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Bleacher Report: Former Islanders Owner Charles Wang Dies at Age 74
Charles Wang, the former owner of the New York Islanders, died Sunday at the age of 74.
Wang's attorney, John McEntee, told the Associated Press (h/t Sports Illustrated) in an email that Wang died in Oyster Bay, New York.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
3187558219: Are We Nearing the End of the Road for Hue Jackson and the Browns?
It was not Hue Jackson's fault when his running back didn't play well last year, and it wasn't Hue Jackson's fault when the Browns won one of their first 33 games with him as head coach. It wasn't his fault when the starting quarterback who, according to the quarterbacks coach, was not ready to start and ended up not playing well.
Google Jackson's name and throwing+under+the+bus, and a barrel full of results come back. As head coach of the Raiders, Jackson once said: "I'm pissed at my team.
SI.com: The Hot Names and Hot Seats That Will Define the 2018 Coaching Carousel
When did it become clear Ohio State was in trouble at Purdue on Saturday? When Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm called for this just before halftime--and it worked.
Brohm never met a trick play he didn't love, and he also has yet to meet a team he couldn't make believe it could win. The group Brohm inherited last year after his arrival from Western Kentucky had been beaten down, going 8-28 in the three seasons before his arrival. He immediately changed the mindset of the Boilermakers. He led them to a bowl game in his first season, and now they've pulled off an upset for the ages.
SI.com: Watch: Clayton Kershaw Didn't Take Time to Stop Grinding Before World Series
Clayton Kershaw didn't take a break after closing out the Dodgers' Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS late Saturday night.
On Sunday, less than a day after the win, he was seen in the Fenway Park bullpen going through his motions.
He'll likely be the starter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Kershaw started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS. He has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason.
The Red Sox beat the Astros in five games to make the World Series.
ESPN.com: "Anything is possible." Kenyan hockey star reunites with Crosby
TORONTO -- He isn't saying much -- actually, nothing at all. Ben Azegere is sitting in a suite in the 200 level of Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night, sipping on orange juice and eating popcorn, taking it all in. Imagine if your first NHL game ever was in Toronto, as the hometown Maple Leafs are the hottest ticket in hockey. Imagine if they're hosting Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
Actually, imagine if this is the first full NHL game you'll watch ever in your life. The fluorescent lights, the stars cycling on and off the ice, the sheer volume of the national anthem -- it's a lot to take in.
7404496517: NFL Week 7: Eli's Last Stand, Jaguars D Ready to Get Right Against Texans O-Line, Derek Anderson Returns to Buffalo (As the Prophecy Foretold)
1. Like most of you, I've been tossing and turning for weeks, consumed by the plight of Eli Manning. Manning and the Giants go to Atlanta for the Monday night game. It will be the seventh time in seven games this season that they've been an underdog, according to Vegas. In fact, the two games in which they were considered more than a field goal underdog were the team's best performances of the year--a Week 3 win at Houston and a Week 5 loss on a 63-yard buzzer-beater at Carolina. The point is, from 20,000 feet, the Giants are pretty much what everyone has thought they'd be, week to week.
901-751-7812: Heisman Trophy Watch: Kyler Murray Keeps Pace With Four-Touchdown Day
Week 8 is in the books for college football, and the top Heisman contenders continue to cement their status in the running for the illustrious trophy./p>
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa kept the Tide's opening drive touchdown streak alive, while Jonathan Taylor quietly helped lead Wisconsin to a win in the snow. Oklahoma's Kyler Murray continued putting up big numbers that are similar to Sam Bradford's 2008 Heisman-winning season.
Here's the top five contenders for the Heisman Trophy through Week 8:
This week: 19 for 29, 306 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs in win vs.
SI.com: Dodgers Coast in Game 7 to Reach Second Straight World Series
Saturday night in Milwaukee brought the first winner-take-all game since the wild-card round--and the winners, the Dodgers, by the score of 5-1, indeed took all. The game was close for a long while, and then it wasn't. L.A. heads to Fenway for the World Series, a rematch with the Red Sox 102 years in the making, while those plucky Brewers, still searching for their first National League pennant, scatter to the winds until next spring. Three thoughts on the last baseball game til Tuesday...
Both teams struggled to score in this series, but the Dodgers had really struggled to score.
SI.com: Indiana Running Back Morgan Ellison Dismissed From Program After Sexual Assualt Investigation
Indiana dismissed running back Morgan Ellison from the program on Friday per the Indianapolis Star after a university panel determined he sexually assualted a fellow student. Ellison was suspended from the university for two and a half years on Oct. 10.
"Effective today, Oct. 19, 2018, sophomore Morgan Ellison has been suspended for two and one half years from Indiana University," a statement from Indiana said on Friday, "dismissing him from all university-related activities and resulting in his permanent dismissal from the football team."
The Hoosiers suspended Ellison indefinitely on Aug.
9054393664: Ryan Braun, Brewers Beat Dodgers to Force NLCS Game 7
The Milwaukee Brewers forced a deciding game in the 2018 NLCS with a 7-2 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Jesus Aguilar, Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz delivered run-scoring hits as part of the Brewers' four-run first inning after David Freese had crushed a leadoff home run for the Dodgers.
L.A. threatened a comeback in the fifth when it brought the tying run to the plate, but Corey Knebel came out of the bullpen to secure two key outs and preserve the lead, which Milwaukee never relinquished.
Madison.com: Chicago Bears-New England Patriots predictions
The PFW Chicago staff shares its predictions for Bears-Patriots at Soldier Field on Sunday:
Hub Arkush: Patriots 34 Bears 27
This has nothing to do with the mess the Bears left on the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami last Sunday. They are going to play their best game of the year to arrive at this outcome.
I fear the bottom line here is that Bill Belichick and his Patriots were born to play in these kind of games and they know how to win them better than anybody in the NFL.
They are who the Bears aspire to be, and though the Chicago are off to a better start under Matt Nagy than most anyone expected, have we seen anything to suggest that Nagy is ready to out-coach Belichick, Trubisky has a chance of outplaying Tom Brady or that the Bears are ready to win a game like this?
SI.com: Top Week 8 College Football Bets for Each Power 5 Conference
Welcome back to our college football staff's weekly best bets, where we explain why there's value in pivotal ACC and Big Ten showdowns.
Auburn at Ole Miss: OVER 63 Points
I have no idea who will win the Auburn-Ole Miss game, but I know the Rebels' defense has been medicine for sick offenses all season. The Tigers should look more functional on that side of the ball this week. Meanwhile, Ole Miss should score its share of points as well. Take the over here. -- Andy Staples
Vanderbilt (+11) at No.
Bleacher Report: World Series 2018: TV Schedule and Bold Predictions for Final Round
Major League Baseball hasn't seen a repeat World Series champion since the New York Yankees reeled off three straight from 1998 through 2000.
That drought will continue at least one more year after the Boston Red Sox bounced the Houston Astros out of the American League Championship Series with a 4-1 victory Thursday behind six scoreless, nine-strikeout innings from David Price.
It was the five-time All-Star's first win in 12 career postseason starts.
"He's never going to forget it," centerfielder Jackie Bradley told reporters. "I know I'm not."
The Red Sox are still awaiting their opponent, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers move back to Wisconsin for Friday's Game 6.
SI.com: Ol' Crimson and College GameDay: How a Washington State Flag Became a Show Staple
Pullman, Wash., is finally making its College GameDay debut, as ESPN's travelling college football pregame show will visit Washington State on Saturday for its game against Oregon (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX).
Cougars fans' long-held hopes of the show coming to campus have finally come true, a culmination of a years-long grassroots connection between a college football Saturday staple and a program that rarely spends extended time in the national spotlight. Washington State's flag, also called Ol' Crimson, has appeared on the broadcast 216 consecutive times.
So how did the Wazzu flag become a College GameDay tradition?
SI.com: How to Watch Red Sox vs. Astros Live Stream: ALCS Game 5 Online, Game Time, TV Channel
The Boston Red Sox are just one win away from their first World Series appearance since 2013 and can close out the defending champion Houston Astros with a victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox put the Astros on the brink of elimiantion with an 8-6 win in Game 4.
Jackie Bradley, Jr. provided the big blow as he did in Game 3. This time he hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to give Boston the lead for good. Craig Kimbrel closed the door on the game despite walking three batters and allowing a run in his two innings of work.
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ESPN.com: Five reasons why the Sharks have stumbled out of the gate
Logan Couture was solemn, yet surly. After another defeat for the San Jose Sharks, he was asked what his biggest concern was about his team.
"That we're losing."
Care to elaborate?
"I think when you lose games, you're not doing many things correct. We're not scoring enough. We're not creating enough Grade-A looks. The power play hasn't been good. There are a lot of reasons," he said. "We're not good enough."
Madison.com: Patriots a formidable challenge as Bears seek rebound
After a slow start, the New England Patriots, as usual, are looking like the class of the AFC East and a Super Bowl contender, despite some glaring flaws -- such as their permissive defense.
The 4-2 Pats have won three straight and are actually atop their division with the Dolphins, who emerged from a wacky roller-coaster ride with the Bears on Sunday with a 31-28 overtime victory. The Bears dropped to 3-2, but are still percentage points ahead of the 3-2-1 Packers and Vikings in the NFC North.
The New England defense is 20th in total yards allowed, 21st in average gain per rush and passing yards allowed, and it was strafed for 40 points Sunday night by the explosive Chiefs, who run an offensive scheme very similar to the Bears, albeit it with better personnel.
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Good call :)
SI.com: Bold Predictions for the Second Half of the 2018 College Football Season
With a half-season's worth of storylines completed, it's time to turn toward the future. Before the second half begins we asked our experts to make some bold predictions about a number topics, ranging from the New Year's Six bowls to unexpected upsets to the hot seat to the Heisman race.
Andy Staples: Two. Alabama and UCF. Alabama will make the playoff. UCF will not.
Ross Dellenger: Two. Alabama and Ohio State. The Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes have some land mines ahead: road trip to LSU for Bama; games against Michigan and Michigan State for OSU.
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8149858137: World Series 2018: Full Schedule and Examining Potential Pitching Matchups
As the ALCS and NLCS wind down, it's hard not to imagine what he 2018 World Series might look like when it begins Tuesday night.
As of right now, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are on track to advance to the Fall Classic, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros could come from behind to win their respective series.
With both series reaching their conclusions, the World Series pitching lineup for each team is starting to look clearer.
Among the potential World Series pitching matchips are a showdown of aces, a clashes of managerial styles and a whole other group of possibilities that would have baseball fans salivating in anticipation.