Review Category : National Sports

Brad Keselowski Survives Round, Wins at Talladega

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(TALLADEGA, Ala.) — Brad Keselowski is into the eliminator round after holding off Matt Kenseth at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

Keselowski needed to win in order to stay alive in the chase for the championship and took the lead during the final caution flag in the green-white checkered finish.

The win comes after last weekend’s post-race brawl between Kenseth and Keselowski, but Keselowski will take a win no matter what.

“I know there’s probably some people out there that aren’t really happy I won. I can understand that. But I’m a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week,” Keselowski said of last weekend’s post-race brawl at Charlotte. “But I’m real proud of today.”

“It was funny how this racing world works out. I don’t know why it is that way. I don’t know why it seems like every week where there’s either a fight in the garage or a mishap or something like that happens, those two cars and people end up together.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne, and defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson were all eliminated from the Chase for the Championship.

Jeff Gordon, a Hendrick teammate of the three who were eliminated, said it’s tough to see them go out that way.

“Great teams, great drivers, great friends. I hate to see them not in there,” Gordon said about Johnson, Earnhardt and Kahne. “I really thought the chances of two of them getting in were very good, and certainly one of them. I thought two of us would be in there, and I thought there’s a decent chance three could be there.”

Gordon, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, and Kenseth are all moving onto the next round.

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Murray Breaks Record as Cowboys Beat Giants 31-21

NFL via Getty Images(DALLAS) — DeMarco Murray continues to lead the charge as he rushed for his seventh straight 100-yard game.

In doing so, Murray broke Jim Brown’s 56-year-old record of starting a season with six straight 100-yard games.

The Cowboys continue to showcase a balanced offense that they have lacked in recent years.

Tony Romo tossed three touchdowns on 279 yards passing, completing 17 of 23 passes. Second-year tight end Gavin Escobar reeled in two of Romo’s touchdown passes. Dez Bryant is still a man on fire as he racked up 151 yards receiving.

After a scare in the second quarter in which Murray appeared to injure his ankle, he finished the day with 128 yards and one touchdown.

Eli Manning put forth a valiant effort but it would not be enough to outduel Dallas. Manning threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. continues to live up to his first round draft status as he hauled in two of Manning’s touchdowns.

The Dallas Cowboys are now at 6-1 and host the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football next week.

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Virginia High School Football Player Dies on Field

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH HILL, VA) — Another high school football player has passed away after an on-field collision.

After sustaining a hit, Jamond Salley, a junior from Park View High School in South Hill, Viginia, was carried to the sideline. While medical officials began to administer care to Salley on the sideline he fell unconscious and started to suffer seizures.

Salley was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill; soon after, he was pronounced dead.

“Jamond was a strong student in both academics and as an athlete,” Mecklenburg County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Thornton said in a statement. “Members of his family, friends, and teachers have all shared one common trait of Jamond, he was very respectful. He was a student with a big heart and a smile that would instantly capture your attention.”

Salley is the fifth high school football player to die this year from an on-field collision, medical incident or suffering ill-effects duing a conditioning drill.

Officials have not yet detemined the exact cause of death for Salley.

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Stamkos Leads Lightning Past Canucks, 4-2

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Center Steven Stamkos scored twice and had one assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-1; 7pts) zapped the Vancouver Canucks (3-1-0; 6pts), 4-2 on Saturday night.

Stamkos scored his first goal, :53 seconds into the opening period with an assist from forward Ondrej Palat. His next goal came just over seven minutes later on a back-hand shot, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead.

The Lightning would take the lead for good at 16:48 into the second period on a power play goal from forward Ryan Callahan.

Vancouver received goals from forward Chris Higgins and defenseman Alexander Edler.

Stamkos has five goals and two assists in five games this season.

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Faried Scores 19 Points as Nuggets Defeat Clippers, 104-93

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried had a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds as Denver (2-4) clipped the Los Angeles Clippers (1-4) in an exhibition game on Saturday night, 104-93.

Shooting guard Aaron Affalo contributed 16 points to Denver’s winning effort, while small forward Danilo Gallinari poured in 12 points in 15 minutes of action.

With the game tied at 51 entering the second half, the Nuggets took the lead for good, scoring five–points to open the third quarter, behind an 18-foot jumper from Gallinari and a three-pointer from Affalo.

Power forward Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 27 points while shooting guard Jamal Crawford had 23 points.

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Kessler Throws School-Record 7 TDs as (22) USC Clobbers Colorado

BananaStock/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Cody Kessler threw for a school-record seven touchdowns to lead No. 22 USC past Colorado 56-28 Saturday.

Kessler was on fire throwing all seven of his touchdowns in the first three quarters to break the record previously set by Matt Barkley in 2011.

“It’s an honor for me to break his record,” Kessler said.”But I’m thankful he (Barkley) set the bar so high and taught me as much as he did.”

Kessler threw three of those touchdowns to receiver Nelson Agholor, who had six catches for 128 yards in the win.

The game was never in doubt for USC (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12), which led 28-0 after the first quarter.

The one bright spot for Colorado (2-5, 0-4) was receiver Nelson Spruce. He caught his 11th touchdown of the season, tying the school’s record.

Javorius Allen ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and has now ran for over 100 yards in five of USC’s first six games. He becomes the first Trojan’s player to do that since Reggie Bush in 2005.

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(2) Florida State Survives (5) Notre Dame

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Notre Dame’s Everett Golson’s potential game-winning touchdown was intercepted in the end zone as Florida State held on for a 31-27 win in a battle of top-five teams. For the second-ranked Seminoles (7-0), it was their 23rd straight win while the fifth-rated Irish are knocked from the ranks of the unbeatens.

Notre Dame (6-1) jumped on the board early, scoring when Golson found Corey Robinson for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Seminoles responded with a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston at the end of the quarter, starting an exciting contest on the right foot.

Both squads traded scores in the second, with the Irish taking a 17-10 lead into halftime. However, Winston came out of the locker room and immediately led Florida State down the field for the tying score when he found Rashad Greene for a 10-yard strike. After Notre Dame regained the lead on another pass from Golson, Karlos Williams answered with a game-tying touchdown run, making it a 24-24 game after three quarters.

Kyle Brindza would put Notre Dame back on top with his second field goal of the night, but the Irish defense could not hold a potent Seminoles offense. It would be Williams once again, scoring from 1-yard out, that gave Florida State their first lead of the night at 31-30 with under eight minutes to play.

After an Irish drive got stymied, the defense helped Notre Dame get one more chance at an upset. That seemed to have happened when Golson found Robinson for a third touchdown catch with less than 20 seconds remaining. However, an offensive pass interference penalty took the points off the board and forced the Irish in a 4th and goal situation.

With time winding down, Golson scrambled to keep the play alive, but his pass to the end zone was picked off by Jacob Pugh. The Seminoles took a knee on the next play and celebrated their victory.

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Langford Scores 3 TDs in (8) Michigan State’s Destruction of Indiana

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) — Jeremy Langford ran for three touchdowns and Connor Cook threw for three more as No. 8 Michigan State destroyed Indiana 56-17 Saturday.

Indiana (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) actually took the lead late in the second quarter when Zander Diamont ran for a nine-yard touchdown to make it 17-14. But Michigan State would score 42 unanswered to win its 13th consecutive game against a conference opponent.

Cook completed 24 of 32 passes for 332 yards while Nick Hill ran for 178 yards and a touchdown and Langford ran for 109 yards.

Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) had 662 yards of total offense and held the Hoosiers to 11 yards passing in the game.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio tied Charlie Bachman for the second most wins in school history with 70.

The Spartans will look to continue their winning ways next Saturday when they host in-state rival Michigan.

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(12) TCU Throttles (15) Oklahoma State

ThinkStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Trevone Boykin threw for a career-high 410 yards and three touchdowns despite having a soft cast on his non-throwing hand to help No. 12 TCU throttle No. 15 Oklahoma State 42-9 Saturday.

The win comes a week after the Horned Frogs let a 21-point fourth quarter lead evaporate in a 61-58 loss to Baylor.

“We knew that taste in the back of our mouth and in the locker room after the Baylor game,” Boykin said. “We basically made a promise to ourselves that we really don’t want that anymore. We just came out today and played for four quarters.”

TCU (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) scored touchdowns on three-straight drives in the first quarter, the last being a 84-yard touchdown pass from Boykin to Josh Doctson. Doctson finished the game with seven catches for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

In the end, TCU out-gained the Cowboys 676-258 in total yards, as Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) didn’t score a touchdown for the first time since 2009.

“We just got our butts kicked. There’s really not anything else I can say,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said. “We gave up two big plays in the first quarter. Offensively, we couldn’t make plays. … We never could get out of a jam after we got behind.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAA Football: West Virginia 41 (5-2) – (4) Baylor 27 (6-1)

(7) Alabama 59 (6-1) – (21) Texas A&M 0 (5-3)

(8) Michigan State 56 (6-1) – Indiana 17 (3-3)

(13) Ohio State 56 (5-1) – Rutgers 17 (5-2)

(14) Kansas State 31 (5-1) – (11) Oklahoma 30 (5-2)

(24) Clemson 17 (5-2) – Boston College 13 (4-3)

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