Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 2:04 PM EST Nov 24, 2018 A lot is going on here. The Michigan football defense is a mess, the offense has left a ton of points on the field, and there have been timely penalties and issues. The Wolverines are down 24-19 and extremely fortunate that the margin is only five. Here are my observations from the first half against Ohio State: Final flurry Michigan got the ball back down 21-6 with 3:14 to go in the half. Things were looking disastrous for the Wolverines. A lot happened. Shea Patterson drove Michigan down the field before Nico Collins made an incredible 23-yard catch on a terrific individual effort to get Michigan back within eight in the final minute. At the time, it looked like Collins' catch may have saved the day. Then Ohio State bobbled Michigan's ensuing kickoff deep in its own territory, a fumble that was recovered by Nate Schoenle at the OSU 9. One play later, Patterson … [Read more...] about Michigan football: U-M trails Ohio State after wild first half
By Washington Post PUBLISHED: October 16, 2018 at 8:07 am | UPDATED: October 16, 2018 at 8:13 am By Margaret Sullivan | The Washington Post After the roller-coaster ride of 2016’s election night, have journalists and political junkies learned not to let conventional wisdom substitute for hard knowledge? Nate Silver – the closest thing there is to a celebrity in the arcane field of statistical journalism – is not wildly optimistic about that. “Media understanding about probability, margin of error and uncertainty is very poor,” Silver said Monday afternoon when I stopped by the Manhattan office of his fivethirtyeight.com for a pre-election chat. “That led them to be more surprised than they should have been,” he said, based on the quite accurate polling numbers that were available. Silver, who turned 40 this year, was in jeans and sneakers, his hair unruly, as he sat in his office before a whiteboard of incomprehensible – at least to … [Read more...] about Nate Silver will make one firm prediction about the midterms, but most journalists won’t want to hear it
The Wild’s 23-man roster is set before Thursday’s season opener in Colorado, and it comes as no surprise that Nate Prosser is on it. Prosser will be the team’s seventh defenseman after the Wild announced Tuesday they waived Gustav Olofsson and assigned Ryan Murphy to Iowa. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said the team wants Murphy to get steady playing time. Minnesota doesn’t want the 25-year-old sitting out seven or eight games in a row between appearances. That “isn’t what we want a guy of his ilk doing,” Boudreau said. “So that’s why we thought it’d be better for him to play.” The same can be said for Olofsson, who has been hampered early in his career by injuries. That continued in training camp, as he suffered a shoulder injury in the Wild’s 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Sept. 17. Boudreau said Olofsson was cleared physically before he was placed on waivers. Assuming he clears waivers, the 23-year-old will almost … [Read more...] about Wild set 23-man roster ahead of season opener. Here’s who made the team
Detroit News staff and wire services Published 9:09 PM EDT Sep 29, 2018 Oxford, Ohio — Jon Wassink plowed through a wall of goal-line defenders late in the game to give Western Michigan a 40-39 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The Broncos (3-2, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) trailed 39-34 late in the fourth quarter when Wassink led a 73-yard drive and scored on a keeper from two yards out for a 40-39 lead with 2:53 to play. The two-point conversion failed, however, and the RedHawks (1-4, 1-1) came right back into scoring position on their next drive, but Samuel Sloman missed a 50-yard field goal try with 23 seconds remaining. Wassink threw for 439 yards and five touchdowns for the Broncos. Jayden Reed caught four of those and had 137 yards receiving. D’Wayne Eskridge caught seven passes for 141 yards. Western Michigan trailed 27-14 at halftime but Wassink threw three touchdowns in the second half, a pair to Reed and one to Drake Harris to take a 34-33 … [Read more...] about Saturday’s state football: Wassink’s six TDs fuel WMU’s wild win
With opening night against the Colorado Avalanche a little more than a week away, the Wild will face some tough decisions in the coming days. Although most of the active roster can be locked in, there are still a few spots at the end of the bench that are up in the air with two preseason games left. That will offer some of the fringe players one last chance to prove themselves before general manager Paul Fenton makes roster cuts. Here is a breakdown of the Wild roster as it stands: ROSTER LOCKS Forwards (11): Charlie Coyle, Joel Eriksson Ek, Eric Fehr, Marcus Foligno, Mikael Granlund, Jordan Greenway, Mikko Koivu, Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Eric Staal, Jason Zucker Analysis: You can pretty much pencil in the top three lines: Eric Staal is going to center Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu is going to center Zach Parise and Nino Niederreiter, and Jordan Greenway is going to center Joel Eriksson Ek and Charlie Coyle. It’d be a shock if that wasn’t the … [Read more...] about What will the Wild lineup look like on opening night?