Nathan HartungA defining characteristic of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team this season has been its ability to adapt to the situation at hand whether it be a defensive battle or a shootout.It was no different Saturday afternoon when Wisconsin (10-0) found itself locked in a physical battle with in-state rival Marquette (5-4) at the Kohl Center.No matter how the season has gone for Marquette and Wisconsin before they meet, the I-94 rivalry game can be depended on to be a dogfight as the Badgers’ 6-6 record against the Golden Eagles under Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan would suggest.“You can look at any rivalry and it’s always going to be a possession game,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “Stylistically how we play and how they play is always going to balance out and it always comes down to loose balls and first to the floor and 50-50 balls and offensive rebounds, put backs and-ones. It boils down to ‘how tough are you?’”When looking for a model of toughness, Wisconsin’s players need look no further than their four-year starter and guard battling back from ACL surgery Josh Gasser.Ryan agreed when asked about where his team’s toughness started in its matchup with Marquette answering simply “Josh Gasser.”“The guys saw what he went through last year and you can’t tell me there isn’t a guy in that locker room that didn’t take notice of the hours and the discipline that Josh put in,” Ryan said. “We got some other guys out there that have a lot of grit, but you have to start somewhere and that’s where it starts.”The combination of physicality and the new defensive rule implemented by the NCAA this year made for a lot of foul calls and consequently foul trouble for both teams.“We’re working at it,” Gasser said of adjusting to the new rules. “Some games are different than others. You just have play with the way it’s going. We never really used our hands on defense, coach teaches it that way … You just have to really concentrate sometimes and stick to what we do.”By the time 10 minutes had gone by in the first half, a total of 12 fouls had been called, seven of which went on Marquette, putting Wisconsin in the bonus with still 10 minutes to play in the opening half.Things started to get dicey for the Badgers when both of their big men, Nigel Hayes and Frank Kaminsky, picked up their second personal fouls within six seconds of each other. This forced Ryan to sub in junior forward Evan Anderson and fifth year senior forward Zach Bohannon, who had played a combined total of just five minutes coming into Saturday’s game.“I thought Evan and Zach did a great job of not letting it slip away,” Ryan said. “We were not in a hole when we were down those last three or four minutes. We were hanging tough.”But Anderson’s opportunity was short lived as he picked up three fouls in more than two minutes of play which put him back on the bench in favor of Bohannon.Wisconsin was able to limit their foul calls in the second half picking up just six, while penalties continued to be a problem for the Golden Eagles in the second half, getting called for 13 fouls with two players, Jake Thomas and Juan Anderson, fouling out.As time began to wind down in the second half, the intensity ratcheted up resulting in a quicker tempo and several loose balls. With hustle plays highlighted by Gasser and Traevon Jackson, Wisconsin gained the edge.“50-50 balls are what we pride ourselves on and what we always want to get,” Gasser said. “Loose balls and even rebounds we consider 50-50 balls, so we want to come up with most of those. Just those plays can really turn the tide of a game and it was good that we got a few of those and then limited theirs. I think that was a big point to the game.”The Badgers were able to weather their foul trouble and win the battle of toughness with Marquette, giving them their 10th-straight win of the season in a game that lived up to the billing of the I-94 rivalry.“That’s why they’re 94-7 in November and December. They’re not beating themselves, you have to beat them,” Williams said. “The last two years, what was the difference? You could say it was our will. You could say today it was their will. It wasn’t tactical.”
“We looked into it to try to see if it would be better for our team this year and in the future,” Shanahan said on the “TK Show” a few months ago. “And when we weighed it all together, we didn’t think it would. And we felt great with where we’re at. Kind of confirmed how we are with Jimmy.”That feels like a message: Of course we like you. But we also want you to deliver a championship in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl the way Brady has done so many times. Just letting you know.There’s no telling how Garoppolo actually feels about that message, but we know what he’d say, likely with a wink: Yep. Got it. There’s a decent chance Jimmy Garoppolo was internally enraged when 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan told their franchise quarterback they were thinking about going after a 42-year-old Tom Brady in NFL free agency.But this is Jimmy Garoppolo, so we’ll never actually know. The 28-year-old San Francisco QB’s perpetually cool attitude suggests somebody could break into his car and his reaction would be to flash his pearly whites, shake his head and calmly call the bank to cancel his credit cards. That’s how it goes. I didn’t like that wallet, anyway. Apparently this was his reaction — or so he says — when his bosses told him they might give his job to somebody else:MORE: Why Shanahan’s new extension is so important”It kind of comes with the territory. It comes with the job,” Garoppolo told The Athletic last week. “The one thing I can say about the whole situation was Kyle and John were very honest with me the whole time. That’s their job — to put the best team together possible and you’ve got to respect that.”So as long as the honesty and truthfulness is there, I respect those guys, I love those guys. And it’s going to be a fun year this year.”Added Garoppolo: “It’s the NFL. There’s competition. Everyone’s trying to put the best team together they can. And that’s just the reality of it.”On one hand, Garoppolo is not wrong. On the other hand, he is heading into the third season of a five-year contract that pays him an average of $27.5 million per year. And he is doing so on the heels of helping the 49ers reach Super Bowl 54 in his first full season as starter.For now, at least, he shouldn’t have to worry about being replaced. Yet evidently he does.Garoppolo’s constant projection of composure, though, is part of the reason he is right to predict another “fun” year for the 49ers, a popular pick to repeat as NFC West champs. He is not and likely never will be the quarterback Brady was when the two played together in New England, but in San Francisco, he is obviously respected and even admired by his teammates. This chemistry is part of the reason why the 49ers were a few Patrick Mahomes darts away from a title.MORE: What if the 49ers had drafted Mahomes in 2017?In that context, Lynch and Shanahan being intrigued by Brady’s free agency — and their willingness to tell Garoppolo about it — is interesting.
Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2020, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.MORE: Watch NHL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)NHL playoff games todayHere’s the full schedule of NHL playoff games for Tuesday, Aug. 11:Wednesday, Aug. 12MatchupTime/ChannelGame 1: Hurricanes vs. Bruins11 a.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, fuboTV)Game 1: Islanders vs. Capitals3 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, fuboTV)Game 1: Coyotes vs. Avalanche5:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, fuboTV)Game 1: Canadiens vs. Flyers8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, fuboTV)Game 1: Canucks vs. Blues10:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, fuboTV)Tuesday, Aug. 11 resultsGameResultsGame 1: Lightning vs. Blue JacketsLightning 3, Blue Jackets 2 (5OT) (TBL lead 1-0)Game 1: Stars vs. FlamesFlames 3, Stars 2 (CGY leads 1-0)Game 1: Bruins vs. HurricanesPPDGame 1: Golden Knights vs. BlackhawksGolden Knights 4, Blackhawks 1 (VGK lead 1-0)Check out SN’s live scoreboard for stats and more.How to watch NHL playoff games in USA, CanadaAll NHL playoff games will be broadcast to national audiences in the United States and Canada. Depending on your TV provider, you’ll be able to watch games on NBC along with NBCSN, USA Network and the NHL Network.In Canada, every game through the end of final horn of the Stanley Cup final will be broadcast on Sportsnet or one of its subsidiaries, Sportsnet 1or Sportsnet 360. CBC will also carry the simulcast for games featuring Canadian franchises plus a handful of others.In addition to TV, you’ll be able to stream games on the NBC Sports app where available (cable subscription required) and the following streaming services:MORE: Everything to know about the NHL’s bubble citiesNHL live streamsFans who want to take in games for the remainder of the year and are with or without the cord have a few different options. Bear in mind that blackout restrictions in local markets do apply, and only games through Aug. 5 have been confirmed to this point, with changes coming at the start of the following round.fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial for new customers, and the streaming service carries every U.S. network that shows NHL postseason games. The montly subscription price is $54.99.Hulu + Live TV is offering a free week for those who haven’t had the service before, before a $54.99 monthly bill rings in. The package includes live sports.If you’re in a market with an NBC Sports regional network, both Sling TV and fuboTV are also viable options which carry NBC Sports RSNs.The NBC Sports app is also an option, but keep in mind out of market games will not be covered. Also, a cable subscription is required.NHL playoff bracket 2020 (SN illustration) NHL playoff bracket 2020 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2d/df/nhl-playoff-bracket-081020-ftr_14uxyu7m247mg1rugyj8ehiywn.jpg?t=-643580349&w=500&quality=80NHL schedule 2020The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs starts Tuesday, Aug. 11 with series ending no later than Sunday, Aug. 23 if Game 7s are necessary. Round 2 would begin Aug. 24 followed by the conference finals, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8 depending on the second round outcomes.The Stanley Cup Final is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 and be completed no later than Oct. 4.Round 1Tuesday, Aug. 11MatchupTimeTV channelGame 1: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Flames vs. Stars5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNWednesday, Aug. 12MatchupTimeTV channelGame 1: Hurricanes vs. Bruins11 a.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Islanders vs. Capitals3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Coyotes vs. Avalanche5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Canadiens vs. Flyers8 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCGame 1: Canucks vs. Blues10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCThursday, Aug. 13MatchupTimeTV channelGame 2: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 2: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN360Game 2: Hurricanes vs. Bruins8 p.m. ETNBSCN, SN, CBCGame 2: Flames vs. Stars10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCFriday, Aug. 14MatchupTimeTV channelGame 2: Coyotes vs. Avalanche2 p.m. ETNHLN, SN, CBCGame 2: Canadiens vs. Flyers3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCGame 2: Canucks vs. Blues6:30 p.m. ETNHLN, SNGame 2: Islanders vs. Capitals8 p.m. ETNBCSN, FX-CAGame 3: Stars vs. Flames10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCSaturday, Aug. 15MatchupTimeTV channelGame 3: Bruins vs. HurricanesNoon ETNBC, SNGame 3: Avalanche vs. Coyotes3 p.m. ETCNBC, SN360Game 3: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets7:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN360Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks8 p.m. ETNBC, SN, CBCSunday, Aug. 16MatchupTimeTV channelGame 3: Capitals vs. IslandersNoon ETUSA, SN360Game 4: Stars vs. Flames2 p.m. ETCNBC, SN, CBCGame 4: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks6:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN1Game 3: Flyers vs. Canadiens8 p.m. ETNBC, SN, CBCGame 3: Blues vs. Canucks10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNMonday, Aug. 17MatchupTimeTV channelGame 4: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 4: Avalanche vs. Coyotes5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, FX-CAGame 4: Bruins vs. Hurricanes8 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCGame 4: Blues vs. Canucks10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCTuesday, Aug. 18MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 5: Blackhawks vs. Golden KnightsTBDTBD*Game 5: Flames vs. StarsTBDTBDGame 4: Flyers vs. Canadiens3 p.m. ETNBCSNGame 4: Capitals vs. Islanders8 p.m. ETNBCSNWednesday, Aug. 19MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 5: Canadiens vs. FlyersTBDTBD*Game 5: Blue Jackets vs. LightningTBDTBD*Game 5: Hurricanes vs. BruinsTBDTBD*Game 5: Coyotes vs. AvalancheTBDTBD*Game 5: Canucks vs. BluesTBDTBDThursday, Aug. 20MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 5: Islanders vs. CapitalsTBDTBD*Game 6: Bruins vs. HurricanesTBDTBD*Game 6: Golden Knights vs. BlackhawksTBDTBD*Game 6: Stars vs. FlamesTBDTBDFriday, Aug. 21 MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 6: Flyers vs. CanadiensTBDTBD*Game 6: Lightning vs. Blue JacketsTBDTBD*Game 6: Avalanche vs. CoyotesTBDTBD*Game 6: Blues vs. CanucksTBDTBDSaturday, Aug. 22MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 7: Bue Jackets vs. LightningTBDTBD*Game 6: Capitals vs. IslandersTBDTBD*Game 7: Blackhawks vs. Golden KnightsTBDTBD*Game 7: Flames vs. StarsTBDTBDSunday, Aug. 23MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 7: Canadiens vs. FlyersTBDTBD*Game 7: Islanders vs. CapitalsTBDTBD*Game 7: Hurricanes vs. BruinsTBDTBD*Game 7: Coyotes vs. AvalancheTBDTBD*Game 7: Canucks vs. BluesTBDTBDJoe Rivera contributed to this article. The qualifying round and round-robin games are now behind us and it’s time to get to the heart-of-the-matter: the official Stanley Cup playoffs.Aug. 11 begins an almost two-month march to the 2020 Cup champion as the first round kicks off and if it’s anything like the first nine days of the NHL’s return, it’ll be a doozy. Who will advance in 202 is anyone’s guess — because, well, anything is obviously possible. Regardless, it’ll be a wild ride.
If this were an ordinary college football season, the Heisman Trophy would be awarded to an extravagantly accomplished player — most likely a quarterback and almost certainly from a Power 5 program — on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 12.If you were not aware before Tuesday that this will not be a typical season, surely the postponement of college football competition in the Big Ten and Pacific-12 shook you awake. They joined the Mid-American Conference and Mountain West in removing themselves from fall sports and presenting the spring as an option. So what does the Heisman do if roughly half the players are active in the fall and the rest in the spring?Would it be awarded to those who compete in the fall? Would it be delayed so that any athlete who competes in the coming academic year has a chance? MORE: CFP director hopes four-team playoff can go on, despite cancellationsDo they saw the trophy in half, and present the base to one player and the stiff-arm to another?“Essentially, at this point in time, no decisions have been made,” Tim Henning, associate director at The Heisman Trophy Trust, told Sporting News.The winner of the 2020 Heisman, whenever it is awarded, would succeed LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and join one of the most prestigious, exclusive clubs in sports. It includes such legends as Cam Newton, Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach.Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is the lone returning finalist from 2019. If the award were presented in the fall, he would have no chance. It seems unlikely that he will compete if the Big Ten does pull off a spring season because of the proximity to the 2021 NFL Draft, but he has not indicated his preference. He is considered a first-round prospect even without another strong season for the Buckeyes.Henning said a decision about any alteration to the presentation of the 2020 award would be made by the Heisman’s nine-member board of trustees, which is chaired by Michael J. Comerford. They conduct monthly meetings to discuss matters pertinent to the award, and it would be possible to call an emergency meeting if warranted. “The Heisman Trophy presentation is aired on ESPN, so any decision in terms of a TV show would be made in conjunction with ESPN,” Henning told SN. “The board has not made any decision in terms of what Heisman 2020 is going to look like.”The decisions of the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and Mid-American all came within the past week. Conference USA was expected to make a determination Wednesday. The SEC, ACC, Big 12, American and Sun Belt all are cautiously moving forward with plans for fall competition, but there still is a chance any or all could abandon them.“As someone that works I college football,” Henning said, “we all want to see the game played. But at the end of the day, the health and safety of everyone involved is of paramount importance.”