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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril, the legend who popularized and perfected the famous Princeton Offense with a nearly three decades long run at the Ivy League school, died Monday. He was 92 years old.

“The Carril family is sad to report that Coach Peter J. Carril passed away peacefully this morning,” the family said in a statement. “We kindly ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and handle necessary arrangements. More information will be forthcoming in the following days.”

Carril was a 1998 inductee in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame following his retirement from Princeton, where he coached from 1967 to 1996. He led the Tigers to 514 wins, 13 Ivy League titles and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.

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While the Princeton Offense dates back to the early portion of last century, its impact on the modern game can largely be traced to Carril, who installed it at Princeton. He amassed a 514-261 record with the Tigers and only once — in 1984-1985 — finished with a losing record. Designed to space the floor and stress defenses, the Princeton offense thrived off ball movement, shooting and selfless play in a position-less style system that prioritized — same as the NBA now — motion and assignments that can lead to open shots and easy layups.

The system Carril espoused made Princeton, often times outmanned, a troubling matchup even for the most talented teams it faced. In 1989, it gave No. 1-seeded Georgetown a big scare before falling 50-49 in a game that would have made Carril’s team the first No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history to defeat a No. 1 seed. In 1996 against UCLA, in what was Carril’s last win as a college head coach, No. 13 seed Princeton stunned reigning national champion UCLA, a No. 4 seed, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 43-41. More than half its shots that day — 26 of its 46 — were 3-pointers.

“If you charted our shooting and looked at how many shots were layups or 3-point shots, it had to have been 90%,” Princeton alumnus Matt Lapin told the Wall Street Journal in 2017. “And maybe even higher.”

“Sometimes we had centers and forwards smaller than our guards, so who were you going to post up?” Carril told ESPN in 2011 of Princeton and its plan to win on the numbers. “So what we had, we had 3-point shooters and we made a lot of 3s. They add up.”

Carril, who played at Lafayette College before his long and illustrious coaching career, made stops as a head coach at Lehigh and Princeton before eventually becoming an assistant with the Sacramento Kings, where of course he helped install the offense he made famous. 

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Following Ti-Cats quarterback Dane Evans on a quest to honour Indigenous cultures and his heritage
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hat does one do after throwing five touchdowns to win a professional football game? Celebrate your accomplishment? Get some literal rest on your laurels?

If your Dane Evans, you get up early, jump in your truck and hit the road in a quest to learn and to grow.

Evans is of the Wichita and affiliated tribes, on his father Damon’s side. His great-grandmother, Doris Jean Lamar-McLemore, was the last fluent speaker of the Wichita language. She died eight years ago, at the age of 89, but the spirit of the tribe burns brightly and Evans remains a source of pride. Whenever he went away to college, his tribe in Anadarko, Okla. presented him with a feather, and at his grandmother’s powwow, he was given the crest he now wears around his neck.

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Earlier this month, leading up to today’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, I accompanied the Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback as he visited with members of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Six Nations communities scattered along the banks of the Grand River in a quest to honour his own Native American heritage.

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The tour wasn’t some one-off publicity stunt. Evans has been engaged in learning about and trying to help solve issues facing Indigenous communities for some time. He posts Instagram stories educating viewers about the original inhabitants of the land that he plays on in every CFL city, he wears his tribe’s crest on his cleats, he sells merchandise with proceeds going to Indigenous and Native American charities, he has partnered with his team and sponsors to bring Indigenous youth to games and mentor them, and has attended local powwows with his wife, Nikki.

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The smiles on everyone’s faces — not just Evans’ but also those we encountered — is what will really stay with me. That kind of happiness isn’t something you often see in mainstream depictions of Indigenous people, but the visible pleasure people took in sharing their culture was a reminder of its importance, and of how vital the need to make sure it isn’t erased.

Here is a sampling of our conversations and the best moments from the day.

SPORTSNET: Why is your Native heritage important to you?

DANE EVANS: My great-grandma is the one who was — it’s not called a residential school in the States, it’s actually called an Indian school. She was taken from her land and taken there, and they tried to tell her not to speak her language, but she actually prevailed through all that, and she continued to speak her language and when she passed away in 2016, she was the last fluent speaker of our language. That’s something that I’m always honoured to just be a part of the family and a part of the tribe for that. It’s been something that’s always been important to me. Now I have this platform. I just want to get it out there.

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Evans first met with Chief (Gimaa) Stacey LaForme, the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, for a discussion of the history of residential schools in Canada and the treaty lands.

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CHIEF STACEY LAFORME: The Missisaugas of the Credit are part of the Missisauga nation. We’re about 2,600 people; the Mississauga Nation is about 10,000. The Mississaugas have treaty lands of 3.9 million acres in Southern Ontario. Treaties taken with the Mississaugas where we understood, “You’re going to share it with us,” but the Canadian perspective and, before that, the Crown and English perspective was, “No, you’re giving it up. This is ours.”

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SN: How important is it for you to continue to pass on the practices, culture and language so that it isn’t lost?

LAFORME: The history of the Mississaugas was to the point that not only did we lose most of our land, but we also lost our way. At one time when I was growing up, this was a world of alcohol abuse and violence. We lost most of our culture and practices, and so we begin to re-identify with who we were and come to understand who we are and make those connections. There is no one way. Everybody finds who they are through different methods. [Evans] did it through sports, right? Somebody else might do it through music or arts, and so there is no one way to find out who you are and where you belong. But language, culture really draw you together and reconnect you as a people.

SN: When we take time to reflect, to learn, what should we focus on?

LAFORME: “Reconciliation” is a word. Is it enough? I don’t know. We can use “reconciliation,” but the idea is we try to make things better. We try to put things back the way they were intended to be before we made all these foolish steps to try to think that everything should all be the same. What a boring world we’d live in if everything was the same.

We’re talking about, the uncovering of the children. That was a moment in time that I think slapped a lot of Canadians in the face and [they] said, “Whoa, I didn’t know this was going on.” There was no more time to deny or say, “this didn’t happen” or “that didn’t involve me.” These are our kids, all of ours. And that was a moment. I think that was a reality check for this country.

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Nikki Shawana, an artist and language teacher from the Odawa Nation, Eagle clan, taught Evans about Indigenous languages and performed honours songs.

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SN: How important is it to continue to teach Indigenous languages?

NIKKI SHAWANA: In our language is our whole worldview. So, it enriches us because it gives us, first of all, a sense of pride in who we are. It reminds us of our connection to the natural world and nature. So, if you are a speaker of our language, you don’t have to be taught to respect the environment or to respect the animals because those teachings are all within our language.

Even though I’m not a fluent speaker, I can pass on what I know. As long as I can teach the students the basics and get them excited about learning and get them inspired and motivated to continue their language journey, then I feel like I’ve done my part to help revitalize our language.

I’d like to teach you how to say “every child matters” in our language.

EVANS: I would be honoured.

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SHAWANA: So, it’s Kina binoojiinyag chi-piitendaagziwag. Kina means “all.” Binoojiinyag is “children.” So, binooji is a child and to make it plural you add –nyag. Chi-piitendaagziwag, “they are all important.”

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Kevin Sandy of Cayuga Nation, Wolf Clan, Six Nations of the Grand River and Director and CEO of the Iroquois Lacrosse Program, taught Evans the history of lacrosse.

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SPORTSNET: What is the history of lacrosse in your culture?

KEVIN SANDY: Well my culture’s Haudenosaunee. If I kind of change Haudenosaunee to English that would mean, “people of the long house” or “the ones who build the long houses,” because that’s where our people lived. In our way of life and our teachings, we had games that we played. This stick ball game that you see here that a lot of Canadians and Americans know as lacrosse, for us, it’s connected to who we are. It’s connected to everything that is purely spiritual about who we are as Haudenosaunee people.

When we’re playing at the long house, we’re also playing to honour those thunder beings. When I hear thunder, I love that sound, because I know it’s going to nourish Mother Earth. Right now, we’re at harvest time, but springtime is when we play our game. We play to honour those seven thunder beings.

EVANS: I know my tribe had a version of it, too. My grandma would tell me, she would always just call it the stickball game.

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SANDY: Oh yeah, that’s it, exactly, and that’s all it was.

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Cody Jamieson, a professional lacrosse player from the Turtle Clan at Grand River and first-overall pick in the 2010 National Lacrosse League Draft, taught Evans the keys to playing box lacrosse and the importance of it for his fellow Haudenosaunee people.

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SN: How important is Lacrosse modern day to Mohawk people?

JAMIESON: For all of our Haudenosaunee people, our Six Nations, its medicine, and it’s not in the sense of taking a pill because I’m sick. It’s a lot of other things. You know, we struggle with mental health, and I find being in a team function definitely helps that.

SN: I was struck reading the 94 Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that five of them were directed to sport. How have you seen sports, specifically lacrosse, help change some of the systemic barriers for Indigenous people in this country?

JAMIESON: For me, personally, it’s helped tremendously. I don’t think I would’ve been able to say that I would have a post-secondary education if it wasn’t for Lacrosse.

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EVANS: Everything Cody’s saying about Lacrosse is like literally me with football. I went to the University of Tulsa, and I wouldn’t even been able to get into that school if it wasn’t for football. Much like Cody owes a lot to Lacrosse, I owe a ton to football. It’s just awesome to be passionate about sport like that, especially being Native kids.

JAMIESON: When there’s community support and family support, that’s what really makes a difference. And so, we always try to make sure that people feel supported.

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SN: When we talk about truth and reconciliation in this country, we talk about listening and learning. I’m an active learner. What was the biggest takeaway for you today?

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EVANS: I’m the exact same way. I’m very hands-on, very active. It’s one thing to read about it online or in a book, but when you get out here and you talk to the people that live out here and that are from here, it hits different. For me, I’m a sports guy, so it was amazing to see how sport is correlated to everyday life and how a game such as lacrosse can tie everything together bigger than sport. We might all be from different walks of life, right, but we’re all pulling towards the same thing.

Everybody knows what happened was bad and it’s not about just pushing it away anymore. It’s about learning about it and moving forward from it.

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Ole Miss vs. Kentucky prediction, odds: 2022 Week 5 college football picks, bets from proven computer model

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Two of the SEC’s best clash on Saturday when the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats meet the No. 14 Ole Miss Rebels. The Wildcats (4-0), who won at Florida in Week 2 in their first road game, look to make it two in a row away from home. Kentucky defeated Northern Illinois 31-23 last week. The Rebels (4-0) have won big in two of their four games, posted a hard-fought 35-27 victory over Tulsa last week.

Kickoff from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., is set for noon ET. Ole Miss leads the all-time series 27-14-1, including a 7-2 edge in games played in Oxford. The Rebels are 7-point favorites in the latest Kentucky vs. Ole Miss odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 54.5. Before making any Ole Miss vs. Kentucky picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past six-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of more than $3,100 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

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Now, the model has set its sights on Ole Miss vs. Kentucky and just locked in its picks and CFB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Kentucky vs. Ole Miss:

  • Kentucky vs. Ole Miss spread: Ole Miss -7
  • Kentucky vs. Ole Miss over-under: 54.5 points
  • Kentucky vs. Ole Miss money line: Kentucky +215, Ole Miss -267
  • UK: The Wildcats are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall
  • MISS: The Rebels are 11-5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
  • Kentucky vs. Ole Miss picks: See picks at SportsLine

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Why Ole Miss can cover

The Rebels are outscoring their opposition 164-40 this season, partly due to the play of sophomore quarterback Jaxson Dart, a transfer from USC. Dart has completed 51 of 82 passes (62.2%) for 697 yards and five touchdowns. He has thrown two interceptions, but has a rating of 148.8. Dart has also rushed 29 times for 201 yards (6.9 average), including a long of 36 yards.

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Freshman running back Quinshon Judkins leads the team in rushing. He has carried 70 times for 429 yards (6.1 average) and five touchdowns, and also has two receptions for 23 yards. He has rushed for 100 or more yards twice this season, including a 140-yard and two-touchdown performance last week against Tulsa. He carried just 10 times against Central Arkansas but rushed for 104 yards in Week 2.

Why Kentucky can cover 

Despite that, the Rebels are not a lock to cover the Kentucky vs. Ole Miss spread. That’s because the Wildcats are led by senior quarterback Will Levis, who has compiled a 174.0 rating this season. Levis has completed 79 of 117 passes for 1,185 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been picked off four times. Levis is third in the SEC in passing efficiency and passing touchdowns.

Leading Kentucky’s rushing attack thus far has been fifth-year senior running back Kavosiey Smoke. Smoke has carried 51 times for 263 yards (5.2 average) and one touchdown. He also has three receptions for 30 yards. He has played in 38 career games for the Wildcats, rushing for 1,569 yards. Last week, Smoke had 12 carries for 85 yards (7.1 average) against Northern Illinois. The Wildcats will also have running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. (suspension) back in the lineup. The senior ran for 1,379 yards and nine touchdowns last season. 

How to make Kentucky vs. Ole Miss picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 51 combined points. It has also generated an against the spread pick that cashes in well over 50% of simulations. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine

So who wins Ole Miss vs. Kentucky? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that finished the past six-plus years up more than $3,100 on its FBS college football picks, and find out.

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The Air Force Falcons attempt to extend their winning streak in the all-time series to three games when they host the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday in the first leg of the battle for the 2022 Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy. Air Force (3-1), which hasn’t posted three straight wins against the Midshipmen since a six-game streak from 1997-2002, dominated the last two matchups, rolling to a 40-7 home win in 2020 before posting a 23-3 road triumph last season. Navy (1-2) has lost four straight matchups at Falcon Stadium since registering a 28-21 overtime victory in 2012.

Kickoff at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Col. is set for noon ET on CBS. The Falcons are 14-point favorites in the latest Air Force vs. Navy odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 38. Saturday’s game can be seen live on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan. 

Sign up now to get a 7-day free trial at Paramount+. A subscription also gives you access to other sports content including the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, NWSL, NFL on CBS and countless movies and shows. Get it all free for seven days when you sign up right here.

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And before making any Navy vs. Air Force picks, be sure to check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past six-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of more than $3,100 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed the model has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Navy vs. Air Force and just revealed its picks and CFB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Air Force vs. Navy:

  • Air Force vs. Navy spread: Falcons -14
  • Air Force vs. Navy over/under: 38 points
  • Air Force vs. Navy money line: Falcons -600, Midshipmen +430
  • AF: The Falcons are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games
  • NAVY: The Midshipmen are 7-1 ATS in their last eight contests against teams with winning records
  • Air Force vs. Navy picks: See picks at SportsLine
  • Air Force vs. Navy streaming: Paramount+

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Why Air Force can cover

The Falcons are coming off a dominant 48-20 victory against Nevada last week in which they owned a 34-point lead after three quarters. The nation’s top-ranked ground attack did most of the damage against the Wolf Pack, racking up 461 of Air Force’s 541 yards of total offense on 75 carries. Brad Roberts led the way, rushing 20 times for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

It was the second three-TD effort in three games for the senior, who is third in the country with seven rushing scores and ninth with 465 yards. Roberts has rushed for at least 100 yards in 12 of his 21 contests with the Falcons, the third-most such performances in program history. Air Force is averaging a nation-best 412.3 rushing yards and scoring 37.8 points per game.

Why Navy can cover 

The Midshipmen could give the Falcons’ running backs a tough time as they possess the fifth-ranked rushing defense in the country (69 yards allowed per game). Navy is 20th in the nation in tackles for loss as it is averaging 7.3 per contest. Senior linebacker John Marshall is first on the team with 3.5 tackles for loss and also leads the unit with 28 overall tackles.

Navy has registered 10 sacks over its first four games after notching only 16 in 12 contests last season. Junior defensive end Jacob Busic tops the squad with three sacks after recording two in 2021 and Marshall, who had one in 21 games over his first two campaigns, has made two. The Midshipmen got in the win column for the first time this season last week, defeating East Carolina 23-20 in double overtime for their fourth victory in their last five contests away from home dating back to last year.

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How to make Navy vs. Air Force picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 52 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits almost 70% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Air Force vs. Navy? And which side of the spread hits almost 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the advanced model that is up more than $3,100 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.



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