Botkin:“Curry — whose shooting, relatively speaking, has actually been somewhat erratic to start the year — was just too much. When he hit his first four 3s of the night, all of them from at least 25 feet and the final two from 30 and 35 feet, you knew it was going to be a long night for Brooklyn.”
The Warriors are now an NBA-best 12-2 this season. They’re third in offensive rating and first in defensive rating. That is really, really good.
Next time Curry is on TV, please, please make him appointment viewing.
I told you yesterday Seton Hall at No. 4 Michigan was worth watching, and I hope you listened. The Pirates won 67-65. It tied the program’s highest-ranked road win ever. Remember this ultra-tough squad come March.
Gabe Kapler and Kevin Cashwon NL and AL Manager of the Year, respectively. Kapler led the Giants to a franchise-record 107 wins while Cash, who won his second straight such award, led the Rays to a franchise-record 100 wins.
New College Football Playoff Rankings have arrived! 🏈
If you watched Tuesday night’s reveal and thought “these look a lot like last week’s rankings,” you’re exactly right. There was no movement among the top seven teams in the College Football Playoff Rankings:
Palm:“Speaking of Cincinnati, there has been some speculation in various places that Notre Dame at 11-1 could jump the undefeated Bearcats for a spot in the playoff. That belief is based on the Fighting Irish having a much stronger schedule and the committee already ignoring head-to-head once this season by putting Michigan ahead of Michigan State. Let me make this as clear as possible: Even though Notre Dame crept one spot closer in the rankings this week, there is no chance that the Irish will finish ahead of an unbeaten Bearcats team.“
Perry: “Right now, Berríos would slot in at the front of a Toronto rotation that also includes Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alek Manoah, Ross Stripling, and Nate Pearson. If the Jays are able to re-up with 2021 ace and Cy Young finalist Robbie Ray, then Berríos would become a particularly strong No. 2 man.”
Perry:“Syndergaard, when fully healthy, owns one of the biggest fastballs in the majors, and he also complements it with a changeup and hard slider. Thanks to the quality of his stuff, Syndergaard’s upside remains substantial. Health, though, remains a question. In addition to his torn UCL that required Tommy John, Syndergaard has also dealt with lat, biceps, and finger issues.”
The Ramblers joined the Missouri Valley in 2013 and did the conference proud — especially on the hardwood. They are an attractive addition to the Atlantic 10, writes our college basketball analyst Gary Parrish:
Parrish: “The development is a boost to the A-10, especially in basketball, considering the Ramblers were in the 2018 Final Four and Sweet 16 of last season’s NCAA Tournament. They’re currently 2-0 under first-year coach Drew Valentine and ranked 32nd at KenPom, which is higher than any current A-10 member.”
Norlander:“(T)he appeal for Murray State is clear and most obvious. It’s one of the most accomplished mid-major programs in men’s basketball, with 17 NCAA Tournament appearances to its name. … UT Arlington and Kansas City are candidates for one huge reason: their proximity to major media markets. Arlington is in the greater Dallas area, which is by far its greatest selling point and the thing that entices the MVC’s presidents as they look to expand the conference’s appeal geographically.”
Packers return to top of Pete Prisco’s Power Rankings, Pats enter top 10 🏈
The Packers reclaimed their spot atop Pete Prisco’s Power Rankings, and it’s not just because Aaron Rodgers is back. Let’s hear it for the defense, too.
Prisco:“The Packers can win slugfests now, even if that’s not what it’s been for most of Rodgers’ time with the team. That’s a good sign for the postseason because you know he can still sling it when he has to do so. That’s why this Green Bay team is so different. It can throw it, run it and play a physical brand of defense. That sure seems like a combination that can win it all — a style that has the Packers back on top of these rankings.”
While the NFC leaders have been near the top of Prisco’s rankings all season, over in Foxborough, the Patriots are making their presence known. Winners of four straight games, New England cracked the top 10 for the first time this season, and Prisco believes, “This might be Bill Belichick’s best coaching job.”
That certainly extends to Mac Jones, whose three touchdowns in Week 10 earned him the No. 2 spot on NFL expert Josh Edwards’ Rookie Power Rankings:
Edwards:“Jones was phenomenal against Cleveland. His ability to layer throws and make quick reads has been fun to watch so early in his career. The Alabama product was throwing with great touch (19 for 23) and putting the ball where the Browns defense simply could not make a play…”
The Los Angeles Rams are 11-2 against the Arizona Cardinals since October of 2016, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success on Sunday. Los Angeles will head out on the road to face off against Arizona at 4:25 p.m. ET at State Farm Stadium. The Rams won both of their matches against Arizona last season (30-23 and 34-11) and are aiming for the same result this time around.
Los Angeles didn’t have too much breathing room in their contest with the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday, but they still walked away with a 31-27 victory. WR Cooper Kupp was the offensive standout of the game for Los Angeles, catching 11 passes for two TDs and 108 yards.
Meanwhile, it may have taken overtime to finish the job, but the Cardinals ultimately got the result they were hoping for this past Sunday with a 29-23 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Arizona was down 20 to nothing at the end of the half, but the squad rallied to mount a spectacular comeback. No one had a standout game offensively for Arizona, but they got scores from WR Greg Dortch and RB Darrel Williams.
Los Angeles is the favorite in this one, with an expected 3.5-point margin of victory. They have failed bettors playing the spread in all their past two games, so buyers beware.
Their wins lifted both teams to an identical 1-1. We’ll see which team can carry over their success and which team inevitably falls when Los Angeles and Arizona clash.
How To Watch
When: Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: State Farm Stadium — Glendale, Arizona
Online streaming:fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)