Hall of Fame DE Chris Doleman to have brain tumor removed

Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will have it removed, ProFootballTalk reported.

Doleman, 56, will have the surgery Wednesday.

A day after the Wildcats fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since March 2014 , freshmen forwards Washington and Knox helped end their skid from the foul line and perimeter respectively. Washington made 10 of 14 free throws along with 6-of-10 shooting to top his previous best against Monmouth by two points. Knox overcame an initial missed layup to hit all four from behind the arc to finish 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and from the line.

We’re not worried about being pretty, we’re worried about getting the job done and getting the `W’, said Washington, who also had two blocks and three steals.

He added that coach John Calipari says all the time that we’re too Hollywood, and we just have to be aggressive and bring toughness to the game.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 16 points, including eight in the second half to help Kentucky (15-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) eventually seize a back-and-forth game between schools coming off losses. The Wildcats shot 43 percent but made 23 of 30 free throws.

RIveron has had an interesting season full of explanation videos, most notably overturned turned touchdowns by Pittsburgh’s Jesse James in Week 15 and Buffalo’s Kelvin Benjamin in Week 16. Both controversial calls happened against the Patriots.

At 42 years old and as a driver who made his name for being able to loosen up a car’s handling to the point where he could outrun the competition, it would make sense that his decline could be a result of his reaction skills being just a tick slower.

But Johnson says he has all the talent that carried him to a string of five consecutive titles from 2006 to ’10, then again to titles in 2013 and 2016. He believes his leadership and communication — not to mention a new Chevrolet body style with the Camaro replacing the Chevrolet SS — will be the keys in determining whether the Hendrick Motorsports driver improves on a year where his average finish was a career-worst 16.8.

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Buffalo wins 8th straight, tops Eastern Michigan 83-69

Jeremy Harris scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to help Mid-American Conference leader Buffalo beat Eastern Michigan 83-69 on Tuesday night for its eighth straight victory.

CJ Massinburg added 18 points, Nick Perkins 17 and Wes Clark 13 for Buffalo (15-5, 7-0), which has scored 80-plus points in eight straight games.

The last time UB won eight straight was at the end of 2014-15 season after six consecutive regular-season games and two MAC tournament victories.

He’s a terrific player. I’m not surprised that he played well at all. Good players go through things like that for a couple of games, Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. He’s not going to let that keep him down.

Culver, the freshman guard playing in his hometown, finished with 25 points and four 3-pointers.

Jeffrey Carroll had 16 points for Oklahoma State (13-7, 3-5), which was coming off an overtime win three days earlier over then-No. 4 Oklahoma. And the Cowboys still had a 14-point lead with 15 minutes left.

Malcolm Duvivier hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 for Akron (10-9, 3-4 Mid-American Conference), while Daniel Utomi contributed 13 points and eight rebounds and Mark Kostelac scored 10 on 5-of-6 shooting.

Gavin Block scored 18 — on 6-of-11 shooting from 3-point range — with seven rebounds to pace the Bobcats (9-10, 2-5). Teyvion Kirk added 16 points and six assists and Doug Taylor scored 11 with six boards and four blocked shots.

Ohio never led but managed to forge four ties, the last one at 58-all with 5:35 left in the game. But Kostelac had a layup and Ivey nailed a 3-pointer and added two buckets to push the Zips lead to 67-58. The Bobcats closed to within a point, but Ivey and Virshon Cotton both hit two free throws in the final 20 seconds to preserve the win.

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Sabally, Ionescu lead No. 7 Oregon over No. 18 Oregon State

Kelly Graves’ first tastes of the Civil War as Oregon’s head coach were back-to-back losses by a combined 62 points to a ranked Oregon State team.

In his fourth season, Graves and the No. 7 Ducks finally pumped new life 100-game old rivalry.

Oregon State was 13 of 26 from the arc in the first meeting, but that went down to 7 of 21 against a defense that was more man than zone in the rematch.

We didn’t move the ball as well tonight, OSU coach Scott Rueck said. I didn’t think we saw the floor nearly as well tonight, and we didn’t get into sets.

They played very aggressive tonight, and that was the difference. They were the aggressor.

Ruthy Hebard’s 10 rebounds led the Ducks to a 41-30 edge on the boards. They also outscored the Beavers 32-14 in the paint.

Oregon, the fourth No. 1 seed in first NCAA ratings released Thursday, leads the Pac-12 by a game over UCLA and Stanford. However, the Ducks will continue to tinker with their rotation without injured 3-point specialist Lexi Bando, the NCAA’s active career leader beyond the arc at 45.5 percent.

Oregon State has work to do with three conference losses and six of its last 10 games on the road if it hopes to claim a fourth consecutive Pac-12 regular-season championship.

Camara, who scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds for 901 in his career, passing Dave Pemberton’s 897 (1969-72). Tanner Leissner added 11 points for the Wildcats (8-12, 4-2 America East).

Cornish made three 3-pointers and scored 16 points with 13 rebounds for his second double-double for the Seawolves (8-12, 3-3). Jakub Petras added 13 points and Junior Saintel 10.

Cornish scored 13 points in the first half when Stony Brook led 31-26. A 12-0 run gave UNH a 42-35 lead and the game was tied four times after that.

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Macon’s late 3s power Arkansas past Georgia, 80-77 in 2 OTs

Georgia: The Bulldogs have damaged their NCAA Tournament hopes by losing four of five, including two straight home conference games against unranked teams — South Carolina and Arkansas. This game came down to one play at the end and we have to regroup and get focused on the next one, Fox said. The Bulldogs needed a win over Arkansas, with a No. 32 RPI, to boost their NCAA hopes.

Pippen scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Marcus Bartley and Armon Fletcher each scored 12 as the Salukis made half their 52 shots. Fletcher also grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals.

Wyatt Lohaus led the Panthers with 15 points and Carlson and Isaiah Brown each scored 10.

Today was big for us, Robinson said. It was a good response.

Hill scored the first seven points in the decisive burst and said the Hokies proved they can play defense when they focus on it.

Once we do what the coaches want and what their plan is, we’re a great team, he said.

It was that defense, Blackshear said, that sparked the run.

Javis Howard and Ty Jones each scored 12 points and Jones grabbed seven rebounds for the Buccaneers (7-12, 2-6 Big South).

The teams traded 3-pointers at the end of the first half with Fleming making one and Liam O’Reilly scoring one for Gardner-Webb (10-11, 5-3) which went to intermission down 31-30.

Charleston Southern started the second half with a 7-0 run and later pushed the lead to 52-40 when Keeling hit a 3 then followed with a jumper with 13:44 left. The Bulldogs responded with a quick 7-0 spurt, but went more than four minutes without scoring as the Buccaneers went on a 12-0 run and Gardner-Webb never recovered.

O’Reilly tied his career high with 27 points, including 7-of-12 3-pointers. David Efianayi had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists, and DJ Laster scored 14 points, for the Bulldogs.

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Penn State’s Troy Apke takes home MVP honors in Collegiate Bowl

Defense ruled in a game meant to showcase potential NFL players, and LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron and Penn State linebacker Troy Apke delivered the final blows.

The 312-pound Herron returned a fumble for a late touchdown and Apke had an interception while earning MVP honors, helping the National team stifle the American team 23-0 in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

I knew from the first time we put on pads, this defense was going to be special,” said National coach Mike Martz, now 4-0 in the game.

We asked him to place kick,” Green said. He’s talented, but that was a little unfair. We eventually went away from kicking field goals all together and that hurt our momentum.

Granted, Minneapolis, with its state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium, will be ready to host the Super Bowl and show off its fancy digs to the world.

Super Bowl 52 will be played in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium, which will have just finished hosting its second Minnesota Vikings season after being built in time for the 2016 NFL season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May of 2014 that Minnesota and its new stadium would host the Super Bowl in 2018. The stadium seats 66,200 but can be expanded to fit up to 70,000 people.

The game will be the first Super Bowl in Minnesota since Super Bowl XXVI, when the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills, 37-24, on Jan. 26, 1992 at The Metrodome.

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He wanted to play at Alabama and be developed into a pro-style quarterback.

Here’s what Jalen has been told: These people don’t love you, they just love what you’re doing, he said. They don’t care about you because they don’t know you. … You’re always going to have people cheering for you, and those are the people who know and care about you. And you’re going to have some people come watch you play every game to hope you fail.

Jones has been on the injury report eight of the last 10 weeks, along with two other weeks early in the season.

None of the injuries were serious enough to keep him from playing, but they did require plenty of tender loving care to make sure there were no setbacks. That’s why, over the course of the last four months, the injury report has listed him as limited or out of practice more times than he’s fully participated.

Game day is a different story.

If you say you’re gonna go, go. Don’t bring it up in the middle of the game, he said. We know it hurts. Don’t let your mind be negative. Just stay positive. If something’s hurting or anything like that, I never relay it back to (the sideline). I know it hurts. You don’t want to talk about it and bring that stuff up during the game. If I suit up, I’m going. I’m not saying anything about it.

A turning point in Jones’ pain threshold came during his sophomore season at Alabama. He broke his left hand in a game, had surgery the next day and was cleared to play the following week.

The first voting update is due Thursday, so we’ll soon find out where Oladipo stands among the fans. ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus views Oladipo as an All-Star as he ranks 10th in the NBA — fifth in the East — in RPM. — Micah Adams

The Heat rank 27th in the NBA in points in the paint (40.4) and free throw attempts (18.9) per game despite ranking third in the league in drives (50.3) per game. For a Miami team that’s top-10 in the league in making 3s — something that hasn’t happened since 2012-13 — being able to complete plays in the paint will give this offense some more diversity. — Vincent Johnson

The Pelicans are perfectly average: 18-18 on the season, 9-9 at home, 9-9 on the road, 4,002 points scored and 4,004 points allowed. In games that are decided in the final five minutes with the score within five, they’re 11-11. Making this team’s performance much more head-scratching is that with All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, a duo the league has no answer for, the Pelicans are still so exceptionally ordinary. — Vincent Johnson

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The Steelers go three-and-out and punt. The Patriots get the ball back at their 23 with 2:06 to play, trailing by five.

Field goal, Patriots. Brady throws two straight incomplete passes and is sacked on third down. Stephen Gostkowski comes on and kicks a 46-yard field goal to cut the Steelers lead to 24-19 with 3:56 to play.

Brady fails to connect with Gronkowski on a third-down pass from the Pittsburgh 44. But the Steelers are called for defensive pass interference, extending the Patriots drive.

In total, five rookies are part of the rotation, and Shane Larkin (who was playing in Spain last year) has played a key role. Yet none of them has shrunk from the moment. Of course each has had his own share of struggles (except perhaps the unflappable Tatum), but all have managed to step into their assigned roles and contribute to the team’s success.

Of course there’s also a little bit of luck involved. With the very notable exception of Hayward’s injury, a lot of things have gone well this year. Irving hit the ground running and has quickly stepped into the franchise-player role. In a way, the roster overhaul helped him because there was no established culture to which he needed to acclimate—it was all new for almost everyone, and not even mastermind Danny Ainge could have predicted exactly how the team culture would develop.

Now let’s look at numbers. Newton’s rushing production in 2015: 636 yards and 10 TDs. His rushing production so far in 2017 with two games left: 643 yards and 5 TDs. So he’s just as valuable there.

His passing has had a big drop-off in stats and efficiency, resembling more of his disappointing 2016 season. The eye test, however, says Newton is making some big-time plays when Carolina needs him most. He helped the team beat the Patriots on the road earlier in the season, then the Vikings and Packers at home of late.

If Wilson is on the board for putting his team on his shoulders, Newton should be, too, with a better team. Newton’s chances would shoot up from zero should the Panthers win the NFC South and jump up to a No. 3 seed.

What happens next is the full-scale integration of Isaiah Thomas into the lineup. Even Thomas’ return to the Garden was subdued. He had jokes and greetings for all the familiar faces who lined up to pay their respects and he even hugged it out with Danny Ainge in the hallway when they crossed paths.

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The Nets are the gift that just keeps on giving.

Opponent winning percentage: .492; tied for the 12th-easiest. The Vikings’ schedule trended on the easier side, but look at how other teams did with backup quarterbacks this season (see: Packers, Texans, Colts and Dolphins). The Minnesota defense allowed the fewest points, but Case Keenum also finished second in Total QBR.

Opponent winning percentage: .535; eighth-hardest. The Saints played one of the toughest schedules in the NFL and held their own. Not only did they win the NFC South, but they posted a plus-57 point margin against winning teams, the second-best in the NFL.

The Lakers gave this pick up in the Steve Nash trade with Phoenix back in 2012 that began their current downward spiral. It then went to Philadelphia in an ill-fated, three-team trade deadline deal involving Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Knight. It then changed hands again when the 76ers moved up to get Markelle Fultz.

If the pick doesn’t convey to Boston, the 76ers get to keep it, but they’ll have to give up a high 2019 pick instead, likely via the Kings. More on that in a second.

Jeffery: If you ask Taylor Lewan, and if he says he blew an assignment, he’s lying. He turned out to block Clowney, and Clowney did exactly what he’s supposed to do, which was go inside. He went inside and blew past, and Taylor Lewan didn’t see it coming. Yes, it was a blocking error, because he was supposed to block him, of course, but Clowney really made that play. What I would say to people is really just stop hating. That is greatness at its best.

Thompson: Sure, the guy missed a block. But at the same time, Clowney did what he did, and I don’t think there are very many people who would do that that quickly, that violently.

Shaw: Thank god I’ve never gotten hit by JD. I can remember his first spring practice when he came to South Carolina — or maybe it was fall camp — but they taught the D-ends to tag off from the quarterback. And I go in the showers after practice, and I just had these slap marks all over my ribcage and back. I was like, JD, man, really? You’re going to have to learn just to run by me, bro.

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An argument can be made that Roethlisberger and Bell are more worthy MVP candidates.

Brown obviously wouldn’t be enjoying such prosperity without Roethlisberger delivering him the football. Big Ben has lived up to that nickname in 2017 by ranking second overall in passing yardage (3,744) and fourth in touchdowns (24).

All that said, here’s what’s been rattling around in my head recently: Wiggins’ offensive stats in wins and losses are not very different, which is quite unusual for a high minute player. He scores the same number of points on the same TS percentage in wins and losses. He does rebound and assist at a somewhat higher rate in wins, but the differences are not huge. This is bizarre, and might just be a sample size anomaly. But Zach LaVine had similar splits last season, and it makes me wonder whether the impact of a third option is less than we might expect.

This is the first four seasons of each player’s career, with of course Andrew Wiggins in the midst of his fourth season.

I include this because DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay are often cited as comps for Andrew Wiggins. As you can see, it works fairly well. Gay was (and is) bigger, a better defender and rebounder, but perhaps lacks a little of Wiggins’ offensive gifts. DeRozan was quite similar, though an even worse and less frequent three point shooter. He also made an unusual leap in his fifth year in the league.

The Raiders go three-and-out on their first drive and punt. Dallas will take over on its 32.

Turnover, Cowboys. Dallas advances to the Oakland 35 on an 18-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Jason Witten, but three plays later, another Prescott pass intended for Witten is picked off by Oakland cornerback Sean Smith, who returns it to the Raiders’ 30.

He runs the exact same play but from further above the three-point line, taking the same screen, blowing by another two defenders and pulling up for the same mid-range jump shot. Only this time, he pulls up from exactly the foul line, and only this time, it’s nothing but net.

He throws his hands up as if to say, about time.

That’s the type of night it was for Butler, who finished with 30 points on a pedestrian 7-of-17 from the field. When his shot isn’t going down, he finds other ways to make winning plays.

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the Eagles barely survived, were a nightmare on offense and sowed doubt across the league and its followers.

It’s not so much that Nick Foles is going to blow this season and take the No. 1 seed down with him. It’s that he’s failing at being Carson Wentz, which most quarterbacks in the NFL would.

And that the handful of quarterbacks in the NFC who have been on Wentz’s level this season and, more important, previously, are all lying in wait for the Eagles in the playoffs. They have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, yet folks are shouting one and done about the Eagles right now more than they do about Kentucky’s basketball recruits.

Not only that, but Georgia will have the advantage of playing this neutral-site game in Atlanta, a city that is one hour from campus and has 90,000 alumni in the metro area. Remember, Saban won his first national championship coaching LSU on a neutral field against Oklahoma in the 2004 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

But that’s about where Georgia’s advantages stop. Alabama under Saban has been most vulnerable to dual-threat quarterbacks in an up-tempo spread. Think of Deshaun Watson at Clemson or Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M.

That is not what the Georgia offense is. As good as Bulldogs seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are, does anyone think an offense that ran the ball 69 percent of the time, that is run by a true freshman quarterback (Jake Fromm), can turn back a Saban defense?

On the other hand, Georgia will have a much easier time stopping Alabama, which Clemson held to 261 total yards, than it did stopping Oklahoma, which gained 531 yards Monday in the Rose Bowl. And that’s before factoring in the knowledge that Smart will bring to bear against the Tide.

It will be very weird, Tide defensive back Anthony Averett said. He was my coach my first three years I was here. He’s a great coach. [Georgia defensive coordinator] Coach [Mel] Tucker coached me as well. They know what we’re going to do. We know what they’re going to do, like Clemson. It definitely makes it more fun.

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