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Jae Crowder, Suns Agree To Three-Year Deal – hoopsrumors.com

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The Suns have reached an agreement to sign Jae Crowder to a three-year contract, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter). The deal will be worth just shy of $30MM, tweets Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press. Phoenix will use its full mid-level exception to complete the signing.

Jae Crowder, Suns Agree To Three-Year Deal - hoopsrumors.comCrowder, who finished the season in Miami, reportedly explored a new deal with the Heat, but was seeking a guaranteed multiyear commitment that the Heat weren’t comfortable with, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald (Twitter link).

League sources tell Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter link) that Crowder also drew interest from the Mavericks, Timberwolves, Clippers, and Hornets, but that Phoenix’s offer was ultimately too good to pass up.

Crowder, 30, provides value as a three-and-D player who has the size to guard bigger wings. He also played some of his best basketball at exactly the right time in his contract year.

After being traded from the Grizzlies to the Heat at last season’s deadline, the veteran forward made 44.5% of his threes for Miami in 20 games to finish the season, then started all 21 postseason contests as the Heat came within two wins of a title.

Having secured a commitment from Crowder and having traded for All-Star point guard Chris Paul earlier in the week, the Suns are looking like an intriguing playoff contender in the Western Conference this season. The team finished five games below .500 in 2019/20, but had an impressive 8-0 run in the Walt Disney World bubble, increasing expectations for ’20/21.

Paul and Crowder will join a promising group that includes star guard Devin Booker, former No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, and young wings Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson, among others. The Suns also still hope to re-sign restricted free agent forward Dario Saric, per John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 (Twitter link).

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Quick recap: Everything Jim Harbaugh said after the stinker of a loss to Penn State – Maize n Brew

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Quick recap: Everything Jim Harbaugh said after the stinker of a loss to Penn State - Maize n Brew

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh just left the podium in Ann Arbor after the 27-17 loss to Penn State, their fourth loss in five games and the Nittany Lions’ first win of the season.

Here is a recap of what was covered:

  • Harbaugh says the effort from his team is high and that he has continued that since he has been at Michigan when asked about change in fire or demeanor.
  • Said that the inability to get the right call in on defense and not being able to tackle when they needed one was not good enough today.
  • Cade McNamara’s shoulder tightened up as the game went on
  • Frustration on sidelines during the second half during short-yardage situation was due to spots and that the inability to get a yard when they needed to was “critical in the game.
  • Joe Milton came in during the game late when McNamara’s shoulder just was not going to hold up
  • “Hate losing, so we have to respond by pressing on and attacking it. That will be the response from me and a bunch of our players. That’s our only choice.”
  • Mood is “disappointment” after the game and handing two teams their first win of the season this year
  • On evaluations being made, Harbaugh says they will continue to give their players their best chance to be successful and putting the players out there who the game means a lot to. “I think the guys are working at it and we appreciate the effort.”
  • Harbaugh says the team is showing a lot of progress in running the football and the offensive line and tight ends blocking to open things up. Thinks that both the pass and run games can still get going.
  • Run defense on Saturday was due to lack of setting an edge. Says the team has to tackle better and they have to take away what an offense is trying to do to them.
  • Harbaugh said that Penn State’s backs were able to find the crease at the edge and that they either folded in or didn’t make the tackle. “A combination of things.”
  • Fundamentally, Harbaugh thinks that guys are tackling too high and leaving theirt feet too early.
  • Zak Zinter hurt his thumb in the game against Rutgers and was trying to play through that. Trevor Keegan came in to replace him up front.
  • On what they have left to play for: “For football. For team. There’s really only two real options. Press on and find away.”
  • Asked if his players feel the same way about him as he did about Bo Schembechler, Harbaugh says yes, he thinks they do,

Next up for Michigan is the home finale next weekend against Maryland before the season finale at Ohio State on Dec. 12. Then comes the crossover game on Dec. 19 against an undisclosed opponent in a to be determined location.

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Coppin State vs. Duke Condensed Game | 2020 ACC Mens Basketball – ACC Digital Network

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Indiana Hoosiers QB Michael Penix Jr. injures leg in win vs. Maryland Terrapins – ESPN

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Indiana Hoosiers QB Michael Penix Jr. injures leg in win vs. Maryland Terrapins - ESPN

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. exited the Hoosiers’ win against Maryland with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter after sustaining a lower leg injury and he did not return.

Penix ran for 21 yards to the Maryland 3-yard line when he was injured. He was helped off the field and taken to the locker room by the Indiana training staff. Redshirt sophomore Jack Tuttle finished the game for Indiana, going 5-for-5 for 31 yards in the 27-11 victory.

After the game, Indiana coach Tom Allen couldn’t give specifics on the injury, saying: “Don’t really know right now, we’ll do some more tests to figure it out.” Allen added that they will know more on Monday.

The 12th-ranked Hoosiers are scheduled to play No. 18 Wisconsin in Madison Dec. 5.

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Syracuse football comes up short against NC State, 36-29, spiking ball on 4th down – syracuse.com

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Syracuse football comes up short against NC State, 36-29, spiking ball on 4th down - syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. — A small crew of coaches’ wives, family members and friends of the program lined up outside the Carrier Dome holding signs in appreciation for a 1-8 football team as it stepped off the bus Saturday morning.

Campus had already emptied because of the novel coronavirus. Nobody was allowed in the building — not even the head coach’s wife. This small group comprised the Senior Day festivities before the final home game of a season everyone wants to forget in what has been an unforgettable year.

Syracuse entered the game on a six-game losing streak, shut out last week by a losing team for the first time since Boston College in 1972. There have been so few bright spots in a season full of lows, the pregame signs amounted to one of the touchstone images of 2020.

By the end of a 36-29 loss to North Carolina State, another materialized.

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With 24 seconds to play in the game and SU just 7 yards away from a potential game-tying score, Rex Culpepper scurried around the field hoping a receiving target would emerge. When he was sacked with no timeouts remaining, Culpepper spiked the ball on fourth down with only a couple seconds left on the clock, dramatically ending SU’s best chance at its first win in two months in a masochistic manner.

As SU approaches the finish line next week at Notre Dame, its most endearing quality has been being one of two ACC schools to survive this late in the season without getting tripped up by a Covid-related issue. In a college football season defined by postponements and cancellations, SU has hung its hat on a small consolation: We’ve played them all.

The much-needed payoff for sticking through this bumpy ride nearly arrived two days after Thanksgiving. Nobody will celebrate this team outside of Central New York. It will be written in the annals as one of the worst records in school history. And yet for one day, SU nearly made us forget about all that — until one of the biggest blunders of the year.

The defense harassed NC State’s quarterback into four sacks and a safety in the first half. Twelve of the Orange’s 22 first-half points came off special teams and the defense. Freshman Trebor Pena’s 98-yard kickoff return score was SU’s first since Dorian Graham against West Virginia in 2011.

Later in the first half, cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu delivered a punishing shoulder to CJ Riley to pop the ball up in the air and into the hands of Mikel Jones, who returned it to the 5-yard line. Syracuse settled for a short field goal. The defense later forced a safety when NC State quarterback Bailey Hockman threw a backward pass out of the end zone to avoid a sack.

Syracuse built its largest lead since the Georgia Tech game on Sept. 26, its only win this season, and the offense showed more life than it had in months, with Culpepper uncorking a 60-yard touchdown pass and shaking off a hard hit to fire a dart to Taj Harris for a 13-yard score.

SU took a 22-14 lead into halftime and didn’t succumb the lead until early in the fourth quarter when Emeka Emezie high-pointed a ball while blanketed by Melifonwu to give NC State a 33-29 lead before a failed two-point try.

From there, it was mostly a march to a familiar ending, with NC State bottling up the run, chasing down an end-around with its 6-foot-3, 265-pound transfer defensive lineman from Penn State and surrendering little over the top until Harris tip-toed inbounds on a deep throw down the sideline with 4 minutes remaining in the game to move the ball across midfield.

It sparked the late-game threat that might have turned into the kind of storybook ending everyone hoped for when they stepped off the bus more than four hours earlier.

Instead, a miserable season had one last cruel twist before it ends.

More SU football coverage:

5 seniors took a final lap in the Dome. Is that a sign they played their final home game? (instant takeaways)

Best and worst from Syracuse football’s 36-29 loss to NC State

You grade the Orange after loss to NC State

Syracuse QB JaCobian Morgan will not play vs. NC State

Markus Paul, former Syracuse football All-American, Cowboys strength coach, dies at 54: ‘Our hearts are broken’

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Buffalo Bulls RB Jaret Patterson (409 rushing yards) ties FBS mark with 8 TDs – ESPN

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Buffalo Bulls RB Jaret Patterson (409 rushing yards) ties FBS mark with 8 TDs - ESPN

Buffalo‘s Jaret Patterson had to wait a couple of extra months to run the ball this season, as the Bulls didn’t start playing until November because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Talk about making up for lost time.

Patterson, a junior from Glendale, Maryland, tied the FBS record for rushing touchdowns in a game and had the second highest single-game rushing total with 409 yards and eight scores in a 70-41 victory over Kent State on Saturday.

Patterson tied former Illinois star Howard Griffith’s FBS record of eight rushing touchdowns, set against Southern Illinois in 1990.

“Obviously, he’s very special,” Buffalo coach Lance Leipold said. “Some of those big plays, it’s the patience. It’s the vision once he sees it. Today, even more so, I think there were some broken tackles for either first downs or ones that ended up being huge gains or even touchdowns. Now you start adding his speed, quickness and balance, that’s what makes him one of the best in the country.”

Patterson’s rushing total of 409 yards on 36 carries was the second most behind Oklahoma‘s Samaje Perine’s 427 against Kansas in 2014.

Leipold said he was unaware of how close Patterson was to breaking the single-game rushing yardage and touchdown records until after the game. Paterson came out of the game for the Bulls’ final two offensive snaps; tailback Kevin Marks Jr. scored on a 15-yard touchdown with 1:16 remaining.

“I didn’t even know he had eight touchdowns,” Leipold said. “I wish I would have known a little bit.”

Said Patterson: “When they took me out, they told me [about the records]. My mindset was to run out the clock, so we could get in the locker room and celebrate this win. I wasn’t really thinking, ‘Hey, I need nine.'”

In Patterson’s previous game on Nov. 17, he had 301 yards with four touchdowns in a 42-17 win at Bowling Green. His two-game rushing total of 710 yards is the most in FBS history, breaking Texas star Ricky Williams’ previous mark of 668 set in 1998. Patterson and Williams are the only players in college football history with back-to-back 300-yard rushing games.

Patterson also set an FBS mark with 12 rushing touchdowns in two games.

“It’s honestly shocking,” said Buffalo offensive tackle Kayode Awosika. “It amazes me how much he turns it up as the game goes on. As other guys get tired, he turns it up and up in intensity.”

Through only four games, Patterson is just 80 yards shy of his third straight 1,000-yard season. He became the first Buffalo freshman with more than 1,000 rushing yards in 2018 and set a school record with 1,799 yards last season.

The Bulls (4-0) play at Ohio next week.

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