Two NFC South rivals are set to go head-to-head Sunday as they prepare for the future.
The Carolina Panthers travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers fired head coach Ron Rivera and now will go the rest of the season figuring out who is going to stick for next year’s team. They are coming off an ugly loss to the Redskins in Week 13, losing 29-21 to Washington and moving to 5-7 on the season.
The Falcons sit at 3-9 on the year after losing a close on to the New Orleans Saints in primetime on Thanksgiving by a score of 26-18.
Here’s how to watch Panthers vs Falcons online:
When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live stream: FuboTV — free trial | FOX Sports Go
Another Hockey East home-and-home is in the books and the Providence College Friars Men’s Hockey team is in a similar place it was prior to the start of the weekend. PC went 1-1 against UMASS Lowell and ironically it was a two-game set that showcased reverse home-ice advantage.
On Friday at Schneider Arena, the Friars fell 3-2. But on the road, they took down the River Hawks 4-1. With the weekend in the books, the Friars record moves to 9-5-3 on the season and hold a Hockey East record of 6-4-2. Providence ranks 1st in Hockey East with 14 points edging out the Minutemen’s 13.
Friday night’s loss was a tough one for the Friars with goaltender Michael Lackey only stopping 13 of 16 shots compared to Lowell’s goaltender Tyler Wall who stopped 35 of 37 shots. Providence’s goal scorers in this one were Micahel Callahan and Greg Printz. Jack Dugan and Printz both had a team-high two points with Dugan picking up two assists and Printz picking up one.
As for Saturday night, it was a bounce-back performance from Lackey who stopped 27 of 28 shots on goal. PC’s goal scorers were Tyce Thompson, Cam McDonald, Patrick Moynihan, and Printz.
Providence will now take a Christmas break of sorts with no action on tap until December 28-29.
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We’re going to preface this story by letting you know everything you’re about to see can best be described as a NSFW cocktail.
Again, you’ve been warned.
UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem suffered a devastating, last-second knockout loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik on Saturday night at UFC Washington, D.C. Overeem, who was in control for nearly the entire fight, left the octagon with his lip literally in pieces. It was disgusting.
(You can click here to watch the grizzly video evidence.)
Take a look:
* N S F W *
Still smiling. #UFCDC pic.twitter.com/3ZnitW1COb
— UFC (@ufc) December 8, 2019
So, how did Dana White feel about all this? Well, he couldn’t help but use some inappropriate language.
Take a look:
HOLY SHIT pic.twitter.com/2plMLexlll
— Dana White (@danawhite) December 8, 2019
Overeem gave his lips a rest and instead did his talking on social media after the fight.
Here’s his reaction:
Getting stitched up. Lip not to sexy at the moment.. a little bit a fast stoppage if u ask me – but hope u guys enjoyed the fight
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 8, 2019
As entertaining as all of this might be for some, it’s fair to wonder whether Overeem still has a future in the UFC. The 39-year-old now has 14 KO losses on his MMA resume, including seven in the UFC.
The Boston Bruins finally lost a home game in regulation on Saturday night at TD Garden.
Their 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche was their first home loss in regulation of the season. NESN’s Courtney Cox brings you the numbers on the loss in the Ford F-150 Final Five Facts of the game. Check out all the facts in the video above.
There wasn’t much doubt surrounding the statuses of Mohamed Sanu and Julian Edelman, but now the New England Patriots and their fans really can breathe sighs of relief.
Both receivers are expected to play against the Kansas City Chiefs, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, citing sources. Edelman has been battling through a shoulder injury, among other things, while Sanu has been hampered by ankle ailment for multiple weeks.
Here’s Rapoport’s update:
#Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) and WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) are both expected to play today, sources say, They are in a good spot.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 8, 2019
The Patriots certainly will need both players in a game that likely will require them to score into the high-20s, at least.
Whether the New England offense even is capable of doing that when fully healthy still is up for debate. The Patriots and Chiefs will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.
FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots know how to beat the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs. They were one of four teams to emerge victorious against the Chiefs last season, and New England did it twice.
But after the Patriots were able to mount leads on the Chiefs in both games, Kansas City made it close — really close — in the second half. The Chiefs almost overcame a 24-9 deficit in the regular season before New England won 43-40 on a last-second field goal.
The Patriots led the AFC Championship Game 14-0, and the Chiefs only scored one touchdown before the fourth quarter. The game wound up going to overtime, and the Patriots won 37-31. The Patriots have been great against the Chiefs in the first half of games and less so in the second half.
“They do a good job of just game-planning,” Patriots safety Duron Harmon said. “Obviously we did some stuff on them early that we showed them some new looks and it gave them some problems, but (Chiefs head coach) Andy Reid is one of the best if not the best offensive coordinator in the game right now. He does a great job of just making the adjustments — seeing what we’re doing and continuing to playing the game within the game. He was able to do some things to get it going. We’ve just got to keep switching it up on them, making it tough on them and not just sitting in one thing.”
The Patriots had a decent amount of success in the AFC Championship Game by putting cornerback Jonathan Jones and safety Devin McCourty on wide receiver Tyreek Hill, cornerback JC Jackson on tight end Travis Kelce and cornerback Stephon Gilmore on wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Then the Patriots switched it up in the fourth quarter by moving Gilmore onto Kelce.
So, presumably, the Patriots could take a similar approach since they wound up with a win in January. But if the Chiefs know that’s coming, then maybe they’ll prepare for it better. So, should the Patriots stick with what works or switch it up to keep the Chiefs on their toes?
“Those are the kind of questions you go through every week — what to repeat, what not to repeat or maybe what to make it look like you’re going to repeat it but do something that complements it,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “That’s all part of the game-planning process. I think there’s a place for all those scenarios, the ones that you mentioned — complementary plays and so forth, run the same play out of a different look or using a different personnel group or a different guy to do it or something like that. It’s all part of it.”
Harmon said it’s “very important” to throw new wrinkles at the Chiefs.
“Just keep switching it up, making it hard on the quarterback, not just letting him know what we’re going to be in and just sitting in one coverage,” Harmon said. “Just continuing to make him work, make him use his eyes and go through his reads and not just give it to him in one play.”
So, it’s anyone’s guess how the Patriots will choose to cover the Chiefs. Perhaps Gilmore will cover Kelce full-time. Maybe the Patriots will come out in zone coverages with Jones at safety like New England handled the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. It will be fascinating to see what Belichick dials up, how Reid responds to it and whether the Patriots’ offense can keep up.
You may or may not shed a tear on this one, and we’re right there with you.
Blues superfan Laila Anderson was in attendance for St. Louis’ game on Saturday night and appeared on the big screen in a heartwarming video. The crowd erupted as Laila was shown meeting her bone marrow donor, Kenton, and displaying a sign to send him love.
Check it out:
The best save you'll see tonight. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/IMaz3wbEil
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 8, 2019
A tremendous moment that would put a smile on anyone’s face.
Quite a few teams this season have learned the hard way that a lead against the Boston Bruins isn’t always safe.
The Bruins erased a two-goal lead Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks. They did the same thing a couple weeks ago against the Minnesota Wild. The list goes on. But wouldn’t you know it, when faced with a team that is at their level, the Bruins were unable to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat Saturday night at TD Garden.
Down 3-1 entering the third period, Boston conceded the only goal of the frame, falling 4-1 for the first home regulation loss of the season. It should come as little surprise that it was a team like the Avalanche that taught the Bruins the lesson that if they cruise for much of the game, flipping a switch late isn’t going to just flip their fortune.
“I think Colorado is an excellent hockey team, full value for the win,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game, via a team-provided transcript. “Snapped pucks around, played to their strength, a lot of pace, their defense really move the puck well, they attack, work to get inside, really worked hard to keep the puck out of their net late in the game when it mattered. I think that’s where their growth of their team would be, I guess, now, where they’ve probably taken a step to the playoffs, understanding what it takes. I give them a lot of credit there.
“For us, lack of urgency,” Cassidy continued. “We talked about it the other night, again tonight, some of that definitely in our game early on. If we’re on our toes, I think we’re cleaner. I’m not going to say that we’re not going to execute from time to time, but it’s been an issue for us I think.”
Next week will feature more stiff tests for the Bruins, with the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers on the schedule, as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning. There have been, as Cassidy would put it, a lot of passengers lately. That’ll have to change.
Here are some other notes from Saturday’s Avalanche-Bruins game:
— The loss was the Bruins’ first regulation defeat at home this season.
While that record in and of itself was impressive, it actually ties into a bigger record. That was the first regulation home loss for any Boston team since the Red Sox fell to the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 28. So yeah, it’s been a while.
— Chris Wagner hasn’t hit cruise control since signing a three-year extension on the eve of Thanksgiving.
The fourth-line winger has two goals in his last two games, posting Boston’s lone tally Saturday night.
— It was a tough night for Jaroslav Halak, who gave up three goals on 18 shots.
It wasn’t an outright bad performance for the backup goalie, especially given he didn’t get a ton of favors from his defense, but he clearly did not look sharp or in a position to steal a game for the Bruins. You could forgive him for that when you consider some of the saves he’s made and games he’s kept the Bruins in this season.
— John Moore remained in the lineup for the second straight night, with Connor Clifton getting scratched again.
As was the case in his season debut Thursday, it’s clear Moore has earned the trust of Cassidy and the coaching staff. He skated 17:16, lowest on defense by just 10 seconds.
Moore’ one-timer from the point in the first period was tipped in by Wagner, and the 29-year-old added two hits in the game.
It’s been a slow few games for David Pastrnak.
Following the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 loss against the Colorado Avalanche, Pastrnak has failed to find the back of the net for a season-high third consecutive game.
In reality, making it all the way to December without going three-straight games without a goal is impressive in itself. The right winger will have his next opportunity to break the streak Monday night when the Bruins take on the Ottawa Senators.
For more on Pasta, check out the video above from “Bruins Postgame Final,” presented by Rodenhiser Heating and Cooling.
After 17 games, the Boston Bruins finally have lost on home ice.
The Bruins welcomed the Colorado Avalanche to TD Garden on Saturday night but didn’t get the result they hoped losing their first game of the 2019-20 season at home 4-1.
Chris Wagner got the scoring started early for Boston in the first period, but the Bruins would struggle for the remainder of the game giving up four unanswered goals in the contest.
After the game head coach Bruce Cassidy talked to Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley about the loss. To hear what he had to say, check out “Bruins Overtime Live,” presented by Ace Ticket.