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Illinois vs. Ohio State : No. 3 Illinois beats No. 9 Ohio State to get the Big Ten Tournament title



No. 3 Illinois achieved one significant goal. The following one will be considerably more difficult.

As the Fighting Illini celebrated their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2005 with a 91-88 extra time victory over No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday, they immediately turned the concentration to their No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the opportunity it presents.

”It was crazy, thinking about all the things we’ve accomplished and knowing how I came on my visit with coach (Brad) Underwood and I told him these are the things we can accomplish,” Ayo Dosunmu said after being named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player. “So to get up there, cut that net down and see that No. 1 seed come up there, it’s just an unreal feeling.”

Particularly given the oddities of this season.

In spite of playing the regular season before minimal fans, the Illini (23-6) raised the prize under the mid-court video board and watched the selection show with a throng of loud, orange-clad fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Everything appeared to be totally adjusted for the deep and versatile Illini.

Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn and Andre Curbello all scored 16 focuses. Cockburn and Dosunmu each had nine bounce back and they made the vital plays in additional time. Cockburn sank the thumbs up free tosses with 1:39 to go, Dosunmu followed that with a burdensome 15-footer with 50 seconds left to make it 84-81 and Illinois at last fixed it at the free-toss line.

Illinois will begin its next journey against sixteenth cultivated Drexel on Friday, having won seven straight by and large and 14 out of 15 with six sequential successes up and over 10 adversaries.

Duane Washington Jr. had a profession high 32 focuses and Justice Sueing added 22 as the Buckeyes would not disappear in spite of the various occasions Illinois seemed, by all accounts, to be in charge.

Rather than wilting in their fourth game in four days and being without forward Kyle Young for the second sequential game, Ohio State (21-9) consistently retaliated. Mentor Chris Holtmann anticipated that response from his group, which acquired a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

“They have that resiliency, they have it, this group has that,” he said. “If you’ve followed us, you know that.”

In the wake of missing their initial nine shots and falling into a mid 27-10 shortage, Ohio State got inside 40-35 at the half and as close as 47-45 right off the bat in the subsequent half. At the point when Illinois replied with a 10-1 hurry to make it 57-46, the Buckeyes again energized and even took a 67-65 lead with 5:35 left in regulation.

The Illini answered with seven straight yet at the same time couldn’t take care of it. furthermore, Sueing’s three-point play with 23.6 seconds left tied the score at 77. Two major protective plays constrained extra time and afterward Cockburn and Dosunmu conveyed, finishing one part of this season and starting another.

“It’s time to make history,” Dosunmu said. “It’s time to dig deeper, to focus in a little more, but winning this Big Ten championship is great.”


Ohio State: They didn’t win the title however the fifth-cultivated Buckeyes overperformed assumptions. They snapped a four-game losing streak by dominating three matches in three days, beat ordinary season alliance champ Michigan and head into the postseason with lots of momentum.

Illinois: The Illini are huge, quick and solid — making them a real public title competitor. Also, subsequent to being closed out of the standard season crown, they were determined to procure some equipment in Indy. Since they have, they need to add a couple of additional to the assortment prior to leaving town.


Ohio State: C.J. Walker had 16 focuses, six helps and four bounce back. E.J. Liddell had 12 focuses, seven bounce back and four helps. … Holtmann said he couldn’t say whether Young will play in the NCAAs. He was hit in the head by an incidental elbow Friday. … The Buckeyes tumbled to 4-1 unequaled at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Illinois: Curbello likewise had six bounce back and five helps and Giorgi Bezhanishvili had 12 focuses. … Da’monte Williams made three 3s and got done with 12 focuses while Trent Frazier had 10. … Illinois broke the single-season school record with six successes up and over 10 groups.


Dosunmu and Cockburn were joined in the all-competition group by Washington and Liddell from Ohio State and Iowa’s Luka Garza, the association’s player of the year.


Ohio State: Takes on No. 15 seed Oral Roberts, the Summit League champion, Friday in the South Region.

Illinois: Opens NCAA Tournament play Friday against sixteenth cultivated Drexel, the Colonial Athletic Association champ.


LB Jerome Baker agree to three-year, $39 million contract extension with Miami Dolphins



The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with linebacker Jerome Baker on a three-year contract extension worth $39 million, including $28.4 million guaranteed, his representative, Drew Rosenhaus, revealed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins later reported the extension however didn’t disclose financial terms.

Baker is one of the Dolphins’ defensive leaders and welcomes energy on and off the field. He represents considerable authority in pass coverage, and assisted the Dolphins with developing the most noticeably awful scoring defense (30.9 points per game allowed) in 2019 to the fifth-ranked scoring defense (21.1) in 2020.

A 2018 third-round pick, Baker was moving toward the last year of his rookie deal. He was gotten some information about his pending free agency and where he saw Miami in the image. It was a foretelling of this deal.

“I want to play here for the rest of my career. I love it here. I love the fans. I love the organization. I love everybody here,” Baker said. “Yeah, I definitely see myself playing here for a long time.”

Bread cook, 24, gets his desire, as he’s presently scheduled to remain in Miami for the following four seasons.

Presently eyes go to another of the Dolphins’ 2018 draft picks and 2022 pending free agent tight end Mike Gesicki for an potential extension.

Baker had a career-high seven sacks and seven tackles for loss last season in a new hybrid linebacker role. He also eclipsed 100 tackles (112) for the second consecutive season and still can’t seem to miss a game in his NFL career.

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French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal to reach final match



Sprinting, sliding and stretching, anticipating each other’s moves for four sets and over four hours, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal produced a masterpiece in the French Open semifinals.

Djokovic halted Nadal’s offered for a fourteenth French Open title and gave the King of Clay simply his third loss in 108 matches at the tournament by returning to win a thrill ride of an semifinal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 at Roland Garros on Friday night.

In one more display of tremendous tennis between the rivals, the match lasted on for 4 hours, 11 minutes. In the wake of trailing 0-2 in the fourth set, Djokovic rattled off six consecutive games to avenge his loss to Nadal in last year’s final.

“Just one of these nights and matches that you will remember forever,” said the top-cultivated Djokovic, who arrived at his 6th last at the clay-court major tournament to tie Bjorn Borg for No. 2 in the occasion behind Nadal (13).

“Definitely the best match that I was part of ever in Roland Garros, for me, and (one of the) top three matches that I ever played in my entire career — considering quality of tennis, playing my biggest rival on the court where he has had so much success and has been the dominant force in the last 15-plus years. And the atmosphere, which was completely electric.”

The 34-year-old Djokovic will look for his second prize at Roland Garros and a nineteenth significant title generally speaking when he plays in Sunday’s last against fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is only 22.

It will be the 29th career Grand Slam last for Djokovic, and the first for Tsitsipas, who beat Alexander Zverev in five sets in an semifinal match prior Friday.

Nadal had won the past four titles in Paris, part of his assortment of 20 Slams, attached with Roger Federer for the most by a man in tennis history.

Nadal, a 14-time winner of the French Open who turned 35 last week, fell to 105-3 in his profession at Roland Garros. His first loss came against Robin Soderling in 2009; the following against Djokovic in 2015.

“Each time you step on the court with him,” Djokovic said, “you know that you have to kind of climb Mount Everest to win against this guy here.”

Nadal and Djokovic truly riled up the group at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Halfway through the third set, Djokovic won a 23-stroke point with a forehand winner and windmilled his arms about half-dozen times, earning a standing ovation and chants of “No-vak! No-vak!” On the following point, Nadal produced a forehand winner and screamed, prompting chants of “Ra-fa! Ra-fa!” and a wave in the stands.

Nadal said the defining moment came when Djokovic saved a set point while down 6-5 in the third.

“Anything could happen in that moment,” Nadal said. “I make a double fault and then [miss on] an easy volley in the tiebreak. … These kinds of mistakes can happen. But if you want to win, you can’t make those mistakes. That is it. Well done for him. A good fight out there. I tried my best and today was not my day.”

The third set alone endured 60 minutes, 33 minutes, and a 11 p.m. nationwide curfew in time set up due to COVID-19 was drawing closer. Djokovic’s past match had been deferred over 20 minutes while the audience – limited to 5,000 individuals under Covid limitations – was gotten out of the arena, yet a declaration was made Friday to tell everybody the public authority consented to allow them to remain until the finish of the match.

Prior drones in French of “We won’t leave! We won’t leave!” were replaced by choruses of the national anthem and cheers of thanks for President Emmanuel Macron.

Nadal recovered from the dropped third-set tiebreaker to steal a break at the start of the fourth.

Neither would surrender or yield, yet Djokovic crushed spirit to 2-all and was on his way.

“Something clicked,” Djokovic said.

Nadal noted thereafter that playing in the cooler night air implied balls bounced lower, lessening the impact of his lefty forehand’s heavy topspin.

“That’s more favorable for him, the conditions,” Nadal said. “By the way, doesn’t matter. That’s tennis. The player who gets used to the conditions better is the player who deserves to win. So no doubt, he deserved to win.”

The intensity was palpable from the beginning of the evening, and Nadal zoomed to a 5-0 lead on the way to winning the main set. It was reminiscent of last year’s final, which he won 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. That was just the fourth shutout set lost by Djokovic in 341 vocation Grand Slam matches up to that point – and the first in a major final.

Nadal tumbled to 259-7 in majors in the wake of winning the first set; as per ESPN Stats and Information research. Two of those seven misfortunes presently have been to Djokovic.

There wouldn’t be another Friday, on the grounds that Djokovic made two key tactical adjustments – moving a lot further back than expected to return serve and choosing to zero in on serving toward Nadal’s strike – and quickly made clear this would be an exemplary between two of the best ever at what they do.

They defended in ways rarely seen. Tracked down the right blend of force and contact. Conjured up impossible-at-first-glance winners that nobody else would attempt, not to mention effectively utilize. Returned just as anybody, combining to generate 38 break points.

It was the 58th matchup between the opponents, more than some other two men in the game’s proficient time. Djokovic currently drives 30-28, however he trails 10-7 in Slam meetings and 7-2 at the French Open.

Djokovic won the French Open in 2016 and could join Rod Laver and Roy Emerson as the lone men to win every one of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice.

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QB Sam Noyer heads to Oregon State for final season



Previous Colorado quarterback Sam Noyer will utilize his last year of qualification at Oregon State.

Noyer, who is from Beaverton, Oregon, declared his proceed onward Twitter on Friday.

Noyer tossed for 1,101 yards and six touchdowns in six beginnings last year for Colorado, which went 4-2 in the abbreviated Pac-12 season. He likewise scrambled for 208 yards and five TDs.

With the Beavers, Noyer is expected to compete with redshirt junior Tristan Gebbia and sophomore Chance Nolan.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound QB additionally expressed gratitude toward the Buffaloes.

“From an 18-year-old kid to a 23-year-old adult, I have learned so much from this city, this institution and most importantly, this football program. I have met lifelong friends and made memories that I will cherish forever,” he wrote. “It was truly an honor to wear ‘Colorado’ across my chest.”

Noyer played at safety for the Buffaloes in 2019 preceding returning to quarterback last season.

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