According to the rule at the time were not catches. What they're saying is that they want them to be catches, and they're going to have to figure out how to write the rule to make them catches which is something we've discussed the last year or so. The football move really didn't have anything to do with the rule at the time of the Dez play, the Calvin Johnson play, or any of the other plays. But if they change the rule and say OK, if you perform a football move, and you go to the ground and perform a football move, that's still going to be a catch. Basically the Dez play, he had to hold onto the ball when he hit the ground. We knew right away that the rule, basically the rule was written and the way the rule was supposed to be applied that that wasn't a catch because he was going to the ground and he had to hold onto it going to the ground. It's an unbelievable play, and I think that's what the committee, after that play occurred, the committee looked at the rule, we couldn't figure out what would be the best way to change it. Further thoughts on the Dez Bryant play Blandino: I'm thinking that this was going to be a controversial play because the way the rule is written, this is not a catch. If the rule was different, yes. Obviously that play was a playoff game, and high profile, but you're talking about a handful of plays.
Beilein was asked if he enjoyed the strategic chess matches this time of year, developing and implementing game plans on the fly. Trying to figure out how to beat a Michigan State team -- that's not an easy thing to do." Beilein is saying that there's only so much time to prepare for a game, especially true in a tournament setting with quick turnarounds. Friday, for Michigan, was about flipping the script from a 20-point loss in mid-January. They also did a good job zoning up, getting guys into the mid-line and then getting back out to shooters. Of course, other teams have to prepare for what Wagner and Michigan might do. Michigan State in particular will have to figure out a plan for Wagner, who torched the Spartans for a career-high 27 points in the first meeting. "I don't expect many changes," Beilein said when asked about Michigan State's potential defensive approach. But there's only so much time. As Beilein put it: "When I run out of things to think about during that time, I say OK, 'God gave me that time, and let's go.'"
Points 90 83 .821 .760 Rebounds 37 34 Assists 17 6 Turnovers 18 11 Blocks 11 3 Steals 3 9 Individual Leaders Category Points Okonkwo - 21 Manning - 24 Rebounds Moore - 11 Pierre-Louis - 10 Assists Ray - 7 Pellington - 2 Steals Three Players - 1 Ortiz - 3 Blocks Two Players - 3 Pierre-Louis - 3 OKLAHOMA CITY – Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Amy Okonkwo scored 21 points and Amber Ramirez added 19, leading the parade to the foul line in the closing minutes as fifth-seeded TCU held off No. 4 seed Oklahoma, 90-83, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Saturday. Kianna Ray had 14 points and Dakota Vann 13 for the Horned Frogs (19-11), who play the winner of Kansas State-Baylor in the first semifinal on Sunday. Manning had 24 points and Shaina Pellington 22, each netting 16 in the second half, for the Sooners (16-14). • Maddie Manning's 24 points were one shy of tying her career and the most points scored by the Ankeny, Iowa, natiive in a Big 12 Championship game in her career. • Shaina Pellington added 22 points, marking only the third time in history that the Sooners had two players with 20 or more points in a Big 12 Championship game (March 6, 2002; March 8, 2007). OU's freshman class combined for 41 of the Sooners' 83 points scored. OU is 11-7 all-time in Big 12 Championship quarterfinal games.
INDIANAPOLIS -- DeMarcus Lawrence will play for the Cowboys in 2018. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, from the NFL combine on Saturday, allowed that the team is talking with agents for Lawrence, as well as for linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who will be an unrestricted free agent, and for Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin, who they want to reach a long-term extension with. The Cowboys have until 3 p.m. Tuesday to tag Lawrence, but then also have until mid-July to reach a longer deal. You have it as a club too. But you can read some tea leaves during that year. I'm satisfied at where the numbers are, both Lawrence and the Cowboys are getting value here. I see it both ways. But it's an acceptable value for the Cowboys as well to be able to do a one-year deal." Jones also confirmed that the Cowboys will offer a tender to restricted free agent David Irving, but wouldn't specify if Dallas will place a first-round or second-round tag on the defensive end. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done
INDIANAPOLIS – With each year, the ceremonial display of top-tier quarterbacks at the combine becomes less about finding out who these prospects are as people and more about judging how well they were prepared for the moment by a small army of marketing professionals, agents, interview coaches, tutors and mechanical gurus. Take Baker Mayfield on Friday, who said he wouldn’t accept being a backup on any team. Jackson has the kind of laugh that’s infectious. He laughed when he talked about his playing style. I love to put the ball in other receivers’ hands. It may look like it but I’m not.” There will be a team this weekend—he’s already met with the Bills, Bears, Steelers, Giants and Dolphins—that falls in love with Jackson. They will resist the urge to turn Jackson’s performance Friday against him (my guess is that, as I type this, there is a bottom-of-the-barrel hot-take artist crafting a story about how Jackson’s affable demeanor shows that he doesn’t take the game seriously, accompanied by a quote from an anonymous and likely nonexistent scout). Saquon Barkley put on a show today, running the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds, pressing 29 reps on the bench press and posting a 41-inch vertical leap. It will be interesting to see the scattered reaction to Baker Mayfield’s combine press conference this week. Schneider, while cagey about revealing any team information on Jackson, seemed to add a bit of levity to the Lamar Jackson-as-receiver talk by admitting that Jackson’s athletic skills are off the charts in addition to his quarterbacking acumen, and that maybe there is pressure on a team to maximize his abilities.
OU captured the doubles point in a thriller, then picked up singles wins on courts one, three, four, five and six en route to the victory. The point came down to court three, where the German duo of Adrian Oetzbach and Jochen Bertsch held on to win a thriller, 7-6 (9). Max Stewart picked up the first singles win of the day with a 6-0, 6-3 rout of Gus Benson on court six. The sophomore never trailed in set two and closed out the frame to win his ninth consecutive match. Singles Results #108 Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Will Bushamuka (KENTUCKY) 6-4, 7-6 (2) #63 Ryotaro Matsumura (KENTUCKY) def. #115 Enzo Wallart (KENTUCKY) 6-4, 7-6 (5) Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Austin Hussey (KENTUCKY) 7-6 (1), 6-3 Max Stewart (OU) def. Gus Benson (KENTUCKY) 6-0, 6-3 Doubles Results Cesar Bourgois/Gus Benson (KENTUCKY) def. Ryotaro Matsumura/Enzo Wallart (KENTUCKY) 7-5 Adrian Oetzbach/Jochen Bertsch (OU) def.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is a huge Steve Aoki fan, as we've learned, so of course he showed up to the DJ's Dallas show at the Bomb Factory on Thursday night. Elliott was brought up on stage at one point and videos from inside show him holding signs and dancing around as Aoki does his thing. LANGUAGE WARNING: There's a ton of F-bombs in these videos. Just how tight are Zeke and Aoki? Well, last week, when Aoki's tour swung through Columbus, Ohio, home of the Buckeyes, Aoki Facetimed with the former Ohio State running back in the middle of his concert. You may recall last offseason Elliott was spotted partying with Aoki in Las Vegas. And he somehow lost his shirt in the middle of Aoki's set. Dak Prescott was there, too. Play Video Play Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Remaining Time -0:00 This is a modal window. Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Opaque Background --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Window --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent Transparent Font Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400% Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done
Davis got the offensive rebound to more or less seal New Orleans' 121-116 steal of a victory over the Spurs on Wednesday, mostly by benefit of being Anthony Davis. "That was the biggest moment," Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray said later. And now so do the Spurs. Express-News Spurs reporter Jabari Young recaps the Spurs’ 121-116 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and discusses the positives from the game, also hear from Manu Ginobili in this postgame wrap. The Spurs were left to play the second half defending Davis, the Western Conference's best big man, with a combination of Lauvergne, Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans. "We lost and I feel like we had this game in our pocket," Murray said. The Spurs had what they did not want – a down-to-the-wire, fourth-quarter game. With 26.1 seconds left, the Spurs had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Patty Mills turned the ball over trying to inbound to Bertans. I know you're not going to win every game, but we're at the point of the season where it's winning time." As far as the Spurs are concerned, Murray's love of winning can go requited any moment now.