BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana’s season-opener against Penn State means a little more to Whop Philyor.

It’s been a long offseason, and everyone is ready to get back on the field to play, but for Philyor, the Hoosiers’ first opponent gives him more incentive.

One season ago when Indiana traveled to Happy Valley, Philyor took a hit to the head in the second quarter, causing him to fumble and be taken into concussion protocol.

The hit was conceived by many to be targeting, but that wasn’t the call on the field.

On that play, Philyor actually took two hits to the head. It was a catch-and-run for Philyor, and he first took a glancing blow from cornerback Marquis Wilson. As Wilson was making the tackle, Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks came flying into the fray from the opposite direction, making direct contact to Philyor’s helmet with his own.

Philyor didn’t play the rest of the game as Indiana went on to lose to Penn State 34-27. Philyor missed the next game due to a concussion.

Head coach Tom Allen thought it should have been targeting, and he went through a process to seek an explanation on the non-call. The Big Ten never released an explanation to the public.

Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Marquis Wilson (8) runs with the ball after a fumble recovery while Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Whop Philyor (1) reacts during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium.Matthew OHaren/USA Today Sports

“I tell the boys all the time — them boys (Penn State) knocked me out,” Philyor said. “So, imma need y’all boys to bring that dog, too, because you already know I’m gonna bring that dog with me.”

Philyor will be Indiana’s number one target on the field this season, which also means he’ll be the defense’s

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The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays will conclude their best-of-five ALDS matchup Friday night at Petco Park in San Diego. The Yankees forced the winner-take-all affair with their Game 4 win on Thursday (NY 5, TB 1). Friday’s winner will face the Astros in the ALCS. Here’s how you can watch Game 5.

The two teams announced their Game 5 starting lineups a few hours before first pitch. Here is the starting nine the Yankees, the visiting team, will send out there:

  1. 2B DJ LeMahieu
  2. RF Aaron Judge
  3. CF Aaron Hicks
  4. DH Giancarlo Stanton
  5. 1B Luke Voit
  6. 3B Gio Urshela
  7. SS Gleyber Torres
  8. LF Brett Gardner
  9. C Kyle Higashioka

    SP Gerrit Cole

Standard postseason lineup for the Yankees, though Gardner did hit sixth in Game 4. Higashioka is Cole’s personal catcher, though he has supplanted the struggling Gary Sanchez as the team’s starting catcher this postseason anyway. This will be Higashioka’s third straight start behind the plate. The Yankees don’t pinch-hit much, though Clint Frazier looms as a righty threat.

Cole is starting Game 5 on short rest — it will be his first career short rest start — and Friday afternoon manager Aaron Boone told reporters, including’s Bryan Hoch, he does not have a pitch limit. They’re going to talk it through on a inning-by-inning basis and watch for signs of fatigue. As expected, Boone confirmed all his relievers are available.

Now here is the starting lineup the Rays will use in Game 5. They are the home team and will bat last:

  1. RF Austin Meadows
  2. 2B Brandon Lowe
  3. LF Randy Arozarena
  4. 1B Ji-Man Choi
  5. DH Yandy Diaz
  6. 3B Joey Wendle
  7. SS Willy Adames
  8. CF Kevin Kiermaier
  9. C Mike Zunino

    SP Tyler Glasnow

The Rays used 59 different lineups in 60 regular

Chad Morris hasn’t said much about his time at Arkansas, at least not publicly, since he took over as Auburn’s offensive coordinator in December.

But with Auburn set to host Morris’ former team — the program that unceremoniously dumped him after less than two seasons — this weekend at Jordan-Hare Stadium, at least one Auburn player is saying what Morris hasn’t put into words the last 10 months.

“I would say it’s definitely personal for him,” starting center Nick Brahms said.

No. 13 Auburn (1-1) will host Arkansas (1-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m., with the game broadcast on SEC Network. It will be, colloquially, the Chad Morris Bowl—the offensive-minded coach’s current team against the one he failed to lead out of the SEC’s cellar during his stint in Fayetteville.

Morris was hired as Arkansas’ head coach in 2018 to replace Bret Bielema, but he struggled to turn around the program in his limited time there. The Razorbacks went 4-18 in 22 games under Morris before he was fired Nov. 10, with two games remaining on the schedule in just his second season with the program, following a loss to a Western Kentucky team led by one of Arkansas’ former quarterbacks.

During Morris’ tenure in Fayetteville, Arkansas lost all 13 SEC games it played—all part of a 20-game conference losing streak that began Nov. 11, 2017 and was snapped last weekend, when the Razorbacks upset Mike Leach’s Mississippi State. Now Arkansas and first-year coach Sam Pittman are headed to the Plains with hopes of starting a new, far less dubious streak by winning their second SEC game in a row — against the team featuring the Razorbacks’ former coach, no less.

Gus Malzahn knows that emotions will likely be high on Saturday. It’s natural; he knows that firsthand from his

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Though the Patriots haven’t confirmed it yet, all signs are pointing to Brian Hoyer starting under center Monday night when New England faces the Chiefs.

If Hoyer earns the start, he’ll be looking to do something he hasn’t done in four years and three days, or a span of 1,465 days: win a football game as starting quarterback.

Since Hoyer’s last victory — a 17-14 Bears win over the Lions on October 2, 2016 — Hoyer has lost 10 straight games as a starter, while predominantly serving as a backup over that stretch.

That losing skid involves three starts with the Bears in 2016, six starts with the 49ers in 2017, and one start with the Colts a season ago. Overall, Hoyer has completed 58.8 percent of his passes during the streak, averaging almost 220 yards per game while throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions, good for a QB rating of 75.8.

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But while Hoyer hasn’t walked off the field as a starter with a win in over four years, he has managed to keep most of those games close. Eight of those losses came by a total of 24 points, with six coming by a field goal or less. Only two of the losses were double-digit defeats.

Considering the Patriots are 11-point underdogs for the contest — their largest point spread as underdogs since Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams — oddsmakers aren’t expecting Hoyer and the Pats to keep it that close this time around against the defending champs.

But who knows? Maybe the 34-year-old journeyman can author a shocker.

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey and New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate got into a fight seconds after Sunday’s game at Sofi Stadium and had to be separated by teammates before things got too crazy.

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Now we know what this fight was apparently about, and it was very personal – Ramsey has two kids with Tate’s sister, Breanna, and the couple broke up last year. Following the breakup, Tate told the New York Post: “I’m not happy at all with the disrespect that he’s shown towards my sister, and the things he’s done in the past.”

Ramsey responded to that last year by saying:

“We live in a society where ignorant people feel that they are owed an explanation of what goes on in our day-to-day lives … and why we make the decisions we make … we don’t have to answer to anyone but the man above. S—t is beyond overrated.”

Well, on Sunday they met on the field and Ramsey took Tate down with this powerful tackle:

Then they fought after the game:

Yup, that was definitely personal.


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