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Dolphins-Bengals ‘Thursday Night Football’ game to be exclusively on NFL Network


The 2016 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues with the Cincinnati Bengals hosting the Miami Dolphins this Thursday, Sept. 29 (8:25 PM ET) at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network. Dolphins-Bengals will also be available on local stations in Miami (WFOR) and Cincinnati (WKRC).​

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms along with reporter Tracy Wolfson call the action, and are joined by kicking analyst Jay Feely.

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, TNF GameDay Presented by KFC previews the Dolphins-Bengals matchup from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles. Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve MariucciMarshall Faulk and Michael Irvin to provide news and analysis two hours before kickoff, while host Amber Theoharis and analyst LaDainian Tomlinson join from outside Paul Brown Stadium. Reporters Tracy Wolfson and Mike Garafolo join to provide the latest news leading up to kickoff.

At 7:30 PM ETNFL Thursday Night Kickoff airs from inside Paul Brown Stadium with James BrownDeion Sanders and Bill Cowher. Coverage continues at 8:00 PM ET with NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Tostitos providing the final say leading up to kick-off between Dolphins-Bengals.

Among the pregame topics are:

  • Sitdown interview with Miami Dolphins defensive Cameron Wake, who had a game-winning safety in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football in 2013
  • What is the impact of linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s return for the Bengals?
  • What to expect from star wide receivers A.J. Green and Jarvis Landry
  • Do the 1-2 Bengals get back on track?

At halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher break down the first half on the Lexus Halftime show.

Immediately following the game, the Mazda Postgame show airs live on NFL Network from both Los Angeles and Paul Brown Stadium providing highlights, analysis and live interviews.

The entire 18-game Thursday Night Football schedule, including the live games and pre- and postgame shows, will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (, the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (, with participating television providers. Learn all of the ways to watch at An audio broadcast of the game is available on SiriusXM, TuneIn & Westwood One Radio Sports.

Thursday Night Football is available in Spanish via SAP (Secondary Audio Program) with Roberto Abramowitz calling the action on NFL Network.




NFL Network to feature former Bengals’ WR Chad Johnson this Friday night

Chad Johnson walking on field By Emeybee at English Wikipedia, Public Domain, https

‘Chad Johnson: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, September 30 at 9:00 PM ET​

“You can’t be humble and be great. You have to have a certain drive and tenacity about you to get the damn job done.” – Chad Johnson

The sixth season of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life Presented by Gillette continues Friday, September 30 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of former Pro Bowl wide receiver, Chad Johnson. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, former teammates such as Carson Palmer and Terrell Owens, former position coaches and more.

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app ( and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (, Xbox One and Xbox 360(NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV and Playstation 4).

A second round pick in 2001, Chad Johnson was one of the most unpredictable and entertaining players in the NFL. During his 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Johnson made six Pro Bowl appearances, and became Cincinnati’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Chad Johnson: A Football Life examines Johnson’s prolific career and his persona that was larger than life.

Among the topics discussed in Chad Johnson: A Football Life are:

  • Growing up in Liberty City in Miami
  • Attending Santa Monica College and the relationship he formed with wide receivers coach Charles Collins
  • Leading the Bengals to the AFC North Division title in 2005 and the Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • His touchdown celebrations and his engaging personality
  • His one season with the New England Patriots and his release from the Miami Dolphins in 2012

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Chad Johnson: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Chad Johnson

Carson Palmer – Bengals teammate

Ray Lewis – Former Ravens linebacker

Terrell Owens – Bengals teammate

Marvin Lewis – Bengals head coach

Charles Collins – Former Santa Monica College wide receivers coach

Bob Bratkowski – Former Bengals offensive coordinator

Dan Hoard – Bengals radio broadcaster

Dave Lapham – Bengals radio broadcaster

Hue Jackson – Former Bengals wide receivers coach

Jon Kitna – Bengals teammate

Bill Belichick – Patriots head coach

Provided below are some select quotes from Chad Johnson: A Football Life:

“You have to have some type of selfishness to you in anything that you do to be successful at it…You can’t be humble and be great. You have to have a certain drive and tenacity about you to get the damn job done.” – Chad Johnson

“He was the most dominant receiver for I don’t know how many years. I could see at the line of scrimmage, you would look across the ball and I could see there were guys that were scared to death that Ocho was out there.” – Carson Palmer

“It goes all against everything coaches stand for, particularly myself. We don’t need to bring attention to ourselves, but that’s what got him up and excited to go play.” – Marvin Lewis

“If Cincinnati at that time was a dim light, I was going to make sure they were going to shine.” – Chad Johnson

“I don’t know if there’s a receiver that’s played this game that could create more separation than Chad could.” – Carson Palmer

“I think he was a good selfish when he was Chad Johnson. I think it was a bad selfish when he became Ochocinco.” – Charles Collins

“I think I was more so frustrated with losing…And to say that the way I am and the way I operate and the way I play the game is part of the reason we’re losing, that hurt. That stung.” – Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson front uniform By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

This year, the 13-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for the upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • October 7 – Steve Young
  • October 20 (following Thursday Night Football) – Brett Favre
  • October 27 (following Thursday Night Football) – Pat Tillman



NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films,, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app ( and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (, Xbox One and Xbox 360(NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV and Playstation 4). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape. According to the Nielsen Company, 199 million people tuned into the 2015 NFL regular season representing 78 percent of all television homes and 67 percent of potential viewers in the U.S. NFL games accounted for the top 25 and 46 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming in 2015.






21st-ranked Ohio State women’s soccer ready to host Northwestern Saturday night



Buckeyes are 4-2-0 at home in 2016



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s soccer team hosts Northwestern at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.


Fans can follow live stats and video at or follow on Twitter @OhioState_WSOC.



After suffering a 3-0 loss to No. 10 Nebraska Friday night, No. 17 Ohio State bounced back to earn a 3-0 victory over Iowa Sunday afternoon. Lindsay Agnew scored three times in a five-minute span early in the second half for the 13th hat trick in program history while the Buckeyes picked up their third clean sheet of the season.



Head coach Lori Walker is in her 20th season at Ohio State in 2016. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2001 and 2010) has led the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 222-152-38 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 235-175-39.


Ohio State is ranked 21st in the latest RPI (Rating Percentage Index) rankings, released by the NCAA Monday. The Buckeyes are one of five Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25 along with No. 13 Rutgers, No. 15 Nebraska, No. 19 Penn State and No. 23 Minnesota.


- The Buckeyes sit tied for third in the Big Ten with 20 goals while ranking fifth in the conference with 18 assists.

- Lindsay Agnew is tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for 13th nationally with eight goals after tallying her first-career hat trick in a 3-0 win over Iowa Sept. 25. Agnew’s 19 points also rank second in the Big Ten and tied for 17th nationally.

- Nichelle Prince is tied for ninth on the Ohio State career goals list with 24. The senior also has moved into fourth place on the Buckeyes’ career assists list with 19 and tied for eighth with 67 career points.

- Prince has notched two of the 13 hat tricks in Ohio State history, accomplishing the feat against Northeastern and Northwestern in 2013. Sammy Edwards is the third Buckeye on the roster with a hat trick, scoring three times in a 4-2 win against Dayton in 2014.

- This season, the Buckeyes are slated to face five teams ranked the NSCAA preseason poll, including Penn State (No. 2), West Virginia (No. 6), Rutgers (No. 10), BYU (No. 16) and Virginia Tech (No. 17).

- Ohio State is 22-0-2 when scoring at least two goals dating back to the start of 2014. The Buckeyes went 5-0-1 when scoring at least twice in 2014 before going a perfect 11-0-0 last season and are 6-0-1 after scoring at least twice this season.

- The Buckeyes moved to 2-0-1 on the year in overtime matches with the 2-2 draw at Wisconsin Sept. 16. Nichelle Prince (vs. Texas) and Haley Walker-Robinson (at Florida Gulf Coast) have previously scored overtime game-winners for the Buckeyes this season. Ohio State is now 5-0-4 in overtime matches over the last two seasons and is undefeated in its last 12 overtime matches.



Northwestern enters the match with a 10-1-0 record, 3-1-0 in Big Ten play, after earning wins against Indiana, Purdue and Maryland in the first two weekends of conference play. Brenna Lovera leads the Wildcats with six goals on the year while Lauren Clem leads the Big Ten and ranks 11th nationally with a 0.36 goals-against average with eight clean sheets.


Ohio State is 14-6-1 all-time against Northwestern, winning the last seven matchups against the Wildcats.



Nichelle Prince earned a bronze medal with Canada’s 2-1 win over Brazil Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo.


Prince was named to the Canadian Olympic team this past summer, becoming the first women’s soccer Buckeye to compete in the Olympics when she came off the bench in Canada’s 3-1 win over Zimbabwe Aug. 6 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


The senior played 21 minutes in a 2-1 win over Germany Aug. 9 and again came off the bench in the 85th minute of a 2-0 loss to the Germans in the semifinals Aug. 16. Canada then topped host Brazil, 2-1, Aug. 19 in Sao Paulo to earn the bronze medal.


Marike Mousset has been called in to Canadian U-20 camp in preparation for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in November in Papua New Guinea. The initial development camp went from Sept. 5 to Sept. 16 with the next preparatory camp for Canada slated to begin Nov. 1 in Brisbane, Australia.


After sitting out the first four matches of the season, Mousset has come off the bench six times for the Buckeyes, playing a season-high 42 minutes in a 2-1 setback at No. 4 West Virginia Sept. 4.


Seniors Lindsay Agnew and Morgan Wolcott have been named captains of the 2016 Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker announced Aug. 22. In addition, Walker announced junior Nikki Walts will serve as assistant captain of the Buckeyes.


The Buckeyes’ schedule includes nine matches at Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this season. Admission is free to all Ohio State women’s soccer home games.


Ohio State is under the direction of 20th-year head coach Lori Walker. She has guided the team to 10 NCAA Tournament berths (2002-03-04-07-09-10-11-12-13-15), a Big Ten regular season championship (2010) and three Big Ten Tournament championships (2002, 2004, 2012). Her record at Ohio State is 222-152-38 and her career record, including two seasons at Kansas, is 235-175-39.


Associate head coach Chris McLain is in his second season while Daniel Clitnovici enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Buckeyes.



Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the home to the Buckeyes, has provided quite the home-field advantage for the women’s soccer team. Some stats about the facility:


- The home team is 121-48-17 all-time.

- Ohio State is 102-31-15 since 2003 and 56-19-7 since 2009.



No. 21 Ohio State travels to Maryland at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 before hitting the road to face Purdue at 1 p.m. Oct. 9.


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Rutgers to host Big 10 Conference Gymnastics Championships in March


Scarlet Knights announce 2017 schedule


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 29, 2016) – Rutgers gymnastics will host the 2017 Big Ten Championships at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Saturday, March 18 to highlight the schedule for the upcoming season. The Scarlet Knights will also stage three meets at the Livingston Recreation Center and one at the RAC during the course of the regular season.


“We are extremely excited to be hosting Big Ten Championships this year,” sixth-year head coach Louis Levine said. “It is the first time since 2006 that we are hosting a conference championship and I can’t wait to have such a prestigious event on our campus and for fans to be able to experience a competition with so much great gymnastics in one place.”


NJ Advance Media: Rutgers to host Big Ten gymnastics championships at the RAC next March


The Big Ten Championships will consist of two meets on the date, with four teams competing in the afternoon and the remaining six rotating later on in the evening. Rutgers gymnastics last welcomed its conference in 2006 with the hosting of the EAGL Championships. Ticket information will be available soon.


This will mark the second Big Ten postseason event on campus since joining the league, as RU held the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Championship at High Point Solutions Stadium.


The gymnastics regular season starts Jan. 7 with a quad meet at the Livingston Recreation Center involving New Hampshire, Bridgeport and William & Mary. The next home meet on Jan. 21 will be a quad meet also featuring Nebraska, Brown and West Chester. The following Saturday, Jan. 28, the Scarlet Knights will move over to the RAC for the third-straight season as Michigan State, Cornell and Ursinus come to town. Senior Day will be Feb. 11 at the Livingston Recreation Center versus Maryland, Penn and Yale. Season ticket information will be available soon.


“I am excited for this season’s schedule, as always we have a tough conference slate along with several difficult away competitions,” Levine said. “It all leads to the Big Ten Championships at the end.”


Rutgers is booked for road meets in 2017 at Illinois, Ohio State, Illinois-Chicago, Towson and Central Michigan. In addition, the annual Big Five meet will be at Iowa and also includes Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State. The competition determines the rotations for the Big Ten Championships the following week at RU.


Click here to view the 2017 full schedule.


Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding women’s gymnastics, follow the program on Twitter (@RUGymnastics), Facebook (/RUGymnastics) and Instagram (@rutgersgymnastics).





Downtown Indianapolis getting ready to honor new IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud next Tuesday

Simon Pagenaud during practice at the 2015 GoPro Grand Prix of SonomaBy Sarah Stierch - Own work, CC BY 4.0, https


For Immediate Release

Championship Celebration taking over Indianapolis’ Monument Circle

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016) – The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration, honoring newly crowned title-winner Simon Pagenaud, will take over downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Monument Circle in the city center will buzz with INDYCAR activity throughout the day. Team transporters will line the south side of the circle beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, along with the Indy cars of Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi, winner of the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Also on display will be the Astor Cup, the trophy presented annually to the Verizon IndyCar Series champion since 2011, and the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy featuring the likeness of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

At noon, the first 250 fans are invited to enjoy a free lunch on the circle, provided by Qdoba Mexican Eats and hosted by Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The transporter display will remain open to the public throughout the afternoon.

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will begin walking the red carpet at 5 p.m. to enter the Hilbert Circle Theatre, site of the awards ceremony with a capacity crowd expected. Fans unable to attend the Championship Celebration are invited to gather on the circle to watch their favorite drivers and VIPs arrive.

Pagenaud, the Team Penske driver who won five races to wrap up his first title, will be presented the $1 million champion’s prize and the Astor Cup during the awards ceremony beginning at 6:45 p.m. It follows a 5:30 p.m. reception inside Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Properly credentialed media may record red carpet activities and conduct interviews with drivers and VIPs.

INDYCAR will host Facebook Live chats with drivers and VIPs throughout the day’s activities on Monument Circle. A live video stream of the Championship Celebration will be available on and the INDYCAR Facebook page, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration
Who: Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and dignitaries
Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Ind. 46204
When: Tuesday, Oct. 4 (Transporter display on Monument Circle, 11:30 a.m. ET; Qdoba Mexican Eats lunch on Monument Circle, noon; Red carpet activities, 5 p.m.; Championship Celebration reception, 5:30 p.m.; Championship Celebration, 6:45 p.m.)






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