Pro Football|Jets Seeking a Sharpness They'll Need Sunday – New York Times


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The Jets? Ryan Fitzpatrick being hit by the Seahawks? Cassius Marsh in a 27-17 loss last Sunday. The Jets next face the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. ? Despite off-season sessions, training camp and now one-quarter of the regular season, the Jets (1-3) have been plagued by miscommunication and missed assignments that they will have to fix to have any chance in Sunday?s road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1).

?It?s up to the coaches to make sure we address it,? Coach Todd Bowles said of the team?s offensive and defensive breakdowns. ?It?s up to us to work through the thing, but it?s up to them Sunday to carry it out.?

Bowles said he could not promise that there would not be missed assignments. ?But we work on it all the time.?

Chan Gailey, the offensive coordinator, said the mistakes had prompted him to scale back grander plans. ?We kind of need to get back to basics, where we started on this thing, get back to what we did well for the most part last year,? he said. ?I think we?ve tried to limit that other stuff that we were thinking about trying to do.?

Kacy Rodgers, the defensive coordinator, focused on correcting lapses in the secondary. The Jets have surrendered an N.F.L.-high seven completions of 40 or more yards; they have surrendered 17 completions of 20 or more yards.

?We have to make sure all 11 guys are on the same page all the time,? Rodgers said.

Failure to do so could be ruinous against Pittsburgh, which demolished the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 43-14, last Sunday night. The Jets lost in Kansas City, 24-3, two weeks ago.

The Jets have won only once in eight regular-season visits to Pittsburgh, beating the Steelers, 22-17, at Heinz Field in 2010. They may have to play without Darrelle Revis, their top cornerback, who strained his left hamstring last Sunday and was unable to practice last week.

If Revis cannot play, the rookie Juston Burris will get significantly increased playing time against the Steelers? lethal receiving tandem of Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates. Brown caught 526 passes through his first six seasons, more than any player in league history. Coates owns at least one catch for 40 yards in each of his first four games. He is averaging 21.7 yards per reception.

BLAME GAME Although Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has had two straight nightmarish games, throwing a career-high six interceptions at Kansas City before being picked off three times in the fourth quarter in last Sunday?s 27-17 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Gailey said Fitzpatrick was not solely at fault.

?This is a ?we? thing,? Gailey said, adding, ?Communication is the key for all of us to be on the same page all of the time.?

Fitzpatrick, though, accepted blame and knows he will have little room for error in Pittsburgh.

?You?re not going to win games that way, and I know that more than anybody,? said Fitzpatrick, who is in his 12th N.F.L. season. ?So I take full responsibility for all those, whether it was a throw, whether it was poor communication on my part, whether it was just forcing the ball. I own all those, and so I?ve got to continue to get better.?

DIFFICULT INJURY Bowles sounded pessimistic about wide receiver Eric Decker?s prospects of returning this season from a partly torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. ?I haven?t seen any progress from him,? Bowles said Thursday.

Decker has been following a rehabilitation program aimed at allowing him to compete this season. He said he still had that goal in mind, rather than committing to surgery.

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UW hockey wins battle against Northern Michigan – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



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Ashwaubenon??The Wisconsin men?s hockey earned its first regular-season victory under new coach Tony Granato is the Badgers defeated Northern Michigan, 6-5, in a back-and-forth battle at the Resch Center on Saturday night.

Trent Frederic scored the game-winning goal for Wisconsin (1-1) on the power play at 11:36 to break a 5-5 tie.

Five players tallied at least two points each for the Badgers as Corbin McGuire scored two goals, Luke Kunin and Seamus Malone both had a goal and assist. Grant Besse totaled three assists, while JD Greenway added two assists.

For Northern Michigan (1-1), Robbie Payne tallied five points with two goals and three assists. Darien Craighead added two goals for the Wildcats, while Gerard Hanson chipped in another and Zach Diamantoni had two assists.

Wisconsin went 4 for 8 on the power play, the first time the Badgers scored four power play goals since Oct. 15, 2010. Northern Michigan was 1 for 4 on the power play.

In net, Matt Jurusik made 25 saves for the Badgers, while Atte Tolvanen and Mathias Israelsson each made 13 saves for Northern Michigan



This week in the NFL – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


WHAT?S TRENDING

Defense is supposed to be irrelevant in the modern NFL, but this season it?s alive and well. In the NFC, four?of the division leaders (two teams are tied in the NFC West) -?Philadelphia (3-0), Minnesota (4-0), Los Angeles (3-1) and Seattle (3-1) – rank in the top 10 in scoring defense. In the AFC, division leaders New England (3-1) and Denver (4-0) rank No. 4 and 5, respectively, and Houston (3-1) ranks eighth. The Eagles have been the most surprising team, allowing just nine points per game, and while they?ve had some soft opponents, they held the high-scoring Pittsburgh Steelers to three points. If ever there was a measure of defense prevailing over offense it was in that game. The Rams and Vikings are teams whose offenses are the two worst in the NFL statistically yet they keep winning games. The Rams actually have scored fewer points (63) than they?ve allowed (76), but their defense keeps them in every game. If the Vikings ever hit their stride with quarterback Sam Bradford, look out. The most any team has scored against them is 16 points. Who says defense doesn?t matter?

ON DECK

Last season there were two teams that?started 1-3 and made it to the playoffs (Houston, Kansas City). This year there were 13 teams that stood 1-3 heading into Week 5. After Arizona?s victory over San Francisco, there are 11. It?s pretty easy to write off Jacksonville, Tennessee, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and Tampa Bay. But the list includes the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Two of those teams are guaranteed to be 1-4 because the Titans play at the Dolphins and the Buccaneers play at the Panthers. The Jaguars and Saints have a bye so they at least can put off 1-4 for another week. Two teams in big trouble are the Jets and Chargers. Unless both teams win on the road this week, New York at Pittsburgh and San Diego at Oakland, their seasons are all but over. Since 1990, 37.5% of the playoff teams started 2-2, but 1-4? Not this year.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE

Is there anyone who can win at U.S. Bank Stadium? The Vikings have allowed 24 points in two games there and now face the Houston Texans, who aren?t exactly an offensive juggernaut. Houston ranks 25th in offense and passing and quarterback Brock Osweiler is carrying a 74.8 rating. The Vikings will have their hands full with the Texans? defense, but they probably need to score only 14 to 17 points to win at home. The Bears are coming off a nice division victory over the Lions, but they?re paying the price. Injuries are devastating them. Wide receiver Kevin White (leg) is out for the year again and the defense has multiple injuries to starters and is being held together by string. The Lions are on the verge of collapse after the loss at Chicago. Now they get the undefeated Eagles, who have had a week of?rest and will be flexing their defensive muscles. Detroit?s season is on the line Sunday.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Atlanta Falcons?(3-1) at Denver Broncos?(4-0)

When: 3:05 p.m. Sunday.

Key injuries: Falcons ? LB De’Vondre Campbell (ankle), LB Deion Jones (ankle) and LB Paul Worrilow (groin) are out. Broncos ? LB DeMarcus Ware (forearm) and CB Kayvon Webster (hamstring) are out; TE Virgil Green (calf), S Shiloh Keo (knee), QB Trevor Siemian (left shoulder) and T Donald Stephenson (calf) are questionable.

Player to watch: Falcons receiver Julio Jones leads the league in receiving yards and is averaging 22.2 yards per catch.

Recent history: Atlanta has won two of the past three, the last meeting a 27-21 victory in Week 1 of 2012.

Key statistic: Broncos?cornerback Aqib Talib?s nine career interceptions returned for touchdowns is tied for fourth all-time and the most by an active player.

Bottom line: The NFL?s best offense goes up against the No. 4 defense in what should be a good indication of whether the Falcons are for real and the Broncos can still compete without a veteran quarterback. The Falcons are averaging 478.8 yards per game and are coming off a 48-33 pasting of the Carolina Panthers. Jones will find it tougher going against Talib and Chris Harris Jr., so don?t expect another 300-yard day, but if Atlanta?s improved offensive line can hold up against the Broncos? pass rushers, quarterback Matt Ryan still can?do damage. The Broncos are hoping to have quarterback Trevor Siemian (left shoulder) back this week, but rookie Paxton Lynch did lead them on three scoring drives last week after Siemian went out. Denver could use a little more help from its running game, which has managed 141 yards the past two games.

BY THE NUMBERS

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8-2 The team?s record coming out of bye weeks under coach Mike McCarthy.

5.9 Yards the team has averaged on punt returns since the start of the 2015 season.

27.5 Average distance of the six passing touchdowns the defense has allowed.

12 Longest run against the defense, the shortest of any long run by an opponent in the NFL.

87.59 New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning?s passer rating in his five career games against the Packers.

NFC North

10 Touchdowns the Detroit Lions have scored, the most of any team in the division.

120.2 Opponents? passer rating against the Lions defense.

97 Consecutive passes this season that Chicago quarterback Bobby Hoyer has gone without an interception.

0 Consecutive passes this season that Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler has gone without an interception.

58.2 Percent opponents are completing passes against the Minnesota Vikings defense, tops in the division and seventh overall.

NFL

1 Regular-season victories Eli Manning needs to reach 100.

10.5 Yards per pass attempt Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is averaging, tops in the NFL and 2 yards more than the No. 2 qualifying quarterback.

0 Turnovers the Philadelphia Eagles have committed, the only team without a giveaway.

102.1 Passer rating New England Patriots quarterbacks have combined for during starter Tom Brady?s four-game suspension.

5-1?The?Oakland Raiders? record in their last six road games.



Konta Upsets Keys To Reach Beijing Final… – WTA Tennis


BEIJING, China – Johanna Konta?upset Madison Keys to reach the final of the China Open and become the first British player in 32 years to reach the Top 10.

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This summer in Montr?al, Konta had the chance to reach the Top 10 only to slip to a surprise defeat at the hands of World No.121 Kristina Kucova. However, this time she rose to the occasion magnificently, withstanding a mid-match comeback from Keys to complete a 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 win.

“I’m definitely enjoying my time here. It’s my first time in Beijing and I hope to play many more times here. It’s an amazing atmosphere, such a beautiful stadium, it’s a real pleasure to play here,” Konta said in her on-court interview.

Keys had produced one of the performances of her career 24 hours earlier to defeat Petra Kvitova, but failed to scale those heights against Konta, committing 47 unforced errors in their two and a half hours on court. Nevertheless, she still had her chances and looked to be headed for victory when she skipped around a return to break in the first game of the deciding set.

Instead it was Konta that took charge, drawing level immediately and threatening?further breaks. Keys’ serve bailed her out on several occasions, but she finally buckled at 5-4 to send Konta into her first Premier Mandatory final.

“I don’t really think there was a secret [to winning],” Konta added.?”She’s such a high-quality player, has such a weight of shot -I’m pretty sure I was cleaning the back of the court there! I just tried to run down as many balls as I could and tried to take the chances I got.”

Konta can now look forward to a meeting against 2011 Beijing?champion Agnieszka Radwanska.?

“It’s really special. As I said I’m just enjoying being here and trying to prolong it as long as possible and I feel very blessed to be coming back tomorrow for the final.”

On Monday she will also become the 121st different player?to reach the Top 10 since the WTA Rankings were introduced on November 3, 1975. She is the fourth Briton to achieve the feat, following in the footsteps of Virginia Wade, Sue Barker and, most recently, Jo Durie (August, 1984).

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Winners and Losers from Week 6 of College Football – Bleacher Report


Winner: This Week's Top 10 Showdown

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Aggies QB Trevor Knight

Last week’s battles between Top 10 teams were hit-or-miss. Louisville vs. Clemson was arguably the best game of the season to date. But Wisconsin vs. Michigan was a low-scoring snoozefest, while Washington vs. Stanford was a 44-6 rout by the Huskies.

Fortunately, the SEC’s top-tiered tussle was much more ACC than Big Ten or Pac-12, as No. 8 Texas A&M needed two overtimes to finally put an end to No. 9 Tennessee’s season-long voodoo magic by a score of 45-38.

If you weren’t able to set aside five hours to watch this one, rest assured, it had everything.

Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara had 127 rushing yards, 161 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight threw for 239 yards and ran for 110 more, accounting for five of the six TDs for the Aggies.

The Volunteers completed a 21-point comeback?what else is new with this team??with help from a last-second missed field goal and an unbelievable fumble Malik Foreman forced on what should have been the game-clinching TD for A&M. There were a total of 10 turnovers, capped off by an interception of Joshua Dobbs on Tennessee’s first offensive snap of the second OT.

The win should vault Texas A&M to No. 6 in the polls, and it’s unlikely the loss would bump Tennessee outside the Top 15.

Moreover, because it was such an incredible game?and because Houston played itself out of the conversation with the loss to Navy?it enhanced the SEC’s chances of sending two teams to the College Football Playoff.

Texas A&M and Alabama will meet in two weeks to likely determine who represents the SEC West in the conference championship game. If the Aggies lose that road game before winning their last five, they would be 11-1 with wins over UCLA, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss and LSU. That would be one heck of a tough resume to ignore.



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