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As expected, NHL fines Jackets coach Tortorella for postgame comments


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NEW YORK (January 1, 2020) — Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has been fined $20,000 for comments following NHL Game No. 604 at Columbus on Sunday, Dec. 29, the National Hockey League announced today. Additionally, Tortorella has been assessed a conditional fine of $25,000, which will be collected in the event of similar inappropriate behavior through Dec. 29, 2020.


The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.




New Year’s Day Game: Sugar Bowl, 8:45 pm ESPN; Baylor vs. Georgia (Bears Game Notes)

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All State Sugar Bowl Presser Kirby Smart Georgia Matt Rhule Baylor 12 2019 (21:07)

Jan. 1 | 7:45 p.m. CT |  Mercedes Benz Superdome  | New Orleans, La.
Game Notes: Baylor | Georgia | Big 12

• Baylor is making its 25th bowl appearance all-time and is playing in the second Sugar Bowl in program history. BU defeated Tennessee 13-7 in the 1957 Sugar Bowl. The Bears are 13-11 all-time in bowl appearances.
• Defensive end James Lynch was voted a unanimous All-American, the 10th in BU history and the first since 2015.
• Baylor is the first Power 5 program to win 11 games within two seasons of losing 11 games.
• A Baylor victory over Georgia would guarantee the program an AP final ranking inside the top 10 for the fifth time in school history and the first time since 2014 (8th).
• Baylor head coach Matt Rhule was voted the Big 12 Coach of the Year and the Sporting News National Coach of the Year.
• Rhule is the first Baylor coach in program history to lead his team to a bowl twice in his first three seasons.
• The Bears lead the Big 12 with a +14 turnover margin, after a combined turnover differential of -23 in 2017-18. BU’s jump of +23 from 2018 to 2019 is the largest among all Power 5 teams and 2nd in FBS (FAU, +27).
• BU has secured their third 11-win season this decade and the third in program history. A 12th victory on the year would establish a new Baylor record. Baylor has 83 wins this decade (2010-19) after winning only 83 games from 1990-2009.
• Baylor is one of six programs (Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon) to rank in the top 16 of both scoring offense and scoring defense. BU is allowing 12.4 ppg less in 2019 – 6th best in FBS.
• Defensive coordinator Phil Snow was named a finalist for the 2019 Broyles Award given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
• Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year James Lynch owns BU records for sacks in a Big 12 game (3.0 at K-State), single-season sacks (12.5) & career sacks (21.0). Baylor leads the nation with 23.0 sacks rushing only three.
• BU defense has allowed only 6 points on 13 opening drives this season – 2 FGs, 10 punts and 1 TO on downs.
• The Bears are third nationally with 17 interceptions, led by All-American Grayland Arnold with 6 (most by BU player since 2016).
• Baylor leads the Big 12 and ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense (19.3 ppg), the lowest for BU since 1995.
• BU had 16 players named to the All-Big 12 teams including James LynchBravvion Roy and Denzel Mims each earning first team honors. Lynch became the second BU player to earn DPOY and DLineOY (Billings, 2016).

• Baylor has 16 graduates on its Sugar Bowl roster, including 10 student-athletes enrolled in graduate school.
• Charlie Brewer has completed greater than 60% of his passes in 21 of 29 starts, including 12 of the last 15.
• BU has 43 sacks in 13 games, a new school record. That total is tied for 8th most in Big 12 history.
• With two takeaways against OU, Baylor has now had 33 interceptions or fumble recoveries in the last 15 games after only six in the prior 14 contests.
• The Bears rank second nationally with a takeaway in 15 straight games trailing only Louisiana Tech (16).
• BU has blocked nine kicks in the last 18 games, and has 14 blocks since the start of 2017, the tied for the second most nationally (Northern Illinois, 16 and Texas A&M, 14).
• Baylor holds a 117-57-2 record all-time as a ranked team. BU is 23-31-1 as a ranked team vs. a ranked team.
• Denzel Mims is the only FBS player with at least eight receiving touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
• Baylor is 81-16 since 2008 when scoring 30 points or more.
• BU is playing its 118th season of football. BU holds a 607-576-44 (.511) record all-time. Baylor has scored in a school-record 163 straight games — the previous record was 89 games from Dec. 31, 1979 – Oct. 23, 1987.

• The 2020 Sugar Bowl is the fifth all-time meeting between Georgia and Baylor. The Bulldogs have won all four meetings by an average of just 6.8 points and all four were played in Athens.
• The teams’ first match-up was a 24-14 decision in 1972 while the last meeting was a 15-3 Georgia win in 1989. The Bulldogs also won 16-14 in 1978 and 17-14 in 1985.
• The Sugar Bowl is Baylor’s eighth bowl matchup with current members of the SEC. The Bears defeated Vanderbilt 45-38 in the 2018 Texas Bowl. BU is 4-3 all-time in postseason meetings with the SEC.
• Baylor will be making its second Sugar Bowl appearance – the Bears upended Tennessee in the 1957 Sugar Bowl as Baylor legend Del Shofner earned Most Outstanding Player recognition.

• For his efforts leading the Baylor unit, defensive coordinator Phil Snow was named a finalist for the Broyles Trophy given to the nation’s top assistant coach. It was Snow’s third nomination.
• Baylor has totaled 30 total takeaways as a team including 13 fumble recoveries (No. 3 in FBS) and 17 interceptions (No. 3 in FBS). BU is No. 5 nationally in turnover margin (+14).
• Baylor’s 30 takeaways on the season are the second most nationally behind Florida Atlantic’s 31.
• The Bears (30 takeaways, 43 sacks) joined Ohio State (25 takeaways, 51 sacks) as the only two programs in the country that have forced 25 or more turnovers and collected 40 or more sacks.
• Baylor’s defense held every Big 12 offense below their season scoring average, including holding Texas, K-State, Kansas, Iowa State and OU 10+ ppg below their averages.



Final New Year’s Day Game: Sugar Bowl, two 11-2 teams, Georgia takes on Baylor (Bulldogs Game Notes)


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All State Sugar Bowl Presser Kirby Smart Georgia Matt Rhule Baylor 12 2019

ATHENS – The University of Georgia will represent the Southeastern Conference and play Baylor of the Big 12 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl scheduled for Jan. 1, 2020, in New Orleans.

Kickoff for the game between the fifth-ranked Bulldogs (11-2) and the seventh-ranked Bears (11-2) is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the programs.

Georgia has made 10 previous appearances in the Sugar Bowl – more than the Bulldogs have played in any other post-season game.  Georgia’s last appearance in the New Orleans game was Jan. 1, 2019, when Texas downed the Bulldogs, 28-21.

Georgia and Baylor have met on four previous occasions, all in the regular season. The Bulldogs have won all four: 1972 (24-14), 1978 (16-14), 1985 (17-14), and 1989 (15-3).

This will be Georgia’s 57th bowl game appearance—fourth most of any team in the country. The Bulldogs’ all-time bowl record is 31-22-3. This is the 23rd consecutive season the Bulldogs have earned a bowl appearance, which ranks as the second-longest active streak in the country.

Georgia’s senior class is 43-12 in its career with two bowl wins (AutoZone Liberty, Rose), three SEC Eastern Division championships, 2017 SEC title, 2017 College Football Playoff national runner-up, and the pending trip to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Georgia’s previous Sugar Bowl appearances:
Jan. 1, 1947, defeated North Carolina, 20-10
Jan. 1, 1969, lost to Arkansas, 16-2
Jan. 1, 1977, lost to Pittsburgh, 27-3
Jan. 1, 1981, defeated Notre Dame, 17-10
Jan. 1, 1982, lost to Pittsburgh, 24-20
Jan. 1, 1983, lost to Penn State, 27-23
Jan. 1, 2003, defeated Florida State, 26-13
*Jan. 1, 2006, lost to West Virginia 38-35
Jan. 1, 2008, defeated Hawaii, 41-10
Jan. 1, 2019, lost to Texas, 28-21
* played in Atlanta due to Hurricane Katrina



New Year’s Day Bowl: Rose Bowl, Oregon plays Wisconsin today at 5 pm (Ducks Game Notes)


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Rose Bowl Media Press Conference Mario Cristobal Oregon Paul Chryst Wisconsin 12 2019


EUGENE, Ore. In a rematch of the 2012 Rose Bowl, No. 6 Oregon will meet No. 8 Wisconsin in the 106th Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2020 at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

Oregon, which claimed the Pac-12 Conference berth by beating No. 5 Utah 37-15 in the Pac-12 Championship Game, will be making its eighth appearance in the Rose Bowl. This year’s Granddaddy of Them All will mark the fourth time since 2010 that Oregon has been the Pac-12′s representative

The Ducks win their last two appearances in the Rose Bowl beating Florida State 59-20 in the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs on Jan. 1, 2015 and Wisconsin 45-38 on Jan. 2, 2012.  Oregon is 3-4 all-time in the Rose Bowl including a win in its first appearance, a 14-0 win over Pennsylvania on Jan. 1, 1917.

In Oregon’s win over Wisconsin in 2012, Darron Thomas passed for three touchdowns and De’Anthony Thomas scored on runs of 91 and 64 yards to lead the No. 6 Ducks past the No. 9 Badgers. LaMichael James and Thomas combined 314 of Oregon’s 345 rushing yards in the win. James led the Ducks with 159 yards and a TD while Thomas added 155 yards.

Overall, Wisconsin holds a 3-2 edge in the all-time series against Oregon with the Ducks winning the last two. No. 7 Oregon handed the No. 22 Badgers a 31-28 loss in Autzen Stadium on Sept. 1, 2001 when Joey Harrington tossed three touchdown passes and scored on a game-winning 1-yard fourth-down leap with 4:03 to play. Wisconsin picked up wins over Oregon in 1977, 1978 and 2000.

Oregon Rose Bowl Results
Oregon 59, Florida State 20 (Jan. 1, 2015)
Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38 (Jan. 2, 2012)
Ohio State 26, Oregon 17 (Jan. 1, 2010)
Penn State 38, Oregon 20 (Jan. 2, 1995)
Ohio State 10, Oregon 7 (Jan. 1, 1958)
Harvard 7, Oregon 6 (Jan. 1, 1920)
Oregon 14, Pennsylvania 0 (Jan. 1, 1917)

All-Time Games vs. Wisconsin
Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38 (Jan. 2, 2012)
Oregon 31, Wisconsin 28 (Sept. 1, 2001)
Wisconsin 27, Oregon 23 (Sept. 9, 2000)
Wisconsin 22, Oregon 19 (Sept. 30, 1978)
Wisconsin 22, Oregon 10 (Sept. 24, 1977)

-Home Team in Bold


OREGON (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) CFP/AP/Coaches Rank: 6/7/6 Head Coach: Mario Cristobal (Miami, 1993) Record at Oregon: 20-7 (2nd Season) Career Record: 47-54 (8th Season)

WISCONSIN (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) CFP/AP/Coaches Rank: 8/11/11 Head Coach: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin, 1988) Record at Wisconsin: 53-14 (5th Season) Career Record: 72-33 (8th Season)


AT A GLANCE In a rematch of the 2012 Rose Bowl, No. 6 Oregon will take on No. 8 Wisconsin in the 106th Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Ducks earned their fourth trip to the Rose Bowl since 2010 with a 37-15 win over Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Oregon’s four trips to the Rose Bowl since 2010 are tied for the most with the Badgers. One of six FBS teams with two wins over ranked teams away from home this season, the Ducks will look to extend their five-game win streak in California and capture the program’s fifth 12-win campaign. BOWL HISTORY The Rose Bowl appearance marks the 14th time in the last 15 years that Oregon has advanced to a bowl game and is the 13th time it has played a bowl game in California, highlighted by eight Rose Bowl trips. The Ducks hold a 14-18 all-time record in bowl games, including 3-4 in the Rose Bowl. Oregon has won its last two games at the Rose Bowl by scoring a combined 104 points which includes a 45-38 win over Wisconsin in 2012. PAC-12 CHAMPS One of six FBS teams to start 7-0 in conference play, Oregon’s fast start helped it clinch the Pac-12 North Division title and its third trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game (since 2011). The Ducks equaled Stanford for the most Pac-12 Championship Game wins (3) with their 22-point win over Utah. Oregon rolled up 239 rushing yards and 37 points, both of which were the most against the Utes this season, while the defense limited Utah to season lows in points (15) and total yards (309). WHAT A TURNAROUND Oregon has won 14 of its last 16 games, while its 20 wins over the last two years under 2019 AP Pac-12 Coach of the Year MARIO CRISTOBAL are tied for the most in the Pac-12 and equal Oregon’s total over the three years prior to Cristobal taking over. Oregon is one of 16 FBS programs with 20+ wins


2019 SEASON » One of four Power 5 QBs since 2015 with 30+ TD passes and five or fewer INTs. » One of seven FBS players with 3,000 yards passing each of the last two seasons. » Tied for 10th nationally with 31 passing TDs, including 19 in the red zone (5th nationally). » Led fourth quarter comebacks at Washington and against Washington State, completing a combined 6-of-6 passes for 78 yards and a TD on the game-winning drives. » One of nine FBS quarterbacks with five or more TD passes in two games this season. CAREER » Back-to-back CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year (junior & senior). » First among active FBS leaders in passing TDs (95) and third in passing yards (10,403). » Has led Oregon to an average of 37.5 points per game over his 41 career starts (28-13). » Oregon finished 19-3 and averaged 42.8 points per game over Herbert’s 22 career starts at Autzen Stadium. » Threw for a program-record 54 TD passes inside Autzen Stadium. » Has 17 TDs and two INTs in seven career starts in California, leading Oregon to five consecutive wins. » Has 35 TD passes and five INTs in 15 career Pac-12 road games (14 starts). » Has 61 TD passes over the last two seasons, good for the fifth most by any player over that span. » Has thrown a TD pass to 24 different players in his career.


A WIN WOULD … » Be Oregon’s third straight in the Rose Bowl. » Give Oregon five seasons with 12 or more wins. » Mark the fourth time (2000, 2007 & 2014) in program history Oregon has defeated a top 10 team in consecutive games. » Give Oregon three wins against ranked teams away from home, good for the most in one season since 2014. » Mark Oregon’s third in a row against Wisconsin and third straight over a Big Ten opponent. » Be Oregon’s sixth in a row in California. » Make Mario Cristobal the third head coach in Oregon history to win 12 games and fourth to win a Rose Bowl. DOUBLE TROUBLE Oregon is one of five FBS teams (Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State) to rank in the top 15 nationally in scoring offense (15th) and scoring defense (9th). The Ducks are one of six FBS teams (ACC – Clemson, Big 12 – Baylor, Big Ten – Ohio State, Sun Belt – Appalachian State & Louisiana) in the top two of their conference in both scoring offense (35.9/2nd) and scoring defense (15.7/2nd). ON THE ATTACK The first Power 5 team to hold five consecutive opponents to single digit points since Michigan in 2015, Oregon ranks in the top 10 nationally in eight different categories. » Oregon has held six opponents to less than 10 points with the previous six occurrences coming over a 105-game span. » Held five opponents without a TD, which is tied with Florida for the most in the nation. » Seven opponents have scored 10 or less points, which is tied for second most nationally.



New Year’s Day Bowl: Rose Bowl, Wisconsin (10-2) against Oregon (11-2) at 5 pm ESPN (Badgers Game Notes)



Rose Bowl Media Press Conference Mario Cristobal Oregon Paul Chryst Wisconsin 12 2019 (17:52)


MADISON, Wis. — For the 10th time in school history and the fourth time in this decade, the Wisconsin Badgers are playing in the Rose Bowl Game. Coming off a 10-win regular season that included the Big Ten West Division title and earned them a No. 8 ranking in the final College Football Playoff poll, the Badgers will face No. 6 Oregon, the 2019 Pac-12 champions.

The game is a rematch of the 2012 Rose Bowl Game that went down to the final seconds with Oregon winning, 45-38. This year’s game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. (CT) and be televised by ESPN.

The matchup with Oregon is a throwback to Jan. 2, 2012, when the Badgers, led by quarterback Russell Wilson and All-America running back Montee Ball, lost an up-tempo shootout 45-38.

The Badgers have a distinctive resume where bowl games are concerned. They’ve qualified for 18 straight — the longest current streak among Big Ten schools — and won a program-record five consecutive bowls.

Wisconsin’s links to the Rose Bowl are even more defined. It lost its first three (1952, ’59 and ’62) before winning three in a row (1993, ’98 and ’99). The Badgers followed that up with three straight Rose Bowl appearances (2010, ’11 and ’12) that ended with one-score setbacks.

Paul Chryst is the fifth Wisconsin coach to guide his club to a Rose Bowl berth — joining Ivy Williamson in 1952; Milt Bruhn in 1959 and ’62; Barry Alvarez in 1993, ’98 and ’99; and Bret Bielema in 2010, ’11 and ’12 — but is the first former Badgers player to do so.

Alvarez, now the Wisconsin director of athletics, is in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame (2009). So is Alan Ameche (2004), Ron Dayne (2011), Pat Richter (1994) and Ron Vander Kelen (1991).


106TH ROSE BOWL GAME KEY NOTES TO CONSIDER WHAT’S INSIDE BY THE NUMBERS Jonathan Taylor is within striking distance of a 2nd-consecuঞ ve 2,000-yard season. #8 WISCONSIN BADGERS 10҃3, 7҃2 BIG TEN #6 OREGON DUCKS 11҃2, 8҃1 PAC҃12 Head Coach: Paul Chryst Record at Wisconsin: 52-15 (5th Season) Overall Record: 71-33 (8th Season) Record vs. Oregon: First meeting WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1, 2020 ▪ 4 P.M. ҐCTґ ▪ PASADENA, CALIF. ▪ ROSE BOWL STADIUM Ґ89,105ґ ▪ ESPN Head Coach: Mario Cristobal Record at Oregon: 20-7 (2nd Season) Overall Record: 47-54 (8th Season) Record vs. Wisconsin: First meeting

BADGERS BACK IN THE GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL  Wisconsin returns to the Rose Bowl for its 10th appearance in The Granddaddy of Them All, squaring off with Oregon for the second time in Pasadena in a traditional matchup between the Big Ten and Pac-12. Kickoff of the 106th Rose Bowl Game is set for Jan. 1, with the game airing live on ESPN.  The 8th-ranked Badgers (10-3) face off with the No. 6-ranked Ducks (11-2) in a rematch of a thrilling shootout that saw Oregon claim a 45-38 win on Jan. 2, 2012, in what was the highest-scoring game in Rose Bowl history.  Making its 4th trip to Pasadena in the last 10 seasons, Wisconsin seeks its first win in the Rose Bowl since back-to-back triumphs in the 1999 and 2000 games.  Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor is the nation’s leading scorer, with 26 touchdowns, and looks to build on his historic rushing total that has already topped the 6,000-yard plateau in just his 3rd season.


 The Badgers are in their 5th season under the leadership of head coach Paul Chryst, who is 52-15 (.776) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led UW to a 34-10 (.773) conference record and 3 Big Ten West titles.  Among Power Five teams, only Clemson (68-4, .944), Alabama (65-6, .915), Ohio State (61-6, .910), Oklahoma (58-9, .866) and Georgia (53-15, .779) have won more games than Wisconsin (52-15, .776) over the last 5 seasons (2015-19).  Wisconsin has posted at least 10 wins in 5 of the last 6 seasons. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Georgia are the only other programs to win double-digit games in 5 of the last 6 years.  The Badgers are making their 6th appearance in a New Year’s Six bowl game in the last 10 years.  Wisconsin has won 5 straight bowl games, the longest streak in Big Ten history. Read more, Page 4.  The first player to rush for 6,000 yards in just 3 seasons, RB Jonathan Taylor already ranks 6th in FBS history with 6,080 rushing yards and needs 166 more to crack the all-time top five.

 Already the only player in FBS history to rush for at least 1,900 yards in 3 consecutive seasons, Taylor needs just 91 more to join Badgers great Ron Dayne (1996, ’99) and Iowa State’s Troy Davis (1995, ’96) as the only players with multiple 2,000-yard seasons.  Taylor joins junior C Tyler Biadasz as a unanimous first-team All-American in 2019. Biadasz won the Rimington Trophy as college football’s best center.  Senior OLB Zack Baun also earned consensus firstteam All-America accolades and leads the Badgers with 12.5 sacks — the 3rd-highest single-season total in UW history. He and senior ILB Chris Orr (11.5) have led the Badgers to a school-record 49.0 sacks to rank 3rd nationally. UW has 8 games with at least 4.0 sacks this season. Only Ohio State (9) has more.  Over the last 3 games — 2 against top-10 teams — QB Jack Coan has posted a pass efficiency rating of 159.8. The only Power Five quarterbacks with better ratings during that stretch are Heisman Trophy finalists Joe Burrow of LSU (197.3), Justin Fields of Ohio State (185.9) and Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma (164.2).



With Jonathan Taylor repeating as the Doak Walker Award winner, Wisconsin has more Doak Walker honorees (4) and total awards (5) than any other school. Ron Dayne (1999), Montee Ball (2011) and Melvin Gordon (2014) also won the premier running back award.


Wisconsin has 10 consensus AllAmericans this decade, including unanimous selections Jonathan Taylor and Tyler Biadasz this season. Remarkably, over the last 10 years, UW running backs secured 5 of the possible 20 consensus All-America picks at that position.


Wisconsin is set to close the decade the same way it opened — with a trip to the Rose Bowl — giving the Badgers 6 New Year’s Six bowl appearances during the 2010s. Only Alabama (8), Clemson (8), Ohio State (8) and Oklahoma (8) played in more during the decade.






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