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 701 NETS
 702 RAPTORS
4/19/2014 12:30 PM(et)
+2½
-2½
196 
+2
-2
194 
+2
-2
 
+2½
-2½
194½ 
+2
-2
194 
+2
-2
194 
 703 GRIZZLIES
 704 THUNDER
4/19/2014 9:30 PM(et)
+7
-7
191 
+7
-7
192½ 
+7
-7
 
+7
-7
192½ 
+7
-7
192½ 
+7
-7
192½ 
 705 HAWKS
 706 PACERS
4/19/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+7½
-7½
187 
+7½
-7½
186 
+7½
-7½
 
+7½
-7½
186½ 
+7½
-7½
186 
+7½
-7½
186 
 707 WARRIORS
 708 CLIPPERS
4/19/2014 3:30 PM(et)
+6½
-6½
212 
+7
-7
211½ 
+7
-7
 
+7
-7
211½ 
+7
-7
211½ 
+7
-7
211½ 
 709 MAVERICKS
 710 SPURS
4/20/2014 1:00 PM(et)
+8½
-8½
205 
+9
-9
207 
+9
-9
 
+9
-9
206½ 
+9
-9
206½ 
+9
-9
207 
 711 BOBCATS
 712 HEAT
4/20/2014 3:30 PM(et)
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-10½
189 
+9½
-9½
189½ 
+9½
-9½
 
+9½
-9½
189½ 
+9½
-9½
189½ 
+9½
-9½
189½ 
 713 WIZARDS
 714 BULLS
4/20/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+5
-5
182 
+5
-5
181½ 
+5
-5
 
+5
-5
182½ 
+5
-5
181½ 
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181½ 
 715 BLAZERS
 716 ROCKETS
4/20/2014 9:30 PM(et)
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-5½
216 
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-5½
215½ 
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-5½
 
+5½
-5½
214½ 
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215 
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215½ 
 901 REDS
 902 CUBS
4/18/2014 2:20 PM(et)
-110
+110
off 
 
 
 
 
 
 903 CARDINALS
 904 NATIONALS
4/18/2014 7:05 PM(et)
+105
-105
7p 
 
 
 
 
 
 905 BREWERS
 906 PIRATES
4/18/2014 7:05 PM(et)
+105
-105
7p 
 
 
 
 
 
 907 BRAVES
 908 METS
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
-110
+110
7u 
 
 
 
 
 
 909 PHILLIES
 910 ROCKIES
4/18/2014 8:40 PM(et)
+145
-145
10½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 911 GIANTS
 912 PADRES
4/18/2014 10:10 PM(et)
-110
+110
6½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 913 DIAMONDBACKS
 914 DODGERS
4/18/2014 10:10 PM(et)
+190
-190
7p 
 
 
 
 
 
 915 ANGELS
 916 TIGERS
4/18/2014 7:08 PM(et)
+130
-130
8u 
 
 
 
 
 
 917 BLUEJAYS
 918 INDIANS
4/18/2014 7:05 PM(et)
+120
-120
8p 
 
 
 
 
 
 919 YANKEES
 920 RAYS
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
-110
+110
7½u 
 
 
 
 
 
 921 ORIOLES
 922 REDSOX
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
+130
-130
8p 
 
 
 
 
 
 923 WHITESOX
 924 RANGERS
4/18/2014 8:05 PM(et)
+155
-155
10p 
 
 
 
 
 
 925 TWINS
 926 ROYALS
4/18/2014 8:10 PM(et)
+150
-150
8½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 927 ASTROS
 928 ATHLETICS
4/18/2014 10:05 PM(et)
+200
-200
7p 
 
 
 
 
 
 929 MARINERS
 930 MARLINS
4/18/2014 7:10 PM(et)
+110
-110
7½u 
 
 
 
 
 

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Around FCS: Mickey being Mickey

Philadelphia, PA. (Sports Network) - Those of us who are baseball fans, particularly in Boston, Cleveland and now Los Angeles, are well aware of the saying "Manny being Manny," in regards to Dodger slugger Manny Ramirez.

But in FCS, we have our equivalent to Manny Ramirez. The phrase around here is "Mickey being Mickey," in reference to James Madison coach Mickey Matthews.

For those of you who have never met the sometimes gregarious, often-times tempestuous Dukes headmaster, first let me say that Mickey Matthews is one of those characters that you love to have around.

If writer Damon Runyon was still spinning his yarns and covering FCS, he would have created a character just like Matthews. In our case, no one had to make this loveable guy up. Mickey is there for all to see and hear and is glad to grab all of the attention he can get.

If I could trade jobs with any beat writer in FCS for a week, it would be Mike Barber of the Harrisonburg (VA) Daily News Record. Barber has the fortune of getting to cover Matthews at his colorful best...and worst, every week as the James Madison sports reporter for the DNR.

Matthews has been getting plenty of attention in the past few weeks as his JMU squad has ascended to the No.1 spot in The Sports Network Top-25 poll for the first time since winning the 2004 national championship and retaining that ranking early into the 2005 season.

Attention is something that Mickey loves in bunches. But he might have gotten carried away a bit by his comments to Barber which were released in Tuesdays DNR.

Basking in the afterglow of Saturdays dramatic 38-31 victory over Richmond, Matthews was ready to cast anyone other than JMU into the role of FCS title favorites during his weekly press conference.

Among his juiciest comments:

"Appalachians got the schedule to win it," Matthews said of a team his Dukes beat 35-32 last month. "Their leagues not that good. They're going to walk through their league and be well-rested for the playoffs and have everyone (of their postseason games) in Boone again, so that makes them the favorite. Until somebody makes them play a road playoff game, I think you've got to say Appalachians the favorite."

Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore, who recruited Matthews as a prep player in Texas when Moore was a member of Hayden Frys staff at SMU, is one of Matthews closest friends in coaching, so you know that Moore and his Mountaineers were getting some good snickers out of those comments on Tuesday afternoon in Boone.

It didn't play so funny in other part of the Southern Conference.

One sports information director at a SoCon school said of ASU: "Their only two losses the entire season last year were in our league. They were undefeated against everyone else pre-conference and post-conference, including Michigan."

Matthews also must not have noticed that the SoCon had three teams ranked in the top four of this weeks Sports Network poll, Appalachian State at No.2, Elon at No.3 and Wofford at No.4. Only JMU stands in the way of a clean SoCon sweep.

Closer to his home in the Colonial Athletic Association, Matthews said he is worried about No.7-ranked Villanova, which the Dukes play on the road on October 25th.

The Wildcats caught Matthews eyes when he was studying game film in preparation for last Saturdays Richmond contest.

"I would say Villanovas probably more of a favorite to win the national championship than us," said Matthews. "Those guys are good. They're pretty good now. You haven't watched the tape. Its like watching horror movies, now, how good they are."

There was still more from Matthews about Villanova.

"They whipped Richmond very soundly. They should have beaten them by three or four scores. Villanova is Appalachian good. They're good. They will beat Rhode Island (this Saturdays opponent) very badly. ... They're a top-five football team. They're national-championship caliber."

With two whole weeks to prepare for the Wildcats, Matthews is still concerned about his next opponent.

"We're going to worry about the Villanova Wildcats," Matthews said, as he cautioned about his team looking down the schedule towards the playoffs. "They've been very good about listening to us. They really are. We can't get ahead of ourselves."

Andy Talley, the veteran coach at Villanova, laughed and shook his head when he learned of Matthews laudatory remarks.

"They've got that senior quarterback (Walter Payton Award candidate Rodney Landers) and we've got a kid playing quarterback (sophomore Chris Whitney) who barely shaves," Talley said. "Mickeys just trying to build us up before we play them next week."

Whatever happens with the Dukes the rest of the season, you can count on Mickey to keep delivering those classic quotes, win or lose, the rest of this season and in years to come.

SORTING THINGS OUT

After a wild weekend of upsets, this Saturdays schedule will go a step further to separating the contenders from the pretenders as teams continue their push for FCS playoff berths.

We watched last week as Eastern Washington, a top-10 team on most preseason poll ballots, was eliminated from any serious playoff consideration with a 19-3 loss to Montana, which kept its hopes of a 16th consecutive playoff bid and 11th Big Sky Conference title alive.

Teams like The Citadel (3-3), North Dakota State (3-3) and Richmond (4-3) went on life support following losses to Elon, Western Illinois and James Madison.

More teams are likely to find themselves in a similar position following this weekends games.

No.9 Richmond, a top-four team at the beginning of the season and the No.1 ranked team nationally for one week, needs a victory at No.10 Massachusetts (5-2) to stay in the playoff hunt, while the Minutemen know they better come away victorious with a tough slate of CAA games remaining, including one at No.11 New Hampshire.

The Citadel, ranked 24th this week, is another team that has to win out to have any shot at the playoffs and the Bulldogs have to go on the road against nemesis Furman, the 19th-ranked team. Even if The Citadel beats Furman, the Bulldogs must get past Wofford and Florida on the road to stay in the hunt.

Furman is desperate in its own right with a schedule that includes trips to Appalachian State and Wofford on the horizon.

The Southland Conference is just getting up to speed, but a pair of matchups this Saturday should clarify an early favorite as No.13 Central Arkansas travels to Texas State - fresh off an upset of McNeese State - and No.12 McNeese State visits Sam Houston State.

Sam Houston State, just outside the top-25, almost toppled Central Arkansas last Saturday before losing 48-46 in an aerial circus featuring UCAs Nathan Brown (20-of-28, 269 yards and three TDs) and the Bearkats Rhett Bomar (29- of-47, 361 yards and three TDs).

Don't be surprised if you find a playoff-type atmosphere in Lynchburg, VA when Lafayette and No.15 Liberty meet. Lafayette has one of the top defenses in FCS and is looking like a team that could challenge for the Patriot League title, while Liberty will be looking to prove its high ranking again against a quality, playoff-caliber opponent.

And for those who enjoy tradition, there is the always entertaining series between Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.

Georgia Southern and 2007 Payton Award winner Jayson Foster snapped ASUs 30- game home winning streak last year in Boone, NC and the Mountaineers will be looking to return the favor in Statesboro, GA this Saturday, a place where ASU has won only twice in the past 13 years.

Georgia Southern is another team with fading playoff hopes with a 3-3 record and tough games at The Citadel and Furman still remaining. But Eagle- Mountaineer games always seem to come down to the final play, no matter what else is on the line.

All in all, it should make for another great FCS weekend.

10/15/2008 4:58:58 PM