Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011
Toews accidentally checks kid
During drills at a youth hockey camp in Canada, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews accidentally flattens a young man onthe blue line. Toews was concerned about the lad's safety. How manyyoung men get to say they took on a Blackhawk? It turns out he was justfine and has a great story for the rest of his life. (AOL SportingNews)
And the award goes to?
Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and White Sox outfielder Juan Pierre have been nominated for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award. The award goes to a Major League Baseball player featuring dedication to giving back to the community combined with outstanding skills on the field. Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield received the award in 2010. (Hardball Talk)
Former Bear joining Browns?
Not so long ago the Bears received fullback Tyler Clutts from the Cleveland Browns, now Cleveland is thinking of signing ex-Bears punter Brad Maynard. Still, the team has yet confirm any roster changes. (Chicago Tribune)
Ramirez released from jail
Tuesday was Manny Ramirez's first court appearance after a domestic feud with his wife. He was ordered to not have any direct contact with his wife. Ramirez's bail was set at 2,500 on a charge of domestic violence after being arrested on Monday night. (Hardball Talk)
Could half the NBA season be missed?
Tuesday's NBA meeting of negotiating teams in New York ended up being deemed disappointing. Union leader president and Lakers point guard Derek Fisher said at this point the preseason and training camps are likely not going to start on schedule. Union leader Billy Hunter advised the players that they might have to sit out for half the season. (ProBasketball Talk)
Iowa is going back to the Outback Bowl.
Yes, for the fifth time in the last 13 seasons, the Hawkeyes will wrap their campaign with a trip to Tampa and an appearance in the Outback Bowl. And for the third time, their opponent there will be the Florida Gators. That game kicks at noon on Jan. 2.
Iowa and Florida met in the Outback Bowl to conclude the 2003 and 2005 seasons, splitting those two matchups.
This time around, the Hawkeyes are coming off an 8-4 regular season, a disappointing follow up to their 12-2 campaign a season ago that started off a perfect 12-0 before postseason losses in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.
Kirk Ferentz has led his team to a bowl appearance in 14 of his 18 seasons, though Iowa has lost the last four of those games, without a bowl win since taking down Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl.
Iowa is 2-2 in its four previous Outback Bowl appearances, beating Florida, losing to Florida, beating South Carolina and losing to LSU.
As for the Gators, they own an 8-4 record, as well, after falling to Alabama in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. Florida is known for its sluggish offense, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the country.
Start spreadin' the news.
Northwestern is heading to New York for its bowl game this season, specifically the Bronx, where it will battle Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Though it isn't your typically warm bowl destination, the baseball-stadium setting should be pretty fantastic. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28.
The Wildcats reached bowl eligibility with their sixth win in the regular-season finale against Illinois. Northwestern is heading to back-to-back bowl games after missing out on the postseason in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.
This is just the 13th-ever bowl trip for the Cats, though it's their seventh in 11 seasons under Pat Fitzgerald. Northwestern has a 1-5 record under Fitzgerald in the previous six bowl games, though that win is one of just two all-time bowl victories by the program.
This season started slowly for the Cats, who lost upsetting home games to Illinois State and Western Michigan and started 1-3. But Northwestern turned things around with back-to-back road wins over Iowa and Michigan State and finished 6-6. The Cats' offense has been particularly effective this season compared to seasons past. Wide receiver Austin Carr took home Big Ten Receiver of the Year honors and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after leading the conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Running back Justin Jackson was the league's leading rusher until getting surpassed by just a couple yards by both Wisconsin's Corey Clement and Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who both competed in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game, adding to their respective rushing totals.
Pitt has had a pretty noteworthy season. Despite having four losses, it beat two teams that finished ranked in the top five of the College Football Playoff rankings: No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Penn State. The Panthers are coached by former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.