Giants to play Bengals in Week 3 of NFL Preseason

The New York Giants will face the Cincinnati Bengals in one of the Preseason games on Thursday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH.

The Giants (2-0) are undefeated so far after beating the Bears, 32-13, last week in which Eli Manning threw for 42 yards and a touchdown in 4-for-4 passes. Daniel Jones took most of the snap in 11 of 14 completion for 161 yards and a touchdown. Alex Tanney also posted 54 yards in 4-for-9 passes.

In rushing, Jonathan Hilliman ran for 56 yards and a touchdown in 16 carries while Rod Smith added 42 yards in 10 carries. Paul Perkins contributed 42 yards in the ground game of the Giants.

In receiving, Cody Latimer caught for 60 yards in two receptions while Da’Mari Scott added 38 yards in a catch. TJ Jones had 32 yards and touchdown in three catches.

The Bengals (1-1) are coming from a 23-13 win over the Washington Redskins in which Ryan Finley completed 20 of 26 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns while Andy Dalton added 36 yards in 5-for-9 passes. Jeff Drikell threw for 57 yards in 5-for-8 passes.

In rushing, Jordan Ellis ran for 52 yards in 15 carries while Driskell added 17 yards in two carries.

In receiving, Damion Willis caught for 59 yards in five receptions while Cody Core added 30 yards in two catches. Stanley Morgan Jr. posted 21 yards in two catches.

Both teams are continually looking for the players to fit in for each roster in the upcoming season.

Bills vs Panthers odds: point spread, tv channel, NFL Preseason

The Buffalo Bills will take on the Carolina Panthers in one of the NFL Preseason games on Thursday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at Bank of America Stadium, NC. Bills vs Panthers odds is currently at -1.5 CAR. Over/Under is at 40.

The Bills (1-0) are coming from a 24-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in which Matt Barkley completed 9 of 14 passes for 126 yards while Josh Allen added 66 yards in 6-for-11 passes.

In rushing, Christian Wade lead the way with a 65-yard TD while Marcus Murphy added 33 yards in six attempts. Devin Singletary contributed 27 yards in nine carries.

In receiving, Isaiah McKenzi caught for 62 yards in two receptions while Zay Jones added 31 yards in two catches. Keith Towbridge had 21 yards in a catch.

The Panthers (1-0) are coming from a 23-13 win over the Chicago Bills in which Will Grier completed 9 of 16 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Allen threw for 76 yards in 7-for-11 passes.

In rushing, Elijah Holyfield ran for 26 yards and a touchdown in nine carries while Reggie Bonnafon added 23 yards in four attempts.

In receiving, Andre Levrone caught for 51 yards in four receptions while Cameron Artis-Payne and Bonnafon each had 30 yards. Ian Thomas contributed 16 yards.

Without a doubt, this will be an interesting game. Will the Bills be able to deny the offensive attack of the Panthers? How about the Panthers defense against Buffalo?

Jaguars to host Eagles in preseason

The Philadelphia Eagles will take in the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason on Thursday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL.

The Eagles (0-1) are coming from a 27-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans in which Nate Sudfeld completed 10 of 18 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.

In rushing, Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood each ran for 11 yards while Jordan Howard added eight yards in three carries.

In receiving, Marken Michel caught a 75-yard touchdown reception while Dallas Goedert added 50 yards in three catches. JJ Arcega-Whiteside added 23 yards in two receptions.

One of the goals of the Eagles would be to start the regular season with a healthy quarterback. Thus, Carson Wentz may not be taking part of this game, and probably all the preseason games. Eagles’ coach was quoted through Phillyvoice.com saying:

“He’s done some great things out here [in practice], obviously,” coach Doug Pederson said when asked if Wentz would sit out the entire preseason. “I try to make the way the practices are set up in training camp as hard as they can be in camp and not just for him, but for everybody and we’ve seen a lot of good things. He’s progressing and getting better every single day. The timing and rhythm with his receivers is getting better and it’s still kind of up to me to play anybody the rest of the way, but getting a lot of great work in in these practices.”

The Jaguars (0-1) are coming from a 29-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Gardner Minshew completed 7 of 14 passes for 46 yards.

In rushing, Ryquell Armstead ran for 22 yards in eight carries while Alfred Blue and Devante Mays each had 20 yards.

In receiving, Tre McBride caught for 42 yards in three receptions while Geoff Swaim and Armstead each had six yards.

Everybody knows that Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback in the regular season for the Jaguars. However, Foles is not expected to play against his former teammates.

No more legal complications, Bata enters Philippines

The world’s first family in footwear, Bata Shoe Co., finally enters Philippines after trying for 80 years. Bata has opened its first ever shoe and accessories store in Philippines at SM Megamall, Manila.

Originated in Zlin, Bata is now the world’s biggest shoe brand with over 5,000 retail outlets spread across 76 countries. Having strong presence in Asia, particularly in India and Thailand, Bata tried to enter Philippines quite a few times. However, it failed because Philippines had Bata name registered with another company selling shoes.

Now, Bata has join hands with SM Retail, which made it all possible to open their first boutique in SM Megamall Building B.

The chief marketing officer and great-grandson of the founder in a statement said – We have been in Malaysia for 80 years, and often people think that we’re from that country, and we embrace that,”

He explained that Bata Shoes are manufactured in Italy, India, Indonesia and China, marking strong presence in European country. Now, with the expansion plan Bata is launching stores in Philippines, which will sell fashion shoes for women, sports and running shoes, Men’s casual, Weinbrenner for outdoor and hiking, Bubblegummers for Kids, Comfit with massage technology and many other style.

Inhabitants of tropics, Filipinos would mostly prefer Weinbrenners shoes and sandals that also tune will with penchant and outdoor activities.

“Made in Italy” shoes from Bata are made up of high-quality leather costing P3,500-up for Men’s shoes and non-leather style will start from P1,799. Women looking to buy leather shoes, will have to shell out P2,000 to P6,000 for leather made shoes. Still, there are many other shoes available at lower price!

Green leads Warriors overpower Blazers in Game 3

Draymond Green understood what was on the line as he had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the Warriors beat the Blazers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.

In an all-around performance, Green delivered his best to fill up the necessary needs of the Warriors to come-from-behind and dominate in the second half. Green did everything a power forward could do to impact the game in all angles by helping in both defense and offense.

Without Kevin Durant, Green has elevated his game in the past three games bringing forth victories even on the road. Thus, the Warriors are now having a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Having an 18-point deficit in the second quarter, the Warriors managed to bounce back immediately and cut it into 13 points a the half. Steve Kerr made adjustments at halftime that enabled the Warriors to outscore the Trail Blazers, 29-13, and seized the lead going into the fourth quarter.

Absolutely, Stephen Curry again exploded for 36 points to lead the scoring for the Warriors. Curry was a thorn for the Blazers as he was able to escape his defender and even to drill three-pointers. Curry made six three-pointers to defy the defense of the Warriors. Moreover, Curry’s aggressiveness going into the basket effectively destructed Portland’s defense.

Klay Thompson scored 19 points while Kevon Looney added eight points in 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook and Jordan Bell each had six points coming off the bench.

CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 23 points in 7-for-20 shooting from the field while Damian Lillard scored 19 points. Meyers Leonard contributed 16 points while Evan Turner added 12 points.

Phoenix enters semis, beats Alaska

The Phoenix Fuel Masters overpowered the Alaska Aces, 91-76, through 31 points explosion of Jason Perkins in the Philippine Cup Sunday night.

Perkins found his rythm on 11-of-15 shooting from the field and nine rebounds as the Fuel Masters secured a semifinal berth for the first time in franchise history. Phoenix was 0-6 in the playoffs before this game.

“We’re serious in what we’re trying to achieve. We’re here to win it,” said Perkins.

The Fuel Masters started strong and never looked back after leading a 72-49 after three quarters. Phoenix increased it, 89-61 with 3:53 left in the game.

Calvin Abueva helped the Fuel Masters with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists coming off the bench.

While the Aces tried to stay afloat in the second quarter, Perkins scored eight straight points to lead a 10-0 run for Phoenix that distanced the game.

For Alaska, JV Casio scored 19 points while Simon Enciso added 15 in a losing cause. Matthew Wright scored 14 points in what was considered an off night for the shooter.

“We just got to the semifinals and we’re waiting for San Miguel and TNT who are both heavyweight teams,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. “But we’re not complaining. We won our first game in the playoffs and we made the semis for the first time so we’re more than happy.”

Oakland Raiders News: Burfict joins Brown

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict had signed with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday night to enhanced the team’s chances in the coming season. Just after a day the Cincinnati Bengals released him, the seven-year veteran instantly joined the Raiders.

According to NFL Network report, Burfict agreed to a one-year deal.

Despite the fact that Burfict had a bad history of fines and suspensions, the Raiders are willing to take chances. Burfict was suspended three times for 10 games with the Bengals.

Interestingly, Burfict will be joining his former nemesis Antonio Brown in the same uniform. In 2016, the linebacker was suspended for three games and more than $500,000 of fines by a helmet-to-helmet hit against Brown. Also, Burfict hit Brown’s head last season as he leaned an elbow into Brown’s helmet.

Surely, the past will be the past when it comes to both players as they have the same goal as a team. Brown would be wise enough to forgive him.

With the signing of Burfict, the Raiders understand that they need more veterans on their side to have a fruitful season. Oakland’s move just came after signing Lamarcus Joyner to make the secondary stronger.

Burfict is a player that coach Jon Gruden can experiment. The linebacker entered into the Pro Bowl in 2013 after a 177 combined tackle in that season. In his seven year stint in the NFL, he reached the 100-tackle three times.

DeRozan scores 26 to lead Spurs overwhelm Warriors

DeMar DeRozan led the way with 26 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs to deliver a 111-105 victory over the Warriors Monday night. DeRozan was consistent throughout the course of the game that paved the way for the Spurs to keep the lead.

While DeRozan got his numbers, LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds to help the inside game of San Antonio which won their 11th streak at home and jumped into the fifth place of the Western Conference Standings.

On the other hand Stephen Curry scored 25 points while Kevin Durant added 24 for Golden State. Because of the loss, the Warriors are now tied with the Nuggets for first place.

“That’s the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win.”

Meanwhile, Curry drilled in a 61-foot basket to end the first quarter. After receiving a pass from Shaun Livingston, Curry dribbled and then take that shot that hif off the backboard.

Minnesota faces Louisville

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on the Louisville Cardinals in Round 1 of the Men’s basketball Tournament games on Thursday, March 21, 2019, start time at 12:15 PM ET, at Wells Fargo Arena (IA), Des Moines, IA. Minnesota vs Louisville odds and point spread is -6.5 Louisville.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers (21-13) are coming from a 76-49 loss to the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal.

On the season, Minnesota averages 70.8 points, 37.0 rebounds and 14.9 assists per game. Defensively, Minnesota yields 69.2 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 9.1 points per game for Minnesota, they are Coffey (16.3), Jordan Murphy (14.8), Daniel Oturu (10.8), Gabe Kaischeur (9.9) and Dupree McBrayer (9.1). Coffey leads in points and in assists with (3.2). Murphy tops in rebounds (11.5) while Daniel Oturu tops in blocks (1.4) per game.

The Louisville Cardinals (20-13) are coming from an 83-70 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC Men’s Tournament Quarterfinal.

On the season, Louisville basketball averages 74.5 points, 38.2 rebounds and 13.4 assists per game. Defensively, Louisville yields 67.8 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 7.8 points per game for Louisville, they are Jordan Nwora (17.2), Dwayne Sutton (10.2), Christen Cunningham (9.8), Steve Enoch (9.3) and Malik Williams (7.8). Nwora leads in points, rebounds (7.5) and steals (1.0) per game. Christen Cunningham tops in assists (4.9) while Malik Williams leads in blocks (1.2) per game.

Arizona takes on USC

The Arizona Wildcats will take on the USC Trojans in the first round of the PAC12 Men’s Tournament on Wednesday, start time at 3:00 PM ET, at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV. Arizona vs USC odds is at -1.0 Arizona. USC vs Arizona tv channel is on PAC12.

The Arizona Wildcats (17-14) are riding in a two-game losing streak including a 72-64 loss to Arizona State.

On the season, Arizona basketball averages 71.1 points, 34.7 rebounds and 12.5 assists per game. Defensively, Arizona basketball yields 68.6 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 8.2 points per game for Arizona, they are Brandon Randolph (12.8), Brandon Williams (11.3), Chase Jeter (11.1), Justin Coleman (9.0) and Ryan Luther (8.2). Coleman leads in assists (3.8) and steals (0.9) per game. Chase Jeter tops in rebounds with 6.6 while Ira Lee tops in blocks with 0.7 per game.

The USC Trojans (15-16) have lost their last four games including a 78-67 defeat to Colorado.

On the season, USC basketball averages 76.3 points, 36.0 rebounds and 16.4 assists per game. Defensively, USC basketball yields 73.1 points per game against the opposing teams.

Five players are averaging at least 8.6 points per game for USC, they are Bennie Boatwright (18.1), Nick Rakocevic (14.9), Jonah Mathews (12.5), Kevin Porter Jr. (9.2) and Jordan Usher (8.6). Boatwright leads in points. Rakocevic tops in rebounds with 9.3 and in blocks with 1.4 per game. Derryck Thornton tops in assists while Matthews leads in steals (1.3).

Arizona vs USC basketball info:

Date: March 13, 2019
Start Time: 3:00 PM ET
TV Channel Schedule: PAC12
Live Stream: PAC12 stream
Odds and Point Spread: -1.0 Arizona
O/U: 138.5