Buckeyes Dominate The Trojans, Giannis clearly out of bounds on winner vs. Thunder, Steph Curry Back!

Cotton Bowl, USC vs. Ohio State score, highlights: Buckeyes Dominate The Trojans

ARLINGTON, Texas -- No. 5 Ohio State thumped No. 8 USC 24-7 on Friday night at the Cotton Bowl in the battle of teams that kinda, sorta had a case for being in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes scored the first 24 points of the game and turned the Trojans over four times on the night before grounding the Pac-12 champions down the stretch in the second half. 

J.T. Barrett and Co. leaned heavily on their run game for most of the contest, pounding it 38 times for 163 yards, which amounted to only 4.3 yards per carry against a USC defense that was ranked No. 67 in the country in yards per carry against. The Trojans did a tremendous job for most of the night, limiting the Buckeyes' offense to just 17 points (plus a pick-six).

The big story on Friday, though, was what the OSU's defense did to a top 25 offense led by potential top-five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in Sam Darnold. The junior quarterback was harassed all night as Ohio State notched eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss. As a result, the turnover-prone Darnold fumbled twice -- once in the red zone -- and tossed one of the worst pick-sixes of the calendar year. 

Ohio State's senior class completed a ridiculous 49-6 four-year run with the win, setting a program record for most wins by a class in history, and Urban Meyer improved to an absurd 73-8 overall as Ohio State's coach. 

2. No protection for Darnold: I know the Ohio State defensive front is solid, but USC made it look like Darnold was facing his first NFL team on Friday. As a result, he was dancing all night, coughed up a two fumbles and generally looked about as comfortable in the pocket as Eminem does in the broadcast booth. I don't know that USC would have won if Darnold would have had a clean pocket, but it would have at least had a chance. He wasn't good by any means, and some of his throws were genuinely jaw-droppingly poor, but life's not easy with Nick Bosa in your dish all night.



Another look at the Tyquan Lewis sack and Jerome Baker fumble return. Sam Darnold is having a rough night.


3. Barrett stayed patient on the ground: The Buckeyes fed multiple backs and, ultimately, their leader Barrett to carry the night. He was particularly impressive in his collegiate swan song (in a career that dates back to the mid-90s, it seems) and didn't try and force the issue through the air. In fact, Ohio State was pretty lousy outside of Barrett's legs. Say what you want about Barrett's career, and literally all of you have said something, but he won a lot of football games in the Scarlet and Gray. Friday's performance was a microcosm of what has made Ohio State great for the past few years. He finished with 16 carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns, simply making it look way too easy at times.

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Here are the nuts and bolts of the basketball travesty that played out in Oklahoma City on Friday night: After Russell Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with less than five seconds to play, Giannis Antetokounmpo answered with a baseline drive and finish over Westbrook to give the Bucks a 97-95 victory. 

Only one problem. 

Giannis clearly stepped out of bounds. 

So here we go again with the NBA's increasingly useless replay system, which even has LeBron at his wit's end -- as it should after the NBA admitted his Cavs were wronged by two pivotal, non-reviewable c... in their Christmas loss to the Warriors

Oh, and in case you're wondering how the official could've missed a call this blatant, well, your guess is as good as mine. He was practically right on top of the play. Take another look:

If it's not, then just scrap the replay system altogether and at least stop grinding games down to a halt to review every little call ... except, you know, the calls that actually matter. At least if there were no system in place, sitting right there just waiting to be used, we could perhaps accept the human-error aspect of officiating. But when you have a system in place specifically designed to combat human error, it's a slap in the face to not use it all the way. 

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Steph Curry Back! 'probably' on restriction vs. Grizzlies

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been cleared to return for Saturday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told ESPN.

Barring an unforeseen setback of the right ankle he sprained on Dec. 4 in New Orleans, Curry is returning to action after missing the team's past 11 games, a span in which the Warriors went On Friday, Curry underwent his third and final re-evaluation since sustaining the injury and he was deemed physically ready to rejoin the team. During pregame availability in advance of Friday's 111-100 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, head coach Steve Kerr said the two-time MVP would "probably" be on a minutes restriction.Read More Here

Cavs say Isaiah Thomas won't make season debut before Tuesday, team being 'patient'


ST. HELENA, Calif. -- Isaiah Thomas is feeling so good that he wanted to make his debut against the Sacramento Kings this week, only to be denied by the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.

"I tried to do that in Sac," Thomas revealed before the Cavs practiced Friday at St. Helena High School in Napa Valley, Calif. "It didn't work. So, I thought I could do that. I tried it in Sac and they shut me down, and I was upset about it, but I mean they're looking out for what's best. Not just for this team, but for myself; and not just this season, but my career. So I can't thank them enough for putting me in that position."

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