Georgia fans took over Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday

Georgia football fans took over Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday

If the angles on TV didn’t already do it justice, Georgia fans absolutely took over Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

After invading Nashville to kick off the 2019 season, you all have been with this team through thick and thin, and for that we say thank you.

This journey is far from over, but today was another great step in the right direction for the game we’ve been waiting for since Jacksonville.

But first, take a moment to enjoy these pics from ‘The Flats’.

Joel Embiid has been a new player since zero-point game in Toronto

The Sixers have won each of their last three games, and Joel Embiid has been a truly dominant force in each of those contests.

Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers saw their quest for the Larry O’Brien trophy end at the hands of Kawhi Leonard and one of the most dramatic shots the NBA has ever seen.

And when Joel Embiid returned to the scene of the crime — the place where he was last seen sobbing in the aftermath of the heartbreak — he turned in the worst performance of his young career.

In the games since then, though, the young big man has been quite dominant. With 32 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in Saturday night’s win over the visiting Indiana Pacers, Embiid has put together an incredible stretch. Over the last three contests, he’s averaging 30.7 points, 14.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and two blocks. He’s also taken a total of 44 free throws, an average of 14.7 per contest.

His newfound productivity isn’t a coincidence, either. According to Kyle Neubeck of the Philly Voice, Embiid has experienced an awakening since the Nov. 25 debacle at Scotiabank Arena.

Since the Toronto game, I kind of changed my mindset on the whole season. I have not been as aggressive as I was last year, attempting 10 free throws a game, so the last couple of games I have just been aggressive… Just being more physical, creating the contact, causing whoever is guarding me to react to it.

Of course, until the Sixers head back up to Toronto and Embiid’s dominance travels to Canada with him, little else will matter. As of right now, the perception is that the combination of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam is a bit too much for him. His individual brilliance and ability to put up impressive stat lines has never been in question. His ability to beat the Raptors has.

Embiid will have the opportunity to prove otherwise when the Sixers next play at the Raptors on Jan. 22, though Toronto will pay Philadelphia a visit for a Dec. 8 contest at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers will enter play on Dec. 1 with a 14-6 record, while the Raptors — even without Leonard — are sitting pretty at 14-4./

Embiid will have to wait a few games to get some revenge against the Raptors, but he is helping the Sixers do something more important right now — string together some wins. The club has now won three straight and seven of their last eight and will host the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Hopefully, for the team’s sake, Embiid’s dominance will continue.

WATCH: Florida football fans carry on Tom Petty tradition under the lights in Gainesville

Florida Gators fans continued their tradition of honoring Tom Petty on Saturday in Gainesville

The Florida Gators knocked off Florida State on Saturday by a score of 40-17, to extend their rivalry win streak to 2 games.

Of course, we at UGA Wire are far from fans of the Gators, but we will admit some traditions in college football are worth mentioning at given moments.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium singing Tom Petty’s ‘Won’t Back Down’ on Saturday was one of those times.

Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this short video from Gainesville.

We know no one can ‘Light Up The Fourth Quarter’ like Georgia, but this tradition is pretty cool, you have to admit. Props to Florida for continuing to honor Petty.

And thanks for that resume boost on the schedule tonight as well. We run the East!

Georgia’s final TD against Georgia Tech was even funnier than you thought

Georgia football’s final touchdown against Georgia Tech was even funnier than you probably thought

Remember that last touchdown Georgia scored against Georgia Tech Saturday to hang half a hundred on the Jackets?

You know, the one that made this guy put a bag back on his head?

Well, if you weren’t at the game or you hit the exits for a head start on traffic, you missed one epic fail by the Jackets.

Georgia Tech, the so-called engineering school, decided to blast ‘Kernkraft 400’ from the stadium speakers in the middle of a play and well, it didn’t go as planned.

Whether this was planned out or just an accident, the Jackets fumbled a Jake Camarda punt in the end zone, which Tyson Campbell fell on for the Georgia touchdown.

(Sound up)

This put the Dawgs over the magic number of 50, officially locking up the biggest beatdown in the game’s history for the good guys.

If you weren’t in Bobby Dodd Saturday, it was probably the funniest sequence you’ll ever see.

Go Dawgs! We Run This State!

Bucs vs. Jaguars: Week 13 Jags Wire staff picks and predictions

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be returning home to take on the Tampa Bay Bucs after spending a month away from TIAA Bank Field. They’ll be looking to end a three-game skid against a group that has some momentum after the Bucs took it to the Atlanta …

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be returning home to take on the Tampa Bay Bucs after spending a month away from TIAA Bank Field. They’ll be looking to end a three-game skid against a group that has some momentum after the Bucs took it to the Atlanta Falcons Week 12.

Here are our predictions for Week 13 as fans will get to witness an in-state rivalry in North Florida:

James Johnson (@Sportsgrind_Don): 35 Jags, 31 Bucs

Call it a gut feeling, but I believe both teams will score a lot of points. The Jags’ defense isn’t elite anymore and hasn’t been for a while. They also could be without starters Myles Jack and Tre Herndon against a very good Bucs passing unit to make matters worse. However, the Bucs’ defense is even worse (at least against the pass) making for the perfect situation for Nick Foles to find his groove. I believe the Jags will make one more key play than their in-state rivals a notch a win here.

Phil Smith (@PhiltheFilipino): Jags 16, Bucs 14

Three straight division losses have seemingly sent the locker room and fanbase into an all-out frenzy. The Jaguars are a better team than the Bucs, they should win this game handily, however, they’ll find a way to make it much closer than it needs to be. As I mentioned last week, it’s in the team’s best interest to lose out, but they’ll trip into a win in front of an empty TIAA Bank Stadium with fans growing tired of the poor choices by the organization.

Jacob DeLawrence (@_Jdela): Jags 17, Bucs 10

This game is literally the definition of a pick-em game. Both teams have fallen short of their expectations for the season. Both teams are also suffering from inconsistent quarterback play and that will likely be the theme of the day and the reason why the Jags win. Jameis Winston will throw a costly pick that leads to a field goal that seals it.

Daniel Griffis (@GriffisNFL): 26 Bucs, Jags 20

Confidence in the Jaguars has hit an all-time low. The team has lost three straight games by 20 or more points and have shown no signs of turning it around. Both sides of the balk are struggling, but with the turnover prone Tampa Bay Bucs coming to town, the team may be able to show signs of life. I think the Jags come away disappointed, but will manage to keep it close.

Robert Ricks (@rrickswriting): Bucs 36, Jags 23

The Jags will have their hands completely full with a potential makeshift group in the front seven, who will have to guard both Buccaneers receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The Jaguars will need to force Jameis Winston into a couple of turnovers to keep this game even. I predict that Nick Foles will struggle, which could lead to him getting benched in favor of Gardner Minshew II in this game.

Ryan Kerrigan praised as ironman streak comes to an end

Ryan Kerrigan won’t suit up this weekend.

Ryan Kerrigan’s incredible attendance sheet comes to an end this weekend when the Washington Redskins take the field.

Kerrigan won’t be able to suit up due to a concussion, meaning his consecutive games streak ends at 139.

Bill Callahan, interim head coach, was one of many to offer praise, per’s Kyle Stackpole:

“I can’t even begin to express how much he’s meant to this organization, what he’s contributed, what he means to this teammates and the type of pro that he is day in and day out. He’s a consummate pro as you just watch him around the facility, in the meeting room, on the field. There’s no better example of what a pro should be in the NFL than Ryan Kerrigan.”

There’s also this to consider:

Kerrigan, after all, is 31 years old and he’s only got one year left on his deal. Were the Redskins smart, they’d reward him with another massive extension without worrying about a one or two-game absence this year.

Either way, the praise continuing to roll in for Kerrigan is more than warranted.

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Michigan hosts massive amount of recruits for The Game

The Wolverines had its biggest in-season recruiting weekend at the Ohio State game.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  The endgame might not have been what Michigan football wanted, but in recruiting, it’s not always about the end result of what prospects see on the field.

Actually, sometimes, in some ways, a loss can entice a recruit that they can step in and be an early difference-maker.

For the Ohio State game, the Wolverines easily had their biggest recruiting weekend of the season, hosting dozens of recruits and commits for The Game.

Among the standouts were frequent visitor, 2021 Clarkston (MI) four-star lineman Rocco Spindler, 2021 Cincinnati (OH) Roger Bacon four-star RB Corey Kiner (who OSU is also pursuing), 2021 Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic four-star DT Tywone Malone, 2022 Aurora (CO) Regis Jesuit four-star QB Nicco Marchiol (who made his second in-season visit), 2021 Winnetka (IL) New Trier four-star OT David Davidkov, 2021 Brentwood (TN) Academy four-star OT Eli Sutton, 2021 Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy four-star OT JC Latham and 2021 Belleville (MI) four-star DT Damon Payne.

WolverinesWire was there to capture as many of the top prospects who made the visit to The Big House.

Massive gallery below:

2021 Bellaire (TX) Episcopal three-star OT Cullen Montgomery
2020 Michigan commit Nikhai Hill-Green

Rocco Spindler and Giovanni El-Hadi

2021 Livonia (MI) Detroit Country Day three-star OT Caleb Tiernan

Carl Frampton cruises to shutout victory over Tyler McCreary

Carl Frampton outclassed Tyler McCreary en route to a shutout decision victory Saturday in Las Vegas.

Carl Frampton said loudly and clearly with his performance on Saturday, “I’m still here.”

Frampton dominated relative novice Tyler McCreary from beginning to end, putting down the Toledo fighter twice with body shots and winning a shutout 10-round decision at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

And Frampton, who hadn’t fought in almost a year, said he did it even though he broke his hand in training twice and might’ve done it again early in the fight Saturday.

On top of that, he was fighting in a new division, junior lightweight. The fighters agreed on a 128-pound catch weight.

Frampton dominated his taller opponent, who had never been in a scheduled 10-rounder, in every conceivable way but the body shots were the most telling blows.

“That was the plan from the start, to target the body,” said Frampton, a two-division titleholder. “He’s pretty tall and we saw gaps. And my hand was not great coming into the fight. The body is softer. I feel like I hurt (the hand) again in the second round. That’s why it wasn’t the most exciting fight. I wanted to be safe with the hand.

“… I knew I had a lot of support. There was no way I wasn’t fighting.”

McCreary (16-1-1, 7 knockouts) was a good amateur, meaning he brought some skills into the ring. However, he seemed to be overwhelmed by both a crafty veteran and the moment.

McCreary would’ve been well served to fight Frampton from the outside but had no hope of keeping the Irish fighter off of him.

Frampton (27-2, 15 KOs) simply pounded the body, landed some eye-catching punches to the head and won round after round.

He landed a left to the body early in Round 6, forcing McCreary to take a knee. Then, in Round 9, a vicious double left to same spot forced McCreary to a knee again. He got up and finished the fight but never came close to solving the puzzle Frampton presented.

McCreary lost every round on all three cards.

Frampton was coming off a surprising unanimous-decision loss to Josh Warrington last December, which had the 32-year-old questioning his future in the sport. His performance on Saturday was a solid step toward another title shot.

Frampton’s dream is to win a belt in a third division. A possible opponent is 130-pound titleholder Jamel Herring, who was in the arena for the fight Saturday.

“He’s a two-division champion for a reason,” Herring said at ringside. “He did what he had to do. Especially after a year off and after some setbacks, he looked good. … I would love to fight him.”

That’s music to Frampton’s ears.

Tobias Harris praises Ben Simmons, team after Sixers win vs. Pacers

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris praises Ben Simmons and the team following a win over the Indiana Pacers.

The Philadelphia 76ers still have a lot of growing to do if they want to seriously compete for a championship, but Saturday was a nice step in the right direction.

They had to dig deep and not give in after allowing the Indiana Pacers to rally and take the lead after they led by 15. The Sixers had to continue to fight and come away with a 119-116 win after some clutch plays down the stretch by Ben Simmons on the defensive end.

Tobias Harris, who had 22 points, was impressed with Simmons as he said:

It just shows his ability and what he is capable of. We know as a team what we expect from one another and what we expect from Ben too so just him being able to find a way to will us to a victory, willing our team, I think that’s what we have to continue to grow on. We’re finding that out as a group in the fourth quarter different guys at different times being able to impact the game through different ways so with Ben he can do it either on the offensive or defensive emd. He’s overall, an amazing talent.

The Sixers had to fight through some adversity in order to win this one being on the second night of a back-to-back and then having a hard-charging Pacers team continue to find ways to score coupled with a few questionable calls from the officiating. It was an impressive win for the group.

Harris added:

Sometimes, it goes that way. The foul on the three, that was discouraging for me, I would do anything to be able to win the game at that point. Overall, I was just able to try to get into a rhythm in the fourth quarter from the start of it and do anything to will us to victory. I think coming off a back-to-back, this is a crucial game. Two teams that kind of, their records are right there with one another and us being at home, we wanted to protect our court and we really want to make a statement as we continue to try and get on a little streak here with wins and being able to go on the road and win so we’re continuing to progress. This was a good step.

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Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Fall In Overtime 33-30 To UNLV

Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Fall In Overtime 33-30 To UNLV Nevada’s rally falls short in overtime as they drop the regular season finale to UNLV 33-30 Contact/Follow @BrandonGBlake & @MWCwire Wolf Pack Rally Falls Short As Rebels Win In OT To Retain …

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Nevada Football: Wolf Pack Fall In Overtime 33-30 To UNLV

Nevada’s rally falls short in overtime as they drop the regular season finale to UNLV 33-30

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Wolf Pack Rally Falls Short As Rebels Win In OT To Retain Fremont Cannon

Heading into the fourth quarter in their contest against the UNLV Rebels, the Wolf Pack were down by a score of 27-13 against their in state rivals. It was in the fourth quarter that the Wolf Pack mounted a comeback to tie the game at 27-27 and force overtime. But Nevada’s comeback bid fell short in overtime as Steven Jenkins’ second touchdown catch of the game in overtime helped UNLV defeat Nevada 33-30.

The Rebels win over the Wolf Pack means that the Fremont Cannon stays red for another year and UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez, who was fired this week, finishes his tenure on a winning note.  For the Wolf Pack, they dug themselves in a hole early and fought back but it was all for naught as they lose to their in-state rivals for the second straight season.

The Rebels jumped out early in this contest after Daniel Guiterrez made a 40 yard field goal to put UNLV up 3-0. After Brandon Talton missed a 29 yard field goal for Nevada, UNLV got the ball back and scored in one play when running back Charles Williams scored on an 80-yard touchdown run to put the Rebels up 10-0.On UNLV’s next offensive possession, quarterback Kenyon Oblad connected with wide receiver Mekhi Stevenson for a 32-yard touchdown pass to extend the Rebels lead to 17-0.

In the second quarter, the Wolf Pack offense got it going when Devonte Lee scored on a two yard touchdown run to put Nevada on the board 17-7. A pair of Brandon Talton field goals cut UNLV’s lead to 17-13. UNLV pushed the lead back into double digits when Oblad connected with wide receiver Steve Jenkins for a 75 yard touchdown pass to make it 24-13 after the first half.

After a scoreless third quarter by both teams, the scoring picked back up in the fourth quarter when UNLV’s Daniel Gutierrez connected on a 50 yard field goal to extend the Rebels lead to 27-13. Late in the fourth quarter, the Wolf Pack cut into the UNLV lead when Carson Strong connected with Dominic Christian on a 24 yard touchdown pass to make it 27-20 UNLV. After the Rebels went three and out on offense, they punted the ball back to the Nevada offense. 

On Nevada’s next possession, the Wolf Pack went on a 10 play, 75 yard scoring drive capped off by a two yard touchdown drive by Devonte Lee and the extra point by Talton tied the game at 27. After both UNLV and Nevada went three and out on their final offensive drives in regulation, the game went into overtime.

The Rebels won the toss and elected to play defense as Nevada got the ball first. On the Wolf Pack’s offensive drive in overtime, they went three and out on offense as UNLV’s defense forced a field goal. The Wolf Pack did connected on a 42 yard field goal by Talton to give Nevada the 30-27 lead in overtime.

Three plays into UNLV’s first offensive possession of the overtime period, Oblad connected with receiver Steven Jenkins for a 19 yard touchdown pass to win the game for UNLV in overtime. 

After the touchdown by Jenkins to end the game, there was a fracas that broke out between the Nevada and UNLV players. The UNLV players were celebrating the win and players from both teams were milling around the endzone and then a fight broke out between players from both teams.

The fight between the Nevada and UNLV players eventually ended up with a mass of players from both teams being pinned up in the south endzone of the stadium. Objects such as snowballs were thrown onto the field and eventually the fight was broken up and the players on both teams were separated.

It was a tough loss for Nevada that was compounded by the ugly fight at the end of the game. There could be a possibility that the Mountain West conference could hand out penalties and possibly suspensions due to the fight. 

The Wolf Pack end the regular season with a 7-5 record  while UNLV ends their season with a 4-8 record. Nevada will now await to see if they will play in a bowl game and that announcement should happen next week.

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