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Andy Dalton's Not Looking Past Jaguars


Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton isn't looking past their game against Jacksonville (1-7) on Sunday.

The Bengals (4-2-1) are coming off a big win over the Ravens and Dalton will have his team ready for a young Jaguars defense.

"Up-front they're really good," Dalton said.  "With the speed, and the way they rush the passer, and the things that they do -- we've got to be ready for that stuff. We've got to know the type of team we're playing, and we've got a good plan in so we'll be prepared."

Jacksonville is 0-4 on the road this year, but Dalton knows they'll be hungry for a win.

"They've been playing better recently. You look at the record, and it doesn't show what they are on tape," Dalton said. "They're flying around, making plays. But we're not really worried about what they're doing, it's more what we're going to do, the execution of everything, and if we do that, we'll put ourselves in good spots."

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Gary Patterson Says He's Taking It One Game at a Time


iStockphoto(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Seventh-ranked TCU (6-1) will have another tough task at hand on Saturday when they travel to No. 20 West Virginia (6-2).

Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson is happy to see his team bowl eligible at this point in the season, but knows there are still more games to play.

"Everything now counts as one," Patterson said this week. "[We have] two tough games in a row [starting with] West Virginia in Morgantown. They're playing really well on both sides of the ball. You can say the same thing about Kansas State. Then a three-week stretch with Kansas, Texas and Iowa State. We just have to take it one at a time."

West Virginia comes into the game averaging 36.9 points per game.

"Coach [Dana] Holgorsen has really done a great job," Patterson said. "They're kind of in the same situation we've been in coming into the Big 12. We've had identical records the first two years. Both our games with each other have gone to overtime. We've beat each other at home. We have to find a way to win."

TCU is only giving up 21.6 points per game this year.

"We've played really well at times," Patterson said of his defense.  "They've figured some things out. They didn't play well for a quarter last week. We saw three plays that we hadn't seen. They ran the back vertical, which is a really good play, and we missed a tackle. Then two hitch screens, but you have to get ready to play."

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Gus Malzahn Says Ole Miss Is 'One of the Better Teams'


Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Third-ranked Auburn (6-1) will get one the biggest tests this season when they travel to fourth-ranked Ole Miss (7-1) on Saturday.

The Tigers are 3-1 in their SEC matchups this year and head coach Gus Malzahn is well aware of Mississippi's defense that is only allowing 10.3 points per game.

"[They have a] great defense [and] very good on offense," Malzahn said. "They have a senior quarterback who has a lot of experience. He's a very nifty runner in their zone read and power [run game]."

"Overall, this is one of the better teams in their country," he added.

Malzahn credited the work Rebels head coach Hugh Freeze has done in a short amount of time at the school.

"He's really good at what he does," Malzahn said.  "He's a great coach, he's a great communicator, he's got great vision. It doesn't surprise me because he's one of the best at what he does."

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Belichick Calls Manning 'Best Quarterback I've Ever Coached Against'


Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(FOXBORO, Mass.) -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has created many defensive schemes in his 40 years of NFL coaching, but during that time, the man under the hoodie says he's never faced a quarterback better than Peyton Manning.

"I mean, (Manning is) great, he's obviously a great quarterback," Belichick said. "The best quarterback I've coached against."

Belichick's comments come in the wake of his team's match-up versus Manning's Denver Broncos Sunday in Foxboro.

Belichick has schemed against Manning 22 times as either a coordinator or head coach, going 12-10 in those games.

Belichick also said, "I see no weaknesses in (Manning's) game".

"I truly appreciate those words because of just the unbelievable productivity and consistency of his teams over the course of his entire career," Manning said after hearing Belichick's comments.

The Denver Broncos (6-1) and the New England Patriots (6-2) will square off at Gillette Stadium Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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ESPN: Robert Griffin III Will Start Sunday


Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN.

The 24-year-old has been out since week two when he dislocated his left ankle. He participated in full during practice Wednesday, taking snaps with the first team offense.

During his three NFL seasons, Griffin has started 30 games, completing 63.3% of his passes for 6,708 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions, while also rushing for 1,328 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Bruins Lose Krug for 2-3 Weeks


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Mass.) -- The Boston Bruins' blueline takes another hit.

Torey Krug will miss two to three weeks with a broken finger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning.

Krug broke the finger after getting slashed during his final shift in the Bruins loss to Minnesota Tuesday night.

Krug joins a growing list of injured Boston defensemen. The B's are already without captain Zdeno Chara for four to six weeks with a left knee injury and Kevan Miller, who has a dislocated right shoulder.

Despite the growing list of injuries, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is staying upbeat.

“For us, with our system, it’s about not just about the defensemen, but really the whole aspect of all the guys on the ice and playing a good system,” Bergeron said. “And that’s what we need to have.”

The Bruins (5-6-0, 10pts) re-called defensemen David Warsofsky and Joe Morrow from their AHL affiliate in Providence to pick up the slack.

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Bumgarner Does It Again, Giants Win World Series


Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday pitched five innings of scoreless relief on two days' rest to lead the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner inherited a one-run lead when he came into the game in the fifth inning and maintained it until the end, as the Giants nipped the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

"This is as good as it gets, World Series Game 7," Bumgarner said. "It's a pretty stressful one at the same time. We're just thankful for the opportunity and we're blessed to have the success that we've had." 

The Giants took a quick two-run lead in the top of the second when Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford hit sacrifice flies off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie. The Royals answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Gordon doubled home Billy Butler and then scored on an Omar Infante sac fly to tie the game.

Guthrie pitched into the fourth inning, where he allowed two singles and was relieved by Kelvin Herrera. Herrera allowed an RBI single to Morse to give the Giants the lead for good.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and one walk, while striking out one, before being relieved by Jeremy Affeldt. 

Affeldt pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win before giving way to Bumgarner.

Bumgarner threw 68 pitches, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out four en route to winning the series MVP. The performance dropped his career World Series ERA to a record-low 0.25.

"That first inning that he came out I could tell he was just trying to get loose a little bit," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of Bumgarner's performance. "But after that it was like he was in Game 5. I mean he was just hitting his spots, moving it both sides of the plate, throwing the breaking ball. It's gotta be one of the greatest performances in postseason history."

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Scoreboard Roundup - 10/29/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - World Series - Game 7: San Francisco Giants 3 - Kansas City Royals 2 (Giants wins World Series, 4-3)

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 108 (1-0) – Milwaukee Bucks 106 (0-1) OT

Indiana Pacers 103 (1-0) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (0-1)

Boston Celtics 121 (1-0) – Brooklyn Nets 105 (0-1)

Miami Heat 107 (1-0) – Washington Wizards 95 (0-1)

Toronto Raptors 109 (1-0) – Atlanta Hawks 102 (0-1)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (1-0) – Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (0-1)

Chicago Bulls 104 (1-0) – New York Knicks 80 (0-1)

Portland Trail Blazers 106 (1-0) - Oklahoma City Thunder 89 (0-1)

Golden State Warriors 95 (1-0) - Sacramento Kings 77 (0-1)

Phoenix Suns 119 (1-0) - Los Angeles Lakers 99 (0-2)

Houston Rockets 104 (2-0) - Utah Jazz 93 (0-1)

Denver Nuggets 89 (1-0) - Detroit Pistons 79 (0-1)

NHL: Detroit Red Wings 4 (5-2-2; 12pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-3-2; 10pts) 

Nashville Predators 4 (6-1-2, 14pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (4-5-1, 9pts)

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Jaguars Place CB Alan Ball on Injured Reserve


iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Jacksonville Jaguars starting cornerback Alan Ball was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a biceps injury.

The seven-year NFL veteran suffered the injury against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7.

In seven starts this season, Ball had 22 tackles and one interception. The Jaguars defense is ranked 25th overall in the NFL.

Ball was originally selected out of Illinois by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL draft. In five seasons with Dallas, he had 104 tackles, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and a half-sack. He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans.

To replace Ball on the 53-man roster, the Jaguars signed cornerback Tommie Campbell. 

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Hawaii Removes Gib Arnold as Men's Basketball Coach


iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- The University of Hawaii has ousted men’s head basketball coach Gib Arnold. The move was the result of an NCAA investigation that centers on a document that was altered to benefit a player being admitted, according to ESPN.

Assistant Brandyn Akana also has been removed from the coaching staff.

“These painful but critical steps are being taken in an effort to strengthen our athletics program and to do right by our student athletes and students in general,” said Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay in a statement. “We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future.”

During his four-year tenure at Hawaii, Arnold compiled a record of 72-55, including 20-11 last season.

I do know we have never paid any players or recruits, never committed any academic fraud, never had an off-court issue involving domestic violence or criminal behavior,” Arnold said in a statement on Wednesday. “We ran a program the people of Hawaii could be proud of.

Assistant head coach Benjy Taylor will take over on an interim basis.

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