Roenick demonstrates where Torres went wrong


Roenick demonstrates where Torres went wrong

It's been just over twelve hours since Raffi Torres' vicious hit on Marian Hossa, and all the hype and anger surrounding the brutal bashing hasn't calmed down one bit.

Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick joined the "Dan Patrick Show" Wednesday morning to offer his two cents on the aggressive hit and outlines exactly where Torres went wrong during the play.

"If Torres was gonna make that hit, he'd have to come in and come down low and push off toward the chest and not leave his feet," Roenick said. "As soon as he jumps... then you're getting contact to the head. Torres should have come out real close underneath and pushed up--not come from up, straight away."

In addition to the giant leap he took into Hossa head, Torres' elbow remains another topic of concern. When going in for a hit, a player's elbows have to stay by their side because initial contact with an opposing player has to be made with the shoulder.

Phoenix's left winger sure sent that elbow flying Tuesday night.

Torres is expected to face an in-person disciplinary hearing soon. Since he must be in attendance, he'll most likely be out at least six games.

Illini take lead into fourth quarter, but Huskers score 21 in final frame to win


Illini take lead into fourth quarter, but Huskers score 21 in final frame to win

The Illinois defense turned in a terrific effort through three quarters, a good enough performance to send the Illini to the final period with a six-point lead on the No. 15 team in the country.

But a dominating fourth quarter from Nebraska — one that featured 21 Husker points — meant there’d be no upset for the visitors in Lincoln.

Illinois had a 16-10 lead on Nebraska early in the fourth quarter, but the Huskers were in the midst of a clock-chewing 10-and-a-half-minute drive that ended with a go-ahead touchdown run by Terrell Newby. From there, the Illini offense’s time on the field was brief, and the Huskers rattled off two more scores to grab a 31-16 victory.

That go-ahead touchdown was not without controversy. Illinois stopped Newby for a gain of just one on third and two, and Nebraska head coach Mike Riley opted to go for it on fourth and one. Newby rushed and came real close, the officials spotting the ball and measuring to award the Huskers a first down at the Illini three-yard line. The spot was reviewed, but nothing changed. The next play was a three-yard touchdown rush that put Nebraska in front, and many of Illinois supporters voiced their displeasure with that spot on social media.

The Illini went three and out on each of their next two possessions, while the Huskers twice reached the end zone on long touchdown drives. Tommy Armstrong hit Trey Foster for a touchdown to cap a 59-yard scoring possession, and Newby rushed for a 63-yard score the next time the Huskers had the ball to turn it into a two-score margin.

The first half, and really the first three quarters, belonged to the Illinois defense. The pass rush was terrific the majority of the game, and the defense came away with a pair of takeaways.

Illinois got a 31-yard touchdown run from Kendrick Foster in the first half and added two field goals in the second quarter and another in the third to build that 16-10 lead.

But that massive fourth quarter skewed all the numbers in Nebraska’s favor. The Huskers ended up out-gaining the Illini, 423-270. They also had a 203-124 rushing advantage and a 220-146 passing edge. Nebraska was 11-for-15 on third and fourth down, Illinois going just 2-for-9.

The biggest advantage, though, was in time of possession, with the Huskers more than doubling Illinois' time spent with the ball in the second half.

Newby was the biggest stat-producer of the day, rushing 27 times for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns, also adding 26 receiving yards. Armstrong threw for 220 yards and a touchdown (as well as an interception) and rushed in for the game’s first touchdown.

Wes Lunt was 13-for-22 for 133 yards for the Illini, with Reggie Corbin and Foster combining for 118 rushing yards.

The loss in their conference opener sent the Illini to 1-3 on the season. They’ve lost their last three games by a combined 113-49 score. Next up for Illinois is Purdue next weekend in Champaign.

The win kept the Huskers undefeated at a perfect 5-0, a terrific start to the season following Mike Riley’s 6-7 finish in his first year. Nebraska has a bye week next weekend before a road trip to Indiana.

Cubs: Jon Lester denied 20th win in loss to Reds

Cubs: Jon Lester denied 20th win in loss to Reds

CINCINNATI – Jon Lester says he speaks for the entire clubhouse when he offers to trade it all in – the individual numbers, All-Star selections, Cy Young honors, MVP hardware – for a World Series ring with the Cubs. 

The Cubs are trying to have it all, 100-plus wins, awards season, off-the-field endorsement deals and so much out-there fun that it draws the attention of baseball’s fun police. But Lester understands October is where this team will ultimately be remembered.

The Cincinnati Reds denied Lester his 20th win on Saturday at Great American Ball Park, jumping out to a four-run lead after three innings and hanging on for a 7-4 victory.

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Whether or not this dents Lester’s Cy Young chances, the big-game lefty reached the number that he believes defines the true value of a starting pitcher, surpassing 200 innings for the eighth time in his career.

Lester certainly lived up to the great expectations in the second season of that six-year, $155 million megadeal that came with a World Series mandate, finishing the regular season at 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA and the expectation that he will be the Game 1 starter in the playoffs.