Archive for December, 2015


Injury Behind Him, George Back to Playing at Elite Level


By Kevin Cottrell Jr. | Special to

It’s the summer of 2014.

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George wraps up the toughest offseason workouts of his career. His regimen was simple: hard work and attention to detail will net great on-court production.

Prior to unveiling his new talents for the Pacers, George would put his skills to the test as a key member of Team USA. The game’s brightest stars traveled to Las Vegas to participate in a mini-camp that concluded with a Blue and White exhibition game. Fans gathered in the Thomas and Mack Center to witness the beginning of a gold medal run and instead left with an unforgettable image.

With 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, George chased down James Harden in transition. While leaping to contest Harden’s layup attempt, George’s

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Hall of Fame Set to Reduce Eligibility Wait Time


BY SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER | | @SHowardCooper | Dec 14, 2015 8:31 PM ET

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Commissioner Manfred Denies Reinstatement for Rose


By Paul Hagen / | December 14th, 2015

Pete Rose, who was given a lifetime ban for betting on baseball, will not be reinstated and will continue to be banned from working in baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday.

“Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established by the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of the circumstances that led to his permanent eligibility in 1989. Absent such credible evidence, allowing him to work in the game presents an unacceptable risk of a future violation by him of Rule 21, and thus to the integrity of our sport,” Manfred wrote.

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The best of the bowls: Ranking 1-40


Mark Schlabach, ESPN Senior Writer

And the wait begins.

We won’t get to watch the College Football Playoff semifinals until New Year’s Eve, when No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl and No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Michigan State in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Fortunately, we have to wait only 11 days for the 2015 postseason to kick off, with the inaugural Cure Bowl starting the bowl season on Dec. 19.

Here’s a look at 40 bowl games that will be played, ranked from first to last in terms of entertainment value:

All times Eastern.

1. College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama Dec. 31 Arlington, Texas | AT&T Stadium Dec. 31, 8 p.m. on ESPN

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Memphis to face Auburn in Birmingham Bowl


By Tom Schad of The Commercial Appeal

Posted: Dec. 06, 2015

The University of Memphis football program had long hoped, and expected, to play in its bowl game in Birmingham if it did not qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl. And on Sunday afternoon, it got its wish.

The Tigers will face Auburn in this year’s Birmingham Bowl, which will mark their second bowl appearance in as many seasons. Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. on December 30 at Historic Legion Field in Birmingham. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

“It’s a great opponent, obviously, another SEC power,” interim coach Darrell Dickey said after practice Sunday. “We’re playing in historic Legion Field, where there’s been an unbelievable amount of big-time football games played, and in a great state, where football is big. We’re going to a city where our fans, Tiger Nation, can be there. And I hope they More >

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