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November 20, 2010 | By Mike Hiserman
Not since the Chicago Bears left after the 1970 NFL season had football been played at Wrigley Field. And now we know why. When Northwestern played host to Illinois on Saturday, both teams shared one sideline ? switching places after halftime ? and all offensive plays headed in the same direction, west. This might be how the game looks on a one-goal-post sandlot field, but it's unusual for a regular-season Big Ten Conference game. The Associated Press reported that the game looked like a "pigskin version of 'Groundhog Day.' " It was played that way because, after months of planning for the Wrigleyville Classic, Big Ten officials declared less than 36 hours before kickoff that there wasn't enough room between the east end zone and the brick wall in what is right field in the baseball configuration.
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December 14, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
If UCLA can get an NCAA waiver to play in a bowl game with a losing record, I deserve a pass for going 18-17 and getting blasted by fans who lost their house betting my wild guesses in Las Vegas. These annual predictions are for entertainment purposes only — unless you win a million dollars and want to send me half. There are not a lot of good matchups this season, but there are a lot of tough picks. The bowls are ranked in reverse order, the least interesting first, and were painstakingly selected with help from the consulting firm of "Manny, Moe & He Doesn't Know Jack.
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December 14, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
If UCLA can get an NCAA waiver to play in a bowl game with a losing record, I deserve a pass for going 18-17 and getting blasted by fans who lost their house betting my wild guesses in Las Vegas. These annual predictions are for entertainment purposes only — unless you win a million dollars and want to send me half. There are not a lot of good matchups this season, but there are a lot of tough picks. The bowls are ranked in reverse order, the least interesting first, and were painstakingly selected with help from the consulting firm of "Manny, Moe & He Doesn't Know Jack.
SPORTS
January 3, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
The glut of bowl games is over except for those special few traditional galas that are always saved for last, "GoDaddy.com" and "Compass" among them. The water-cooler talk leading into championship week involved a million gallons of water being pumped out of the Poinsettia Bowl and the life being pumped out of the Big Ten Conference. College football's final goal-line stand of the season breathlessly ticks toward Sunday's stand-alone showcase, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, played in a baseball park, followed the next day by Oregon versus somebody in the mid-January Second Semester Classic.
SPORTS
December 30, 2010
ARMED FORCES BOWL Southern Methodist vs. Army When: Thursday, 9 a.m. PST. Where: Dallas. On the air: ESPN. About Southern Methodist (7-6 ): The Mustangs have completed a remarkable turnaround under Coach June Jones. The SMU program went 25 years without earning a bowl bid and suffered some of the most severe sanctions in NCAA history. Jones, who is in his third season at SMU, is leading the program to its second consecutive bowl. The Mustangs are coming off a 17-7 loss to Central Florida in the Conference USA championship game.
SPORTS
January 3, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
The glut of bowl games is over except for those special few traditional galas that are always saved for last, "GoDaddy.com" and "Compass" among them. The water-cooler talk leading into championship week involved a million gallons of water being pumped out of the Poinsettia Bowl and the life being pumped out of the Big Ten Conference. College football's final goal-line stand of the season breathlessly ticks toward Sunday's stand-alone showcase, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, played in a baseball park, followed the next day by Oregon versus somebody in the mid-January Second Semester Classic.
SPORTS
December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA started the new decade in the 2000 Sun Bowl by carrying on a '90s tradition -- losing to Wisconsin in a bowl game. The Badgers beat the Bruins twice in the Rose Bowl, in the 1993 and 1998 seasons. In the 2000 Sun Bowl in El Paso, UCLA blew a 20-7 second-half lead and lost, 21-20. The Bruins lost quarterback Cory Paus, who broke a collarbone during the game. They also failed on a fake field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, setting up the Badgers' game-winning touchdown.
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December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA faces a Virginia Tech defense in the Hyundai Sun Bowl that is weakened by injuries. The Hokies will be without cornerback Kyle Fuller, who had surgery for a core muscle injury. Cornerback Antone Exum is doubtful because of an ankle injury. That leaves freshmen Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson as starters. They aren't the type you can pick on. Fuller has a team-high six interceptions. They benefit from what the Hokies have up front. “A lot of what they're able to do in the secondary is a product of their pass rush,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said.
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December 30, 2010
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December 13, 2013 | By Roger Simmons and Aaron Deslatte
Jameis Winston's sexual assault investigation is not going to be reopened, despite a plea from the accuser's attorney on Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement through a spokeswoman Friday afternoon saying there are no plans to look into the case again. "The state attorney's office and FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] did a thorough investigation of this case and they concluded that no further action on this matter is required," spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in an email to the media.
SPORTS
December 30, 2010
ARMED FORCES BOWL Southern Methodist vs. Army When: Thursday, 9 a.m. PST. Where: Dallas. On the air: ESPN. About Southern Methodist (7-6 ): The Mustangs have completed a remarkable turnaround under Coach June Jones. The SMU program went 25 years without earning a bowl bid and suffered some of the most severe sanctions in NCAA history. Jones, who is in his third season at SMU, is leading the program to its second consecutive bowl. The Mustangs are coming off a 17-7 loss to Central Florida in the Conference USA championship game.
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November 21, 2010 | By Mike Hiserman, Los Angeles Times
Not since the Chicago Bears left after the 1970 NFL season had football been played at Wrigley Field. And now we know why. When Northwestern played host to Illinois on Saturday, both teams shared one sideline ? switching places after halftime ? and all offensive plays headed in the same direction, west. This might be how the game looks on a one-goal-post sandlot field, but it's unusual for a regular-season Big Ten Conference game. The Associated Press reported that the game looked like a "pigskin version of 'Groundhog Day.' " It was played that way because, after months of planning for the Wrigleyville Classic, Big Ten officials declared less than 36 hours before kickoff that there wasn't enough room between the east end zone and the brick wall in what is right field in the baseball configuration.
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