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The sweet moment Northwestern players found out they won the Big Ten West

The Northwestern Wildcats are headed to the Big Ten championship game for the first time, thanks to their win over Iowa on Saturday along with losses from Purdue and Wisconsin. Because Northwestern needed a little help to win the race in the west, its players didn’t know the full extent of their win. So coach Pat Fitzgerald collected everyone to share the good news. (USA Today)

Frustration mounts for Virginia Tech football

The identity of the program is lost at the moment. Virginia Tech football was never fancy, but it was dependable. You knew what you were getting: tenacious defense, playmaking special teams, and an offense that knew how to leverage the former. It was unnecessary to define "tough" as part of the program's mantra. There was a blue collar mentality. This season it's anything but. (The Key Play)

NASCAR Hall of Famer, 3-time Cup champion David Pearson dies at 83

David Pearson, a three-time champion in what is now NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series, died Monday at 83, the Wood Brothers Racing team confirmed to ESPN. Inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in its second class in 2011, Pearson won 105 Cup races, second only to Richard Petty, Pearson's chief rival in the 1960s and 1970s. (ESPN.com)

Miami's Dewan Hernandez to be held out amid review of eligibility

The Miami Hurricanes are withholding junior big man Dewan Hernandez from competition as his basketball eligibility is reviewed by the school and the NCAA. ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported Wednesday that Hernandez was one of 19 players listed in an email by Christian Dawkins, who worked as a runner for NBA agent Andy Miller but was looking to start his own agency. (ESPN.com)

College football's winners and losers for Week 11

Pittsburgh took a significant step toward an ACC Coastal Division championship by rolling past Virginia Tech, 52-22, in the Panthers’ latest scoring outburst. It’s a reminder how quickly a team’s fortunes can change. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi had his future with the program questioned last month; now he’s got the Panthers on the doorstep of an appearance in the ACC title game. (USA Today)

Bobby Petrino fired as Louisville football coach

Louisville has fired football coach Bobby Petrino, two days after the Cardinals lost their seventh game in a row to fall to 2-8. Athletic director Vince Tyra announced the move Sunday. Louisville's season has bottomed out during a seven-game losing streak and a five-game stretch of ACC defeats by at least 18 points, including blowout losses to Clemson and Syracuse. (ESPN.com)

ESPN doc explores basketball's impact in racial injustice, gender equality and more

A new film series is exploring the impact of basketball and through the eyes of those closest to the game. ESPN’s 20-hour documentary "Basketball: A Love Story," from director Dan Klores and co-producer, retired NBA player Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, features the game’s most influential figures. "It’s just such a beautiful story. Pro, college, women, Olympics, 62 short stories," Klores said. (ABC News)

Al Featherston, longtime ACC and Duke sportswriter, dies

Al Featherston passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018, at Duke Hospital. He was 69. He was a sportswriter and author for five decades. He covered ACC sports, but his true love was Duke basketball and the New York Yankees. His encyclopedic knowledge of college and Duke basketball was unsurpassed. His columns were noted for their precision and clarity wasting nary a word. (Cadillac News)

Forward Ian Steere leaves NC State basketball program after 1 game

Following Saturday's game against Maryland Eastern Shore, NC State basketball coach Kevin Keatts confirmed that freshman forward Ian Steere will be leaving NC State after just one game. He is deciding what he wants to do in the future with the program after heading home earlier this week. The 6-foot-9, 261-pound Steere was part of NC State's four-man 2018 recruiting class. (247 Sports)

Texas' Andrew Jones gets huge ovation after hitting first basket since leukemia diagnosis

Texas junior basketball player was diagnosed with leukemia in January, and spent the spring and summer battling the disease. Jones was able to rejoin his teammates for fall camp, and on Tuesday night the 20-year-old returned to the court for his first game since Jan. 1 as Texas took on Eastern Illinois in its season opener. (USA Today)

Fan base fuming after brutal NC State loss

I've been closely following NC State football for 20 years now, and there have been some really, really bad losses, and that's not a Wolfpack problem. All major football programs will have bad losses, especially over that long of a period. However, for me, this was the worst. Despite leading virtually the entire game, NC State never could make the play to put Wake Forest away. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Kentucky's unexpected blowout loss to Duke puts John Calipari, Wildcats in uncharted territory

But there's no denying that what happened to his Kentucky Wildcats late Tuesday in the second game of the Champions Classic felt like something more than just a missed opportunity or minor setback . It was humiliation on a massive stage. Two top-five teams with five-star freshmen faced off, and one (Duke) completely overwhelmed and embarrassed the other (Kentucky). (CBS Sports)
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