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Virginia Tech football falls into trap with upset loss at SyracuseVirginia Tech’s defense had yielded three third-down conversions and one fourth-down conversion in a single drive before Syracuse mercifully called a timeout and gave the Hokies a chance to catch their breath. After 13 plays of a drive that began early in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 17, the Hokies tried to talk about coverage over the sounds of the Carrier Dome, two-thirds full but deafening nonetheless. (Washington Post)
Video: Here’s What NC State’s Missed Field Goal Looked Like From Behind Clemson’s End ZoneSaturday afternoon, Clemson kept its national title hopes alive by knocking off NC State in overtime. The Tigers survived thanks in large part to a missed 33-yard field goal by Wolfpack kicker Kyle Bambard on the final play of regulation. Clemson’s fans – predictably – went absolutely crazy after the kick soared right. (College Spun)
Inspirational ex-Jet Dennis Byrd killed in car crashDennis Byrd, a former Jets defensive lineman best known for battling back from a serious spinal injury and recovering to walk again, has died at the age of 50. Byrd was killed in a car crash in Claremore, Oklahoma, Saturday. In 2012, when the Jets retired Byrd’s No. 90 jersey, he said that in his retirement from football he had found joy in coaching youth sports and speaking on behalf of people with disabilities. (NBC Sports)
Louisville QB Lamar Jackson fulfills wish for local teenAmzie Smith had no idea what to expect when Louisville invited her to meet quarterback Lamar Jackson, fulfilling one of her wishes. Smith, who turns 17 on Saturday, has terminal liver cancer and does not know how much longer she has left. Jackson gave Smith a big hug and the autographed football with a special message: Keep Fighting, Stay Strong! (ESPN.com)
Take a tour of Indiana's Assembly Hall after renovations give it a new lookOne of the best arenas in college basketball is planted in Bloomington, Indiana -- the home of the Indiana Hoosiers. Assembly Hall was opened in 1971, and over the past 45 years, it's become a spot that deserves mention on the short list of must-see college hoops barns. But it was in desperate need of a makeover. That makeover is now complete, and now you're able to get a good tour of the facility. (CBS Sports)
Gottfried: We’re preparing to play this season without Yurtseven and KapitaNC State is at the mercy of the NCAA and that’s going to affect how it prepares for the upcoming season. Two of the Wolfpack’s potential rotation players — freshmen Omer Yurtseven and Ted Kapita — have yet to be cleared for the 2016-17 campaign and Mark Gottfried is readying his team for battle under the assumption that they may not be eligible to play. (Today's U)
A Clemson Blogger's Hate for NC State FootballNC State football is essentially disco. They had a good run in the 70’s when everything was terrible, but when college football finally sobered up a little, they drifted off into obscurity, relegated to dusty bins at the back of Salvation Army. NC State has finished the season ranked in the AP poll 12 times since the AP polls inception in 1936…they have never finished a season ranked in the top 10. (Shakin the Southland)
Three questions with an NBA scout who observed Kentucky's Pro DaysWho looked like the best prospect the past two days? Scout's answer: "De'Aaron Fox was the best. This is one of the best NBA Draft classes in recent memory -- in terms of point guards. And he is a big part of the reason why." (CBS Sports)
Jim Harbaugh took advantage of steak-house promotion tied to Michigan routMichigan’s 78-0 rout at Rutgers Saturday was certainly painful for the latter school, but it also caused agita for a steak house back near the Wolverines’ campus. That’s because the Fourth Avenue Ruth’s Chris in Ann Arbor is offering a discount equal to Michigan’s winning margin each week for the remainder of the season. (Washington Post)
LSU and Florida are playing in 2016 after all, and now it's a Tigers home gameOn Nov. 19, LSU and Florida will play the football game that had been scheduled for last Saturday in Gainesville but was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew. The game will be played in Baton Rouge, marking a short-term victory for an LSU program that had been loath to give up a scheduled home game that weekend. Now, the Tigers don’t have to do that. (SB Nation)
Teary-eyed David Ortiz salutes crowd at Fenway Park following final gameDavid Ortiz saluted fans at Fenway Park following the conclusion of his final career game. After the Red Sox fell on Monday, 4–3, and were swept in the ALDS at the hands of the Indians, Ortiz walked around the field and lifted his cap toward the fans. (Sports Illustrated)
ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Set For Conway, S.C.The 2017 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 1-5 at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. The tournament will make its seventh appearance in the state of South Carolina and its first since a five-year run in Rock Hill from 1992-96. The HTC Center is located a short drive from Myrtle Beach. (GoHeels.com)
Video: NCAA men's basketball 2016-17 officiating points of emphasisJ.D. Collins, NCAA national coordinator of men's basketball officials, clarifies and provides examples of rules points of emphasis for this coming season.
Theo Epstein: The MastermindHis public mission is simple and well-known: Break another curse. But privately, he came to the Cubs for something personal and nearly as important, which he doesn't talk about. In Boston, he lost control of his obsession, the belief that a collective of people can do one thing better than it's ever been done. (ESPN.com)
15 Impact Freshmen in College Basketball for 2016-17Kentucky and Duke will produce their share of stud freshmen before many of them enter the draft in 2017, but others will be just as dependent on freshmen. Kansas has the top player in the class in Josh Jackson. The Pac-12 race may be dependent on freshmen as UCLA, Washington and Arizona add key pieces. Even Michigan State makes an appearance on our list of top freshmen. (Athlon Sports)