Mar 03

College Basketball: AP Top 25 Breakdown

Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll:

VIRGINIA RISING: Virginia jumped from No. 12 to fifth in this week’s poll, the Cavaliers’ first appearance in the Top Ten since the 2001-02 season, when they reached as high as No. 4.
Saturday’s win over Syracuse gave Virginia its first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1980-81. The Cavaliers, featuring three-time national player of the year Ralph Sampson, were in the Top Ten the entire season, spent four weeks at No. 1 and reached the Final Four.
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Mar 01

John Calipari regrets getting thrown out from loss at South Carolina

Kentucky coach John Calipari offered his thoughts on Kentucky’s 72-67 loss at South Carolina Saturday night.
Calipari was ejected with his team down 12 after getting a technical, his second of the game, with 10:21 remaining.

“I wish I didn’t get thrown out of the game, so that I could fight with our team.”

“We have a short turnaround to prepare for Alabama so we have to get back in the gym Sunday and start working on getting better.”

“Proud of the guys for not giving up but we all have to figure out what do we each have to do to get [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 20

Tech corner: Verizon offers online streaming for Olympic coverage

Fan viewing habits have changed significantly since 2010, when Vancouver, B.C., hosted the last Winter Games. By the end of the 2013 Winter Games, more than 213,000 spectators will have traveled to Sochi, Russia. But most of the world are watching from afar. And that means this year’s Winter Games will see a breakthrough in online streaming.
This is the first Winter Games where viewers have access to content through streaming. Here’s a few ways to watch the games on your Verizon Wireless smartphone or tablet:
· NBC’s Live Extra site offers second-screen viewing options (meaning you can watch [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 17

Ballot Breakdown: AP Basketball Poll, Feb. 17, 2014

Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll:

NO LONGER UNANIMOUS: Syracuse is on top of the AP poll for a third straight week but unlike the first two the Orange are not a unanimous No. 1.
Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press changed his No. 1 vote from Syracuse to Florida, which moved from third to second in the poll.
“Simply put, I watched both teams play both games last week and I think Florida is the best team in the country,” Rexrode said. “That’s pretty much it.”
This is the Orange’s 17th week all-time on top of the poll, [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 11

Cats talk about Auburn and the weather

Kentucky held its pre-Auburn press conference Tuesday, with assistant coach Kenny Payne and players Jon Hood and Willie Cauley-Stein touching on a variety of topics. The following are highlights from the media gathering. The Tigers and Cats play at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the game televised locally on Channel 27.
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Payne on UK’s issues with transition defense:
“We’ve been working on it for quite awhile. I think the thing that we have to continue to do is continue to build on it, continue to remind them of how important it is because every team seems to be using that as an [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 10

AP Basketball Poll Ballot breakdown: Feb. 10, 2014

JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer

Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll:
SMU RETURNS: Even Larry Brown was young the last time SMU was ranked.
In their second season under the 73-year-old Hall of Fame coach, the Mustangs moved into the Top 25 for the first time since the next-to-last poll of 1984-85, a season when they reached as high as No. 2.
SMU (19-5) moved in off a 76-53 victory over then-No. 7 Cincinnati, a win that snapped the Bearcats’ 15-game winning streak.
It was the Mustangs’ third win over a ranked team in a seven-game span since they moved back [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 06

Tech corner: Wireless tools can help beat the winter blues

With the extreme cold weather lately, it’s normal to feel lethargic. These feelings could be a sign of some mild winter blues, which nearly 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population experiences, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Practicing healthy habits can help you beat the winter slump, and a variety of wireless technology tools can help you make healthier lifestyle choices:
— Cold temps make it all too easy to curl up on the couch, but exercise can help relieve stress and anxiety. Download Workout Trainer to get in better shape life with thousands of free workouts and premium workout [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 05

SEC signing day roundup

An overall look at how the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference fared Wednesday on Signing Day.

EAST DIVISION

FLORIDA

National rankings (Rivals 7; Scout 10).

Best in class: Jalen Tabor, CB, Washington, D.C. Already enrolled in school, Tabor is a significant addition since starting CBs Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson left school early for the NFL.

Best of the rest: David Sharpe, OL, Jacksonville, Fla. Sharpe should help fill the team’s biggest need.

Late addition: Treon Harris, QB, Miami. Coach Will Muschamp convinced Harris to switch from Florida State to Florida, prying a gifted athlete away from the defending national champion.

One that got away: [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 03

AP Top 25: Ballot breakdown

Breaking down this week’s Associated Press college basketball poll:

UNANIMOUS ONE: Syracuse is the first unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll since Duke had a six-week run with all the first-place votes in 2010-11.
The Orange are on top of the poll for the first time since they were No. 1 for six weeks in 2011-12.
This is the 15th week all-time Syracuse has been No. 1 and that ties the Orange for 17th place with DePaul and Massachusetts. UCLA is the record holder with 134 weeks at No. 1.
Syracuse is the fourth team to hold the No. [...] Continue Reading…

Feb 02

Super Bowl: 5 Things

Denver Broncos safety David Bruton catches a pass during practice Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game today in East Rutherford, N.J. Bruton’s family reside in Winchester, where Bruton was born in 1987. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — It’s time. Finally.
After a week of interviews, practices and plenty of hype, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are ready to kick off the Super Bowl in a matchup that makes even the most casual football fans drool.
It’s [...] Continue Reading…

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