Sporting events were not hard to come by yesterday as there was a full slate of NBA games, NCAA men’s basketball, a cornucopia of soccer matches and a slew of college football bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semifinals. Here is your sports recap.
NCAA Men’s Top 25
#24 Iowa 72-67 Bryant
#22 Houston 80-59 NJIT
#21 Buffalo 87-72 Canisius
#19 Mississippi State 103-81 BYU
Unranked Princeton upsets #17 Arizona State 67-66
#16 Kentucky 71-58 Louisville
Western Kentucky 83-76 #15 Wisconsin
#14 North Carolina 82-60 Davidson
#13 Ohio State 82-64 High Point
#12 Auburn 95-49 North Florida
#8 Michigan State 88-60 Northern Illinois
#6 Nevada 86-71 Utah
#5 Kansas 87-63 Eastern Michigan
#3 Tennessee 96-53 Tennessee Tech
Nuggets 122-118 Suns
Bucks 129-115 Nets
Wizards 130-126 Hornets
Rockets 108-104 Pelicans
Hawks 111-108 Cavaliers
Celtics 112-103 Grizzlies
Jazz 129-97 Knicks
Warriors 115-105 Trail Blazers
Spurs 122-111 Clippers
English Premier League
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 Everton
Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Cardiff City 1-0 Leicester City
Watford 1-1 Newcastle United
Wolverhampton 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal
Juventus 2-1 Sampdoria
AS Roma 2-1 Parma
Atalanta 6-2 Sassuolo
Udinese 2-1 Cagliari
Genoa 0-0 Fiorentina
Chievo Verona 1-0 Frosinone
Internazionale 1-0 Empoli
Lazio 1-1 Torino
Napoli 3-2 Bologna
AC Milan 2-1 SPAL
UFC 232 Main Event:Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson 2
Jon Jones defeats Alexander Gustafsson by TKO with 2:02 left in the 3rd round to reclaim his spot as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of the World.
NCAA Football: Bowl Mania continues
In the Belk Bowl, the University of Virginia shuts out the South Carolina Gamecocks 28-0.
The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl went into overtime, but the Nevada Wolfpack emerged victorious over the Arkansas State Red Wolves 16-13.
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was a No Contest for the Florida Gators as they rolled past the Michigan Wolverines 41-15.
In the first semifinal game of the College Football Playoff, #2 Clemson faced off against #3 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish didn’t seem to put up too much of a fight as they were held to only 3 points the entire game. Clemson wins the ballgame 30-3 and will move on to the National Championship on January 7th.
In the later matchup of the CFP semifinals, heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray and the #4 Oklahoma Sooners took on the heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama quickly jumped out to a 21-0 lead after 1 quarter of play, but Murray and the Sooners were not done yet. Oklahoma managed to put 10 points on the board to end the half at 31-10. Oklahoma came out guns blazing in the second half as they outscored Alabama 24-14 in the second half. The late surge by Oklahoma proved to be too little too late though as the Sooners fall to the Crimson Tide 45-34. Alabama will face Clemson in the National Title game.
Alabama and Clemson are very familiar with one another as this will be the fourth time they will face off in the CFP. In 2015, Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 in the national championship game. In 2016, Deshaun Watson and the Tigers came seeking revenge, and revenge they got as they beat the Crimson TIde in the closing seconds of the championship game, 35-31. In 2017, the two teams met in the CFP semifinal game and the Alabama got the best of Clemson, 24-6. Now, in 2018, we will be treated to Round 4 of Bama-Clemson, with a national title on the line and we as college football fans can only hope this game will be half as exciting as the last three matchups.
As we close out 2018, we hope to bring you more interesting and captivating stories as we continue this journey into 2019.