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Watch Arizona vs USC Live NCAA Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 10, 2013, 5:53 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 6:01 PM ]

USC and Arizona look to rebound from disappointing starts to conference play when the Trojans host the Wildcats on Thursday night. Television coverage begins at 10:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

The Trojans opened the year with a 30-13 win at Hawaii before dropping their conference opener at home against Washington State. USC then won two good home games, against Boston College and Utah State, before a road blowout loss to Arizona State that caused the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin. This will be the first game for interim head coach Ed Orgeron, which could cause difficulties for the Wildcats. The Trojans will likely be without two of their stars, as wide receiver Marqise Lee and linebacker Morgan Breslin are doubtful with injuries. Running back Justin Davis, wide receiver Darreus Rogers and wide receiver De'Von Flournoy are all questionable.

The Wildcats started the year with three blowout wins over Northern Arizona, UNLV, and UTSA. They traveled to face Washington and lost 31-13 following a bye week, however. Arizona has one of the top rushing offenses in the country and one of the best scoring defenses, but will look to succeed against actual competition for the first time this year. Middle linebacker Jake Fischer is questionable for the game with an ankle injury.

The Ed Orgeron era at USC begins at 10:30 p.m. ET when the Trojans (3-2, 0-2) host Arizona (3-1, 0-1) in a Pac-12 Conference clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Both teams are in dire need of a victory to remain in the hunt for the Pac-12 South Division title, but for USC the game is doubly important because it's the first to be played since Lane Kiffin was pulled off the team bus and given the heave-ho following a 62-41 blowout loss at Arizona State on Sept. 28.

With Orgeron, the former Ole Miss coach who previously was just responsible for USC's defensive line, now at the helm, there's a high level of uncertainty as to what to expect from the Trojans. Will there be more spreading around of the ball now that offensive coordinator Clay Helton actually gets to call the plays? Will Orgeron's intensity spark some life into a USC team that's looked dull and boring to this point?

It is hard to imagine it can go much worse for a once-proud program that began the 2012 season ranked No. 1 in the nation only to go 10-8 since.

For Arizona, a win would be the team's first since Sept. 14, when it clubbed UTSA 38-13. Since then, the Wildcats have played just one game, a 31-13 rain-soaked loss at Washington, with bye weeks on both sides of that setback.

Arizona beat a then No. 10 USC team 39-36 in Tucson last season, doing so despite Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee's Pac-12 record 345 receiving yards.

The game is being aired live on Fox Sports 1, but keep tabs on this blog for plenty of updates and information to enhance your Arizona-USC viewing experience.

Watch New York Giants vs Chicago Bears Live NFL Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 10, 2013, 4:21 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 4:38 PM ]

New York Giants vs Chicago Bears takes place on Thursday Night Football tonight to kick off week 6 of the NFL 2013 regular season. Both teams have run into serious issues in the weeks preceding this game, and both will be desperate to get the win tonight. The big match up is scheduled to start at 8.25 p.m. ET.

This primetime match up when it was first announced in the NFL schedule was touted as being between two of the best teams in the league, with most penciling them in as probable playoff contenders. However, over recent weeks the two teams have hit a wall and this has now turned into a match up between two teams on the fall.

The Bears come into this game having lost back to back games following going on a three match win streak to open up the season. That leaves them at 3-2, and they will be desperate not to fall back to .500.

Four of the Bears' games have been decided by eight points or less, and they have struggled at various points in each game in offense and defense.

Meanwhile the Giants are all over the place, and have problems in just about every place on the field on both sides of the ball. They enter this game at 0-5, and will need to go on an amazing run now to have any hope of making the playoffs. If they lose today and go 0-6 they would probably have to win at least eight of their remaining 10 games to have a chance at taking part in the postseason. However, at the moment they are relatively lucky that no other team in the NFC East have really taken control of the division.

In the past two weeks the Bears have lost 32-40 to Detroit, and 18-26 to New Orleans. They will be hoping that Jay Cutler can continue getting back to his best tonight, having thrown three interceptions against Detroit. He was vastly improved against New Orleans, completing 72.7 percent of attempted passes, and throwing for 358 yards.

However, Cutler's interception problems are minor compared to the Giants' Peyton Manning, who over the first five weeks of the season has become the king of the interception. He has repeatedly allowed the ball to be intercepted, and he will know that he needs to improve and stop giving up the ball so cheaply.

Both teams have been terrible at times in defense, and will be hoping to address those issues tonight. However, the Giants will be weary that the Bears have the fourth best offense in the league on total points scored per game (29 points), meaning if the Giants defense is as bad in previous weeks we could see Chicago racking up a score in the 30s or even 40s tonight.

Watch Air Force vs San Diego State Live NCAA Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 10, 2013, 3:54 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 4:01 PM ]

The Aztecs threw for 255 yards and ran for 263 yards in a victory over Nevada last week. That kind of balance has buried the Falcons this season, with four opponents rushing for more than 200 yards while throwing for at least 300 yards and each scoring 42 points or more. If Air Force can't slow either facet and the Aztecs effectively blend the pass and run, it figures to be more of the same.



Short week to prepare

The Thursday game figures to favor Air Force. Its option game generally takes some time to prepare for since teams don't see it all that often. However, San Diego State was helped by playing a Friday night game last week at home while Air Force traveled to Navy for a Saturday game. The shorter-than usual preparation time could play a factor on both sides, particularly defensively.


Mental edge

Air Force insists that the uncertainty of another week under the cloud of a government shutdown didn't impact its preparation. The Falcons seemed fine focusing on last week's game, carrying a lead into the second half at Navy after not knowing if that contest would take place until midweek. It remains to be seen if San Diego State can block out the odd circumstances with equal effectiveness.



3 - Games in 13 days that Air Force (and San Diego State) will have played


16 - Days before Air Force's next game, an Oct. 26 home game against Notre Dame


6.9 - Yards per carry for the Falcons' Jon Lee, whose 49 carries represent just 15 percent of Air Force's rushing attempts


7 - Straight games that Air Force has lost to major college opponents. The last time they lost eight such games in a row came at the end of 1992 and beginning of 1993 seasons


65 - Percent of third-down opportunities that have been converted by Air Force opponents, the highest percentage in the country.



"What was the name of the Colts' coach during Peyton Manning's maybe third season? What did he say about the playoffs?"

- Falcons coach Troy Calhoun, showing his sense of humor when asked about his team's chances of a bowl game. The Falcons can afford just one more loss over their final six games to remain bowl eligible. He was referring to the famous press conference rant when Jim Mora responded to a question by saying, "Playoffs!?!"

Watch Rutgers vs Louisville Live NCAA Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 10, 2013, 12:11 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 12:25 PM ]

Thursday's NCAA football 2013 live stream and television schedule includes one ranked team in action, as the No.8-ranked Louisville Cardinals will host the unranked, but high-scoring, Rutgers Scarlett Knights. The game will put Louisville to the test defensively, as they look to stay undefeated and stay in the top ten. Tonight's Rutgers vs. Louisville game will be among the televised and live stream NCAA football games presented by ESPN in week 7.

An ESPN.com report from Oct. 10 indicates that Rutgers comes into this game averaging 40 points per game so far on the season. In their last game, the Scarlet Knights managed to outlast a tough 55-52 game at Southern Methodist in overtime. That was good enough to improve Rutgers to 4-1 on the season, so far. However, Louisville is averaging 44 points per game, good for twelfth in the nation. Their defense is just as good, ranking first overall, as they've only allowed 6.8 points a game. Will the Cardinals be able to keep this high-scoring Rutgers team at bay en route to a 6-0 record?

Louisville head coach Charlie Strong told the media on Monday:

"It's going to be a good test for us. If our guys take the time and put in the time and understand just how important this game is, then we'll be on track."
Louisville hasn't exactly played a tough schedule so far. Their previous wins have included dominant performances against Eastern Kentucky, Florida International, and last week, Temple. Their closest win was a 27-13 victory at Kentucky, while their most impressive might be scoring 72 points against FIU. However, in today's game they could be without one of their top receivers in DeVante Parker, who has a right shoulder injury.

Watch Ottawa Senators vs Los Angeles Kings Live NHL Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 9, 2013, 4:53 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 5:00 PM ]

The Kings look to rebound at home when they host the pesky Ottawa Senators in what should be a very tight contest between two Cup contenders
The Los Angeles Kings would just like to avoid a three-game slide.

Quick will try to bounce back from an embarrassing gaffe and help the Kings continue their home dominance of the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

Quick started this season in strong fashion, stopping 27 of 29 shots before turning aside both shootout attempts in Thursday's 3-2 win over Minnesota. He hasn't been nearly that effective over the last two games, giving up seven goals on 55 shots.

His latest performance, however, included his worst moment of the young season. The All-Star goaltender left the net to play a dump-in off the boards early in the third period, but lost his stick before the puck deflected off his blocker and trickled in for a short-handed goal -- and the final tally -- in a 3-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Monday.

"You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that's the thought process," said Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Award winner during the Kings' run to their first Stanley Cup. "Everyone gives up that goal, and it's part of the game."

Facing Ottawa (1-0-1) -- especially at home -- could be just what Quick and the Kings need.

Los Angeles has won seven of the last nine meetings with the Senators, and owns an 11-1-0 record with one tie in 13 all-time at home.

Quick is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and one shutout in four career starts versus Ottawa, winning both at home while making 27 saves in a 4-1 victory in the latest matchup Jan. 23, 2012.

While Quick is looking to continue that success and show some improvement, so are the rest of the Kings. They've scored half of their six goals on the power play, but are looking for more intensity at even strength.

"Our five-on-five play needs to improve," right wing Justin Williams said. "It's non-existent right now. Certainly we need to get dirty. We need to become whole, put our work before skill, and get dirty and greasy, bang some in and rebound."

The Senators are on a season-opening six-game road trip and trying to end a five-game losing streak and six-game winless skid in Los Angeles since their lone victory there on Jan. 11, 2000.

So far, coach Paul MacLean is encouraged after opening the season with a 1-0 win at Buffalo on Friday before squandering a two-goal lead to fall 5-4 in a shootout at Toronto the following day.

"We come on the road and get three of a possible four points, had the lead at 4-2 halfway through the game so, yeah, we can take that out of the game," MacLean said. "The way we played over the course of the 60 minutes, much like (Friday), we can take the good, throw out the bad and get on with our season."

Jason Spezza, who missed all but five games last season due to back surgery, got his first goal of 2013-14 on Saturday after coming up empty on seven shots in the opener. The center has no points and is a minus-3 in four games at Los Angeles.

Kyle Turris leads the Senators with four points through two games.

Watch Maia vs Shields Live UFC Fight Night 29 Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 9, 2013, 4:01 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 4:11 PM ]

Live thoughts and results for the main card UFC Fight Night: Maia vs Shields. The main card broadcast starts at 7 p.m. ET.

The UFC returns to the Fox Sports 1 airwaves tonight with UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields. The card gets underway live tonight at 5 p.m. with four prelim bouts on Fox Sports 1 before the main card goes live at 7 p.m. ET, also on FS1.

The evening's main event is a welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Jake Shields. The co-main event is another welterweight bout with Erick Silva taking on Dong Hyun Kim.

Thiago Silva failed to make weight, so his bout with Matt Hamill will now be at a 208 pound catchweight. Fabio Maldonado and Joey Beltran will no doubt exchange big punches in their light heavyweight bout.

Rounding out the card is another welterweight match, this between Rousimar Palhares and Mike Pierce and a bantamweight fight between Raphael Assuncao and T.J. Dillashaw.

UFC Fight Night 29 hails from Brazil, and a significant welterweight scrap will serve as the event's main event.

No. 4-ranked Demian Maia will take on Jake Shields. The fight between the two grappling specialists offers one of the most intriguing battles in the division. Erick Silva and Dong Hyun Kim will be in the co-main event as each welterweight tries to lay claim to a top-10 spot.

Weigh-In Results:

Jake Shields (171) vs. Demian Maia (171)
Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs. Erick Silva (170)
Matt Hamill (205) vs. Thiago Silva (208)*
Joey Beltran (205) vs. Fabio Maldonado (204)
Mike Pierce (171) vs. Rousimar Palhares (171)
T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Raphael Assuncao (135)
Ildemar Alcantara (171) vs. Igor Araujo (171)
Yan Cabral (170) vs. David Mitchell (171)
Chris Cariaso (125) vs. Iliarde Santos (126)
Allan Patrick (155) vs. Garett Whiteley (156)

Watch Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames Live NHL Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 9, 2013, 3:30 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 3:39 PM ]

Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames Live Stream, Score, Preview ...
The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames face off on Wednesday evening in Calgary. Montreal is coming off a 4-1 road win against the Philadelphia Flyers last Tuesday. Wednesday's match up is the first of a four-game road trip through Western Canada ...

Live chat: Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
In fact, they're one of just five Western Conference squads that has yet to lose a game in regulation. They host the Montreal Canadiens at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Sun writers Randy Sportak and Wes Gilbertson will have live coverage.

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Tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, the Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0) and the Calgary Flames (1-0-2) faceoff live from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The game can be live streamed here. Montreal fans can hear all the action on TSN Radio 690 while Calgary fans ...

Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0) at Calgary Flames (1-0-2), 8 pm (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. The Canadiens played ... Calgary is 6-0 with a tie at home versus Montreal since. print · email ...

Montreal Canadiens Begin Four Game Western Tonight As They Face The ...
Share on Fancred. After beginning the season with a pair of games at the Bell Center, the Montreal Canadiens will get their first taste of the road tonight, as they head out on a western Canadian road swing that begins in Calgary against the Flames tonight.

Flames' Street enjoying first-line assignment
... opportunity to be just that with the Calgary Flames. Street is expected to center Curtis Glencross and David Jones for a second straight game when the Flames host the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

Game Day: Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames
Wednesday. Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0) at Calgary Flames (1-0-2) ... Flames head coach Bob Hartley called it a “gut feeling,” naming veteran netminder Joey MacDonald his starter for Wednesday's game against the visiting Montreal Canadiens. MacDonald ...

Kyle's Free NHL Hockey Pick Against the Spread
... do battle in Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames will look to continue their surprising start at home on Wednesday night as they host the Montreal Canadiens at the Saddledome. ... Flames team who has had a busy start to their season. Calgary is expected to finish at or near the bottom of the NHL standings this season as they are in the midst of a major overhaul but through the first three games, Calgary has looked relatively competitive and will look to earn at least a point for the fourth time this year.

Flames give MacDonald third straight start Wednesday
According to Pat Steinberg of the FAN 960, the Calgary Flames will give goaltender Joey MacDonald a third straght start on Wednesday when the Flames host the Montreal Canadiens at the Scotiabank Saddledome. MacDonald has ... Whether or not MacDonald will be the long range starting goaltender in Calgary is up for debate, but it appears now he is at least the starter in Calgary after Karri Ramo took the loss for the Flames in a 5-4 defeat on the opening night of the National Hockey League season. On April 20 ...
MacDonald, Price set to face off
Print. CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will stick with the same lineup used in the team's 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS).

Flames Home Opener, October 6
The excitement was overwhelming, the jerseys were worn with pride, and our happy hockey family was together again as Flames fans converged inside the newly restored Saddledome to celebrate the Calgary Flames home opener. Even Theo ... Eddie Lack was a brick wall in net for the Canucks and refused to allow any goals for the Flames (flashback to Holtby vs Bruins playoff series in 2012). Galiardi ... It seems to me that the Flames are going to have to dig deep to win tonight's tilt against the Montreal Canadiens.

Watch Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Live NHL Streaming Online 2013

posted Oct 9, 2013, 2:15 PM by jack sully   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 3:55 PM ]

Welcome to Rivalry Night Faceoff, a new weekly feature that looks at one of the most significant head-to-head matchups in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game. This week, we're analyzing the top defense pairs for the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, what makes them click and which is better.

Blues defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester, and Chicago's top guys, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, are minute-munchers and candidates to play for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February. All four can offer realistic arguments as to why they are part of the top defense pair not only in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game, but in the entire NHL.

"It's two totally different pairs," NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire told NHL.com. "Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester are elite, elite skaters. The same thing can be said about Duncan Keith. Seabrook is not an elite skater, but he's one of the more robust defensemen in terms of board play, containment, crease clearing, shot blocking. This is a situation where they're different and it's hard to say who is better."

This will be the first of five regular season matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and their inarguable biggest rival, in the new Central Division, the St. Louis Blues.  Both teams figure to be battling for the divisional crown, so this will be the first of what will likely be 5 pivotal matchups, during the course of the season.

Along with the Blackhawks, the Blues are considered to be an elite team, in not just the Central Division, but arguably, also the entire NHL.  The Blues are off to a 2-0-0 start to the season, good for 4 points on the season, thus far, as they look to take advantage of a 5-game home-stand to start the season.  So far, so good, but tonight will be their biggest challenge, of the home-stand.  In their last game, the Blues absolutely blew out the Florida Panthers, by a score of 7-0, with goaltender Jaroslav Halak becoming the Blues franchise leader in shutouts, with 17.  Lead by captain David Backes, the Blues are trying to establish themselves as a legitimate elite team in the NHL.  The blowout over the Panthers is a start, but a victory over the Blackhawks would mean much more.

The Blackhawks were off to a great start to the young season, with an emotional opening night win, over the Washington Capitals, on the night they raised the banner, commemorating their 2013 Stanley Cup Championship, to the United Center rafters.  The Hawks dominated play against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Penalty Kill failures lead to them losing the game, in the shootout.  The Hawks look to prevent any sort of a slide from starting, and a huge win, in their first road game of the season, especially in St. Louis, would help cleanse their pallet, of the poor finish, against the Lightning.  So far, Brandon Saad is leading the way, offensively, for the Hawks, with 4 points, in two games.

The Blackhawks/Blues rivalry was already one of the better rivalries, in the NHL, and now, with the new NHL divisional realignment, the rivalry looks to be on the rise, yet again.  With both teams figuring to be in the thick of the divisional race, throughout the season, you won’t want to miss tonight’s game.

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