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Ranking the Bowl Games, From No. 38 to No. 1

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The postseason is one “Kokomo Bowl” from becoming the next verse in a Beach Boys song: “Miami, Bahamas, come on pretty mama, Camellia, and Boca, this is not a joke-a.” Four new bowl games, plus the extra championship game means the process of picking winners has become a title of a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock: The 39 Steps. Or is it Psycho ? I had a good picking year …

For UNH Football, Delight in the Dungeon

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Durham, n.h. — Last year they reached the FCS semifinals for the first time ever. Last week they hosted a quarterfinal game for just the second time in school history. Today’s game will be a mashup of those two feats as No. 1 UNH (12-1) hosts No. 5 Illinois State (12-1) for the …

Better Late Than ... Mitola Comes Through for Big Green

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hanover — It hadn’t been Alex Mitola’s night. And then, suddenly, the Dartmouth College junior owned the evening, sinking a quartet of 3-point shots during overtime to send the Big Green past Northern Illinois, 58-55, on Friday night at Leede Arena. Mitola’s final trey was still sailing through the air when the horn went off, giving Dartmouth its second buzzer-beater ending of the …

Yale Men Slip Past Vermont

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Burlington — Matt Townsend had a hand in Yale’s last three baskets, including knocking down the game-winner from the top the key with 5 seconds left as the Bulldogs edged Vermont 57-56 on Thursday night. Townsend hit a …

Buckeyes in Cruise Control

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Columbus, Ohio — D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading No. 12 Ohio State to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night. Shannon Scott added 12 assists, while Kam Williams had 15 points in the second half for the Buckeyes (9-1) …

No. 3 Arizona Wins Easily

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tucson, Ariz. — Freshman Stanley Johnson matched his season high with 18 points and the No. 3-ranked Wildcats wrapped up their nonconference home schedule with a 101-64 rout of Oakland on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (11-0) shot out to a 26-4 lead and were up by 33-8 with …

Eagles Soar to Bowl Game

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Boston — When Boston College coach Steve Addazio met with Pinstripe Bowl officials to make his case for the Eagles, he grew so animated he knocked over his coffee. Whatever he said worked: BC was chosen to play Penn State at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27. “Well, we’re …

All-America Team Has a Playoff Flavor

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American …

LSU Coach Stays Put

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Baton Rouge, La. — Les Miles informed LSU athletic officials that he hasn’t been contacted by Michigan about the Wolverines’ coaching vacancy and has no intention of leaving the Tigers. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said Miles sought to make his status with LSU clear Monday following reports by …

NCAA Boss, Freeh, State Officials May Get Penn St. Trial Call

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Harrisburg, Pa. — The head of the NCAA, Penn State’s former president and former FBI director Louis Freeh are among those who could take the stand in three weeks when a lawsuit brought by two Pennsylvania officials goes to trial. A joint pretrial statement filed Friday said the …

Okafor Helps Duke Past Elon

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Durham, n.c. — Jahlil Okafor had a season-high 25 points and set a Duke freshman record with 20 rebounds in the second-ranked Blue Devils’ 75-62 victory over Elon on Monday night. Amile Jefferson added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Justise Winslow had 12 points for Duke (9-0). …

Not Throwing in the Towel: Lebanon’s Filiano Still Has Big Competitive Plans as Dartmouth Senior

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hanover — As Dominic Filiano has gotten older and grown over the years, Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House has been one of his primary sanctuaries. Since his freshman year of high school, the track and field throwing specialist …

UNH, UVM Prove Victorious

Monday, December 15, 2014

Durham, n.h. — Tanner Leissner had a career-high 21 points and New Hampshire scored 10 straight in the final three minutes to pull ahead of Colgate for a 63-57 win on Sunday. Joe Bramanti’s layup with 1:07 left gave the Wildcats (6-3) the lead for good at 57-55. …