Michigan State upsets No. 8 Northwestern, ending its undefeated season and College Football Playoff hopes

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No. 8 Northwestern’s hopes of making College Football Playoff were already slim entering Saturday, but they’re just about nonexistent now. The Wildcats fell to Michigan State 29-20 on Saturday afternoon, falling from the ranks of the unbeaten to 5-1 on the season.

Northwestern got off to a slow start in the game, and it doomed the Wildcats in the end. They drove 41 yards on their opening possession and entered the red zone but turned the ball over on downs rather than attempting a field goal. Michigan State responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Nailor two plays later to take a 7-0 lead.

After a Northwestern turnover on its next possession, Michigan State got a field goal to go up 10-0 and had a 17-6 lead at halftime. The Wildcats battled back in the second half, taking a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Michigan State added two more field goals — including the go-ahead kick with under 4 minutes to go — to reclaim the lead. A fumble return touchdown in the game’s final second provided the nine-point margin.

The good news for Northwestern is this loss does not eliminate it from Big Ten title contention. The Wildcats still hold first place in the Big Ten West and can reach the conference championship game. The problem now? If Northwestern doesn’t face No. 4 Ohio State for the Big Ten title (which became less likely with another Ohio State game being canceled this week), a win over Indiana at the end of the season likely wouldn’t be enough to convince the CFP Selection Committee that the Wildcats are one of the four best teams in the country.

Northwestern has two regular-season games remaining — at Minnesota next week before finishing against rival Illinois on Dec. 12.

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Indiana Basketball 1976 Undefeated Team to be Inducted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana basketball’s 1975-76 undefeated team will be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

It was announced Saturday that Indiana’s 1976 team, the 1964 UCLA Bruins and the 1966 Texas Western Miners will together form the Class of 2020.

Below is the full press release:

Three of the most iconic teams in college basketball history have been selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020, including the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers.

Indiana’s 1975-76 team finished a perfect 32-0 and remains the most recent Division I team to complete an undefeated season. The dominant Hoosiers – coached by Hall of Famer Bob Knight – won their five NCAA Tournament games by an average of 15.2 points, including an 86-68 route of Michigan in the national championship game.

Indiana excelled in nearly every phase of the game that season, outscoring opponents by an average of 17.3 points while shooting over 50 percent from the field and forcing an average of 20.3 turnovers per game. Six players from that Hoosier squad would eventually reach the NBA, including Scott May, who won nearly every national player of the year award after averaging 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

The 1963-64 UCLA Bruins, the 1965-66 Texas Western Miners and the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers will together form the Class of 2020. The three teams will be inducted on a special live National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Celebration presented by Nike streaming event in early 2021.

UCLA’s 1963-64 season started what would eventually become the most heralded dynasty in the sport’s history. Led by Hall of Fame coach John Wooden, the Bruins went a perfect 30-0 on their way to winning the national title – the program’s first of 10 championships between 1964 and 1975. The season also marked the first of four 30-0 seasons – a feat UCLA would repeat in 1966-67, 1971-72 and 1972-73.

UCLA went 15-0 in AAWU games and beat Seattle, San Francisco and Kansas State on the way to the national title game, where the Bruins used a 16-0 first-half run to defeat Duke, 98-83. Leading the way were junior Gail Goodrich, who averaged a team-high 21.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, and senior Walt Hazzard, who averaged 18.6 points and 4.7 rebounds en route to earning the Oscar Robinson Trophy as the national player of the year.

Texas Western’s 1965-66 squad left an impact that stretched far beyond the basketball court. On March 19, 1966 at Cole Fieldhouse in College Park, Md., the Miners defeated top-ranked Kentucky 72-65 to win the national title – and in doing so, they became the first national champion with an all-Black starting lineup. The event is regarded as a significant advancement in the effort to desegregate athletics in the south.

Coached by Hall of Famer Don Haskins, Texas Western finished the season 28-1 and survived a pair of overtime games in the NCAA Tournament on its way to the title. The Miners

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Mixed Martial Arts: Dominant Khabib calls time on undefeated MMA career

FILE PHOTO: MMA – UFC 242 – Khabib Nurmagomedov v Dustin Poirier – Men’s UFC Lightweight title – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 7, 2019 Khabib Nurmagomedov reacts after winning his match against Dustin Poirier REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File Photo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Khabib Nurmagomedov called time on his mixed martial arts career following a second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje on Saturday, leaving his gloves in the centre of the octagon to fulfil a promise to his mother.

He wore down his opponent with his constant forward pressure before mounting Gaethje and locking him in a triangle choke that rendered the American unconscious to extend his record to 29 wins and no defeats.

Many questioned if he would have the heart for the fight against Gaethje following the death of his father Abdulmanap in July from complications caused by COVID-19 at the age of 57.

His father had schooled him in combat sports from an early age and was in his corner in Abu Dhabi in September 2019 when Khabib choked out Dustin Poirier, on that occasion using a rear naked choke in another successful title defence.

“I talked to my mother three days (ago). She didn’t want me to go fight without (my) father, but I promised her it’s going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow this,” an emotional Khabib said in the octagon.

“It was my last fight. I know only one thing I want from the UFC – you guys have to put me number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, because I deserve this.”

After a stunning run of 13 wins in eight years and a professional record featuring eight knockouts and 11 submission wins in his 29 victories, few would argue with the 32-year-old who has now left the cage for the last time.

Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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Dominant Khabib calls time on undefeated MMA career

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Khabib Nurmagomedov called time on his mixed martial arts career following a second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje on Saturday, leaving his gloves in the centre of the octagon to fulfil a promise to his mother.



FILE PHOTO: UFC 242 - Khabib Nurmagomedov v Dustin Poirier - Men's UFC lightweight title


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FILE PHOTO: UFC 242 – Khabib Nurmagomedov v Dustin Poirier – Men’s UFC lightweight title

He wore down his opponent with his constant forward pressure before mounting Gaethje and locking him in a triangle choke that rendered the American unconscious to extend his record to 29 wins and no defeats.

Many questioned if he would have the heart for the fight against Gaethje following the death of his father Abdulmanap in July from complications caused by COVID-19 at the age of 57.

His father had schooled him in combat sports from an early age and was in his corner in Abu Dhabi in September 2019 when Khabib choked out Dustin Poirier, on that occasion using a rear naked choke in another successful title defence.

“I talked to my mother three days (ago). She didn’t want me to go fight without (my) father, but I promised her it’s going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow this,” an emotional Khabib said in the octagon.

“It was my last fight. I know only one thing I want from the UFC – you guys have to put me number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, because I deserve this.”

After a stunning run of 13 wins in eight years and a professional record featuring eight knockouts and 11 submission wins in his 29 victories, few would argue with the 32-year-old who has now left the cage for the last time.

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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