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ugars defense forced just two punts. Still, they remain in control of their Pac-12 destiny, needing a win Friday over Washington to clinch the North.T-24.?Tennessee Volunteers?(8-3

LAS VEGAS -- Andre Ward, the new No. Wholesale China Jerseys Free Shipping . 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world?He made a case -- but not a convincing one -- as he won a razor-close but controversial unanimous decision against Sergey Kovalev to claim three light heavyweight world title belts before an adoring crowd of 13,310 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.All three judges scored the bout 114-113 for Ward, who survived a second-round knockdown and some shaky moments. scored the fight 115-112 for Kovalev, who appeared to land the much more powerful punches. HBOs unofficial scorer, Hall of Fame judge Harold Lederman, had Kovalev winning 116-111.?Many media members sitting ringside also had Kovalev winning.If judges Glenn Trowbridge and John McKaie had given Kovalev the final round, the fight would have been a split decision win for Kovalev. Judge Burt Clements gave Kovalev the 12th round but had Ward ahead going into the round.This is a beautiful thing. We did it, baby. Its a lot of hardware, Ward said as he was presented with the belts. Surreal. This is what we set out to do. Im a five-[belt] world champion in two different weight classes. Man, its amazing.This sounds good -- the new light heavyweight champ. This was my most important and satisfying win.There were many who believed that the Kovalev-Ward winner would be worthy of replacing junior bantamweight titlist Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez as the new pound-for-pound king. And some might elevate Ward into that lofty perch coming off the best victory of his career, which already includes wins against such top opponents as Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Chad Dawson.Ward said he was not startled that he got the nod.I was not surprised when I heard the decision, he said. I dont know where you got that from. I know it was a close fight. The crowd, you can hear they thought I won.[Kovalev] did everything I expected him to do. He started to show up as I expected. He started to fight like I expected. My coach [Virgil Hunter] did a great job.Kovalev, who was making his ninth title defense, strongly disagreed with the scoring.Its the wrong decision. I dont want to say my opinion, he said. The witnesses are here. They saw it. Its my job. It was a fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges decision.[Ward] got maybe a few rounds. I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe three rounds the whole fight. It is the USA and all the judges were from the USA. Its a sport. Dont make it politics. Its a sport, and I won the fight.Main Events promoter Kathy Duva, Kovalevs promoter, also was not happy with the decision.My impression was that was the wrong decision, she said. We thought he was clearly ahead on points. I think Ward could have a great career in the UFC. I havent seen so much wrestling since Conor McGregor in the UFC card last week.Ward did initiate many clinches, and referee Robert Byrd did little to stop it, allowing the fighters to work their way out of it.I thought for sure it was not going to be a one-way fight, but the wrestling was outrageous, Duva said. The referee didnt do anything about it, and Im really upset. [Kovalev] won the first six rounds, and he had a knockdown. How the hell did he lose a decision??Ward will likely have to face Kovalev in a rematch. Duva said her side would exercise its right to an immediate rematch.Were going to get him back in the ring as soon as we can and right this wrong, Duva said.Kovalev agreed.Of course, I want a rematch, and I will kick his ass, Kovalev said. I want to show good boxing.Michael Yormark of Roc Nation Sports, Wards promoter, said it was too soon to talk about a sequel and declined to acknowledge the rematch clause.Its too early to discuss a rematch at this point, Yormark said. Andre will enjoy the moment, spend time with his family and, obviously, embrace those three belts. Well decide where we go from here over the next weeks.Ward offered his take.Of course, I would do a rematch, Ward said. I am not going to negotiate a fight right now. I will go home and relax and see whats next.Ward, a 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, got off to a very rough start, as Kovalev appeared to hurt him midway through the opening round with a stiff left jab that forced Ward to grab on to him around the waist.Ward (31-0, 15 KOs) had blood coming from his right nostril early in the second round. Then a left hand and a right drove him into the ropes. Moments later, Kovalev connected with a booming right hand to the forehead, and Ward went down to all fours. It was only the second time in Wards career he had been knocked down. Ward made it out of the round but looked a bit shaky and tried to hold Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) in the third round.When Kovalev, who earned $2 million but stands to earn much more because of his percentage of the promotion, got rough in response to Ward holding him, Byrd warned them to knock it off.I knew it was going to be a tough fight, Ward said of the knockdown. I think after the second-round knockdown, he realized I wasnt going anywhere and I was stepping on the gas. Technically, theres always stuff I can pick apart. I wasnt happy about that knockdown, but I didnt panic. I was at peace. Now its time to really get to work. I wasnt hurt by it. As a matter of fact, I wasnt hurt by anything he threw.Byrd was busy throughout the fight, breaking hard clinches -- many of which were initiated by Ward?as he tried to come inside and avoid Kovalevs big punches.The great speed and slickness of Ward was not very evident, as Kovalev popped him with jabs and right hands. Ward got off some good shots, but Kovalev walked right through them. But whatever speed and defense Ward lacked, he showed immense toughness and guile under a constant assault from Krusher Kovalev, known as one of boxings most devastating punchers.Your last fight is always the most important, but I really needed this, said Ward, who has not lost a fight since he was a 13-year-old amateur. It was about those in-the-trenches moments. Sergey has no inside game, so I focused on my midrange and my inside game, and that made all the difference.Ward, who earned a career-high $5 million, had a strong seventh round. He landed a clean stiff jab that got Kovalevs attention and excited the crowd. Moments later, both fighters were warned by Byrd for hitting behind the head while in a clinch. And even though Kovalev landed a hard left hand late in the round, Ward, 32, of Oakland, California, returned fire.There was a lot of back-and-forth action in the ninth round, but Ward had some big moments, lashing Kovalev, 33, a Russia native living in Los Angeles, with shots that sent him ducking under the top ring rope and brought the crowd to its feet.They continued to go at each other in the 10th round. Ward landed a good left hand that backed Kovalev up, and Ward stuffed a left jab down the middle that connected cleanly. It was an exciting round that was hard to score.The 11th round was another close one, with Kovalev landing a hard jab and right hand but Ward coming right back with a solid left hook. Kovalev had Ward on the run in the final seconds of the round.Sensing the decision victory might be up for grabs in the 12th round, the boxers responded with toe-to-toe action and rough stuff on the inside during clinches. They did not let up until the final bell, and then they fell into an embrace when it was over.This is a good feeling, Hunter said. We were a little careless with that knockdown in the second round, but we landed the cleaner punches. Kovalev was aggressive but not effective. Thats why we won. Im happy for Andre.According to CompuBox punch statistics, Kovalev landed 126 of 474 punches (27 percent), and while Ward threw and landed fewer punches (116 of 337) than Kovalev, Ward landed at a higher percentage (34 percent).Ward, who unified super middleweight world titles by rolling through the 2009 to 2011 Super Six World Boxing Classic, was fighting his first top opponent since a dominant 2012 knockout of then-light heavyweight champion Dawson, who dropped down in weight to challenge him. Ward had some long layoffs in the ensuing years because of injuries and a battle over his promotional contract, but he signed with Roc Nation Sports in 2015 and was fighting for the fourth time since then.But Ward, already a probable Hall of Famer even before the win against Kovalev, shied away from lauding himself.Its hard for me to call myself great, he said. At the end of the day, I am a two-weight division champion. China Jerseys 2020 . The phone hearing is scheduled for 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt. Winchester, who was not penalized for the hit, appeared to make contact with Kellys head early in the first period of Thursdays game in Boston. Cheap Jerseys 2020 .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. This season has seen its fair share of exciting games, no doubt, but there might not be one that impacts the final College Football Playoff rankings more than The Game between Ohio State and Michigan on Saturday. Both teams sit in the top four of our Power Rankings, and both have playoff-worthy résumés.Power Rankings voters: Edward Aschoff, Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Chris Fallica, Rod Gilmore, Danny Kanell, Chris Low, Ivan Maisel, Ryan McGee, Adam Rittenberg, Mark Schlabach | How they votedPrevious rankings: Week 1?|?Week 2 |?Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8| Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 111. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-0)Trending:Week 11 ranking: 1 Week 12 result:?Defeated Chattanooga 31-3Somehow, it seems that Alabamas uninspiring performance came at exactly the right time, though coach Nick Saban offered a different analysis of the Crimson Tides 22nd consecutive victory. The coach was frustrated, and rightfully so, after Alabama trailed 3-0 after one quarter and led just 14-3 at halftime. The Tide, who finished with just 332 yards, now turn their focus to rival Auburn and then an SEC title game rematch with Florida.2.?Ohio State Buckeyes?(10-1)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?2 Week 12 result:?Defeated Michigan State 17-16Ohio State escaped East Lansing with a win over 3-8 Michigan State, which nearly derailed the Buckeyes national-title bid for the third time in four seasons. The Buckeyes intercepted a two-point conversion attempt with 4:41 to play before Gareon Conley sealed the win with another pick of Tyler OConnor in the final two minutes. Its survive-and-advance time. Michigan awaits as Ohio State returns home.3. Clemson Tigers?(10-1)Trending:?Week 11 ranking: 4 Week 12 result:?Defeated Wake Forest 35-13Clemson clinched the ACC Atlantic behind Deshaun Watson, who threw for 202 yards and rushed for two touchdowns. Running back Wayne Gallman added 161 yards and two scores. It was a workmanlike performance for the Tigers in rebounding from a loss to Pitt to stay in good shape for the College Football Playoff. South Carolina and the undetermined Coastal champ remain as Clemsons final obstacles.4.?Michigan Wolverines?(10-1)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?5 Week 12 result:?Defeated Indiana 20-10Michigan avoided its first home loss to Indiana in 49 years by overcoming a third-quarter deficit behind a career-best 158 rushing yards from DeVeon Smith. A week after their first loss of the year at Iowa, the Wolverines sputtered offensively behind John OKorn, who was filling in at quarterback for the injured Wilton Speight. Michigan controls its fate in the conference and CFP race as it heads to Ohio State with a shot to win the Big Ten East.5. Washington Huskies?(10-1)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?6 Week 12 result:?Defeated Arizona State 44-18Washington shook off the effects of its loss to USC to roll past the Sun Devils on Senior Day and reach 10 wins for the first time since 2000. Arizona State gained just 84 yards in the first three quarters against the Huskies stout defense, and quarterback?Jake Browning threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns. That sets the stage for a hugely significant Apple Cup on Friday at Washington State, with the winner to play in the Pac-12 title game as champion of the North.6.?Wisconsin Badgers?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?7 Week 12 result:?Defeated Purdue 49-20This week was business as usual for the Badgers, who started slowly on the road but scored 35 points in the final nine minutes of the first half to squash Purdue. Wisconsin has won five straight games since consecutive October losses to Michigan and Ohio State and needs a home win over Minnesota to clinch the Big Ten West. There are bigger things on the horizon, perhaps, for the Badgers, who hope they can secure a playoff bid if they win the league title.7.?Oklahoma Sooners?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?9 Week 12 ?result:?Defeated West Virginia 56-28Depending on your perspective of Oklahomas win Saturday, it was not as close as the score indicated -- or it was much closer. The Sooners led 28-0 less than five minutes into the second quarter but were outgained and benefited from WVU mistakes that prevented the Mountaineers from cutting the lead considerably before their second-half surge. Regardless, Oklahoma needs to beat Oklahoma State in two weeks to finish a perfect Big 12 season and state its case to the playoff committee.8.?Penn State Nittany Lions?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?8 Week 12 result:?Defeated Rutgers 39-0Penn State pulled away in the second half, though Rutgers never really stood a chance. The Nittany Lions allowed five first downs and 87 total yards, while?Saquon Barkley led a 339-yard rushing effort. Penn State reached nine wins for the first time since 2011. To get to the Big Ten title game -- a difficult to fathom outcome one month ago -- the Nittany Lions need a win this week over Michigan State and an Ohio State victory over Michigan.9.?Colorado Buffaloes?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?10 Week 12 result:?Defeated Washington State 38-24?Colorado needs a home victory over Utah on Saturday to win the Pac-12 South. In the Buffaloes win over WSU,?Sefo Liufau?joined Steven Montez as the only Colorado quarterbacks to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a game. Montez did so in September against Oregon. Yes, it has been that kind of season for the Buffaloes, who most recently won nine games in 2002.10.?USC Trojans?(8-3)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?12 Week 12 result:?Defeated UCLA 36-14Make it seven wins in a row for USC, matched nationally by only Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State and Western Michigan. The Trojans again got big games from QB Sam Darnold and receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to roll past their slumping rival. Heres another team no one wants to play, perhaps including the Pac-12 North winner. USC faces Notre Dame next week and will win the South if Utah beats Colorado.11.?Oklahoma State Cowboys?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?14 Week 12 result:?Defeated TCU 31-6Who wants to play Oklahoma State after it turned a 2-2 start into a path to the Big 12 title with one more victory? As fortune dictates, the Cowboys will have a shot to earn that victory against rival Oklahoma on Dec. 3. OSU rushed for 334 yards against TCU as Justice Hill and Chris Carson combined for 300 yards in handing the Horned Frogs their worst home loss since 1997.12.?Louisville Cardinals?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?3 Week 12 result:?Lost to Houston 36-20Louisville fell flat on Thursday to start its two-week journey outside the ACC. The Cardinals lost everything: their shot at the ACC title (as Clemson beat Wake Forest on Saturday), their shot at the College Football Playoff, obviously, and quarterback Lamar Jacksons bid to run away with the Heisman Trophy. Jackson, who was sacked 11 times by Houston, could use a big finish Saturday against Kentucky to impress tthe voters. Fake Nike NFL Jerseys. 13.?Florida State Seminoles?(8-3)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?18 Week 12 result:?Defeated Syracuse 45-14?Since an early blowout loss to Louisville, Florida State has dipped under the national radar. Although it has lost twice since then, check the numbers: FSU fell by just two points to North Carolina and by just three to Clemson. The Seminoles win Saturday over Syracuse, despite four FSU turnovers, featured 654 yards of offense, including 225 on the ground from Dalvin Cook, who?broke Warrick Dunns career rushing record at FSU.14.?Western Michigan Broncos?(11-0)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?15 Week 12 result:?Defeated Buffalo 38-0Only Alabama can equal Western Michigans 11 victories, but the Broncos havent won the MAC West. Theyll need a victory over Toledo on Friday at home to finish the job, a necessity in their drive to qualify for a New Years Six bowl game. Western Michigan took care of business against Buffalo with a 626-yard offensive output.15.?Auburn Tigers?(8-3)Trending:?Week 11 ranking: 20 Week 12 result:?Defeated Alabama A&M 55-0Auburn improved to 22-0 all-time against FCS competition and held an eighth straight opponent without a rushing touchdown in limiting Alabama A&M to 130 yards in this tune-up for the Iron Bowl. The Tigers rushed for 451 yards and accumulated 598 overall in their seventh win in eight games after a 1-2 start.16.?Florida Gators?(8-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?23 Week 12 ?result:?Defeated LSU 16-10Talk about a close call. The Gators forged a ferocious goal-line stand in the closing seconds to escape Baton Rouge with a win in a game rescheduled from Week 6 and relocated from Gainesville because of Hurricane Matthew. Florida managed just 270 yards, and quarterback Austin Appleby was inconsistent, but he hit Tyrie Cleveland for a 98-yard, go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. Eddy Pineiro nailed all three of his field goal attempts. A visit to Florida State is on Saturday before the SEC title game against No. 1 Alabama.17.?Nebraska Cornhuskers?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?19 Week 12 result:?Defeated Maryland 28-7Without quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. on Senior Day, Nebraska turned to?Ryker Fyfe, a former walk-on who delivered big, with 220 passing yards in his second career start. The Cornhuskers held Maryland to 207 yards, including just 11 on the ground, and Nebraska reached the nine-win plateau for the eighth time in nine seasons. The Huskers visit Iowa on Friday in need of a win and a Wisconsin loss Saturday against Minnesota to win the Big Ten West.18.?West Virginia Mountaineers?(8-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?11 Week 12 result:?Lost to Oklahoma 56-28That does it for West Virginias playoff chances and Big 12 title hopes. The Mountaineers managed to lose big while gaining 579 yards. They got 331 rushing yards from?Justin Crawford but little consistency elsewhere and could not overcome a slow start. Primarily, West Virginia was doomed by four turnovers, including fumbles inside the Oklahoma 5-yard line by Crawford and quarterback?Skyler Howard.?Now its on to Iowa State, which suddenly looks dangerous.19.?Boise State Broncos?(10-1)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?22 Week 12 result:?Defeated UNLV 42-25Boise State remains in contention for a New Years Six bowl, but the window is closing. To play for the Mountain West title, Boise State needs a win at Air Force on Friday and a Wyoming loss at New Mexico. The Cowboys nearly obliged Saturday by sneaking by San Diego State by one point after Boise State ran past UNLV on Friday behind 206 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Jeremy McNichols.20.?Houston Cougars?(9-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?NR Week 12 result:?Defeated Louisville 36-10Welcome back to the rankings, Houston, which has been missing since a Week 8 loss to SMU. The Cougars have responded with three straight wins, capped by their resounding upset of Louisville on Thursday, in which they relentlessly hounded Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson and forced three turnovers. Even so, Navys win Saturday over East Carolina eliminated Houston in the American West race. Houston finishes with Memphis as all eyes turn to coach Tom Herman and his expected Power 5 suitors.21.?Utah Utes?(8-3)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?13 Week 12 result:?Lost to Oregon 30-28Utah lost on Justin Herberts 17-yard pass to Darren Carrington II with two seconds to play, a huge disappointment. Combined with Colorados win, the loss eliminated the Utes from Pac-12 title contention. The Ducks went 75 yards on the final drive to finish with 575 against Utah, the most gained this year against the Utes, who close against the Buffs this week.22.?Navy Midshipmen?(8-2)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?NR Week 12 result:?Defeated East Carolina 66-31Navy won the American West, a monumental and unprecedented accomplishment for the Midshipmen, by smothering East Carolina on the Pirates Senior Day. Navys triple-option attack produced nine touchdowns and 483 yards on the ground. The work never stops for Navy, though. It visits SMU on Saturday, followed by the Dec. 3 American title game, the Army-Navy game a week later and, of course, bowl season.23.?Washington State Cougars?(8-3)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?17 Week 12 result:?Lost to Colorado 38-24Washington States eight-game win streak came to an end as it struggled defensively against Colorado and allowed 603 yards. Luke Falk threw for 325 yards and three scores, but the Cougars defense forced just two punts. Still, they remain in control of their Pac-12 destiny, needing a win Friday over Washington to clinch the North.T-24.?Tennessee Volunteers?(8-3)Trending:?Week 11 ranking: NR Week 12 result:?Defeated Missouri 63-37Despite allowing a second straight opponent to top 400 rushing yards, Tennessee won behind the wizardry of Joshua Dobbs in his final home game. He threw for 223 yards and rushed for 190 on 10 carries, accounting for five touchdowns. The Vols, who finish the regular season Saturday at Vanderbilt, can still reach 10 wins for the first time since 2007 -- astonishing after a three-game October skid and endless craziness this fall.T-24.?Stanford Cardinal?(8-3)Trending:?Week 11 ranking:?25 Week 12 result:?Defeated Cal 45-31Remember Christian McCaffrey? The 2015 Heisman runner-up is healthy again. He rushed for 284 yards and broke his own school record as Stanford went on the road to win the Big Game for the seventh straight season. The Cardinal have won four straight since their midseason struggles and finish the regular season Saturday against Rice with a chance to reach a double-digit win total for the sixth time in seven seasons.Out of the rankings: LSU, Texas A&M, Virginia TechOthers receiving votes: Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, LSU, Minnesota, South Florida, Pitt ' ' '