Chicago opened the second half aggressively

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Chicago opened the second half aggressively

Beitragvon ruogu1234 » 13.01.2020, 09:40

America goes crazy for its college basketball on Thursday with the start of the NCAA Tournament – or March Madness – as it’s called. Beware the Ides of March, a soothsayer once told Julius Caesar, warning of the great leaders death. Ignoring the soothsayer turned out to be a real brute for the great Roman leader… Anyway, the kings of college basketball - Kansas, Michigan State, Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina - had better watch out for the Ides of March - or the giant-killers.But before all that, lets fill you in with what its all about: College basketball reaches its pinnacle every March What is March Madness?Its a 64-team basketball tournament, spread over three weeks. The first round starts this Thursday and ends late on Friday, the second round in Saturday-Sunday, and then the last Sweet 16 is March 24-25, the Elite Eight is Saturday-Sunday March 26-27, and then its Saturdays Final Four is April 2, and the Final on Monday April 4.In other words, if you love your basketball and all the excitement that goes with it, youve picked the right month.How does it work?If youve splurged a lot of betting money on college basketball this season, its pretty likely that you have been lucky to break even this season. Everyone seems to have beaten everybody. Its been like a big Premier League.And that parity has made things really, really fun. The way that the pre-March Madness season works is that theres a 1-25 ranking, with No 1 the best and 25th a mere marker. Frankly, the committee should be ranking 64 teams, but that would take the glamour out of March Madness, plus it would be 25 ranked teams is tradition.In college basketball there are four quadrants (North, South, East, West), where the No 1 team is matched up with a No 16 team, No 2 team matched up with a No 15 team and so on. If youve had an inconsistent regular season, youre going to be ranked lower than if youve had a good season. Its the same reason why, say, Novak Djokovic is always the No 1 seed at Wimbledon and he rarely ever loses.Theres a lot of money spent…The opening four day of March Madness also the busiest day for visitors in Vegas apart from the Super Bowl, and is generally seen as a quasi-national holiday. And with the first day coming on Thursday, which ties in nicely with St Patricks Day, expect a lot of luck to be requested! The annual event has become a mainstay in American sports Who are the favourites?Kansas (6/1), Michigan State (13/2), North Carolina (7/1) are your three main favourites, and theres some love for Virginia and Kentucky (both 12/1). I happen to think Kansas are a lovely bet at 6/1 for the title, although Michigan State - who wont face Kansas unless its the final - is equally good money for 13/2. Kansas have been in great form since late January and seeing some of their games in the run-in, they are nothing if not impressive.NCAA = NBA future?One of the best things about March Madness is thinking: Will these guys do well in the NBA?Steph Curry, who currently cant do anything wrong in the NBA, was a hero for small school Davidson, taking them to the sweet 16 with a string of incredible performances.Magic Johnson lit up the tourney in 1979 for Michigan State. He was then drafted first by the LA Lakers. He did pretty well after that. Johnson faced off in the final against Indiana State and future Hall of Famer Larry Bird. Stephen Curry #30 of the Davidson Wildcats shone during March Madness Oh, and a guy who played for North Carolina hit the game-winning shot in the 1982 Championship Game. His name was Michael Jordan.We cant wait for the 2016 crop - although well be without almost-certain No 1 pick Ben Simmons from LSU, who isnt making an appearance this year.So let the madness come…The best thing - unless youre a betting man - isnt the domination of the big teams. Its the small schools making history. I still remember where I was watching No 15 Hampton beating No 2 Iowa State in 2001, and No 11 George Mason beating No 1 Connecticut in 2006.I remember No 15 Lehighs upset of the one of college basketballs superpowers - Duke (No 2) in 2012. And No 14 Mercer doing the same to Duke - then ranked No 3 - in 2014. And of course, when everybodys favourite - Kentucky - lost to unfancied Wisconsin in the Final Four last year, we all went a bit mad too.Lets hope for more of the same in 2016! Rick Adelman Jersey . Despite 11-1 records, theyre out and Big Ten winner Ohio State is into the national semifinals. LaSalle Thompson Jersey .Murray has played 20 matches in five weeks, winning three titles to climb to fifth in the ATP Race.The two-time Grand Slam champion also seeks to qualify for next months ATP World Tour Finals.Murray said: I always wanted to qualify for it, but also I want to get back into the top 8 players in the world and it makes a huge difference for seedings in the major events. . Locke overcame a shaky start to pitch seven innings and Josh Harrison had three hits to extend his hot streak as the Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Wednesday night. Cory Joseph Jersey .com) - Demario Richard posted four touchdowns and Kweishi Brown came up with a key late interception as No. Sacramento Kings Gear . -- Chicago manager Darold Butler has a message for the Windy City.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman needed a few extra minutes to clear his head.His team took advantage of mistakes by the New York Jets to jump to an early lead, but then things got a little too close for comfort in a 27-19 win Monday night.It was quite a game, Trestman said after arriving a few minutes later than usual for his postgame news conference. I thought we played an excellent football team. They have the ability to run it and they play terrific defence. Im just proud of our football team. It was a team win.Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett and Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Cutler finished 23 of 38 for 225 yards and Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards for the Bears, who got a 45-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to make it an eight-point game with 3:10 remaining.The Jets (1-2) had one last opportunity to tie, getting into Bears territory on Geno Smiths 51-yard pass to Greg Salas. But Jeremy Kerley was out of bounds in the back of the end zone when he made a leaping grab of Smiths desperation fourth-down heave from the Bears 9.Cutler took a knee three times to seal the victory for the Bears (2-1).We just have to ride this momentum, Cutler said.Smith was 26 of 43 for 316 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions a€” and nearly had a few others. Kerley finished with seven catches for 81 yards, and almost came up with a diving grab off a tipped pass in the end zone on the final drive.There were some plays you wish you could have back, Jets coach Rex Ryan said.The Jets lost wide receiver Eric Decker in the first half to a hamstring injury; he was questionable for the game with tightness in the hamstring. Decker said he pulled himself out when he couldnt get it loosened up. Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson also left with an injured right knee, but Ryan didnt think it was serious.The Bears went up 14-0 just over five minutes into the game.On New Yorks second play from scrimmage, Smith didnt see Mundy lurking in the flat as he floated a screen pass to Chris Johnson. Mundy stepped in front of the toss and ran untouched into the end zone for a 45-yard score.I put ourselves in a hole with the interception for a touchdown, Smith said. We definitely chipped away and had a chance to win at the end.After the Jets stopped the Bears on three plays on their first offensive series, rookie Jalen Saunders dropped Patrick ODonnells punt at his 40 and it was recovered by Ahmad Dixon. Cutler threw deep down the right sideline to Jeffery one play later, and cornerback Darrin Walls was called for pass interfereence to put the ball at the Jets 7.dddddddddddd.Three plays later, Cutler rolled right and found Bennett in the back of the end zone to make it 14-0 a€” and get the MetLife Stadium crowd booing.There is a little lack of respect for me as a tight end, Bennett said. Its kind of like a chip on my shoulder. They never really mention me.The Jets got on the scoreboard on their next possession, capping an 11-play, 55-drive with Nick Folks 43-yard field goal.Chicago answered with a 15-play, 79-yard drive helped by cornerback Antonio Allens holding penalty on a third-down incompletion by Cutler. Goulds 24-yard field goal gave the Bears a 17-3 lead 66 seconds into the second quarter.New York cut the deficit to 17-13 with a 77-yard drive on which Kerley accounted for 51 a€” including a 19-yard touchdown.A video review reversed a call late in the half on which the Jets might have taken the lead. Cutler was sacked by David Harris and lost the ball, but was declared down by contact. A review showed Cutler had fumbled, but Demario Davis return to the end zone was negated because the whistle had blown.It couldve been a game-changing play, but the referee blew the whistle, Harris said. What can you do? What else is new? It seems like were playing against two teams out there sometimes.Added Davis: I knew when I picked it up that it was a fumble. And, it shouldve been a touchdown.The Jets then went three-and-out.Chicago opened the second half aggressively, marching 80 yards on six plays and capping the drive with Bennetts 13-yard touchdown catch to make it 24-13. The Bears nearly had a 12-yard TD by Brandon Marshall earlier in the drive, but it was wiped out by a hands-to-the-face penalty on left guard Michael Ola.The Jets also blew a possible scoring drive when Smith was intercepted by Kyle Fuller on a poorly thrown pass to David Nelson in the end zone on first-and-10 from the Bears 18.You cant force it in that situation, Ryan said. You learn from it.NOTES: Bears fullback Tony Fiammetta injured a hamstring and safety Chris Conte hurt his left shoulder. Neither returned. ... Mundy also sat out portions of the game with a shoulder injury. ... The Jets announced that late owner Leon Hess and former wide receiver Wayne Chrebet will be inducted into the teams Ring of Honor on Dec. 1. ... The Jets, who came in ranked No. 1 in rushing defence, held Matt Forte to 33 yards on 13 carries. ... Marshall finished with one catch for 6 yards. He left the game in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle, but returned in the second half.___AP NFL website: and ' ' '
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