Saturday, October 19, 2013

Watch Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos LIVE

Earlier this week, we showed you what happened the first time Cain Velasquez went toe-to-toe with Junior dos Santos for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title.

Let's just say it did not end well for the champion (watch it unfold here).

"Cigano" took over as 265-pound kingpin and beat the brakes off Frank Mir in a lopsided title fight the following May. Keeping pace with the Brazilian was Velasquez, who also violently disposed of his next challenger, Antonio Silva, at the same event.

When they did the dance for a second time at UFC 155 last December, it was Velasquez who emerged the victor, following a five-round drubbing that left Dos Santos a bloody mess (pic). These two were -- and likely still are -- the two best heavyweight fighters in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), so it's no surprise to see them fighting for the third time in just over two years.

See them square off at yesterday's media day here.

Their epic trilogy comes to a head in the main event of this Saturday night's (Oct. 19, 2013) UFC 166: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is less than 24 hours away from blowing the roof off the Toyota Center in Hosuton, Texas.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Boston College Eagles vs. Clemson Tigers NCAA

After demolishing Syracuse by five touchdowns, Clemson will return home to host the Boston College Eagles, who are looking for a statement win.
To get to 6-0 and protect its No. 3 ranking, Clemson will have to ground a team that does have some offensive talent -- Andre Williams, the ACC's leading rusher, will see the ball plenty on Saturday, and he's been instrumental in carrying BC to a winning record through five games. In fact, this Boston College squad is already much improved -- it won only two games last season, a total it surpassed last weekend after beating Army, 48-27.
Clemson has made short work of all its opponents after a season-opening squeaker against Georgia, and only NC State has even kept within two touchdowns of the Tigers. Could this finally be the year they rid themselves of the dreaded "Clemsoning" label?
For the Tigers, safety Travis Blanks, linebacker Ben Boulware, corner Martin Jenkins and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins are all questionable.
Alex Amidon (Boston College wide receiver) - With 426 receiving yards, the senior is far outpacing the other Boston College wideouts. That number accounts for almost half of the Eagles' passing yardage this season, and is still greater than that of BC's next six leaders in receiving yardage combined. That's right -- Amidon has outproduced six other receivers. Put together. Clemson will undoubtedly be keying in on him in the passing game.

Tajh Boyd (Clemson quarterback) - In a year that has been dominated by fantastic quarterback play, Boyd sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, ignored and passed up for the Marcus Mariotas, Johnny Manziels and AJ McCarrons. Underneath all that, though, Boyd is having his finest season to date and has amassed a sparkling 14:2 TD:INT ratio, as well as a career-best 10.28 yards per pass attempt.

Vic Beasley (Clemson defensive end) - Can someone spot Beasley a T? His play has been nothing short of monstrous this season. Through five games, he leads the country in sacks with a mind-boggling total of 8.0, a total that puts him 1.5 sacks ahead of everyone else. As a result, Beasley has been generating some serious NFL Draft buzz, and there's a good case to be made that he's been the best defensive end in the state this season, if not the country.
Two things at stake
The Tigers are in an extremely unenviable position -- as the third-ranked team, they can do nothing but continue winning and hoping that one of the two teams ahead of them lose. They could, conceivably, go undefeated and still not make the BCS National Championship Game. A huge showdown with No. 6 Florida State is just around the corner, though. A win in that one could earn some serious style points, although they'll need to escape unscathed here.
Boston College put up a closer than expected battle against Florida State two weeks ago, and it'd love to finish what it couldn't against the Seminoles, snagging a major upset in the process. The Eagles actually led, 17-3, through the early second quarter. A win could also keep them in striking distance of the ACC Atlantic Division lead. If they could beat Clemson, and Clemson could beat Florida State, they would be tied atop the Atlantic after next weekend. Although the Seminoles would still hold the head-to-head tiebreaker, BC would probably be ecstatic with that.

Baylor Bears vs. Kansas State Wildcats live

The 15th ranked Baylor Bears will take to the road for the first time this season when they meet Big 12 rival Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas. This weekend's clash between Baylor and Kansas State is scheduled to get underway at 3:30pm ET on FOX. The latest Big 12 College Football Picks from 5Dimes have the visiting Bears listed as a -17 against the spread favorite.

Were it not for the uniform and the name on the jersey, the 2013 Kansas State Wildcats would looking nothing like a Bill Snyder coached football team.

While it is almost sacrilegious to criticize Snyder given his career accomplishments, he has not done a great job coaching this year's team. And the proof, as they say, is in the pudding, or, in this case, the statistics.

Kansas State is 122nd in the nation in turnover margin at -9 and it is 84th in penalties with an average of 6.5 per game. The Wildcats ground game has also suffered without the presence of quarterback Collin Klein as they are 75th in the nation in rushing with a 155.6 yards per game average.

Kansas State has traditionally thrived in those three areas under Snyder, but its inconsistencies this year have cost them dearly.

The Wildcats, who won the Big 12 last season, are 2-3 and coming off back to back road losses against conference opponents. Kansas State was competitive in each outing, falling 31-21 to Texas and 33-29 to Oklahoma State, but could not come up with a win in either case.

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Florida vs. LSU Live

The Tigers enter the game 5-1, with non-conference wins against TCU, UAB and Kent State. In conference play, they beat Auburn by two touchdowns, lost at Georgia by three points, and are fresh off a dominating win against Mississippi State. LSU has a new-look offense that has been a big force in the new surge of strong SEC offenses -- they are scoring 45.5 points per game (ranked ninth in the country) and have a balanced attack with multiple offensive weapons.

For LSU, safety Craig Loston, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and outside linebacker Tahj Jones are all expected to play.

Florida is 4-1 and tied for first place in the SEC East with a perfect 3-0 record in conference play. After a 24-6 win over Toledo started out the season, the Gators fell on the road to Miami, 21-16. Since then, they've been dominant, defeating Tennessee (31-17), Kentucky (24-7) and Arkansas (30-10) despite a lack of any consistent offensive presence. The Gators sport one of the top defenses in the country, and will look to shut down the LSU passing attack.

The numbers

Rankings and records: LSU is ranked No. 10 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the Coaches' Poll. Florida is ranked No. 17 in both polls. The Tigers are 5-1 with a 2-1 record in conference play, while Florida is 4-1 with a 3-0 record in SEC action. The Gators have a 31-25-3 lead in the all-time series, and have won three of the last four games between the schools.

Vegas: LSU is a seven-point favorite, with an over/under of 47.5 points. OddsShark has more.

Weather: A high of 85 and partly cloudy.

Baylor vs Kansas State Live

Even though there will be thousands of people tuning in to watch these two teams play on Saturday night, most people do believe the Bears will win fairly easily. In fact, Las Vegas odds makers currently has Baylor listed as huge 17 point favorites.
The No. 15 overall Baylor Bears come into this matchup with an undefeated record of four wins and zero losses. Their victories have come over the Wofford Terriers on Aug. 31, the Buffalo Bulls on Sept. 7, the LA-Monroe Warhawks on Sept. 21 and the West Virginia Mountaineers on Oct. 5.
The Kansas State Wildcats currently find themselves with an overall record of two wins and three losses. Their wins have come over the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns on Sept. 7 and the Massachusetts Minutemen on Sept. 14. Their losses were suffered at the hands of the North Dakota State Bison on Aug. 30, the Texas Longhorns on Sept. 21 and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Oct. 5.
If we were putting money on this football game we would definitely put it on the Bears. However, we do believe this will be a competitive football game.
One thing is definitely for certain: if you are a fan of either one of these football teams, this will certainly be one game you will not want to miss on Saturday.

watch 14 South Carolina vs. Arkansas live


When the No. 14 South Carolina Gamecocks and Arkansas Razorbacks meet on Saturday, a battle of streaks will come to a head in what is a pivotal SEC football showdown.
The Gamecocks have won three in a row after a loss to No. 11 Georgia a month ago. The Razorbacks, on the other hand, have lost three games in a row, including recent defeats at the hands of No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 18 Florida.
Both the Gamecocks and Razorbacks tout smashmouth styles of football led by outstanding ground games. Whichever team can impose its will early and often will emerge the victor.
Here is a look at the important details fans must know about the matchup.

When: Saturday, Oct. 12, at 12:21 p.m. ET
Where: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.

South Carolina averages 215 yards rushing, primarily due to sophomore back Mike Davis, who has 614 yards rushing and eight scores to go with his outstanding 6.7 average gain per carry.

Conversely, Arkansas averages 216 yards on the ground behind the duo of freshman back Alex Collins (651 yards, three TDs) and sophomore Jonathan Williams (503 yards, four TDs).
As far as rushing attacks go, both defenses are not far apart in standing their ground. South Carolina allows an average of just 128 yards rushing per game while Arkansas surrenders an average of 125 yards rushing per contest.

Whichever defense can adequately handle the other offense's predictable rushing attack will enable its own offense to not only control the clock, but also the pace and outcome of the game.

Oklahoma vs. Texas live

The 2013 college football season has been a major disappointment, thus far, for the Texas Longhorns. On Saturday, it could get even worse as they host their longtime rivals.
Oklahoma pay Texas a visit on Saturday in the third Big 12 matchup of the year for each team. The Sooners enter the contest with a perfect record that have them ranked No.12 in the nation. The Longhorns began the year at No.15, but haven’t been in the top 25 since a loss to BYU in Week Two, and have a 3-2 record this season.
If recent history in any indication of what to expect, then the Longhorns are in for a long day. In the past two years, the Sooners dominated the matchup between the two teams, outscoring their opponent 118-38. Before the summer, this year’s contest was expected to be much closer, with Texas opening as the favorite at some Las Vegas casinos. Their rough start, though, has made them close to a two-touchdown underdog.
The Oklahoma plan of attack will likely center around their running game. Not only are the Sooners averaging 246 yards on the ground per contest, but Texas has had some dreadful games trying to stop opposing rushers. In the defeat to BYU, the Cougars ran the ball for 550 yards, forcing head coach Mack Brown to fire defensive coordinator Manny Diaz the very next day.
“We know we can run the ball and that’s what we need to do,” Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay said. “That opens up the pass game for Blake, and Blake’s been doing a great job making decisions. Us protecting the ball, being able to run the ball, be physical, that’s a good thing for us.”
Blake Bell has been flawless this season, completing six touchdown passes and no interceptions. He has also added 175 rushing yards of his own.
Texas will try to build off two straight wins. They didn’t’ come easy against Kansas State and 1-2 Iowa State, who had a chance to win in the final seconds.  

Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Betting Odds: Oklahoma -13.5, 57

Watch 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Iowa State

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech could be bowl eligible at the earliest date in five years if it beats Iowa State on Saturday.
In his first season as coach of the No. 20 Red Raiders, Kliff Kingsbury might equal what his former coach did in 2008. Mike Leach had Texas Tech at 6-0 three weeks before the Red Raiders rose to their highest ranking ever, No. 2, after toppling No. 1 Texas to reach 9-0.
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Kingsbury, who said he expects to win every game, sees beyond Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0) becoming bowl eligible should the Red Raiders come out on top of the Cyclones (1-3, 0-1).
“Being bowl eligible means in December, you get to practice with those young guys and get them more reps,” he said. “I think that’s what all coaches look forward to.”
Iowa State is eyeing its first Big 12 win after falling 31-30 to Texas on a final-minute score last week.
The Cyclones’ loses have come by a combined 15 points.
“I know this may surprise some of you, but we’re pretty emotional and passionate every football game,” said Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads, who launched into a fiery postgame tirade about what he believed was a bad call near the goal line in the closing minutes of the Texas loss. “Win or lose, 10 or 20, last second or a game that’s decided in the third quarter, one of the challenging things in athletics is overcoming both wins and losses.”
Kingsbury also could become the first Texas Tech coach to win his first six games in his first season.
Rhoads thinks highly of the former Red Raiders quarterback, noting that Kingsbury’s team was down 10 points early at Kansas last week.
“Winning on the road is hard, especially in this league, and they did it with a great sense of poise, and I think that comes from the very top,” Rhoads said.
Here are five things to watch when Iowa State plays Texas Tech:
QB QUESTION FOR RED RAIDERS: There is uncertainty about starter Baker Mayfield, who is 132 for 201 for 1,488 yards passing with five interceptions to rank 18th in the nation. His right knee, which was twisted on a tackle last week, has no structural damage but it might be too sore for the freshman sensation to start or play. Backup Davis Webb has had some playing time but has thrown four picks. Rhoads said Baker’s been “marvelous: but that it won’t matter who plays QB for the Red Raiders.
FUMBLES_RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME: Iowa State is the only team in the nation with three players — DEs Nick Kron and Cory Morrissey and DB Deon Broomfield — with two fumble recoveries each. The Cyclones have recovered seven fumbles to rank second in the Big 12. “It’s never an easy game, by any means,” said Texas Tech DE Kerry Hyder, who has 18 total tackles and two sacks. “They always come out ready to play. So I expect them to come out with a chip on their shoulders as usual.”
PENALTY PROBLEM: Texas Tech is near the bottom (tied for 118th) in penalties per game. The Red Raiders have been penalized no fewer than eight times in each game. They’ve been penalized 45 times for 416 yards for a per-game average of 83.2 yards. Kingsbury has harped on reducing penalties all season.
RED ZONE FACEOFF: Texas Tech is third in the nation in red zone defense, allowing opponents two touchdowns and four field goals in 11 penetrations inside the Red Raiders’ 20. Iowa State is one of four teams nationally that’s perfect once the Cyclones get inside the red zone, getting nine TDs and four FGs in 13 trips.
DUAL THREAT RED RAIDERS: Texas Tech has three receivers in the top 10 in the receptions in the Big 12: Jace Amaro, Eric Ward and Jakeem Grant. The Red Raiders’ passing attack gets even better when their run game is humming. “They’ve got great players on the inside and the outside,” the Cyclones’ Broomfield said. “You can’t just concentrate on their passing game.”

Watch Georgia Bulldogs vs. Missouri Tigers Live

Why You Should Give A Hoot: You ready for some big boy football? Former Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson called out Georgia before last year’s inaugural SEC game in Columbia, and Jarvis Jones and company were more than happy to welcome the new guy to the big time with a dominant 41-20 win. But this Tiger team is much different and will be facing a limping Bulldog squad.

Georgia might have beaten Tennessee in a thriller, and it might still be knee deep in the national title hunt despite the opening day loss to Clemson, but the whole “Next Man Up” movement needs to kick into full force with running back Todd Gurley still hurting after missing the game against the Vols, No. 2 back Keith Marshall out for the year with a knee injury, receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley injured, and safeties Connor Norman and Tray Matthews sidelined.

The Bulldogs are still a tremendously talented team, and Aaron Murray is as effective as any quarterback in college football, but this might be the game the Tigers show they’re ready to play in the SEC.

Quarterback James Franklin is healthy and he’s playing like it. Meanwhile, his receiving corps is one of the deepest and most talented in the SEC and his running backs are adding more than just balance. The 5-0 Tigers had no real problems with dangerous Indiana and Vanderbilt teams, and they rolled against Murray State, Toledo and Arkansas State. Now it’s Game On.

The East is up for grabs, and the timing couldn’t be better for Mizzou. Georgia is hurting, and Florida and South Carolina will have to come to Columbia. While a road game at Ole Miss and a date with Texas A&M remain, the Tigers could be in for an interesting ride if they can earn a win this Saturday.

This is only the third meeting between the two schools. Along with a win last season, Georgia beat Mizzou in the 1960 Orange Bowl.

Who's going to win the big game on Saturday? Check out the latest college football simulation predictions.
Why Missouri Might Win: One of Georgia’s biggest problems has been a secondary that gives up too many plays. Even with a decent pass rush, the Bulldogs are having problems against decent, accurate passers like Tajh Boyd, Zach Mettenberger and Connor Shaw, with opposing offenses completing 61 percent of their throws. James Franklin might not be a bomber the quality of Boyd or Mettenberger, but he’s connecting on 70 percent of his throws thanks to more time from the line, better decisions, and a receiving corps that’s eating secondaries alive.

The Tigers will trot out a slew of NBA swing forward-sized playmakers, and moving the ball down the field shouldn’t be a problem against the worst D in the SEC on third downs. The Mizzou passing game should be fantastic, but …

Why Georgia Might Win: Georgia should be able to light up the Tiger defensive backs. Most teams are throwing on the Tigers to keep up the pace, but over the last three games, Indiana, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt have had way too easy a time even in the face of a fantastic pass rush coming from the outside. The Georgia offensive line has been able to keep Murray relatively clean, and even when he’s been under pressure he’s made all the right reads and throws. Missouri will move the ball, but as Murray and Georgia have shown time and again, the Bulldogs can respond.

What Will Happen: This will be Mizzou’s breakout moment. Georgia will get good performances across the board to make up for key injuries, and the power running game will get J.J. Green going, but Franklin and the Tiger receivers will be too effective in yet another entertaining shootout.

Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne Heart - Live Stream

Victory vs. Heart in the Melbourne derby takes place on Saturday in the A-League.
The game takes place at the Etihad Stadium and is scheduled to kick off at 09:30 BST.
In the UK, the game airs live on BT Sport 2/BT Sport 2 HD, while it is also streaming live online with 365.
Watch Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne Heart live here:
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Team News:
Victory are without Mark Milligan and Kosta Barbarouses for the round one clash, with both away on international duty.
Connor Pain, Jason Geria and Jimmy Jeggo could all start.
Melbourne Heart will hand a debut to Harry Kewell, who will captain the side, while fellow new signings Patrick Kisnorbo, Robbie Wielaert, Iain Ramsay, Massimo Murdocca, Tando Velaphi have also been named in the squad.
Michael Mifsud is away on international duty, while Orlando Engelaar (tibia), Dylan Macallister and Jonatan Germano (both hamstring) all miss out.
What they've said ahead of kick-off:
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou: "We're further advanced than last year but then you don't know if the competition's further advanced as well. I'm really happy with our recruiting and the young ones have certainly gone up another level.
"We were pretty well prepared last year as well, obviously it's a little different now because we're 12 months down the track in terms of understanding how we want to play the game  we'll be ready to go, there's no doubt about that.
"Where last year we started off slowly with getting to grips with things; certainly I expect us to start, in terms of the game we want to play, a lot better."
Harry Kewell: "I’m fully focussed on Melbourne Heart. Ok, it’s a derby, it’s my old team that I played for, but for me I’ll just push that aside and concentrate on doing my job.
"I’m not going to get too caught up in it – it’s another game for me and to go out there and win it, it would be something special."

Friday, October 11, 2013

Mexico vs Panama live

For all the talk about Mexico's struggles and the danger they are in of not qualifying for the World Cup, there is another team in the same position - Panama. And coincidentally, the Canaleros happen to play El Tri on Friday as the two battle for fourth place and a play-off for a spot in Brazil.

Amazing to think there is another team in this too, isn't it?

Of course the talk has been about Mexico, with their freefall captivating CONCACAF, but Panama have quite the story of their own, and a much happier one. The tiny Central American country has never qualified for the World Cup, but with old hands Blas Perez and Felipe Baloy leading a talented group of younger players like Gabriel Torres, Alberto Quintero and Roberto Chen, Panama are nearing a berth in Brazil.

Panama and Mexico head into Friday's clash at the Azteca level on points and goal difference, but while the home turf may be appear to be an advantage for El Tri, it hasn't been this year. They have yet to win at the Azteca in the Hex, opening the door for Panama to steal a point or even three.

If Panama can win on Friday, they will head into Tuesday's Hex finale three points up and needing just a home draw against a U.S. team that has already qualified to clinch fourth place. Even a draw may not be too bad for Panama considering their last match is at home, while Mexico will be away to Costa Rica, a team that has already qualified as well, but who consider El Tri among their fiercest rivals and will be dying to bury on the final day.

For Mexico, it is one final match at the Azteca, their once-vaunted home turned house of horrors. They need three points or their plans for Brazil may be all for naught. But while their failure to qualify would be disaster, Panama's qualification would be among the happiest days in the country's sporting history. They are two countries heading in different directions, and after Friday night, that could be doubly true.

Match date/time: Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

watch USA vs Jamaica live streaming


The United States heads into the final set of World Cup qualifiers with a ticket to Brazil already in hand. Although the team's performance in the first eight matches of the hex was enough to earn a berth, the last two fixtures are not throwaway matches.
Juergen Klinsmann still has plenty of roster decisions to make between now and next summer. Matches like the one against Jamaica are a chance to evaluate where players stand right now and which ones deserve more looks moving forward.
Whether it's players hoping to lock down a spot in the starting lineup or those fighting to secure a spot on the World Cup roster, there's no shortage of motivation on the American side. Knowing that, let's examine three players to monitor against Jamaica.
Tim Howard
For most of the last couple World Cup cycles Howard has been the United States' No. 1 goalkeeper almost by default. He's put together a solid string of seasons with Everton in the Premier League, and nobody else stepped up to challenge him for the spot.
That's no longer the case. Brad Guzan is building a strong case that he should take over between the pipes. He's showcased often tremendous form with Aston Villa since the new campaign began and should get some looks with the American squad.
Make no mistake, Howard is still the incumbent and should remain the No. 1 keeper unless Guzan clearly does enough to push him out of the spot. That said, the longtime Toffees star is being seriously challenged for the first time in awhile.