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 702 RAPTORS
4/19/2014 12:30 PM(et)
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 703 GRIZZLIES
 704 THUNDER
4/19/2014 9:30 PM(et)
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 706 PACERS
4/19/2014 7:00 PM(et)
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186 
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4/19/2014 3:30 PM(et)
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206 
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 712 HEAT
4/20/2014 3:30 PM(et)
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4/20/2014 7:00 PM(et)
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4/20/2014 9:30 PM(et)
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4/19/2014 1:05 PM(et)
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4/19/2014 2:20 PM(et)
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4/19/2014 7:05 PM(et)
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 958 METS
4/19/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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4/19/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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 961 DIAMONDBACKS
 962 DODGERS
4/19/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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8u 
 
 
 
 
 
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4/19/2014 8:40 PM(et)
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 965 BLUEJAYS
 966 INDIANS
4/19/2014 1:05 PM(et)
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 968 TIGERS
4/19/2014 1:08 PM(et)
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 969 ORIOLES
 970 REDSOX
4/19/2014 1:35 PM(et)
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 971 TWINS
 972 ROYALS
4/19/2014 2:10 PM(et)
+130
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8½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 973 ASTROS
 974 ATHLETICS
4/19/2014 4:05 PM(et)
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 975 YANKEES
 976 RAYS
4/19/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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 977 WHITESOX
 978 RANGERS
4/19/2014 8:05 PM(et)
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 979 MARINERS
 980 MARLINS
4/19/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He's worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama's Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He's been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.

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Around FCS: Upsets highlight FCS weekend

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - We might be in the middle of the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision season, but if last week's results are any indication, we still don't have a good idea about how this year could finish.

Last weekend, 11 teams in The Sports Network Top-25 were tagged with losses and several others struggled before recording wins.

There were six games that could be considered legitimate upsets, No. 5 New Hampshire's 28-24 decision over No. 2 Villanova, Stephen F. Austin's 16-13 edging over No. 7 McNeese State, Delaware's 43-27 trouncing of No. 12 Massachusetts, Tennessee State's 20-17 win over No. 16 Eastern Kentucky, Brown's 34-31 triumph over No. 19 Holy Cross and Northern Arizona's 23-10 victory at No. 24 Montana State.

No. 14 Eastern Washington fell at home to No. 21 Weber State 31-13, but many observers were predicting that the Eagles would have their hands full with the defending Big Sky co-champions, who were coming off an upset loss to Montana State.

Some of the other losses were a little more predictable. No. 13 James Madison dropped its home encounter with No. 1 Richmond 21-17, No. 4 Montana pulled away from Cal Poly at home 35-23 and No. 22 Florida A&M performed admirably before losing to Miami 48-16.

No one was expecting No. 25 Eastern Illinois to hang with Penn State in Happy Valley, either, and the Panthers came up 52-3 losers.

No. 6 Southern Illinois needed a huge fourth quarter to pull away from upset- minded Illinois State 43-23 at home, South Dakota State edged Missouri State 24-17 on the road by holding off a late scoring threat and No. 23 Colgate was forced to double overtime before outlasting Princeton in a Thursday night national television game on the road.

No. 8 William & Mary trailed 7-6 at halftime in the chamber of horrors known as Parsons Field, but came back to beat Northeastern 34-14.

No. 9 Appalachian State also got off to a bit of a slow start before beating winless North Carolina Central 55-21 at home.

The only comfortable winners were No. 3 Northern Iowa (42-27 winners over North Dakota State at the Fargodome), No. 10 Elon (43-7 winners over The Citadel at home), No. 11 Central Arkansas (34-0 winners over Northwestern State), No. 17 South Carolina State (37-10 winners over Norfolk State), No. 18 Jacksonville State (41-7 winners over Murray State).

It was one of those weekends, which we seem to see at least once a year, where rankings meant little.

THE WEATHERMEN

New Hampshire took advantage of stiff tail wind to get a big jump on Villanova in the first quarter on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Cowell Stadium.

A pair of passes from quarterback R.J. Toman (15-of-28, 292 yards passing) to tight end Scott Sicko for 85 yards set up 10 of UNH's 16 first-quarter points.

The second pass to Sicko went for a 32-yard touchdown that made it 16-7 and New Hampshire started another drive with the wind at its back that concluded with the Wildcats going 68 yards in 10 plays with Toman's one-yard sneak making it 22-7 two and a half minutes into the second quarter.

Villanova had the wind for the second and third quarters and rallied for 17 points. Matt Szczur scored on a 26-yard pass from Chris Whitney in the second period and added a sparkling 58-yard TD dash from wildcat formation that gave Villanova a 24-22 advantage with 10:58 remaining in the third quarter.

But this game of huge momentum swings had its biggest change. After a partially-blocked punt gave Villanova the ball at the UNH 11, New Hampshire's defense held at the six and forced a Nick Yako field goal attempt that sailed wide right.

Another poor punt gave the ball to Villanova on the next series at the UNH 38, but a sack by Ryan McGuinness and a false start penalty by Jonathan Bugli killed the Villanova possession without a first down.

Having survived these bullets, New Hampshire got into position for two fourth- quarter field goals by Manning from 35 and 22 yards, the second one after Terrence Klein intercepted a tipped Antwon Young pass to make it 28-24.

The New Hampshire defense then stopped two more Villanova drives, the final one with Klein knocking away a fourth and nine pass from the VU 35 with 22 seconds to play.

A NEW FORMULA

For the past couple of years, Stephen F. Austin has built a reputation for high-powered offense, but the Lumberjacks turned back to the past for some defensive motivation to hold off McNeese State 16-13 in Nacogdoches, TX. for their first win over the Cowboys in the past five meetings.

The Lumberjacks held the Cowboys scoreless for nearly three quarters and built a 14-0 lead behind a 19-yard scoring strike from Jeremy Moses (18-of-34, 226 yards passing) to Gralyn Crawford and Dalton Williams' one-yard TD plunge.

With Payton Award candidate Toddrick Pendland slowed by a leg injury, McNeese State lacked its normal rushing attack, but the Cowboys finally scored with 16 seconds left in the third quarter on Champlain Babin's five-yard burst followed an interception by Seth Thomas.

But SFA stepped up again to block Josh Lewis' extra point and left the score at 14-6.

The Lumberjacks added two points on a safety when McNeese State was called for offensive holding in the end zone to increase their lead to 10 with less than 11 minutes left.

Babin scored again with six minutes to play on a 31-yard pass from Derrick Fourroux (23-of-40 for 248 yards passing). It was now a three-point game, but the Cowboys fumbled the ball away at the SFA 43 with 50 seconds remaining.

McNeese State out-gained Stephen F. Austin 427-270, however, the Cowboys were derailed by two turnovers, a field goal attempt that hit an upright and 10 penalties for 120 yards in this Southland Conference opener.

FEELING BLUE

To many, it appeared that UMass was experiencing a bit of a renaissance under new coach Kevin Morris. But that return hit a big speed bump in a CAA game at Delaware in a 43-27 loss.

The Blue Hens hit the Minutemen for 20 points in less than 11 minutes, with Pat Devlin firing a pair of touchdown passes (15 yards to Mark Mackey and 22 yards to Mark Duncan) and Marcus Burley returning a fumble 42 yards for another score.

Two more TD tosses from Devlin to Trevor Mooney and Duncan of four and 27 yards increased the Delaware lead to 37-6 in the third period. Devlin finished 19- of-26 for 284 yards.

UMass scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, but the game was pretty much over by then.

CHANGING TIMES

Eastern Kentucky has dominated its series with Tennessee State over the years, winning 19 of the first 21 meetings. But that tide may be turning as TSU won for the second year in a row and for only the second time ever at Roy Kidd Stadium.

A 66-yard interception return for a touchdown by Eugene Clifford got the Tigers off to a great first-quarter start and a one-yard scoring run from Preston Brown put Tennessee State back in front 13-10 late in the third period.

EKU tried to reestablish its dominance when C.J. Walker blasted into the end zone from eight yards out with only 5:48 remaining, but TSU didn't fold.

Brown (19 carries, 74 yards) capped off another Tiger scoring drive with a two- yard burst with 1:34 remaining to vault his team into first place in the Ohio Valley Conference.

WILD AERIAL RIDE

Holy Cross appeared on its way to a fifth consecutive win at Brown with a 17-7 lead. But the Crusaders' defense, which had shown vast improvement this season crumbled behind the passing prowess of Brown's Kyle Newhall.

Newhall led the Bears to 20 second-half points as he completed 46-of-61 passes for 431 yards and two touchdowns. Newhall had also scored on a seven-yard run in the second quarter.

The Bears scored 24 consecutive points, including six on a 28-yard Brendan Gallagher interception return to take a 31-17 lead with 8:30 on the fourth- quarter clock.

But Dominic Randolph (38-of-53, 411 yards, four TDs passing) brought the Crusaders back with scoring strikes of 13 and 30 yards to Rob Koster to tie it with 1:49 remaining.

Brown had dropped its first two games this season, largely because of issues in the kicking game. But this time, Newhall maneuvered the Bears into field goal position and Patrick Rooney came through with a 34-yard field goal with three seconds left to win the game.

The two teams combined for 940 yards, 842 through the air, in this wild contest. Trevan Samp hauled in 15 receptions for 206 yards and one TD for the Bears and Bobby Sewall added 14 catches for 97 yards and a score.

FOURTH-QUARTER ASSAULT

Montana State's stay in the top 25 proved to be a short one as the Bobcats were bitten by the upset bug at home, just one week after knocking off Weber State.

The Bobcats dodged some serious assaults from Cameron Higgins and company at Weber State, but they couldn't survive Northern Arizona and Michael Herrick in a 23-10 loss.

Herrick completed 30-of-40 passes for 388 yards and one touchdown on a day where both teams struggled to run. Herrick hit Eric Berry 12 times for 182 yards, including a key 14-yard scoring toss in the final period.

Trailing 10-7 in the fourth quarter, NAU erupted for 16 fourth-quarter, with Matt Myers hitting three field goals.

STARTING EARLY

Weber State made sure that its game at Eastern Washington didn't come down to a final play after a last-ditch comeback came up short against Montana State. The Wildcats broke loose for 19 second-quarter points and never looked back in a 31-13 victory.

Cameron Higgins (21-of-37, 235 yards, two TDs passing) fired scoring aerials of 80 and 30 yards to Mike Phillips to get WSU rolling. Trevyn Smith kept the ball away from the Eastern Washington offense with 32 carries for 143 yards and a game-sealing three-yard TD rush in the fourth quarter.

Matt Nichols was 24-of-39 for 354 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles, but he was intercepted three times on a day where the Wildcat defense forced five turnovers.

Linebacker J.C. Sherritt had an FCS-season-high 24 tackles for Eastern Washington, with seven solo stops, two tackles for loss and one pass breakup.

FOURTH-QUARTER COMEBACK

Last year, it was a late, fourth-quarter comeback that lifted James Madison to a win at Richmond. But this time, the top-ranked Spiders were the ones with the fourth-period heroics.

A 38-yard TD pass from Drew Dudzik to Rockeed McCarter and a 15-yard touchdown scoring return by Corwin Acker after D.J. Bryant blocked a punt gave JMU a 17-14 lead in the first half.

The Dukes maintained that advantage until midway through the fourth quarter when Richmond drove 76 yards in 10 plays after an interception and scored on a six-yard pass from Eric Ward (16-of-26, 165 yards passing) to fullback Ben Keating, who picked up his third TD of the game with 7:20 remaining.

James Madison responded with a drive of its own, moving to the JMU six in 11 plays. But with quarterback Justin Thorpe scrambling in the backfield, he was stripped of the ball by defensive end Martin Parker and linebacker Eric McBride recovered the fumble with a minute to play.

It was the third turnover of the day for Thorpe, JMU's freshman quarterback, who was 7-of-15 for 87 yards passing and added 42 yards on 14 carries. Buchanan Award candidate Justin Rogers and Seth Williams picked off passes for the Spiders, who won their FCS-leading 14 straight game and their ninth consecutive road contest.

ANOTHER CLASSIC

Montana and Cal Poly have earned a reputation for playing entertaining games and the two teams turned in another classic at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Trailing 17-7 in the first half and 17-14 after three quarters, Montana showed its offensive balance to turn the game around.

Chase Reynolds (29 carries, 109 yards) concluded a drive with a three-yard scoring run and Andre Selle (9-of-17, 155 yards, three TDs passing) hit Marc Mariani for a 68-yard TD aerial to give the Grizzlies some breathing room.

Mariani hurt the Cal Poly secondary with six catches for 200 yards, including an 84-yard TD pass from Justin Roper in the second quarter.

After Cal Poly cut Montana's lead to 28-23 on a 59-yard pass from Harlan Prather to Mike Anderson, Reynolds struck again, this time on an eight-yard scoring pass from Selle. Reynolds had given Montana a boost earlier with a 36- yard scoring pass from Selle with just 28 seconds left in the first half.

GETTING A PUSH

Southern Illinois couldn't have expected much of a challenge from a rebuilding Illinois State program, particularly playing at home, but the Salukis found themselves tied at 23-all midway through the third period.

Matt Brown fired a pair of touchdown passes and was 28-of-44 for 321 yards as the Redbirds made their challenge. Zach Kutch nailed a 33-yard field goal with 10 minutes left in the third stanza to tie the game for ISU, but it took just over two minutes for Southern Illinois to strike back.

Kyle Dougherty's 45-yard field goal pushed the Salukis back in front and started a 20-0 run to end the game.

Deji Karim, who opened the game with a 93-yard scoring scamper for Southern Illinois, scored his third touchdown of the game with a 21-yard dash to make it 33-23 early in the fourth quarter. Karim finished with 273 yards on 28 carries and added 33 yards on returns for 306 all-purpose yards.

The Salukis added 10 more points, including another touchdown on Chris Dieker's 42-yard pass to Ryan Kernes to finish things off.

Eyad Salem had 14 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown for Illinois State.

NEAR MISS

There is little doubt that Missouri State has made some strong progress this season as coach Terry Allen builds up a long dormant program. The Bears pushed South Dakota State to the limit with some fourth-quarter excitement.

Trailing 24-10 in the fourth quarter, MSU pulled within a touchdown when Cody Kirby (29-of-46, 288 yards passing) hit Jared Emery for a five-yard scoring pass with 5:29 left.

The Bears moved back into scoring position and threatened to force overtime in the final seconds, but General Parnell picked off a Kirby pass in the end zone to end the game. It was Parnell's second interception off Kirby, who threw three interceptions.

Dean Priddy came up big for the Jackrabbits, punting four times for an average of 45.2 yards. Two of his punts traveled a season-best 56 yards and three of his punts pinned the Bears inside their own 20-yard line.

Kyle Minett rushed 26 times for 105 yards and freshman quarterback Thomas O'Brien, making his first start, was 14-of-21 for 211 yards and two TDs.

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Ryan White rushed 32 times for 228 yards and a touchdown as Austin Peay beat Southeast Missouri State 24-14.

Alcorn State had 14 sacks in defeating Mississippi Valley State 32-10. Malcolm Taylor had 3.5 sacks among his six tackles, with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry and teammate Carl Harris added three sacks, five tackles and two QB hurries.

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