The Detroit News Published 12:14 PM EDT Jul 25, 2019 Kenny Willekes was arguably the top player on one of the nation's top defenses last season at Michigan State. He should be one of the top players in the country next season. The Sporting News unveiled its top 40 college football players for the 2019 season this week, ranking Willekes No. 22 and Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson No. 31. Willekes, a former walk-on, collected 20.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season for a defense that led the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 77.9 yards a game on the ground. The Spartans also ranked No. 8 in scoring defense (17.2 points per game) and 10th in total defense (303.2 yards per game). "Willekes earned Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year honors last year," writes Bill Bender, the national college football writer for the Sporting News, "and that says something knowing the competition he had against Chase Young, Chase Winovich, A.J. Epenesa and … [Read more...] about Kenny Willekes, Shea Patterson among Sporting News’ top players
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By Kyle Goon | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm | UPDATED: May 16, 2019 at 2:26 pm Shortly before Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, Rob Pelinka met with Jesse Buss and the rest of the Lakers scouting department to strategize for the NBA Combine. The discussion focused on pick No. 11, which the Lakers had a 77.6 percent chance to land, and which player might be in range to select. So much for all that. “Now it’s a shift: what we can get at four,” Pelinka said, less than an hour after the Lakers had defied the 9.4-percent odds to jump into the top four of the draft. “I will say there are some incredibly talented impact players there that we are going to study deeply.” The June 20 draft in Brooklyn will be headlined by New Orleans’ expected selection of Duke forward Zion Williamson. Two other heralded prospects – Murray State’s Ja Morant and Duke’s R.J. Barrett – are expected to be taken in the top … [Read more...] about Who could the Lakers take No. 4 in the NBA Draft?
Devin Booker, who scored 25 points and handed out 13 assists, was one of four Phoenix players with double-doubles as the Suns ended a six-game losing streak by beating the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 122-113 on Monday night. Booker, who had averaged 52.3 points in the previous three games, had two points and six assists in the first quarter as he focused on setting up his teammates when the Cavs came out intent on preventing him from getting good looks. Josh Jackson came off the Phoenix bench for 19 points, 10 rebounds, a career-high five blocks and four assists. Richaun Holmes had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Dragan Bender contributed 12 points and 10 boards. Jamal Crawford helped pick up the scoring with 19 off the bench for Phoenix (18-60). READ: Turner has triple-double as Blazers top Wolves, 132-122 Cleveland (19-59) trailed by 22 points early in the third quarter but trimmed the deficit to five on the first possession of the fourth quarter before the Suns went on a 10-0 … [Read more...] about NBA: Suns pile up double-doubles in win over Cavs
A one-hit wonder is a singer/group that has only experienced real mainstream success with one hit song. Often, people will only remember the name of the song, and not the singer/group behind it. We’ve rounded up the best one-hit wonders of the past 60 years, including classics like “Macarena” and “Mambo No. 5.” Even though an artist may be a one-hit wonder, they still might have contributed one of the most famous songs of all time. Take Tommy Tutone, for example. You might not know the band, but you can definitely recite the number “867-5309” – Jenny’s phone number. In the last six decades, many one-hit wonders have blessed our ears (or not so much) – we’ve rounded up the top 57 in the US of the past 60 years (and while some may have found moderate success across the pond, they practically disappeared stateside). Take a trip down memory lane to revisit these classic jams. “Rockin Robin” by Bobby Day … [Read more...] about The 57 best one-hit wonders of all time