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Daily Noontime (Friday, October 23, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Ah, it’s Friday – we made it!

I hope everyone is ready for another great weekend – crazy to think we have only one more Sunday in October, but I guess that means we’re another day closer to 2021 and 2022, right?

We took a day off yesterday, but are excited to be back to produce a brand new ‘Daily Noontime,’ beginning with welcoming back Big 10 Football!

Yep, Big 10 Football is back – the first week of the 2020 season for the conference begins this evening with the University of Illinois visiting the University of Wisconsin. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

What Big 10 game will I be keeping my eyes on? Well, I would say a few, but I think I will have to tune into tomorrow evening’s clash between the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota. Both teas are nationally ranked and the game will be played on ABC with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


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Let’s switch gears to baseball where the third game of the 2020 World Series is set to be played this evening with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m.

Both teams – the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays – have won one game of the best-of-seven series, but many believe whoever wins the third game will most likely go onto win the series. I am still rooting for the Rays, but know these Dodgers are really good!

Here are a few interesting stories (and links) from the series (from the past day or so):

So, I mentioned ESPN – well, ESPN.com, to be exact – in one of our World Series links (above!) – and one thing we learned late yesterday was that the company is moving some of its feature content and analysis behind its ESPN + paywall. Will you be paying to read their commentary and analysis?

It is an interesting move given the world wide leaders’ competitors are either behind a paywall – some sites, not every site requires a credit card! – while others are heading in that direction.

Let’s conclude today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ with a few more links and news from the world wide web:

  • Sunday’s game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Tom Brady/Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been moved from an evening affair to a late afternoon contest due to “abundance of caution.”
  • New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton admitted yesterday to WEEI.com that he needs to improve his play – he certainly has high aspirations for himself, which is a good thing, I promise!
  • And finally, here are a slew of links from Blogging the Boys on the Dallas Cowboys – man, something is not right in ‘Big D’ these days!

Five New Teams Join The AP Top 25 College Football Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

Five new teams joined this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Poll, including Southern Methodist University, which checked-in 18th this week following an exciting 30-27 victory over Memphis University

Shane Buechele concluded the SMU three-point victory with three touchdown passes and 474 passing yards while Reggie Robinson Jr. hauled in five catches for 243 yards and two scores. Chris Naggar connected on all six kicks, including a game-winning 43-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining. 

SMU will be idle this upcoming weekend but return to the gridiron on Friday, October 16 when they visit Tulane University for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Virginia Tech also joined this week’s list, checking in 19th overall – the Hokies own a pair of wins against Duke University and North Carolina State – while LouisianaIowa State, and Minnesota rounded out the final three spots, checking-in 23rd, 24th, and 25th, respectively. 

Clemson University remained number one follow by Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Notre Dame. Ohio State, which has yet to play a game this fall, secured the sixth position while garnering a pair of first-place votes, while MiamiNorth CarolinaPenn State, and Oklahoma State rounded out the top ten, checking in seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively. 

Biggest Mover: The Cowboys of Oklahoma State, which have won three straight and will look to continue their momentum later this month when they visit Baylor University.

Oklahoma State moved up seven positions following their 47-7 win over Kansas University.  

Also moving up seven spots, as well, the University of Tennessee (14th) and Brigham Young University (15).

We’ll do some more blogging later this week on the state of college football and more, so stay tuned for those other posts, Noontime Sports fans, and friends! 

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday – how is everyone doing?

It is hot and humid, so make sure to drink plenty of water and stay inside – it is also going to rain later, so make sure you have an umbrella with you, too.

While we’re posting a bit later than normal, let’s at least provide you with a short “work break” with today’s Daily Noontime for Tuesday, August 4, 2020.


Noontime’s Headlines for Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to extend the opt-out period for players not wanting to play this year due to the coronavirus. The new date, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com is Thursday, August 6 at 4 p.m. (eastern).
  • Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott seems open to having a dialogue with his student-athletes that are threatening to “boycott” the season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Sports Illustrated obtained two letters from both Scott and players of the Pac-12, who certainly feel as if their health and wellness is not being considered when being asked to play football during unprecedented times.

  • As of this morning, two NCAA college football players have opted-out of the upcoming season, including Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who will use this time to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Switching gears to professional football (again), the New England Patriots have a lot of cap space due to eight players opting-out for the upcoming season, which makes us wonder the following question: who should they acquire to replace some key pieces?
  • And finally, the Boston Celtics have some good news for its fans: everyone is healthy!

    Yes, everyone is healthy for this evening’s game against the Miami Heat, including Kemba Walker, who has been battling a knee injury.

March Madness Notebook: Previewing Three New England Matchups

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By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob

The March Madness field is set after the conclusion of last nights ‘first four’ contests.

In case you missed it Farleigh Dickinson, Belmont, Arizona State, and North Dakota State punched tickets to the big dance.

The tournament will start today with Louisville and Minnesota tipping-off in Des Moines, Iowa at 12:15 p.m.

Looking around New England there are three teams with high hopes to be one of the Cinderella teams. Here’s a close up look at the three teams and the first round matchups.


No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale: Yale picked up the Ivy League’s automatic bid with a decisive 97-85 win over arch rival Harvard in the conference championship final last weekend.

The Bulldogs are the real deal and could cause problems for LSU with a veteran lineup and an explosive offense led by Ivy League Player of Year Miye Oni, who enters today’s contest averaging 17.6 points per game. Oni is projected by many to be a second-round NBA draft pick and if the dynamic point guard is allowed to control tempo this game could result in a win for the Blue and White.

LSU is one of the country’s most athletic and talented squads and most deserving of the third seed, as well. However, there are questions and controversy surrounding the Tigers because they had a first-round flameout in the SEC tournament and their head coach Will Wade is embroiled in an FBI recruiting investigation.

LSU and Yale will meet in Jacksonville, Florida this afternoon where the Bulldogs will attempt to improve to 2-0 in the Sunshine State after rallying to beat Miami last December at the Hoophall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena.


No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 Vermont: Gotta love the Catamounts who play in basketball-crazy Burlington, Vermont.

UVM is led by junior Anthony Lamb, who averages 21.4 points per game – expect Lamb to be a factor in his team’s early afternoon clash, as well as the team’s lockdown defense which may give the ‘Noles trouble in the opening minutes.

Florida State is playing excellent basketball having defeated Virginia is the ACC tournament before losing to Duke in the title game.

Many feel Leonard Hamilton’s squad has the length, athleticism, and skill to go all the way but will patience or lack thereof cause them to stumble under tournament pressure? Either way, I like the ‘Noles to win this contest but it won’t be easy.


No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Northeastern: Bill Cohen‘s Huskies punched their ticket to the big dance with a solid 82-74 takedown over Hofstra in the CAA title game last week.

Northeastern’s explosive point guard Vasa Pusica led the way with 21 points on seven three-pointers. The Huskies are one of the country’s top three-point shooting teams and if they can adjust to the change in elevation in Salt Lake City then it may cause the Jayhawks some trouble.

This past season hasn’t been one of Bill Self’s better teams which saw its record of 14 Big 12 Conference regular-season titles come to an end. Injuries have plagued Kansas and as a result, Self has been forced to play a bunch of first-year players.

The Huskies with Pusica at the controls will make life difficult for one of college basketball’s elite programs but in the end, I like Kansas.


Stay connected with our Noontime Sports New England basketball coverage on Twitter @Noontime_Hoops 

Mass. College Hockey: BU Women’s Wins Third Straight Hockey East Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the women’s ice hockey team, which captured its third straight Hockey East crown this afternoon with a 3-2 win over archival Boston College:

HYANNIS, Mass. –  The Boston University women’s ice hockey team won its third straight Hockey East championship after a 3-2 come-from-behind win over fourth-ranked and top-seeded Boston College on Sunday afternoon at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.

BU (24-12-1) trailed by a goal entering the third period, but a power-play goal by senior captain Louise Warren and freshman Maddie Elia’s game-winner within the first 8:12 of the frame propelled the Terriers back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year. BU joins New Hampshire as the only schools with four or more conference crowns.

The Terriers will visit No. 1 Minnesota in a rematch of last season’s national championship game. The quarterfinal contest will be played at Ridder Arena at 5 p.m. ET. BC (27-6-3) also advanced to the national tournament with an at-large bid, making it the third straight year that both schools have made the final eight.

Senior goaltender Kerrin Sperry was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season after her second straight 40-plus save performance of the weekend. She stopped 119 of the 125 shots she faced during the three tournament tilt, including all 18 that BC threw at her in the final frame. The North Reading, Mass., native is the second back-to-back MVP honoree in the 12-year tournament history and won her last nine Hockey East tournament starts, which is a league record.

Sophomore Rebecca Russo tallied a goal and assisted on Elia’s winner. Senior Kaleigh Fratkin had an assist, as did sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga and junior Shannon Stoneburgh. Fratkin, Russo, Sperry and Warren were all chosen for the All-Tournament Team.

Dana Trivigno gave BC a 1-0 lead just 1:15 into the proceedings, but Russo tied the game at the 8:04 mark with her second power-play goal of the weekend. After the Eagles cleared the zone, Stoneburgh retrieved the puck and went indirect off the boards to Russo in the neutral zone. The sophomore forward skated into the BC zone and beat Corinne Boyles (31 saves) with a wrister from the slot for her 11th goal of the season.

Sperry and the Terrier penalty killers were tasked with killing two minutes of a 5-on-3 power play after sophomores Sarah Lefort and Dakota Woodworth each took a penalty on the same shift. They came through in fine style and held the Eagles to just one shot on goal.

BC took a 2-1 lead into the second period thanks to a Taylor Wasylk goal with 26 seconds to play in the first. Sophomore Jordan Juron thought she tied the game early in the second stanza when her shot bounced off Boyles and appeared to cross the goal line. Video replay confirmed that Boyles gloved the puck on the line just in time to keep the Eagles on top. The Terriers outplayed the Eagles in the middle frame, outshooting BC by a 14-5 margin.

Warren tied the game, 2-2, with the Terriers’ second power-play goal of the game at the 2:50 mark of the third period. Sophomore Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga cycled the puck to Fratkin, who fired the perfect pass to Warren in front. She redirected it past Boyles for her 27th strike of the season.

Elia provided the tournament-winner at the 8:12 juncture of the period. Off an offensive-zone draw, Russo’s initial shot was turned aside by Boyles, but Elia collected the rebound, wrapped around the cage and tucked the puck into the back of the net for her 13th goal of the season.

The Eagles pressed in the final five minutes, but Sperry was sharp in turning aside all eight shots she faced within that time frame. Boyles was pulled in favor of an extra attacker with 1:02 remaining in regulation, but the Terriers held BC to just one shot on goal in the final minute.

BU has won all three tournaments decided in Hyannis. The Terriers went 3-1-0 against the WCHA this season, including two wins over Minnesota Duluth.