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Rick Pitino earns first signature win since returning to college coaching in Iona’s upset of No. 10 Alabama



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After leading Iona to an NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season back in college basketball, Rick Pitino is only building off that momentum to begin his second season. Pitino’s Gaels knocked off No. 10 Alabama 72-68 on Thursday in the ESPN Events Invitational. The victory marked Pitino’s first victory over a team from a major conference since he led Louisville to a 71-64 win in the final game of the 2016-17 regular season, and there was nothing flukey about it. 

Iona won despite making just 4 of 21 attempts from 3-point range as the Gaels improved to 6-0 by outscoring the Crimson Tide 43-35 in the second half. Five players reached double figures for Pitino’s squad, led by Joseph Nelly’s 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. 

Joseph was the third-leading scorer on last season’s Iona team, which finished 12-6 and earned a No. 15 seed in the Big Dance by virtue of its MAAC Tournament title. Ironically, the Gaels played Alabama in their first round NCAA Tournament game, falling 68-55 after trailing just 33-32 at halftime. 


Pitino appears to have only upgraded his roster since then. With SMU transfer guard Tyson Jolly and Tulsa transfer guard Elijah Joiner now on the team, Pitino has two seniors in his back court who were unfazed by Alabama’s quality guards. The dividends of Pitino’s national recruiting ability were also on display, as true freshman Walter Clayton Jr. added 15 points off the bench. Clayton was a coveted football prospect who spurned power conference options on the gridiron to play basketball for Pitino in the northeast.

The win set of of a raucous celebration in the Gaels’ locker room led by Pitino’s grandson.

Alabama (4-1) was led by 19 points from Jaden Shackelford and 15 from Jahvon Quinerly. Iona plays Friday in the semifinals against either Belmont or Drake, while Alabama will play the loser. Alabama’s loss eliminates the possibility of a top-10 matchup between the Crimson Tide and No. 3 Kansas in the event’s championship game.


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Favre also sought welfare money for football facility, according to texts –



JACKSON, Miss. — After Mississippi spent millions of dollars in welfare money on Brett Favre’s pet project, a university volleyball arena, the retired NFL quarterback tried two years later to get additional cash from the state’s welfare agency for another sports facility, new court documents show.

The governor at the time, Republican Phil Bryant, texted in 2019 with Favre, who wanted to build an indoor practice facility for the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team. Bryant told him federal money for children and low-income adults is “tightly controlled” and “improper use could result in violation of Federal Law.”

Text messages between Bryant and Favre are in court documents filed Friday by Bryant’s lawyers, which seek to show the governor was willing to help Favre raise private money for the volleyball facility starting in 2017 and was unaware for more than two years that welfare money was going to the project.


Mississippi’s largest-ever public corruption case has ensnared several people, including a pro wrestler whose drug rehab was funded with welfare money.

The state has filed a civil lawsuit against Favre and others to recover more than $20 million in misspent welfare money intended to help needy people in one of the country’s poorest states. Bryant and Favre are not facing criminal charges, and Bryant is not among those named in the state’s civil lawsuit.

A former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, John Davis, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal and state felony charges in a conspiracy to misspend welfare money. Davis was appointed by Bryant in February 2016 and fired by him in July 2019. Davis has agreed to testify against others.

Attorneys for a nonprofit organization being sued, Mississippi Community Education Center, sent a subpoena to Bryant in late July, seeking communication between the former governor and any other person about the volleyball arena.

The nonprofit was run by Nancy New and her son, Zachary New, who in April pleaded guilty to state charges of misusing welfare money. They also agreed to testify against others.


In the court filing Friday, Bryant objected to producing documents unless it was under a protective order to prevent public release of the contents.

“This motion was brought in bad faith and solely to annoy, embarrass, and oppress Governor Bryant because he refused to turn a blind eye to the crimes perpetrated by New and Davis,” Bryant’s attorneys wrote.

Favre’s request for money from the Mississippi Department of Humans Services to fund the football facility went nowhere. Favre made the request July 28, 2019, as he was unsuccessfully trying to recruit the son of another retired NFL player, Deion Sanders, to the university in Hattiesburg.

Favre played football at the University of Southern Mississippi before going to the NFL in 1991. Bryant and New are also alumni, and Favre wrote to Bryant that having an indoor practice facility would give the football program “instant credibility.”

Favre’s daughter started playing volleyball at the university in 2017. The new court papers said Bryant first learned Favre was trying to raise money for a volleyball arena on April 20, 2017, when Favre texted the governor to say he and his wife, Deanna, were building the facility.


“I need your influence somehow to get donations and or sponsorships,” Favre texted Bryant. “Obviously Southern has no money so I’m hustling to get it raised.”

The documents said Bryant replied a few hours later, “Of course I am all in on the Volleyball facility. … One thing I know how to do is raise money.’”

In July 2017, Favre texted Bryant about the volleyball facility again, asking “if we can find a contractor that would say hey rather than give you money I’ll build for free!! Maybe you know of someone.”

Bryant replied he was “all over it.”

“It is important to note that, in these early text messages, Favre never mentioned the use of public funds, much less the use of TANF funds for the construction of the facility,” Bryant’s attorneys wrote Friday. “At this time, the discussions between Favre and Governor Bryant were focused on private donations and corporate sponsorships.”


In July 2017, court records show Davis and Nancy New met about using welfare money to fund the volleyball arena, with Davis committing $4 million. New’s nonprofit later paid Favre $1.1 million for speaking engagements to help him pay for the arena. Favre never made the speeches and later repaid the money, although he has not repaid $228,000 in interest.

Bryant’s attorneys wrote that the governor first learned Human Services was involved with funding the volleyball arena in a text message he received from Favre on July 16, 2019. “I want you to know how much I love Nancy New and John Davis,” Favre wrote. “What they have done for me and Southern Miss is amazing.”

Favre wrote there were plans to do workshops and youth clinics in the volleyball facility with a program run by Nancy New.

“And also I paid for 3/4 of Vball facility and the rest was a joint project with her and John which was saving me 1.8 million,” Favre texted Bryant. “I was informed today that she may not be able to fund her part. I and we need your help very badly Governor and sorry to even bring this up.”

Bryant’s attorneys wrote that “Favre began a campaign to aggressively lobby the governor to help him cover the debt on the USM Volleyball Center.” They also wrote Favre had not paid for three-quarters of the construction costs, and Human Services committed more than $1.8 million to the project.


According to Friday’s court documents, Bryant and Favre met Sept. 4, 2019, with the new Department of Human Services director, retired FBI agent Christopher Freeze. Favre texted Bryant after the meeting: “We obviously need your help big time and time is working against us.” Favre also mentioned the volleyball facility could be named for Bryant, who was in his final months as governor.

Bryant responded: “We are going to get there. This was a great meeting. But we have to follow the law. I am to old for Federal Prison.” He added a smiling emoji with sunglasses.

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NFL scores, schedule, live Week 3 updates: Jaguars get out to fast start against Justin Herbert, Chargers



It’s Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season, and we’re keeping you updated on all the action and biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 3 slate has some fantastic matchups and storylines, and we’re here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.

Week 3 schedule


Steelers at Browns, 8:15 p.m. ET (Gametracker)



Ravens 37, Patriots 26 (Recap)
Eagles 24, Commanders 8 (Takeaways)
Dolphins 21, Bills (Takeaways)
Bengals 27, Jets, 12 (Recap)
Vikings 28, Lions 24 (Takeaways)
Bears 23, Texans 20 (Recap)
Colts 20, Chiefs 17 (Recap)
Titans 24, Raiders 22 (Recap)
Panthers 22, Saints 14 (Recap)
Jaguars at Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Falcons at Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Packers at Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Rams at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
49ers at Broncos, 8:20 p.m. ET (Preview)


Cowboys at Giants, 8:15 p.m. ET (Preview)

Mike the magnificent 

There was nothing Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell could do. He blanketed Mike Williams in the font-left corner of the end zone, and yet Williams still hauled in a dime from Justin Herbert for the 15-yard touchdown. Chargers are on the board.


Herbert sloppy

Justin Herbert was a game-time decision with fractured rib cartilage, and he’s looked like someone playing injured in the first half against the Jaguars. He’s committed two turnovers — an interception that led to Jacksonville’s second field goal and a fumble that led to its first touchdown — and all of the sudden the Chargers are in a 13-0 hole.

Kupp TD

At this point, you should just pencil in a Cooper Kupp touchdown every time the Rams take the field. This time, though, he fooled the Cardinals defense by taking a jet sweep and skirting around left edge for a 20-yard score. Great start for Los Angeles.

Dolphins are 3-0!

Who would have thought! Even having given up a late safety and allowing the Bills to get to their 41-yard line, the Dolphins ended up with the win after the Bills couldn’t get the spike off before time expired. Miami is a legit contender in the AFC.

Vikings ahead!

The Vikings spotted the Lions a 14-point lead, quickly erased that, AND THEN went down 24-14 entering the fourth quarter. Yet when you’re playing the Lions, you’re never out of it. After Austin Seibert missed a 54-yard field goal with about 75 seconds to play, Kirk Cousins orchestrated the game-winning drive that he capped with laser to a streaking K.J. Osborne for the 28-yard score. And while the Lions got to midfield in their attempt to steal the game in the final seconds, all hope was lost when Josh Metellus came down with the interception.

Game-sealing INT!

Just when it seemed like the Colts were going to drop to 0-3 on the season, they saved their season by shocking Kansas City with a touchdown in the final minute and then sealed the upset with an interception from Rodney McLeod.


Colts go ahead

The Chiefs’ plethora of miscues gave the Colts one too many chances. And with the game on the line, Matt Ryan delivered. He found Jelani Woods for a 12-yard touchdown with under 30 seconds to play to give Indianapolis the improbable lead.

Roquan Smith INT –> Game-winning FG!

The Bears are very grateful that they were able to retain Roquan Smith after his contract situation led to a trade request. Smith made one of the biggest plays of the season, as his interception set up Chicago’s game-winning field goal from Cairo Santos as time expired.

Mac Jones with two INTs

Mac Jones’ rushing ability today? Impressive, especially for him. His passing prowess? Not so much. While he’s thrown for more than 250 yards, he’s thrown two interceptions, the last of which was a killer for a Patriots team trying to take the lead. Instead, Marlon Humphrey picked Jones off in the end zone to halt a huge drive for New England.

Waddle behind the defense

With catches of 32 and 45 yards, Jaylen Waddle set up the Dolphins with a golden chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter. And Miami did not squander the opportunity. Chase Edmonds‘ three-yard rushing score put his team ahead.

End zone INT

When trying to avoid an 0-3 start, here’s a tip: Don’t throw red zone interceptions. Not great from Derek Carr here with the Raiders trying to erase a double-digit deficit. 


Baker goes DEEP

It’s been a rough start to the 2022 season for Baker Mayfield, but the former Browns quarterback made a play when his team needed it early in the fourth quarter. Well, actually, it was Laviska Shenault Jr. who did all the work, catching the ball behind the line of scrimmage before juking one defender, cutting across the face of another and then streaking down the left side for a 67-yard score.

Lamar dealing again

Make that 10 passing touchdowns in fewer than three games for Lamar Jackson, who is going to get PAID this offseason if he keeps playing like this. He needs to give a lot of credit to Devin Duvernay on the latest score, as the wide receiver made a beautiful jumping catch in the corner of the end zone.

Herbert breaks free

Khalil Herbert, a sixth-round pick in 2021, had one 100-yard game in 19 tries entering Sunday’s game against the Texans. He’s up to 119 midway through the quarter, a lot of which came after David Montgomery left the game with an ankle/knee injury. Herbert set up Chicago on the edge of the red zone by breaking off a 52-yard run, and he was rewarded a few plays later by scoring his second touchdown of the game.

Devonta Smith COOKING

The Commanders defense has zero answer for second-year wideout Devonta Smith. He’s got seven receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown … IN THE FIRST HALF! It’s been ALL Eagles the first 30 minutes.

Blocked FG!

It’s been ALL Panthers in the first half. Even when the Saints finally sustain a drive and attempt a short field goal, it’s blocked. How about Carolina shutting out New Orleans in the first half? Did not see that coming.


Offseason acquisition A.J. Brown has been great for the Eagles the first two weeks, and it’s been more of the same in the first half against Washington. Three receptions, 60 yards and his first touchdown since arriving in Philadelphia.

Lamar to Andrews x2

Reigning first-team All-Pro Mark Andrews is off to a terrific start in 2022. He’s been awesome in the first half Sunday, catching a pair of touchdowns from Lamar Jackson to give the Ravens a halftime advantage.

Mac Jones … rushing score? 

Who said Mac Jones can’t move (when necessary). With the pocket collapsing on second-and-goal, the second-year quarterback saw an opening and took it, waltzing into the end zone from three yards out.

First-career TD

The Texans seemed to have gotten a steal in running back Dameon Pierce, a fourth-round rookie out of Florida. After a quiet NFL debut, Pierce rushed for 69 yards last week and already has 66 in Week 3 to go along with his first-career score.

Eagles swallowing Wentz

More than 19 minutes into the game, Carson Wentz has completed just two passes. The Eagles defense, meanwhile, has brought down their former quarterback FIVE TIMES. The fifth takedown, courtesy of Brandon Graham, resulted in a fumble that led to Philadelphia’s first score — a 22-yard pitch and catch from Jalen Hurts to Dallas Goedert.


Burrow to Boyd

As Tyler Boyd caught a Joe Burrow pass on a routine slant, two Jets defenders ran into each other while the smooth Boyd spun away. From there, Boyd outran the rest of the defense for a 56-yard score. The Bengals offense is finally coming alive in Week 3.

A catch or not a catch?

It was a heck of a grab from Devonta Smith for a 45-yard gain late in the first quarter. But upon further review, it didn’t look like Smith got his left foot down. It didn’t matter, because Commanders coach Ron Rivera threw the challenge flag too late. Luckily, the defense bailed out its coach by holding Philadelphia to a field goal.

Scoop and score!

One second, Alvin Kamara was trying to find a cut back lane. The next, Marquis Hayes was running free the other way after a beautiful strip from Frankie Luvu. With nothing but green grass in front of him, Hayes rumbled 44 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring.

Eight straight!

That’s how many games in a row the loaded Buffalo Bills have scored an opening-drive touchdown. Not a great start for the Dolphins, who gave up a 10-play, 75-yard possession that ended with Josh Allen finding Devin Singletary for the two-yard score.

Titans strike first

The Titans moved right down the field for an opening-drive touchdown against the Bills on Monday night — then proceeded to do nothing else in a 41-7 rout. Tennessee is hoping that’s not the case again Sunday after going 12 plays and 75 yards for the score — courtesy of Geoff Swaim.


Moore muffs the punt

What a start for the Colts! After a quick three-and-out, Indianapolis got a massive gift when second-round rookie Skyy Moore muffed the punt deep inside Chiefs territory. Three plays later, Kansas City saw itself down a touchdown after Matt Ryan’s one-yard touchdown pass to third-round rookie Jelani Woods.

One of the weirdest streaks in the NFL

If the Dolphins fall to the Bills on Sunday, fans have the perfect excuse. They won’t have to blame the loss on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has been exceptional through two games, and they won’t have to stomach voicing the phrase “but the Bills are the Super Bowl favorites!” 

You know why? Because Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen doesn’t have an “o” in his last name. That’s it.

Since the start of the 2021 calendar year, the Dolphins are 0-9 when the opposing starting quarterback doesn’t have an “o” in his last name. Conversely, they’ve won 11 straight against quarterbacks whose last name includes an “o.” This has held true for 20 STRAIGHT GAMES. The last time it didn’t happen was Week 16 of the 2020 season, when Ryan Fitzpatrick’s miraculous completion helped lift the Dolphins over the Raiders and signal-caller Derek Carr.

So there ya have it Dolphins fans; it looks like you’ll be 2-1 heading into Week 4. But don’t fret. With the next three games against the Bengals (Joe Burrow), Jets (potentially still Joe Flacco) and Vikings (Kirk Cousins), the good times should continue to roll in Miami.


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'It was DeVonta Smith's Day!' – Mark Schlereth, Adam Amin praise DeVonta Smith, Jalen Hurt's performance vs. Washington



Mark Schlereth and Adam Amin break down Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith’s impressive performance in the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over Washington.

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