fast-break offense that didn't look nearly as effective without record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and star receiver Sammy Watkins. Gurley pretty much finished off Clemson by himself. Former Steelers, Bengals LB James Harrison retires (Yahoo Sports) - Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, saying his desire to play doesn't match the desire to stay home with his family. Harrison, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, wrote on his Facebook page he didn't want to miss another birthday or first day of school so he could continue his career. The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals following a decade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He met with the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week, but did not sign a contract. Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future (Yahoo Sports) - Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri's season opener, he looked down at his cell phone. It was 3 p.m. CT, the deadline for NFL teams to pare rosters to 53 players. Twenty others were cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, all of them mere footnotes. For Sam, it meant a roadblock in his journey to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL roster. Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round (Yahoo Sports) - Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage. Unable to capitalize on plenty of chances, and surprisingly outplayed in a trio of tiebreakers, Isner lost to the 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4). It was the third year in a row that these two men faced each other in the third round in New York, and Kohlschreiber won them all. Golson leads No. 17 Irish to 48-17 win over Rice (Yahoo Sports) - Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday. Golson was 14-of-22 passing for 295 yards and ran for 41 yards on 12 carries. It was the sixth straight season-opening loss for the Owls. Fuller then made Rice safety Julius White miss as he raced into the end zone. US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds (Yahoo Sports) - Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 for the U.S., which will play Turkey on Sunday in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game. Finland was 0 for 17 in the second quarter, missing all six 3-point attempts, and missed 19 straight shots over the second and third quarters before Tuukka Kotta ended the drought with a basket with 8:48 remaining in the third that made it 62-20. Costa must learn respect - Martinez - Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Chelsea's Diego Costa must learn the "ethics and culture" of British football after his side's 6-3 win. Roma 2-0 Fiorentina - Ashley Cole makes his Roma debut as they begin the new Serie A season with a hard-fought win against Fiorentina.

Site menu All Blogs Resources
Main page Top Stories Baseball    - MLB    - NCAA Baseball NFL    - NCAA Football NBA    - NCAA basketball WNBA    - NCAA Women's Basketball BasketballLive Scores! NHL TennisLive Scores! Golf Motor Sports    - F1    - Motor Sports: CART    - Motor Sports: IRL    - Motor Sports: NASCAR SoccerLive Scores!    - MLS Swimmming Skiing Cycling Olympic Sports Horse Racing Poker

Videos

Bettor's Corner

All Blogs    - Shutdown Corner - NFL    - Big League Stew - MLB    - Ball Don't Lie - NBA    - Puck Daddy - NHL    - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF    - The Dagger - NCAAB    - From the Marbles - NASCAR    - Devil Ball Golf - Golf    - Roto Arcade - Fantasy    - Cagewriter - MMA
The Grand Slam: Tigers pull even in AL Central after doubleheader split [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 5:41 am]
The Kansas City Royals are cooling off this weekend and the Detroit Tigers have taken advantage so far, taking two of their first three games against the Chicago White Sox. On Saturday, Detroit split a day-night doubleheader with Chicago, losing the opener 6-3 after striking out 13 times against Chris Sale, before rebounding to win the nightcap 8-4. Making his major league debut, 23-year-old right-hander Kyle Ryan tossed six scoreless innings for Detroit. Meanwhile, his offense jumped on debuting White Sox hurler Chris Bassitt for five runs in the first four innings. Ian Kinsler did most of the damage, singling home one run in the third and two more in the fourth. He finished with three hits. With the second game in the books, Detroit's status rested on the results of Kansas City's game against the Cleveland Indians. Thanks to RBI singles from Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana in the 11th inning, Cleveland emerged with a 3-2 win, meaning Detroit and Kansas City are now even at 74-61. The Indians are still hanging around at 3 1/2 back. The only real downside for Detroit is the uncertainty surrounded two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera left the game in the fourth inning with a sore right ankle and could end up missing a few days, although manager Brad Ausmus says they won't know his short term status until Sunday. ''It flares up from time to time with different movements and different actions,'' Ausmus said. ''I told him I could give him a day tomorrow, and he said, 'No, don't decide now because I might be good in the morning.' ANGELS USE EIGHT PITCHERS TO SHUT OUT A'S: As one division tightens, another continues to slip away from the Oakland A's. The Los Angeles Angels extended their division lead to four games with a 2-0 win on Saturday night. Amazingly, they did so despite not having a true starting pitcher availble to make the start. With Garrett Richards done for the season, Mike Scioscia mixed and matched for nine innings using eight different relievers, i

LSU capitalizes on Wisconsin turnovers and injuries to win 28-24 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 5:04 am]
LSU was thoroughly outplayed for the first half of Saturday night's game against Wisconsin. But thanks to some errant passes by Tanner McEvoy and two key injuries on the Badgers defensive line, the Tigers came back to win 28-24. It's the 46th consecutive non-conference win for LSU coach Les Miles. In the first half, Wisconsin DE Konrad Zagzebski was carted off the field after he suffered a neck injury making a tackle. He was taken to a local hospital and ESPN reported that he had movement in his extremeties. Then, Warren Herring, the Badgers' starting nose tackle, went down with an injury. The absence of the two was noticeable on what proved to be LSU's game-winning drive. With both integral pieces of the Wisconsin line missing, LSU RB Kenny Hilliard gashed Wisconsin on three straight runs up the middle, the last of which was a 28-yard TD. Hilliard's run was sandwiched between two Tanner McEvoy interceptions. The first was a great play by Jaylen Mills, who saw the route from his safety position and glided over towards the receiver to swipe the ball as McEvoy threw it. The second, on a drive that was Wisconsin's last best chance at the win, McEvoy and Reggie Love must have had a miscommunication. Receiver and ball weren't in the same zip code and Ronald Martin had an easy interception. McEvoy beat out Joel Stave, who started last season for Wisconsin, for the starting QB job in fall camp. And the second-guessing has already started among Wisconsin fans. McEvoy finished 8-of-24 passing for 50 yards and the two interceptions. While McEvoy struggled, Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon shined. He ran for 140 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries. But there's the rub. While McEvoy couldn't find anything resembling a groove in the air, he threw the ball eight more times than the Heisman candidate ran it. Gordon's carries seemed inversely proportional to LSU's success as well. He ran the ball 12 times in the first half as Wisconsin controlled the game. But as LSU crept back in t

Joe Soto acquits himself well as T.J. Dillashaw retains UFC belt with a late TKO [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 4:49 am]
Guys like Joe Soto are what make professional sports so great. Soto said he didn't want to die without having gotten a chance to fight in the UFC, and on Saturday, he was going to get his chance. He was set to face Anthony Birchak in the first fight of the night at UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. But just an hour or so before he was to weigh in and only about 26 hours before he actually was supposed to fight, Soto was given the opportunity to fight T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight title when Barao passed out while trying to make weight. Soto put on a significantly better performance on Saturday in the main event against Dillashaw than Barao did in May when he was pummeled from start to finish and lost his belt in Las Vegas. Like Barao, Soto was finished in the fifth round, but other than that, there was few similarities between the two matches. Soto was competitive, worked hard and was a threat from the beginning until he was stopped with a head kick at 2:20 of the final round. It was yet another outstanding performance by Dillashaw, who coolly and professionally adjusted after the man he'd prepared to fight for more than two months dropped out only an hour or so before the weigh-in. Dillashaw handled his business like a true professional. He spent time with his coaches Friday discussing how to best Soto, and then he went out and used a high-strike volume to gradually wear Soto down. "Man, it's been crazy," Dillashaw said. "An hour before making weight, I get a call and I hear he's not making weight and there was a switch of opponents. It's [hard] especially when it's a tough opponent like Joe Soto." Barao made himself look bad with comments he made before the fight. At the weigh-in, Dillashaw accused Barao of being afraid. Everyone, including Dillashaw, knows that Barao wasn't afraid. He was highly unprofessional, and no one could blame Dillashaw, so soon after receiving the news, for being angry. It cost him money, as Barao was a much more hi

Cody Kessler leads USC to a therapeutic win after a turbulent week [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 4:43 am]
LOS ANGELES — The joy was unmistakable on the faces of Cody Kessler and Steve Sarkisian. Seconds after Kessler delivered his final touchdown strike of USC's 52-13 season-opening demolition of visiting Fresno State on Saturday night, the junior quarterback ran in the direction of his head coach and the two met in midair for a flying chest bump. The fun-filled night was just what the Trojans needed at the end of a chaotic, distraction-filled week. Kessler threw for a career-high 394 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters of action, leading USC to a therapeutic victory that shifted the focus from everything that went wrong off the field this week to everything that could be possible on it later this season. Of course, shredding Fresno State isn't the same as doing it against elite opposition, but consider Saturday's performance a warning shot from Kessler and the Trojans. USC shouldn't be discounted as a potential Pac-12 title threat even though it plays in the same conference as highly ranked Oregon, UCLA and Stanford. Nor should Kessler be overlooked as one of the quarterback-rich Pac-12's top passing threats even if he plays in the same league as Heisman hopefuls Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley. "Cody had a great game," Sarkisian said. "I've always thought Cody would be a good fit in this system. I think it fits his skill set. The athleticism he has in short areas is better than people think. I think it showed tonight in his ability to buy time and make plays downfield, which is critical to what we do. And then he throws an accurate ball, which is something he has always done." Kessler's heroics were the most noteworthy aspect of a USC victory that seemed a bit more momentous than a season-opening rout of a Mountain West foe would normally be. Fresno State returned 13 starters from an 11-win team and was eager to avenge its season-ending loss to the Trojans in the Las Vegas Bowl. USC also badly needed a convincing victory to start the Sarkisian era

Florida State survives Oklahoma State's upset bid and wins 37-31 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 3:57 am]
Florida State's first game as defending national champions was not an exercise in domination. Oklahoma State hung with a Seminoles team that looked out of sync at times before a costly fourth-quarter turnover gave Florida State a two-possession lead and ultimately a 37-31 win in Dallas. After Florida State kicked a field goal to go up 30-24, Oklahoma State had the ball at its own 44-yard-line with just over five minutes left. On the third play of the drive, QB J.W. Walsh, who had been an effective runner for most of the evening, scrambled and flipped over as he was tackled. The ball slipped out of his hand before his elbow hit the ground and Florida State fell on it. On the second play following the fumble, Heisman-winning QB Jameis Winston threw into traffic to Rashad Greene, who snagged the ball and raced 50 yards for a touchdown and a 37-24 lead. While Oklahoma State scored with two minutes to go via a Walsh run, it never got the ball back for a chance to win the game. Winston looked liked his dynamic self in flashes, especially on a nifty 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter where he hurdled a teammate and immediately sidestepped a defender. However, for the glimpses of Heisman brillaince, there were also moments of ineptness. He threw two interceptions (and nearly a third) and took a couple of sacks that could have been minimized. He finished 25-39 passing for 370 yards. The Seminoles' biggest playmaker was Greene. He had 11 catches for 203 yards. For as well as Oklahoma did stopping Florida State's running game, it didn't have an answer for Greene, who seemingly created his own space in Oklahoma State's secondary at will. While it was a bit more dramatic than expected, the win should do nothing to rattle the Seminoles' bid for a return trip to Dallas in January for the title game of the College Football Playoff. Florida State's immense talent was evident; it just wasn't consistent throughout the entire 60 minutes. And much like the BCS Championship Gam

Winners and losers: Texas A&M had the most impressive showing of the weekend [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 3:50 am]
If someone had said Texas A&M would be the most talked about team after the opening weekend — for good reasons — few would have seen that coming. But the Aggies' 52-28 win against South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium was one of the most unexpected and impressive victories of the opening weekend and now, Texas A&M has suddenly become a team to watch in the SEC (again). Quarterback Kenny Hill broke two school records by throwing for more than 500 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start. He drew praise from across the country, including his predecessor Johnny Manziel, who dubbed him “Kenny Football,” a name Hill didn’t actually like. Hill’s effort more resembled the first-career game of last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, which has made Hill a must-watch for weeks to come. But it wasn’t just the offense that wowed. The defense was especially impressive considering it was one of the worst units in the country a year ago. South Carolina was supposed to have a stellar offense, but it sputtered at times while the A&M defense thrived. It’s way too early to anoint Texas A&M the frontrunner in the SEC (and a little absurd), but Thursday’s performance showed there is life after Johnny and that A&M is more about its system than it is about its stars. And that’s exciting news considering Texas A&M has been one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the past two years and should continue to be so in 2014. Here are the rest of the winners and losers from the opening weekend: WINNERS The Georgia running game: The Georgia running game will be something to be feared this season after the 328-yard performance it dropped on Clemson. Junior Todd Gurley led a group of six different ball carriers with 15 touches for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Yes, that’s a 13.2 average while also scoring three touchdowns. We also were introduced to freshman Nick Chubb, who had four carries for 70 yards and a score. That touchdown came on a d

Eastern Michigan players try to knock down a concrete wall in a fantastic field entrance fail (GIF) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 3:10 am]
Teams are always trying to come up with new and exciting ways to introduce their teams, but sometimes they try just a little too difficult. Case in point, Eastern Michigan, which thought having it’s players smash through a brick wall would be a great way to introduce this year’s team. Unfortunately, this stunt took three players with sledgehammers and nearly 20 seconds to pull off while all 8,748 fans in attendance patiently waited for the first game under coach Chris Creighton to begin. For the sake of the players, who edged out a 31-28 win against Morgan State, we hope Eastern Michigan just sticks with the fog machine and some techno music next time. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

Renan Barao: 'I want to come back and tear T.J.'s head off' [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 2:36 am]
Renan Barao shot his mouth off on Saturday at probably the worst time. Barao, who normally says next-to-nothing during interviews, had plenty of harsh words for UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw for some inexplicable reason. Dillashaw was professional and made weight and was ready to face Barao on Saturday in a rematch for the bantamweight title at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., in the main event of UFC 177. Barao passed out while in a tub in his hotel room while trying to cut weight and was pulled from the title shot  and replaced by Joe Soto. This would have been the perfect time for Barao to keep his mouth shut, but in comments released by the UFC, he instead went on full bore attack against the man who defeated him for the belt at UFC 173 in May in Las Vegas. "I trained harder than ever for this fight," Barao said. "I wanted to make T.J. swallow his words from everything he's been saying. I used the same methods for getting ready for this fight as I have for my last 35 fights.  I didn't think there was any problem. I just got up too quickly, fainted and hit my head. I want to come back and tear T.J.'s head off." UFC president Dana White, unhappy with Barao for missing weight, said Barao won't get an immediate title shot upon his return.  It might also behoove Barao to think before he speaks. He was probably responding to Dillashaw's comment at the weigh-in, when Dillashaw said he felt Barao was afraid. But given how Barao let Dillashaw down and cost him money -- Undoubtedly, the show will wind up with fewer pay-per-view sales than it would have had had Dillashaw-Barao II been the main event -- he should have just taken the comments from Dillashaw in stride and kept his mouth shut. Now, he looks like an arrogant, out-of-touch, pampered athlete who wants to blame others for his issues.

The Can-American doubles team of Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil roll into 3rd round at the U.S. Open [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 2:25 am]
NEW YORK – There was something (see above) that looked suspiciously like a chest bump between Canadian Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock towards the end of their second-round doubles match at the U.S. Open Saturday. Perhaps an hommage, or a message, to the chest-bumping No. 1 Bryan brothers that they're coming again. Just like at Wimbledon. There were injury questions at the outset for Pospisil and Sock, who are gunning for their second consecutive Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open after winning a surprise Wimbledon title as an unseeded, and first-time pair. The Canadian Pospisil injured his shoulder a few days before his first-round singles match against SImone Bolelli of Italy, and ended up losing in five sets. The American Sock had to retire in his own first-round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain with a calf injury that, in the end, seems to have been not much more than a cramp. They were determined to give it a go. And through their first two rounds, they look like the same enthousiastic pair of puppy dogs who soaked up the Wimbledon experience – and the post-victory champagne. After taking care of the Finnish team of Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen  6-4, 6-4 in the first round on smaller Court 4, a non-TV court that was as full as it could get, Pospisil and Sock – or Pospisock – were promoted to the much larger Court 17 for their second-round encounter with Martin Draganja of Croatia and Florin Mergea of Romania. Here are some pics from the match. That's a good team – on clay. They reached the semi-finals of the French Open in June and won the Hamburg event a few weeks later. On a hard court, they weren't quite as able to stay in the backcourt and pound their groundstrokes, and so Pospisil and Sock made fairly short work of them, winning 6-4, 6-2 to advance to a third-round match against Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. Sock looked a little ginger on that calf in their first-round match. On Saturday, he looked a lot more l

Orioles acquire outfielder Alejandro De Aza in deal with White Sox [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 2:19 am]
With the deadline for postseason eligibility coming up on Sunday, the Baltimore Orioles have announced the 11th-hour acquisition of outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox to help fill out their bench for the September stretch and their potential postseason run.  To explain the significance of adding De Aza before that deadline, all 30 MLB teams have a deadline of August 31 to have an added player be playoff-eligible. On September 1, roster’s can expand from 25 player’s to 40, but any player added to the roster after August 31 isn’t eligible for the postseason roster. It's one of those baseball rules that tends to fly under-the-radar, but it creates a sense of urgency for general managers who might need to fill a hole that opens up post non-waiver trade deadline. De Aza, 30, is hitting only .246/.312/.358 across the board in 435 plate appearances this season. He's also collected five home runs to go along with 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. In other words, he's not a difference-making hitter, but that's not a need for the Orioles anyway. De Aza's value comes from his better-than-average speed, and his ability to play all three outfield positions, which is something just about every team could use. He's an ideal backup for a contender, and with Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz around in Baltimore's outfield, that's exactly what he'll be. In return for De Aza, the White Sox will receive minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. Neither are considered impact prospects, so they'll simply serve as organizational depth for Chicago. It's obviously not the most exciting trade, but the Orioles will hope their minor deal in August pays big dividends in October.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

Todd Gurley runs wild in Georgia's 45-21 win over Clemson [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 2:08 am]
Todd Gurley stole the show Saturday night in Athens. In Georgia’s convincing 45-21 win over Clemson, the junior running back registered more all-purpose yards (293) than the entire Tigers team gained on offense (291). He ran for 198 yards on just 15 carries, scoring on touchdowns runs from 23, 18, and 51 yards, and also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score. He put the team on his back in the second half, almost singlehandedly propelling the Bulldogs to a resounding 24-point win. But the final score doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, the game was extremely tight most of the way – Georgia led by just three points through three quarters. Clemson’s combination of Cole Stoudt and Deshaun Watson were steady enough to give the Tigers a chance. Clemson even led midway through the second quarter before Gurley’s kickoff return tied things at 21. Perplexingly, Gurley only touched the ball five times in the first half. Fellow junior Keith Marshall and highly-touted freshman Sony Michel were seeing significant touches, but were not nearly as effective as Gurley. Recognizing this, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo went back to Gurley in heavy doses when the second half began. Gurley delivered in a big way and at times, it didn’t even seem fair. Of his 198 rushing yards, 154 came in the second half, including 111 in a dominant fourth quarter. He showed every facet of his game. The vision was on display when he cut back and scored on an 18-yard pitch. His rare combination of speed and power was showcased on a game-clinching 51-yard scamper. And when Clemson finally thought they were getting a break from the bruising style of the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Gurley, stud true freshman Nick Chubb (5-foot-10, 228 pounds) showed Georgia’s depth at the position by breaking a handful of tackles on a 47-yard TD run. But in the end it was Gurley’s show. Not many players can average over 17 yards per touch against the No. 16 team in the country. It’s only week one, but this

With John Isner upset in 3rd round, all American men eliminated from U.S. Open [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 31, 2014, 2:00 am]
NEW YORK – There are no American men left in the men’s singles draw at the U.S. Open. For the second year in a row, they’re all out before the fourth round. John Isner, this year’s top-seeded American (and the only one in the top 20), was the last to fall, losing 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7 to Philipp Kohlschreiber. He racked up 42 aces and didn’t cave on 5 break points, but the effort wasn’t enough to overpower the 30-year-old German. This is the third year in a row that Isner and 22-seed Kohlschreiber have faced off in the third round in Flushing Meadows. All three years, Kohlschreiber has prevailed. “I didn’t play the big points well today. You know, I had a good amount of chances. I just couldn’t pull through. It’s very disappointing,” Isner said after the match.  Coming into the match, he was 37-17 in tiebreaks this year. He is one of only four active players on the men’s tour to play in 50 or more tiebreaks in a season – and he’s done it five years in a row.  But whatever magic he usually has in tiebreaks, he didn’t have today. Each of the four other times the two have met, including three meetings on hard courts, Isner has won in straight sets.  He’d taken 4 of 7 tiebreak sets in those wins. With today’s loss, Isner dropped to 4-10 in Grand Slam third round matches. Earlier in the day, Sam Querrey was quickly dismissed by No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. After every match, the American men have been asked about the state of tennis in this country. It’s been a hot topic around the grounds for the past few years, even more so after the Americans failed to advance to the fourth round last year. No American man has lifted the trophy since Andy Roddick won in 2003. This year, as there will once again be no Americans in the fourth round, everyone is left wondering who will fill the gaping hole in the American men’s game.

Cal gets first FBS win since 2012 on the road against Northwestern [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 11:25 pm]
Cal has matched last season's win total. And even if the Golden Bears lose every game the rest of the season and have consecutive 1-11 seasons, 2014 is already better than 2013 because of that lone win. The Golden Bears' 31-24 win over Northwestern Saturday was the first time Cal beat an FBS-level team since beating Washington State on Oct. 13, 2012. Yes, almost two years, and coincidentally, the same day that Georgia State last won a game before winning on Wednesday night against Abilene Christian. Last season, Cal's only win came against FCS Portland State. And it was by seven. Of it's 11 losses, one was against Northwestern, who won at Cal 44-30. It wasn't even close to that on Saturday. Cal stormed out to an early lead thanks to two touchdown passes by sophomore Jared Goff. Goff, who was Cal's primary QB last season as a freshman, finished 21-34 passing for 281 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Northwestern, meanwhile, looked much more like the team that finished 2013 on a seven-game losing streak before beating Illinois in the season finale than the team that started the year 0-4. QB Trevor Siemien, now without the shadow of Kain Colter, both on the field at quarterback and off the field with a union movement, was inefficient, only completing 23 of his 43 passes. The loss of Venric Mark, the potential sixth-year senior star at running back, was evident. Justin Jackson had eight carries for 40 yards and Treyvon Green had 13 carries for 37 yards. The highlight of Northwestern's day was a trick play for a TD. But it only cut the deficit to 31-21. After a fourth quarter field goal to make Cal's lead seven, Northwestern's potential game-winning drive went flat. The win could also be the start of a two-game winning streak for Cal. Next week, the Golden Bears play Sacramento State, another FCS school. A 2-0 Cal is incredibly possible. However, we won't get ahead of ourselves. Cal has five ranked teams on its schedule, plus games at Arizona, Washington State

Young White Sox fan breaks out his variation of several dance moves [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 10:54 pm]
We take a break from your regularly scheduled baseball blogging to bring you the happiest and most exuberant Chicago White Sox fan on Planet Earth. We don't know who he is or where he's from, but we do know he's happy to be at U.S. Cellular Field on a Saturday afternoon. Also, dancing seems to be pretty high on his list of favorite things in life, and with moves like his, who can blame him? Check out his dance exhibition as the Comcast SportsNet Chicago camera spotted him just prior to the seventh inning. He certainly caught the attention of broadcasters Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone with what appears to be his variation of 'The Robot.'  There are a few other moves mixed in there that are a little more difficult to identify. Perhaps he's into disco as well, and it's also possible they are his own creation.  With that said, we'd still give the edge to the young Dodgers fan who earlier this month broke it down at Dodger Stadium and received a little play-by-play from Vin Scully  Your browser does not support iframes. When Scully calls your moves, you've officially arrived. As for the White Sox fan, ff nothing else, he showed confidence and stage presence well beyond his years. We're also happy he witnessed a White Sox win. Behind Chris Sale's 13 strikeouts, they knocked off the Tigers 6-3 in Game One of their day-night doubleheader. We're guessing he danced all the way to the car, and then napped on the ride home.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

Northwestern runs a throw-back pass for a touchdown (GIF) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 10:24 pm]
Northwestern’s offense hasn’t exactly been lighting it up against Cal on Saturday, but it did have this gem of a trick play to get itself back in the game. After an interception by senior linebacker Colin Ellis put the Wildcats on the 17-yard line, quarterback Trevor Simien threw a screen pass to Jayme Taylor who threw it back to Simien. Simien, not known for his running ability or athleticism, somehow made a defensive back bite on his one and only move and then stretched out for the touchdown. There’s no doubt that DB will be hearing about that play all season. The entertaining and painfully slow-developing play cut Cal’s lead to 31-21 late in the third quarter. For more Northwestern news, visit WildcatReport.com. For more Cal news, visit GoldenBearReport.com. - - - - - - - Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @YahooDrSaturday And don’t forget to keep up with all of Graham’s thoughts, witty comments and college football discussions on Facebook

Nebraska WR Jordan Westerkamp makes insane behind-the-back catch (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 10:11 pm]
It didn’t take long for Tavaun Smith’s awesome catch from earlier Saturday afternoon to get one-upped. Nebraska wideout Jordan Westerkamp, known for catching the game-winning Hail Mary pass in the Huskers’ win over Northwestern last season, somehow managed to haul in a Tommy Armstrong BEHIND HIS BACK during the third quarter against Florida Atlantic. That’s right – behind his back. You have to see it to believe it. I’ve really never seen anything like it. FAU defensive back Christian Milstead actually made a great play to dive and tip Armstrong’s pass, but Westerkamp somehow had the concentration to corral the ball behind his back while getting both feet in bounds. The catch was part of a great day for Westerkamp. The redshirt sophomore has caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown while the Huskers maintain a big lead in the fourth quarter. The best catch of the 2014 college football season may have come in week one because Westerkamp’s play is going to be hard to beat. For more Nebraska news, visit HuskerOnline.com. - - - - - - - Sam Cooper is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports blogs. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Follow @SamDCooper

San Diego State to wear helmet decal to honor Tony Gwynn (Photo) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 9:52 pm]
San Diego State is wearing a helmet decal Saturday to honor baseball legend Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer this summer. #NeverForget Tony Gwynn. #GoAztecs pic.twitter.com/Y3K3d8qvun— SDSU Equipment Room (@SDSU_EQ) August 30, 2014 Gwynn played basketball and baseball at San Diego State before he played for the San Diego Padres for 20 years. After he retired from the Padres, he was the baseball coach at San Diego State for 12 years. Gwynn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 and finished with a career .338 batting average and 3.141 hits. Gwynn was first diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2010. After numerous cancer treatments, he died on June 16. If you're not incredibly familiar with Gwynn's career, this post by Mike Oz at Big League Stew is required reading. San Diego State starts its season against Northern Arizona. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

Team USA holds Finland to 2-point quarter, dominates FIBA World Cup opener [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 9:29 pm]
No one gave Finland much chance to challenge the United States in Saturday's opener of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Bilbao, Spain. Yet it's doubtful that anyone expected the domination to reach such an extreme so early in an extremely comfortable 114-55 win. After an already impressive 31-16 first quarter in which Finland looked out of the game after eight minutes, Team USA turned the second quarter into one of the most dominant periods in history. The 29-2 advantage tells a story in itself, but the specifics are even worse. For instance, Finland failed to convert a field goal over the entire 10 minutes, getting just two free throws from Teemu Rannikko at the 6:25 mark. Take a look at this shot chart: Here is Finland’s shot chart for the entire second quarter. It’s all Xs. http://t.co/dkmSRULtVY pic.twitter.com/WXb38qGEaZ— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) August 30, 2014 Finland managed to create a few open shots, but the length and quickness of the U.S. defense clearly flustered their opponents, a wild-card selection for the tournament. Team USA has so much talent that they overwhelm most teams they face, but this game was a different story altogether. Finland, even with several quality players on the roster, didn't look like they belonged on the same court. Their offensive struggles will earn the most headlines, but their troubles carried over to the defensive end, too. In this highlight-reel dunk from Derrick Rose (via EOB), Finland conceded an open lane to the basket that may have reminded the Bulls star of an All-Star Game: Things got substantially better for the Finns in the second half, but a 54-37 disadvantage still led them to a 59-point loss. They will look to bounce back against Ukraine on Sunday in their second-group game. Team USA will obviously be pleased with such an overwhelming victory, but the relatively low quality of competition ensures that it will be seen as little more than business as usual. They should face a tougher test on Sunday

Youngstown State punter kicks ball into blocker's rear end (GIF) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 9:25 pm]
The rugby style roll-out punt is designed to prevent opposing teams from both blocking and returning the punt. In the third quarter on Saturday, Youngstown State stopped Illinois from doing either of those things. Because Youngstown State punter Joey Cejudo punted it into the butt of a teammate. As Cejudo rolled out to the right, he was way too close to one of his blockers. Instead of stopping his momentum and then punting the ball, he went ahead and kicked it anyway while still rolling to the right. It went straight into his teammate. The box score officially gives the block to Illinois' Joe Fotu – who did a good job of getting penetration on the play – but it's simply a situation where the nearest opposing defender gets credit for the mistake. So while the goof won't live on in infamy via print, it'll survive through video and GIF. The mishap effectively gave the game to Illinois. At the time of the punt, Youngstown State was winning 9-7. But the ball went out of bounds at the YSU 35-yard-line and Illinois scored on the drive to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Illini eventually won 28-17. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg

NFL Cuts Roundup: Saints release 12-time Pro Bowler Champ Bailey [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: August 30, 2014, 9:04 pm]
The biggest story among the NFL cuts on Saturday was the Rams releasing defensive end Michael Sam. The biggest name among the cuts, from a football standpoint, was cornerback Champ Bailey. Going to New Orleans was supposed to be the last chapter in Bailey’s great career. He never got to write a page in that chapter. The Saints decided to eat the $500,000 signing bonus they invested in Bailey this offseason and cut the longtime Broncos and Redskins defensive back. Bailey is a 12-time Pro Bowler, but has clearly lost a step at age 36. He struggled for the Broncos in last season’s Super Bowl loss to Seattle. He played in just five games last season because of injuries. There are a lot of teams in the NFL who could use help at cornerback, but it will be interesting to see if any take a shot on Bailey, a likely Hall of Famer. Here were the rest of the biggest stories from around the league as teams cut their rosters down to 53 players: Jets: The Jets admitted a massive mistake in their final cuts, dumping receiver Stephen Hill, the 43rd pick of the draft two years ago. Hill looked the part, at 6-4, 215 pounds, but had just 45 catches for 594 yards and four touchdowns in two years. Receiver Alshon Jeffery, selected two picks later, has become a star with the Bears. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Hill will likely get another chance, as a team looks at Hill’s situation – playing in one of the NFL’s worst pass offenses each of the past two years – and figures he can be productive in a better offense. In some biting comments to USA Today, Hill’s agent had the same thought. "Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening,” Hill’s agent Alan Herman told USA Today. "He didn't have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. ... His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno." The Jets also





©2014 Spartacus - Contact us - Disclaimer