Under-23s in action at Ashton Gate

first_imgLuke Williams’ side will be looking to secure their third successive win in the Professional Development League, having overcome Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United in their last two outings.Only the Lansdown Stand lower tier will be open for this fixture, with tickets priced at £3 for adults and concessions £1. Admission is free for all season card holders.last_img

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Week 12 NFL picks straight up: Seahawks beat Panthers; Steelers escape Broncos

first_imgThis space was originally reserved to counter the cynics and naysayers who claimed that after the Monday night Rams-Chiefs unprecedented shootout, the video-game, scoreboard-short-circuiting era of the NFL was upon us, 54-51 games were about to become the norm, and defense would go the way of leather helmets.Nonsense, the counter-argument was going to be, there aren’t that many quarterbacks or offenses (or both) capable of piling up numbers like that. For goodness sake, Blake Bortles is facing Josh Allen this week, and one team is pondering a choice between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston. Then came a better look at the Week 12 games.There’s Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger, and Philip Rivers, and Andrew Luck, and Aaron Rodgers, and Kirk Cousins, and Russell Wilson, and Cam Newton, and Deshaun Watson. That’s just Sunday and Monday — Drew Brees and Matt Ryan face each other Thanksgiving night. Wilson and Newton play each other this weekend, as do Rodgers and Cousins. And even though Allen was the butt of an above joke, he’s one of possibly five rookie first-round picks starting this week (if Sam Darnold is healthy).So, the cynics and naysayers might have a point.MORE NFL PREDICTIONS:Week 12 NFL picks against the spreadWeek 12 NFL picks, predictions(All times ET)New England Patriots (7-3) at New York Jets (3-7)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSBoth teams come off their bye … but the Patriots come back with Brady and Rob Gronkowski rested, while the Jets may or may not have Darnold back. This series gets way more feisty than one this lopsided should, so since both teams are headed in opposite directions, this will probably be uncomfortably close. In the Patriots’ favor (as if they need the motivation): The Chiefs took a step back toward them Monday, and the Patriots have the head-to-head tiebreaker.Prediction: Patriots, 23-20Seattle Seahawks (5-5) at Carolina Panthers (6-4)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxThis is about where the Seahawks were expected to be in their transition, but they wouldn’t even be here if Wilson were not playing the way he is. That was on display in a crucial NFC playoff-contender showdown with the Packers last week. The Panthers and Cam Newton should feel fine with going for the win last week in Detroit; they should feel less good about a defense that is extremely ordinary this season, particularly last week against a flailing Lions team.Prediction: Seahawks, 30-26 New York Giants (3-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-6)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxIf the Giants are really back, this is how they can prove it, and against whom they can prove it. The Eagles are on the ropes and in position for a knockout punch. Whether the Giants and their suddenly awakened offense — they’re protecting Eli Manning way better now, finally — can do it is another story. Odd how the complaints about Odell Beckham being toxic and a distraction have dropped dramatically during their two-game win streak. The Eagles are capable of putting tremendous pressure on Manning and covering for their other defensive weaknesses. This is the week for them to realize it.Prediction: Eagles, 28-20Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSThe Browns don’t hit the bye week on a high very often, and they have a window to harness that positive energy this week. Their AFC North, intra-state rival has now wasted a 4-1 start that had the Bengals looking back at the Steelers, and they just lost to a mobile rookie in his first NFL start. The Bengals’ beleaguered defense couldn’t handle Lamar Jackson, so it stands to reason that Baker Mayfield will give them fits. There are chances at wins down the stretch for the Browns, and this is their first.Prediction: Browns, 27-22San Francisco 49ers (2-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8)Sunday, 1 p.m., FoxThe Buccaneers’ games are starting to all look the same, no matter who’s at quarterback, so the reported switch back to Jameis Winston is likely irrelevant. The Bucs lead the NFL in interceptions by a wide margin (23, seven more than any other team). The 49ers are going through growing pains, but their two games before their bye gave them something on which to build. Kyle Shanahan vs. Dirk Koetter might be the mismatch that decides this more than any other.Prediction: 49ers, 33-24Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7) at Buffalo Bills (3-7)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSThe Bills get their franchise quarterback back in Josh Allen after four games out. He won’t get the break Matt Barkley had in their pre-bye game — instead of the Jets, he faces the Jaguars’ defense. The Jaguars’ offense still has to overcome its own quarterback, Blake Bortles, who was not trusted by his play-callers to hold a 16-0 lead on the Steelers. Both teams have forfeited the luxury of looking at the other as “beatable.”Prediction: Jaguars, 20-10Oakland Raiders (2-8) at Baltimore Ravens (5-5)Sunday, 1 p.m., CBSThe Ravens’ defense is in position to douse the brief euphoria of last week’s success by the Raiders and Derek Carr against the Cardinals. Ironically, that defense got a boost from Lamar Jackson and the rest of the rushing game in their win over Cincinnati, and if the Raiders are no better at navigating what Jackson can do than the Bengals were, then the Raiders will be in big trouble. The Ravens have no more margin for error in the division and wild-card races.Prediction: Ravens, 26-20Arizona Cardinals (2-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (7-3)Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FoxKeenan Allen caught heat for not properly giving the Broncos credit for their win over the Chargers last week, yet he had a point: It was only the second time this season the Chargers lost in the turnover margin, and they dropped both games. Philip Rivers’ touchdown-to-interception ratio going into the game was 21:4, but he threw two last week. All of that to say that against the Cardinals, the Chargers should just be sure not to beat themselves.Prediction: Chargers, 31-16 Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPNIt won’t be the anti-Rams-Chiefs game that many predicted, partly tongue-in-cheek. The Texans, on a seven-game winning streak, are capable of putting up numbers, even on a solid defense like that of Tennessee. DeAndre Hopkins should not be overlooked when All-Pro picks are made, and they’re going to get plenty out of Demaryiuis Thomas before season’s end. Marcus Mariota’s availability was still in question at midweek. If anything deflates the likelihood of a score-a-palooza, it’s that.Prediction: Texans, 30-21 Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2-1) at Denver Broncos (4-6)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBSThe Broncos’ win over the Chargers was their sixth game this season decided by four points or fewer, and they’re 3-3. For all their faults, they have a shot in close games, so things are pretty simple against the Steelers. Pittsburgh clearly needed a wake-up call, and the Jaguars provided it, yet the Steelers still survived it. They need to stay away this week, too.Prediction: Steelers, 27-25Miami Dolphins (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBSThese don’t look like teams with identical records; the Colts have gotten their acts together in a hurry, on both sides of the ball, and the Dolphins’ 3-0 start has been proven to be a complete mirage. It still looks like Brock Osweiler at quarterback this week. The one comeback competing with Andrew Luck’s as the most impressive in the NFL is that of the Colts’ offensive line, which had been atrocious for years. None of that bodes well for the disappearing Dolphins.Prediction: Colts, 34-16Green Bay Packers (4-5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1)Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBCIt’s a rematch of the Week 2 tie that, for multiple reasons (awful kicking, the cheesy Clay Matthews roughing-the-passer flag), should not have been a tie. That game now serves as a reminder of how average and underwhelming both teams have been despite two of the higher-profile (and well-paid) quarterbacks in the league. The loser will start to lose sight of playoff contention entering December, so there’s plenty on the line.Prediction: Packers, 24-22Tennessee Titans (5-5) at Houston Texans (7-3)last_img read more

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BLUES UPSET NO. 7 MUSTANGS, ADVANCE TO OUA FINAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgWSOC: GOAL!!!! Miranda Badovinac SCORES to tie it back up!!!TOR 1 | WES 1106’WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE | #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/vjIUvzY2Vx— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) November 2, 2019 Matchup History Preview The match headed to a best-of-five penalty shootout. Toronto’s Krizia Tarantino, Maddie MacKay and Alessia Cusimano all scored to put the Blues up 3-2 after three shooters. Staggolis then stepped up, denying Western’s Skinner to seal the victory, 2-1. Fourth-year goalkeeper Vanna Staggolis stopped Maddy Skinner on the final shot of penalty kicks to lead the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s soccer team to a 2-1 (3-2 PK) victory over the No. 7 Western Mustangs in OUA semifinal action on Friday night (Nov. 1) in Ottawa.GOING TO THE ‘SHIP: With the win, the Blues advance to tomorrow’s OUA final, where they will face the York Lions, who upset the host and defending national champion Ottawa Gee-Gees in the other semifinal of the day.U of T also earns their first-ever berth into a national tournament. Toronto has appeared in two U SPORTS national championship tournaments, but both as the host in 2009 and 2013.FROM ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH ANGELO CAVALLUZZO: “We looked back at the history of the program and we wanted 2019 to be the team that changed the perception of the U of T women’s soccer program.  The players deserve to be known for that and this is the motivation and catalyst for everything going forward.”HOW IT HAPPENED: The two teams played to a scoreless draw through 90 minutes and needed extra time before anyone could find the back of the net.Western’s Giulia Geraci opened the scoring in the 105th minute, just before the first half of extra time expired. That lead didn’t last long though as 2019 OUA all-star Miranda Badovinac sent a shot on net and capitalized on her own rebound to even the score back up. WSOC: GOAL!!!! Miranda Badovinac SCORES to tie it back up!!!TOR 1 | WES 1106’WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE | #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/vjIUvzY2Vx— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) November 2, 2019 Next Game: vs. York University (OUA Final) 11/2/2019 | 1:30 p.m. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Staggolis ended the match with eight saves through 120 minutes.UP NEXT: Tomorrow’s OUA final kicks off at 1:30 p.m. The match will be streamed live on OUA.tv. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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