Connor Cook was determined to shake things up in the Big Ten title game. No. 10 Michigan State rallied from a seven-point third-quarter deficit by scoring the final 17 points Saturday night to upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 and deny the Buckeyes a chance to play for the BCS national championship. Cook and the Spartans were more than happy to oblige. This wasn't the first week where we heard people say negative things about us as an offense or as a football team, Cook said after throwing a 9-yard TD pass with 11:41 left to give the Spartans a 27-24 lead.
Tre Mason struck a pose - a Heisman Trophy pose. Looks like the Auburn Tigers running back will get a shot at something he wants even more. Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in a Southeastern Conference title showdown Saturday that resembled a video game. Auburn (12-1) took care of business, then got the help it needed to claim a spot in the BCS championship.
Jameis Winston and No. 1 Florida State made it look easy again. The Seminoles are headed to the BCS national championship game after one of the most dominant regular seasons in college football history. ''This whole week has been very high emotion,'' Winston said. We were looking forward to having an undefeated season.'' Two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case, the 19-year-old redshirt freshman threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Florida State stormed into the title game with a 45-7 victory over No. 20 Duke on Saturday night in the ACC championship game.
Turn out the lights, the fiesta is just getting started for No. 9 Baylor. These Bears are headed to a BCS game as the Big 12 champion, making a reality out of the goal that seemed so far out of reach when Art Briles became their coach six years ago. ''That's what hit me,'' quarterback Bryce Petty said. ''This is where it is, this is where that vision was.'' In what became a de facto Big 12 championship game after Oklahoma State's loss, Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown passes on the first drives after halftime and the Bears beat No. 23 Texas 30-10 on Saturday in the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium after 64 seasons.
Long after the kids from Kansas have started raking in their NBA bucks, Askia Booker of Colorado will still be talking about the day he struck it big - the day he made the shot at the buzzer to beat the Jayhawks. Booker grabbed an in-bounds pass, dribbled twice, took two long steps, then launched the 3-pointer that gave Colorado a 75-72 victory Saturday and left him gasping for air underneath a pile of court-storming Buffs fans. It was Colorado's first win over No. 6 Kansas (6-2) in the last 20 tries - a stretch dating to 2003. ''Unless I'm in the NBA championship, that's the only thing that could top that,'' Booker said.
Stanford's players stood on the makeshift stage in the end zone, waving red roses as coach David Shaw accepted the Pac-12 championship trophy. After all the Cardinal had been through this season, they earned a chance to repeat as Rose Bowl champions. Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half, leading No. 7 Stanford back to the Rose Bowl with a 38-14 victory over No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game Saturday night. ''We talk about what it takes to get into Stanford ... where everybody else says you don't have to do that,'' Shaw said.
The Arizona Wildcats are poised to become the top-ranked basketball team in the nation, and they can thank T.J. McConnell for the opportunity. The transfer point guard from Duquesne had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds, making critical plays down the stretch, and No. 2 Arizona escaped with a 63-58 victory over UNLV on Saturday. With No. 1 ranked Michigan State falling to North Carolina, Arizona (9-0) seems a safe bet to move to No 1. ... To be ranked No. 1 is maybe the greatest compliment you can have.'' Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 16 points, Khem Birch had 12 and Roscoe Smith 10 for the Rebels (3-4) in their first road game of the season.
This was no ordinary victory for Paul George and the Indiana Pacers. They know how difficult it is to beat the San Antonio Spurs. George scored 28 points and Indiana defeated San Antonio 111-100 on Saturday night, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs. Something great is going on in here, if we just continue to keep on this path, we have a positive future.'' David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson scored 15 for the Pacers, who enjoyed a 41-34 rebounding edge.
Aurelien Collin, soaked in champagne, pulled the black stocking cap that read ''MLS Cup Champions'' down over his ears and sheepishly shook his head from side to side. The defender for Sporting Kansas City had never needed to try a penalty kick in his career. Collin drove home the deciding penalty kick after Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-all draw Saturday night, giving his club its first league championship since 2000. ''I hope I never have to kick another one again,'' Collin said with a smile.
(NewsUSA) - It turns out that cheerleaders and football players have something in common you might not have guessed: concussions.
According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found cheerleading to be by far the most dangerous activity for female athletes -- accounting for 66 percent of their catastrophic sport injuries -- more than a third of girls who suffer a concussion don't even recognize the symptoms well enough to report it.
The research comes on the heels of numerous news
(NewsUSA) - Football season is here, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner, which means it is also time to get your entertainment area in shape for family and guests. Whether your TV is in your family room or a dedicated media room, it takes more than just a big screen to get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting can significantly enhance movies and sports watching, while poor lighting can be a distract
(NewsUSA) - Imagine an earless creature that can carry 20 times its body weight living with thousands of seemingly identical clones that will fight to the death when challenged. While this image could be taken right from a science-fiction thriller, it also depicts America's number one nuisance pest ? the ant!
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Lauren Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, ant i
(NewsUSA) - Turning leaves and cooler weather are sure signs that fall is here, but for homeowners in a number of states across the country, stink bugs are quickly becoming another sign of the changing seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says we are likely to start seeing these smelly pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months.
The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first di
(NewsUSA) - Over the span of his career, defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Collins has experienced more than his fair share of unnecessary roughness.
"I played defensive back for the New York Giants from 1986 to 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks," Collins says. "Played 13 great years, had a lot of hits.
"Gave a lot of hits and took some hits, too, and I can tell you it has wear and tear on your body."
After all those years o
(NewsUSA) - By the age of 4, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce was already off and running.
In fact, from high school through her college years at U.C. Santa Barbara, she can't remember a time when she wasn't running. Now a professional marathoner for Adidas, the athlete and her husband, Ben, train year round, participating in U.S. track and road championships as well as marathons.
"I've competed in two Olympic track and field trials," she says, "and ran away with an eighth-place finish in the 2012
(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts.
"Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby.
"Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the s
(NewsUSA) - You'd think that with the thousands of weight-loss products and treatments on the market today, more than 140 million Americans age 20 and over wouldn't officially be considered overweight or obese. Wellness and fitness expert Shea Vaughn says there may be an overlooked solution that could provide help for those struggling with their weight.
"We know chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments," says Vaughn, "but it also represents a proactive approach in helping t
(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today.
In 1991, six years before she'd go on to make a splash in the inaugural season of the WNBA, a car accident threatened to end Lieberman's career.
"I was driving in Dallas, driving down 75 and Mockingbird Lane, and there was some road traffic or something,"she recalls. "All the cars in front of me came to a stop, but the driver behind me didn't."
The whiplash sh
(NewsUSA) - "The wall won."
That's how retired Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard recalls the life-changing night in 2000 when he violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball.
Most people would've done exactly what his then-wife implored -- rush to an emergency room -- when he woke up the next morning basically paralyzed. "I couldn't lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm," he says. But not Shepard.
"I told her, 'Open the
(NewsUSA) - For camping enthusiasts, the summer months provide endless opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Children and adults alike unplug and unwind to enjoy backpacking, hiking and evenings under the stars. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those who will spend more time partaking in open-air adventures to add insect repellent, hats and protective clothing to the packing list.
"Camping is a wonderful summer pastime," noted Missy Henriksen, vice pres
(NewsUSA) - Summer may have just begun, but mosquitoes are already out in full force in many parts of the country. In fact, several cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), which can be carried by infected mosquitoes, have already been reported. With the early start of WNV, compounded by the fact that 2012 was the deadliest year on record for the illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precaution is the name of the game this summer.
To help the public safeguard thems
(NewsUSA) - People today have not only a plethora of choices when it comes to playing video games, but also an inordinate amount of ways to play them.
According to research done last year by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry, more Americans than ever are playing games on smart phones, tablets, and handheld devices and are changing the way they enjoy their games.
To meet this need, retailers, indie game developers an
(NewsUSA) - People today have not only a plethora of choices when it comes to playing video games, but also an inordinate amount of ways to play them.According to research done last year by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry, more Americans than ever are playing games on smart phones, tablets, and handheld devices and are changing the way they enjoy their games.To meet this need, retailers, indie game developers and so
(NewsUSA) - Tick-borne illnesses are found throughout the United States. Though Lyme disease, transmitted by blacklegged ticks, is the most pervasive and publicly discussed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists a wide range of diseases spread by ticks. With tens of thousands of people impacted each year from such illnesses, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises summer enthusiasts about the danger of disease transmission from ticks and encourages them to ta
(NewsUSA) - The situation at Rutgers is what happens when priorities are out of line.
Shame on the players and any parents who knew what was going on at Rutgers.
And if you don't think some players told their parents about the horrors going on at basketball practice, you're naive.
This is not to let Mike Rice off the hook one bit. He physically and verbally abused his players and it led to him being fired as Rutgers' men's basketball coach on April 3.
Sadly, Rice's dismissal only came after
(NewsUSA) - What would you rather have? Analysts and fans micro-focusing on mundane, soul-draining considerations, like whether LeBron James should compete in next year's dunk contest, or truly great basketball games?
For example, what took place in Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27 is what sports are supposed to be about. Competition, exhilaration and fun. Warriors guard Stephen Curry put on a show with 54 points, including 11 three-pointers. On the other side, Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 point
(NewsUSA) - Saying it's been a positive run for The University of Miami would be an understatement. A balder, more brolic Dwayne Johnson recently hoisted the WWE Championship over his shoulders for the first time in a decade. Then, Warren Sapp was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, Reggie Johnson's tip-in kept Miami undefeated in ACC hoops and five Hurricane alums on the Ravens became world champions while Frank Gore rushed for 110 yards in a losing effort.
Berry Gordy wouldn't offer a music d