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UFC 122 Reactions: Nate Marquardt Vs. Yushin Okami

November 14th, 2010

For variety's sake, I'm pulling for Okami in this one.


Since we know the winner gets a shot at either Silva or Belfort, and the Spider's gotta be the favorite there, that means a win by Nate the Great would give us a repeat of the 2007 title bout that saw Anderson obliterate Marquardt in the first round.


Additionally, Nate's suddenly become a great knockout artist according to the hype machine and that's demonstrably untrue. He's finished his last few opponents, but none of them have been noted strikers.


I'm never in favor of redundancy or nonsense, so there you go.

Woeful Liverpool Display as Stoke End Reds Unbeaten Run; 2-0 at the Brittania

November 14th, 2010

Liverpool's five-game unbeaten run over the past few weeks came to an abrupt end as Stoke City comprehensively outplayed and out-battled the Merseysiders, winning 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones.

From the first whistle Liverpool were second best through most of this encounter, never finding their passing rhythm and clearly lacking in the hard-working approach which saw them beat league leaders Chelsea by a similar score line last weekend.

In fact since that "turning point" match Liverpool have now taken a measly single point in the two away games against Wigan and Stoke—both of whom were in the relegation zone at the beginning of play in each respective match.

Stoke sent a succession of set pieces and long crosses into the Liverpool penalty area which the Reds struggled to cope with for the entire game, despite being bolstered by the return of Greek defender Soto Kyrgiakos. Rory Delap's infamous long throw-in caused confusion and panic in the penalty area and several times in the opening half hour only last-ditch defending stopped the home side taking the lead.

Dean Whitehead lashed a strike just wide of Reina's right-hand post, while the Spanish stopper was forced to make a magnificent flying save to the same side to deny the same player. Kenwyne Jones headed just wide after making a free run—Martin Skrtel accidentally tripping his fellow centre back Kyrgiakos in the process.

Skrtel was lucky not to be penalised for holding onto Robert Huth on more than one occasion, while Fuller appealed for a penalty as well as he fell rather easily under pressure from the hardly-bulky Maxi Rodriguez.

Liverpool offered next to nothing in attack until Gerrard and then Raul Meireles had two shots saved by Begovic in the space of a couple of minutes after the half hour mark. The Reds were probably relieved to get into the dressing room at halftime with the scores level and the fans and manager Roy Hodgson would have wanted to see much more in the second half.

However it was a similar story, with Liverpool hardly able to break out of their own half or string five minutes of pressure together on the Stoke penalty area.

Ten minutes into the second half the home side took a deserved lead, even if the manner of the goal was slightly fortuitous. Another ball into the box created havoc as three or four mis-hit efforts on goal pinged around the penalty area. The ball eventually dropped back to Fuller and it more hit him than him shooting goalwards, but with Reina having been deceived by an earlier ricochet the ball bounced into the middle of the unguarded net.

Again Liverpool fans waited for a response but again they were disappointed.

Delap had a shot deflected just wide by Raul Meireles, before Maxi Rodriguez had Liverpool's best chance of the game as he smashed goalwards after Dirk Kuyt's pull-back, but Begovic smothered the shot well.

Fernando Torres had not so much as a sniff of an opportunity all night and David Ngog was introduced on 65 minutes to add some firepower, with Kuyt shifting to the right side.

However, despite the further introduction of Ryan Babel, returned from a rib injury, Liverpool could fathom no clear-cut chances, Babel's own shot from 25 yards which flew well wide being the best of a poor attempt to get back into the game.

Liverpool had too many under-performers; Paul Konchesky summed it all up with a 30-yard free kick which he ballooned into the upper rows of the crowd.

Late on into injury time ex-Red Jermaine Pennant broke free through the middle and found the unmarked forward Kenwyne Jones. He out-muscled Skrtel and slotted past Reina to seal the victory for the home side, consigning Liverpool to their fifth Premier League defeat in 13 games.

To compound the away side's misery, midfielder Lucas Leiva was sent off just before the final whistle for a second yellow card as he jumped in late on Matthew Etherington.

The result, and moreover the performance, will come as a bitter blow to Liverpool fans who must have hoped that their team was on the upward curve after a recent spate of victories, but this game will have the critics—and rightly so—back on at the team, and certainly the manager.

Hodgson cut a very frustrated figure for much of the match but one has to wonder what his game plan for dealing with Stoke was, as Liverpool sat back from the first whistle and rarely threatened to impose themselves on the contest.

Milan Jovanovic sat on the bench throughout the entire match despite Liverpool being a goal down and having a substitute left; the Serbian flier must be wondering what he has to do to get a game at the moment as Maxi Rodriguez flattered to deceive again and Raul Meireles continues to be played out of position on the right.

Questions aplenty for Hodgson to answer as usual, as Liverpool's mini-revival comes crashing to an end in the most disappointing of fashions.

College Football Scores: Retraction - Iowa NOT Beating Up on Northwestern

November 14th, 2010

College Football Scores is going to take you right back to Evanston, where the Iowa Hawkeyes are NOT beating up on Northwestern after all. The score is 17-14 with a little over six minutes remaining in the game.

Indeed, after outscoring the Wildcats 14-0 in the third quarter and forcing a key turnover early in the fourth, things have taken a turn for the worse for the Hawkeyes against Northwestern.

First came an interception by Ricky Stanzi when the Hawkeyes appeared to have a good drive going, and then the Wildcats answered with a touchdown to cut the lead to 17-14.

The score came on a 6-yard pass from Dan Persa to Jeremy "The Critic" Ebert in the corner of the end zone.

Yes, things have gotten interesting in this Big Ten matchup, as another conference loss will kill Iowa's already slim shot at a conference title. In other words, we're looking at a scenario very similar to what happened last year, when Northwestern ruined Iowa's perfect season.

UFC 122 Results: Nate Marquardt Vs. Yushin Okami Fight Card Analysis

November 14th, 2010

UFC 122 will see Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami squaring off for an eventual shot at Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva or current No. 1 contender, Vitor Belfort.

The rest of the slate looks a little mild, but that's not always a bad thing. UFC 108 was one of the more vanilla events on paper, but it shaped up to be a real burner. Anyway, the preliminary card is already off and running from Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, so let's get right down to it.

Fair warning—the card airs for free via tape delay on Spike later tonight, so I guess you could call this a spoiler alert. We'll have live results, some quick analysis (once I find a streaming source) and other reactions of consequence.

Without further ado...

Arkansas Razorbacks: 4 Reasons for Ryan Mallett to Return in 2011

November 13th, 2010

The Razorbacks have always been an interesting team to watch with their style of play.

Coach Bobby Petrino runs an up-tempo, pass-happy offense that heavily favors the pass. The quarterback in charge of executing that offense this year has been Ryan Mallett, and he arguably is one of the best quarterbacks in the country.

Mallett has led the Hogs to the No. 2 ranking in the SEC on total offense and scoring offense. They have the No. 1 pass offense and red zone offense in the SEC, and Mallett is the heart and soul of this team.

After this season Mallett will have to think about his future and perhaps playing in the NFL. Here are a few reasons why he should play one more year in Arkansas.

1.       Heisman Trophy: Mallett should be a candidate for the trophy this year but other players like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore are in the spotlight. Next year Mallett will be an experienced quarterback with an electric offense and undoubtedly the front runner for the award.

2.       SEC West Title: Cameron Newton will leave Auburn amid all of the controversy and that will leave Auburn as a shell of the team that they are this year. That leaves Alabama and LSU to deal with in the West—two teams that Arkansas can play with. This gives the Hogs a realistic shot at the west title and an SEC Championship game.

3.       NFL Stock: Staying another year would raise his stock in the NFL. Andrew Luck will be drafted this year ahead of him and perhaps even Newton, depending on the teams in the order. Not to mention that if the Bills draft Luck, they won’t be looking for a quarterback next year. Scratch living in Buffalo off your list if you stay another year as a Hog.

4.       Legacy: Finally, Mallett’s legacy in Arkansas is already solidified as one of the best; however, he would have a shot at a national title and a Heismn Trophy and either one of those (or both) would cement his legacy as one of the best players to ever wear the uniform.

My opinion is obviously biased as I want to see Mallett and the Hogs do well. There is a chance that injuries could hurt Mallet if he stays another year (Jake Locker, anyone?) but I firmly believe it is the best move for the quarterback and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of,your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at [email protected]

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