Notre Dame vs Pittsburgh

Notre Dame vs Pittsburgh Week 7 of the college football season kicks off on Thursday night with Georgia Southern at Texas State and Texas Tech at TCU. A newly ranked No. 23 South Florida faces off against Tulsa in Friday’s nights first game at 7 p.m. and then Air Force and San Diego State playing at Levi’s Stadium shortly after and Arizona visiting Utah to cap off the night.

Saturday has several top-25 games scheduled for Week 7. The stakes are high as the second half of the season gets underway this weekend and we’ve got you covered with the top games on tap, followed by the complete Week 7 schedule.

Saturday, Noon Slate

Saturday’s noon slate starts with a trio of ranked teams taking on unranked opponents with an undefeated No. 3 Ohio State hosts Minnesota, No. 14 Florida visiting Vanderbilt, and Tennessee at No. 21 Auburn. The ACC closes out Saturday’s early games as Duke and Georgia Tech kickoff at 12:20 p.m. before Louisville and Boston College face off at 12:30 p.m. ET.Saturday, Afternoon Slate

Saturday afternoon features two top-25 matchups with No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU and No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon at 3:30 p.m. ET. The 3:30 slate also features several conference contests, with Michigan State visiting No. 8 Penn State in a Big Ten showdown and Baylor traveling to No. 9 Texas for a Big 12 battle.

Saturday, Evening Slate

No. 1 Alabama kicks off Saturday evening football at 7 p.m. when they host Missouri. No. 6 West Virginia visits Iowa State with No. 16 Miami visiting Virginia at the same time. Saturday night’s biggest showdown kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET when No. 15 Wisconsin visits No. 12 Michigan. Michigan leads the series 50-15 all-time but fell to Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook and the Badgers star running back Jonathan Taylor last year 24-10 at Camp Randall. The West Coast dominates the late evening slate, headlined by No. 19 Colorado visiting the struggling USC Trojans.

Check out times and TV channels for all of the FBS games taking place in our complete Week 7 schedule below:

THURSDAY, OCT. 11
• 7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern at Texas State (ESPNU)
• 7:30 p.m. Texas Tech at TCU (ESPN)

FRIDAY, OCT. 12
• 7 p.m. No. 23 South Florida at Tulsa (ESPN)

• 9 p.m. Air Force at San Diego State (CBSSN)

• 10 p.m. Arizona at Utah (ESPN)

SATURDAY, OCT. 13
• Noon Minnesota at No. 3 Ohio State (FS1)
• Noon No. 14 Florida at Vanderbilt (ESPN)
• Noon Tennessee at No. 21 Auburn (SEC Network)
• Noon Rutgers at Maryland (BTN)
• Noon Iowa at Indiana (ESPN2)
• Noon Nebraska at Northwestern (ABC)
• Noon Oklahoma State at Kansas State (ESPNU)
• Noon Akron at Buffalo (No TV channel listed)
• Noon Toledo at Eastern Michigan (ESPN+)

• 12:20 p.m. Duke at Georgia Tech (ACC Network)

• 12:30 p.m. Louisville at Boston College (ACC Network)

• 1 p.m. UAB at Rice (ESPN+)

• 2 p.m. Troy at Liberty (ESPN3)
• 2 p.m. Southern Mississippi at North Texas (ESPN3)• 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 5 Notre Dame (NBC)
• 2:30 p.m. Kent State at Miami (OH) (ESPN+)

• 3 p.m. Western Michigan at Bowling Green (ESPN+)
• 3 p.m. Ball State at Central Michigan (ESPN3)

• 3:30 p.m. No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU (CBS)
• 3:30 p.m. No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon (ABC/ESPN2)
• 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State (BTN)
• 3:30 p.m. Baylor at No. 9 Texas (ESPN)
• 3:30 p.m. No. 10 UCF at Memphis (ABC/ESPN2)
• 3:30 p.m. No. 22 Texas A&M at South Carolina (SEC Network)
• 3:30 p.m. Ohio at Northern Illinois (ESPN+)
• 3:30 p.m. Temple at Navy (CBSSN)
• 3:30 p.m. Western Kentucky at Charlotte (ESPN+)
• 3:30 p.m. Marshall at Old Dominoin (No TV channel listed)
• 3:30 p.m. Army vs. San Jose State (ESPNU)
• 3:30 p.m. Purdue at Illinois (FS1)
• 4 p.m. New Mexico at Colorado State (No TV channel listed)
• 4 p.m. UNLV at Utah State (No TV channel listed)• 5 p.m. Alabama State at South Alabama (ESPN3)
• 5 p.m. New Mexico State at Louisiana (ESPN+)

• 6 p.m. UL Monroe at Coastal Carolina (ESPN+)

• 7 p.m. Missouri at No. 1 Alabama (ESPN)
• 7 p.m. No. 6 West Virginia at Iowa State (FS1)
• 7 p.m. No. 16 Miami at Virginia (ESPN2)
• 7 p.m. Houston at East Carolina (CBSSN)
• 7 p.m. Virginia Tech at North Carolina (ESPNU)
• 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at UTSA (ESPN+)
• 7 p.m. UCLA at California (Pac-12 Network)
• 7:30 p.m. No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan (ABC)
• 7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas (SEC Network)
• 7:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Florida International (No TV channel listed)

• 10:15 p.m. Hawaii at BYU (ESPN2)
• 10:30 p.m. No. 19 Colorado at USC (FS1)
• 10:30 p.m. Wyoming at Fresno State(ESPNU)

• 10:30 p.m. Boise State at Nevada (CBSSN)

Federer vs Coric

Federer vs Coric : BORNA CORIC has warned Roger Federer he is “hungry for more” after setting up a Shanghai Masters semi-final clash with the world No 2. … Coric has been in decent form this year as he reached the Indian Wells semi-finals where he lost out to Federer. … The pair will battle it out …

Defending champions and top seed Roger Federer outgunned Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-6(4) to reach the semi-final of Shanghai Masters on Friday while Novak Djokovic repeated the Wimbledon final result and beat Kevin Anderson to make it to the semis.

Federer has not been in the best of form in Shanghai and had been taken to three sets in his previous two matches. However, he had said on Thursday that those two matches might have got him the rhythm he needed against Nishikori.

Perhaps, Federer was right. The 20-time Grand Slam champion made an aggressive start to the quarter-final and raced off to a 4-1 lead in the opening set.
Borna Coric and Roger Federer meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Shanghai Masters.

Borna Coric is coming off a straight sets win over Matthew Ebden that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Coric won 64 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Coric won 66 percent of his total service points and produced four breaks on eight break points. Coric has won each of his last seven sets and has won no less than 37 percent of his return points in each of his last three matches. Coric is easily playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him this year and has a shot at his breakthrough moment. Coric looks to make his second final appearance of the year and his fifth final appearance of his career.

Coric has a chance to make a final appearance in a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 for the first time of his career. Coric has won seven of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Kei Nishikori that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 65 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Federer won 62 percent of his total service points and produced three breaks on eight break points. Federer continues to be a little sluggish in his play, especially with his second serve, but he continues to find that second gear when needed and pulls away from his opponent whenever there’s an opening.

Federer doesn’t have to play his absolute best to win these matches, and that’s scary. Federer hopes to make his seventh final appearance of the year and his 151st final appearance of his career. Federer has a chance to make the final of the Shanghai Masters for the sixth time in his last 10 appearances. Federer has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.

These two have played three times and Federer has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in Halle of this year, a match Coric won in three sets. Federer won both meetings against Coric on hard court. Federer is 5-3 against Coric in sets played.

We’ve made some money on Coric this tournament and he has some surprising success against Federer in a short sample size. However, Federer has beaten Coric in both meetings on hard court and his ability to use the whole court on this faster surface will have him running much more than he’d like. Federer also has had a ton of success in this tournament and has won five of his last seven Shanghai Masters semifinal appearances. It’s also worth noting that Federer has gotten better in each of his three matches at this tournament.

Federer has endured three tricky encounters on his way to this stage but looked to shake off the post-US Open rust in his impressive win over Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals. He’ll hope to be finding form at just the right time so he can exact revenge on Coric, who surprisingly defeated him to deny the Swiss a 10th title in Halle, though he did look a little jaded in the back end of his win over Kei Nishikori. Coric, too, suffered a little physically – requiring treatment on his thigh – but will be heading into the tie in a confident mood after some impressive wins over the likes of Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro.

Washington vs Oregon

Washington vs Oregon Week 7 of the college football season kicks off on Thursday night with Georgia Southern at Texas State and Texas Tech at TCU. A newly ranked No. 23 South Florida faces off against Tulsa in Friday’s nights first game at 7 p.m. and then Air Force and San Diego State playing at Levi’s Stadium shortly after and Arizona visiting Utah to cap off the night.

Saturday has several top-25 games scheduled for Week 7. The stakes are high as the second half of the season gets underway this weekend and we’ve got you covered with the top games on tap, followed by the complete Week 7 schedule.

Saturday, Noon Slate

Saturday’s noon slate starts with a trio of ranked teams taking on unranked opponents with an undefeated No. 3 Ohio State hosts Minnesota, No. 14 Florida visiting Vanderbilt, and Tennessee at No. 21 Auburn. The ACC closes out Saturday’s early games as Duke and Georgia Tech kickoff at 12:20 p.m. before Louisville and Boston College face off at 12:30 p.m. ET.Saturday, Afternoon Slate

Saturday afternoon features two top-25 matchups with No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU and No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon at 3:30 p.m. ET. The 3:30 slate also features several conference contests, with Michigan State visiting No. 8 Penn State in a Big Ten showdown and Baylor traveling to No. 9 Texas for a Big 12 battle.

Saturday, Evening Slate

No. 1 Alabama kicks off Saturday evening football at 7 p.m. when they host Missouri. No. 6 West Virginia visits Iowa State with No. 16 Miami visiting Virginia at the same time. Saturday night’s biggest showdown kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET when No. 15 Wisconsin visits No. 12 Michigan. Michigan leads the series 50-15 all-time but fell to Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook and the Badgers star running back Jonathan Taylor last year 24-10 at Camp Randall. The West Coast dominates the late evening slate, headlined by No. 19 Colorado visiting the struggling USC Trojans.

Check out times and TV channels for all of the FBS games taking place in our complete Week 7 schedule below:

THURSDAY, OCT. 11
• 7:30 p.m. Georgia Southern at Texas State (ESPNU)
• 7:30 p.m. Texas Tech at TCU (ESPN)

FRIDAY, OCT. 12
• 7 p.m. No. 23 South Florida at Tulsa (ESPN)

• 9 p.m. Air Force at San Diego State (CBSSN)

• 10 p.m. Arizona at Utah (ESPN)

SATURDAY, OCT. 13
• Noon Minnesota at No. 3 Ohio State (FS1)
• Noon No. 14 Florida at Vanderbilt (ESPN)
• Noon Tennessee at No. 21 Auburn (SEC Network)
• Noon Rutgers at Maryland (BTN)
• Noon Iowa at Indiana (ESPN2)
• Noon Nebraska at Northwestern (ABC)
• Noon Oklahoma State at Kansas State (ESPNU)
• Noon Akron at Buffalo (No TV channel listed)
• Noon Toledo at Eastern Michigan (ESPN+)

• 12:20 p.m. Duke at Georgia Tech (ACC Network)

• 12:30 p.m. Louisville at Boston College (ACC Network)

• 1 p.m. UAB at Rice (ESPN+)

• 2 p.m. Troy at Liberty (ESPN3)
• 2 p.m. Southern Mississippi at North Texas (ESPN3)• 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 5 Notre Dame (NBC)
• 2:30 p.m. Kent State at Miami (OH) (ESPN+)

• 3 p.m. Western Michigan at Bowling Green (ESPN+)
• 3 p.m. Ball State at Central Michigan (ESPN3)

• 3:30 p.m. No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU (CBS)
• 3:30 p.m. No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon (ABC/ESPN2)
• 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State (BTN)
• 3:30 p.m. Baylor at No. 9 Texas (ESPN)
• 3:30 p.m. No. 10 UCF at Memphis (ABC/ESPN2)
• 3:30 p.m. No. 22 Texas A&M at South Carolina (SEC Network)
• 3:30 p.m. Ohio at Northern Illinois (ESPN+)
• 3:30 p.m. Temple at Navy (CBSSN)
• 3:30 p.m. Western Kentucky at Charlotte (ESPN+)
• 3:30 p.m. Marshall at Old Dominoin (No TV channel listed)
• 3:30 p.m. Army vs. San Jose State (ESPNU)
• 3:30 p.m. Purdue at Illinois (FS1)
• 4 p.m. New Mexico at Colorado State (No TV channel listed)
• 4 p.m. UNLV at Utah State (No TV channel listed)• 5 p.m. Alabama State at South Alabama (ESPN3)
• 5 p.m. New Mexico State at Louisiana (ESPN+)

• 6 p.m. UL Monroe at Coastal Carolina (ESPN+)

• 7 p.m. Missouri at No. 1 Alabama (ESPN)
• 7 p.m. No. 6 West Virginia at Iowa State (FS1)
• 7 p.m. No. 16 Miami at Virginia (ESPN2)
• 7 p.m. Houston at East Carolina (CBSSN)
• 7 p.m. Virginia Tech at North Carolina (ESPNU)
• 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at UTSA (ESPN+)
• 7 p.m. UCLA at California (Pac-12 Network)
• 7:30 p.m. No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan (ABC)
• 7:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas (SEC Network)
• 7:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Florida International (No TV channel listed)

• 10:15 p.m. Hawaii at BYU (ESPN2)
• 10:30 p.m. No. 19 Colorado at USC (FS1)
• 10:30 p.m. Wyoming at Fresno State(ESPNU)

• 10:30 p.m. Boise State at Nevada (CBSSN)

Shanghai Masters 2018

Shanghai Masters 2018, Good fortune continues to shine on the Shanghai ATP World Tour Masters 1000 … Kyle Edmund on Friday in Shanghai to qualify for the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals.The 2018 Shanghai Masters ran from 10th to 16th September. Ronnie O’Sullivan won the title for the second consecutive year by beating Barry Hawkins 11-9 in …

The top seeds were expected to survive potential scares, but each one of them put on encouraging performances on Day 5 of the Shanghai Masters 2018. Roger Federer stole the limelight with an incredible straight-set win over Kei Nishikori, but Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev impressed as well.

There was a huge shadow of doubt over his game after his first two matches, but when it mattered, Roger Federer came up with all the goods. Kei Nishikori was expected to be a tough nut to crack and, for the most part, he was.

But, Federer’s brilliance ensured a 6-4, 7-6(4) win inside a packed Center Court. Federer found his game early in the match and despite a few uncharacteristic errors and weak second serves, he cruised to a record-tying 362nd Masters match win, setting up a rematch of the Halle final against Borna Coric in the semi-finals.

Coric maintained his fine form this year, as he dispatched Matthew Ebden’s offensive brand of tennis 7-5, 6-4, courtesy a gritty game. His change of forehand technique has paid off well and he is getting the much-needed results now. The win over Ebden ensures his debut inside the top-15 of ATP rankings.

Also, with the win, Coric became the fifth Croatian male to make multiple Masters 1000 semi-finals, after Goran Prpic, Goran Ivanisevic, Ivan Ljubicic, and Marin Cilic.

In the morning session, 4th seed Alexander Zverev started the day’s play brilliantly, carrying on from his performance against Alex de Minaur. Courtesy a brutal serving performance, Zverev coasted to a 4th win over British Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 6-4 in just 71 minutes.

The win made Zverev the youngest ever Shanghai Masters semi-finalist, just a day after he became the youngest ever quarter-finalist. Zverev’s win also meant that he qualified for the 2018 ATP Finals, following in the footsteps of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Juan Martin del Potro.

Up against Zverev in the semi-final, will be the man of the moment, Novak Djokovic. The latter is chasing lots of records in his pursuit of a year-ending number 1 rank. And, he elevated his game just at the right moment against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to reach a 62nd Masters 1000 semi-final.

Djokovic faced a break point on his serve at 5-6(30-40) in the first set, but managed to serve it out and ruthlessly take the game away from Anderson in the tie-breaker, which he won 7-1. Once the tie-breaker got out of the way, Djokovic looked even more ruthless to post a 7-6(1), 6-3 win.

It appears that the semi-finals have a mighty impressive line-up. Alexander Zverev will take on Novak Djokovic in a rematch of their 2017 Rome Masters final. Djokovic has already exacted his revenge upon Marco Cecchinato and will be eager to do the same on Zverev.

But, it won’t be as easy with Zverev serving more monstrously with every passing set. In the other semi-final, top seed Roger Federer will be up against his Halle conqueror Borna Coric, both of whom showed immense resilience during their respective quarter-final outings.

DEFENDING champion Federer has advanced through to the quarterfinal at the 2018 Shanghai Masters with a three-set victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

The Spaniard got the jump on Federer in the second set, blitzing him 6-2 before the Swiss maestro kicked back into gear in the third and took the match. But it didn’t come without some fire from his World No. 28 opponent.

A successful forehand winner from Bautista Agut at 4-4 in the deciding set was called out by the linesman, forcing the point to be replayed.

Federer successfully broke Bautista Agut’s serve and went on to take the set 6-4, sparking an outburst from his downed opponent.

He accused the umpires of favouritism for the 20-time grand slam champ during the “critical” moment as he fought to escape his second round of 16 exit in two tournaments.

“It is not the first time that favouritism has occurred,” he said after the match.

“I do not think I lost by that ball, but in my opinion I do not think the referee was right there.

“I’m a bit disgusted with the result because I think I have made merits to win or to put myself in a position to win, it was the first time I had Federer on the ropes, it was a good day to beat him and in the end he was not able to win.

“It was a very tense moment, I went 30-0, with two good serves, I was 30 equal and I felt the tension of having Federer in front of me.

Federer’s win came after paying tribute to long-time rival Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard takes time off from the court to help his country out amid a flash flooding crisis.

“I know how important Majorca is to Rafa and I have been in touch with him to see if I can help with anything,” Federer said in a video message.

“I have seen him helping in the village where he comes from and to see that is super-inspiring. Rafa, you have our support.

“We are thinking of all the people in Majorca. We wish you strength in these difficult times and I hope to be back on Majorcasoon.”

Fellow rival Novak Djokovic, also taking part in Shanghai, said he hoped Nadal’s efforts would inspire others.

“A big hug and friendly regards to Rafa and well done amigo for helping out,” said the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion.

“I invite anyone to give their support in anyway they can. Gracias.”

Federer and Djokovic are currently locked in a battle for the World No. 2 spot with the Serbian star just two wins away from pipping the 37-year-old.

He needs to make the final of the Shanghai Masters to go up a ranking.

“That the match was at a very critical point, a decisive moment like that, in a deuce, a point more or a point less is decisive.”

Monster Energy Cup 2018 Live

Monster Energy Cup 2018: Developed in the USA and tested on the toughest tracks in the world, Maxima Racing Oils are proven to increased horsepower, prolong engine life and offer unsurpassed engine cleanliness. Maxima has been committed to MX & SX for over 30 years and is used by more factory teams, engine builders and racers. Know you’re running the best with championship winning products. Maxima – Race Grade Formulas.

The 2018 Monster Energy Cup fires off tomorrow from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas! Here is the information you need so you don’t miss any of the action!

Complete Pit Party Schedule HERE.
10:00am: Rider Track Walk (Broadcast on Facebook Live)
12:00pm: Pit Party Opens!
12:40pm: Cup Class Qualifying Practice
3:30pm: Final Cup Class Qualifying Practice (Broadcast on www.supercrosslive.com)
4:05pm: Cup Class Last Chance Qualifier
6:00pm Opening Ceremonies!The 2018 Monster Energy Cup will air live in the United States on October 13, 2018 on FS2 at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET!

Fans outside the United States can watch through Supercross Video Pass.
Sign-up to receive details on 2019 TV schedule once it becomes available.

TEAM USA HANGOVER
Jason Weigandt detailed it yesterday in 3 on 3, but a major storyline this weekend will be how Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia recover from a disappointing Motocross of Nations defeat just five days ago. How much MEC prep did they sacrifice for MXoN prep? Will they be able to quickly put RedBud in the rearview? Those questions will be answered tomorrow.

DEFENDING CHAMP
Marvin Musquin actually won Monster Million jackpot at this race a year ago, joining Ryan Villopoto as the only two riders to ever sweep all three main events. Marvin’s exclusion from Team France has been well documented, but it is worth noting he hasn’t been focused on motocross the last few weeks and should be better prepared for this weekend. Can he be the first repeat winner in history?

SAVATGY DEBUTS
Joey Savatgy will make his 450 debut with Monster Energy Kawasaki this weekend. Savatgy is sticking with the same brand and surrounding cast as before, so you wouldn’t expect a huge adjustment period. With that said, he hasn’t had a huge grace period to adjust to the bigger bike, either. Jason Weigandt, Steve Matthes, and Jason Thomas already weighed in with their expectations for Joey this weekend, but how do you think he will perform tomorrow?

WEBB DEBUTS

Following two seasons with Monster Energy Factory Yamaha, Cooper Webb will make his Red Bull KTM debut on Saturday. Further, this Saturday will mark the first time in his professional career Webb has ridden anything other than Yamaha, as he spent his entire 250 career with Star Racing Yamaha. Webb never seemed to gel with the Yamaha in the 450 class and found the podium just three times in Monster Energy Supercross in two seasons. Is this the reset Webb needs? Because he’s so new to the KTM, this race probably won’t tell us much, but it will be interesting to see how he looks on a new brand.

MALCOLM DEBUTS (KIND OF)
As we reported earlier this year, Malcolm Stewart will be getting support from Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda this off-season. He debuted with the team at the Montreal Supercross and rode to a 1-1-1 sweep. “We’re still early in our program, so like I said, I’m more beyond happy,” Stewart told us after Montreal. “I can’t thank Tony [Alessi] and Mike Genova for this. For those guys, even calling me back was a huge uplift for me, and giving me the opportunity to ride the bike is awesome. I’m more than happy to even just be riding it. Hopefully we’re going to keep moving forward.” Nothing for 2019 is official with Malcolm and the team, but a good result this weekend will go a long way toward getting a deal signed.

Currie Cup 2018

Currie Cup 2018 : First Division set for exciting start 1 month ago by South African Rugby The eight Currie Cup First Division teams will kick off their season this weekend following weeks of preparation, with the matches in George, Robertson, Windhoek and Kempton Park marking the first of seven

The Golden Lions won 33-21 after leading 24-14 at half-time.

In an entertaining opening period, the away team took a 21-14 lead into the interval after tries from Lionel Mapoe, Corne Fourie and Courtnall Skosan.

Jimmy Stonehouse’s side kept themselves in contention via Devon Williams and Francois Kleinhans before Skosan and Fourie both touched down for the second time to confirm their play-off place.

The Johannesburg outfit’s defeat in their previous game opened the door for the hosts going into this encounter, but Ivan van Rooyen’s men duly slammed it shut.

They scored first after Mapoe latched onto Stefan Ungerer’s errant pass and touched down unopposed for a 7-0 advantage.

It was a bright start from the visitors but they were stunned moments later when the Pumas levelled matters as Morne Joubert broke the gainline and off-loaded to Williams, who did the rest.

Van Rooyen’s charges remained in control, however, and deservedly regained their lead when hooker Fourie went over from close range before James Venter had a try disallowed for a double-movement.

The Lions initially struggled to benefit from their territorial dominance and they were made to pay as a Howard Mnisi yellow card was followed by Kleinhans’ score.

Down to 14 men, the away side could have folded but they simply upped the intensity and were once again ahead by the interval through Skosan, who was on hand to support Mapoe’s superb break.

Conditions worsened in the second period, with lightning delaying the resumption by 10 minutes, but it did not alter the course of the contest. Mistakes were more prevalent but the visitors still created chances and one such opportunity was well taken by Skosan.

It gave them the bonus-point and effectively secured their passage into the last four, but they were not done there. The Lions left wing was causing all sorts of problems and another surge got them on the front foot.

Although that move eventually broke down, Van Rooyen’s men continued to pressurise the opposition and Fourie rewarded their excellence by crossing the whitewash for the second time.

That ended the game as a contest and confirmed their place in the semi-finals, despite Ryan Nell’s consolation score.

Cape Town – They are safely through to the semi-finals of this year’s Currie Cup and are undefeated in the 2018 competition, but Western Province may have to go into next weekend’s match at Newlands without the services of scrumhalf Jano Vermaak.

The 33-year-old was on Thursday left out of the side to take on the Blue Bulls at Loftus this weekend, with coach John Dobson confirming that he was suffering from a cracked bone in his hand.

While nothing is guaranteed just yet, WP are expected to finish 1st on the log and secure a home semi-final and, potentially, a home final as they look to defend their Currie Cup crown.

There is a good chance that next weekend will dish up a rematch of sorts, with WP hosting the Blue Bulls at Newlands in one of the semi-finals.

And, addressing media after announcing his team for this weekend’s Loftus trip, Dobson acknowledged that Vermaak’s availability for the semi-finals was not guaranteed.

“He cracked a bone in his hand against the Sharks and he will only be back either next week or, if there is a week after, a week after,” Dobson said.

“He’s probably one of the most influential and popular guys in the team and he’s a good scrumhalf … a very good player.”

In Vermaak’s absence, 22-year-old Herschel Jantjies gets a run and Dobson believes that he is a very similar player to Vermaak despite the 11-year age difference.

“Herschel is almost like a mini-version in their approach, how they play, their support lines and even the distances they run, so it’s quite nice having a like-for-like scrumhalf come in.”

By the time WP play on Saturday, they will know what they need to do to secure top spot on the log.

The Sharks, currently 2nd on the log, are four points behind WP and can go top with a bonus point win over Griquas earlier on Saturday.

Dobson is expecting that to happen, and with rain expected in Pretoria over the weekend, WP might struggle to employ the attacking brand of ball-in-hand rugby that they have done so fr in the campaign.

“What’s interesting is that it’s down for 13 mm of rain at Loftus and that could change things,” he said.

“Obviously four tries are important to us, so those conditions could make it a bit more of slugfest than we’d like it to be.”

AMA Supercross 2018

AMA Supercross 2018: The AMA Supercross Championship is an American motorcycle racing series. Founded by the …. At three races in 2018 (the second Anaheim, and also the Minneapolis and Atlanta rounds), a three-heat format will be used nd Supercross Results.

The 17-round schedule for the 2019 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will deepen its live event footprint with new and returning markets and the debut of Supercross Futures, an AMA Amateur National Championship.

Highlights of the reinvigorated 2019 schedule include the notable addition of Nashville’s Nissan Stadium for the first time in the sport’s 45-year history before swinging through Denver’s Broncos Stadium at Mile High for the first time since 1996. The series will commence at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, which has hosted the most rounds in the history of supercross, and continues virtually nonstop, returning to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which were both last on the schedule in 2017.

“We’re continuing to improve the fan experience and live entertainment aspect of the sport by using state-of-the-art technology, from spidercam footage and live heart rate monitor displays to featuring a festival-like atmosphere in the paddock,” Dave Prater, senior director of operations for Two-Wheel, Feld Entertainment, said. “As we head into 2019 with a brand-new defending champion for the first time in four years, Jason Anderson will certainly be the one to watch. That, combined with the sport’s first-ever developmental platform for supercross amateur racing, will ultimately set the stage for years to come.”

All tickets for the 2019 season will go on sale on Tuesday, October 23, with a presale date of Tuesday, October 9.

“The 2018 season proved once again that supercross is a very exciting sport. It kept us on the edge of our seats until the final round in Las Vegas,” FIM president Vito Ippolito said. “Supercross is also a demanding discipline and one that brings the best out of the riders and their teams. But most of all, it is an unpredictable sport that can take us all by surprise. Much kudos goes to the 2018 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion Jason Anderson, who is a worthy successor to Ryan Dungey. We are looking forward to a successful 2019 season with a curtain raiser in Anaheim next January and a final act in Las Vegas in May.”

To continue shaking up the competition while maximizing the importance of earning every point toward the overall championship, the 2019 schedule will once again feature three fan-favorite Triple Crown events and two East-West Showdowns, which will be revealed on October 23 when tickets go on sale. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac will look to defend his inaugural premier-class championship within a championship as the Triple Crown pits riders in each class against each other in three Main Events, adding to the super competitiveness of the series.

Supercross Futures, an AMA National Championship, will build upon the success of 2018’s four supercross amateur racing events, with Glendale being the first of eight beginning on January 13, 2019. The innovative concept will provide even greater access to the sport’s largest stage and help to foster a professional learning environment for budding amateur athletes earlier in their careers, while enabling top amateurs to earn Road to Supercross points toward their professional AMA Supercross license. Supercross Futures events will take place on Sunday directly following Saturday’s professional events with the championship being held October 20-21, 2019, after the Monster Energy Cup on October 19 in Las Vegas.

“AMA Supercross is among the most impressive displays of two-wheeled motorsports in the world, and for many amateur AMA racers, it represents the pinnacle of their competitive dreams,” AMA president and CEO Rob Dingman said. “Since the first AMA Supercross Champion was crowned in 1974, the sport and spectacle have grown and evolved, thanks in large part to the close cooperation with our promoting partner, Feld Motor Sports. Generations of some of the world’s greatest motorcycle racers have held high the AMA Supercross #1 plate, and I can’t wait to see who earns that honor in 2019.”

Before the 2019 season officially begins, the sport’s top athletes will battle it out in Las Vegas on October 13 at the invite-only all-star event—the Monster Energy Cup. Following a second-place 450SX class finish in 2018, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin will return to Sam Boyd Stadium and attempt to defend his 2017 Monster Energy Cup title. If successful, Musquin will become the first athlete to ever win the “Monster Million” twice. Catch all the action live on FS2 or via the FOX Sports GO app at 6:30 p.m. PST, or visit SupercrossLIVE.com to purchase tickets.

For the third consecutive year, Supercross Video Pass will provide live and Video On Demand (VOD) access to fans outside of the U.S. The 2019 Supercross Video Pass will include 240+ hours of heart-pumping, on-demand video archives from the previous four seasons. Fans who purchase the 2019 Supercross Video Pass before October 13 will receive access to the 2018 Monster Energy Cup. Visit supercrosslive.tv and sign up to be notified once the purchase period begins.
That was the idea behind the Monster Energy Cup, the de facto AMA Supercross all-star race which returns to Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday night: That any rider who could sweep three main events would ride away with a $1 million bonus.

With that much money on the line, one would think a guy would almost have to set himself on fire, a la Nicolas Cage in “Ghost Rider,” to ride away with the bonus.

But Ryan Villopoto won the million in 2011, the first year it was offered. Marvin Musquin did it again last year.

Musquin, who nearly won the Supercross season championship here in May, will be back seeking another million-dollar payday. Others expected to compete in the invitation only event include reigning Supercross champion Justin Anderson and former Monster Energy Cup winners Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia.

The million-dollar chasers will, as usual, encounter a course laden with special features. These include dual arches that rise from the stadium floor into what are normally the end zone seats for football games and a 75-mph run down “Thunder Alley” which takes riders from the parking lot and paddock area outside the stadium back inside at the scoreboard end.

“The Monster Energy Cup is always the place where we try to outdo ourselves, from the highest start in history to building sections of the track that traverse into the stands,” said track superintendent Dave Prater. “We’re always trying to push the limits of track design. We had a great 2018 Supercross season showcasing these athletes and this is our time of year where we can have fun and do never-before type things.”

— Here are your Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring champions for 2018 (all but one, anyway): NASCAR Super Late Models, Jimmy Parker Jr.; NASCAR Bombers, Vinny Raucci Jr.; NASCAR Modifieds, Doug Hamm; NASCAR Super Stocks; Sam Jacks; USLCI Legend Cars, Jaron Giannini; USLCI Thunder Cars, Chris Bosley; USLCI Bandolero Bandits, Landon Gresser; Skid Plate Cars, Cindy Clark. The Jr. Late Models championship will be decided Oct. 19 and 20 at the season-ending Senator’s Cup Fall Classic.

— Jimmie Johnson’s affinity for road bicycling is well known — when he’s racing in Las Vegas, he likes to ride loops around the outskirts of Henderson. So when Johnson crashed on the last lap on the Charlotte “Roval” taking himself and Martin Truex Jr. out of contention for the win, Truex’s crew suggested Johnson buy them road bikes to make amends. The seven-time Cup Series champion responded by leaving 12 kids’ bicycles with training wheels at Truex Jr.’s hauler, and everybody had a good laugh.

View image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on Twitter

— They say winning the Daytona 500 changes a driver’s life forever. They didn’t say in what way. Jamie McMurray and Trevor Bayne, who won the 500 in 2010 and 2011, respectively, do not have NASCAR Cup Series rides for 2019. Another thing they say: How quickly they forget.

Ohio State vs Minnesota

Ohio State vs Minnesota Minnesota Golden Gophers Football Tickets – Buy and sell Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Ohio State Buckeyes Football Five predictions for NCAAF  Minnesota vs Ohio State prime time.Doug Lesmerises and Bill Landis predict whether College Football Ohio State will cover as 29.5-point favorites at home.

Ohio State looked like they might be suffering from a bit of a hangover last week against Indiana after their thrilling comeback win over Penn State the week before, but the Buckeyes tightened up on defense in the second half to extend their winning streak to 23 games over the Hoosiers. After leading just 28-20 at halftime, Ohio State put the clamps on the Indiana defense, give up just 89 yards to the Hoosiers in the second half.

 While Ohio State’s defense in the second half was a big story, Dwayne Haskins got all of the headlines with another masterful performance. The redshirt sophomore quarterback passed for 455 yards, falling just four yards short of overtaking Art Schlichter for most passing yards in a single game in school history.

Haskins finished the game with 462 yards of total offense, which eclipsed J.T. Barrett’s school record of 423 total yards, which was set last year against Penn State (Schlichter had -46 yards rushing in his school-record 485-yard passing day in 1981).

Haskins also threw six touchdowns passes in the 49-26 victory over Indiana on Saturday, which tied a school record for most in a single game. Haskins joins Kenny Guiton, who threw six touchdown passes against Florida A&M in 2013, as well as Barrett, who accomplished the feat twice during his Ohio State career, at the top of the list.

With his outstanding effort on Saturday, Haskins now has 25 passing touchdowns this season, which is the most in the country. For his efforts, Haskins was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, marking the fourth time this season that he has earned at least a share of the honor.

As he had all season, Haskins spread the football around on Saturday— nine Buckeyes caught at least one pass— however, the main focus in the passing game continues to be H-back Parris Campbell. The speedy receiver caught nine passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

Campbell has done some of the best work of his Ohio State career over the past three games, where he has caught 24 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns. The 142 receiving yards that Campbell finished with marked the fourth time that he has eclipsed the century mark in his Ohio State career, and fell just five yards short of equaling his career-high, which he set earlier this season against Tulane.

After hauling in just four catches over the previous three games, senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin caught four passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns against the Hoosiers. Even though McLaurin hasn’t seen many targets over the last month, the work he has been doing blocking for other wide receivers has been invaluable. The four catches by McLaurin against Indiana equaled his season-high, which he set in the season opener against Oregon State.

Ohio State is still working on getting its running game going, but when you can throw the football like Haskins has been so far this season, it isn’t quite as big of a priority as normal. So far this season J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber have combined for 882 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Dobbins saw a season-high 26 carries against the Hoosiers, but had trouble finding traction, rushing for just 82 yards. If the sophomore running back is able to find some space against the Golden Gophers, he has a chance at joining Mike Weber in Ohio State’s 2,000 yard rushing club. Dobbins is currently just 135 rushing yards away from the 2,000 yard mark. Ohio State has never had two running backs on the same team with over 2,000 career rushing yards.

At halftime of last week’s game, Ohio State’s defense was catching a lot of flack for giving up over 300 yards and 20 points to Indiana. Then with the return of safety Isaiah Pryor from a first-half suspension (due to a targeting penalty in the second half against Penn State), the Buckeye defense got their act together, allowing just 89 yards and six points to the Hoosiers. Pryor ended up finishing the game with three tackles and a defensed pass in the half of football that he was available for.

With a sack against Indiana, defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones finally took over the season sack lead from Nick Bosa, who has missed the last three games for the Buckeyes. Joining Jones in the sack column against the Hoosiers was linebacker Tuf Borland, who recorded a sack for the second game in a row, as well as fellow linebacker Pete Werner. Ohio State now has 22 sacks this season, while they have given up just eight to opponents.

Despite being able to put tremendous pressure on opposing quarterbacks, Ohio State still has to work on their propensity to give up big plays. Against Indiana, Ohio State gave up five plays of at least 30 yards, but luckily for the Buckeyes only one of those went for a touchdown. The total brought Ohio State’s total of 30-yard plays given up this year to 20, which ranks 121st among FBS teams.

Ohio State will now look to build on some of the strides they made in the second half against IU as they take on Minnesota this week. The Golden Gophers are fresh off of a 48-31 loss to Iowa last week in Minneapolis. After starting their season 3-0, Minnesota has lost their last two games, with both coming in Big Ten play.

 

Alabama vs Missouri

Alabama vs Missouri ,Halfway through the season and there’s no doubt that Alabama has been head and shoulders better than every other team in college football. How does Missouri NCAAF slow down Missouri vs Alabama the juggernaut of Alabama in Tua brings in 5-Star recruits .Get a summary of the Missouri Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide football game.

Halfway through the season and there’s no doubt that Alabama has been head and shoulders better than every other team in college football. The efficiency of the offense combined with the disruptiveness of the defense has made Nick Saban’s team look truly unstoppable. The next team to try what appears to be impossible is Missouri. And the game is in Tuscaloosa.

At some point, Alabama’s offense will hiccup. Nothing can go on forever. The only question now is which team — which defense — finds a weakness and takes advantage of it? Can it be Mizzou? The Tigers are 12th in the SEC in points allowed per game. So, no, that seems unlikely.

Alabama: Can Alabama’s offense keep up the absurd numbers? Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is averaging 14.8 yards per passing attempt. To put that ridiculous number into more context, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield averaged 11.5 yards per attempt during last year’s Heisman Trophy winning season — and that was a NCAA FBS record. It’s also ahead of Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, who is averaging 13.8 yards per attempt this season. Tagovailoa has 18 touchdowns vs. just 25 incompletions and zero interceptions on just 16.8 attempts per game. This is truly historic efficiency we’re talking about here.

Missouri: Conversely, can the Tigers do anything to stop Alabama’s offense? Yes, Missouri can play shootout, but not nearly well enough to keep up with Bama at this rate. What’s so dangerous about the Tide is how accurate Tagovailoa is with his ball placement. Even if Mizzou can get pressure on him or defend well, there’s been almost no defense for how well he leads his receivers.

Game prediction, picks
Alabama has been on the right end of so many blowouts it’s become almost impossible to find a trend against the spread. However, The Crimson Tide haven’t covered in their last two conference games. Missouri has the offense to at least put up points, even if some are in garbage time. Pick: Missouri +28.5

Okay Missouri. It’s your turn. Time to step up.

It’s your chance at slinging the rock and killing the giant. Speaking of slinging, we all know you’ve got a quarterback that can make it rain from way downtown. Good. You’re going to need that… and a whole bunch more.

Because we’ve gotten halfway through the season for Alabama and it is hard to go against any of the numbers that the stat geeks put out there on their level of dominance. The Crimson Tide should be renamed the Crimson Tsunami. They don’t show pity or remorse and are a danger to anyone who happens to get in their way.

The Tigers are a game bunch of scrappers who enter the weekend with a two-game losing streak after starting the season with three straight wins. They played Georgia pretty tough in a 43-29 loss, including holding the Bulldogs’ high-powered offense to just two field goals in the first half. But since then it’s been a train wreck as Georgia found its legs and then Mizzou lost to South Carolina 37-35 to a backup quarterback who threw for 249 yards, was only sacked once and never turned the ball over.

The one thing that sticks out about this game is that Missouri has one thing going for it that none of the other challengers to the Tide’s dominance had; an off-the-charts NFL-caliber quarterback. Drew Lock is a — pardon the pun — lock for being a first-round draft pick this coming April. He has a strong arm with a high football IQ and will present a great challenge to this re-vamped defense. But this will have to be a bounce-back game since he completed less than half (17-of-36) of his passes against South Carolina last week, threw two interceptions (one for a pick-six) and did not collect a touchdown.

Obviously, both teams are big on winging it through the air (No. 14 and No. 6 in the nation in passing, respectively). But the bigger key to the game will be whichever team establishes the running game. MIzzou runs the ball for 212 yards per game behind a line that returned all five starters from a year ago and Alabama runs for 222 yards per game. Against the Gamecocks, the Tigers did a good job of opening up the play-action passing game with successful runs, putting Mr. Lock in comfortable passing situations. That will be a huge key against that aggressive Bama defense that likes to rattle even the most experienced QBs.

In the NCAA defensive statistics, Missouri’s D is ranked at No. 77 nationally, giving up 392.2 yards per game. Compare that with the team that sits at No. 76 in the country which is Arkansas State, who has given up 392.0 yards per game. Yes that’s the same ASU team that gave up 57 points and 599 yards to the Crimson Tide. That and the fact that South Carolina ran and passed roughshod on them a week ago. Also, if you’re digging a little, Mizzou’s red zone defense is even worse, ranked No. 114 in the FBS by allowing opponents to score 94 percent of the time inside the 20.

The Tigers will be without their big-play receiving target Emanuel Hall this week, but one big advantage they will have is a pair of daunting tight ends in Albert Okwuegbunam (27 catches, 194 yards, 2 TDs) and Kendall Blanton (11, 96, 1), who could play a big part in the Mizzou offense this week. Especially after seeing Arkansas tight end Cheyanne O’Grady catch seven passes for 48 yards and two TDs to lead the Hogs in receptions last week. So don’t be surprised if the Black & Gold goes to their two NFL-ready tight ends to help move the ball against the Tide.

But in the end, this is still the same Alabama team with a rock-ribbed defense and, for once, an offense that can take any defense out to the woodshed any week. The Tide could get their first real challenge in the first half this Saturday, but they’ll still put this thing away before the fourth quarter.

Brewers vs Dodgers

Brewers vs Dodgers: The 2018 Major League Baseball postseason has advanced to the point where there are just two National League teams remaining.Milwaukee Brewers vs Los Angeles Dodgers on .New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals: Prediction, Game 1 pick, odds, line, TV channel, watch NLCS online

Having previously announced start times for Games 1 and 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball has not set first pitch times for the entirety of the best-of-seven series.“In Attanasio’s 14 seasons as owner, the Brewers have had seven winning seasons, three postseason appearances, and one 90-loss season,” Shaikin writes.

“The smallest market in the majors might be the easiest one in which to sell tanking, but Attanasio wants no part of it.

‘You can break things down, but it’s not easy,’ he said. ‘Just because you break them down doesn’t mean you’re going to get back to where you want to get to.

Plus, I just hate to lose.’”

Attanasio also reiterates that he doesn’t expect to go anywhere anytime soon, and Shaikin’s column mentions that Attanasio wanted no part in bidding for the Dodgers in 2011.

“’I’ve got things set up, where, God willing, my kids can take this over some day,” Attanasio said. “I’m dug in here, for the long haul.”The Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the National League West, meet the Milwaukee Brewers, who captured the N.L. Central, in Game 1 of the best of seven National League Championship Series on Friday, October 12, 2018 (10/12/18) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers. The Brewers’ starter is unannounced.When the NLCS shifts to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 on Monday, the start time is 4:39 p.m. PT. For Game 4 on Tuesday, first pitch is scheduled for 6:09 p.m. If the NLCS reaches a Game 5, which would also be played at Dodger Stadium, that begins at 2:05 p.m.

Game 5 stands as the lone potential early afternoon start on a weekday. The only other similar time slot is for Game 2, a 1:09 p.m. PT start at Miller Park.

Live streaming of all MLB Postseason coverage on FOX/FS1 is available through the FOX Sports App and airing exclusively in Spanish on FOX Deportes. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2018 MLB Postseason games.

Milwaukee enters the series riding an 11-game winning streak that dates back to the regular season. They finished with the best record in the NL and promptly swept the Colorado Rockies in NL Division Series.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers needed a Game 163 to clinch a sixth consecutive NL West title, and they then eliminated the Atlanta Braves in four games.

The Dodgers are in the NLCS for a third consecutive season, while it’s the Brewers’ third overall trip to an LCS. Their first was in the American League in 1982, and they last reached the NLCS in 2011.