The progeny of prodigies will always get our attention. We can't help but to look at those who have the DNA of an elite-level athlete. It's like they've been given super serum, grafted their bones with adamantium, were bitten by a rogue Alchemax spider and drank the heart-shaped herb. When someone reaches the high, athletic watermark set by one or both of their biological parents, I don't think there's much we love more.
A few Falcons players grew up with dads who thrived in the professional ranks and blazed a trail their sons have successfully followed. On this Father's Day, Jake Matthews, Tyler Vrabel, Kaden Elliss and Drew Dalman talk about the football bond shared with their dads and share unique stories about life as player's son.
Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell started rattling off names when asked about Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields. It was an impressive list: Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson and Jalen Hurts. Campbell sees a little bit of each of them in Fields, and he’ll get an up-close look when the Lions visit the Bears on Sunday. "Quarterback driven runs, guard-tackle pulls, read the end, hand it off, these backs are running hard, they’re downhill," he said. "And then, there’s enough of the keepers off of it. There’s enough misdirection to the receivers. And then, certainly his ability on third down, that’s where they really got Miami was man; … there’s an opening in there and he takes it and he’s gone." The Bears (3-6) come in with five losses in the past six games. But the big story is Fields’ improvement. He’s making a case he just might be the one to nail down a position that has historically been a weak spot for one of the NFL’s founding franchises. He had already strung together several encouraging performances in a row – and then came the game against Miami last week. Though the Bears lost 35-32, Fields put on a show, running for 178 yards. It was the highest rushing total for an NFL quarterback in a regular-season game since at least 1940. But there was more. Fields also became the first player since at least 1950 with at least 150 yards rushing and three TD passes in a game. In the past five weeks, he has thrown for 851 yards, completing 76 of 120 passes, with eight TDs and two interceptions. He also has run for 455 yards and three TDs in that time. Fields leads the Bears in rushing with 602 yards and is averaging 6.6 per attempt. Only Jackson has more yards per carry. "The experience has really led him to take the next step," coach Matt Eberflus said. "But also, as I think we’re learning him and he’s learning the offense, it’s kind of both. So we’re tailoring it to him more, but he’s also learning the scheme at the same time." The Lions (2-6), meanwhile, had lost five in a row before beating Green Bay 15-9 last week. They intercepted Aaron Rodgers three times and hung on when he threw an incompletion on fourth down at the Detroit 17 in the last minute. Even so, the Lions are in a familiar spot. They’re last in the NFC North and on course to finish with a losing record for the 18th time in 22 seasons.
The NFL is once again staging a game overseas in Week 10. The Germany game between the Seahawks and Buccaneers will get its own broadcast slot on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET, so between that and the four teams on bye, the Week 10 Sunday slate will feature fewer games than usual. There will fittingly be 10 Sunday afternoon games in Week 10 of the 2022 NFL season. Per usual, CBS and Fox will broadcast the contests and they will split the rights to each down the middle. Fox will be broadcasting the doubleheader this week with games at both 1 p.m. ET and 4:25 p.m. ET. Fox isn't taking advantage of the late slate in quite the same way that CBS did last week. They aren't turning Cowboys vs. Packers into a nationally televised affair, but that will comprise a bulk of the network's coverage in the late window. As for the early window, that will be dominated by the Bills vs. Vikings game, which could turn out to be the game of the week.
The Trojans didn’t get much from Tahj Eaddy and Isaiah White. The pair combined to shoot five-of-17 from the field for just 13 points. USC got off to a really slow start. The Trojans turned the ball two times out of their four possessions and found themselves down 7-0 less than two minutes into the game. Gonzaga continued to dominate USC early on. The Bulldogs’ defense helped the Trojans to just two-of-seven shooting, and they were able to get out on the fast break. Drew Timme outscored USC over the first six minutes with nine points and helped Gonzaga build a 17-4 lead. It didn’t get any better from there. The Bulldogs’ defense swarmed USC, holding it to just 36.1 percent shooting and forced the Trojans into seven turnovers, which resulted in some easy transition points for the No. 1 seed. Enfield’s squad couldn’t stop Gonzaga’s potent offense in the first half. Timmie had 15 points, while Jalen Suggs chipped in with 15 over the first 20 minutes as the Bulldogs shot 54.1 percent from the field and took a 49-30 lead into the break. This season will be considered a major success for Enfield and the Trojans. He got his team back into the tournament for the first time in four years and will have another lottery pick at this year’s NBA Draft with Evan Mobley expected to go in the top five, following Onyeka Okongwu, who was selected sixth overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2022.
The University of Southern California will take the historic step of joining the Big Ten Conference in 2024, a move that will position USC and its student-athletes for long-term success in both athletics and academics. "Over the past three years, we have worked hard to ground our university decisions in what is best for our students," said USC President Carol L. Folt. "With the Big Ten, we are joining a storied conference that shares our commitment to academic excellence and athletic competitiveness, and we are positioning USC and our student-athletes for long-term success and stability amidst the rapidly evolving sports media and collegiate athletics landscapes. We are delighted to begin this new chapter in 2024." We have seen a lot of people out there are searching for websites to watch NFL live online so we thought to post about it on this blog.
USC football picked up a transfer O-Lineman last week in JUCO product Cooper Lovelace out of Butler Community College. Some may remember Butler Community College as one of the JUCO's Independence Community College played against in the hit sports docuseries 'Last Chance U.' He will be on the team in this upcoming season. With SC missing out on Josh Conerly, it was vital that the team found O-Line depth elsewhere. SC has a nice group of starting O-Linemen for 2022 with four starters returning from last year's line--a line that was the highest-rated O-Line in the nation according to PFF. UK citizens who want to watch Rugby World Cup live online free can opt for ITV. All 48 matches can be streamed on ITV's TV Player.
The USC women's water polo team came up shy of its first back-to-back national championships when top-seeded Stanford made a late push to win today's NCAA title match 10-7 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Trojans had the game tied up a 7-7 early in the fourth period and continued to make big defensive plays — anchored by a career-high 13 saves from goalie Carolyne Stern — but the Cardinal capitalized on late chances that opened up while USC misfired down the stretch. USC finishes out the year with a 20-4 overall record after making its 18th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Watch National Finals Rodeo 2022 live stream online on official channels. Get Las Vegas NFR live stream, date, time, tickets, results.
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