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2015 NCAA Tournament: Latest UPDATES – EOTM Sports News

By Cain Cawthon

Can anyone stop the Kentucky Wildcats? (Don McPeak/USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Updates

With the bracket set, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the Field of 68. Read on to find first-round Cinderellas, teetering top seeds and more.

Picking favorites in the NCAA tournament is the smart play, but what makes March Madness great is the upsets and Cinderella teams who pull off something special. (Read More)

Most vulnerable top seeds

They’re the best teams in the nation. But when one loss can banish anyone from the bracket, it just takes one slip-up to shatter dreams of ladders, scissors and a nylon necklace – even for those occupying the top seed lines. (Read More)

Selection Sunday’s biggest snubs and surprises

The NCAA tournament selection committee made its decision, and as usual, the final cuts were the cruelest. (Read More)

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Care about college basketball? Root for Iowa State, Villanova, Notre Dame and North Carolina

Once they put aside educational allegiances and office-pool interests, college basketball fans should root for the handful of dangerous teams who play with a combination of pace and skill that doesn’t require toothpicks to keep eyelids open. (Read More)

When it’s Kentucky vs. the field, the field is the underdog
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The bracket does not feature a handful of favorites and a swath of dark horses, all jockeying for position, elbowing one another out of the way. It features Kentucky and everyone else. (Read More)

The bracket is unveiled

The first region has been revealed, starting with Kentucky, unsurprisingly, as the overall No. 1 seed in the Midwest. Here’s how the bracket shakes out so far:

Midwest

1. Kentucky vs. 16. Manhattan/Hampton
2. Kansas vs. 15. New Mexico State
3. Notre Dame vs. 14. Northeastern
4. Maryland vs. 13. Valparaiso
5. West Virginia vs. 12. Buffalo
6. Butler vs. 11. Texas
7. Wichita State vs. 10. Indiana
8. Cincinnati vs. 9. Purdue

Quick take: Kansas hangs on to a No. 2 seed despite losing in the Big 12 title game, but their reward is a spot in Kentucky’s bracket. Meanwhile, the ACC tournament champs end up as the best 3-seed, with Notre Dame getting the nod in the Midwest. In terms of early bubble talk, Purdue, Indiana and Texas ended up on the good side of the bubble. And neither the Boilermakers nor the Hoosiers came particularly close to the cutline, which is surprising.

East

1. Villanova vs. 16. Lafayette
2. Virginia vs. 15. Belmont
3. Oklahoma vs. 14. Albany
4. Louisville vs. 13. UC Irvine
5. Northern Iowa vs. 12. Wyoming
6. Providence vs. 11. Boise State/Dayton
7. Michigan State vs. 10. Georgia
8. North Carolina State vs. 9. LSU

Quick Take: The Cavaliers couldn’t hang on to a No. 1 seed, but they did end up a No. 2 in what looks like a navigable bracket — except for the part where they have to play Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans in the second round. Boise State’s loss in the Mountain West semifinals has put them into the play-in game in Dayton … against Dayton. That seems, um, interesting. LSU was another team many thought may miss the cut, but like Purdue, they land a No. 9 seed.

South

1. Duke vs. 16. North Florida/Robert Morris
2. Gonzaga vs. 15. North Dakota State
3. Iowa State vs. 14. UAB
4. Georgetown vs. 13. Eastern Washington
5. Utah vs. 12. Stephen F. Austin
6. SMU vs. 11. UCLA
7. Iowa vs. 10. Davidson
8. San Diego State vs. 9. St. John’s

Quick Take: Let’s start with the UCLA Bruins … CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb said during the selection special that there’s not a reasonable person in the country who believes UCLA belongs in the bracket. He’s not too far off. The Bruins finished 5-10 against the RPI top 100. That not only got UCLA into the field, the Bruins don’t even have to play a first-four play-in game. That’s stunning. On the top half of the bracket, Duke looks like a safe bet to advance. At the bottom, a potential Iowa State-Gonzaga clash in the Sweet 16 would produce a thriller.

West

1. Wisconsin vs. 16. Coastal Carolina
2. Arizona vs. 15. Texas Southern
3. Baylor vs. 14. Georgia State
4. North Carolina vs. 13. Harvard
5. Arkansas vs. 12. Wofford
6. Xavier vs. 11. BYU/Ole Miss
7. VCU vs. 10. Ohio State
8. Oregon vs. 9. Oklahoma State

Quick Take: With the final region revealed, hope dies for a Murray State miracle bid. BYU and Ole Miss will get the opportunity to earn the 11-seed with the play-in game in Dayton. Wisconsin, winners of the Big Ten tournament Sunday, gets the No. 1 seed, but if everything proceeds according to seed-strength, they’ll have to top a very dangerous Arizona team in the Elite Eight.

In all, the Big 12 and the Big Ten emerge with the most bids, sporting seven apiece.

UCLA made the tournament, and no one is happy about it

This year’s utterly head-scratching decision was the inclusion of UCLA, which not only made the field despite a suspect resume, but also wasn’t even chosen as one of the four teams that will head to Dayton for the play-in games early this week. (Read More)

Dick Vitale plants a kiss on Ashley Judd with a capital ‘K

Dick Vitale got a little frisky with actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd before the Wildcats’ win over Arkansas in the SEC championship game on Sunday. (Read More)

The Bubble

Sorting through Saturday’s results

See who clinched an automatic bid to the Big Dance and whether the bid thieves still lurk in the shadows of Selection Sunday’s conference championships. (Read More)

Breaking down the bubble

Who are the last teams in? First ones out? Take an in-depth look at the top candidates for an at-large bid, from the locks to the leftovers based on historical analysis. (Read More)

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Visualizing the bubble

What the heck does the bubble look like? What provides its shape? See where every Top 100 RPI fits and what it means for their status in the NCAA tournament field. (Read More via Washington Post)

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50 Cent says he’s betting $1.6 million that Floyd Mayweather will beat Manny Pacquiao, Report

By Cain Cawthon

Rapper 50 Cent hasn’t always been nice to his former friend and business partner Floyd Mayweather.

Rapper 50 Cent, left, and boxer Floyd Mayweather pose during an interview regarding their collaboration in the film production company Cheetah Vision Films during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in 2011. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

It was just last August when the entertainer pledged to donate $750,000 to charity if the boxer could prove he could read. Mayweather did not take the challenge. Instead, he tweeted out pictures of two checks totally over $70 million and told 50 Cent to donate his money to Michael Brown’s family, referring to the young black man who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Well, flash forward a few months later, and there might be hope for the pair’s friendship after all. 50 Cent went on “The Breakfast Club” on New York’s Power 105.1 FM Tuesday morning to report the two are on speaking terms again after meeting by chance at a Chris Brown show earlier this month. Not only that, but 50 Cent boasted he plans to bet $1.6 million on Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao when the two are scheduled to fight on May 2 in Las Vegas.

“Champ gonna smoke him,” 50 Cent said, referring to Mayweather, who holds both the WBC and WBA welterweight titles. 50 Cent then went on to describe Mayweather as “super focused,” and said, “It’s gonna look like [the fight] was pumped up for no reason.” He was downright nice!

As to why 50 Cent has decided to bet $1.6 million, as opposed to, say, a more round number like $1.5 million, 50 Cent says he’s “been thinking this out” and that he’s “gotta make a real bet.”

Read more via the Washington Post now.

 

Lenny Kravitz To Join Katy Perry As Part Of Super Bowl Halftime Show

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 11th, 2015 - in Entertainment News, Music News, NFL, Pop Culture, Sports News

By Cody Kaine

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Following in the tradition of having super stars join the artist selected for Super Bowl halftime entertainment, Katy Perry announced at halftime of the AFC Divisional Playoff game featuring the Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots today that Lenny Kravitz will join her as she headlines the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show on NBC at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1. Katy’s full interview with NBC’s Willie Geist discussing her upcoming halftime performance and her invite to Kravitz will air Monday morning on TODAY.

Lenny Kravitz performs at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on November 23, 2014 in Paris, France - Image credit: Patrick/Redferns/Getty Images

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 115 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show.  The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide, and with it, gives artists a massive amount of visibility.

SEE ALSO: Jennifer Hudson To Make Broadway Debut In ‘The Color Purple’

This is the first year that the NFL has tried to leverage artist coverage of the major sporting event to gain some form of payback. In August it surfaced that the NFL was seeking, not an upfront payment to play at the Super Bowl halftime, but rather the league would get a percentage of post-Super Bowl tour earnings.

Katy Perry cemented her status as a best-selling superstar with the global success of three multi-platinum studio albums – her 2008 debut One of the Boys (which generated hit singles “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking of You” and “Waking Up In Vegas”), 2010′s Teenage Dream (which made her the only female artist to have five No. 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night”), and her current album, PRISM. “Roar,” the lead single from PRISM became Katy’s 10th No. 1 Top 40 track after debuting at No. 1 on iTunes in 68 countries with 557,024 downloads in its first week of release, the biggest digital song sales week of 2013. Katy set the record at Top 40 for most total weeks (46) at No. 1 in the Billboard airplay chart’s archives with “Dark Horse,” and Mediabase has just recognized the song as #1 Most Played, in addition to awarding Katy the title of #1 Artist across three radio formats – Top 40, Hot AC and AC. She is the first artist to surpass the 75 million digital award threshold, counting digital downloads and on-demand streams – 20 million ahead of any other artist. She is currently touring the world on the Prismatic World Tour, which continues to be a hugely successful global spectacle, with 17 sold out arenas in the UK, 66 sold out arenas in North America and 25 sold out arenas in Australia/New Zealand during this year. The tour continues in 2015 throughout Europe, Asia and South America where Katy will headline Rock In Rio in Brazil on September 25.

Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class into a 20-year musical career, one which revels in the rich influences of ’60s and ’70s soul, rock and funk. Kravitz’s talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist have resonated now through ten studio albums into a timeless catalog, which has sold over 38 million albums worldwide. He has won four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, setting a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. Kravitz’s latest albums include the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of his debut, Let Love Rule, and his critically acclaimed latest studio release Strut, which Rolling Stone Magazine named one of the top albums of 2014.  Lenny Kravitz recently announced the second leg of his world tour in support of his new album, which will kick off March 14 in Tokyo, Japan at International Forum.The 2015 “STRUT” tour will take him throughout Asia, Australia, the U.S.A. and back again through Europe in the summer. Tickets and more information for the tour can be found at lennykravitz.com/tour/.
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What song might Kravitz perform with Perry? When Geist suggested to Perry that they do Kravtiz’ remake of the classic Guess Who hit, American Woman be done, she looked at the camera and winked.

News Source: Forbes

The New England Patriots overcome two 14-point deficits to beat Ravens late – Recap

By Cain Cawthon

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The Baltimore Ravens were brilliant on fourth downs, but the New England Patriots won the fourth quarter.

In a classic game, the Ravens and Patriots traded shots all day, but in the end it was the AFC’s top-seeded Patriots who survived a pair of 14-point Ravens leads — the first team in postseason history to do so — to win 35-31.


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Joe Flacco, whose second interception of the game inside of the final two moments ended Baltimore’s best chance of late-game heroics, was on fire early. He finished the game 28-of-45 passing for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Tom Brady overcame a slow start to complete 33 of 50 passes for 367 yards with three touchdowns (plus a rushing score) and an interception.

But he had help from Julian Edelman, who threw his first career touchdown pass on a trick play, and — in his finest game as a Patriot — Danny Amendola, who caught two touchdown passes in the game after catching only one all regular season.

The Patriots will host the AFC championship game next week in Foxborough against the winner of the Indianapolis Colts-Denver Broncos game on Sunday. The victory was the 20th for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, passing Don Shula and tying him with Tom Landry for the most in NFL postseason history.

The Ravens wasted little time getting going. The Patriots sat back in a zone early and were shredded by  Flacco, who hit on his first eight passes (to six different receivers) and 9 of 10 with two touchdown passes.

On the first surgical drive, Flacco found Kamar Aiken for a 19-yard catch and run for a fast 7-0 lead. Then, after a Patriots three-and-out, Ravens receiver Steve Smith — a longtime playoff assassin — caught three passes for 44 yards combined on the first two drives, including a 9-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a 14-0 lead.

The Patriots responded quickly. Brady went to work with three big passes — two to Rob Gronkowskifor first downs, and one to Edelman to put the ball at the Baltimore 1-yard line. After a first-and-goal loss of 4 yards and a drop by Edelman, Brady scrambled into the end zone to cut the Ravens’ lead in half.

Things got chippy after that, serving as a reminder that these two teams aren’t exactly on the friendliest terms. Ravens receiver Torrey Smith was flagged for an after-the-play unsportsmanlike conduct flag, and then Patriots special teamer Chris White followed that with an equally boneheaded taunting call a few plays later.

The Patriots chipped away with short, rhythm passes on their next drive, surviving shaky blocking up front and the loss of center Bryan Stork with a knee injury. During the drive, Brady set a new NFL record for career postseason pass yards, and he capped it off with a TD pass to Amendola, who made Ravens safety Matt Elam miss a tackle en route to the end zone.

Dont'a Hightower (54), Devin McCourty (32) and Logan Ryan (26), celebrate after a final Hail Mary by the Ravens was turned aside. - Image credit: Jim Davis/Global

With the game tied, the Ravens lost momentum. On a curious 3rd-and-1 call, the Ravens were stopped short of a first down when they forwent a handoff to Justin Forsett, who had rushed 10 times for 78 yards to that point, for an end-around to rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro, who was cut down for no gain.

Brady got the ball back and had a chance to do what he has done so well most of the season: lead a two-minute scoring drive. But after connecting on a few passes, Brady threw a bad interception — his eighth in four playoff games against the Ravens — to linebacker Daryl Smith.

Then Patriots corner Darrelle Revis was flagged for a huge pass interference — the first against him all season — while covering Steve Smith, who got the better of Revis on this day, setting up the Ravens in business with the 20-yard call.

Stay in-the-know about the latest Sports, Life, Money, Tech, and Travel stories. You'll get your first 2 months of USA TODAY for $25 (charged monthly). All print subscribers receive the e-Newspaper included with their subscription.Flacco got hot again, finally connecting with Owen Daniels for a back-shoulder pass to the seam in the back of the end zone for a brilliant score and a 21-14 Ravens lead with 10 seconds remaining in the half.

The Patriots took a knee, leaving the field to boos at the half.

They got the ball first to start the second half but were stopped; a missed pass-interference call against Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, who clearly grabbed Gronkowski early, didn’t help matters.

The Ravens went to work quickly. Campanaro caught a 14-yard pass, helped by a huge Steve Smith block on Patriots corner Kyle Arrington. Then the Ravens — after a wasted timeout — went for it on 4th and 6 from the New England 36. It turned out to be a great call. Torrey Smith caught a fade pass on the 1, despite being interfered with by Brandon Browner.

Smith’s 15-yard taunting penalty moved the ball back from the doorstep of the end zone, but a swing pass to a wide-open Forsett — Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins was the guilty defender — allowed him to walk into the end zone, stunning the Gillette Stadium crowd with the score 28-14 Ravens.

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‎With the Patriots’ offensive line looking vulnerable, New England went into a quick passing game and essentially used four offensive linemen and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui on the line with success. John Harbaugh ran on the field to protest a catch by Hoomanawanui in the red zone because he had lined up at left tackle. But what Harbaugh — who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for his protest — didn’t realize was that Shane Vereen lined up on the line but declared himself ineligible. Brilliant coaching here from Belichick.

A nine-play drive — all throws — ended in Gronkowski barreling in for a 5-yard score and the Ravens’ lead cut to 28-21. Gronkowski would finish with seven catches for 108 yards — his second career postseason 100-yard game.

After a Ravens three-and-out, Edelman unleashed his first career NFL pass — a 51-yard score and a stunning play that would tie the game.

Flacco then was picked off by Patriots safety Devin McCourty three plays later, ending his interception-less streak at 197 passes — the second-longest in NFL history behind Drew Brees’ 226.

The Patriots couldn’t capitalize on the momentum, however. They went three-and-out on the ensuing possession but appeared to make another game-changing play on defense, as Flacco took a coverage sack and fumbled backward, which was recovered by Collins at the Baltimore 4-yard line. That stunning play, however, was wiped out because Revis again was penalized against Steve Smith — for defensive holding, which was a backbreaking call but a good one.

The Ravens took advantage, engineering a systematic, 16-play drive covering 73 yards and ending in a Justin Tucker 25-yard field goal and a 31-28 edge early in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots were not done. They survived a Vereen fumble (which was overturned properly on replay), used a Brady sneak to convert a first down (their first run of the second half after more than 20 straight pass plays) and converted a huge third down when Amendola reached past the sticks on a catch and run.

For the game, the Patriots rushed 13 times for 14 yards — a shocking 1.1-yard average.

The drive ended when Brady threw a gorgeous fade pass to Brandon LaFell from 23 yards out — the Patriots’ first lead of the game — with 5:13 remaining in the game. With that pass, Brady passed his boyhood idol Joe Montana for the all-time lead with 46 postseason touchdown passes.

That put the game in the hands of the Patriots’ defense, which — despite a few big plays — had come up mostly small to this point.

Flacco faced a 4th-and-3 with 2:14 left, and after a timeout to get the play call in order, he hit Daniels on a thread for 17 massive yards. In a game in which the Ravens were a mere 1-for-9 on third down, they were a miraculous 3-for-3 on fourth downs.

But just when it looked like Flacco and the Ravens might sink the Patriots, he was intercepted on a deep shot into the end zone when it looked like Torrey Smith gave up on a ball that ended up in the hands of Patriots safety Duron Harmon.

After the Ravens stopped the clock and got the ball back one more time, their final gasp — a Flacco heave into the end zone — fell incomplete as Steve Smith couldn’t come up with the game-ending pass.

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Watched His Best Friend’s Murder-Suicide via FaceTime, Report

By Cain Cawthon

Up and coming rapper Earl Hayes purportedly killed his wife, actress Stephanie Moseley and then shot himself in a gruesome murder-suicide today—all, apparently, while Floyd Mayweather watched over FaceTime.

Image credit: AP

The Full Story, via TMZ:

Sources tell us … rapper Earl Hayes called Floyd on FaceTime Monday morning in a rage, over claims his wife — VH1 star Stephanie Moseley — had been unfaithful.

According to our Floyd sources, Earl said he was going to kill his wife. The champ was pleading with him to get a grip … to no avail. Floyd will not say how much he saw, but he acknowledges he was a witness and heard everything

TMZ also reports Hayes, who was close friends with Mayweather, accused Moseley of cheating on him with a “famous singer.” Neighbors at the couple’s upscale Los Angeles apartment complex reportedly heard multiple gunshots ring out around 7:30 a.m. and called police, who discovered their bodies.


Chicago Bears Report – NFL Updates

By: Cain Cawthon

CHICAGO – Another talented Chicago Bears team is in the midst of another disappointing season. With the exception of the vaunted ’85 squad and a handful of other deep playoff runs, disappointment is often the norm in the Windy City.

(Photo: Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images)

Just ask Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, Hall of Fame Bears who never once played in the postseason despite legendary careers that ran concurrently.

“Butkus and Sayers were cheated. They were cheated,” their former Chicago teammate, linebacker Doug Buffone, says in A Football Life: Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. “They were cheated because they (did) not put ballplayers around them. They expected Butkus and Sayers to take ‘em to the championship. You can’t do that. Shame on the Chicago Bears. Shame on them.”

Hard to believe that such a pair of luminary talents who played together for seven years only finished above .500 twice with their 9-5 rookie campaign the zenith of the Bears’ collective success with Butkus and Sayers.

Landing two Canton-bound players in one draft — Butkus went third overall in 1965 and Sayers came off the board one pick later — usually translates to Super Bowl success as the Pittsburgh Steelers (four Hall of Famers in 1974 draft), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks in 1995 draft) and Baltimore Ravens (Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden in 1996) can attest.

But maybe Chicago’s struggles only serve to illustrate the greatness of its famed dynamic duo. In 1969, the Bears’ 1-13 record was tied for the worst in the NFL. Yet Butkus was honored as the defensive player of the year while Sayers, who was coming back from his first major knee injury, won the rushing title with 1,032 yards.

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As it typically does, A Football Life does a nice job adding new layers to well-known NFL legends.

Butkus, known as one of the league’s most ferocious players in his day — the late Deacon Jones called him an “animal” and “stone maniac” — squirms when asked about some of the stories that have followed him.

Question from NFL Films producer: “Did you ever hit a guy out of bounds?”

Butkus: “Maybe.”

Q: “Did you ever give a guy a little extra (on a tackle)?”

Butkus: “Yep.”

Q: “Did you ever spit on (Vikings center) Mick Tingelhoff’s hands?”

Butkus: “No way. I spit on the ball.”

Q: “Did you ever bite an opposing player?”

Butkus: “I think it’s just another one of those stories, grows after the years. … I had a ball.”

Sayers did for a while, too. His 22 touchdowns in 1965 remain a record for rookies. But his career is as noteworthy for the knee injuries that derailed it prematurely — Sayers only played four full seasons — as it is for his slithery moves and breakaway speed.

Sayers blew out his right knee for the first time on Nov. 10, 1968. The emotional scars remains.

“Sometimes I cry about it because I didn’t get a chance to play the game,” said Sayers, his voice still dripping with pain and emotion.

“I wish they had better doctors back then.”

Sayers was forced to retire after the 1971 season while Butkus was done in by his own creaky knees two years later.

Yet four decades later, these close friends remain the standard bearers subsequent Bears are measured against.

A Football Life: Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers premieres Friday night on NFL Network at 10 p.m. ET.

News Source: USA Today


New York Jets force four turnovers, stymie Ben Roethlisberger to snap skid

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 9th, 2014 - in EOTM Sports News, NFL, Sports News

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — On a rare day for Rex Ryan, the embattled coach of the struggling New York Jets was able to smile after a game for the first time since Week 1.

The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger being tackled by Quinton Coples (98) and Dawan Landry. After throwing 12 touchdown passes in two games, Roethlisberger had one on Sunday. - Image Credit: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

It’s been that long since the Jets had won, so the relieved Ryan was feeling pretty good after a stunning 20-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

“All right!” Ryan exclaimed. “Finally!”

After record-setting back-to-back victories, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was humbled Sunday in a sloppy performance, Scott Brown writes. Story

Finally, indeed. Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes and the Jets (2-8) forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by Jaiquawn Jarrett, while shutting down Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers (6-4) and ending an eight-game losing streak.

“This team deserved to win, man,” Ryan said.

Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes in each of his last two games, and was playing in front of a MetLife Stadium crowd that appeared nearly half-filled with Terrible Towel-waving Steelers fans. But the Jets wouldn’t allow Roethlisberger to get into much of a rhythm.

“There’s nothing mystical about the outcome of that football game,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “We talked all week about why that team struggled: because they were minus in the turnover ratio. … Well, they weren’t today. They were plus-4.

“You’re going to lose football games when you’re minus-4 in the turnover ratio, and we did today.”

Roethlisberger finished 30 of 43 for 343 yards and connected with Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard TD with 1:16 left. The Steelers attempted an onside kick, but Eric Decker recovered to seal it for the Jets — who avoided setting a franchise mark for consecutive losses.

“You can’t turn the ball over, and we did it too much,” Roethlisberger said. “This stings.”

The Jets weren’t happy, though, that Mike Mitchell tried to break up their victory formation, leaping over the top of center Nick Mangold, who slammed the Steelers safety to the ground, causing a brief shoving match.

“It’s a dirty play,” Mangold said.

But the Jets won by playing mostly a clean game Sunday, successful for the first time since beating Oakland on opening day.

“Today,” Vick said, “was going to be our day.”

Vick, who became the first quarterback in NFL history to run for 6,000 career yards, threw touchdown passes to T.J. Graham and Jace Amaro. Vick was 10 of 18 for 132 yards and ran eight times for 39 yards, and Ryan announced that the veteran will start again against Buffalo after the bye week.

The victory might help temper frustrations of Jets fans, one of whom had a banner-toting plane urging the team to fire general manager John Idzik circle the practice field early in the week. There was another one circling the stadium Sunday, which read: “JETS REBUILDING SINCE 1969.”

But, heading into the bye, Ryan’s job, as well as Idzik’s, appears safe — for now.

The Jets looked good on their first possession, but the 14-play drive stalled at the Steelers 5 and New York Nick Folk made a 23-yard field goal.

After Jarrett sacked Roethlisberger on third-and-15 to force a punt, the Jets got right back on the scoreboard. Vick had plenty of time and zipped a perfectly placed pass into the hands of a sprinting Graham, who ran it into the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown.

The Jets got the ball right back when Muhammad Wilkerson forced a fumble by Antonio Brown and Jarrett recovered. Jarrett finished with two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery after drawing the late start after first-round pick Calvin Pryor was benched.

After a sack on first down, Vick scrambled for 18 yards, including a shake-and-bake move that buckled Steelers cornerback Brice McCain’s knees. Three plays later, Vick found Amaro and made it 17-0 with 19 seconds left in the opening quarter.

“That’s what happens when you turn the ball over,” Roethlisberger said. “You dig yourself a hole.”

Pittsburgh appeared on its way to its first score with a long drive in the second quarter helped by a personal foul penalty on New York’s Jason Babin. But at the Jets 10, Roethlisberger had his short pass attempt tipped by Marcus Williams right into Jarrett’s hands.

The Jets, who came in with three takeaways all season, got their third of the first half when Brown muffed Ryan Quigley’s punt and Graham recovered. But Folk was wide left on a 45-yard attempt.

In the final quarter, Pittsburgh had first-and-goal from the 1, but was stuffed on four straight plays — including a penalty on the Jets and LeGarrette Blount losing 8 yards on a run. Shaun Suisham’s 27-yarder made it 20-6 with 7:21 left.

“It’s a team we should beat,” Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. “But this is the NFL. You have to go in their house and you can’t go in here and win if you have four turnovers and none on defense.”

Game notes

Suisham hooked a 23-yard attempt wide left on the first play of the fourth quarter. … Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell had eight catches for 33 yards, giving him 55 receptions for the season, surpassing John L. Williams (51 in 1994) for the most in team history by a running back. … Brown was held to 74 yards receiving, the first time this season he failed to get 80 or more.

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Police in Dover, Delaware are investigating a domestic assault allegation against Kurt Busch

By Cain Cawthon

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DOVER, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, and police in Delaware said Friday they are investigating.

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The Dover Police Department said in a statement that the allegations were brought to the department Wednesday. Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, said the allegations involved an incident inside his motor home at a race at Dover International Speedway in September, but did not go into more detail. The couple broke up about a week before.

NASCAR said it was aware of the situation and gathering information. Busch has not been charged. If he is, his case would play out after a series of high-profile cases involving prominent athletes, including Ray Rice and Greg Hardy in the NFL, ignited a national debate about how tough professional leagues are when allegations of abuse surface.

“It would be inappropriate for NASCAR to comment further on this matter until we have more information,” it said in a statement.

Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said the driver will fully cooperate with the authorities. “He expects to be vindicated when the entire truth of the situation comes to light,” Hardin said.

A message left seeking comment with an attorney for Busch was not immediately returned. A spokesman for Stewart-Haas Racing, Mike Arning, said Busch’s team was still gathering facts about the incident and not in a position to comment.

Known as “The Outlaw” in racing circles, Busch is the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and one of the more accomplished drivers in the series. He qualified 10th Friday for this weekend’s Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

Driscoll is an executive for a small Washington, D.C.-based defense consulting firm and president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a nonprofit for veterans. The couple met at a foundation dinner in 2011, and after hitting it off, Busch became a spokesman and ambassador for the foundation. The group severed its ties with him Friday because of the “serious nature of the allegations.”

“For more than a decade, Ms. Driscoll has been a tireless worker and advocate for our nation’s service members, veterans, and military families,” AFF chairman Pat La Frieda said in a statement. ” … We ask that Ms. Driscoll’s privacy be respected.”

Busch has a history of run-ins on and off the track with drivers, NASCAR officials and reporters. He was suspended by Roush Racing for the last two races of the 2005 season after police cited him for reckless driving.

A fan caught Busch on video verbally abusing ESPN reporter Dr. Jerry Punch during the 2011 season finale, and Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR after the clip was posted on YouTube. He was suspended for one race in 2012 for verbally abusing a reporter.

Busch has seen a sports psychologist to learn to tame his emotions.

But with Driscoll, he appeared to have softened his image. She and her son, Houston, became fixtures in Busch’s life. The pair came across as a happy couple when Busch attempted to complete the Coca Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500 on the same day earlier this year, a feat only a handful of other drivers have attempted. They welcomed reporters into her Ellicott City, Maryland, home, and cameras followed them around for weeks for the NBC documentary “Kurt Busch: 36.”

They acted like a family: Busch, Driscoll and Houston went on a hunting trip this year in New Zealand and Busch took Houston fly fishing. The child got the nickname “The Mini Outlaw” as a regular at the track.

She celebrated his accomplishments publicly. Busch made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in his first season at Stewart-Haas Racing, and Driscoll tweeted regular updates from his NASCAR races this season. They frequently embraced on the track, or were seen walking hand in hand, never shying from public displays of affection.

Busch’s talent has never been doubted, with 25 career Cup wins and the 2004 championship. But his prickly personality has scared away sponsors, and rides with deep-pocketed owners Jack Roush and Penske fizzled. His career detoured into journeyman status with single-car teams the last two seasons before landing at SHR.

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Kansas City Royals roll past San Francisco Giants to force Game 7 in World Series

By Cain Cawthon

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ned Yost wanted a seven-game World Series. Now he’s got it.

The Kansas City Royals pummeled the San Francisco Giants 10-0 in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, setting up a winner-takes-all one-game championship showdown Wednesday night at 8:07 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium.

Mike Moustakas after hitting a double that drove in Alex Gordon in the second inning. He was one of 11 Royals to go to the plate and one of eight who recorded hits during the inning. Credit Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Earlier in the week, with the series tied at two games apiece, Yost, the Royals’ manager, professed that he secretly wanted a seven-game series, just for the thrill of it. And now baseball has just that, its absolute apex, a World Series game that will crown a champion for 2014.

Before the game, when asked about a hypothetic game Wednesday, Yost said: “There is tomorrow.” It was not defensive so much as definitive, and behind a seven-run second inning and seven shutout innings from rookie starter Yordano Ventura, the Royals embodied Yost’s prophecy.

The second inning began with an Alex Gordon single, followed with another from Salvador Perez and unknotted the scoreless tie with a Mike Moustakas double. He and Perez scored on a Nori Aoki single, Lorenzo Cain followed with another run-scoring single and Eric Hosmer chased in a pair of runs with a ball that bounced in the infield, over shortstop Brandon Crawford’s head and into left field. A Billy Butler double added another run, and just like that, 33 minutes later, the Royals led 7-0 and the pregame fear that coursed through 40,372 evaporated.

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Ventura made sure to keep it that way. He became just the 12th player ever 23 years old or younger to throw at least seven shutout innings in a World Series game. Though wild – he yielded five walks – the Giants couldn’t square up his high-90s fastballs and mustered three hits against him.

It was the exact performance Kansas City needed, one that gave the Royals the peace of mind to rest their bullpen leading into the final day of the season.

“Anytime you can get to a Game 7,” said Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals’ starter in the seventh game, “you realize anything can happen.”

The beauty of Game 7 lies in that open canvas on which Yost and Giants manager Bruce Bochy will endeavor to paint their masterpiece. It is Yost’s first postseason; it is Bochy’s crack at a third championship in five seasons. And should the game remain close early on, an antithesis of Game 6, the managers will matter.

Because even the slightest crack in the pitcher foundation could result in a mudjacking from the bullpen. How early will Yost go to his three-headed relief monster, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland? How liberally will Bochy use his ace, Madison Bumgarner, the hero of Games 1 and 5 who is available to pitch out of the bullpen Wednesday?

Game 7 of the World Series is the greatest because in the NBA Finals teams don’t change strategy and in the Super Bowl teams stick to what has worked the previous 18 game days. Baseball turns into a fundamentally different game, one of feints and dekes, of strategy and tactics, of the truest embodiment of the following aphorism.

There are no finer words in sports than Game 7 of the World Series.

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