PED’s still problematic in Baseball

Names mentioned in report include A-Rod

It turns out Rodriguez was only telling the partial truth.
A Miami nurtritional clinic, Biogenesis, was becoming suspiscious to investigators. It turns out if was performance-enhancing substatance distributor and the clinic was forced to close down. Products distritbuted included Human Growth Hormone, which is banned by MLB (and illegal). A New York Times report includes names that were on a customer list. These names include Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, and Nelson Cruz. Cruz and Gonzalez were not connected with PED’s in MLB prior to the reports. Rodriguez confessed to using banned substances in the past but indicated he hasn’t used any since 2003. But the report mentions dates as late as 2009, for transactions with Biogenesis.

Sugar Bowl: Cards Crush Gators; Other Bowls

Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Florida Gators 33-23 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. But from the first play, Louisville led the game and did not look back. By halftime, Louisville led 23-10, and was up 33-10 before Florida scored two late meaningless TD’s. Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater proved he was the real deal, by shredding Florida’s defense, throwing for 2 TD’s. Louisville and Florida both finish the entire season at 11-2.
Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater talk about Louisville's win in the Sugar Bowl.

Discover Orange Bowl
Northern Illinois faced Florida State in Miami as huge underdogs. In the third quarter, a Martel Moore TD catch brought the game to a 17-10 game, with FSU leading. After a recovered onside kick, the Huskies were on the move before QB Jordan Lynch threw a drive-killing interception. Two FSU TD’s later allowed the Seminoles to pull away late in the 4th Quarter. FSU QB E.J. Manuel would finish his career with 4 consecutive bowl victories.
The stars of Florida State's Orange Bowl win talk after beating NIU.

Rose Bowl Game Pres. by VIZIO
Wisconsin could not overcome the hole they dug in Pasadena, losing to Stanford 20-14. Interim Coach Barry Alvarez (yes, the former coach) led his team in the Rose Bowl, after Coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. Stanford Coach David Shaw had more luck as his team finished 12-2, Wisconsin was 8-6Coach David Shaw reacts after Stanford's Rose Bowl win.

Outback Bowl
South Carolina survived Michigan in an exciting contest, 33-28. A highlight of the game was a devastating hit by Jadeveon Clowney which caused a fumble, and was recovered by Clowney.

Capital One Bowl
The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 45-31 in Jacksonville, FL. QB Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and 5 TD’s, easily deserving the game’s MVP award.

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Oklahoma State dominated Purdue in an easy 58-14 victory. Gator Bowl
Minnesota could not hold off Northwestern, as the Wildcats won 34-20. Northwestern was able to win their first bowl game in ages.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Clemson defeated LSU 25-24 on a last-second field goal. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw for over 300 yards and two TD’s in a thrilling matchup.

Bowls Continue

Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl (St. Petersburg) UCF 38 Ball State 17
The Central Florida Knights had lost to Tulsa in the C-USA Championship Game. But in this game, Central Florida jumped out to a lead and never looked back, as the Knights won easily.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 43 ECU 34
The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette made their second consecutive appearance in the New Orleans Bowl. Last year the Cajuns won in an exciting contest. This year was no different, as a late field goal clinched the victory over the Pirates.

MAACO Bowl (Las Vegas) No. 20 Boise State 28 Washington 26
The Boise State Broncos faced tough opposition from the Washington Huskies. Broncos QB Joe Southwick threw for 2 TD’s and 264 yards to lead BSU. A late field goal gave the Broncos a two point lead which would stand, giving the Broncos an 11-2 season.

Poinsettia Bowl

In the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the Brigham Young Cougars faced the San Diego State Aztecs. BYU won the game 23-6, thanks to outstanding play from LB Kyle Van Noy (Pictured). Van Noy blocked a punt, forced and recovered a fumble for a TD, and returned an interception for a TD. Brigham Young improved to 8-5, while SDSU downgraded to 9-4.

Source: Kirby Lee/ USA Today Sports

Bowls Begin

College football bowl games have begun as Saturday, the New Mexico Bowl and the Potato Bowl were contested.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Nevada 48 Arizona 49
The Nevada Wolfpack jumped out to a 21-0 lead, quickly. But Arizona scored 21 points of their own, to tie the game. As expected, this game was an offensive shootout. By halftime, Nevada led 31-28. When the Wolfpack scored two more TD’s the game was now 45-28. With less than a minute remaining, Arizona was trailing 48-35. QB Matt Scott threw his second TD pass to make it 48-42. An onside kick was then recovered by the Wildcats. Then at 0:22 in the 4th, Scott threw his third and final score to give Arizona a 49-48 lead, which would stand.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah State 41. Toledo 15
This contest was low-scoring until the 4th quarter. The Utah State Aggies led 13-9, when RB Kerwynn Williams exploded for three rushing touchdowns for Utah State. Eventually, 28 points were scored by the Aggies in the 4th quarter. Toledo could only manage a kickoff return for the Rockets’ only touchdown.

Manziel Enjoying Heisman Perks

Source: Getty Images

After becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, Johnny Manziel (Johnny Football) is enjoying plenty of the benefits of the prestigious. Manziel, who is now dating a model, was invited to the Late Show with David Letterman to present the “Top Ten” list.

Musketeers and Bearcats Win

Source: WXIN-TV

College basketball was under way Monday, as the Xavier Musketeers defeated the Butler Bulldogs 62-47. The game was featured during ESPN’s 24-hour college basketball broadcast. Xavier improves to 2-0. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bearcats easily beat the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 102-60 to improve to 2-0 as well.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer/Joseph Fuqua II

Steelers Survive but Lose Big Ben

The Pittsburgh Steelers narrowly defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 on Monday Night Football in overtime. It was a bittersweet victory, however, as the Steelers lost QB Ben Roethlisberger to a shoulder sprain in the 2nd half. 2nd string QB Byron Leftwich replaced Big Ben for the remainder of the game. The game started well for the Chiefs who took their first lead in the entire season (during regulation) with a rushing touchdown by RB Jamaal Charles. After a Ryan Succop field goal, KC held a 10-0 lead. Pittsburgh responded with 13 points, including a WR Mike Wallace TD catch from Roethlisberger. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel led his team on late 4th quarter drive, with the score 13-10 Pit. The result was a field goal (Succop) that sent the game to overtime. But Cassel couldn’t continue the magic as the former New England Patriot threw a disastrous interception in Kansas City territory. K Shaun Suisham won the game for the Steelers with a short field goal. Steelers improved to 6-3, while Chiefs fall to 1-8.