Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Friday

Posted by on December 30th, 2016  •  0 Comments  • 

…………….(Football)……………..

Chargers-Chiefs….Season’s finale on Sunday…Chargers (5-10)…Chiefs (11-4)…
San Diego lost 4-in a row…Now (6-11) at home the last two seasons….Lost (25-of-35) games dating back to midseason 2014

Chargers…San Diego may not have LT-LG-OC-who have missed practice with injuries….RB-Melvin Gordon-limited practice-wants to play-admits he is not totally healthy…QB-Philip Rivers (24-turnovers-36-sacks)….Has 88-QB-rating..ties for worst in his NFL career….Last 7-games-Rivers (17-Tovers-19QB sacks)…San Diego has 33-turnovers as team…..Bolts defense has 27-takeaways and 34-sacks…but has allowed (38TD) this season.

Chiefs…Living off their defense….have 31-takeaways and 31-sacks this season…KC has allowed just 31-TDs in 15-games this season…Alex Smith led offense has just 16-turnovers this season….Smith has (3,351APY) passing and rushing..Andy Reid team has won 7-games by a TD or less this year…WR-Tyreek Hill is averaging (12YPC) rushing..(9YPC) receiving…(13YPR) on punt returns…and (27YPKR) on kick returns and (1,680APY) all purpose yards.

(Schedule)

New England-Miami…Play Tom Brady or rest Tom Brady?…Both teams in playoffs…Matt Moore continues to win as backup in place of injured Ryan Tannehill.

Jacksonville-Indianapolois…Jags have fired coach…Wonder if Jim Irsay might change mind and dump Chuck Pagano after another non playoff season.

Carolina-Tampa Bay….Looked like a sexy matchup on the schedule back in September..now it’s Cam Newton-vs-Jameis Winston and two non playoff teams…Panthers face roster overhaul after this is over.

Chicago-Minnesota…John Fox is (9-22) in two years in Windy City but may have found his quarterback in Matt Barkley if they let him coach again next year…Vikings go from (5-0) start to (2-8) at end of season.

Cleveland-Pittsburgh…Robert Griffin hurt again at QB….backup QBs play this weekend since Steelers resting Roethlisberger-Bell-Brown on offense.

Bills-Jets…Rex Ryan gone, might Todd Bowles, Jets coach, be the next to go? QB-Tyrod Taylor benched in Buffalo…Disappointing Ryan Fitzpatrick starts again because of injuries….Jets are mess in lockeroom.

Dallas-Philadelphia…Big issue for Cowboys, play or sit QB-Dak Prescott and RB-Ezekiel Elliot…..Carson Wentz finishing out impressive rookie season for Eagles though team missed playoffs.

Houston-Tennessee…Texans paid alot of money for QB-Brock Osweiler-now they have benched him…Tough loss for Titans with broken leg for Marcus Mariota.

Ravens-Bengals…Joe Flacco winging it, but Ravens not in post season so evaluation of what offensive strategy should be will begin in off season…Cincinnati just not same team even with Andy Dalton at quarterback…not in playoffs either…never won a playoff game with Marvin Lewis as coach.

Arizona-Rams…Disappointing end to Cardinals season…Disastrous season for Rams first season in LA…Lots of work to find quality people to protect QB-Jared Goff and block for Todd Gurley.

Giants-Redskins…New York says Eli Manning will play-meaningless game for them…Redskins with feint hopes of playoffs..Kirk Cousins productivity dropped off though at QB-impacting free agency next year.

Saints-Falcons…”Let it Rip” game…Drew Brees-vs-Matt Ryan…not much else for Saints to play for except Brees stats.

Raiders-Denver…Oakland must win to stay in first place and will need Matt McGloin, backup, to guide them to victory…Broncos huge issues over future of Trevor Siemian, ‘is he QB of future’ or should it be Paxton Lynch, who hardly played.

Seattle-San Francisco…Should Russell Wilson play…Chip Kelly finishing off fire dumpster of a season with Colin Kaeperneck and 49ers…changes coming in San Francisco.

Green Bay-Detroit…This is for all the marbles on Sunday night…Aaron Rodgers red-hot…Lions’ Matthew Stafford playing with injury to throwing hand…Lions just not very explosive right now…Loss knocks them out of first place-makes them wildcard team.

(Injuries)

Bills..QB-Tyrod Taylor needs surgery for possible sports hernia-groin injury.
Carolina..IR-WR-Deven Fuchness-knee injury
Bengals..IR-TE-Ty Eifert-back injury-has surgery
Cowboys..OT-Tyron Smith-knee..OG-Ron Leary-back-will sit out this weekend
Broncos..DE-DeMarcus Ware-surgery for herniated disc in back
Broncos..IR-CB-Kayvon Webster-concussion
Saints..IR-S-Ken Crowley-dislocated kneecap
Browns..QB-Robert Griffin clears concussion protocol

(NFL)

Atlanta..Former Falcons S-Keion Carpenter passes from heart attack (39Y)..was CEO of a charitable foundation.

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(College Football)

BYU…Mourns passing of legendary coach LaVell Edwards-died of complications from broken hip suffered Christmas Eve in Provo, Utah….Coached 27Y-at Brigham Young…22-Bowls….20-Conference Titlles…Won National Championship with Cougars…Career record (257-101-3)…Developed assembly line of QBs..Giff Nielsen..Marc Wilson..Jim McMahon..Steve Young..Robbie Bosco..Ty Detmer..Steve Sarkisian….8-assistant coaches from his staffs became head coaches including Mike Holmgren-Andy Reid-Mike Leach-Kyle Whittingham..

Colorado…Autopsy on former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam-suicide-shot himself in head…Family decided against donating brain to science to determine if he had CTW…would violate Islamaci faith.

San Diego State…Rocky Long will sign 5Y-extension-pay hike from (850,000-to-1.2M).

(Scoreboard)

Birmingham Bowl..South Florida-W-SCarolina..QB-Quinton Flowers (366APY-5TD)
Belk Bowl..Virginia Tech-W-Arkansas..Hokies defense 3-interceptions..Finish (10-4)
Alamo Bowl..Colorado-L-Oklahoma State..Cowboys QB-Mason Rudolph (303P-3TD)

(Schedule)

Orange Bowl..Michigan-vs-Florida State…Wolverine defense to face Seminoles QB-D’Ondre Francois (3,129P) and RB-Dalvin Cook (1,634R).

Arizona Bowl..Air Force-vs-South Alabama..Falcons option-vs-Jaguars spread.

Music City Bowl..Tennessee-vs-Nebraska..Vols QB-Josh Dobbs-vs-QB-Tommy Armstrong.

Sun Bowl..Stanford-vs-North Carolina..Cardinal to play without RB-Christian McCaffrey.

Liberty Bowl…TCU-vs-Georgia

(Saturday)….College Football Playoffs

Peach Bowl..Alabama-vs-Washington…Crimson Tide led by QB-Jalen Hurts (3,433APY-34TD)…Huskies led by QB-Jake Browning (3,280P-34TD) and RB-Myles Gaskin (1,339R)….Tide defense giving up just (247YPG)…has 25-takeaways and 44-sacks this season…Huskies averaging (477YPG)

Fiesta Bowl…Clemson-vs-Ohio State….Tigers led by QB-DeShaun Watson (4,443 APY-43TD)….Buckeyes led by QB-JT Barrett (3,275APY-32TD)

Citrus Bowl…LSU-vs-Louisville..Cardinals led by Heisman QB-Lamar Jackson
Tax Slayer Bowl..Kentucky-vs-Georgia Tech

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………….(Baseball)……………..

Padres..Sign Cuban FA-P-Ramon Perez…(17Y) RHP…6’1-190lb.

Tigers..Sign FA-P-Edwin Mujica-ex Padres-Cardinals-Phillies-Marlins.

Texas..Offer 1Y-FA-deal to bring back OF-Josh Hamilton-coming off 3-knee scopes

Texas..Continue talks with FA-1B-Mike Napoli-Indians.

Toronto..Reopen talks with FA-OF-Jose Bautista..willing to pay (1Y-17M)-which was qualifying offer he had in November.

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……………..(Basketball)……………………

Aztecs…Open Mountain West schedule-Sunday afternoon-hosting New Mexico….Aztecs (8-5)….Lobos (7-5)….UNM lost by 31-to Arizona..also lost to New Mexico State-Dayton…Lobos undersized along front line…led by F-Tim Williams (18PPG)..and G-Elijah Brown (16PPG)…New Mexico has only 2-seniors on roster.

USD-L-USF (80-74)..Dons jumped to (51-28) lead at halftime..G-Charles Minlend scored 20-off bench for USF……West Coast Conference opener for Toreros….

USD-at-St Mary’s…Saturday afternoon game

Lakers-Dallas Mavericks…Nick Young hit 4-straight 3-Point shots to get LA lead…Lakers had lost 13-of-15…Mavericks staggering at (9-23) with loss of Dirk Nowitzki for much of season with Achilles injury

Clippers-at-Houston…LA trying to break 4-game losing streak…beset by injuries…Friday night game

Chicago..G-Dwayne Wade misses action with outbreak of migraine headaches.

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………..(Hockey)……………….

San Diego Gulls-W-Texas Stars (4-0)..Rookie G-Kevin Boyle 22-saves-gets first pro shutout…Stefan Noesen scores goal first game back..from NHL..Gulls snap 7-game winless streak

Gulls..Get F-Stefan Noesen back from Anaheim Ducks
Gulls..Recall G-Ryan Faragher from Utah-ECHL..had (3.16GAA)

Ducks-W-Calgary (3-1)..Anaheim scores 2-power play goals
Kings-L-Edmonton..(3-1)..G-Cam Talbot 28-saves for Oilers..

Columbus Blue Jackets…win 14th game in a row last night
Minnesota Wild…win streak now at 12-straight.

Ducks-at-Vancouver tonight

Anaheim..D-Clayton Stoner out 6W-Surgery-Abdominal Wall tear.
Penguins..G-Matt Murray-groin injury

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