Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon

It's a 3-0 NBA Playoff Sunday for Kelso Sturgeon! The Wizards (+4½) get the outright stunner on the road against the Bulls, 102-93 for a 50-Unit winner! Mavericks (+9½) hung tough against the Spurs and got the cover in their 90-85 loss, while the Blazers/Rockets shootout went way over 214½ (242)! Kelso also wins his two big games on the diamond: Personal Best clients walked away with a 50-Unit winner last night with the Red Sox (-170) over the Orioles, 6-5, and Chairman's Club bettors got the money with the Reds (-130) over the Cubs, 8-2!
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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: Contenders and Pretenders

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For Northern Iowa quarterback Eric Sanders, it may have only been the first conference game of the season, but a third of the way towards crowning an FCS champion, his decision was clear.

Injured shoulder, or not, the senior felt compelled to try to lead his team to a critical victory.

"We worked too hard this summer and had to gut that one out," said Sanders after throwing a game-winning touchdown pass against Illinois State with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

Sanders' performance in Northern Iowa's 23-13 road victory to open Gateway play was one of many notable ones last weekend as teams began to separate themselves into categories of contenders and pretenders.

That was one of five games that matched ranked teams against each other, while several other games had big ramifications.

In the Northern Iowa-Illinois State showdown, two top-flight defenses battled each other virtually even for most of the day, but the play of the two quarterbacks, Sanders and ISU's Luke Drone, ultimately decided things.

It was 13-13 with 9:17 left in the fourth quarter when Sanders, who had gone out with his injury on the previous possession, led the Panthers on their decisive drive.

It took 11 plays for the Panthers to go 56 yards, where they faced a third- and-goal from the five with less than five and half minutes remaining. Sanders had somehow managed to successfully sling three of his four passes to receivers, while surprising the defense four times with runs on the read option.

But Mark Farley and the rest of the UNI coaching staff wasn't sure Sanders was capable of completing one more pass.

"We were trying to come up with a running play we could score on," said Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley. "He (Sanders) came over (during a time out) and said he could throw it."

When the initial play on a rollout to the right broke down, Sanders kept things alive by scrambling to the other side and then hitting Terrell Allen with the game-winning pass at the left goal-line flag with 5:17 left.

ISU's Drone tried to match Sanders' heroics on the next Redbird drive, but he threw his third interception of the day to safety Clifford Waters on the third play of the possession to kill Illinois State's hopes. A 43-yard field goal by Hallgren iced the 10-point win.

Northern Iowa completed a four-game road trip undefeated and improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1992, solidifying the opinion of many that the Panthers are the best team in the country.

Illinois State, meanwhile, fell to 2-3 overall and pretty much must win out to have any realistic hope of returning to the playoffs.

A Colonial Athletic Association showdown between No. 25 Richmond and No. 11 New Hampshire turned out to be a shootout between Richmond running back Tim Hightower and New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos.

Hightower ran wild again with 22 carries for 176 yards and three TDs and added seven receptions for 41 more yards and another score. Santos replied with 30- of-46 passing for 318 yards and a touchdown passing and contributed three rushing TDs to give the Wildcats a 38-37 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

Hightower's last rushing touchdown from the 13 gave Richmond the lead with 8:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, and a two-point pass from Eric Ward to Joe Monteverde made it 45-38.

Santos put UNH in position to tie things in the final minute, but his fourth- down pass to Keith LeVan was broken up in the end zone after hitting LeVan in the stomach.

Richmond improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the CAA with only a couple of ranked teams (No. 9 James Madison and No. 11 Delaware) remaining on its schedule.

But New Hampshire finds itself 0-2 in conference and 2-2 overall. Still awaiting encounters with Delaware at home and No. 14 Hofstra and No. 3 Massachusetts on the road, the Wildcats must win at least six of their final seven games to stay in playoff contention.

JMU (4-1, 2-0) continued to show itself as one of the top teams in the CAA and the country and exposed a young Villanova team with a 35-7 home win. Already compromised defensively by a rash of injuries, Villanova (3-2, 0-1) lost three defensive backs and couldn't contain Dukes quarterback Rodney Landers.

Landers completed 25-of-32 passes for 300 yards and two TDs and ran 18 times for 70 yards and two additional touchdowns as JMU scorched the Wildcat defense for 507 yards.

That other CAA giant, UMass, lost for the first time this season, 24-14 to Boston College, but earned plenty of respect in defeat. Playing Associated Press' No. 12-ranked FBS team, the Minutemen fell behind 17-0 in the first half before mounting a comeback.

Touchdown passes of 41 and 35 yards by Liam Coen in the third quarter made it a 17-14 game before the UMass junior quarterback aggravated a knee injury and was forced to leave. Andre Callender's second TD run of the game late in the third quarter then finished off the win for the Eagles.

Hofstra was fortunate to escape with its ranking and undefeated record intact, as it survived a serious upset bid from Stony Brook in the battle for Long Island.

For the second straight year, Stony Brook managed to hang around in this game into the fourth quarter. Twice in the fourth quarter, the Seawolves managed to pull within five points on a one-yard plunge by Conte Cuttino and Josh Dudash's two-yard scoring strike to J.J. Cox.

Dudash was only 22-of-48 with a pair of interceptions, but he threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns.

Hofstra's defense stopped Stony Brook once on downs in the late going and then was able to run out the clock for the 33-28 win. The Pride also won the turnover war in this mistake-filled game, 4-3.

In one of the biggest conference showdowns of the day, Delaware State took a major step towards a possible MEAC title, holding off defending champion Hampton, 24-17, in an entertaining game.

After trailing a couple of times in the first half, DSU erupted for 17 second- quarter points to pull ahead, 17-14. Hampton tied the game at 17 with 13:52 remaining on Carlo Turavani's 33-yard field goal.

DSU quarterback Vashon Winston had scored twice in the second quarter with his legs, but it was his five-yard pass to Jeff Postell with 11:39 left that gave the Hornets the lead for good.

Delaware State's defense made the lead hold up the rest of the way for one of the biggest Hornet wins in years.

Hampton outgained DSU, 363-319, but the Pirates were hampered by 15 penalties for a loss of 157 yards. The Hornets were hit with eight flags for 126 yards.

Down south, No. 8 Wofford had to overcome the hangover of beating two-time defending national champion Appalachian State as well as No. 20 Furman on the road. Playing a team that it had traditionally struggled against, the Terriers matched a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter with the Paladins before Patrick Mugan's 29-yard field goal finally gave Wofford a 17-14 halftime lead.

But in the second half, this game went to the Dogs as Wofford outscored Furman, 28-7. Not only did the Terriers pile up 273 rushing yards from their triple-option attack, but Josh Collier completed 12-of-16 passes for 187 yards.

Having lost three straight games, Furman is in a unique early-season place for one of the traditional powerhouses of FCS. The Paladins probably must win their final seven games to have a shot at making the playoffs.

No. 5 Appalachian State had its confidence shaken when Wofford snapped its Division I-long 17-game win streak and the Mountaineers were challenged on the road by No. 24 Elon. But two huge plays by Corey Lynch helped turn the momentum in ASU's favor.

Lynch blocked a punt to set up Appalachian's go-ahead touchdown for a 14-10 halftime lead and then he stole what would have been a game-tying TD pass away from an Elon receiver for an interception in the end zone in the second half. ASU then broke loose for 28 fourth-quarter points to salt the win away.

There were still plenty of questions surrounding No. 17 Western Illinois, despite a 3-1 start. And playing No. 4 North Dakota State, the Leathernecks looked more like the Not Ready For Prime Time Players than Gateway contenders in this non-conference 41-28 loss.

After playing NDSU close in the first quarter, too many WIU miscues proved costly in the second and third quarters as the Bison rolled to 31 points. Leatherneck quarterback Matt Barr (195 yards passing) played fairly even with North Dakota State's Steve Walker (181 yards) and WIU rusher Herb Donaldson (19-97 yards and three TDs) came close to matching Tyler Roehl's production (27-136 and three TDs).

But NDSU won the turnover battle, 3-2 and had the better support players to pull out this game with a future Gateway opponent for a solid road win.

Another young team trying to make its mark in the Gateway was Missouri State, but the Bears had their hands full defensively with No. 10 Youngstown State. The Penguins rolled to 304 rushing yards on the way to a 49-21 road win.

Kevin Smith carried 15 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns to key the running game, while Ferlando Williams Jr. added two more scores on the ground. Trailing 7-0 early, YSU responded with 28 straight points and never looked back.

A change of coaches didn't help Indiana State, as the Sycamores were embarrassed 72-10 by Southern Illinois in the Gateway openers for both schools. Indiana State fired Lou West after 25 losses in 26 games and replaced him with former Sycamore coach Dennis Raetz, who had been working as a CFL scout.

Southern Illinois took advantage of the Sycamores' disruptions to score 55 points on eight touchdowns in the first half. The Salukis piled up 677 all- purpose yards for the game on a day when SIU found it difficult to keep the score even that close.

In Big Sky country, a couple of ranked teams survived upset bids, while another didn't.

Montana put its No. 1 ranking to the test and was fortunate to escape with an 18-10 victory over a Weber State club that had been outscored 124-31 in its first three losses.

The Grizzlies, playing their fifth straight game at home, trailed 10-0 after the first play of the second quarter and only managed one field goal in the first half.

Montana could thank Dan Carpenter for much of this win. The senior kicker hit field goals of 47, 40, 29 and 24 yards on a day when the Grizzly offense misfired for much of the day. Lex Hilliard got banged up and managed just 11 carries for 27 yards and without him, the rest of the attack suffered.

Greg Coleman scored Montana's only touchdown on a one-yard blast with 2:23 left in the third period to finally give the Grizzlies the lead, 15-10.

Montana State also trailed at halftime, losing 17-14 at home to Idaho State. But the Bobcats took care of business in the second half to win, 40-20.

Demetrius Crawford gave the Bobcats a spark with 23 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Jack Rolovich overcame a pair of interceptions to hit 22-of-40 passes for 282 yards and a pair of scores as MSU outscored the Bengals 26-3 in the second half.

There were no reprieves for Eastern Washington in a 28-21 loss at home against Portland State. Portland State finally got its Run-and-Shoot offense firing on all cylinders and outplayed the Eagles in the second half after trailing 14-7 at the break.

Brian White (29-of-47 for 329 yards) tossed two of his three touchdown passes in the second half to tie and then give the Vikings the lead. Olaniyi Sobomehin (25 carries, 141 yards) then made it a 28-14 game with a 19-yard scoring scamper with 3:28 left.

EWU made a wild scramble to try to come back, but fell just short. Matt Nichols (19-of-30 for 362 yards and two TDs) struck for a 23-yard TD pass to Aaron Boyce with 2:37 remaining and the Eagles had another shot at the end of the game before time ran out.

One of the most improbable games of the weekend came when Arkansas-Pine Bluff narrowly missed one of the biggest upsets of the season. The Golden Lions thoroughly outplayed FBS opponent New Mexico State in the second half and tied the game at 17-all when Martell Mallett slammed into the end zone for a one- yard TD run in the third quarter.

Jonathan Moore (16-of-34, 234 yards) had APBU in position for a winning field goal before throwing an interception in the final minutes. New Mexico State struggled to get coach Hal Mumme's Air Raid passing attack in gear until the final drive, when Paul Young nailed a 37-yard field goal with one second left to win it 20-17 for the Aggies.

Sam Houston State wasn't as fortunate in a more celebrated FCS-FBS matchup. Former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar led the Bearkats to Oklahoma State, but despite his 22-of-49 for 270-yard passing performance, SHSU managed just three first-quarter points.

The Bearkat defense was rocked for 584 yards of offense, though it did force three OSU turnovers in a 39-3 loss.

Southern played a sloppy game on the way to its 21-2 victory over Alabama State that improved the Jaguars' record to 5-0. Alabama State had several scoring chances negated by mistakes on offense and Southern's red zone defense.

The Hornets were just 8-of-33 for 84 yards with two interceptions passing. Bryant Lee was better for Southern, hitting 16-of-29 passes for 242 yards, but he was picked off three times with one TD.

Grambling won another key SWAC game by outlasting Prairie View, 17-14. Trailing 14-0 after three quarters, Mark Spivey sparked the Panthers with a 38-yard scoring strike to Shaun Stephens with 11 minutes to play and less than a minute later, Gary Hicks helped Prairie View tie it with a 24-yard interception return.

But Brandon Landers (19-of-27, 173 yards passing) overcame his second interception to lead Grambling on one final drive. Tim Manuel's 19-yard field goal with 1:22 remaining lifted the Tigers to the win.

In a mid-major showdown between undefeated Pioneer Football League teams, San Diego destroyed Butler, 56-9 on the road. Josh Johnson (25-of-30 for 406 yards) passed for six touchdowns and ran for another on the way to 455 yards of total offense.

Three of Johnson's TD passes went to John Matthews on a day when the Toreros piled up 621 total yards.

Another huge performance was turned in by Yale's Mike McLeod as the Bulldogs held off a strong Holy Cross squad 38-17.

McLeod rushed for a school-record 256 yards and tied another Bulldog mark with five touchdowns. He tied his personal best with 40 carries and caught one pass for nine yards.

His third score of the game gave McLeod 35 for his career and broke John Pagliaro's Yale record. He had TD runs of three, one, 23 and one in the first half and added another 23-yard score in the third quarter.

Other great individual efforts by Brian Johnston of Gardner-Webb, Tim Diamond of Lehigh and Maurice Dupree of Jacksonville State lifted their teams to wins.

Johnston helped Gardner-Webb hold off Austin Peay 20-13 with a career-high 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, a tipped pass, five quarterback knockdowns and a school-record seven quarterback hurries. He also was involved in two sacks. Johnston helped the Bulldog defense limit Austin Peay to 93 yards rushing, 117 less than the Governors' average.

When Austin Peay had a first-and-goal in the final minute, Johnston came through with two quarterback pressures on the final two plays and had three during the Governors' final drive to help preserve the win.

Diamond had already come through with a career-high 22 tackles to help Lehigh stay with Harvard in a 13-13 barn burner. But Diamond wasn't finished yet.

The junior linebacker forced a fumble on a backwards pass that was recovered by teammate Paul Bode and returned 27 yards for the game-winning score with 30 seconds left as Lehigh went ahead, 20-13.

Diamond then concluded his great game by recovering a fumble to seal the victory with three seconds remaining.

Dupree had 316 yards of returns on six plays, including one for a touchdown to guide Jacksonville State to a 40-24 victory over Murray State. He had four kickoff returns for 212 yards and added 104 yards on three punt returns.

Dupree returned one punt 88 yards to set up the Gamecocks' first touchdown near the end of the first half. It was the second best punt return in JSU's Division I history. In the third quarter, Dupree returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown - the eighth-longest in school history.

He also caught one pass for six yards. Dupree came within three yards of Tennessee-Martin returner Daniel Ruffin's Ohio Valley Conference record of 215 kickoff return yards for a game.

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